At PAX East 2016 NotebookReview got a chance to test out Kingston’s newest gaming headset the HyperX Cloud Revolver. Kingston’s HyperX line has been lauded by consumers, reviewers and professional gamers alike for it’s high audio quality and comfortable designs. But the Revolver isn’t so much a continuation as it is an extension of the line. With this model Kingston has done away with the USB-enhanced connection as seen in the HyperX Cloud II in favor of standard 3.5mm plugs and new 50mm driver, making this headset perfect for console, PC or mobile devices.
Will consumers enjoy the Revolver as much as the traditional Cloud gaming headset series? Read the full preview to find out.
At first glance it becomes apparent that the HyperX Cloud Revolver is very much its own device. The 360 gram peripheral is a bit heavier than the HyperX Cloud II, but a lot of that has to do with the premium metallic design. Most of the weight is likely a result of the black steel frame that wraps around the top of the headset. The frame not only provides a sharp clean aesthetic, but feels incredibly durable and should likely hold up under wear and tear. The one notable downside to the frame design is that vibrations can easily be heard, through the earpiece. This isn’t an issue unique to the HyperX Cloud Revolver, as other headsets with a similar band design face the same issue; and the vibrations are only really audible when making direct contact to the band.
However, the durability and comfort that the band allows easily outweighs this little flaw. Attached to the steel frame is a self-adjusting headband complete with an embossed HyperX logo along the top. The band is comprised of memory foam with a black leatherette. The band stretches and gives to easily adjust to user’s head. While NotebookReview didn’t get a chance to test the Revolver for an extend period of time it did seem like something that we could see ourselves wearing day in and day out.
Tying the gaming aesthetic together is a pair of glossy stylized HyperX logos at the end of each ear cup. The earcups themselves are removable and are comprised of the same memory foam found on the headband. Similar to the band the earpads easily form to fit around the user’s’ ears and actually do a surprisingly good job of keeping outside noise out. We were impressed by the Revolver’s ability to cancel the loud surrounding noise of the PAX East 2016 showroom floor. Finally there is a detachable noise canceling microphone at the bottom of the right ear cup.
In terms of performance the HyperX Cloud Revolver seems to lives up to it’s predecessors with pristine audio quality. The 50mm drivers provide natural positional surround sound, making it easy to spot where your enemies are coming from when playing games. The highs are crisp and clear, and the bass is tangible and persistent adding weight to every sound effect.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset is the device’s flexibility. The Revolver is compatible with a wide array of platforms including PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Mac and Mobile. With 3.5mm plugs you simply plug in play. The only downside is that all of the audio settings come directly from the device itself, so you may need to be a tinkering to get things set up exactly how you want them. But the plug in and play aspect is perfect for devices such as mobile.
If you’re looking for a flexible headset with a clean design and top-notch sound quality than the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver seems like a great option. The Revolver is currently available for pre-order and is listed at $120. The Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver will ship starting on May 9, 2016.