Review of HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset
A great headset is a must-have for anyone who competes in eSports, and just like any other peripherals designed for gaming, there is something for every budget on the market.
In this review I will be taking a closer look at the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset, which has been praised by many people around the world, especially for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The other model HyperX Cloud II, is one of the most popular headsets at the moment, where the Cloud Revolver models differs a bit in both price and setup. On the Cloud Revolver headset, for instance, the well-known USB-soundcard has been left out, and I’m curious to see how that affects the performance on the headset in general.
HyperX markets Cloud Revolver as the holy grail of their headsets with Studio-grade sound and durable steel-frame just to name a few of the features we got on hand.
Studio-grade Sound Stage
Signature HyperX memory foam with premium leatherette
Durable steel frame
Detachable noise-cancellation microphone
Next-generation directional 50mm drivers
The first thing I noticed when opening the HyperX Cloud Revolver, was the design and the high quality of the leather-material on the headset combined with the steel-frame.
The headset itself feels like one you would use in a recording studio, and this got me excited to test it out, given that HyperX claims it is the most luxurious headset they have made yet.
I immediately put on some music and the sound was beyond my expectations. Crystal clear treble and well-put bass. From rap and rock to psychedelic and classic pop, the sound still kept surprising me in the levels of details, and this is quite remarkable since I’ve always thought my previous headset, the HyperX Cloud II was a great choice, also when listening to music.
Frequency Response 12-28.000 Hz
Impedance: 30 ohm
Units: 50mm Neodymium
Connection: 3.5mm jack stick
Cabel length: 1 meter
Weight: 360 grams
Frequency response: 50 – 18.000 Hz
Setup & challenges
After some time listening to music, it was time to setup the headset for teamspeak and test it out in CSGO.
Here I ran into a few problems due to my lack of knowledge when it comes to audio-drivers.
On the HyperX Cloud II you just plug it into the USB port and voila, everything is ready to go. On Cloud Revolver, things need to be manually setup since it doesn’t have it’s own soundcard.
When I talked to my friends on Teamspeak at first, they could hear the shots that was being played in the headset while ingame in CSGO, and the mic quality was, let’s be completely honest, completely terrible.
This made me go from being super excited to feeling rather poorly due to the circumstances, but thankfully it was all just a matter of setting up the HyperX Cloud Revolver.
Straight into my onboard Realtek HD Audio Manager, I was told by rex from Compass Gaming to set it up so that my computer would treat all new audio devices as separate ones. After doing this and also choosing the right line-in for my microphone on Teamspeak, all issues were fixed and I could finally start the testing in CSGO.
Cloud Revolver in CSGO
Ready for combat!
The first thought that came to my mind after joining a server in CSGO, was that the quality of the sound and the many small details that were very sharp in terms of clarity.
For example, I had no problems hearing that a guy stepped around in the bottom of middle on dust2 whilst I was in a combat in T spawn. This kind of detail is what I hoped for, and it brings a general calmness to your play when you feel confident that every possible detail that you need, will be heard flawlessly.
From what I’ve been told by friends, the quality of the microphone is great too, but as previously mentioned, it can sometimes be a need to test out different settings and output volume to ensure that the players you are joining forces with always feel comfortable with your information.
Compared to HyperX Cloud II, the details and audio quality is a few steps better. It sounds more clear and detailed, and that was also my expectation since the Cloud Revolver headset is at a bit higher price-level than Cloud II.
More details about headsets
I’m not the most technical guy out there, and thankfully my colleague Rex is, so if you want to learn more about headsets and audio in detail, go visit his guide here on HLTV which will give you a better understanding of it.http://www.hltv.org/blog/13588-hardware-basics-3-headsets
Rumours about Cloud Revolver
Before receiving the HyperX Cloud Revolver, I’ve read in various threads that some people claim the sound is very ‘metallic’ and in general is worse than it’s predecessor Cloud II.
I cannot see myself in agreement with this, since I, as previously mentioned, felt that the audio was very detailed and pleasant for both music and gaming.
But as with many things, what is good is relative, and it’s up to every separate individual what is best, however I feel comfortable in saying that HyperX Cloud Revolver is a well-deserved upgrade compared to HyperX Cloud II as well as other medium-priced gaming headsets.
Not that Cloud II is a bad headset, cause it’s not, it’s great! But Cloud Revolver takes the detail and sound quality a few steps higher in my opinion.
The cheapest price I could find at a Danish hardware retail-shop was around €115 including shipping.
This puts HyperX Cloud Revolver in the lower end of the most expensive high-end headsets on the market specifically designed for eSports.
So is the pricing fair? I believe so. €115 is a good amount of money to most people, but then again, as I’ve told in previous reviews, I believe peripherals for gaming is an investment.
I would rather pay double for something I feel is a joy to use, rather than buying something cheaper at mediocre quality. You might feel different, but that’s my personal opinion, and therefore I’m not scared about the pricing on the HyperX Cloud Revolver.
After countless hours of playing CSGO and listening to various types of music with the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset, this is thus far my clear favourite.
The details in sound, the treble and bass level as well as the feel of the quality on the headset, makes it a genuine contender to even the most expensive gaming headsets on the market.
For people with little to no knowledge of setting up sound, it can be needed to spend some time on google and various forums, but if you follow my tips regarding setting it up, you should be good to go in less than 5 minutes.
If you value sound quality and details highly, you should definitely take HyperX Cloud Revolver into your considerations.
An external soundcard would also be a great idea if you either have it, or are willing to spend some extra money, but either way, I assume the majority of players will be very satisfied with this headset from HyperX, regardless of using their onboard soundcard or an external.
For more information, visit HyperX at http://www.hyperxgaming.com/us/headsets/revolver/hx-hscr
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