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Kingston announces HyperX Cloud headset

Kingston announces HyperX Cloud headset

Kingston has teamed up with Qpad to launch the HyperX Cloud, a gaming headset featuring the company's iconic enthusiast branding.

Kingston's HyperX family of gamer-oriented products has taken a shift sideways with the announcement of a gaming headset, developed in cooperation with Swedish expert Qpad.

Dubbed the HyperX Cloud, the new headset's central feature is its ear cushions: constructed from memory-foam, the cushions work with a custom-stitched leather-padded headband to offer what Kingston claims is the ultimate in comfort for long gaming sessions. The earcups themselves, finished in leatherette as standard and with velour options available, are interchangeable, and a solid aluminium construction continues the premium feel.

The audio reproduction comes courtesy of a dynamic closed 53mm driver, offering a claimed frequency response of 15-25,000Hz and a sound pressure level (SPL) of 98dB, ±3dB. A back electret condenser microphone is bundled with the package, and its entire 150mm gooseneck design can be detached when you want to use the headset as a simple pair of headphones.

As you might expect, the HyperX brand - traditionally used by Kingston for its gamer-oriented enthusiast-grade components - is heavily featured, with the logo reproduced on the side of the earcups in red and black. A 1m braided cable is included, along with a 2m extension which can be swapped out for a bundled 10cm iPhone connector.

While headphones might be a bit of a departure from Kingston's usual memory products, the company is serious about entering the market: the company has entered into agreements to see the HyperX Cloud made the 'official headset' of the Intel Extreme Masters, Alliance Gaming, CNB e-Sports Club, SK-Gaming and Team Liquid, to best prove its gaming audio chops.

The HyperX Cloud is due to launch in the UK in the coming weeks, priced at around £70.

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Fizzban 29th April 2014, 10:32 Quote
Diversifying their product range seems like a good call, so long as they make decent products anyway.
Corky42 29th April 2014, 12:10 Quote
Was it just me that groaned when i read about a Cloud headset, only to discover it's got nothing to do with the cloud, or does it store something in the cloud ? talk about confusing :?
forum_user 29th April 2014, 13:30 Quote
I rolled my eyes Corky. I immediately decided it would be a no-buy, and if it was truly cloud related then it would be a liability with regards security. They need to ditch the 'cloud', as everyone should.
Gareth Halfacree 29th April 2014, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Was it just me that groaned when i read about a Cloud headset, only to discover it's got nothing to do with the cloud, or does it store something in the cloud ? talk about confusing :?
It just plugs in with a pair of 3.5mm plugs; the 'Cloud' moniker refers to the soft, floaty memory-foam earcups, nothing to do with server-side software!
Impatience 29th April 2014, 13:55 Quote
Now that I know that these aren't actually cloud related (apart from name), it makes me wonder how you could actually have cloud headsets? You could potentially fit a little raspberry pi-type device in them and play soundcloud tracks etc.. If it wasn't for the security, that could be a lot of fun!
Corky42 29th April 2014, 15:08 Quote
@Gareth, That make more sense, thanks. Although it does make me wounder how many people will make the same mistake as me (unless I'm being dense that is)

Are some people going to see the 'Cloud' moniker and think security risk and dismiss them offhand without giving them a second look, while others that think a Cloud related headset would be cool dismiss them once they find out they don't come with server-side functions.

Seem a little like a marketing boo boo, maybe they should have called them something like the
HyperX Mr. Stay Puft headset :D
wafflesomd 29th April 2014, 17:57 Quote
"Was it just me that groaned when i read about a Cloud headset, only to discover it's got nothing to do with the cloud, or does it store something in the cloud ? talk about confusing :?"

Ermmmm..... It's only confusing if you associate the word cloud with cloud computing.

Anyways, I really want to try these. The build quality appears to be top notch, reminds me a couple beyerdynamic cans. The headset market really needs something good that is affordable. I'm really tired of people buying these bulky hunks of plastic that razor/astro/trittan try to pass off as headphones. I've yet to try anything from them that didn't feel like cheap, bulky, and sound terrible.
Corky42 29th April 2014, 18:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
Ermmmm..... It's only confusing if you associate the word cloud with cloud computing.

When talking about computers don't most people associate the word cloud with cloud computing, the first few pages in Google tend to associate it with that.

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Woodspoon 30th April 2014, 02:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Was it just me that groaned when i read about a Cloud headset, only to discover it's got nothing to do with the cloud

Nope not just you, I think the marketing department was probably let loose with their book of buzzwords.
Gareth Halfacree 30th April 2014, 11:40 Quote
If anyone's interested in buying one, I've just had an email from Kingston saying that the UK RRP - which wasn't in the original press release - will be £89.99. With pre-order prices averaging at around £70, that means buying now will save a not-inconsiderable chunk of change. Cheapest I've found is Saverstore at £65.60 plus delivery.
Cthippo 30th April 2014, 20:44 Quote
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Nope not just you, I think the marketing department was probably let loose with their book of buzzwords.

THIS!

It's usually good if a product's name tells you what the product is. I associate the HyperX brand with memory, and cloud with servers, so my initial thought was that this was some new server memory. Clearly I'm not the only one having this problem.
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