HyperX Cloud Flight

Short on looks, long on per­for­mance

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Another month and another ex­cel­lent head­set from HyperX ar­rives in the of­fice. This time around HyperX has de­liv­ered their first wire­less head­set, and it’s a stun­ner. The ba­sic de­sign of the head­set sits some­where be­tween the Cloud Al­pha and Cloud Stinger, with a sim­ple padded head­strap and plas­tic hinges at­tach­ing the well­cush­ioned earcups. The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence be­tween this head­set and any of those that came be­fore is the lack of wires. You can also plug the head­set in us­ing a reg­u­lar 3.5mm ca­ble if you want some wires in your life. It’s not the most strik­ing look­ing head­set in the world, but it sits very com­fort­ably on your head and sounds a treat.

The earcups each house a nice 50mm driver and de­liver the stereo per­for­mance that we’ve come to ex­pect from HyperX head­sets, with a big, open sound and good re­pro­duc­tion across the spec­trum. The fact that the Cloud Flight head­set doesn’t sup­port any kind of sur­round sound is a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing con­sid­er­ing a num­ber of other wire­less head­sets around the same price point of­fer vir­tual 5.1 or 7.1, and the fact that HyperX has al­ready showed it can de­liver ex­cel­lent vir­tual sur­round with the Cloud II head­set makes the ab­sence seem a lit­tle odd. The most log­i­cal rea­son to not in­clude vir­tual sur­round seems to be bat­tery op­ti­mi­sa­tion. The box boasts 30 hours of bat­tery life, but that’s only true when the lights are off, oth­er­wise the bat­tery life is halved. DANIEL WILKS

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