HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset Review
We’ve seen a fair few Headsets from HyperX here at pcGameware and the last one, the Cloud Stinger was not only the cheapest HyperX to date but it was also one of the best. This time around we’re going to take a look at the other end of the spectrum as the HyperX Cloud Revolver is HyperX’s most expensive headset to date.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver is a circumaural stereo headset with 50mm Drivers and a Frequency Response of 12Hz–28,000 Hz. The headset itself utilises a steel frame, floating headband and memory foam ear cushions. In addition to this there’s an in-line control box supporting both volume control and microphone mute. The Cloud Revolver is compatible with PC, Xbox One*, PS4, Wii U, Mac and Mobile**.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver arrived at pcG in a smart, predominately black box with a large image of the headset on the front. In addition to HyperX highlighting that this is a ‘Pro Gaming Headset’ and the fact that it’s compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac & Mobile, HyperX also promotes the following features:
The back of the box further highlights specific features of the Headset by way of another large image and various pointers that highlight the following: Durable Steel Frame, Audio Control Box with 3.5mm Stereo and Mic Plugs, 50mm Directional Drivers, Suspension Headband, Detachable Noise Cancellation Mic and Signature HyperX Memory Foam. In addition to this we can see that the Cloud Revolver is compatible with (Teamspeak, Discord, Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble & Raidcall) and comes with a 2 year warranty.
Removing the outer sleeve reveals a smart looking simple black presentation box complete with HyperX logo. This helps to give the Cloud Revolver a somewhat premium feel.
On opening the box we can see that the Cloud Revolver is both beautifully packaged and presented. In fact given the quality of both the presentation and packaging you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Cloud Revolver was a one hundred pound plus headset, but it’s not… 😉
Despite all that packaging there’s not that much in the box though. Other than the headset itself we find a Quick Start Guide, an additional multilingual Headset Information Guide, an extension cable complete with In-Line Control Box (ILCB) and a detachable microphone.
At the time of writing the HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset is available at Overclockers UK for approximately £85 and comes with a 2 year warranty.
courtesy of HyperX
Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural, Closed back
Frequency response: 12Hz–28,000 Hz
Impedance: 30 Ω
Sound pressure level: 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
T.H.D.: < 2%
Input power: Rated 30mW, Maximum 500mW
Weight with mic: 376g
Cable length and type: Headset (1m) + Audio Control Box (2m)
Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + Audio Control Box – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-cancelling
Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Once out of the box it was apparent that the HyperX Cloud Revolver is a good looking Headset and seemingly well made also. It feels both satisfyingly weighty at 360g and is definitely a step up from the feel and build of the recently reviewed Stinger, but then that’s almost half the price. All in all first impressions are very good, but it’s still going to have to pull out all the stops to better our favourite Headset of choice: HyperX’s very own HyperX Cloud that’s still around £30 cheaper… 😮
Both ear-cups are identical and neither ear-cup features any additional functionality to speak of. The aggressive HyperX logo design on the centre of the ear-cup look good and looks like it might illuminate, but alas it does not! 🙁 But the overall design is good and the plastics used are of a high quality although they’re not what you’d really call soft-touch…
Within each closed back ear-cup (meaning that sound is kept within the ear-cup) HyperX have squeezed a large 50mm Driver with neodymium magnets, with a Frequency Response of 12Hz–28,000 Hz. This is an interesting and somewhat unusual Frequency Response as it sits well outside the range of the (average) human ear; that is generally accepted to be 20Hz – 20,000Hz.
The headband is of the floating variety meaning that the padded central band is allowed to float (up & down) within the outer band’s steel frame. The headband itself is made from leatherette (that’s fake leather to you and me) and features some rather smart red stitching on the edges. The top of the headband also features a subtle embossed HyperX logo.
The inner part of the headband, also made from leatherette is padded with memory foam, although there’s not much of it from what I can tell. Although initial impressions suggest that this has no detrimental effect on comfort.
As you can see from the image above left the HyperX Cloud Revolver features nice large circumaural (over the ear) ear-cups with large memory foam cushions. The cushions are covered once again in leatherette and seem extremely comfortable. The inner section of the ear-cup feature a simple black acoustic cloth that covers the exposed 50mm Driver hiding within.
The PC extension cable provided with The HyperX Cloud Revolver is 1m long with both headphone and microphone 3.5mm Jack plugs at one end. At the other end we find an In-Line Control Box (ILCB) featuring a simple rotary volume wheel and easy to use Microphone mute switch. The Headset itself then simply plugs into this ILCB. Although the quality of the ILCB has been improved over the original Cloud at this price it could still do with a little more thought I feel…
The detachable uni-directional microphone simply plugs into the bottom of the left ear-cup thanks to a simple 3.5mm Jack socket, although the socket is keyed. The microphone itself is of the flexible (pipe cleaner) boom variety and thankfully the boom tends to stay where you put it. The microphone itself feature noise cancellation and has a Frequency Response of 50Hz-18,000 Hz.
Hardware Installation/Testing Methodology/Setup
The following Games were also used during testing:
- Metro Last Light (benchmark)
- Unigine Heaven (benchmark)
The performance of a Headset is predominately based upon what it sounds like, therefore what we have here is my opinion on what I think about the audio performance of the HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset; of course this is somewhat subjective…
It amazes me how HyperX keeps producing some of the best Gaming Headsets on the market today, first there was the original HyperX Cloud, this was then followed by the somewhat lacklustre Cloud II, then we had the very impressive Cloud Stinger. Now we have the Cloud Revolver and amazingly enough they’ve done it again. This is the best Headset HyperX have produced to date and is likely the only Gaming Headset you’ll ever need.
Personally I have always held the original HyperX Cloud up high as one of the finest PC Gaming Headset’s on the market today, especially given the (current day) cost of around £50. The Cloud Revolver is an evolution of that Headset and it’s better in the most important way, and that’s the sound quality. When paired with our test soundcard (SoundBlaster Zx) the audio performance of the HyperX Cloud Revolver was very impressive and is in fact the best I’ve heard from a Headset costing less than £100. All frequencies are well catered for with impressive bass response, but not too overpowering as to drown out the other frequencies. The mid-range is especially good, perfect for vocals and music (voice), the treble is good too, yet sometimes it just fails to punch through the impressive bass and mid-range. But now I’m beginning to get picky… Overall the Cloud Revolver deliverers an excellent sound-stage and is a very capable Headset in every way.
Sound positioning was also good, given that this is a stereo Headset and not (thankfully) a Virtual 5.1/7.1 surround sound Headset. Cannibal positioning in the Game The Forest was very good indeed and was of a great benefit when in a Game as terrifying as this.
As soon as you put on the HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset you know that this is likely to be one comfortable to wear Headset and it doesn’t let you down. Despite its relative high weight of 360g the Cloud Revolver remained comfortable even during those longer sessions (5 hour+) in The Forest. In fact it’s just as comfortable as the original HyperX Cloud and that’s one of the most comfortable that I’ve tried.
Microphone quality was also found to be good, if not great, with no complaints (other than the usual) from my online friends when using our VOIP program of choice Razer Comms. Voice pickup was also good thanks to the bendable microphone boom that can be easily positioned close to the mouth and, more importantly, stays where your put it.
When not in use the microphone can be removed from the bottom of the left ear-cup; a handy feature as otherwise it has a tendency to get in the way. Although I would have still preferred to find a rotating (auto mute) microphone like the one found on the cheaper Cloud Stinger.
It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a Headset that can challenge the original HyperX Cloud as the best sub one hundred pound Headset, but at last we have a real challenger. The HyperX Cloud Revolver actually sounds better than the original Cloud and that in its self is impressive enough.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver arrived at pcG in a smart large, predominately black box with the contents within both beautifully packaged and presented. In fact this is an area that HyperX have excelled at ever since the original HyperX Cloud. There’s not much in the box though and the original carry case that came with the Cloud seems to have be dropped as has some of the cable accessories. What you do get though, other than some paperwork, is a detachable boom microphone and PC extension cable complete with an In-Line Control Box.
Once out of the box the HyperX Cloud Revolver was found to be both a good looking and well made Headset. It’s also nice to see a design that is simply not a copy of another OEM headset. The Headset itself features two 50mm Drivers with no support for 5.1/7.1 Virtual Surround and that’s a good thing as far as I am concerned. There’s also the aforementioned removable microphone and an ILCB found at the end of the PC extension cable, all cables are also fully braided and are both thin and flexible.
As seems to be the way with all HyperX Cloud Headsets the Cloud Revolver was found to be extremely comfortable. The large circumaural ear-cups, equipped with memory foam provided a cosseting feeling around the ear and were comfortable even during those long (5Hr+) sessions in The Forest. The floating headband was also found to be comfortable despite the headset’s relatively heavy weight of around 360g.
But to succeed this Headset not only has to look good and be comfortable it has to sound good too. And, more importantly, it has to better the best Headset on the market today, that is (ironically) the original HyperX Cloud. From a pure audio performance point of view the HyperX Revolver simply doesn’t put a foot wrong and is easily the best sub £100 Headset that Iv’e seen (sorry, heard) in some time. In Game sound is both clear and sharp with all frequencies well catered for, in fact it is this aspect that really shines through as sonically the Cloud Revolver has no real areas of weakness. Especially when you consider the cost of around £85 at the time of review.
The detachable microphone is best described as good and there was no complaints from my online friends in VOIP. But considering the price maybe, just maybe it could have been a little better. But to be fair I’m now just nit picking again…
As last I have found a Headset to better the ubiquitous HyperX Cloud and it’s great to see that HyperX have bettered their very own Headset. The HyperX Cloud Revolver is now my new headset of choice and we will keep this one here at pcGameware for the foreseeable future. If you’ve got £100 to spend on a Headset then this one should be at the top of your list and the best bit is that you’re even likely to get a decent amount of change too… 😉
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Many thanks to HyperX for providing this sample for review