HyperX has a new economy line of gaming headphones on the market called the “Cloud Stinger”, and promises that it will be “The best gaming headset for under $50”. This is a bold statement, so we wanted to take a look at it and find out whether or not the HyperX Cloud Stinger really lives up to its marketing.
Starting with its design, the HyperX Cloud Stinger features a mainly black design with red HyperX logo accents on its ear cups. The ear cups themselves are large enough to go over the ear and feature a good bit of memory foam cushioning for comfort. Additionally, the ear cups swivel as well as fold up for easier storage on-the-go. Internally, the HyperX Cloud Stinger features two 50mm drivers and an internal metal frame for durability. Its design is fairly spartan, but totally fits in with being the budget offering of the HyperX Cloud headphones lineup.
There is no complicated installation or setup with the HyperX Cloud Stinger – just plug in its 3.5mm audio jack and begin playing your games or music. For the multiplayer gamers out there, the HyperX Cloud Stinger features a swivel-to-mute boom microphone – beware, though, as it is not removable.
High-end sound quality is not something you would expect with with a $50 dollar gaming headset and you don’t really get it with the HyperX Stinger. What you do get, however, is good sound quality that will allow you to enjoy your games and music thanks to its large-than-average 50mm drivers. Being a budget-friendly headset, there is no on-board sound processing or anything of that nature, you get raw sound, so you should tweak the sound profile via whatever source you are listening to.[ezcol_1half]The Good
- Great price
- Microphone cannot be removed
- Sound quality is so-so
Overall, the HyperX Stinger is a basic gaming headset with an inexpensive price point and just enough audio capabilities to allow you to hear your games in action. That being said, it is very comfortable to wear for long periods thanks to its over the ear design and comfy cushioning. Also, it is fairly portable when folded up. Finally, it retails for $50 dollars and is available now – if you are on a budget, you definitely should check it out!