After releasing the superb HyperX CLOUD Revolver and the CloudX Pro, HyperX is shifting gears and focusing on something a little simpler: the budget-priced HyperX Cloud Stinger—an affordable headset that delivers substantial performance, even if the build design and quality suffer. The Cloud Stinger may not win any awards for looks, but considering the low asking price of only $35, The Stinger isn’t too shabby of a performer. The audio delivers a solid punch, and the overall performance is surprisingly balanced regardless of how stubborn the signal gets.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger doesn’t make a good first impression. The headset looks and feels cheap. The design and build quality resemble something you’d find in the bargain bin section of Toys R Us. Even though it appears like a flimsy children’s toy, it feels comfortable once put into action. At only 275g, the headset is extremely light and doesn’t cause any issues after long-term use. I really wish HyperX had refrained from using such cheap plastic for the body. The headset damages easily, and it’s bulky shape only accentuates the cheapness of the materials.
"The HyperX Cloud Stinger doesn’t make a good first impression. The headset looks and feels cheap. The design and build quality resemble something you’d find in the bargain bin section of Toys R Us."
Fortunately, much is forgiven once the audio drivers get to flex their muscles. The Cloud Stinger handles the toughest material with confidence. Whether you’re surrounding yourself with the hyper-realism of Battlefield 1, or you’re zigzagging through the colorful tunes of Overwatch, The Stinger provides strong overall performance. As always, setting realistic expectations for your purchases is imperative when trying to decide on the right product.
For a budget headset, the specs are pretty impressive: 50mm dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets, a frequency response time of 18Hz-23,000Hz, a 30 Ω impedance, a sound pressure level of 102 ± 3dBSPL/mW at 1kHz and an input power rating of 30mW, Maximum 500mW. There aren’t any EQ tweaking options or any type of extra settings, so don’t expect much flexibility when it comes to the default equalizer tuning.
"But if you can look past its bulbous exterior, there’s a pretty lean set of drivers that knows how to jump into action when needed."
I’ve tested around eight titles from different genres, and the Cloud Stinger never exhibited any hiccups. When it comes to reliability, HyperX certainly knows how to handle their QA department. Even after blasting the volume at maximum level for several hours, there were no signs of noise or crackling. The HyperX Cloud Stinger is certainly a trustworthy performer.
Overall, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a decent, albeit unimpressive, budget headset. I feel most gamers are better off spending an extra ten bucks for something substantially better, but if you’re really strapped for cash, the Stinger is a solid piece of tech with a proper punch. The ugly design doesn’t help the Stinger much either, but if you can look past its bulbous exterior, there’s a pretty lean set of drivers that knows how to jump into action when needed.