HyperX starts the Cloud series of gaming headsets with their Cloud Stinger series. The low budget, entry-level gaming headsets for gamers with tight pockets. The Cloud Core is probably the middle child that keeps the price relatively low and pulls in the sound quality that you might find on slightly expensive headsets.
The HyperX series headsets are designed to be recognised. They all have a similar design ethos which hasn’t changed much over the years. So the Cloud Core 7.1 is distinctly HyperX. Its metal hinge is solid and almost unbreakable. The headband too is very well cushioned and plenty durable.
Clamping force on the HyperX headsets has always been remarkable. Not too tight, not too loose. Just perfect. Even the earpads are nice and soft. However, you can’t remove them or swap them out. Although, its standard practice for headsets on this budget.
The mic is detachable though. You can remove it and just strut along to music using the 3.5mm audio jack. Fire up I’m Easy by Boz Scaggs and the Cloud Core bring out the toe-tapping energy. It will lose its 7.1 virtual surround sound shindig but it’s still an impressive sound quality for ₹6,490.
For that price alone, the Cloud Core 7.1 impresses with its quality in sound and in build. PC gaming is probably where you’d want to spend your time. The USB controller lets you switch between 7.1 surround sound and even adjust volume and microphone levels. There’s a mute slider on the controller as well.
Then headsets will announce when they’re in 7.1 surround sound with a neatly placed LED under the toggle button on the USB controller. Consoles don’t benefit much from this but it’s fine because the headsets boast an impressive sound quality without the virtual surround sound as well.
Valorant benefits greatly with the virtual surround sound and playing without it is not wise. The surround sound will definitely give you the audio hacks needed to get the edge in competitive rounds. The JBL Quantum 600 did something similar, albeit with more finesse to the soundstage. These come close, very close in terms of footstep detection and strategic movement for competitive shooters, for nearly half the price.
Sadly, you will be tethered to your system. And there’s no flip to mute here as well. So it’s not very convenient for gamers looking to cut the cord and bag 2020 features that make life easy.
Once you look past that, the Cloud Core 7.1 (that’s the actual name or else how will you know the crowning feature, duh?) are an easy recommendation for anyone looking to get great quality headsets under ₹10K. In fact, the Amazon exclusive price makes these more tempting.
The headsets don’t show up on the Ngenuity software on Windows. Albeit, it’s not necessary because everything you need is on the headphones themselves. Adjusting the volume through the USB controller on PC is detectable through Windows but the same cannot be said for consoles. You’ll have to guesswork. Same story with the microphone sensitivity adjustment, even on PC. There’s no meter to gauge what volume or sensitivity you’re on.
Long gaming sessions on the Cloud Core 7.1 are great. You can spend hours wearing this thing and not feel a thing. The volume too is plenty loud. On max volume, the headphones might vibrate a bit. While playing Valorant, if you’re lurking in the Lamps area on the Bind map. If anyone takes the nearby Teleport, the headphones will let out a vibration due to excessive bass. You can even feel it during the start of the song Forever by Chris Brown. It’s only on the full volume that it happens. So don’t blow off your eardrums and keep it lower.
For the Amazon exclusive price, the HyperX Cloud Core 7.1 are fantastic headsets for anyone looking to game on PC. It’s also very versatile for consoles and mobile devices, and listening to music is great too.