HyperX earned an extraordinarily uncommon 10/10 from us with its Cloud Alpha Wi-fi headphones. A good set of gaming headphones has a battery lifetime of 30 to 40 hours; the Cloud Alpha blew us away with 300 hours. Now, the corporate is again with the Cloud III Wi-fi. Whereas it would not get the identical miraculous battery lifetime of its predecessor, it nonetheless will get an awesome 120 hours and provides a pair tweaks that ought to broaden the bottom of buyer attraction.
On its floor, the Cloud III Wi-fi is not a lot totally different from the Alpha. It has the identical comfy ear cups, sturdy however versatile aluminum body, and purple accents. (There may be now an all-black possibility.) The variations are delicate however necessary. Moreover the diminished however nonetheless unimaginable battery life, the wi-fi dongle makes the swap to USB-C and comes with a USB-A adapter. Internally, the Alpha makes use of twin chamber drivers, whereas the III makes use of extra typical angled 53-mm drivers. Oh, and the III is about $30 cheaper.
The modifications really feel like two steps again, then two steps ahead, in a unique however nonetheless constructive course.
New Connection Choices
We have been so baffled at how HyperX managed to tug off over 300 hours of battery life that it impressed our pals at iFixit to do an investigative breakdown. Their knowledgeable guess is that HyperX achieved this unreal mark with a mixture of actually environment friendly chips and by reducing power-hungry options like energetic noise cancellation and generic Bluetooth connectivity.
Whereas this makes the Cloud Alpha superb for the slim use case they’re designed for—wi-fi audio for PC or PlayStation gaming—it comes on the expense of different makes use of, like connecting them to your Swap, telephone, pill, or most different units. The Cloud III Wi-fi expands that entry, although possibly not fairly the way in which you may want.
Within the field, HyperX has included a USB-C dongle that has an non-compulsory USB-A attachment. It is a minor distinction however a big one. When you use each items to attach these to a PC, it really works simply how the unique Cloud Alpha did. Nonetheless, with the USB-C dongle, now you can join the headphones wirelessly to a telephone, pill, or transportable handheld gaming console just like the Swap.
Sadly, plugging the USB-C dongle into the Swap blocks simultaneous enjoying and charging. It is not probably the most handy solution to pair headphones, however it’s nonetheless a welcome addition. The Cloud Alpha received such good battery life that I used to be extra usually aggravated that I could not use it with different units, and would’ve fortunately accepted half the battery life for extra choices. HyperX learn my thoughts and delivered that commerce.
A very powerful side of a pair of headphones is their sound high quality. On that entrance, the Cloud III Wi-fi is a bit disappointing in comparison with its siblings—which should not be construed as disappointing general. The audio on the Cloud Alpha was disproportionately wonderful for its value. The Cloud III prices lower than the Cloud Alpha, however on account of its totally different drivers, it additionally sounds rather less wealthy.
The bass is not fairly as deep as I might’ve appreciated, however it’s nonetheless fairly clear. I used it for gaming for a pair dozen hours, and as soon as I received used to it, I hardly observed the distinction. I think I may not have even clocked the distinction in any respect if I hadn’t gotten so used to the higher sound on the Cloud Alpha.
The wi-fi vary was as spectacular as different HyperX headphones I’ve examined. I used to be in a position to stand up from my gaming PC, stroll to the kitchen to seize a drink, and make it again with no single break in my connection.