Review: HyperX Cloud Core – The budget gaming headphones you were waiting for

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Headsets are an equally important part of a gamer’s artillery as a keyboard or a mouse. Esports competitions further validate this point with gamers having the best of the accessories to facilitate them when it comes to the intense battle online. Kingston with its product division HyperX is offering a wide variety of products for gamers, and headsets for the company has been at the forefront. After the success of its Cloud and Cloud II headsets, the company introduced Cloud Core, an entry level for budget price. Let’s have a look.

What’s in the box?

Like the HyperX colours, Cloud Core comes in just a single combination of black and red colour, with the headsets comfortably packed in a protective foam enclosure. The headset is packed with a detachable microphone and 2m long extension cord. One thing that is missing though is a carry pouch or a case which has been the issue with the HyperX headsets. And with no pouch or case you have no option but to hang them by your neck when not using them or by your hands.

Also, with nothing for safety for the headsets, it is more prone to marks and scratches, and you have to be more careful when you are carrying it around.

Specs

A single 3-ringed 3.5mm jack or the 2m long extension cord is on offer to connect the headset to various devices. Dual 3.5mm jacks are at the end of the extension cord which helps connect them to a laptop, PC or a television to use the microphone. It even connects to PlayStation 4 directly and through an adapter for Xbox One but that you have to buy separately. The headset does not have USB and 7.1 virtual surround experience that its predecessor Cloud II offers.

Cloud Core offers a frequency response of 15 Hz – 25 KHz, an impedance of 60 Ohms and a maximum output power of 150mW. The microphone has a frequency response of 100 Hz – 12 KHz, a sensitivity of 1 kHz of -39dB +/- 3dB.

Comfort Zone

Fitted within an aluminium frame topped with a cushioned headband, this is much better than the headsets which come with a plastic frame and have a constant fear of breaking right from the centre. The ear cups are stitched well and the quality looks like it will last for a while. The overall size of the Core is a little smaller than Cloud II but is still quiet significant to cancel any noise from outside fitting perfectly on the ears. But here lies the problem, the ear cups if worn for a longer period of time make the ears uncomfortable and stuffed. Slightly less comfortable around the neck with the large cups you may end up holding or hanging the headphones in your hand or neck when not gaming or listening to music. But all said these are much better than many headsets in its price range.

Game Experience

Made for gaming experience, this one just delivers the best feel when it comes to providing you with one of the immersive experience when you put this on. I played Left 4 Dead, DOTA 2, Battlefield 4, CS: GO and GTA V. I tested it with pretty varied titles just to know what range of sounds does one experience. It came out with flying colours especially when it came to playing Left 4 Dead, as you hear the zombies growl and the surround sound does give you creep when they are right in your ears. Communication wise, the microphone did initially give me a problem as it catches any sound in the range and I could hear a number of when I was around someone or something. But it does a pretty good job when you have are in chat parties or team communication games.

Also, with Battlefield and Counter Strike, the footsteps and the explosions sounds just make you more connected to the gameplay around you and that is what matters. Isn’t it?

Cloud Core

Music

Though a gaming headset it does have the noise cancelling quality which will shut the world around you when you start playing music through these. Audio wise the headsets lack the oomph when it comes to throwing bass, but does a very good job when it comes to clarity as there is no compromise. You can hear different instruments playing very uniquely but don’t expect more from this sub-price gaming headset when it comes to music. A gaming headset won’t give you the quality which the audiophiles crave for, but someone looking at a mid-range headset for gaming and general music listening will not be disappointed.

Final Thoughts

The headset looks clean, its design is simple, the build quality is amazingly sturdy, and the sound quality for the price is unbeatable. If you’re looking for a cheap and comfortable headset there is nothing better, these are the best headphones in the price range and along with gaming, they also provide decent sound. However, if sound quality is something that is optimal to you than remember this is a gaming headset that we are talking about and you should probably be looking at some other products.

HyperX Cloud Core builds a solid punch in all the departments and with an MRP of Rs 5,999, and selling at Rs 3,500 on Amazon and Rs 3,775 on Flipkart, the headphones are a good buy and perfect for beginners both on consoles and PCs.

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