A solid pair of mid-range wired gaming headphones

Dom

Priced at Rs 5990, the HyperX Clound Stinger S is a decent pair of mid-range wired gaming headsets. They have a balanced sound profile that sets in motion to breathe life into action scenes in games. They are comfortable for long periods of use and work well with all standard consoles. The microphone is great, and good for use even in noisy environments. The software is the biggest failure, which certainly offers nothing in the way of customization, but at least you get 7.1 surround sound in this price range.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S detailed review

Here we have the HyperX Cloud Stinger S gaming headset for review. This is a wired, software-enabled 7.1 surround sound gaming headset and another budget mid-range offering from HyperX’s already versatile range of gaming headsets. At a price of 5,990 Rs, it has some competition from e.g. Logitech and Corsair, so let’s take a closer look at these headphones to find out if they’s worth picking up.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Build and design

Let’s start with the build and design. HyperX Cloud Stinger S has a design very reminiscent of Cloud Stinger. They both have a completely black plastic housing, but instead of the red accents on the Cloud Stinger, the Cloud Stinger S has gray accents. The second difference is the microphone. While the Cloud Stinger microphone can be removed, the Cloud Stinger S microphone is non-removable and has a flip-to-mute function.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

When it comes to build quality, as we mentioned above, the Cloud Stinger S has an all-plastic body except the metal plate inside the headband. The ear cups have imitation leather on them and are quite comfortable, even after many hours of use. There is also imitation leather on the underside of the headband, at the place where it rests on your head. The earbuds and the headband itself feel a little cheap and flimsy when bent. Finally, the thread has a soft rubber coating, ie. it is not braided and is quite thin.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

We found the Cloud Stinger S to be very comfortable to use. The ear cups did not feel too tight or put a lot of pressure on our ears and we did not feel like there was a lot of heat being trapped on our ears. Then again, the climate is quite pleasant at the moment, so it may be different in summers where the climate is much warmer. The headphones felt pretty safe on our head, but tilting the head or intense movements can shake them off quite easily, which should be a rare situation for most people. Unfortunately, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is not a good fit for people with smaller heads who will struggle to get a good seal from these headphones.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

With the 275g, the Cloud Stinger S is also quite light, which definitely contributes to the overall comfort of the Cloud Stinger S. The ear cups on the Cloud Stinger S can be rotated, meaning you can turn the ear cups down and rest them on your neck when they are not i. need extra convenience.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Features

HyperX Cloud Stinger S has dynamic 50 mm neodymium drivers with a closed back design. They have a frequency response of 18Hz-23kHz, which is much wider than normal 20-20kHz. The impedance of these headphones is 32 Ω, which means that it should have no problems being powered by regular consoles, and it should be as good as enough to work with smartphones as well, of course you lose on the 7.1 surround sound in this case.

These headphones also have built-in volume controls, a volume slider present behind the right earcup. For the plug, we have a 3.5 mm unijack, along with a USB adapter, which is required to use 7.1 surround sound.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

Finally, when we get to the microphone, we have a polar pattern unidirectional, noise-reducing microphone. Which is also flip-to-mute, a feature we love and would love to see all headphones put to use.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Performance

HyperX Cloud Stinger S has a fairly balanced, bright sound profile. This is quite common in gaming headsets, which basically means that action scenes in games take up a little extra space. Thanks to its balanced profile, the Cloud Stinger S is also great for listening to most music genres. However, these headphones have no EQ or sound adjustment of any kind. The sound quality also depends in part on the fit and location of the headphones. If, as we mentioned above, you happen to have a smaller head, then the lack of a good seal will hamper the sound quality. Similarly, small deviations in the position of the headphones can change the sound you hear.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

HyperX Cloud Stinger S has at best an average sound stage performance, even with 7.1 surround sound turned on. It will get the job done when playing FPS games, but there are definitely better options out there when it comes to more expansive and accurate soundtrack. Cloud Stinger S also has poor noise insulation, where most outside noise passes through, unless you have turned the volume up to max. Which in turn leads to leakage. The leakage is not much, and is only really noticeable at higher volumes.

Another problem we faced was the volume between the two cups. There were no issues with controlling the volume via the built-in controls, but reducing the volume through Windows system settings would drastically reduce the volume in the right cup while the left cup was still quite high. This can be extremely annoying, and we found the only solution was to leave the Windows volume at max and control the volume through the headset’s built-in controls.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

It finally brings us to the HyperX Cloud Stinger S microphone, which we really had no complaints about. The clarity of the voice is fantastic and easily picks up the voice. The noise reduction on the microphone is fantastic, it has no problems capturing the voice even in noisy environments, while reducing or eliminating background noise.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S review

HyperX’s NGNUITY software leaves a lot to be desired. With the HyperX Cloud Stinger S, its sole purpose seems to be to turn 7.1 surround sound on and off. That is it. The firmware of the headphones can also be updated here, but there are no other settings or sound customizations to be found.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Rating

Priced at Rs 5990, the HyperX Clound Stinger S is a decent pair of mid-range wired gaming headsets. They have a balanced sound profile that sets in motion to breathe life into action scenes in games. They are comfortable for long periods of use and work well with all standard consoles. The microphone is great, and good for use even in noisy environments. The software is the biggest failure, which certainly offers nothing in the way of customization, but at least you get 7.1 surround sound in this price range.

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