Review: HyperX Cloud MIX Wired Gaming Headset + Bluetooth (Hardware)
Here at HeadsetTemp we like to explore many different options to help you find the best set of headphones for gaming or casual listening. Today we’re exploring the Rose Gold HyperX Cloud Mix headset. This isn’t HyperX’s first rodeo as they’ve been manufacturing headsets since 2014 with the HyperX Cloud pro-gaming headset. HyperX itself has been around since 2002, so headsets aren’t all that it has going for it. From their website:
“HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, HyperX began with one line of high-performance memory and has grown over the years to encompass multiple product lines of memory modules, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Featuring best-in-class components that deliver superior performance, quality and aesthetic design for more than a decade, HyperX products are the choice of top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide. From setting memory world records to achieving the most stringent product certifications, HyperX is committed to delivering reliable products with the highest performance standards.”
With such a diverse range of products, can HyperX really put the resources into delivering a quality headset while asking for $199? After all, at that price point it has steep competition with its rival SteelSeries’s products the Arctis Pro and Arctis 7 as well as LucidSound’s LS41. Each headset does something a little different from the others, and what the HyperX Cloud Mix does, it does well. Namely, it actually has bluetooth functionality!
The HyperX Cloud Mix itself is extremely comfortable and stylish. I have the Rose Gold version that released in October, not expecting to use them as often as my black LucidSound LS41’s. However, the color really grew on me and the design, thankfully, does not scream “YEAH, IT’S GAMER TIME!” The gold HX on the earpieces are the only logos and they’re so innocuous that I can go on a jog with these headphones without worrying about how they might look to other people. I mention going on a jog, because these are the headphones to use for those with an active lifestyle. They only weigh 9.1oz (0.57 lbs) which is insanely light. The lightweight form factor combined with the fact that these are over the ear headphones with plenty of padding, they may as well function as earmuffs in this cold winter weather. I’m not exaggerating. Like many premium headsets, the external microphone is detachable, so you do not have to walk around with a mouthpiece. Even without the mouthpiece, the internal microphone functions well while connected to your phone via Bluetooth. On my way to and from school with these headphones I found that I can have very comfortable conversations without having to pull my phone out in this weather.
I want to rave about the Bluetooth functionality. With how diverse the headphone market is, I am always surprised to see headsets in the $199 price range that don’t have Bluetooth. With this headset, if you are gaming you need to connect the headset to your system using a wire. This is cumbersome if you’re trying to use it on an older generation system that does not sport headphone jacks on the controllers or while using the Switch in docked mode, but it is barely an inconvenience when gaming on PS4 or Xbox One. This is essentially the opposite of the LucidSound LS41 which allows me to play on my PS4 and PC wirelessly but requires a wired connection to use with my phone. Given the option between the two, I would rather have the Bluetooth functionality over the convenience of gaming wirelessly. The Bluetooth grants a listening range of up to 33 feet. I’ve tested this by leaving my phone in a different room on the second floor of my home as I cooked in the kitchen on the first floor. I would wager that I was at least 30 feet away and there weren’t too many jumps during playback.
HyperX claims that the Cloud Mix lasts 20 hours and while battery life estimates are normally grossly exaggerated, I might be inclined to agree in this case. Every time you turn on the headset it tells you the battery life remaining and while I haven’t been able to listen to them for 20 hours straight, it took me over a week before I felt the battery dropped to the point that I wanted to charge them.
The Cloud Mix was very professionally packaged and on top of the headset itself, it came with a soft white padded travel case. The padding in the case stops the mesh fabric on the earpads from being damaged or the exterior of the headset from being scratched. I’m normally careless and just throw my headphones in my backpack but I make an exception for this headset because the white plastic looks prone to scratching. The Cloud Mix also comes with a 3.5mm white nylon cable with in-line volume control which, as stated before, is required to connect the headset to a gaming console. It also comes with a USB cord to charge the headset. The headset doesn’t come with much baggage but I always appreciate a nylon cable as opposed to a plastic one.
The removable microphone that comes with the headset is rather large and bulky for my taste. With such a small lightweight headset I would have appreciated a more discrete microphone. Granted, it works very well both when talking on the phone or chatting with friends on Discord or in-game. I’m just not a personal fan of big microphones.
This headset doesn’t advertise itself as being noise cancelling, but at $200 I really wish that it was. Nothing sucks me into a game or music as much as a nice noise cancelling headset, but you’re likely to have to shell out quite a bit more money for that luxury.
Features per the official product page
+ Stylish and lightweight
+ Bluetooth compatible
+ Up to 20 hour battery life
+ Durable build quality
+ Boom mic is removable
+ Fantastic audio and microphone quality
+ Very comfortable
- A wired connection is necessary to connect to game console
- Not noise cancelling
- Could use more controls on the actual headset itself
out of 10
The HyperX Cloud Mix works very well as both a wired gaming headset and a pair of Bluetooth headphones for your mobile devices. Both lightweight and stylish, I can’t think of many situations where this pair of over-the-ear headphones wouldn’t be appropriate. If you’re willing to spend the $199 for a diverse pair of headphones, this is certainly a pair to consider.