HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset Review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha Headset – A Closer Look

HyperX Cloud Alpha -Complete Headphone/No MIc

The Cloud Alpha look a lot like the original Cloud with a few positive tweaks, notable in the aluminum band and earcup design, which have changed pretty drastically, despite having similar aesthetics to previous HyperX headsets. I personally love the look of the HyperX Cloud Alpha, as the red aluminum and leather material really complement each other quite well. There is an excellent build quality about this headset, with the band able to be flexed from side to side and bent without any creaking or issues bouncing back.

HyperX Cloud Alpha - Outer Earcup

The outer earups of the Cloud Alpha will be instantly recognizable to those familiar with earlier HyperX headsets. Rather than radically change a popular design, HyperX has made subtle, yet effective changes to the design of the Cloud Alpha. An aluminum band featuring stylized cutouts is being used, now. The HyperX logo is prominently displayed on the earcups, which feature a matte aluminum design that the logo stands out quite nicely on. The original HyperX Cloud had a brushed aluminum design that was more susceptible to fingerprints, with the design of the Cloud Alpha much easier to clean and looking better, to boot. The new swivel design and band were actually designed to reduce clamping force from the original Cloud. The original Cloud are already a very comfortable headset, so HyperX advertising an improvement in comfort and being able to deliver on it is impressive.

 

HyperX Cloud Alpha Leatherette Earcups

The padded leatherette ear pads of the Cloud Alpha are replaceable and have a great build quality to them, with quite a bit of padding that is soft and forming, while not giving way completely. These ear pads are an around-ear design and had no problems containing my ears without putting any pressure on my outer lobes, an issue I tend to run into a lot when testing headsets and headphones. HyperX has made ear pads available with different materials for their other headsets, such as velour cups for the original Cloud/Cloud II/CloudX, so I hope that the Cloud Alpha receives the same treatment and we get some options down the road for when it’s time to replace the originals. Thankfully, the included ear pads are awesome, so there isn’t an immediate need or want for replacements.

HyperX Cloud Alpha - Bass Ports

HyperX have placed a group of ports on the bottom of both earcups. This type of design moves the headset from being completely closed to having some open-back properties and should help a bit with widening the soundstage of the headphone. To which degree these ports are effective is something I can’t possibly measure, beyond a subjective listening test comparing the Cloud Alpha to the original Cloud, but seeing this design element in place definitely got me interested and I have to think there is going to be some benefit, unless HyperX was just into doing some extra tooling on the headset for no reason.

HyperX Cloud Alpha -Headband swivelsSince the earcups for the HyperX Cloud Alpha are suspended on the aluminum frame, they connect to the base of the unit through a short cable that connects at the swivel mechanism. This cable is long enough to allow full extension of the earcups from the base, as there are eight points of ratcheting adjustment on each side that allow the headphone to extend quite a bit. The area where the swivel connects is well-made, with excellent materials being used and two Phillips screws holding the plastic together. The area where the headband meets the plastic is done well, with no manufacturing defects or loose material.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Headband

The Cloud Alpha has a very attractive, well-made upper headband that covers the aluminum band holding the unit together. The stitching here looks great, with a very nicely stamped HyperX logo standing out, but not making the headset gaudy or stand out in a negative way. This headband really complements the rest of the unit and has a great build quality that I feel will hold up to years of use.

HyperX Cloud Alpha - InputsThough they are on the right side on this photo, there are two non-proprietary ports on the left-side earcup of the HyperX Cloud Alpha, meaning the microphone and cable will be come from the left ear when using the headset properly. The port in the middle of the earcup is for a 3.5mm cable to attach the Cloud Alpha to whichever device you may be using it with and this port can be used with any 3.5mm audio cable. The other port, with an oval indentation around it, is for the included microphone and the indentation allows the mic to fasten to the headphone more securely and not be able to spin or fall out easily. The move to removable, replaceable cables is a very welcome, due upgrade to the original Cloud.

HyperX Cloud Alpha - Mic Attached

The included microphone snaps into place easily thanks to the indentation in the earcup and is very easy to adjust for optimal voice pick-up. The microphone cord is very flexible, with a nice, rubberized texture and it holds in place well once adjusted. The mic cable also does a good job of preventing unwanted pick up, as it didn’t produce any unwanted noise when touching or adjusting the cable itself.

With quality materials used throughout, from the leatherette-covered aluminum headband, to the excellent memory foam material in the ear pads and headband, the HyperX Cloud Alpha has a lot going for it.Β The build quality of the HyperX Cloud Alpha is excellent and the aesthetic appeal has been improved from the previous HyperX headsets, as well. Let’s see how the latest headset from HyperX performs in a variety of subjective tests, now.

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  • 99q__

    guys this or the artics 5?

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      IMO, unless you need RGB or surround, or another of the features of Arctis 5, these all day.

  • Alex

    I`ve had a bit of a strange issue with my Alphas,the mic to be exact.There always was a pretty strong hissing soud coming from it(besides a mic volume issue,which I think could be circumstantial),initially I thought it was a driver related issue,but I plugged them into my phone and the hissing was still present.I`m using a Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3( Realtek ALC 1220),and the headset was connected directly into the rear 3.5mm ports.I`m pretty sure the cable was plugged all the way in.I`ve since RMAd the Alphas,and after checking it the etailer I bought it from concluded that everything was alright with it.I`m thinking about getting another pair but since I don`t really know what the cause of the issue was,I`m a bit skeptical.Has anyone encountered a similar problem?Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      I can’t be 100% sure, but it sounds like you may have an issue with the in-line controls on your Cloud Alpha. My headset produces no hiss, but if that cable were to develop an issue, it could cause potential interference, since it is a resistance adjustment.

  • paalo sordoni

    Very nice informative review ,on offer at the moment in the uk,Β£60 ,absolute steal !!

  • Thank you so much for this review, your head seems about the same size as mine and I really can relate to certain very expensive headsets feeling very uncomfortable, especially at first. I was going to stick with steelseries but after reading your excellent and thorough review I am going to give this product a try. Your work here is truly appreciated.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      The Cloud Alpha’s will be more comfortable than the SteelSeries, for sure. The SS are great, but the Cloud Alpha are a step above in terms of audio quality and comfort.

  • PrototypeTec

    What’s a good additional 3.5 mm headphone cable? I have a few lying around but none fit, though I have heard that Vmoda cables are pretty decent. I just wanna be prepared for the inevitable tearing of the headphone cable… At least they’re braided.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      What is the issue you are having with 3.5MM cables fitting? Are the ends too large to fit into the Cloud Alpha?

      You can get a replacement cable from HyperX. I have a 3.5MM cable I got from IXCC on Amazon a long time ago that works, you just need one with a small enough end to fit. Also, make sure you get a 4 Pole connector.

      • PrototypeTec

        Yes, the spare cables I had lying around were not 4-pole connectors and the ends were too large.

        Really? It must not be on their accessories page. I recently ordered their USB 7.1 Surround Sound Card (Revolver S model), in hopes of improving my sound quality on the PS4. iXCC 3.5mm cable from Amazon? Thanks, you’re the first person to give me a serious response.

  • EB

    I ordered an Astro A40 + MixAmp Pro TR combo for my XB1 but after a shipping mishap only ended up receiving the Mixamp pro. Thinking of getting the Alpha’s over the A40s now. Thanks for the review.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      These are going to sound great on console if you hook them up to a Mixamp, man.

  • dMN

    My cloud alpha mic isn’t working. Got another pair and it’s still the same. My old headset is working perfectly fine. When I plug cloud alpha cables, I can only hear voice, but mic is meh. When I’am trying it in team speak, I can only hear some strange noises, and not my voice. There are no drivers for this headset, so how the hell can I even make it work?

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Make sure you are plugging the cables into the right ports, as mixing the mic and speaker cables might still let them work, but there will be funky cross-talk. I’ve used the Cloud Alpha and mic with my onboard sound, a Katana and an external GX5. I was just playing PUBG earlier with our Editor in Chief and the mic on the Cloud Alpha worked fine. If two different units haven’t worked, I think there may be other problems. Was your other headset a USB headset, or did it use the same audio ports as the Cloud Alpha?

  • Be My Guest

    Surround in cans is a gimmick … simulated or otherwise.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      The Cloud is a stereo headset and really fits into the market exactly where a gaming headset should. When you start to spend more for gaming headsets, the prospect of rolling your own headset becomes to hard to ignore. As it stands, it’s tough to roll your own headset that’s going to be better than the Cloud Alpha at $99, though. Also, I agree, simulated surround tends to make headsets sound awful by messing with delay and accentuating frequencies way too much. A good binaural recording is where it’s at. Unfortunately, so many people want surround sound and will disregard a headset if it is not capable, so I did have to make those points about the Cloud Alpha. It didn’t change my personal perspective of them, but console users should be aware of their limitations.

      • Be My Guest

        I think the statement that ‘so many people want’ something is dangerous territory. And if we are going to throw caution to the wind with respect to anecdotal evidence, I haven’t met anyone that was persuaded to buy a headset based on the surround feature and few that have used it for any duration when the headset was capable.

        All that said – I still thoroughly enjoyed your review.

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Trust me, I wouldn’t be spouting that about surround sound and it being popular if it wasn’t. You should see the comments on the Youtube videos for this. So many people are in the A)it’s not wireless, boo! or B)it doesn’t have surround on console? Boo! camp. I personally don’t like them, but Astro sells a LOT of those Mixamps for consoles, or just standalone Mixamps, because console gamers want surround sound.

          There is definitely a camp of people out there who like surround sound gaming. I try to not talk to them, or we might get into an argument.

        • Be My Guest

          I wasn’t denying the existence of people that ‘require’ surround or who find it pleasant – just pointing out the obvious pitfalls of drive-by statistics is all.

          My experience tells me surround sound in cans is a similar phenomenon to what 3D was to televisions and the transient nature of those hard to capture market demand numbers – that are highly sketch – a lot of the time.

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  • Robin030

    Hey i have the Cloud Alpha II and im playing on PS4 is it worth upgrading to the alpha?

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      I don’t personally think it’s going to be worth a $100 upgrade over the Cloud II. Wait until you need a replacement set to upgrade. The Cloud Alpha are an improvement, but it’s hard to justify spending $100 when you’ve already got a great headset in the Cloud II. You can use the 7.1 USB adapter that comes with the Cloud II with the Cloud Alpha, if you do choose to upgrade.

      • Robin030

        thx for the reply i will hold off on buying for the time being then πŸ™‚
        If i ever wanna upgrade which headset would you choose over the cloud II in a sub 150€ price range?

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          That’s about $175 USD and in that range, you’ve got a lot of options to consider. I’d consider going with a set of Sennheiser or Audio Technica’s and rolling a ModMic onto them and getting into a true headphone + mic combo. The HyperX Cloud Alpha would be an upgrade over your Cloud II, but for your budget, do a true upgrade you can appreciate instead of sticking with gaming headsets. Here is what I’d do:

          The Audio Technica ATH-AD700X headphone is a low impedence headphone with amazingly balanced sound. $103.70 USD on Amazon in the USA. Not sure what your local price would be, but it should be similar, as Audio Technica has a pretty solid distribution in the European market.
          https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009S332TQ/ref=psdc_12097479011_t1_B004FEEY9A

          Then, I’d get an AntLion modmic, which is a great mic that you can use with any headphones you happen to purchase now or in the future.
          https://www.amazon.com/Antlion-Audio-Modular-Attachable-Microphone/dp/B01MCYRKY3/ref=pd_sim_23_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=D6Q7W4Q4QWK56BA1RQGX

          Hope this helps. There are a lot of options, but if I had your budget, this is what I would do. If you didn’t already have the Cloud II and were trying to only spend $100 USD, I’d tell you to get the Cloud Alpha. If you have more, do something like the kit I recommended.

        • Robin030

          thanks a lot for the input man i will think on this and decide what to treat myself to come christmas πŸ˜€

          Great review btw i’ll be looking out for future stuff from you!

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Do you plan on using the headset with PC at all or dabbling in PC gaming? When I made my recommendation, I totally slipped on that you’re going PS4. If you’re going PS4-only, the Astro stuff is really good. I’d stick with the Cloud II and get a Mixamp if you’re serious about your gaming sound and feel it’s lacking, right now. The Astro will add quite a bit of bass and clarity to the Cloud II vs. the PS4 controller.

        • Robin030

          Im on PS only.
          I will def check it out then and see if its worth the investment for me πŸ™‚

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Please let me know what you do and your feelings on whichever headset upgrade you go with. Thanks, again, for coming to LegitReviews to check out this review. I’m working on a few other reviews of some exciting Logitech gaming products right now, so stay tuned.

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Oh, If you didn’t know, the USB card that comes with the Cloud 2 will let you do 7.1 with any headset that has a 3.5MM jack, so you can still get virtualized surround if you upgrade to a non-HyperX headset.

        • Godly XO

          Headsets do matter, but they aren’t the same as they use to be. Years ago, there were MANY different options for gamers to look into when it came to headsets. Now adays, most headsets are for pc & console, & the PS4 controller runs the sound quality for most headsets, not the headset itself. Basically you will constantly find this problem going around for headsets. Your best bet is to get an astro mixamp or any good quality mixamp to pair for your headsets because I know the bass sound quality is awful for HyperX on console specifically. I have had quite the few pairs. If you don’t want to spend the extra cash for a mixamp, I’d say go to Skullcandy’s website & try to find the Skullcandy PLYR 2’s or the PLYR 1’s. Those have rich bass with rich high’s & low’s. They are very old and hard to find, but some of the best headsets you can find for console now adays & they are very cheap now. And wireless.

        • Robin030

          hey thx for joining in πŸ™‚

          Which Mixamp exactly would be best for me if i keep using the Cloud II for the time being?

          Astro MixAmp Pro TR?

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          I personally prefer binaural audio, but the Astro Mixamps, even the entry ones, will improve your sound quality quite a bit vs. using the controller 3.5MM jack on consoles. I am more of a PC guy, but the Astro (now owned by Logitech) Mixamp stuff is highly rated by console users, for sure.

      • Godly XO

        The 7.1 USB sound card will not be good for him. He said he uses HyperX Cloud II’s for PS4. That sound card does not work on console. I would know because I have owned many different HyperX headsets. In fact the headsets itself sound better plugged into the controller than with the USB sound card, surprisingly. The best move here for console is to get an astro mixamp to pair with the headset.

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Yeah, at some point in replying, I totally forgot he was using console-only and was talking as if he’d be also using the headset on a PC, possibly. For PS4, I’d stick with Astro, or possibly even the PS4 wireless headset. Unfortunately, the Astro has a pretty high cost of entry for the mixamp, but he could use it with his existing headset to improve sound quality.

        • Radu

          Actually Kingston released a firmware update that makes the sound card compatible with PS4 as well, go check it out πŸ˜‰

    • Maurice Fortin

      since when is there a cloud alpha 2 ^.^
      there is cloud, cloud 2, cloud core, cloud revolver, cloudX..and now Cloud Alpha.

      • Sean Kumar Sinha

        It can definitely get confusing, but Robin030 has the Cloud II right now. He probably read the review and got the “Alpha” in his head, but we clarified that he has the Cloud II headset. Trust me, with every HyperX headset carrying the “Cloud” designation, it can get confusing.

      • Robin030

        fixed it

  • Nice review, I seen your reply to one of the YouTubers on the Tek Syndicate video, that’s what brought me here! πŸ™‚

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      I am glad my Youtube comment reached you and that you got to read my thoughts on the HyperX Cloud Alpha. If you need any advice or have any questions on how this headset works that the review didn’t cover, feel free to message me. Thanks for the kind feedback, as well. πŸ™‚