HyperX Cloud III Wireless Review

Just like most gaming headsets, HyperX continues to expand its Cloud III headset lineup. The latest addition is the HyperX Cloud III Wireless, a wireless version of their popular headset. While this model comes at a higher price of $169 compared to the wired model’s $99, it offers a significant benefit: freedom from cables. In this article, we’ll take a look at the design, features, software, and performance of the HyperX Cloud III Wireless headset.

Design and Features:
The HyperX Cloud III Wireless is a simple and untethered headset that connects to gaming PCs or consoles via a USB-C transmitter. However, it is important to note that it is not compatible with Xbox consoles. Unlike other wireless headsets that come with a wireless base station or a low-profile dongle, the Cloud III Wireless keeps things minimalistic. One standout feature of this headset is its battery life, which is rated at an impressive 120 hours. While it falls short of the 300 hours boasted by its predecessor, the Cloud Alpha Wireless, it still outperforms other flagship gaming headsets like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, which offers only 22 hours of battery life.

When it comes to design, the HyperX Cloud III Wireless closely resembles its wired counterpart. The only noticeable difference is the absence of a cable attachment point where the power button is located instead. The headset follows the same design language as previous HyperX products, featuring sleek and curved ear cups with metal backings. The yokes that hold the ear cups are made of sturdy aluminum and are attached to a simple headband. The overall design is minimalistic and does not include any excessive gamer-centric detailing. Both the headband and ear cups are covered in plush faux leather, providing a comfortable and luxurious feel. The headset is also durable and can withstand bending and squeezing without any issues. Additionally, the clamping force of the headset strikes a good balance between a secure fit and comfort, making it suitable for long gaming sessions.

The microphone of the HyperX Cloud III Wireless is detachable and has a boom-style design. While this design offers flexibility and easy positioning, the downside is that it can be easily misplaced. On the positive side, the microphone features a built-in filter and a red mute indicator LED, providing convenient functionality. The left ear cup houses a mute button, while the right ear cup includes a volume dial that controls the volume directly from the connected device. The headset also provides clear voice prompts for connection status, battery level, and other important notifications, eliminating the need for deciphering confusing beeps and sounds.

The HyperX Cloud III Wireless can be customized using the Ngenuity software, which is available for Windows users. Unfortunately, the DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio enhancements are only accessible for Windows users, while PS5 gamers can enjoy the Tempest 3D audio. The software allows for microphone monitoring, which works well with the wireless model compared to its wired counterpart. It also provides several equalizer presets and the option to create custom 10-band EQ settings.

Gaming and Performance:
When it comes to volume, the HyperX Cloud III Wireless does not disappoint. The 53mm drivers deliver powerful sound that can reach potentially harmful levels even at 50% volume. The headset effectively blocks out external noise at lower volumes while providing satisfactory audio quality. However, the sound leans towards heavy bass, which can sometimes be muddled. Bass lines in music may not sound as clear as they would on higher-end headphones, but there is still a noticeable impact. Mid and treble notes come through well, although they may not have the same clarity as other headsets. Despite this, the audio quality is good enough for enjoyable music listening experiences. However, the soundstage does feel somewhat limited, making busy tracks sound cramped and preventing individual instruments from standing out. This was particularly evident in the song “Coquet Coquette” by Of Montreal.

Virtual surround sound, when enabled, can enhance the gaming experience. In games like Battlefield 2042, it provides sharp positional audio that helps identify the direction of approaching enemies. This is especially useful for pre-aiming and gaining an advantage in gunfights. While the headset’s bass might not offer precision in game audio, explosions and other sounds in firefights remain impressive. However, the virtual surround sound does have some quirks, occasionally producing glitch-like sounds that can be distracting. Nonetheless, the headset still offers clear positional cues even without the virtual surround sound enabled.

The wireless connectivity of the HyperX Cloud III Wireless is reliable, even in environments with multiple wireless signals. The compact USB-C dongle effectively transmits signals through thick walls and remains connected up to 30 feet away from the device. This ensures a stable and consistent wireless gaming experience.

As for the microphone, while it is the same as the one found in the wired version, its performance is slightly diminished in the wireless model. The wireless transmission prioritizes outgoing signals, resulting in subtle compression artifacts and a slightly reduced fullness in voice recordings. Despite these minor drawbacks, the microphone still performs well and provides clear communication.

The HyperX Cloud III Wireless is available directly from HyperX for $169. It offers the convenience of wireless gaming with an impressive battery life of 120 hours. The headset maintains the sleek and comfortable design of its wired counterpart, with robust build quality and a secure yet comfortable fit. The audio quality leans towards heavy bass, although the soundstage may feel narrow and prevent instruments from standing out in busier tracks. The virtual surround sound enhances the gaming experience, providing accurate positional audio that aids in gameplay. The wireless connectivity remains reliable, and the detachable microphone performs well, although there is a slight reduction in voice quality compared to the wired version. Overall, the HyperX Cloud III Wireless is a solid choice for gamers seeking a wireless headset with long battery life and comfortable design.