From storage and RAM to mice and keyboards, HyperX is no stranger to constructing computer parts and peripherals. We’ve discussed HyperX headsets before, and we’ve liked them, so we were excited to get our hands on the newest member of the Cloud family- the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset is available now on Newegg, and retails for $99.99. 

Design/Build quality

The construction is the first thing I noticed about the HyperX Cloud Alpha, and what really stood out during my time with this headset.

The build quality is exceptional all around, and the headset looks great. This is in no small part due to the red aluminum frame. It gives the headset an aggressive, sturdy look without being too flashy, and it provides a durability I really appreciate. I am not at all concerned about dropping the Cloud Alpha. There’s virtually no give at all, and the Cloud Alpha comes across as a headset that will last many years. Really stellar build quality here.

The red stitching on the headband is a subtle touch, and the red and black theme always looks great (just ask MSI).

I maybe would have toned down the large logos on the ear pads, but it’s not like they're the only company to do that, and the HyperX logo is pretty cool to be fair.

This headset is RGB free. I personally couldn’t care less, but if you’re into syncing up all your peripherals with colored lights, you might want to move up to the next tier of headsets. Instead of flashy lights, the Cloud Alpha has a simple, straightforward design with quiet good looks. I’ve...never said that about a headset before, but there you go.

Sound 

A good looking headset is great and all, but sound is what really counts.

Luckily, the Cloud Alpha has that covered. Considering the price of the headset, I was pleasantly surprised by the audio quality. Music fared better than I typically expect from a gaming headset. The highs were especially remarkable, super clear and crisp. Lows got a bit muddled though, and there was a little less bass than I’m used to from more expensive headphones. It’s not perfect, but it’s quite a bit better than it has any right to be from a gaming headset.

Games sounded as good as you would expect given how well it handles music. There’s no simulated 7.1, but it more than gets the job done.

The mic, unfortunately, isn't quite up to the same standard. It’s a fully adjustable, removable mic which I appreciate; it’s nice that it’s out of the way your way when you aren’t using it. Frankly though, it just doesn’t sound very good. No one could reasonably expect a gaming mic to sound like a full XLR recording microphone, but the scratchiness and tininess is a little more pronounced than I would like.

The mic is certainly good enough, no one had any trouble hearing me on PC or on my PS4, but I wouldn’t mind a little more focus on mic sound quality with the next round of the Cloud line.

Comfort

HyperX is known for making some of the most comfortable headsets around, and the Cloud Alpha is no exception.

The memory foam that covers your ears is super comfortable, and lets your skin breathe. The headset does squeeze a little tight after a few hours of use, but the plus side of that is the stellar noise cancelling. Even at full blast, other people can barely hear what I’m hearing, and that can be really important if you’re gaming late into the night.

The headset is fully adjustable, and the headband has soft foam padding that’s nice and smooth, and won’t catch your hair when taking it off.

I wouldn’t mind if they were a LITTLE less tight, but overall, this is a seriously comfy headset. My ears thank you HyperX.

Features

The volume and mute controls are on the braided cable, which is fine, though I have gotten used to having those controls on the headset itself to mitigate fumbling.

Speaking of the cable, it’s a detachable 1/8 inch output, no USB here. That allows it to be be plugged into almost every console, and it also comes with a splitter for two input audio systems like you find on most PCs.

The cable is plenty long, and pretty high quality, further adding to the durable feel of the Cloud Alpha.

Other than that, this is a fairly straightforward headset, without a lot of extras.

Alpha headset

The HyperX Cloud Alpha has a lot going for it, including elegant design, exceptional build quality, and fantastic sound.

It’s not the most feature rich headset on the market, and the mic is a little lacking, but overall it’s an excellent addition to the Cloud line.

I really like the direction HyperX is heading with their headsets. This combination of good looks, simplicity and a focus on sound quality despite being a gaming headset is compelling, and I’m curious to see what they get up to next.