HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless Headset Review

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HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless Headset Review

While we love all products that offer a plethora of features and options, it’s a refreshing pleasure to use well-designed, relatively simple, and easy-to-understand devices that add convenience instead of complexity to our technological experience. This is certainly the case with the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core wireless headset, which, despite the tangle of words in its name, is a simple wireless gaming headset licensed for Xbox consoles.

Headsets are an essential part of the console gaming experience, and not being strapped to a machine is both liberating and safer. Often times, wireless headsets represent tradeoffs of one sort or another, but the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core offers paper-based audio specs and decent usability features including 90-degree rotating ear cups for a fit. adaptive, convenient volume controls located on the ear cup, a swivel noise canceling microphone to mute and adjustable steel sliders. It weighs 275 grams and has dynamic 40mm drivers, with a frequency response of 10Hz to 21kHz.

With a dynamic driver and the absence of some audiophile features like virtual surround sound or any other way to shape the audio experience beyond volume mixing and chat, the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core is clearly not intended to the premium audio market. That said, the closed-back on-ear design does a good job of naturally minimizing environmental noise and in-game music and audio are crisp and well-defined at reasonable volume levels, and its swivel-to-mute condenser, 20 Hz-6.8 kHz the mic was crisp and responsive, with little distortion. Spatial definition was excellent, even without surround sound. I noticed some high frequency distortion at higher volumes and there were times when I wanted to feel a bit more of the lower end of the spectrum.

Simple solution

The initial charging and pairing of the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core is provided via a 0.5m USB-C to USB-A charging cable, which is obviously far too short to use while gaming, and is really too short to be easily practical if your console is tucked away in a cluttered cabinet. The company claims 17 hours of battery life on a single charge and that may be true, as I’ve been using the headphones nonstop for several weeks without having to charge them. While most gamers will obviously be using the headset within line of sight of their console, it offers a wireless range of up to 20 meters. Setup is straightforward, and I had no noticeable disconnection or lag issues at normal playing distance.

The build quality is great and the materials are good for a helmet under $ 100. There are no bells and whistles like the programmable colored LEDs, but the simple controls are easily accessible. The fabric-covered foam ear cups are comfortable and the steel sliding frame is sturdy. The padding on the head is a bit minimal, which brings us to the overall feel of the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core. Head shapes and sizes are, of course, extremely variable, and building a helmet that is perfectly comfortable for everyone is impossible. I found the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core to be generally quite comfortable, with my biggest gripe being the inflexible stiffness of the steel sliders. They aren’t going to conform to your head, but with a little care and adjustment, it’s possible to find that perfect spot where the headset disappears into the overall gaming experience. With the relatively large and dynamic riders, full coverage design, and hard plastic construction, this is not a featherweight feeling helmet.

The HyperX CloudX Stinger Core is a great, reasonably priced headset for Xbox gamers who want to cut cables and enjoy audio and communications without being tethered to their machines while enjoying a full music and audio experience. Being exclusively designed for Xbox consoles, this headset won’t pair with your PC or Playstation, and while the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core is a pretty basic, no-frills device, it’s more than competent and easy to recommend for the fussy. of their budget. Xbox gamers looking for a wireless headset.

*** HyperX CloudX Stinger Core provided for review ***

Good

• Easy to use
• Excellent workmanship and materials
• Decent frequency range and spatial separation
• Wireless convenience
• Cheap

80

The bad

• No-frills sound
• A little stiff and heavy
• Short charging cable


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