Kingston kicked off their current gaming peripheral line with the HyperX Cloud headset, a product which has earned Kingston’s HyperX a firm spot in the gaming market and they continue to expand further by releasing various new versions of the HyperX Cloud and HyperX Cloud 2 such as the HyperX Cloud MAV variant. We’ve described the Cloud series has having one of the most comfortable feel and rich audio in its price bracket and the popularity of the headset definitely resonates with our opinion. Still, there’s always room for improvements or otherwise a seeming rival for your own product and that’s Kingston and its HyperX division is trying to do as it launches the new HyperX Cloud Revolver. This new headset is aesthetically distant from its QPAD-based brother and features a distinctly different design. We’ll find out more about the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver in this review so read on!
Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural, Closed back
Frequency response: 12Hz–28,000 Hz
Impedance: 30 Ω
Sound pressure level: 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
T.H.D.: < 2%
Input power: Rated 30mW, Maximum 500mW
Weight with mic: 376g
Cable length and type: Headset (1m) + Audio Control Box (2m)
Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + Audio Control Box – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Kingston has a signature grunge, black and red packaging style for their HyperX products and the Cloud Revolver also has this nice design for its packaging. Inside the packaging is a well-cushioned Cloud Revolver with the wires and headset snug fit inside.
Inside the package we have the Cloud Revolver headset, an extension cable with inline controller and the microphone.
STAND NOT INCLUDE but you know that already. Anyways, the HyperX Cloud Revolver features dual-headband style with the main frame over-arching over another suspended cushion that holds it against your head. The ear cups are held by the metal headband and swivel a bit. Unlike the Cloud, they don’t rotate in either axis though.
Here’s a view from the side with the signature red highlights and HyperX logo in the earcups.
The detachable microphone snugly fits on its dedicated port and bends freely for desired placement.
The Cloud Revolver comes with leatherette earcups with memory foam for better cushioning and comfort. The cups on these cans are more oval than the original Cloud and seals the ears even for those with larger heads.
User Experience & Conclusion
As much as we want to avoid comparing the Cloud Revolver against its own, its completely inevitable that it will go up against the original Cloud. It also goes up against the majority of gaming headsets offered for the mainstream crowd including the Siberia V3 and Razer Kraken, the latter being heavily tuned for bass so we’re going to leave it out of most of the audio characteristic comparison. Starting off with bass, the HyperX Cloud Revolver delivers good lows but nothing a basshead would appreciate. There’s a distinct lack of punch in the bassline and while as it is, it would suffice for most scenarios in game, listening to hiphop, rock, etc. where there’s plenty of kicks and lows isn’t the strong suit of the Cloud Revolver. Mid-range is pretty solid overall all the way to the high-end range with the Cloud Revolver particularly registering a bright signature in the upper range of the sound spectrum. Vocals are particularly clear as well as dialog, complimenting to the voice chat capabilities of these cans. Soundstage is good with the cups also providing good sealing. At max gain, there’s barely zero distortion but we really don’t recommend maxing this thing out as its particularly clear enough at around 50+ gain on our system. On the mobile end, it might need a bit around 80+ but with the rather low impedance that the Cloud Revolver has, its quite easy to drive.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver’s lower impedance makes it ideal for even the lesser powered systems to be clear. While the original Cloud and practically any other mainstream headset can be used with a smartphone or a Playstation 4, the HyperX Cloud Revolver just makes it easier with its lower resistance.
In terms of comfort, despite the metallic headband securing the cups together, the Cloud Revolver is only 376gm just 20gm heavier than the original Cloud. The suspended headband does keep the weight of the headband distributed evenly amongst the cushion so its practically just floating on your head. The earcups leatherette cushions are also well-made and are very comfortable, continuing the legacy of the original Cloud which is arguably one of the most comfortable we’ve head in the lab.
Ultimately it boils down to price and at almost $120 for the analog version and around $150 for the Dolby version. That’s a already a premium right there and the HyperX Cloud Revolver with its design and build quality certainly commands it but ultimately it boils down to sound quality and the Cloud Revolver doesn’t disappoint either. It will be very subjective to define how it ranks amongst the current mainstream favorite given that it is indeed priced higher than the Cloud, Siberia, Kraken, Cronos AD and other mainstream offering but Kingston has went out of its way to offer their idea of the perfect gaming headset. While its size may certainly be a bit offputting for some, its hard to discount the overall package you’re getting and the HyperX Cloud Revolver is pretty much well-rounded except if you’re hitting the streets with these things on. While you can do so, I just don’t like the idea of twin headbands arching over my head.
Overall, the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver is an entirely different beast than its original Cloud compatriot. It delivers distinctly crisp and solid audio, good mic clarity and excellent comfort all delivered in a solidly-built frame. Its indeed one of the most well-rounded dedicated gaming headsets we’ve ever tested in a while.
Kingston backs the HyperX Cloud Revolver with a 2-year warranty. We give it our B2G Recommended seal and B2G Silver Award!