Kingston introduced a product that’s not their usual flash-based products- HyperX Cloud gaming headset. The well-known company behind SSDs, memory and flash storage introduces a headset of what they believe to be extremely comfortable ear cushions and larger audio drivers for providing comfort and superior sound during long game-play sessions.
The over-the-ear, closed cup headset uses memory foam and leather padded headband. It uses 53mm large drivers with a detachable microphone made of aluminum. The headset however is not completely based on Kingston’s in-house design. The brand worked with a Swedish based manufacturer QPAD.
The headset will PC and PlayStation 4, along with smartphones and tablets. Its backed up by a two-year warranty support. The specifications are as follows:
- Transducer type: dynamic Ø 53mm
- Operating principle: closed
- Frequency response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
- Nominal impedance: 60 Ω per system
- Nominal SPL: 98±3dB
- T.H.D.: < 2%Power handling capacity: 150mW
- Sound coupling to the ear: circumaural
- Ambient noise attenuation: Approx. 20 dBa
- Headband pressure: 5N
- Weight with microphone and cable: 350g
- Cable length and type: 1m + 2m extension + 10cm iPhone
- Connection: mini stereo jack plug (3.5 mm)
- Transducer type: condenser (back electret)
- Operating principle: pressure gradient
- Polar pattern: cardioid
- Power supply: AB powering
- Supply voltage: 2V
- Current consumption: max 0.5 mA
- Nominal impedance: ≤2.2 kΩ
- Open circuit voltage: at f = 1 kHz: 20 mV / Pa
- Frequency response: 100–12,000 Hz
- THD: 2% at f = 1 kHz
- Max. SPL: 105dB SPL (THD≤1.0% at 1 KHz)
- Microphone output: -39±3dB
- Length mic boom: 150mm (include gooseneck)
- Capsule diameter: Ø6*5 mm
- Connection: mini stereo jack plug (3.5mm)
Do you think that this would be good? Who knows! This isn’t the first time a flash product based brand is trying to ‘branch out’. G Skills did so not-to-long ago.Corsair branched out with power supplies, cases and then eventually gaming peripherals- which paid out very nicely for them. On the bright side, Kingston has collaborated with a gaming gear company. This headset could be Qpad QH-90 headset, which could be a rebranded QH-90 headset that (according to information from many tech forums) could be designed from another audio brand Beyerdynamic. This probably would be much better in getting a long-term benefits and therefore expanding its product portfolio, assuming the headset itself is good. Though I feel that Kingston is late to the party, considering that there many brands out there battling it out with gaming headsets- with USB and via 3.5mm jacks. Hardware BBQ has series of gaming headset reviews from Coolermaster and Creative.
We don’t know how good or bad QPAD headset are, but who knows- we might get our hands on it and put up a review in the future.