HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Review – Competitive Sound and Comfort at a Lower Cost
As gaming headsets get flashier and exponentially more expensive, it’s easy to forget that there’s serious competition in the budget and entry-level space as well. Chances are, if you have less than $100 to spend on your first serious gaming headset or as a gift for a loved one, the sheer number of options on the market can be just as overwhelming as deciding. exactly how much RGB is enough to justify dropping a week’s pay. Let me make the choice a little easier, then, because the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 is the best headset I’ve used in its class.
The original Cloud Stinger was a hit for its incredibly affordable asking price and more than decent sound, essentially bringing one of gaming tech’s most revered headset brands to even more ears in the process. The Cloud Stinger 2 takes that success and works with it, updating everything from build to speaker performance to get the most out of audio. Much like its predecessor, boxless initial impressions are of a cheap headset. The all-plastic build and barebones design might be initially off-putting, but let me tell you one thing – it is a comfortable bloody helmet.
While many budget gaming headsets try to stretch out and sacrifice comfort for flashier aesthetics or premium features, the Cloud Stinger 2 keeps it simple. The group? Just thick plastic with a bit of flexibility. The mugs? Classic design with simple rotation. The pads? Throw memory foam and leather on these bad boys and call it a day. It’s the headset equivalent of an IKEA couch – cheap and indistinguishable but just plain nice to slide on for a few hours of gaming. of plastic, but the full notched waist adjustment with etched measurements to get both sides just right is an excellent compromise in my eyes.
On the headset itself, you’ll find few frills. There’s the 2m non-detachable 3.5mm audio cable, a boom mic on a swivel (with automatic mute), a single volume knob and… well, that’s it. HyperX chose to keep things as simple as possible and for good reason – almost every penny of the meager amount you paid to put the Cloud Stinger 2 on your head went to its audio performance first and foremost.
In the box: In addition to the headset, HyperX provides a 15cm analog splitter cable for those unable to use the single TRRS connection, an optional windsock for the headset mic, and a code to enable 2 years of DTS Headphone spatial audio :X for use on a PC (although of course you can use any other compatible virtual surround solution).
There’s no denying that this isn’t a $600+ premium headset pumping out Dolby Atmos audio through highly-tuned audio where you’ll hear sweat dripping between your enemies’ thighs as they approach. , but for the price difference they’re pretty darn close enough. HyperX is giving consumers a much better hearing experience than they’ve paid for since the first Cloud headset and they haven’t given up on that notion, even at the low end. It’s certainly less dynamic and experiential than what I’m used to, but for no-frills usability and comfort, I’ve really tossed them on and off, even with a better alternative sitting on the same desk.
As for the microphone and chat experience, is it…good enough? In this category, it’s hard to ask for too much, so your friends online will just have to agree that you’ll look a little stuffy and with just a little persistent white noise, but again you could do much worse for a similar price. This is really a headset marketed to parents with young kids or teens and gamers on a budget who just want canned for the weird game of COD or FIFA, not pro gamers or streamers, and the chat experience reflects that.
And that’s it, really. Being a headset with a single 3.5mm audio connection, there really isn’t much else here in the way of customization or buzzword features, but it fits the HyperX Cloud just fine. Stinger 2. With the exception of some modern phones and tablets, you can slam this thing into whatever your heart desires and get a comfortable and decent experience right off the bat. There’s something simple and comforting about it, especially when the expense is so small for the privilege.
I’m loathe to keep suggesting that the Cloud Stinger 2 is great ‘for the price’, but it’s the simple truth – you could pay the same price for a competing headset and get less, or even pay After and achieve even less in some key areas. If you’re looking for flashy lighting effects, wireless connectivity, noise-canceling microphones, or built-in cupholders, you won’t find any of that here, but if it’s simplicity, comfort, and more than decent sound that you desire you’ I will obtain all this without ruining you.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 is available now with an RRP of $89. Head here on the official website to find out where to buy one for yourself!
I’m confident in suggesting that the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 is the best gaming headset for comfort and sound you’ll find in its price range. It continues the Cloud Stinger’s legacy of no-frills hardware delivering an above-average audio experience while improving a few key areas. If you’re looking for an affordable gaming headset that doesn’t skimp on performance, look no further.
Lightweight and incredibly comfortable
Welcome improvements to band and cup design
The audio experience far exceeds its weight
Single 3.5mm connection
The audio connection is attached to the helmet
The microphone is just ok