Kingston HyperX is a company that has always prided itself on accessibility. Simple products that provide a function and provide it well. That’s why the extension of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S feels so natural, it’s a premium headset that brings full 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound without the hassle.
Looks Similar, Feels Much Better
NBR loved the suspended strap design of the HyperX Cloud Revolver, which is why we were happy to see it return with the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. It’s not an exact carbon copy, though, the Revolver S features white and black design as opposed to the red and black design seen from the rest of the HyperX headset line. The Revolver S also introduces a few improvements that make the headset even more comfortable including a wider headband, thicker cushioned ear pads, and a rubber stabilizer along the base of the wired frame.
We’ll be honest we didn’t notice the rubber stabilizers right away, but once we did, we were blown away by the ingenious design solution. Anyone who has read a review of the HyperX Revolver probably knows that the metal frame could cause some vibrations when struck.
It’s clear that Kingston was listening because this is the perfect solution to that problem. We tried rattling the top of the headset and there was barely any noise whatsoever. The HyperX Revolver S may look a lot like its predecessor, but it features a few very smart changes that can make a big difference for users.
Full 7.1 Without the Hassle
The HyperX Revolver S features 50mm drivers with a closed ear cup design and a removable noise-canceling microphone. What really sets this headset apart is its USB dongle that adds Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound instantly without the need for necessary software.
HyperX is all about simple solutions and this is about as easy as you can get. The dongle comes equipped with three pre-set equalizer settings along with independent volume controls and a microphone mute button. You can remove the 3.5mm audio jack from the dongle if you want to plug the headset into a mobile device.
We didn’t have much time with the Revolver S, but NBR did get the chance to listen to an orchestral track from the Star Wars: A New Hope. The headset did a fantastic job of capturing the cacophony of sounds, particularly detailing the mids and highs with excellent clarity. Unfortunately, NBR didn’t get a chance to do any in-game testing, but we’d imagine the headset performs quite well given how great the Star Wars soundtrack sounded.
Bang for Your Buck
We didn’t get as much time with the Kingston HyperX Revolver S, but from what we have seen so far we really like it. The design keeps all the best element of the original HyperX Revolver while fixing its flaws. The USB dongle is a great feature that is perfect for gamers that want premium sound quality without having to toggle with additional software or soundboards. It’s a great plug and play peripheral, the only notable downside is that gamers who want a bit more control over their products may be left wanting.
Still, there’s a lot to like here and considering that the Revolver S is only a marginal increase in price over the old Revolver, HyperX may once again have the best bang for your buck headset on the market. The HyperX Revolver S will be made available for purchase for $150 in March.