If you’re looking for a comfortable and great-sounding headset for your gaming rig, you should take a look at the Cloud Revolver S – it’s HyperX’s flagship headset and delivers top-class features for gamers.
HyperX gaming headset review – Cloud Revolver S
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the latest iteration of Kingston’s top-of-the-range gaming headset.
The Cloud series features three models, with the Stinger aimed at budget gamers, the Cloud targeting those with a slightly bigger budget and the Cloud Revolver series aimed at the premium market.
The Revolver headset comes in two models; the standard Revolver features studio-grade sound, delivered through Kingston’s directional 50mm drivers.
The Revolver ‘S’ model throws Dolby 7.1 surround sound into the mix, offering users the ability to experience surround sound at the touch of a button.
Being able to activate surround sound by pressing one button on the headset’s dongle is fantastic.
It’s so easy, the button lights up red to let you know surround sound is active and immediately you notice the change in audio. Simple.
It means you can get on with gaming and enjoying the top-quality audio experience, instead of messing around with software.
If you want to turn it off, you just press the button again and you go back to standard headset audio.
But you won’t want to turn it off.
The instant Dolby 7.1 experience does a great job of putting you in the centre of your virtual world, and once you’re there you’re not going to want to leave.
First-person shooters like Battlefield 1, immediately become more nail biting as you listen for the sound of your enemies and try and work out where they’re sniping you from.
Playing Project Cars with surround sound activated means approaching cars get louder as they get closer to you, before zooming past on your left or right.
The Cloud Revolver S surround sound definitely boosts immersion in games.
The Cloud Revolver Sfeatures a really high quality build that’sm fitting of it’s price tag and premium branding.
The headset features a steel frame to which the ear cups are attached, beneath the frame sits a very soft leatherette pad that fits to the size of your head automatically, without the need for fiddly adjustments.
It’s made of what Kingston calls ‘signature HyperX memory foam’, and hyperbole aside I can confirm it’s extremely comfortable.
Many headsets can cause the top of your head to ache through extended use, that simply hasn’t happened (for me at least) with the Cloud Revolver S.
It feels very light to wear, and grips your head comfortably.
The leatherette band features detailed white stitching that complements the headset’s gunmetal grey and black design perfectly.
It’s an understated look, but it still manages to ooze quality.
Where the magic happens
But it’s the ear cups where the magic happens.
Each cup fits comfortably over your ears, with each of them featuring 50mm drivers.
These drivers provide fantastic bass, and crisp precise audio.
A high-quality 3.5mm braided cable is attached to the left ear cup, this connects directly to the Cloud Revolver S’s dongle.
This can be easily detached from the dongle to connect to your smartphone or tablet, while the USB cable that connects the dongle to your PC, can also be used to plug the headset into your favorite gaming console, giving you tonnes of flexibility.
The Dolby surround sound dongle is fairly small, but features some pretty advanced technology, including a digital signal processing sound card that pumps out the afore-mentioned surround (and stereo) sound.
Conveniently, you can also clip the dongle to your shirt for easy access while gaming.
Surround sound is controlled at the touch of a large circular button, while the microphone can be muted with a press of another large button.
There’s two dials on the side of the unit, one controlling speaker volume and the second controlling microphone output, while a button on the opposite side of the unit allows you to easily cycle through three equalizer presets.
A noise-cancelling microphone can be plugged into the left ear cup, and detached when not needed.
The microphone boom is made from a soft, pliable plastic allowing you to adjust it as you need to.
The Cloud Revolver S offers an excellent out of the box audio experience.
What you get is crisp, clear audio, extremely immersive surround sound across a wide sound stage, and a very comfortable fit.
The fact that the headset can easily be used on smartphones, tablets and games consoles is another plus point.
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