The market for gaming headsets has expanded to the point where choosing a suitable gaming headset can be overwhelming. There are numerous different price points that cater to different needs and desires from a number of reputable brands. HyperX is one of those brands that has consistently impressed us with the quality of their headsets. HyperX is releasing a new headset, the Cloud MIX, which is their first Bluetooth enabled gaming headset designed for gamers on the go. The Cloud MIX is a versatile headset that can be used with a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth and is compatible with mobile devices, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, VR and Xbox One.
The Cloud MIX shares some DNA from some other HyperX headsets such as the Cloud 2 and Cloud Alpha. The Cloud MIX features dual chamber technology and 40mm drivers, certified to deliver Hi-Res Audio up to 40kHz. The functionality of Bluetooth with a wired option makes this a versatile headset, allowing it to be a single headset solution for multiple devices. The Cloud MIX has two microphone options, a flexible detachable gaming mic that is TeamSpeak and Discord certified for game chat and an internal Bluetooth enable mic, which can look less conspicuous when using this headset in public. The volume controls for wired mode are located on the 3.5mm input cord and the ones for Bluetooth are indicated by plus and minus buttons on the actual headset. The Cloud Mix includes a single 3.5mm jack cable and a double 3.5mm cable. The headset is charged by an included USB cable. The technical specifications are as follows.
Driver: Custom dynamic, 40mm driver with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural; Closed back
Frequency Response: 10Hz–40,000Hz
Impedance: 40 Ω
Sound Pressure Level: 100dBSPL/mW at 1kHzT.H.D.: < 2%
Weight with Mic: 275g
Detachable Headset Cable: 1.3m
PC Extension Cable: 2mUSB
Charging Cable: 0.5m
Detachable Headset Cable: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)
PC Extension Cable: 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar Pattern: Noise-cancelling
Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -42dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar Pattern: Omni-directional
Frequency Response: 50Hz-8,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -33dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Bluetooth: 20 hours (tested at 50 percent volume)
Bluetooth Version: 4.2
Wireless Range2: Up to 10 meters (may vary by environment)
Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, let’s get down to what we thought of it. One of the most noticeable aspects of the Cloud MIX is its appearance. It does have the traditional HyperX headset design, but the unit is completely black, save for the silver HyperX logo on the ear cuffs. Most HyperX headsets, at least the ones this writer is familiar with, tend to have some red or other colorful highlights to make them stand out. While their normal aesthetic is not an unattractive one, this monochrome approach draws less attention to the Cloud MIX which makes them better suited for wearing them on the go and also helps make them look more sophisticated. The ear cuffs are well cushioned to provide comfort for extended wear, whether they are used for gaming, listening to music or hands free phone calls.
The sound quality is good from the Cloud MIX in both wired and Bluetooth mode. Due to sound compression, audiophiles will notice that the sound quality is better when it is wired than in Bluetooth mode, but even with the quality hit from Bluetooth, the quality isn’t anything to complain about it. Wired mode is noticeably better than using stock speakers or earbuds but didn’t quite measure up to the really high end sets that have a bunch of EQ bells and whistles or digital surround sound, but that doesn’t mean the Cloud MIX didn’t allow for the lows to rumble like thunder while letting the subtle undertones and background tracks jump out to grab my attention. Bluetooth mode did exceed expectations as this is one of the better sounding Bluetooth devices I have used. To clarify, the sound quality is overall better wired than in Bluetooth mode. To compare this to comparable devices, sound quality in wired mode is in the upper middle range compared to other wired headsets and in the top of the line compared to other Bluetooth devices.
The HyperX Cloud MIX is a great and versatile headset. The Cloud is available exclusively in the US at Best Buy, has a two year warranty and a $199.99 manufacture’s retail price. Whether this is worth that asking price depends on what you need it for. If Bluetooth is something you have zero interest in, HyperX offers other headsets in the Cloud family that are of comparable quality for a lower price. The value of the Cloud MIX comes from how it’s compatible for a multitude of platforms and works as a Bluetooth or wired headset. During the review process, this was used with my PlayStation 4, Switch, PC and iPhone and I can confidently say if I could only have one headset this would meet all my needs. The Hyper X Cloud MIX is a must-have headset for someone who uses a variety of devices that includes Bluetooth-enabled ones.