Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review

Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

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Sound Quality: Ear Force XO- Xbox One

In terms of sound, the Ear Force XO is naturally geared towards the low-end side of things. There is a larger emphasis on a bass-heavy mix that really brings out the bigger sounds. Huge sound effects like explosions feel meaty and satisfying. The headset uses Microsoft’s own program, ‘Windows Sonic’ to deliver truly breathtaking surround sound capabilities. Directional sounds are beamed to the player from eight different axis points, making it easy to determine the source of any nearby enemy sounds.

This is an essential feature for anyone that plays online shooters competitively. The copious amounts of bass may not make this the most suitable headset for music playback. Details present in the mids such as vocals and lead guitars may feel a little muted. You can partially remedy this by adjusting the bass boosting levels. There are three different bass EQ settings to choose from normal, high and low.

Sadly, it isn’t possible to actually turn the setting off entirely which is a shame. Another major concern with the Ear Force Four Stealth is with its mic quality. While certainly, not the worst mic found on any headset, it is not the best either. The actual sound coming out from the mic is fairly sub-standard and there is some loss of quality every so often. There is a lack of environmental noise thanks to the pop filter provided. But it is a far cry from salvageable, the mic can be removed if you decide not to use it.

Specifications: Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

The Cloud Stringer is the newest budget headset from Kington’s line of HyperX gaming headsets. The headset follows a simple concept. It provides a basic style that manages to carry out its purpose well.

  • Form Factor: Closed Back, Over Ear
  • Output Mode: Stereo
  • Weight: 9.7 oz
  • Frequency Response: 18 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Cable Length: 1m + 2m extension cable

Design: Cloud Stinger Gaming Xbox One

There isn’t much that’s discernible in the design of the headset. Subdued dark black colors take over the majority of the headset. There is no extra detailing apart from the HyperX logos. It’s all very raw and toned down. The two ear cups have been conveniently labeled ‘L’ and ‘R’. Most of the dimensions are kept as compact as possible. Other than the mic sticking out, the headset keeps a very low profile.

Comfort is another piece of the puzzle that has been taken care of well. Soft memory foam cushioning outlines the inside of the headset. The Cloud Stinger is surprisingly lightweight relative to its size. The headset only weighs 275gm and doesn’t feel weighty. As a result of its larger than average ear cups, the headset ensures that your ears don’t bend backwards with pressure. There’s also a lot of leeway when it comes to making adjustments, granting you a better fit. This result is a surprisingly comfy fit.

Features: Cloud Headset for Xbox One

Setting up the headset for your devices is a very painless and simple process. There are no cluttered companion software applications eating up your valuable disk space. A standard 3.5mm connection allows you to hook the Cloud Stinger to virtually anything, without putting in any additional time and effort. This also means that you can get a broader spectrum of compatibility for your mobile devices.

Sound Quality: Cloud Stinger for Xbox One

The microphone on the Cloud Stinger makes sure that speech is delivered in a pleasant way. The mic itself is very rigid and doesn’t allow a great degree of flexibility. What’s more, you can’t really detach the mic from the headset; you can only retract it vertically. Retracting the mic upwards causes a click to occur, letting you know that the mic is now muted. To un-mute it, you simply bring it back down.

The 50mm audio drivers really push the sound of the HyperX Cloud Stinger. A lot of the audio mix is focused on provided rounded tone. The headset doesn’t come with surround sound but it makes up for it by providing quality stereo sound. Pinpointing sounds in a game’s three-dimensional soundstage is very intuitive. Playing competitive shooters with the Cloud Stinger makes you instinctively move the camera towards the direction of sounds from the opponent team, giving you an edge in many games.

Conclusion and Amazon Reviews (Pros and Con’s)

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a great headset worth considering for its utilitarian design. By keeping the bare essentials and boasting an unmatched price-to-performance ratio. The headset strengthens its claim as the best Xbox One headset under $50. This headset is a rare mix of quality and affordability.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, loves adventures and chocolate sprinkles!

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