HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless Headphones Review

Features

  • Bluetooth® wireless connection
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Premium HyperX sound
  • Signature HyperX comfort
  • In-line mic and audio controls
  • Mesh travel pouch

 

Specifications

 

Headphone

Speaker driver Dynamic with Neodymium magnets
Type Neckband
Frequency response 20-20kHz
Impedance 65.2 Ω
Sound pressure level 104±3 dB 1mW at1kHz
T.H.D ≦2% at 200-3kHz
Weight 27.5g
Charge cable length USB-C to USB-A: 0.2m

Inline Microphone

Element Electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern Omni-directional
Frequency response 100Hz-7.2kHz
Open circuit sensitivity -16.5dBV (1V/Pa at1kHz)

Battery life

Bluetooth 10 hours

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version 5.1
Wireless range Up to 10 meters / 33 feet
Supported codecs aptX™, aptX™ HD, SBC
Supported profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

 

Specifications look quite good, considering that’s the earbuds.

 

Closer Look

The Cloud Buds package is small but has everything well described on the exterior, so we know what to expect inside. On the package are key features and also a short product description with contact to support. This is everything we may need.

Inside we will find the earbuds, a small mesh pouch, three sizes of ear tips, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, and a user’s manual.

I assume that some users may have problems with the first connection, so it’s good there is a manual with a clear description. The connection itself is simple as all we need is to hold the connection button pressed until another device recognizes the Cloud Buds. I was checking it on a mobile phone and PC without any issues.

Inside the box is a set of three ear tips. The mid-size is already on the earbuds, while the small and large are packed separately. For me, the mid-size is just right, and it was comfortable to use for long hours. The tips are easy to replace and are soft in touch.

In the package is also a 0.2m USB-C to USB-A cable designed for charging the earbuds. We can use any USB-C cable for that. Charging doesn’t take long, but it depends on the USB port or used charger.

The battery is specified to last 10 hours. In tests, my results were between 10 hours and 5 minutes and 10 hours and 20 minutes. In all cases, the set sound was at medium or slightly louder.

The Cloud Buds come with a pouch which is handy if we are on the go. It’s a nice addition.

Since Cloud Buds are so small, we can’t count on such a good sound quality as large HyperX headphones like Cloud MIX. The specifications still look good, but I was counting on a bit wider frequency response range. The Cloud Buds offer a frequency response between 20Hz and 20kHz. I wish to see a 22kHz+ on the upper value, but it’s not really an issue.

The sound quality is good, but I’m missing some lower tones. The bass is a bit flat, but I guess I’m just spoiled by the Cloud MIX that I’m using for longer. While using the Cloud Buds, you can hear some limits on the low and high tones while listening to high-quality audio but less in games. This product is designed for gaming, so it’s not really an issue. The sound, in general, is very clear—the same for headphones and the microphone. You can’t hear any additional noise as long as you stay within about 10-12 meters from the sound source. The Bluetooth range is about 15 meters if nothing is on the way and no other devices interfere with the signal. In reality, we can count on about 10 meters if we want a top-quality sound. Again, this is exactly as we can read in the specification.

During long hours of tests, there was no distortion or unexpected noise. Even though I was missing some low tones at first, then I got used to that quickly, and I wasn’t thinking about it. The sound in games was perfect and exceptionally clear. Since the Cloud Buds are very light, I could use them for long hours, and I wasn’t feeling the pressure on my ears.

I feel like the Cloud Buds are a slightly improved product if we compare them to the wired version of HyperX buds. Both products’ sound is great but not perfect as it’s hard to compare them to the top full-size HyperX headphones. On the other hand, we will have a hard time searching for earbuds that offer a better sound. The Cloud Buds are for sure worth recommending to gamers.

 

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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.