Disclosure: This review unit is supplied by Kingston.
Kingston is a very well known player in the PC memory and flash storage market from RAMs to SSD drives to even USB storage drives and SD/micro SD cards. Kingston has been releasing new gaming headsets under the HyperX brand name very regularly. Kingston introduced its first gaming headset ‘HyperX Cloud’ back in 2014 and have been pushing out newer units at an incredibly fast rate compared to similar higher-tier manufacturers.
The headset on review is the Kingston HyperX Cloud Drone headset which is their basic model in the series. The other models are HyperX Cloud Core, Cloud, Cloud II and, Cloud Drone. Unfortunately, their naming convention needs a little bit of work as I found the naming very confusing!
|Driver Diameter:||40mm directional drivers|
|Maximum Input Power:||20mW|
|Frequency Response:||20 – 20,000 Hz|
|Sound pressure level:||94±3dBSPL/mW at 1kHz|
|Cable:||1m +2m extension|
|Connection:||Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs|
The Kingston HyperX Cloud Drone is built very well. The headset looks rather sturdy. I would wager it would withstand a few knocks here and there. The headset comes with a nice braided cable that doesn’t tangle that easily. Unfortunately, the cable is extremely short at around 1m for a headphone. It does come with an extension cable but I have found extension cables to be problematic and I try to avoid them. The extension cable, however, fulfils a dual purpose of spiting the microphone to another jack which enables the headset to be used with a PC.
The microphone which is permanently attached to the headset lacks a mute switch but if you flip it till it is pointing up the microphone will be in a muted stage. When you flip it up the microphone also gets securely locked and unless you physically move it the microphone will stay put where it is which is a nice touch.
There is also a volume control to the right of the headset which is a very good design choice since many other headsets have a volume control on the wire which causes a crackling noise when you adjust the volume and is a bit problematic at times.