When it comes to your gaming, you always want to have the best headset to accompany you while fighting on the battlefield or trying to reach first place the race. When it comes to your headset, you want one that gives you great sound and overall comfort during your game time. In steps the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless Gaming Headset.
The Cloud Stinger Core works great on PS4 (no PS5 to test) and PC with the PC being the best place to use it. This is more evident when using it for games like PUBG or Dirt 5 and dropping in and chatting on Discord. Inside the box you get the headset (of course), a wireless USB wireless adapter/receiver and a USB-C cable for charging the headset. The cable for charging the headset is quite short and I was hoping it would be longer, as at times it can be a bit inconvenient when charging, unless you have a designated location for it. There is also no wall plug, which would have been a better option to have for a shorter cable.
From a design point, the Cloud Stinger Core looks sleek and easy on the eye, the ear cups being a chunky plastic frame gives it that cheap feeling, that you feel it could break under pressure. The ear pads inside the cups are cushioned and the inside walls are blue in colour. Above the ear cups, there is the adjustable extenders on the arm that let you fit it to your head for comfort, which also has a black cushion underneath. The headset also comes with a power button, volume control and the USB-C charger slot and then there is the noise cancelling mic which can be swivelled up or down, for active use or to mute your voice.
When it comes to the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless earpads, I found them fairly comfortable and never once felt like they were making my ears irritable or sweaty over long periods of use when compared to other headsets in its price range. The headset fits firmly on your head without much sway, even with its bulky design.
When it comes to the actual gaming, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headset does a great job with its audio output. I tested it out on games like PUBG, Dirt 5, Shadow of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. Each of these games’ audio was impressive and not what I was expecting at all when I started to play the mentioned games using the headset.
The Cloud Stinger Core is fitted with 40mm drivers with enhanced bass pump out crisp, clear audio and while it’s not always the case, they do give you some amazing levels of sound. Playing games like Dirt 5, you can hear the roar of the engines of your own car and of the other cars on the track as they zip behind and past you in a race. When playing a game like PUBG that requires you to listen to gunfire or footsteps to locate other players, the headset works amazing! You can hear players moving about with ease and as the pass you by, their movements can be heard through the earcups going from your left to right and vice versa. When playing games like Shadow of War or Horizon Zero Dawn, you get to hear the roars of hordes of enemies as they bear down on you, or the booming sound of a Scrapper or Trampler as it’s heading towards you. You also get that clear sound of metal on metal in a sword fight or driving your spear through the body of a Watcher.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless headset has a swivel-to-mute uni-directional and noise-cancelling mic. The sound of your voice does come across clear enough when chatting in discord or a party, however sometimes it can become a little distorted or broken at times. It is almost like your voice has a slight crackle to it. In relation to the noise-cancelling feature, it does seem to work as intended and most times you can easily munch on your favourite snack without being an annoyance to the rest of group you are playing with, though there are times when noises will come through.
The volume control on the side of the left earcup works great on PC it allows you to alter your overall system volume as well when watching videos, chatting, and playing games and you get your volume notification appear on screen as you adjust it.
When it comes to charging the headset, it is supposed to last you up to 17 hours of use while you chat and play games. I have to say that I did not set times or run a timer to check it officially, but I got about 3 days or so out of a full charge with me using it for about 6 to 7 hours during gameplays, videos and chatting on Discord. So, it’s probably safe to say that HyperX boast of 17 hours is accurate. When the headset is charging, the green LED light on the earcup with pulse until fully charged and when the battery is running low, it will start to flash until charged or runs out. I would have liked it to change colour maybe to a yellow or red when it was getting low, but it works fine either way.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless Gaming Headset for me is a bargain at its current price of around £75/€90, and it gives me everything I need. Especially, when it comes to playing games on my PC, which I found that it works best, as there is much more applications and purposes you can use it for. It offers up comfort, quality, and a great price for what it offers you and while the design is nothing to scream about, it does everything else brilliantly!
GoG Rating: 9/10