hyperx-cloud-revolver-headset-review-2Kingston Technology has come out with their latest headset in the HyperX line of products, the Cloud Revolver. This new headset boasts a slew of features that makes it a solid staple in the HyperX line. The headset features large, comfortable ear cups and a detachable mic as well as a 3.5mm jack attachment which will separate it from its Cloud 2 and makes it much more versatile than other USB style gaming headsets.

Whatever your tastes are, from music to games to movies, the Cloud Revolver is masterful in their audio. In terms of music, I listened to as much variety as I could think of. From classical music to rap, there wasn’t a genre that didn’t sound crisp and clean. Even at high volumes (which was so loud I had to take them off to test max volume) there was no degradation of quality.

Action games require a good set of ears to determine where the enemy is coming from, and the Cloud Revolver doesn’t disappoint here either.  I did most of my testing there. I had absolutely no issue determining when the enemies were at any pint while playing a game. Overall, I found absolutely no issues with the audio when it came to playing games.

In terms of functionality, the piece that most disappointed me was the microphone. When comparing the Cloud Revolver to competitor headsets I could tell a clear distinction in the mic quality. However, that isn’t to say the microphone is of poor quality. When using it in games, I did not have any complaints. When I asked my teammates if they noticed anything, they said I came in clean and clear. However, I would not suggest recording a podcast or live-streaming with it and expecting the best quality.

One of the more prominent features on the The Cloud Revolver is the steel band that sits on the top. While this is a very strong asset, it is also one of the major drawbacks. If the band is touched in the slightest manner, the whole thing reverberates like a tuning fork. It provides a very strong and lightweight frame to hold all of the other components, but can be an annoyance. If the headset is adjusted or touched in any way, since the frame is connected to the ears, the reverberation is short but very prevalent.  The steal band does, however, have its redeeming qualities.

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On the plus side, the steel frame’s strength helps to hold the headset very firmly to the head. This leads to an extremely comfortable headset that doesn’t push against your head in a way that leaves you with a headache. For those of you that also wear glasses, it doesn’t push them into your face in an uncomfortable way. All of this leads to having a well fit headset, that stays where it needs even if your head moved.  It is the first headset I’ve tried that requires no customization and fits perfectly right away. With other headsets, sometimes if you looked forward or back it would slip off your head. However, with the Cloud Revolver this is not the case, they stay in place very well. Additionally, they are very lightweight despite having all of this firmness and stability. I’m very happy with how the fit and feel. Finally, I really like that there are removable ear pads. If the faux leather ever gets worn or rips, they are very easily replaced.

The versatility of these headphones is a major selling point, as they are not USB based. This means that they can be used with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, phones, and anything else that uses a 3.5mm jack. The cable attached to the headset itself is 3 feet long, which allows for ease of use with consoles and phones alike. While using it with a PC, the inline mic and volume control adds better handling for when you’re sitting home at your desk.

Overall, the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset is a solid headset. The audio is immaculate, and the microphone is more than acceptable for gaming via console or PC. If you’re intending on having perfect audio for podcasts or streaming there are better mics, but that’s really the only major downfall. The build quality is outstanding, and this is a very solid headset for gaming and listening to music. You can see the technical specs of the headset below.

Headphone
Driver: 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: 360g
Weight w/ mic and cable: 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

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

HyperX Cloud Revolver Review
The Good
  • Great Audio
  • Comfortable
  • 3.5mm Jack Attachment
The Bad
  • Steel Band Vibration
  • Microphone Quality
8.5Overall Score

About The Author

Bobby C
Director, Editorial/Reviews

Bobby C is a veteran FPS and adventure gamer, starting with the NES and Super Mario Bros. The game that really started his love for the FPS Genre was Goldeneye for the N64. Since then, the love grew. From casual, to semi-pro COD with Modern Warfare 2 and 3, and back to casual, it’s a bad week when there isn’t at least 15 hours of games played.