Cloud Stinger – Comfortable Gaming Headsets
Lightweight comfort. Heavyweight sound.
HyperX Cloud Stinger™ is the ideal headset for gamers looking for lightweight comfort, superior sound quality and added convenience. At just 275 grams, it’s comfortable on your neck and its ear cups rotate in a 90-degree angle for a better fit. Its 50mm directional drivers position sound directly into the ear for audio precision and gaming-grade sound quality. Cloud Stinger also includes 2 years of DTS® Headphone:X® Spatial Audio for enhanced immersion and positional audio cues to keep you on top of your game. For ultimate comfort in prolonged gaming sessions, it features high-quality HyperX signature memory foam. Its adjustable steel slider, intuitive volume control on headset ear cup and swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone make it easy to use and multi-platform compatibility lets you enjoy the same comfort and enhanced audio experience on PCs or consoles.
DTS® Headphone:X® Spatial Audio
Lightweight headset with 90-degree rotating ear cups
50mm directional drivers for audio precision
HyperX signature memory foam
Adjustable steel slider
Intuitive volume control on headset ear cup
Swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone
Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
Over Ear, Circumaural, Closed back
Memory foam and premium leatherette
Electret condenser microphone
Connections and Features
Cable Length (imperial) and type:
4.26ft headset cable, 5.57ft PC extension cable | Headset cable, PC extension cable
What’s Included in the Box
Gaming Headset, PC Extension Cable, Quick Start Guide
Shipping and Returns
- Free standard shipping on most orders.
- 30-day hassle-free product returns.
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HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Review
Cloud Stinger 2
Impressive performance at a budget price.
By MATT CABRAL
Posted: Nov 29, 2022 4:00 pm
No stranger to the increasingly crowded and competitive gaming headset market, HyperX has consistently stood out, dependably delivering quality performance, long-lasting comfort, and durable designs across its line of mid to high-end models. With its recently released Cloud Stinger 2 – an update of the company’s popular budget-minded Cloud Stinger – the reliable brand attempts to again hit that same trifecta at a fraction of the cost.
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 – Photos
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Gaming Headset – Design and Features
The Cloud Stinger 2’s lower price is apparent as soon as you free the headset from its packaging. Forgoing the familiar, aluminum frame of the brand’s more premium builds, this budget entry is almost entirely constructed of plastic. The mold is pretty solid and the matte finish is pleasant enough on the eyes, but if you’ve been spoiled by sturdier models, you’ll have trouble overlooking the Cloud Stinger 2’s flimsier feel.
Given its affordability, I wasn’t especially bothered by this cheaper chassis construction, but was more put off by the ear-cups’ excessively loose swivel. While I appreciate the convenience and comfort that comes with rotating cups, the Stinger 2’s have far too much play, lending to an especially wobbly, inferior feel.
Of course, the saving grace of this cost-cutting design is the brand’s signature comfort. Coupled with cozy leatherette and memory foam coverings, the lightweight build provides a feathery, ergonomic fit that might find you forgetting you’re even wearing a headset. I tested the Cloud Stinger 2 for several weeks, donning them for lengthy days of work and play, before clocking another couple hours of bedtime TV streaming. Discomfort was never an issue, even with eyeglass arms tucked beneath the cans for most of my testing period.
My only minor complaint here is that the headband adjustment slider moves too easily. Like the too-loose ear-cup swivel, this feature would benefit from far more rigidity. As is, it feels insecure and can occasionally cause your adjustment to gain – or lose – an unwanted notch when positioning or removing the headset. The addition of numbered notches is welcome, letting you assign – and memorize – a precise value to your perfect fit; I just wasn’t expecting to rely on this feature, frequently re-dialing in my preferred fit whenever it slipped out of place.
Speaking of those numbered notches, they pretty much represent the limit of the headset’s features. The Cloud Stinger 2 is a no-frills offering, providing the bare minimum of what you need to game. It’s a wired headset with a permanently fixed cord, and a mic that isn’t going anywhere either. The latter conveniently mutes when raised, but it would be nice to detach it entirely when using the headset outside of the home. On-board controls are limited to a red, chunky volume wheel, which nicely contrasts with the black peripheral.
The lack of flashy features is by no means a deal-breaker, as its minimalist design is pretty on par for headsets circling this price point. And, honestly, I often appreciated the simplicity of a straightforward, plug-and-play experience, one where I needn’t dedicate a single brain cell to selecting optimal settings.
When tucked into bed, mindlessly farming resources in Disney Dreamlight Valley, for example, I don’t want to fiddle with touch controls, worry about tuning insignificant features, or wonder if my battery’s gonna run out of juice before I do. In this way, the Cloud Stinger 2 makes for a great second headset, one that unassumingly sits on a bedside table, never distracting you with 1-million-plus RGB lighting options or other superfluous inclusions.
And what it lacks in extras, it easily makes up for in versatility. While the Cloud Stinger 2 is marketed as a PC gaming headset, its 3. 5mm connection makes it compatible with so much more. Over my month or so of testing, I used it with my PC and laptop, all current-gen consoles, and even an old iPhone S. The convenience of being able to plug it into – and immediately use it – with so many devices can’t be understated.
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Gaming Headset – Performance and Gaming
The Cloud Stinger 2’s streamlined design and lack of features doesn’t come at the cost of its ability to deliver exceptional sound, especially for a headset priced so reasonably. Its 50 mm drivers more than hold their own, pumping out a dynamic soundscape with surprisingly good separation.
I made a point of using them with games that regularly mix subtle, ambient audio cues with big, ear-pummeling action and combat encounters. After dozens of hours spent slaying all manner of mythological monsters in God of War Ragnarok and cracking criminal skulls in Gotham Knights, I came away impressed by the headset’s ability to keep up with these games’ deep, layered sound designs.
Audiophiles will certainly find room to nitpick, as the Stinger 2’s performance – while more than proficient for its price point – doesn’t match the quality of more premium cans. There are moments when the mid ranges get lost in the highs, and the bass doesn’t quite reach those stomach-rumbling lows. More often than not though, only the most discerning ears will pick up on these shortcomings. I tested the Stinger 2 side-by-side with HyperX’s pricier Cloud Alpha and Cloud II models, and noted only occasional, often negligible differences.
The headset’s attached mic also gets the job done, delivering consistently clear comms during even the most chaotic multiplayer skirmishes. My teammates did report my voice sounding a bit distant on several occasions, but the effect never seemed to come at the cost of clarity. The ability to mute the mic, by flipping it up, also worked as advertised.
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Gaming Headset – Software
Like everything else with the Cloud Stinger 2, its software support is a pretty straightforward, stripped-down affair. In fact, those who like to tweak and customize their audio output are out of luck, as there’s no real software or app compatibility to speak of.
That said, the headset is bundled with a code for DTS Headphone: X Spatial Audio, which promises a more immersive soundscape. Compatible with Windows and Xbox – via a download from the Microsoft Store – the license typically costs $20 after a free trial, but you’ll score two years gratis with the Stinger 2. It’s worth downloading and testing with different games, as results tend to vary from game to game. The improvements were pretty subtle in my experience, leaving me happy I redeemed the code, but not so won over that I’d consider ponying up for a renewal.
HyperX’s Cloud Stinger 2 is an affordable, no-frills gaming headset. It’s undoubtedly light on features, but possesses a versatile, straightforward, plug-and-play appeal that’s hard to resist. Its performance also punches above its weight, producing a surprisingly rich and layered sound-stage for its price. Though while it doesn’t skimp on quality sound, its flimsy build does reflect its wallet-friendly cost.
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HyperX Cloud Stinger 2
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Gaming Headset Review
The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2’s lack of features and plastic-y feel reflect its budget price, but its versatility and impressive performance generally outshine these shortcomings.
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Review HyperX Cloud Stinger Core PC
The well-known company HyperX, which can be proud of the breadth of its product range, produces headsets that are not only sophisticated and expensive, but also affordable, the sound and ergonomics of which are no worse than elite models. An updated sample of HyperX Cloud Stinger Core PC headphones, a review of which is brought to your attention, can serve as proof of this fact.
This modification, which differs slightly from its HyperX Cloud Stinger Core prototype created a couple of years ago, is addressed to rationally thinking e-sports players on a limited budget who are not used to overpaying for genuine branded quality and prefer hours of gaming without discomfort with the ability to clearly navigate in the virtual space .
What’s in the box
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core PC headphones are produced and shipped in a neat box, which received a typical printing design for the new Stinger line. The color scheme of the packaging of such a gadget is made bright, white and red, while the side zones of the cardboard case are painted scarlet, and the front and back sides have a predominantly white background.
The box contains all the necessary information about the product, from its expressive photos to the text about the technical features of the headset.
It is interesting that on the front side there is a separate fragment of the cable, demonstrating the presence of gadget controls on the cord, and at the bottom there is a solid list of gaming devices to which this modification is connected. The inscription of the model name and the familiar logo, depicted in sweeping italics, are also present on the packaging.
But the delivery package of this product will not surprise you with its variety: in addition to the gaming headset itself, the manufacturers put in the box only a PC adapter-splitter and a small user manual.
The laconic appearance of the novelty is a confirmation that this headset was not created for fans of glamor and colorfulness: this item is addressed to serious e-sports players.
The design of the accessory includes the following features:
- the model is made in a classic black color – aristocratically strict, practical and neutral, unlike its older sister HyperX Cloud Stinger, it does not have a red decorative logo on the bowls;
- almost all surfaces of the product are made matte – the only exception was shiny glossy logos, discreetly decorating the outer side of the ear pads in the center;
- the cups themselves are made large, massive, covering the auricles completely, their shape is traditionally oval, but the device does not look particularly bulky;
- perfectly assembled construction, including a minimum of metal parts – most of its elements are made of high-quality, wear-resistant and non-fingerprint plastic, so the headset does not require special care;
- The material for the ear cushions is high-quality black textile;
- The microphone of the device is made quite elegant – it is placed on a thin elastic rod and folded up by lifting the leg up;
- headset cable, characterized by two-way connection, has a standard type and a length of 1. 3 meters, the brand’s designers installed a miniature remote control on it to control the sound and microphone of the device.
In general, such a sample, devoid of unnecessary pretentiousness, looks very presentable and gentlemanly solid, as befits a real branded item.
The ergonomics of this accessory has been given top priority by its developers, so that HyperX Cloud Stinger Core PC gaming headphones are the standard of comfort, no one will dispute their owner.
An important feature of the device was its minimum weight. It seems incredible, but such a gadget weighs only 215 g, so it is a champion in terms of its lightness.
Naturally, such a weightless headset on the head is not felt at all, because it is as airy as a feather. The cups themselves are also extremely practical. Dense, but very pleasant to the touch, the fabric from which the ear pads are made has a useful property: it allows air to pass through. This design feature will not allow your ears to sweat even in the strongest heat.
Comfortable headset headband: it contains durable metal sliders that allow you to adjust the length of the headband. Thus, you can perfectly fit the design of the headphones to the anatomical features of a particular user.
The model’s cable is also airy and flexible so it won’t get in the way during your exciting battles. The controls mounted on this wire are convenient – almost immediately you can adjust the volume and perform activation / deactivation of the microphone intuitively.
The sound of the updated headphones has a pronounced gaming specificity: it is characterized not only by purity, but also by detail, which is important for productive gaming, which allows you to position sound sources extremely accurately and quickly.
This high-quality audio is provided by a state-of-the-art speaker system that includes dynamic drivers based on thin neodymium magnetic plates. The diameter of such speakers is 40 millimeters, and the frequency range is from 20 to 20,000 Hz. The result is a powerful and transparent sound without distortion, with a slight, subtle emphasis on low frequencies, which makes the audio more realistic. Explosions, shooting and the roar of engines – all this is transmitted by the headphones absolutely naturally, transferring the cybersportsman to the center of virtual events, and at the same time gives a feeling of incredible drive.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core PC Gaming Headset features a non-removable microphone attached to a long, easy-to-flex stem. This is a condenser-type electret unidirectional microphone of decent quality.
The priority feature of the corresponding microphone was the support of noise reduction technology.
Product testing has shown that during the broadcast, the player’s voice is transmitted clearly, without third-party interference. With such a microphone, you can play even in a relatively noisy environment, being sure that the interlocutors will definitely hear you clearly enough.
Pros and cons
According to professionals, such a crazy headset has a number of advantages:
- it looks stylish and elegant;
- sounds great in games;
- is distinguished by high-quality voice transmission;
- made of durable and good quality;
- very light and extremely comfortable:
- these branded headphones can be bought for budget money.
Nevertheless, there are also disadvantages: they include insufficient sound insulation of the cups and a purely gaming sound – these headphones are worse for listening to music tracks than for games.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Headphones – specifications, cost in Moscow
Headphones HyperX Cloud Stinger Core
We offer to buy computer devices in our online service. The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Headset (HX-HSCSC-BK) is a modern model with large speakers. The size of the headband can be adjusted according to the user’s personal preference. This makes the Cloud Stinger Core headphones the ideal option for many people.
Interaction with computer equipment goes through a cable or Bluetooth. Mini jack on cord. Thanks to the perfect symbiosis of power and the low resistance of silver-plated wires, there is no third-party interference. Specifications of the Cloud Stinger Core (HX-HSCSC-BK) computer headset:
- Type: monitor.
- Gaming headphones: yes.
- Connection: wired.
- Acoustics by design: closed.
- Frequency: 50-20000 Hz.
- Resistance: 16 Ohm.
- Cord: 1.3 m.
- Microphone: yes.
HyperX Cloud gaming headphones (HX-HSCSC-BK) have a sensitive microphone. This makes it possible to communicate with teammates through voice services. The volume level can be adjusted using a small remote control, which is located on the cable.
The built-in indicator light will inform the user about the activation of the HX-HSCSC-BK black headset. The sound quality. The microphone is muted (when necessary).
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset, included in the notorious gaming lineup, is lightweight and comfortable, and will be an excellent weapon for fans of virtual adventures. The soft cups of the accessory fit snugly to the head and rotate 90 °, the directional speakers reproduce sound clearly, and the microphone perfectly suppresses noise and is conveniently turned off.
HyperX Cloud Stinger
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset, part of the well-known gaming line, is lightweight and comfortable, and will be an excellent weapon for fans of virtual adventures. The soft cups of the accessory fit snugly to the head and turn 90°, the directional speakers reproduce sound clearly, and the microphone is excellent at suppressing noise and is conveniently muted.
Headset Stinger Core
Headphones HyperX Cloud Stinger Core differ significantly from the flagship line. This headset is light, plastic. Externally, the product is matte, it does not leave marks from touching hands. The HyperX Cloud build is high quality, visually looks a level higher than most competing solutions in this price segment.
Like the design of the box, the symbiosis of colors of the headset is matched to the Sony Playstation consoles. From the inside, there is a blue insert along the entire perimeter of the cups. All this fits perfectly into the overall design:
- No glow parts. Oval-shaped cups, on the surface there is a laconic, neat logo of the manufacturer.
- Foam rubber ear pads. They are removable, if desired, they can be replaced or removed accumulated dirt. Speaker under fabric mesh.
- A microphone is fixed on the left cup of the product (on a rotating flexible leg). The mechanism allows you to adjust the optimal position.
- Headband made of plastic, inside with elastic insert. The length can be changed thanks to metal guides.
- The design prevents spontaneous folding and hanging of the cup. They themselves are fixed movably, well pressed against the ears.
- The cord comes from two cups, connecting at a distance of about 300 mm from the exit. The exit point is reinforced.
- On the cable is a remote control with a button to turn off the microphone and control the volume. It is also plastic, the cord does not pull.
- At the end of the 4-pin connector – in the set-top box, laptop, tablet computer and mobile phone can be connected without an adapter. For PC, you need to buy a separate adapter.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core HX-HSCSC-BK can be ordered through the store catalog. Delivery in Moscow and regions.
HyperX Stinger Core – Gamer Headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core gaming headset comes in a Playstation-style package. The package includes a set of technical documentation. The new HyperX Stinger Core headphones are positioned as the best base solution for professional gamers.