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HyperX Cloud Revolver review: New look, new sound, higher price

Hayden Dingman | Aug. 1, 2016
Variations on a theme.

It’s funny how expectations work. When the HyperX Cloud launched two years ago, it came out of nowhere. I went in expecting a bottom-barrel headset from Kingston, and instead got a solid low-priced contender that we continue recommending to this very day.

So now when HyperX sends me headsets, I just assume they’re good. In the case of the new HyperX Cloud Revolver (which can be found on Amazon), it wasn’t an incorrect assumption—I just don’t think anyone should rush out and replace an original HyperX Cloud.

Snow clouds

The HyperX Cloud Revolver takes some pretty obvious design inspiration from the SteelSeries Siberia line. While the original HyperX Cloud utilizes a traditional solid headband, the Revolver borrows the suspension-band concept that SteelSeries made iconic.

HyperX Cloud Revolver

The headset has a metal framework that connects the two earcups, but the only piece that rests on your head is a delicate, elasticized strap of leather that essentially allows the headset to float.

It’s damned fancy, albeit with the same main drawback as SteelSeries’s iteration—it feels fragile. In the past, I’ve had a SteelSeries Elite fail because the wiring eventually pulled itself apart, and I’m not the only one who’s encountered that issue. So I’m a bit worried about longevity with the Revolver.

There’s also an issue with reverberation. Not reverb, but reverberation: as in, “When you hit the metal headband on something, it vibrates and sends the sound right into your skull.” I learned this lesson when I accidentally hit the frame while scratching an itch and it went off like a tuning fork. You’re bound to notice every little noise—even just your fingers brushing against it when adjusting the headset.

Still, the end result is extraordinary comfort. Like, “I forgot I was wearing a headset” comfort—which is, after all, what HyperX is known for. There’s a bit more jaw-pinch than the baseline HyperX Cloud, but I experienced zero soreness on the crown of my head even after hours of use.

HyperX Cloud Revolver

As for the rest of the design, it should be pretty familiar to HyperX converts. It’s the same black-and-red, gaming-centric color scheme they’ve used since day one, with oversized faux-leather earcups and a detachable microphone. The jet-engine accents on either side are a bit silly, and overall the Revolver is a lot less subtle than its predecessors, but it’s still an attractive-looking headset.

And for those of you who hate RGB-lighting and think it’s pointless, good news: HyperX still hasn’t jumped aboard that train. No LEDs here.

My one complaint is that HyperX still hasn’t figured out how to do inline controls efficiently. Once again the Revolver ships with a dual 3.5mm PC extension cable and control box, which features a mute switch and volume dial. And while these boxes keep getting more attractive, there’s still room for improvement. A complete rethinking of the approach would be nice, actually. (Personally, I’d prefer controls built into the headset.) Also notable is the absence of the Cloud II’s built-in sound card.

 

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