The Ergohacks Verdict

I’ve been through a lot of headphones over the years. Most have been connected to my phone and hence I’ve gotten used to in-ear buds. I’ve tried bigger earphones for at the computer but I’ve never found them comfortable. The traditional headset for gamer’s is much different to what I’m used to. They’re usually big and heavy with integrated microphone and often lots of LEDs. I was somewhat skeptical if I’d like the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset but after three weeks with it I’m converted and rather than plug in my buds when I sit down I’m happy putting on the Stinger.

The most important thing I’m looking for in a headset is comfort. The Stinger has a large ear cup that goes over even my large ears and uses a fake leather memory foam pad to distribute the pressure rather than have pain points. The headband is adjustable with another large memory foam pad and actually stays where I adjust it. In all, it’s a comfortable fit and I’ve worn it for three or four hours in a row without developing headaches or pain. The over ear cup design also has the advantage of blocking the sounds around you passively and quite effectively.  If you’re wearing it around your neck the cups also twist to lie flat. It looks a little silly but actually feels a lot nicer than I expected.

Sound quality is decent with large directional drivers. That translates to mean that you can get directionality in what you hear. If there’s something sneaking up behind you you can hear it behind you. I’ve tried the Stinger with music, spoken word and gaming and it’s performed well in all cases. The other side of the coin is the microphone and that’s better than I’d expected and much better than the built in mic on either the webcam or in my laptop or phone. It’s not quite as good as a dedicated mic like the Yeti Blue but for gaming chat or Skype works perfectly.

The Stinger has one other big advantage – simplicity. There are only two controls – a slider on the right cup for volume and if you twist the mic it mutes. Add to that no software at all and a single 3.5mm jack (with a Y-splitter in the box) and it’s as straightforward to use as it could possibly be. I’ve had it plugged into my PC, phone, tablet, Switch and PS4 and in every case, it’s worked perfectly and immediately.

So with all that said will the Stinger keep being used now that my testing period is over? Yes. It’s much too big for me to be mobile with but it’s perfect to hook up to my laptop or desktop and both block out the world and keep me entertained. It’s also great for Skype calls and the lack of LED’s means it’s viable for video calls as well. It’s usually available for £50 but I’ve seen it drop in price several times – if you’re looking for a closed ear headset with a mic it’s a great choice. Recommended.

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Price: ±  £49.99
Included: Headset with integrated 4 pin 3.5mm cable and an extender Y-Splitter cable

Specification

Weight: 275g
Type: Circumaural, Closed back
Colour: Black with red accents
Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) + Extension Y-cable(1.7m)
Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Drivers: 50mm directional neodymium magnets

Frequency response: 18Hz-23,000Hz
Impedance: 30 Ω
Sound pressure level: 102 ± 3d
BSPL/mW at 1kHz
T.H.D.: < 2%
Input power: Rated 30mW
Maximum 500mW

Microphone Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern: Uni-directional Noise Canceling
Frequency response: 50Hz~18,000Hz
Sensitivity: -40 dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

Warranty: Two years free from manufacturer defect

Requirements

A system with a 3.5mm jack is required. The only systems that will not have this are the older Xbox One’s (although there is a converter available) and Apple’s more recent iPhones.

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About HyperX and Kingston Technology

HyperX is a division of Kingston Technology that focuses on high performance – usually gaming products. HyperX started with RAM and moved on to overclocking devices, SSDs and has recently started making headsets, mice and mousemats. Kingston Technology is an American corporation based out of California that employs more than 3,500 staff and specialises in volatile memory with huge proportions of the RAM, flash drive and SSD markets.

 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on three weeks of tinkering, testing and using the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset during July 2017. This article was first published on 27 July 2017 and was updated 8 September 2017.