A sturdy pair of mid-range wired gaming headphones

April 1, 2022 0 Comments

Judgment

Priced at Rs 5,990, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is a decent pair of mid-range wired gaming headsets. They’ve got a balanced sound profile that packs a punch to breathe life into the game’s action scenes. These are comfortable for long-term use, and work well with all mainstream consoles The microphone is fantastic, and good for use even in noisy environments. The software is the biggest let down, which offers absolutely nothing in the way of customization, but at least you get 7.1 sounds in this price range.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S detailed review

Here is the HyperX Cloud Stinger S gaming headset for our review. It’s a wired, software-capable 7.1 surround sound gaming headset, and another mid-range offering from the lineup of HyperX’s already versatile gaming headset. Priced at Rs 5,990, it has somewhat competed with the likes of Logitech and Corsair, so let’s find out if these headphones are worth choosing.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Build and Design

Let’s start with build and design. The HyperX Cloud Stinger S has a design similar to the Cloud Stinger. They both got a completely black plastic body, but Cloud Stinger S has a gray accent instead of a red accent. Another difference is the microphone. Although the Cloud Stinger’s microphone can be removed, the Cloud Stinger S’s microphone cannot be disconnected and has a flip-to-mute feature.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

Coming in build quality, as we mentioned above, the Cloud Stinger S features an all-plastic body, storing metal plates inside the headband. The earcups have the wrong skin and are quite comfortable even after long hours of use. The underside of the headband also has the wrong skin, where it rests on top of your head. The hinges of the ear cups and the headband feel a bit cheap and flimsy when flexed. Finally, the wire has a soft-rubber coating, i.e., it is not braided and is rather thin.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

We found Cloud Stinger S to be very comfortable to use. Earpacks don’t feel too tight or put too much pressure on our ears and we didn’t feel like there was a lot of heat stuck in our ears. Then again, the climate is fairly pleasant at the moment, so it can be different in summer when the climate is much warmer. Headphones feel fairly secure in our heads, however, tipping your head or making sharp movements can easily shake them off, which should be a rare situation for most. Unfortunately, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is not suitable for small-headed people who will struggle to get a good seal from these headphones.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

At 275g the Cloud Stinger SO is quite light, which of course contributes to the overall comfort of the Cloud Stinger S. Cloud Stinger S’s earcups can rotate, which means you can face the earcups and rest them on your neck if not inside. Use for extra convenience.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Features

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S features a dynamic 50mm neodymium driver with a close back design. They have received a frequency response of 18Hz-23kHz, which is much wider than the normal 20-20kHz. The resistance of these headphones is 32, which means that it should not be a problem to be powered by mainstream consoles and should be sufficient to work with smartphones, of course, in this case you will lose around 7.1 lbs.

These headphones also have an onboard volume control, a volume slider located on the back of the right earcap. For the connector, we got a 3.5mm UNIZAC, along with a USB adapter that is required to use 7.1 surround sound.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

Finally, when it comes to microphones we get a polar pattern uni-directional, noise-canceling microphone. Which is flip-to-mute, a feature we like and want to see all headphones receive.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Performance

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S has a nice balanced bright-sounding sound profile. This is fairly common on gaming headsets, which means the action scenes in the games basically pack a little extra punch. Thanks to its balanced profile, the Cloud Stinger S is also suitable for listening to most genres of music. However, these headphones have no EQ or any kind of sound customization. Also, the sound quality depends quite a bit on the fit and position of the headphones. If, as we mentioned above, your head is small, the lack of a good seal will impair the sound quality. Similarly, slight differences in the position of the headphones can alter the sound you hear.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

The average soundstage performance of the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is excellent, even with the sound around 7.1 running. This will get the job done while playing FPS games, but there are definitely better options for more extensive and accurate soundstage performance. The Cloud Stinger S also has bad sound isolation, going through most of the outside noise unless you get to the maximum volume. Which in turn leads to leakage. The leak is not too much, and only really noticeable at higher volumes.

Another problem we faced was with the volume between the two cups. There was no problem when controlling the volume with the onboard control, however, reducing the volume through the Windows system settings would drastically reduce the volume of the right cup while the left cup was still fairly loud. This can be extremely annoying, and the only solution we’ve found is to let go of the Windows volume to the maximum and control the volume via the onboard control of the headset.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

This eventually led to our HyperX Cloud Stinger S’s microphone, about which we really had no complaints. Voice clarity is great and makes voice up easily. Noise cancellation at the microphone is nice, no problem to pick up the voice even in noisy environments, while reducing or eliminating background noise.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

HyperX’s NGENUITY software leaves much to be desired. With the HyperX Cloud Stinger S, its sole purpose seems to be to turn the sound around 7.1 on and off. That’s it. The firmware of the headphones can also be updated here, but no other settings or word customization can be found.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S: Roy

Priced at Rs 5,990, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is a decent pair of mid-range wired gaming headsets. They’ve got a balanced sound profile that packs a punch to breathe life into the game’s action scenes. These are comfortable for long-term use, and work well with all mainstream consoles The microphone is fantastic, and good for use even in noisy environments. The software is the biggest let down, which offers absolutely nothing in the way of customization, but at least you get 7.1 sounds in this price range.

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