Review of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is more expensive while providing the same game-oriented 7.1 channel surround if you compare it to comparable goods like the $99 (£89, AU$169) Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition and the $99 (£109, AU$159) Corsair Void Pro RGB. The HyperX Cloud Revolver S should be more affordable, though, as there are frequently sales.
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You’ll see that, save from a few small issues, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset really stands up to all of our challenges.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S’s appearance is attractive and not overtly “gamey,” with only a few subtle nods to gaming. Only the “HX” emblem on both ear cups, which indicates HyperX, really shouts “game” when the microphone is removed.
The black and white colour palette isn’t overly striking; black is the dominant hue and white only appears as inconspicuous accents on the ear cups and the headband. Red LEDs, on the other hand, only display on the USB control box and aren’t overly bright.
Even more remarkable is the HyperX Cloud Revolver S’s physical construction. The headset is constructed around a slick, eye- and touch-pleasing steel frame. It enables a sturdy and flexible feeling. Considering that metal frames are renowned for letting in some noise when brushed or tapped, a pair of rubber dampers aid reduce the echo. The headband glides freely for automatic adjustment to fit the user’s head, and the matte plastic ear cups that are attached to the steel frame rotate a few degrees in each direction.In order to justify the use of the word “Cloud” in the headset’s name, the headband and earpads are coated in leather-like “leatherette” pads filled with plush memory foam. These cushions provide comfort for hours on end. We have used a lot of lightweight headphones and headsets that were far more unpleasant. To accommodate large ears comfortably and evenly distribute the clamping pressure to the point of being negligible, the earpads form a wide loop.
One of the few flaws in the design is the microphone. The bottom of the left headphone has a 3.5mm port that connects to the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. It doesn’t have any exposed mesh, is thick, malleable, and feels strong.
The problem is that if it is bent very much, it tends to recover somewhat from its position. It doesn’t bend and hold the position you put it in like a contortionist. Although the extra bulk would not have been worth it, it is unfortunate that the microphone cannot dock into the headset when not in use.
With the help of a breakout cable that divides the audio from the microphone and headphones into two 3.5mm jacks, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S provides some convenience to the microphone. As it doesn’t require a USB connection, this extra convenience will be without Dolby virtual surround capability.
The braided cables used by the HyperX Cloud Revolver S are a little bit stiff. The initial section of cord from the headphones is around three feet long, which is a manageable distance to travel to the USB control panel. The panel features a clip that appears to be designed for belt or pocket attachment.
After about eight feet, the cable length starts to become a little crazy. The cable may seem excessive if you’re close to your PC. But having the extra reach and not using it is preferable to not having it when you do because it works with consoles where you might be sitting farther away.
Since the wire is so flexible, many different platforms can use it. Using the supplied USB dongle, it can connect to a PS4 Pro, PC, or any other device that supports USB sound. It may also connect to any other device, including your smartphone or Xbox One X, using a straightforward 3-pole 3.5mm connector.
Don’t worry if you feel that we haven’t praised the headset’s design enough. Performance on the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is also excellent.
Easy to assemble. With the HyperX Cloud Revolver S, Kingston truly means “Plug N Play.” No need to look for drivers, and no software is needed to manage sound profiles. We connected the USB device, pressed the dongle’s button to turn on Dolby’s digital signal processor, and then we were good to go.
The 50mm drivers are powerful while maintaining sonic clarity. Explosions in our games were amplified to the point of being quite startling, yet everything remained clear and crisp. High hats and bass lines are not muffled, while the HyperX Cloud Revolver S creates crisp mid-tones.
Although the Dolby DSP adds some noise, the signal-to-noise ratio is good, and the interference is rapidly eliminated. Only when listening to music that was quiet at first, with only one note played at a time, did we really notice it.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is odd but entertaining on the subject of music. The headphones work well for music when everything is set to default. Three equaliser presets—a flat or vocal EQ and a bass boost—are available on the in-line control panel. The bass is adequate, but the flat and vocal EQ choices weren’t very useful. However, we did give turning on the Dolby DSP while playing music a shot, and it was a blast.Although the Dolby digital signal processing may add noise, it also widens out all of the music’s aspects so you feel engulfed in them, giving the song an almost live sense. Al, John, and Paco sounded like they were picking and tapping their guitars frantically while huddling together next to us. It was fantastic to hear Kevin Barnes from Montreal yell, “Come on, chemicals,” from all sides.
While audiophile purists may detest the little echo, it adds a little originality to tunes we’ve heard hundreds of times.
Eddie Hazel’s solo in Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain can almost transport you to another world even with subpar headphones, so when we listened to it with the HyperX Cloud Revolver S and the Dolby DSP turned on, it blew our minds once more.
The atmosphere created by music was also present in video content. We put this to the test by watching some Wonder Woman and Dunkirk. Dunkirk was obviously intense, with each bullet shocking us to the core. The tiniest background noises, such as the sound of birds and other undetected background elements, stood out the most. The environments are far more fascinating as a result of the elements’ dispersion.
Of all, all of it is merely the cherry on top. Performance in video games is what it’s all about, and the HyperX Cloud Revolver S delivers. To put it frankly, no, the fake 7.1-channel surround sound didn’t allow us to precisely locate a footstep at our 8 o’clock so we could quickly turn around and surprise sly opponents. However, it still provides good spatial sound, which is quite useful for gaming.
The surround sound in Battlefield One gave the impression that we were further in the muck, with snipers firing bullets from the tower to our right and another idiot throwing flaming bombs in our direction.
The microphone is a good option for gaming despite its erratic flexibility. We were happy with Kingston’s certification on TeamSpeak and Discord as well. While playing with us, none of our teammates ever yelled, “Your mic is cancer.”
Many tests showed the noise-cancelling to be effective. The majority of the noise was decreased in our worst test situation, a busy cafe with music playing, with only the sporadic sound of clinking glass remaining audible.
Our own voice on the microphone was able to easily drown out the background noise. However, there is undoubtedly a sweet spot for the microphone. Your breath will sound like a forceful gust if you get too close. Any further and it becomes weak. With a dedicated microphone, serious gamers or streamers can remove the microphone and completely ignore it (or find some other use for it).
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is an outstanding headset that is designed for gaming but is capable of so much more. The wide soundstage produced by the 7.1-channel surround sound provided by the Dolby DSP is helpful for gaming and draws you into movies and music. The sound quality continues to dazzle from the bass to the treble.
In addition to having outstanding audio quality, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is also a superbly constructed headset, which accounts for its higher price. A comfortable, long-lasting headset with a luxury feel is made of metal, rubberized plastic, faux leather, and memory foam. The HyperX Cloud Revolver S makes it alarmingly simple to play for ten hours on a lazy Saturday.
The microphone isn’t the most adaptable or convenient to tuck away that we’ve ever used, but it does the job of keeping teammates informed during intense games. And, yes, the price is a bit higher than plenty of other headsets offering 7.1-channel surround, but when it comes to the whole package, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is easily worth every cent.