HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset Review – Comfort, Quality, Cost
HyperX Cloud Revolver9th May, 2016
It's been a while since we last looked at a headset. Indeed, it's been two years since Adrian reviewed the HyperX Cloud II. He found the headset to be of excellent quality and also an excellent value for money. It's actually a headset that I've been using for a decent amount of time as my personal headset. Being the upgrade to my personal-use gaming headset, it's natural that I'd jump at the opportunity to test and review the HyperX Cloud Revolver.
It should be noted that this is the HyperX Cloud Revolver, not the more modern HyperX Cloud Revolver S. Essentially, it's the cheaper version, lacking a few features of the more expensive, more modern version. This doesn't mean that it isn't worth your time and I'm more than happy to tell you why.
See and Feel No Evil - A Superior Build
Naturally, if you're wanting the best, you may immediately jump to the highest end of any particular range. Sometimes you may jump for a headset that really tops the list in price, such as the Steelseries Arctis Pro or Sennheiser GSP 600, which come in at an RRP of £299.99 and £219.99 respectively. The HyperX Cloud Revolver comes in at an RRP of £100 (for reference, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S has an RRP of £140) and, spoiling the review, you more than get your money's worth.
This is almost immediately evident by the craftsmanship that has gone into the headset. Rather than featuring a more basic look, with just the one band, that more headsets feature, the Revolver features both a metal frame, connecting the earcups, as well as an automatically adjusting leather padded band that sits atop your head. It's a fantastic design as there's literally zero effort in adjusting the headset, you simply pop it on your head and it does all the work for you.
Another thing it does is keep you comfortable. Anybody who uses a headset for a long period of time can tell you that some can be incredibly uncomfortable. The size of the cups, in particular, can be the deciding factor in this. This is somewhere the HyperX Cloud Revolver is fantastic for. Interesting bit of information - I've got big ears. Normally with a headset, I find that they start to ache due to the pressure put on part of them. These cups are so large that they go around my ears and with enough padding that you never have an issue with prolonged usage.
Unlike with almost any other headset I've used, I've felt no pressure nor pain from prolonged usage or even falling asleep with the headset on.
There are two problems that come with the design. The first is the metal band itself. As it's attached to the cups directly, any slight knock reverberates through the headset and both you and whomever you may be talking to will be able to hear it. It's highly unlikely you'll be finding yourself dodging debris that could hit the metal bar, but you never know. Nonetheless, it's still irritating
The second is the microphone. Much like the rest of the headsets, the microphone is detachable. However, unlike the headset found on the HyperX Cloud II - this microphone is inflexible. You plug the mic in and it stays where it wants to stay, you have very limited options in the positioning, moving it closer or further away isn't something offered to you. Let's hope you like where it is or at least that you're willing to get used to it, also that it's good for how you speak. I had to make some slight adjustments to mic boost because I tend to be on the quieter side, but it was easy enough to make.
Hear and Speak No Evil - Audio and Microphone Quality
Due to the fact that the HyperX Cloud Revolver uses 50mm drivers, it offers a wider soundstage than your average headset or headphones. However, as a result of it being connected via 3.5mm audio and microphone jacks, it is limited to your hardware. Plugging it into a decent gaming rig, a Galaxy Tab S4 or a Galaxy S7, you're going to be met with good-quality audio. Only those with lower-end hardware will notice any real issues. At least this is the case for listening.
Although the audio quality is good, there are limitations. For playing any game, there's no concern at all. The four games I used as a testing bed are Alien: Isolation, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, CS:GO and Project Cars 2 - all on the PC. I have also used the headset with my PS4 for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the magnificent Nickelodeon Kart Racers. In each and every case, the audio sounded as good as you would expect it to.
Despite the lack of virtual 7.1 surround sound, the quality is great. With games like CS:GO, the headset provides clear and definitive direction as to where an opponent is coming from. With titles like Alien: Isolation and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, everything was fantastically atmospheric. As always, Amnesia was more than able to keep me on edge and consistently scare the living hell out of me.
Sadly, while whatever you listen to may sound great, people listening to you isn't of the same quality. This isn't to say it's bad. At worst, it's passable. The headset doesn't offer noise cancellation and can suffer from popping. If you're wanting a top quality microphone for extensive streaming, conferencing or something along those lines, you'd be better with the USB connection and software cancelling power of the Cloud II or the newer Cloud Revolver S. For regular online gaming, it's more than suitable.
HyperX Cloud Revolver: Going for Broke
One thing I appreciate from the Cloud Revolver, as I do with the Cloud II, is the long cable length. The headset alone comes with a 3 foot 3.5mm cable for easy connection to a controller, phone or your PC. There is a 6.5-foot extension that comes with a controller that lets you adjust the volume and also mute your mic with the flick of a button. This extension provides the separate microphone and headphone jacks to be used with your PC.
All things considered, the design of the HyperX Cloud Revolver is better than you would generally expect considering the price range. They're certainly sturdier than the average headset, with the metal and flexible headband proving to be both sturdy and comfortable, even if it can be irritating should the metal take a slight knock.
For the price, you'll struggle to find a better quality headset. That's one fantastic aspect of the HyperX Cloud range, the price isn't prohibitive and you'll more than get your money's worth. Is this the best you can buy in this range? Likely not, the Cloud II or Revolver S both offer better bang for your buck, but I can't fault the HyperX Cloud range at all for the excellent value for money they offer.
The HyperX Cloud may not be the perfect headset, having some issues like a lack of 7.1 virtual surround sound and a slight issue with noise travelling all way through the headset if you even tap the metal support. However, despite minor issues, it's great for what you need it for, especially for the price point. The quality is close enough to much pricier headsets, with only the microphone letting it down. Most of all, it's incredibly comfortable for long-time usage.
- High quality build, durable and reliable
- Incredibly comfortable, letting you wear it for hours without issue
- High-quality soundstage that is fantastic for games and music
- Works on any platform and device with no issues
- On-cable controller for easy volume and microphone muting
- No 7.1 surround sound
- If the metal support gets knocked, it reverberates throughout the whole headset
- Microphone positioning is inflexible with average at best quality