Ah, headsets. The things that we gamers wear over our heads to fully experience what we want to experience. They’re a must if one wishes to fully immerse into the scenario. However, not every gaming headset is good. Others inflict pain, acting as a time-delayed vice grip, while some produce sound like tin metal cans. The market dictates that if you want something good, best shell out dough. This time, such is not the case. Kingston’s HyperX Core is a headset that offers good ergonomics, versatility, without that wallet-burning price tag.
Though appearances are not that significant to me, craftsmanship is a good indicator of quality and durability. The HyperX Core has stitched fabric all across its important parts, primarily the band and the muffs. Since headset usage is (usually) directly proportional to the time that we use our computer, they tend to wear after sometime. Stitches tend to hold the cushions inside the muffs more effectively than the glue method.
As it is, one can mistake the HyperX Core as a premium headset that’s worth some nasty bucks. Its aluminum frame exudes minimalism when partnered with its dark red and black scheme.
With all the qualities, there is but one thing that proved to be irritating with this headset: the exposed wires for the two cups. Kingston could’ve just shoved it in somewhere inconspicuous. But then again, a minor irritant to an overall great build.
You can use the HyperX Core for both the PC and gaming consoles. I tried both the Sony PS4 and PS Vita with it, and both immediately recognized the HyperX Core together with the mic functionalities.
It can also be used with the Xbox One but an official adapter is required in order for it to work.
In terms of comfort, the headset ultimately induces fatigue after a significant amount of time. I stress the word, “significant”. Personally, dismal headsets introduce ear fatigue after just an hour, but this one exhibited it only after playing four to five hours. The muffs sit comfortably over the ear and can be adjusted by extending them. They’re not constricting and fits just right, leaving enough room to allow air to cool the ears.
The HyperX Core employs the use of passive noise isolation. It works, albeit at a one-way basis. You can’t hear noise from the outside but they can hear what you’re hearing.
As stated on its box design, the HyperX Cloud Core is a mobile headset. I, however, beg to differ. In my opinion, mobility for a headset can only be claimed if it can be folded or stored in a way that won’t necessarily make you a hanger. Though, that is but a preference.
The mic itself can be bent and formed depending on the user’s liking. It’s detachable and if unused, its port can be covered by a small plastic lid. The removable feature can be a boon or bane for it since it is not rare to misplace and forget about small things similar to its lid.
How it reproduces audio is another thing on its own. I’ve played and communicated using the HyperX Cloud Core and I’m satisfied with how it performed. Given that I used it in tandem with a formidable ASUS U7 Echelon USB Sound Card, I can say that I’m impressed with how it was able to produce the chaotic environment of a typical Battlefield 4 map. The headset is also capable of giving out incredibly loud tunes without any evident breaking or jittering.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud Core is undeniably a great gaming headset. For a price less than $100, the comfort, build, and sound production, all work to create an experience that is above its asking price. It could’ve been perfect if it weren’t for those meddling wires and its “not-on-the-go” design. But still, an overall great partner to one’s gaming binges, be it in consoles or for the PC.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud Core can be purchased for *drum rolls* $80.00
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