Hyperx  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hyperx  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network HyperX ChargePlay Clutch Review: Size Does Matter https://www.gameskinny.com/jgczo/hyperx-chargeplay-clutch-review-size-does-matter https://www.gameskinny.com/jgczo/hyperx-chargeplay-clutch-review-size-does-matter Tue, 04 Feb 2020 11:48:30 -0500 Kenneth Seward Jr.

The HyperX ChargePlay Clutch is a charging case for the Nintendo Switch. It provides players with a 6000mAh battery, a sizable kickstand, Joy-Con grips and other various features that promote mobile play.

Like the Alloy FPS keyboard and the Cloud Orbit S headset, HyperX has designed another solid peripheral. That said, it does have a few notable issues worth discussing. 

Charged Play

The HyperX ChargePlay Clutch is all about providing extended gaming sessions while out and about. Like a battery pack, it will power the Switch past its base 6.5 to 9hr threshold* once connected. Unlike a battery pack, though, the Clutch also charges the system.

As obvious as that seems, considering the device’s name, this is a significate difference. The Clutch’s 6000mAh adds about five hours of play to the Switch, though a little less at various brightness levels or if you’re playing certain games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drains the battery faster than say, Samurai Shodown (2019).

Let’s say that you’ve used four of your nine hours of play. By latching the Switch onto the Clutch, you’ll ideally get five hours back. That said, the Switch’s battery doesn’t take that long to recharge; the battery will read "full" before you’ve used up those extra hours. By the time you’ve depleted the Clutch’s battery, you’ll have played for 10hrs and still be holding a fully charged Switch.

Slightly Awkward Fit

I champion any device that keeps me in the game. As long as the peripheral has done its job without endangering other equipment (in this case, my Switch), then we’re good. When it comes to providing power, HyperX’s Clutch does as advertised.

What’s interesting about the Clutch, though, is that it has several jobs beyond powering the console. Featuring detachable grips and movable parts, the Clutch provides different avenues of play, with the preferred method being the Switch’s handheld mode.

Moving to handheld mode required me to first dock the Switch to the Clutch’s base. A securing latch snaps over the console, locking it in place. Then I magnetically connected the two textured grips to the Clutch. Providing a snug fit, the grips cradled the lower half of the Switch’s Joy-Cons.

At this point, I would typically be ready for some mobile gaming. Easy-peasy. Unfortunately, it took me a while to get used to holding my Switch in this setup, due to the extra surface area created by the grips.

Because the grips fit over the Joy-Cons, I had to extend my arms more than normal. And since removing the grips wasn’t an option – the Switch/Clutch felt heavier with them gone – I had to get used to the awkward feel. That is, until I tried playing my Switch in tabletop mode.  

Tabletop Play

The Clutch has a great kickstand. Taking up most of the unit’s backside, its large size, in conjunction with the Clutch’s heavy base, kept my Switch from tipping over. And this was the case wherever I placed it; as long as it was on a flat-ish surface, it took a reasonable amount of force to knock my Switch over.

Stability wasn’t the only plus. By snapping the grips together and inserting the Joy-Cons, you can make a “single” controller for solo play. It’s similar to the charging grip that comes with the Switch, only the Joy-Cons don’t connect to it via their slide rails.

In practice, they felt comfortable to hold. And thanks to a snug fit, the Joy-Cons didn’t move about or separate from the grips during play.

A Sizable Issue

Despite some early awkwardness, the Clutch performed as expected. Better even. So much so, that it wouldn’t be a spoiler to say that I recommend its purchase. That said, there are a few issues worth mentioning. One of which is the absence of an AC adapter.

The Clutch comes with a USB Type-C cable for charging. All you would need to do is connect it to the Switch’s dock like so many other peripherals. The thing is, a lot of third-party accessories offer AC adapters (I assume) to declutter the space surrounding your Switch. Trying to charge multiple devices, extra Joy-Cons, and the Clutch at the same time proved tricky.

This isn’t a deal-breaker of course. It is possible to charge through other means – I used my phone’s adapter a few times.

The Clutch’s size, however, does pose a serious issue for Switch Light owners. It wasn’t made with that version of the system in mind. Meaning that while the smaller console can be docked to the Clutch, the securing latch and grips can’t reach the top and sides of the system. You can charge a Switch Light, sure, but there’s no way safely utilize mobile play.

Pros
  • Provides hours of play while charging the Switch
  • Sturdy design
  • Detachable grips promote tabletop play
  • Great Kickstand
Cons
  • Slightly Awkward feel in handheld mode
  • No AC Adapter
  • Isn't compatible with Switch Light

The HyperX ChargePlay Clutch is a solid peripheral. For $59.99, it provides hours of play (while charging the Switch), an awesome kickstand, and removable grips.

The Clutch’s bulkiness can take some getting used to. And it isn’t suitable for the Switch Light. That said, for regular Switch owners, it might be one of the better battery-based accessories available in 2020.

ChargePlay Clutch Specifications
Battery Capacity 6,000mAh
Input 5V = 1.5AMax
Output 5V = 2.0AMax
Weight 400g
Dimensions Length: 273.9mm
Width: 40.2mm
Height: 114.1mm
Cable Type USB Type-C
Cable Length 1.8m

 

*These numbers depict the range between Switch models, with the higher number reflecting the new version’s total playtime.   

[Note: A HyperX ChargePlay Clutch review unit was provided by HyperX for the purpose of this review.]

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HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Review: A Solid Wireless Offering https://www.gameskinny.com/7wvil/hyperx-cloud-stinger-wireless-review-a-solid-wireless-offering https://www.gameskinny.com/7wvil/hyperx-cloud-stinger-wireless-review-a-solid-wireless-offering Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:34:27 -0400 Jonathan Moore

In 2016, we reviewed the wired version of the Cloud Stinger. We gave it a 10/10, with our writer saying "I would go so far as to say that the Cloud Stinger is the best gaming headset I've ever owned."

That's ostensibly high praise. 

Recently, the company released a variant of that headset in the Cloud Stinger Wireless. For all intents and purposes, it's nearly identical to the wired version of the headset. Because of that, we'll be primarily looking at the differences in this review. For a more in-depth analysis of the headset, be sure to check the review above. 

One thing is important to get out of the way up front, though: the Cloud Stinger Wireless is double the price of the wired version. Coming in at $99.99, it's on the higher end of mid-tier, and you're essentially paying $50 for wireless functionality. 

Don't misunderstand, it's not necessarily a bad thing. It's simply something you should know up front and be aware of as we talk more about the headset. 

 

Design

The wireless version of the Cloud Stinger sports the same all-black primary aesthetic as the wired version. The primary deviations here are that the HyperX logo on the outside of each earcup is black as well, whereas the logo was red in the wired version, and there is a blue flourish around the earcups.  

Personally, I miss the splash of color on the earcups. But then again, I'm only looking at the headset when I'm not wearing it, so it's an ultimately tiny gripe. 

The headset is more lightweight than ever before. The wired version weighed in at 275g, and the wireless weighs in at 270g. The chassis still feels a tad flimsy, but it's comfortable across the jaw and across the top of the head. I was able to wear the headset for hours working, watching YouTube videos, and playing games without any pain or discomfort. 

Once you dial in the right fit, the headset stays put. 

Both earcups still swivel 90 degrees, so you can lay them on your chest, easily shove them into an overnight bag, or lay them flat on your desk. As I say every time I get the chance, it's a feature I love and one I think should be on every headset. 

On the right earcup, you'll find the volume wheel, which works great and is relatively quiet when moving. On the left earcup, you'll find the USB charging port, the wireless on/off button, and the somewhat noise-canceling, flip-to-mute mic. 

Performance

Since there isn't any nifty hardware or surround sound to talk about here, let's just jump right into how the Cloud Stinger Wireless performs. 

In our original review, our writer said that the wired version of the Cloud Stinger "still boasts the full spectrum of sound quality that you'd expect from the brand. Deep bass tones reverberate without sounding buzzy, and higher pitches come through without getting too tinny."

For the most part, I tend to agree with those statements. In my time with the wireless version of the headset, highs and mids were crisp; lows didn't tread into muddy waters, although they weren't as punchy as some other headsets on the market. For heavier music, there was ferocity behind some of the heaviest bits. 

Overall, the full spectrum experience was pleasant, once again making it easy to give HyperX high marks for driver design. 

One thing I appreciate about the headset is that the sound doesn't decrease or grow louder when you turn your head from side to side. Some other headsets are guilty of that vexing idiosyncrasy, and while not damning, sully the overall experience. Luckily, that's not the case here.

Another tick in the "good" checkbox is that they're also loud without having to jack the sound up on either the headset, the computer, or the PS4. I like to listen to my music and games loud; few things are as frustrating as not being able to get the volume you want and are comfortable with. 

The only real negative here lies in the headset's wireless range. While the headset has a wireless range of 12 meters (which is most likely good enough for 99% of users), I did notice that I wasn't able to go too far downstairs from my PC at home.

Although my kitchen is just below my office, the signal started cutting out during testing; my Logitech G533s are able to easily manage that distance with the same obstructions.

Lastly, the mic is average, producing mostly clear communication, even if it does pick up some background noise. 

Pros:
  • Works for PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch (in dock mode)
  • Fantastic sound quality that defines HyperX
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Under $100
Cons
  • Does not currently support Xbox One or mobile
  • Does not have a wired option built-in
  • Range is iffy, not as strong as some other cans
  • Does not have customization options

The main takeaway here is this: if you've been wanting the wireless version of the Cloud Stinger, this is a no-brainer. And if you've been looking for a comfortable, reliable, and great sounding wireless headset under $100, you'd do well to consider this newest model. 

There's not much at all to complain about here. Even though I've opined about the range, it's adequate for most users.

I could nitpick these to death, but I won't. These are a good set of cans. 

[Note: A Cloud Stinger Wireless review unit was provided by HyperX for the purpose of this review.]

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HyperX And 1,000 Dreams Fund To Offer Grants To Women Seeking Esports Jobs https://www.gameskinny.com/1c0eo/hyperx-and-1000-dreams-fund-to-offer-grants-to-women-seeking-esports-jobs https://www.gameskinny.com/1c0eo/hyperx-and-1000-dreams-fund-to-offer-grants-to-women-seeking-esports-jobs Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:47:17 -0500 QuintLyn

HyperX, a manufacturer of a wide range of gaming peripherals from headsets and mics to mice, announced a new partnership today. The company is teaming up with the national non-profit 1,000 Dreams Fund to provide nine young women pursuing careers in esports and gaming $1,000 microgrants.

This partnership is an expansion of the BrodcastHER Academy Powered by HARMAN program announced at E3 in June of 2018, and in collaboration with Samsung subsidiary HARMAN and Allied Esports.

Together, the organizations are launching the first BrodcastHER Academy Challenge today.

During the next four weeks, women seeking careers in esports and gaming can enter for a chance to win one of the nine available microgrants along with an all-expense paid trip to the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. During the trip, the recipients will have the opportunity to work with the productions and executive teams on an esports event.

Those wishing to apply for one of these grants will be able to enter via a photo challenge on the 1,000 Dreams Fund microsite or Facebook. Any U.S.-based college-aged woman 18 years of age or older may enter by submitting a photo that showcases their talent, commitment, and interest in gaming and/or broadcasting careers.

The first winners will be announced February 18, with more being revealed February 25 and March 3. The three final winners will be announced on March 15 during a live event at the HyperX Esports Arena.

The 1,000 Dreams Fund has provided more than $100,000 in scholarships to young women looking to further their education since it first launched in 2015. The organization's aim is to help these women with the extra expenses associated with college education, including exam fees, tutoring services, and book purchases.

More than 100 women have received funding to pursue a wide range of programs.

With the creation of the BroadcastHER program, the 1,000 Dreams Fund is expanding its focus to women hoping to become part of the ever-growing esports and gaming industry.

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HyperX Unveils Suite of New Peripherals at CES 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/zm9pp/hyperx-unveils-suite-of-new-peripherals-at-ces-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/zm9pp/hyperx-unveils-suite-of-new-peripherals-at-ces-2019 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:39:24 -0500 Jonathan Moore

As expected, peripheral-maker and PC parts manufacturer HyperX unveiled a handful of new gaming gear at CES 2019. Fresh off the heels of Cloud Mix release back in October, the company continues to increase its product offerings across the board, from mics to mice to headsets. 

Some of the products, such as the Quadcast standalone microphone, are brand-new additions to the HyperX catalog. Others, such as the Pulsefire Raid RGB gaming mouse and the Predator DDR4 RGB 16GB RAM module, are ostensibly variants of current offerings. 

Regardless of their novelty, Mark Leathem, Vice President of HyperX, said that it's the company's goal to continually design and manufacture peripherals that meet the needs of all gamers. 

There’s nothing like CES to put a spotlight on the HyperX commitment to delivering high-performance gaming products for all levels of gamers.

Whether immersing yourself in a game of battle royale, battling friends while playing online basketball, or throwing down from your couch in a fighting game on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox, the new high-performance HyperX products further enhance your gameplay experience. 

While it remains to be seen how much the company's new offerings will "enhance your gameplay experience" since we haven't yet been able to get our hands on them, we do know a little bit about them and what they'll bring to the table when they release later this year.  

Quadcast standalone microphone

Availability: March 2019
Price:
$139.99

While HyperX has been making RAM, headsets, and mice for some time now, the Quadcast will be its first microphone. 

Built specifically for PC, PS4 and Mac streamers, the Quadcast will come with an anti-vibration shock mount, on-mic gain control adjuster, up to four polar patterns, and tap-to-mute functionality. 

Interestingly, the release materials don't mention anything about Xbox compatibility. However, other HyperX products, such as the Cloud Flight gaming headset, aren't compatible with Xbox either. 

Cloud Orbit/Cloud Orbit S headset

Availability: Q2 2019
Price:
$299.99 (Orbit); $329.99 (Orbit S)

OK, another set of HyperX headphones — this brings the current count to 10 if you count every current variant and the upcoming Alpha Purple Edition. And while that number is surely indicative of Leathem's previous promise to provide "high-performance gaming products for all levels of gamers," that's still a lot of headsets from one company. 

However, what's might really set these two headsets apart from everything else HyperX has on offer is the inclusion of Audeze 100mm planar magnetic drivers and Waves NX 3D audio tech. Both of these audiophile-level technologies look to vault HyperX into the high-end headphone sonisphere if everything's pulled off just right. 

Pulsefire Raid RGB gaming mouse

Availability: Q2 2019
Price: $59.99

We think both the Pulsefire FPS and Pulsefire RGB are pretty great gaming mice. But not all gamers can get away with having only a few buttons at their disposal. Some, like MOBA players, just need more. 

That's where, presumably, the Pulsefire Raid RGB will come in. Featuring 11 programmable buttons, the mouse is designed for customizability (among other things). 

Of course, the mouse will also feature other gaming mouse staples such as customizable DPI (up to 16,000 DPI), responsive tracking, and a Pixart sensor, which is the same 3389 found in the Pulsefire Surge RGB. The mouse's Omron switches will also be rated for 20 million clicks. 

Cloud Alpha Purple Edition

Availability: Q2 2019
Price: $99.99

The biggest takeaway here is that the Cloud Alpha headband will be getting an upgrade, "featuring softer, more pliable leatherette." It might also be purple, but HyperX didn't say in its release. 

Other than that, it appears to be essentially identical to the current Cloud Alpha

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HyperX also said that it has expanded the availability of the recently-released Cloud Mix headset, which can now be found worldwide. 

The company also released a new 16GB module for its Predator DDR4 RGB RAM, which will be available at speeds of 3000MHz and 3200MHz starting this month for $167. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on HyperX, as well as reviews for the Quadcast, Cloud Orbit/Cloud Orbit S, and Pulsefire Raid RGB. 

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HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard Review: Dazzling Tech and Effects https://www.gameskinny.com/1j44g/hyperx-alloy-fps-rgb-keyboard-review-dazzling-tech-and-effects https://www.gameskinny.com/1j44g/hyperx-alloy-fps-rgb-keyboard-review-dazzling-tech-and-effects Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:04:41 -0400 ElConquistadork

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB keyboard is deceiving in how straightforward it appears. Equipped with some incredible tech and dazzling lighting effects, this mechanical keyboard is ideal for gamers.

On first glance, HyperX's FPS RGB isn't much to sniff at. Its compact frame and standard design doesn't display a ton of the bells and whistles that you'll see on more high-end mechanicals. But that simplicity is just a mask for this wolf dressed as a poodle.

Immediately upon unboxing this beast, I was struck by the weight of it. The durability of HyperX's frames has impressed me in the past, and this one was no different.

The steel structure of the FPS RGB offers some serious durability, and the smaller frame size allows for more desk room (which is important for those of us who haven't got a ton of space for a massive gaming set up.) Even during more aggressive games, this keyboard wasn't moving anywhere: it's that solid.

That frame houses Kailh Silver Speed switches, which just felt good to tap into. The smooth push-click of each key was just lovely, too: there's no other word that better encapsulates it than satisfying. Plus, the switches are rated for 70 million key presses, so you know it's going to keep feeling that good long into the future.

The RGB lighting on this mechanical is pretty impressive as well. As always, HyperX offers a great series of options when it comes to customizing the lighting effects of your keyboard, whether it's for livestreams or just to make yourself happy and giddy with all the lights.

You can adjust the effects from home with HyperX's NGenuity software, or take advantage of three profiles that can be loaded directly into the keyboard. The lights themselves are bright; in fact, they're brighter than a lot of gaming keyboards I've seen in the past. But before that drives you away (because I know some of us don't like getting blinded), they're also adjustable, making for another added piece of nice RGB customization.

The N-Key rollover features on the keyboard are second to none, with inputs following you no matter how fast you hit the keys. This is really important for games like SMITE or Black Ops 4 where reflexes are a factor. I had absolutely no lag time or lost keystrokes while playing, which is a lot more than I can say about other keyboards I've tested in the past.

There's a USB port on the keyboard, which is very handy, though I was disappointed to find that it only served as a charge port and not a passthrough. It would have been great to be able to use the port for a wireless mouse or any other unobtrusive device, but that's a small gripe that's relatively easy to get over. 

The braided cable included felt good, and it's definitely convenient for travel, but I'm always a little nervous when it comes to detachable cables. The wear and tear of removable parts like that make me worry about the longevity of the device. That, however, is pure speculation on my part to this point: I had no issues with the cable during my time with it.

 

Along with the keyboard itself, we picked up the HyperX Detached Wrist Rest. As far as wrist rests go, it served its purpose very well. The cooling gel and memory foam inside kept my wrists comfortable and dry, and I quite liked the design of it. It's simple, but the stitching is a handsome detail that sets it apart in a small way.

AS far as wrist rests go, it's a nice addition to the keyboard and functions as you'd expect. 

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Overall, HyperX has created a terrific keyboard for gaming. The size and on-the-go customization make it perfect for gamers who travel a lot, and the response and satisfaction I got from the keys themselves was just too solid. Great aesthetics and great hardware combined? I'm sold.

Couple that with the wrist rest, and you've got a great combination for on-the-go gaming. 

The HyperX Alloy FPS RGB is available on Amazon for $109.99. You can grab the wrist rest on the HyperX website for $19.99.  

[Note: HyperX provided the FPS RGB keyboard used in this review.]

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HyperX's Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Keyboard Is Bright, Light, And Compact https://www.gameskinny.com/zlur6/hyperxs-alloy-fps-rgb-mechanical-keyboard-is-bright-light-and-compact https://www.gameskinny.com/zlur6/hyperxs-alloy-fps-rgb-mechanical-keyboard-is-bright-light-and-compact Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:40:58 -0400 QuintLyn

Gaming peripheral manufacturer HyperX revealed the latest in its lineup of mechanical keyboards, the Alloy FPS RGB. This new high-performance gaming keyboard offers players all the features generally expected in a mechanical keyboard, only in a more compact design perfect for those of us that don't want to waste game space -- or for those of us whose cats take up at least have the desk anyway.

With a price of $109.99, the Alloy FPS RGB provides players with a full-size keyboard set in a solid steel alloy frame. It features Kailh Silver Speed key switches with a light 40g actuation force. The keys are rated for 70 million key presses, which means you should be able to abuse them like crazy without them going out. 

The keyboard also features three custom lighting profiles that can be saved to onboard memory. Lighting settings can be chosen for each key. Even the brightness level can be adjusted on the key lighting with players being able to choose between five different levels.

Other useful features of the Alloy FPS RGB keyboard are the detachable cable which allows for the convenience of both a wired and wireless keyboard in one, and the Game Mode option that can be used to disable the Windows key. Looking over the other keyboards offered by HyperX, the Alloy FPS RGB is a nice selection for those not wanting to pay a lot but still wanting a good selection of features.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our upcoming review of the keyboard. 

 

 

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HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming Mousepad Review https://www.gameskinny.com/th24x/hyperx-fury-s-pro-gaming-mousepad-review https://www.gameskinny.com/th24x/hyperx-fury-s-pro-gaming-mousepad-review Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:25:54 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There was a time not that long ago I would've scoffed at the notion of ever buying an "oversized" mousepad. Whenever I walked into a Mirco Center or a Fry's and saw those "oafish" extra-large pads dangling on the racks or lounging on the shelves, I chuckled at the "obvious" overkill of it all.

I had my regular-sized rinky-dink pad, and it worked just fine. I thought to myself, "Why would I need anything bigger?"

But that's the type of thinking you have when don't know any better. It's the type of thinking that gets you killed in competitive shooters, and it's the type of thinking that keeps you from knowing the true majesty of unfettered size.

Luckily for me, all that changed when I got my hands on the HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming XL.

Bigger than both the SteelSeries Qck XXL and Logitech G840, the Fury S Pro measures in at a whopping 35.4"x16.5". That means that no matter how exaggerated your movements, your mouse isn't likely to fall off the edges of this pad.


It comes in two variants: a standard, goes-with-everything black and the louder, yet still elegant, Speed Edition. The former keeps things understated with a muted black background, accented by the red and silver HyperX logo in the bottom right-hand corner. The latter features the same black background but this time embellished with a red, whispy flourish across most of the pad. A white HyperX logo pops in the lower right-hand corner, tying it all together.

The soft cloth of the pad is bound with a nicely woven anti-fray stitch. Not only does it extend the pad's shelf life, but it also provides a small tactile barrier to let you know you're getting close to the edges (if you ever reach them). On top of that, I haven't had a single issue with the pad folding or sliding because of its nicely textured rubber bottom.

Testing the mousepad in a plethora of different scenarios, ranging from elongated gaming sessions and every-day surfing to article editing and graphic design, the Fury S Pro proved to be an asset at both work and home. But if you're more the gamer, the pad's normal and Speed editions have a slight, yet important difference you'll want to be aware of.

HyperX says the normal pad has more friction than the Speed Edition and is built specifically for precision. The Speed Edition loses some of the friction found in the normal edition and helps increase player speed.

Although I wasn't able to confirm the Speed Edition is any faster than the normal edition, I was able to confirm that the normal edition's friction increased my precision in games like Battlefield 1 and Paladins -- and that's the primary reason it hasn't left my desk since I unboxed it. What's more, re-centering the mouse wasn't an issue because I didn't need to worry about sliding off the pad. The peace of mind provided by the size of Fury S Pro helped me keep my focus when it mattered most.


However, as good as the Fury S Pro is, its material may deter some gamers from picking it up. There's no doubt the pad is extremely comfortable, but those looking for a hard-plastic surface won't find what they're looking for here. Unfortunately, if you were looking to stay in the HyperX family, the company currently doesn't make hard-plastic pads, so you'll have to look to companies like SteelSeries and Logitech if that's what you're looking for.

But honestly, that's the only caveat I could find when deciding if I could recommend this fantastic pad. If you do want to go smaller, then HyperX has you covered (which makes getting a Fury S Pro even more of a no-brainer). Both the standard and Speed editions come in four different sizes: small, medium, large, and XL.

You can see them all here.

The extra large variant I tested retails for $29.99, a steal considering the quality and size of the pad. Even better, the smallest pad in the bunch, which is the size of a normal mousepad, will only set you back $9.99.

There's little reason this mousepad shouldn't be on your desk yesterday.

[Note: HyperX provided the Fury S Pro XL mousepad used for this review.]

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HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse Review https://www.gameskinny.com/qg0y7/hyperx-pulsefire-surge-rgb-gaming-mouse-review https://www.gameskinny.com/qg0y7/hyperx-pulsefire-surge-rgb-gaming-mouse-review Wed, 30 May 2018 14:35:07 -0400 ElConquistadork

The difference that a solid gaming mouse can make in both its bells and whistles and ease of play can really make or break your gaming experience. You have to look out for the right weight, feel, and button location when choosing a mouse that will stick with you through hardcore and casual sessions alike.

My experience with the Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse showed me that not only has HyperX created a comfortable, user-friendly piece of tech, but they've created one that won't strangle the wallet of gamers on a slimmer budget.

With its smooth, unassuming design, the Pulsefire Surge RGB doesn't immediately jump out as anything particularly special. Outside of its gorgeous RGB lighting (more on that later), the general design feels like many mice I've used in the past, and I expected as much from my experience. However, that assumption changed for me the moment I finally tested it out.

Right off the bat, it felt terrific in hand. The finish has a smooth, rubberized grip that allows for good adhesion without sacrificing your natural dexterity. The button placement is ergonomically designed, and each button had satisfying feedback with each click.

And based on the fact that the Pulsefire Surge RGB is equipped with 50 million click-rated Omron switches, it's my best guess that this mouse is going to feel just as fluid and comfortable this time next year (give or take a few hundred Overwatch sessions). 

I've read some complaints from other users that the Pulsefire Surge's main buttons are designed to fit too close to each other -- that they end up grinding together in the heat of the moment. However, I never experienced this issue. That's because HyperX took the community's feedback to heart and has already released a brand-new version of the mouse that fixes that issue.

The Pulsefire was quickly redesigned to provide more space between the two buttons, which, when compared to the first mouse we were sent, really provides a world of difference when clicking the Pulsefire's LMB and RMB in quick succession. 

HyperX's software remains incredibly user-friendly, with options to program and store different macros provided through straightforward, simple design. You even get the option to change the RGB lighting on the mouse, which, let's face it, was my favorite part. The butter-smooth lighting effects on this little piece of kit really take what is otherwise a plain look and turn it into something truly radiant. HyperX has always done a terrific job with their interface software, and the Pulsefire Surge RGB isn't an exception to that rule.

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Overall, I would argue that the HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB is one of the best new gaming mice on the market right now. Its precision, technical kit, and software options are brilliant and fluid like a kiddie-pool filled with grain alcohol.

Add to that the fact that it's sporting a modest $69.99 price tag, can hit 16,000 CPI, and that it works near flawlessly for both work and play, and you've got a solid mouse for both the casual and the hardcore.

The only "downside" is that it doesn't come with customizable weights. Some users may find the Pulsefire a bit light, even though it comes in at 100 grams. But overall, it felt great in hand, and it's not something that should get in the way of picking up this fantastic piece of gear. 

You can buy the Pulsefire Surge RGB from Best Buy for $69.99. 

[Note: HyperX provided the Pulsefire RGB mouse used for this review.]

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HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Review: Matching Color With Excellent Design https://www.gameskinny.com/1jong/hyperx-alloy-elite-rgb-review-matching-color-with-excellent-design https://www.gameskinny.com/1jong/hyperx-alloy-elite-rgb-review-matching-color-with-excellent-design Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:47:57 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Having control feels good. With the right tools at your disposal -- such as a well-crafted mechanical gaming keyboard -- having control means you're an unstoppable force wrecking through thousands of moveable objects. And as with any tool, a keyboard's quality exponentially increases the chances of utterly destroying your opponents. 

Because of that, we loved the HyperX Alloy Elite gaming keyboard when we reviewed it back in October. And that's why we love its new RGB counterpart. 

At its core, the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB is the same fantastic keyboard that's been on the market for the past six months -- but it's one that's added a few interesting tweaks worthy of exploration. When compared to its contemporaries, the Elite RGB is a tool that stands toe to toe with products from Corsair, Logitech, and SteelSeries. 

Despite its lofty price, it's also one we highly recommend. Let's talk about why. 

Overall Design

On the outside, the Alloy Elite RGB sports the same sleek look of the Alloy Elite. A solid black aluminum body houses a full 104 keys sitting on Cherry MX switches (Red, Blue, or Brown depending on your preference). Unlike the HyperX FPS Pro, the Alloy Elite RGB has a 10-key numpad, as well as dedicated switches for media keys, key-lighting brightness, profile recall, and game-mode key locking. To increase or decrease volume, you'll find a nifty -- and easy to use -- volume wheel in the board's top right-hand quadrant. 

The board also comes with a textured wrist-rest that easily attaches to the front of the board. I preferred to not use the rest because my specific setup makes for an uncomfortable situation with it attached. However, on a desk with more room, the wrist rest is comfortable, if simple. 

To finish things off, the Alloy Elite RGB comes with sturdy plastic feet that don't easily slide across your desktop, as well as a durable braided cord that won't get easily tangled. The board features pass-through functionality that comes in handy for gamers needing an extra USB port closer to their playing surface. 

Ngenuity RGB Customization Screen

Ingenius Ngenuity

HyperX has historically held true to a minimalist aesthetic; almost all of their products have eschewed customizable features and RGB lighting for plug-n'-play mechanics and brand-standard red backlighting. Some gamers liked it, some gamers didn't. And at the end of the day, the choice didn't affect the quality of HyperX's products. 

However, with the Alloy Elite RGB, HyperX has embraced the customizability craze and combined their aptitude for quality with a more tailor-made approach. They do this through their Ngenuity software. 

When you first download Ngenuity from the HyperX website and launch it on your computer, the software looks a tad dated and unremarkable. It would've been nice had it been a bit more energetic on the visual front, but that doesn't particularly matter when it's easy as hell to use. 

Each menu and submenu item is accurately labeled to avoid any confusion -- "Macros" will open the Macro menu, while "Lighting" will open the Lighting menu. It seems obvious, but it's a nice touch that can be easily overlooked. Inside those menus, choosing colors within the full RGB spectrum and lighting presets options is a cinch, taking only a few clicks to set up, while the same can be said for macros. And yes, you can fully reprogram all the keys on the board and create libraries and profiles, the latter of which you can have up to three. 

The only gripe I have in this area is that editing and saving profiles isn't as intuitive as it could be, considering the rest of Ngenuity is basically super easy to navigate and understand. Once you do it two or three times, you should have the hang of it. But it is an area that has a just a few too many steps (you shouldn't have to choose the profile twice to edit it), and the whole process could be improved upon in the future. 

Alloy Elite Desktop Picture with Steel Series Rival 600 in the background

Performance

Like its predecessor, the Alloy Elite RGB performs exceedingly well both in the office and at home. Whether I was typing up articles, tweaking designs in InDesign, or queuing up unit actions in They Are Billions, this board remained a reliable piece of my arsenal. 

Whereas I've had issues with certain keyboards holding up after testing sessions and finding that certain keys begin to squeak two or three weeks into use, I've not come across that with the Elite RGB at all, which speaks to the board's craftsmanship and engineering. I've put in around 110 hours on the board playing input-intense titles such as Overwatch, Paladins, Cities: Skylines, Subnautica, and They Are Billions without any incident -- and I'm confident the board's going to continue to hold up while still providing impeccable performance. 

On top of that, each key provides quality tactile feedback, which I especially appreciate in-game. Requiring 45-50 cN of actuation force is what you'd expect from a board of this build, keeping it in line with other mechanicals in its range, such as the Corsair K68 RGB and the SteelSeries M750 TKL. Light-handed gamers might find they have to press a little harder to get their keystrokes to register, but I don't see a majority of users having any issues with the Elite RGB's keys.

I will say I wish the F12 key weren't as easy to accidentally nudge when pressing backspace, an issue we found somewhat frustrating in the original Alloy Elite. It's also an issue when browsing the internet and constantly opening the DevTools command in Chrome.  

HyperX Alloy Elite RGB viewed from an angleVerdict

In a nutshell, the Alloy Elite RGB is the same great keyboard as its predecessor -- except it has vibrant, fully customizable RGB lighting and programmable macros. If you're looking for quality craftsmanship and reliability to go alongside those things, then this is a keyboard you'll want to check out. 

My only real concern here is the price. There's no doubt the Alloy Elite RGB is worth the $169.99 price tag. It's made very, very well. But when you look at other very, very well-made keyboards on the market that come in at $10-40 less, things get murkier. If the Alloy Elite RGB had a killer feature that you couldn't find anywhere else (or perhaps dedicated macro keys similar to Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum), I'd recommend it hands down, no caveats. But that's just not the case here. 

Providing fantastic performance, vibrant lighting, and quality engineering, you'd do well to consider the Alloy Elite RGB -- just know you're going to pay a pretty penny for it. 

You can buy the Alloy Elite RGB keyboard on Amazon for $169.99

[Note: HyperX provided the Alloy Elite RGB unit used in this review.]

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HyperX Cloud Flight Headset Review: Soaring on Soundscapes https://www.gameskinny.com/nvpi8/hyperx-cloud-flight-headset-review-soaring-on-soundscapes https://www.gameskinny.com/nvpi8/hyperx-cloud-flight-headset-review-soaring-on-soundscapes Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:17:00 -0500 Jonathan Moore

There's no plainer way to put it: bad sound sucks. When sound is grainy or distorted, it can put a real damper on your favorite game, movie, or album. Using a mediocre headset to consume media is worse than wearing a shoe that's two sizes too small. It's uncomfortable, grating, and just downright annoying. 

Luckily, the Cloud Flight gaming headset from HyperX is none of those things. In fact, it's the exact opposite. The Cloud Flight is a plug-and-play masterpiece that delivers unbelievable sound quality on both console and PC. Sure, it's a bit pricey at $159.99, but it stands toe to toe with the other sets in the high-end space, specifically the Logitech G533 and the Corsair Void Pro

A few design hiccups here and there keep it from being the Swiss Army Knife of gaming headsets, but considering it produces great, high-quality sound for all your devices, it's a headset you're going to want to consider if you're currently in the market for a set of cans. 

Cloud Flight and Corsair K68 Gaming Keyboard

Design

If you've ever used or seen a HyperX gaming headset, you know what you're in for when it comes to the Cloud Flight's looks. With its black, red-accented aesthetic, the Cloud Flight probably isn't going to turn any heads at first glance, but it has an elegant design that in some ways hearkens to a simpler time when not everything had to sport futuristic, Weyland Corporation-inspired motifs. And in that regard, I think some gamers, such as myself, will find its minimalist exterior entreating. 

Starting with the headset's earcups, you'll find that the Cloud Flight does have a few splashes of color on its predominantly black, hard-plastic frame. The outside of each earcup sports the truncated HX logo emblazoned at its center and an exposed red wire reaching up into the headband for added flourish. Depending on how much battery life you want to get out of the Cloud Flight, you can set the HyperX logo on either side of the headset to solid red, pulsing red, or off when the headset is in use. Moving up the headset to the headband, you'll find the full HyperX logo sprawling in glossy black across the top. 

One of the more comfortable headsets I've ever worn, the Cloud Flight's earcups are also roomy and soft. They employ a combination of memory foam and pleather to create a snug, agreeable fit. You'll also find this cushy material on the inside of the headband. After 40ish hours of using the headset, I can say that even gaming in an upstairs bedroom with basically no ventilation save a creaky old box fan, my ears and head didn't sweat at all.

Cloud Flight Controls

Coming in at around 315 grams without its detachable microphone, the Cloud Flight is also lighter than both the Logitech G533 (350 grams) and the Corsair Void Pro (368 grams). Unlike some other headsets, the weight of the Flight didn't cause any discomfort across the top of my head, and my ears never felt weighed down. 

As for the Cloud Flight's controls and inputs, you'll find them conveniently placed on the underside of the earcups for easy access. On the right earcup, you'll find the volume wheel, and on the left earcup, you'll find the power button, the microphone jack, the USB charging port, and the 3.5mm port. Interestingly, the microphone's mute button is the entire outside plate of the left earcup. It's a unique design choice that I'm surprised hasn't been implemented on other headsets -- and it's a feature I can see being very, very useful for streamers and competitive players. 

Oh, and it features rotating earcups you can lay flat on your chest when you're not using the headset, something I find extremely useful in everyday situations -- and a feature I think every headset made from here on out should implement, no questions asked. 

Cloud Flight Cushy Earcups

Performance

What I really love about the Cloud Flight is that it's a ubiquitous headset that you can use with any of your devices. Whether you're gaming on PC or console, listening to music on your smartphone, or watching a movie on your tablet, the Cloud Flight provides fantastic sound right out of the box. There's no software to fiddle with or dial in, but that's nothing to fear because the Cloud Flight's audio quality is simply that good.  

Providing 2.4GHz wireless capabilities for the PC, PS4, and PS4 Pro, the Cloud Flight also works with the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices via a 3.5mm connection. We tested the headset on the PC, the PS4 Pro, and the iPhone 6S+ across mediums, from games to movies and music. 

Sound 

In all applications and on all platforms, the HyperX Cloud Flight provided clear, exceptional sound. Its 50mm neodymium drivers thrummed with meaty bass and surged with soaring treble. It's nice to see a headset provide such parity of sound without equalizers or special software. 

Tested on the PC with Battlefield 1 (our go-to for high-quality sound engineering), tones were vibrant and lush. Dialog was easy to understand, even amid violent explosions -- and the game's score was the same sonorous soundscape it was when we tested out Logitech's G533. Unfortunately, the Cloud Flight doesn't provide the surround or directional sound found in the G533 -- meaning I couldn't hear exactly where enemies were coming from -- so that's something to keep in mind if you're strictly a PC gamer.  

On the PS4 Pro, we tested the Cloud Flight with Horizon: Zero Dawn, and again, the game's score and sound effects were on full display. Herds of Striders thundered across the plains outside Mother's Heart, and arrows swooshed through the air as if I had loosed them just inches from my ear. The only discernible drop in quality I noticed with the Cloud Flight during my time playing HZD was during sections of dialog. Although the voice acting was loud and full, the background noise and music were oddly quiet, making it sound almost as if characters were speaking within a vacuum. 

For mobile, it's no surprise that the Cloud Flight's sound is impeccable here, too. Plugging the headset into my iPhone 6S+ with the included 3.5mm jack was super easy. Watching The Force Awakens, I felt as if I were in the theater, and while listening to Mesmer by Northlane and You Are We by While She Sleeps, I was able to pick out every instrument and tone -- without any wonky distortion or muddiness.

The only gripe I have when it comes to using the Cloud Flight on the iPhone is that the volume wheel on the right earcup doesn't seem to do anything when hooked up to the device. The only way I could change the volume was by adjusting it on the phone itself. A little annoyance, sure, but something to be aware of. 

Me, Cloud Flight, and Scary Sheldon

Microphone

Tested in both gaming and work scenarios, the Cloud Flight's detachable, noise-canceling microphone worked well -- mostly.

When playing team-based games like Paladins and Battlefront 2 on PC, communications were crisp and clear. And in meetings with colleagues over Skype on the PC, the microphone was able to easily cancel ambient office noise for clear communications. The same can be said of using the microphone on the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

However, I was disappointed to find that the microphone didn't work when using the headset in analog mode. That means anything requiring a 3.5mm jack won't support the capability. It's something that I find (very) odd, considering many other headsets offer the functionality for a fraction of the price. It's an oversight that's more than head scratching -- and an oversight that really holds this headset back from being the best of the best. 

Cloud Alpha, Mic, and Cables

Verdict

At the end of the day, the HyperX Cloud Flight might be a bit pricey at $159.99, but it's the only high-end headset currently on the market that's platform agnostic. If you're a gamer that wants a comfortable, great-sounding headset that can be used across multiple devices without sacrificing quality, provides up to 30 hours of battery life, and has a wireless distance of up to 20 meters, then the HyperX Cloud Flight is a gaming headset you're going to want to consider. 

Just keep in mind that it's not completely wireless; you'll have to use a 3.5mm connection for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. And you won't be able to use its noise-canceling microphone to chat with friends on those devices either. However, if that doesn't deter you from checking out the Cloud Flight, its sound is only rivaled by the PC-only Logitech G533. And that's damn good company to keep. 

You can buy the HyperX Cloud Flight on Amazon

[Note: HyperX provided the Cloud Flight used for this review.]

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The 7 Best Gaming Headsets You Can Buy For the 2017 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/f5y2d/the-7-best-gaming-headsets-you-can-buy-for-the-2017-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/f5y2d/the-7-best-gaming-headsets-you-can-buy-for-the-2017-holiday-season Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:51:19 -0500 Auverin Morrow

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That wraps up our list of the best gaming headsets that you can buy during the 2017 holiday season. Whether you need a cheap headset, an immersive surround sound experience, an on-the-go setup, or a full suite of customizable features, there's a set of cans in this roundup for you. 

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What headset will you be picking up for the holidays this year? Are there any that you think deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments! 

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Logitech G430

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We're diving from the top end of gamer budgets toward the lower end with this gaming headset. Logitech's G430 proves that you don't have to fork over your whole paycheck to get quality sound and comfort. 

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The G430 offers true 7.1 surround sound, a lightweight design, and inline controls for under $40. Its lightweight chassis is made from durable plastic, with breathable sport-cloth earpads that keep your head from getting too heated during those long gaming sessions. 

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If the lower price tag and sporty design of this headset appeal to you, then you might also want to check out the Logitech G433 -- another surround sound headset that is even more tailored toward on-the-go usage and airy comfort. It's available for $99.99 on Amazon.

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Sennheiser Game Zero & Game One

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars (Zero), 4.5/5 Stars (One)
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If you've got deep enough pockets that you can spring for the brand name that's become synonymous with high-end comfort, then the Sennheiser Game Zero and Game One headsets are worth splurging on. 

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The Game Zero features a closed acoustic design and leather padding on the ear cups and headband, while the Game One boasts an open acoustic design with plush velour accents -- but both cozy setups offer enough noise cancellation that you can game or chat comfortably. 

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So what's the difference between these sets? It all comes down to sound. Sennheiser's Game One offers a slightly crisper and more nuanced sonic experience with resonant bass and crystal-clear mids and highs. The Game Zero setup provides a top-tier sound experience as well but is tailored more toward gamers who prefer a closed acoustic setup. 

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S

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HyperX is known for having some of the most comfortable headsets on the market, but the Cloud Revolver S might be the most comfortable of them all. With memory foam earpads, a specialized weight-distributing design, and lightweight materials, the Revolver S is an excellent choice for hardcore gamers who need maximum comfort without sacrificing any sound quality. 

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Featuring true 7.1 surround sound, this headset produces a rich spectrum of tones and has a wonderfully resonant low end. Its directional sound capabilities will help you experience the aural cues in your favorite games like the developers intended. Though there's no RGB lighting or EQ software, the comfort and sound quality alone make this set of cans worth the $150 price tag. 

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Check out our HyperX Could Revolver S review for more information. 

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Logitech G533

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If you want the best wireless surround sound experience on the market, the Logitech G533 is the headset for you. It features a proprietary diaphragm design that can parse our sound into individual parts, and then reproduce it with remarkable fidelity. And as we note in our G533 review, this makes for quite an intense sonic experience with games like Battlefield 1

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In addition to top-tier sound performance, this Logitech headset also offers reliable wireless functionality with great battery life (about 15 hours) and long range (about 15 meters). Last but not least, the granular EQ software will let you tailor your headset to deliver the ideal soundscape. 

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SteelSeries Arctis 3/5/7

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No matter what kind of gamer you are, there's an iteration in the SteelSeries Arctis line for you. The cheapest model, the Arctis 3, is a compact setup that offers inline controls, decent sound quality, and portable comfort for less than $80. 

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But if you have a little bit more to spend, you might want to consider the higher end Arctis 5 or Arctis 7 models. The Arctis 7, in particular, has a lot to offer -- from high-impact surround sound to the buoyant comfort of its unique design. And it packs a ton of features and functionality into a lag-free wireless package that's compatible with pretty much any current platform.

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Corsair Void Pro RGB

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If you're the sort of gamer who prefers not to be tethered to their desk by a snake pit of wires, then Corsair's newest headset should be on your wishlist. The Void Pro RGB wireless headset offers a lag-free wireless experience with RGB accents and inline controls to streamline your gaming sessions. The ear cups also rotate to lay flat around your neck so you can get up from your desk and grab a snack from the kitchen without ever having to take your headset off. 

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Boasting a long-lasting battery life and some of the best sound quality you can find in a wireless setup for under $100, the Void Pro is a great option for wire-free aficionados who don't want to break the bank. 

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Check out our Corsair Void Pro RGB review for more information. 

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

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This new iteration in HyperX's Cloud lineup is about as comfortable as headsets come. The memory foam inside the headband and ear cups keeps the Cloud Alpha cozy and snug (but not too snug) during those long marathon sessions. Underneath that plush foam are proprietary dual-chamber drivers that produce crisp, resonant sound and hefty bass tones -- so you're getting an excellent sound experience from this airy setup. 

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Just like all other HyperX headsets, the Cloud Alpha doesn't feature any sort of RGB lighting or EQ software. It's 100% plug-and-play, with no bells or whistles to distract from its aural prowess. And console players will be happy to know that this headset is compatible with any system that features a 3.5mm audio jack -- including PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

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Read our HyperX Cloud Alpha review for more information. 

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A good gaming headset can mean the difference between a fun playthrough and a truly immersive gaming experience. But with so many headsets claiming to be the best on the market or the biggest bang for your buck, it can be hard to find the right pair of cans to fit your current setup.

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Now that the 2017 holidays coming up, there’s no better time to start scoping out the perfect headset for yourself or that special gamer in your life. Whether you’re a console gamer who needs couch-worthy comfort or a PC player looking for the ultimate wireless setup, the right headset is out there waiting for you -- and we’ve already done the legwork to find it!

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These are the top-tier headsets on the market right now that you should be keeping an eye on during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the whole holiday season.

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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Review: A Bare-Bones Tenkeyless Tour de Force https://www.gameskinny.com/1evdt/hyperx-alloy-fps-pro-review-a-bare-bones-tenkeyless-tour-de-force https://www.gameskinny.com/1evdt/hyperx-alloy-fps-pro-review-a-bare-bones-tenkeyless-tour-de-force Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:15:02 -0400 Jonathan Moore

For many gamers, HyperX is a name synonymous with quality. For a while now, the company has made some of the very best gaming headsets around, from the Cloud Stinger to the Cloud Revolver S. And around the GameSkinny office, HyperX is a big favorite.

But for all the innovation the company has brought to the headset space, HyperX has just relatively recently brought that ingenuity to the mechanical keyboard market. It shone brightly with the Alloy Elite, a gaming board we named one of the most well-rounded keyboards currently available. And it shines just as bright with the Alloy FPS Pro.

After spending some 20 hours with the board, the Alloy FPS Pro is a mechanical keyboard we can’t help but recommend. Priced at $79.99, it’s undeniably a steal if you’re in the market for a reliable and durable tenkeyless option that boasts an elegant design and fluid functionality.

Unboxing

One of the things I like most about HyperX is that they’re no-frills when it comes to their products. They don’t get caught up in RGB lighting or macro programming, and instead focus on functionality and design. And that’s reflected in what you get in the box.

Packaged in a red and black cardboard box that’s as sturdy as the keyboard itself, the FPS Pro comes with the keyboard, a detachable 6-foot braided cable, a keycap switcher, a set of textured W/A/S/D and Q/E/R/F keys, and a handy quick-start guide.

Since a lot of other keyboard manufacturers don’t seem to be including extra keycaps and switchers these days, I really appreciate that HyperX goes the extra mile to add a different type of customizability to their products — especially since changing keycaps can be a royal pain in the keester without a switcher.

I also appreciate that there’s no fancy software to fumble with and install. And while that means you can’t reprogram the board or set a plethora of macros, it also means that you can get to gaming faster, using the keyboard in its optimal capacity right from the start. There’s nothing more frustrating than plugging in a keyboard and not being immediately sure if you like it — that's unless you spend an hour reprogramming it only to find you still hate it. That’s a huge bummer you won’t find here.

With the FPS Pro, what you see is what you get.

Design

The Alloy FPS Pro sports a black finish on a solid steel frame (which I’ll talk more about shortly), and the 87 smooth keycaps sit on either Cherry MX red, blue, or brown switches. If you choose to swap out the Pro’s factory keycaps with the red textured keycaps that come packaged with the board, you’ll find your primary gaming keys will have a bumpier feel to them, helping you better find them in a firefight or intense melee.

Across the top of the board you’ll also find your standard media keys (skip backward, skip forward, play, and pause), volume controls (volume up, volume down, and mute), and a Game Mode key that disables the Windows key to avoid accidental disruption during gaming.

Like other HyperX products, the lighting features on the FPS Pro are pretty slim. Instead of giving you control over 16 million colors, you’ll have the choice between red, red, and more red. But like its cousin in the Alloy Elite, the backlighting is crisp and vibrant and fully controllable via the board’s arrow keys, which allow you to cycle through six backlighting modes.

However, the biggest draw for the gamer on the go is the FPS Pro’s size and durability. Weighing just 1.8 pounds, the FPS Pro is nearly half the weight of Corsair's K63, making it even easier to stuff in a backpack or carry from home to office. To make matters even simpler, the FPS Pro’s braided cable is easily detachable and doesn’t tangle easily.

The only thing that could have been better here is if HyperX provided a cord routing area on the board’s underside as an extra option, much like SteelSeries provides in some of its mechanicals.

But what really impressed me the most about the Alloy FPS Pro was its strength. It's durable as hell, something I found that out when I dropped it on solid concrete while transporting it from home to the office. After falling about three feet, there wasn’t a single scratch on the steel chassis — it looked as good as the day I took it out of the box. Two of the keys popped off, but they were beyond easy to pop back on (and I haven’t had any problem with them since).

Functionality

As you’ve probably already figured out, there isn’t a ton of secondary functionality in the FPS Pro — but that doesn’t mean the functionality that is there isn’t worth spending a few paragraphs on.

You might remember that I mentioned there’s no software with the FPS Pro. For those that prefer a varied palette, that might be a hurdle. But for those that don’t mind so much, controlling the board’s backlighting is a sinch. You won’t have to sift through millions of color options or agonize over getting a pattern just right. Finding what you’re looking for is as simple as plugging the keyboard in and cycling through the options on the board itself.

Unlike the Alloy Elite, there’s no sleek volume wheel for increasing or decreasing volume on the fly. Instead, you’re stuck using your headset’s volume controls or incrementally raising or lowering the volume one key-click at a time. 

Performance

The Alloy FPS Pro doesn’t skip a beat. In all my hours with it, each key and every switch responded with near lightning feedback. Of course, it’s a cardinal sin for modern mechanical keyboards if the switches and keys don’t respond or aren’t comfortable. 

The Pro's Cherry switches perform as you’d expect them, rapidly registering each and every keystroke without losing input. But they do so underneath perfectly contoured and textured full-size keycaps. With a gradual dip, the keycaps provide the perfect resting places for your fingers -- whether you’re frantically inputting commands in games like Destiny 2  and Grim Dawn, or holding them down for hours on end in games like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and SOMA.

In a gaming capacity, I actually preferred that the Alloy FPS doesn’t have a numpad, leaving a comfortable amount of room between the keycaps. Sure, I missed the numpad and its ease of use for everyday editorial tasks, but for the games I frequently haunt, I never once felt empty-handed without it.

My only true gripe is with the placement of the board’s F12 key. Both my colleague and I had issues with the key’s proximity to both the FPS Pro’s and the Alloy Elite’s backspace keys. In-game, the problem was negligible at best, but in everyday typing situations, it was a constant hobgoblin.

Verdict

When compared to other boards in its price range, it’s hard to beat the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro tenkeyless. It’s responsive. It’s reliable. And it’s resilient.

With complete n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting, you’ll find that all of your inputs register exactly when you need them to and that everyday tasks are a breeze. And aside from a few very (very) minor hiccups, it’s extremely simple to use.

If you’re looking for fully programmable macros, full lighting customization, and dedicated keys, you might want to look at other boards, such as Corsair’s K63 tenkeyless. But if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard you can count on, is highly portable, and doesn’t eschew functionality for cosmetics, then the FPS Pro is the keyboard for you.

You can purchase the Alloy FPS Pro on Amazon for $79.99. 

[Note: An Alloy FPS Pro review unit was provided by HyperX for the purpose of this review.]

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HyperX Cloud Alpha Review: Carrying on the Tradition of Comfort https://www.gameskinny.com/hl7wr/hyperx-cloud-alpha-review-carrying-on-the-tradition-of-comfort https://www.gameskinny.com/hl7wr/hyperx-cloud-alpha-review-carrying-on-the-tradition-of-comfort Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:50:46 -0400 Auverin Morrow

After being branded on a full line of plush headsets, the HyperX name has become synonymous with comfort. The company's Cloud line has been widely acclaimed for its luxurious feel and excellent sound quality across a number of different models. The newest entry in this lineup, the Cloud Alpha, seeks to carry the torch of the Cloud and Cloud II while implementing a few changes to create and even cozier and more satisfying listening experience than ever before.

As a big fan of the Cloud II (my first real gaming headset), I was interested to see how HyperX would iterate on its design without moving too far away from what made it so great to use. And after spending myriad workdays using it for everything from conference calls to SMITE marathons, I'm really digging what the team has done with this new member of the HyperX headset family. It feels great, sounds even better, and carries on the tradition of the Cloud name. 

Design

Sporting a body style that's nearly identical to the Cloud, the Cloud Alpha has plastic-bodied ear cups with plush memory foam ear pads and a leather-wrapped memory foam headband. The two are connected by an aluminum frame that (unlike the flat black of the previous Cloud) is colored bright HyperX red.

The extra red accents on this frame really compliment the red logo and stitching, and makes this set of cans feel more like a HyperX unit than any that came before it. As is par for the course with this brand of headset, there's no RGB lighting. But the Alpha looks so fly anyway that you won't really miss it. 

Alongside the headset itself comes a detachable mic with a flexible arm, and a detachable braided 3.5mm cable with inline controls for volume and mic mute. All this comes inside a soft cloth carrying case for easy towing. 

Sound

I went into using the Cloud Alpha with high expectations from my time with both the Cloud II and the Cloud Revolver S, and it definitely met the bar those two products had set.

What really distinguishes the Cloud Alpha from the Cloud II is the proprietary dual chamber drivers that HyperX designed and implemented to help reduce distortion and distinguish bass tones from mids and highs so that audio is cleaner and crisper. Here's a look at the new design and how it separates these sounds so they reverberate more clearly:

How did this function in our rigorous field tests? Well enough to make me consider retiring my Cloud II. The Cloud Alpha boasts an excellent range of sound, with distinct demarcations between bass, mids, and highs. Rather than all the tones blending together into a single tone, they seemed to echo of their own accord and create a multi-layered sound experience that's usually reserved for true surround sound headsets. 

When playing games like SMITE, this translated to a fantastic balance between background music, voice lines, and sound effects that packed a punch without overpowering any other element of the sound design. When listening to lo-fi jazz hop during the workday, it perfectly translated the ambiance of each piano and sax note without sacrificing the glitchy bass tones.  And in my go-to test for bass tones -- the pulsing house mixes of a dear DJ friend -- the Cloud Alpha reproduced full-bodied, resonant beats where other headsets (like the Corsair Void Pro) couldn't help but distort the sound. 

This isn't a surround sound headset, though, so there's not a lot going on here in terms of directional sound. Though the unique double-chamber design certainly provides some of the richness usually exclusive to surround sound cans, you'll have to pick up the wonderful Cloud Revolver S if you're really adamant about having a true 7.1 experience. But other than a few in-game moments where full directional sound would have been helpful, I didn't find myself missing it too much. 

There's also no EQ software, as the Cloud Alpha (like all HyperX products) is 100% plug and play. So if you're the type to dig in and get granular with your sound balancing, you'll probably be frustrated with the lack of control in that regard. Personally, though, I'm not a big fan of utility software to being with, and didn't think the sound needed enough tweaking to warrant that sort of functionality anyway. 

Microphone

I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't at least touch on the detachable mic that comes with this headset. Though I didn't use it for much outside of team chats and conference calls, it consistently put out high-quality sound that folks on the other end of the line had no problem understanding. I didn't get any complaints about distortion, cut-outs, or other issues. And being able to adjust the mic with the inline controls was a nice touch that I sorely missed on the Cloud II. 

The only point of improvement I can really highlight here is the lack of a reliable way to keep the microphone safe when it wasn't attached to the headset. Unless I'm actively using it, I like to have my microphone as out of the way as possible. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of lost detachable mics if there's not some way to keep them conjoined to the headset without plugging them in. Such is the case with the Cloud Alpha. Though the carrying case is handy for travel, I would have liked to have a rubber attachment on the 3.5mm cable (like what you'll find on the Logitech G433) to hold the microphone when it's detached. 

Comfort

Just like the Cloud II that came before it, the Cloud Alpha is incredibly comfortable for long wear -- thus continuing the Cloud tradition of being among the comfiest headsets on the market. 

Its ear pads are soft, and their reduced clamping force mean they fit snugly without being too tight. Though the leather can get sort of hot and is less breathable than other fabrics, I didn't really have any issues with sweating or discomfort because the headset is so lightweight. Similarly, the headband is airy enough that it sits securely on the head without leaving any indents or creating pressure points. 

To compliment its trademark leather luxury, HyperX has made some design changes to the Cloud Alpha's aluminum frame and added a fork design to not only make it more durable, but also help the headband accommodate larger domes. So if you had a little bit of trouble fitting into the first few Cloud models, this iteration may be the one for you. 

The only time this headset really got uncomfortable for me was when I took it off and wore it around my neck to chat with a coworker or answer the phone. Unlike other headsets with swiveling ear cups, the Cloud Alpha is a bit too big and inflexible to wear comfortably in this manner. But considering that this was only on occasion and isn't the way the headset is intended to be worn anyway, I'm hard-pressed to really call it a fault in the Alpha's design. 

Verdict

Retailing for $99.99, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is an excellent headset at its price point. If you're familiar with the HyperX brand and like how they design their peripherals, you're definitely in for a treat with this set of cans. And if you're a Cloud II owner who loves the design and comfort of your current set but wants a better sound experience, the Alpha is made for you. 

It's not going to satisfy a 7.1-hungry gamer, and it's not quite able to match the impeccable sound experience of the Cloud Revolver S. But even so, the Cloud Alpha is a luxurious, well-designed headset in its own right that's made meaningful changes to its aural capabilities to create better soundscapes and an more satisfying listening experience. 

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can pick up the Cloud Alpha on Amazon. It's compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

[Note: HyperX provided the Cloud Alpha headset used for this review.]

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HyperX Alloy Elite Gaming Keyboard Review: The Devil's in the Details https://www.gameskinny.com/o0bag/hyperx-alloy-elite-gaming-keyboard-review-the-devils-in-the-details https://www.gameskinny.com/o0bag/hyperx-alloy-elite-gaming-keyboard-review-the-devils-in-the-details Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:21:54 -0400 Auverin Morrow

I'm a real stickler when it comes to keyboards. Because I spend 8+ hours a day typing at warp speed (often with a sandwich in one hand), I need a keyboard that's fast, responsive, durable, and functional. Most keyboards that I've tried will check a few of those boxes, but not all of them. In a market that's increasingly ridden with "innovations" like hyper-granular RGB customization and sharp-edged, space-saving chassis, I was beginning to think that the mechanical keyboard of my dreams didn't actually exist. 

But then I got my hands on the HyperX Alloy Elite. This flagship entry in HyperX's relatively new keyboard lineup is nice to look at, and even nicer to play with. After running it through the ringer for weeks of furious typing and frustrated gameplay, this keyboard has proven to be a trooper. With a thoughtful, refined design and unmatched simplicity of use, the Alloy Elite has taken its rightful place as my favorite gaming keyboard on the market right now.  

Unboxing 

Packaged in HyperX's iconic red-and-black fare, the Alloy Elite comes with the keyboard itself, a detachable wrist rest, a set of textured keycaps (silver for W/A/S/D and red for Q/E/R/F), and a handy keycap switcher to change out the stock keys with. 

While this is just about standard for most keyboard unboxings, I quite appreciated the inclusion of the keycap switcher -- almost as much as I appreciated the textured keycaps themselves. Anyone who has tried to remove keycaps for replacement or cleaning knows how aggravating it can be to do so by hand. So having this little tool was a huge boon in that regard, and something that I'd like to see more keyboard manufacturers do for all the money we throw at their products. 

Design

The Alloy Elite sports a solid black aluminum body and a plastic detachable wrist rest that's partially textured on the left side. The keys themselves sit on your standard Cherry MX switches (blue, brown, or red), and include a 10-key numpad as opposed to its tenkeyless sibling, the Alloy FPS. If you choose to install the extra keycaps provided, your home gaming keys will have a slightly textured feel that sets them apart from the smooth caps on the rest of the board.

Like most HyperX products that feature any sort of lighting, the Alloy Elite eschews customizable RGB and offers only its brand-standard red for backlighting. This might be a turnoff for some gamers who are pickier about their color palates, but the coloration is both sleek and highly visible on full brightness. (And an RGB version of this keyboard is already in the works.)

In lieu of a full software suite, the key lighting can be controlled with two setting buttons on the board that let you cycle through a few different lighting schemes and brightness settings. 

In addition to the light controls and the standard game mode key, the top bar of this keyboard also features four media buttons (play/pause, rewind, fast-forward, and mute) and a nifty scroll wheel on the far right that lets you control your volume. On the underbelly of the board, you'll find two feet that let you prop up the keyboard for a different angle. And it's all connected to your computer via a highly durable braided cable. 

For all these features, there is no proprietary software to accompany the Alloy Elite. Keeping in line with HyperX's tradition across all its headsets and the Pulsefire FPS mouse, this keyboard is 100% plug-and-play. While some mod-happy gamers might find this a little archaic, it's one of my favorite things about this keyboard and nearly any other HyperX product. I'm not the type to dig deep into barely perceptible customizations (like you can on the Corsair K95), so being able to connect this board to my PC and never having to fiddle with it again was a huge plus. 

Performance & Comfort

Whether I was typing up articles or trying to hit killshots in SMITE, the Alloy Elite kept up with every keystroke I made. The Cherry switches have an excellent response time (as usual), and I could press as many keys as I wanted at once without losing any input.

That said, light-handed gamers will want to be careful with what switches they choose. These keys require a solid amount of pressure to register, and probably won't be great for typing if you have feather-light strokes. Fortunately for me, I slam on keys as though I'm trying to resuscitate them, so typing with the Alloy Elite was no problem (and felt nice to boot). 

Quality feedback aside, the textured keys were also a nice touch. Though they sometimes distracted me while typing, they were a huge boon in-game. With the raised ridges to anchor my fingers and indicate where my home keys were, I found myself misfiring abilities far less often than I would when blindly trying to reposition my hands. 

There are only a few areas in terms of overall comfort and performance where the Alloy Elite falls short. My biggest gripe was with the placement of the F12 key in relation to the backspace bar. Because of how narrow the space is between the function row and the top row of standard keys, I found myself hitting F12 a lot when I only wanted to hit backspace. While this was a negligible issue at first, constantly activating the F12 DevTools command in Chrome while trying to fix a spelling error did get really tedious. 

Other than that, my only complaints have to do with the body of the board and the volume of its key feedback. While I'm used to loud mechanical keys, the Alloy Elite seemed to have some that were especially loud. The spacebar was the biggest offender -- to the point that the poor editor who shares an office with me complained about it a few times.

Additionally, the wrist rest isn't very comfortable because of its plastic material and lack of padding. It also features a groove between its textured and smooth areas that seems to be good for nothing except catching crumbs. But I really only noticed discomfort if I typed and typed for extensive periods of time. Having a slightly higher angle at which the keyboard sat would have gone a long way here. 

Functionality

The Alloy Elite is probably my favorite gaming keyboard of all time (just barely winning out over the Logitech G Pro), but it's definitely my favorite in terms of secondary functionality. The keys themselves perform exactly like you'd want them to, but peripheral functions across the rest of the board really put it a step ahead of its competitors. 

The backlighting looks nice, and being able to fully control its limited range of settings right from the keyboard was a big plus. There was no need to agonize over specific color schemes or optimal lighting patterns -- I could just cycle through until I found a scheme that worked, then move on. And having all the controls on deck made it a breeze to switch lighting setups without clicking away from my Paladins match. 

Aside from that, I suppose it's time I admit it: the volume wheel in the keyboard chassis is by far my favorite design feature on the Alloy Elite. The simplified lighting controls and textured keys were close contenders, but the volume wheel really did it for me. I've never seen another keyboard that implements volume controls in this way, and the scroll wheel was much easier to use than a keyboard macro, dedicated button, or headset control.

Volume control was literally right at my fingertips both in and out of game -- so I could give the wheel a quick swipe in either direction between auto-attacks to make sure I was hearing enemy ultimates or to tone down party chatter. It's a feature I never wanted until I had it, and I've had trouble using other keyboards since. 

My only issue with the peripheral design features of this keyboard was the placement of LED indicators for Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Game Mode. Because of the key height in relation to the chassis, these indicators were extremely difficult to see at most angles unless you craned your neck (though I'm barely 5'2', so maybe taller folks won't have the same issue). Some slightly different placement would have been nice to see, but overall I didn't find myself too concerned with this minor design hiccup.  

Verdict

In spite of a few issues with long-term comfort and some questionable design choices, HyperX really got it right with the Alloy Elite keyboard. It's well-built, responsive, and offers unmatched simplicity of use in both its plug-and-play design and its peripheral features. 

If you're looking for a keyboard that gives you a full suite of customization options and all those other fancy features that drive up price tags for gaming keyboards, you'll probably want to look to Corsair or Logitech for your next board. (Or if RGB lighting is your only must-have, you can simply wait until the RGB version of the Alloy Elite releases at an undetermined time later this year.)

But if you're willing to let go of a few cosmetic enhancements for a well-rounded keyboard with a wealth of functionality and utilitarian details, the Alloy Elite will be right up your alley. When you're fixing volume and lighting schemes on the fly, you won't regret it. 

The HyperX Alloy Elite gaming keyboard is currently available on Amazon for $109.99. 

[Note: HyperX provided the Alloy Elite keyboard used for this review.]

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HyperX Unveils Two New Alloy Gaming Keyboards https://www.gameskinny.com/tps25/hyperx-unveils-two-new-alloy-gaming-keyboards https://www.gameskinny.com/tps25/hyperx-unveils-two-new-alloy-gaming-keyboards Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:15:47 -0400 Zantallion

On the hunt for a high-end new keyboard? HyperX has you covered. Today, the company has revealed two new gaming keyboards -- the Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  

The Alloy Elite boasts a number of features and a new design -- including an 18 LED light bar with customizable lighting modes, 6 preset lighting effects, and a detachable palm rest. The lighting customization features are ready from the get-go -- no software installation required.  

By comparison, the FPS Pro is more for gamers on the go. It's lightweight and space-saving, perfect for gamers who travel a lot (like esports players). According to HyperX's Senior Business Manager, Marcus Hermann, the Alloy FPS keyboard is designed with tenkeyless fans in mind. Its smaller, more compact frame allows FPS players more range of movement with their mouse, and is designed with just the right amount of tension and release to allow players to rapidly perform actions and maneuvers with ease. 

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Prior to Draft, NBA Hopeful De'Aaron Fox Signs Deal With HyperX https://www.gameskinny.com/0su16/prior-to-draft-nba-hopeful-deaaron-fox-signs-deal-with-hyperx https://www.gameskinny.com/0su16/prior-to-draft-nba-hopeful-deaaron-fox-signs-deal-with-hyperx Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:50:59 -0400 Bryant Pereira

On the cusp of the anticipated 2017 NBA Draft, gamer and top-pick player De’Aaron Fox will now represent HyperX as a gaming headset brand ambassador. The former Kentucky Wildcats player will exclusively wear HyperX gaming headsets during his Twitch streams of games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Clash Royale.

While simultaneously being a driving force in high-end hardware, HyperX is a sponsor of top gaming organizations such as Cloud 9, Team Liquid, and SK-Gaming. As eSports continue to intersect with traditional sports, Fox joins professional players like Gordon Hayward to push gaming hardware and culture to the forefront of mainstream media.

Fox participated in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game and played one season at the University of Kentucky. As if being one of the top NBA draft picks of the season isn’t time-consuming enough, Fox is also a dedicated gamer.

Along with being a passionate NBA2K player, he also plays Dragon Ball Z, Call of Duty, and Need for Speed. Fox even managed to get the best time during a sneak peek demo of Need for Speed: Payback at EA Play 2017. 

In response to the recent deal, Fox said, “I’m as passionate about gaming as I am basketball and thrilled to be a part of the HyperX team...”

The 2017 NBA draft will be held tomorrow, June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and can be watched nationally via ESPN. As Fox balls his way toward a multi-million dollar deal, his partnership with HyperX brings him one step closer to the spotlight.

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HyperX Pulsefire FPS Review: An Inaugural Mouse with Excellent Design https://www.gameskinny.com/2fpi7/hyperx-pulsefire-fps-review-an-inaugural-mouse-with-excellent-design https://www.gameskinny.com/2fpi7/hyperx-pulsefire-fps-review-an-inaugural-mouse-with-excellent-design Fri, 05 May 2017 15:00:01 -0400 Auverin Morrow

It's no secret that HyperX makes great tech. Their extensive line of headsets offers top-notch quality and comfort at a number of price points, and their alloy keyboards are excellent as well. Now the company is expanding its lineup to the final limb in the holy trinity of gaming peripherals -- the all-important mouse. 

The Pulsefire FPS is the inaugural mouse in HyperX's new venture. And it's a strong start that proves the tech giant isn't kidding around. From a well-rounded design to top-quality performance across the board, the Pulsefire is a serious contender in the peripheral arena that's got me excited to see what comes next.

Simple Specs With No Fuss

Like most of HyperX's products, there aren't a lot of frills to the Pulsefire. It sports a simple black body, two shoulder buttons, a standard scroll wheel and center button, and a durable braided cable. 

Under the hood, there's a PixArt 3310 sensor, Omron switches rated up to 20 million clicks, and a 400-3200 DPI range that's demarcated in four presets you can cycle through. 

At just 95g, this mouse is a great thing in a lightweight package. It's a far cry from products like Logitech's G900 Chaos Spectrum or Corsair's Scimitar Pro, but that's alright. The more I used the Pulsefire, the less I found myself missing all the extra bits. 

Design is Where This Thing Really Shines

There's a lot more to the Pulsefire than meets the eye. At first glance it's easy to dismiss it as a run-of-the-mill gaming mouse, when really it's anything but. Though its design is simple, the smaller details really put this mouse a few steps ahead of its competitors. 

My personal favorite feature is the textured side grip. While the top of the Pulsefire is smooth unibody plastic from front to back, its sides sport slightly textured rubber for better grip. And when I say "slightly", I mean it -- the diminutive notches in the grips are just enough to give your hand traction without feeling like you're trying to play Call of Duty with a truck tire. 

Speaking of sides, the shoulder buttons on this thing are masterfully done. When I chatted with PR Manager Mark Tekunoff about the mouse at PAX East, he mentioned that it was designed according to feedback from a number of pro players who know what they're looking for in a mouse. And for a considerable portion of those players, one of the biggest issues with current mice on the market is the placement of shoulder buttons -- they just never seem to be in quite the right spot. So HyperX took extra care to place them as best they could when designing the Pulsefire. 

The careful consideration definitely pays off here. Though I've used a lot of mice in my gaming career, I can't recall a single one that's had shoulder buttons quite as perfectly placed as the Pulsefire's. Claw grippers might find the back shoulder button a little hard to reach, but palm grippers rejoice -- this mouse is a dream come true for you. Without having to change your grip style or shift your thumb, you'll finally be able to hit that front shoulder with your fingertip and that back shoulder with your thumb joint. (Unless you have exceptionally large hands.)

Not only are these buttons well-placed, but they're incredibly satisfying to click. You need to put a bit of pressure on to get a response, but not so much that it'll slow you down in-game. There's a great balance between sensitivity and practicality here, which means you can click away in the heat of battle while keeping accidental double-taps or both-button clicks to a minimum. 

The same can be said for the left and right mouse buttons as well. They feel about as sturdy as those on my go-to G900 Spectrum, but they'll still respond as rapidly as your fingers can depress them. Accidental clicks were rare, even at breakneck speeds while auto-attacking the crap out of a helpless mage in SMITE. The unibody design of this part of the mouse also gives each click a bit of bounce and resilience that feels really nice. 

The only design aspect I didn't like so much is the scroll wheel. It's quick and works just like it should -- and I really like that HyperX opted for a slightly smoother grip than the raised, edgy texture that you'll find on most gaming mice. But for me, the response was just a bit too flimsy. It feels a lot like a notched wheel that's trying to free scroll, which might really appeal to some people. I just prefer having a switch that lets me do either/or depending on the situation. 

You Can't Ask For Better Plug-and-Play Performance

A well-designed mouse is nothing if it doesn't have the performance to match. And the Pulsefire definitely has both -- without the need to tweak anything in customization software

I rarely get time to sit down and play games anymore. So when I do, I want to plug in and get going straightaway. That's exactly what the Pulsefire does. This mouse, like its other HyperX brethren, is 100% plug-and-play. There's nothing extra to install, no lights to mess around with, no custom button mapping, no complex DPI options to configure.

This will probably be a huge turn-off for those gamers who want to have as much control over every part of their peripheral performance as possible. But the simplicity of this mouse is a major plus for me -- and it's the same reason I prefer HyperX's Cloud S Revolver headset over more complex competitors like the SteelSeries Arctis 7 or the Logitech G533

Even without any sort of fine-tuning, this mouse handles beautifully across a number of games. It's highly responsive, latency-free, and has butter-smooth tracking to boot. Not once did I notice any sort of stuttering or poor control. 

The DPI presets sit at 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 -- which means that even without the ability to adjust them to your exact preferences, you'll have the general setting you need for whatever you're playing. The DPI button in the center of the mouse will light up different colors according to the setting you've picked, so you don't have to guess which one you've cycled to. After wrapping up a SMITE game at 1600 dpi with blue illumination, I could easily cycle down to 400, where the white glow would let me know that I've got the right setting to nail headshots in Paladins.

To put it plainly, not once did I feel like I needed customization software to make up for sub-par performance. And that's fine by me. 

Verdict

The Pulsefire FPS is a top-notch foray into the final frontier of gaming peripherals. It's obvious that HyperX put a lot of consideration into its premier mouse, and the results are admirable. 

If you're married to the idea of total customization and lots of little extras, you'll want to look at other products. But if you want a well-designed, no-fuss gaming mouse that does exactly what it's built to do -- and does it better than many of its competitors at this price point -- then the Pulsefire is definitely worth your consideration. Your wallet and your palm-gripping hands will thank you. 

You can pick it up for yourself for $49.99 on Amazon.

Note: HyperX provided the Pulsefire mouse used for this review. 

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S Review: This Headset Has Ruined Me for Life https://www.gameskinny.com/fm9u9/hyperx-cloud-revolver-s-review-this-headset-has-ruined-me-for-life https://www.gameskinny.com/fm9u9/hyperx-cloud-revolver-s-review-this-headset-has-ruined-me-for-life Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:35:15 -0400 Auverin Morrow

Anyone who has seen the excessive collection of headsets in my office knows that I'm a big fan of HyperX. From the Stinger to the Cloud models, I've tried nearly every headset in their lineup -- and I've loved them all. But after getting my hands on their top-of-the-line Cloud Revolver S, I won't be able to go back to those headsets...or any other headset for that matter. 

I got to test out the Revolver S at PAX East this year, and was quite impressed with what I saw in that demo. Now that I've spent a little more time with this headset and run it through the wringer of gaming marathons, music sessions, and Skype calls, I've gotta say I'm only more impressed than I was initially. 

This set of cans offers great surround sound, long-lasting comfort, and so much more. To put it plainly, the Revolver S is probably the best gaming headset I've ever used. 

Unboxing and Specs

Like most HyperX headsets, the Revolver S doesn't have a lot of frills in its box -- just the headset with a 3.5mm jack, the detachable microphone, and a USB attachment with inline controls for chat/audio volume, and toggle buttons for muting the mic and turning on surround sound. 

Because this headset isn't wireless, there isn't a need for lots of adapters, charging cables, and the like. As someone who tends to lose cables and small attachments, the minimalism on this front is appealing. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles if the headset is doing its job properly. 

The Revolver S itself sports the proprietary HyperX design -- a sleek black body with a lightweight steel frame, a padded leather headband, and memory foam ear cups. The usual red accents, even down to the stitching, have been replaced with white on this headset. It's a subtle change, but one that makes the Revolver S feel like it isn't trying quite as hard to be an edgy-looking gamer peripheral. The industrial, vaguely cyberpunk aesthetic of its construction oozes hardcore chic all on its own.

A High-Quality Build Means Top-Tier Comfort

This flagship headset is insanely comfortable. It might not have "cutting-edge" headband technology like the SteelSeries Arctis 7, but it doesn't really need it. The build is so sound that even after an 8-hour workday and a 6-hour Paladins marathon, I wasn't chomping at the bit to give my head a break from this set of cans.

The suspension headband does an excellent job of evenly distributing its 12-ounce weight across your skull, and the ear cups are the perfect size -- tight enough to get the sound where it needed to be, but roomy enough that my piercings and glasses weren't cramped. Where I found the Arctis 7 to be a little too snug for long-term wear, the Revolver S sits so comfortably that I often didn't notice I was wearing it at all. It's soft, it's breathable, and it doesn't put pressure in the wrong places no matter how long you leave it on. 

It's not wireless, but it doesn't need to be. 

While most other headsets in this price range have wireless functionality, the Revolver S sticks to a wired design with durable braided cables. This might be a fault to those gamers who like the extra mobility, but I never found myself wishing that it had a wireless option. 

When used with the USB attachment, the cord on this headset was long enough that I could do most anything I needed to without taking it off. Though I couldn't leave my office entirely and keep chatting with my party while making a snack, I could easily roll my desk chair across the room to grab something without having to extract myself from my headphones first. 

Fantastic Sound All Around

The Revolver S packs in 7.1 surround sound, which you can turn on and off at will with the controls on its cable. Being able to toggle DTS on the fly is pretty nice, especially for someone who spends a lot of time switching between programs and uses. If I had to pause my ambient music to hop into a Skype call, I could quickly turn off surround sound so that my co-workers' voices didn't boom and echo like some sort of dramatic cut-scene narration. 

The surround sound handles beautifully in-game, and packs a serious punch when it comes to sound effects. Enemy positioning was easy to pick out in Paladins, which was bad news for any flanker looking to catch me from behind. While playing SMITE, I could catch Arachne scuttling around my periphery or side-step a Kukulkan ult without actually having to turn and look for its trajectory animation. 


Not today, Kukulkan. Not today....

In a more aurally balanced game like Skyrim Special Edition, the ambient world noises blended beautifully with its epic soundtrack. NPC dialogue came through crisp and clear, and I could hear the screeches of an approaching dragon from a mile away. Never before has the dripping sarcasm about stolen sweetrolls been more evident. 

The Revolver S also breathed new life into my favorite films and music. 

When I was out of game, the surround sound still held up while watching movies or listening to music. The deep-space sounds of Interstellar were crystal clear, and ghostly creaks in movies like The Innkeepers felt real enough to send shivers up my spine. But the real treat came while watching Inglorious Basterds. During its iconic baseball bat scene, the foreboding clangs of Donny Donowitz's slugger against the tunnel walls reverberated from one ear to another in a way that was arguably more impactful than when I first saw it in theaters. 

The Revolver S is also an excellent set of cans for enjoying music. Whether I was listening to low-fi jazzhop during my workday or jamming out to electric guitar riffs while painting, the sound was always beautiful and full-bodied. It was particularly interesting to toggle the surround sound on and off just to see the difference it made. This is precisely what HyperX PR Manager Mark Tekunoff did for me when I demoed the headset at PAX East, and it really showcases how much depth the surround sound adds to your listening experience.

Even songs I've listened to a hundred times -- from the orchestral arrangements of The Airborne Toxic Event to thumping bass drops from my DJ friends -- surprised me with how much better they sounded through this headset. 

Surround sound aside, the stereo mode is also fairly impressive. 

A lot of surround sound headsets tend to fall off pretty hard when it comes to regular stereo mode, but that's not the case with the Revolver S. Though the sound obviously flattens out when you toggle DTS off, what remains is still very rich and well-balanced. 

HyperX doesn't offer any sort of equalization software to let you fine-tune your sound output, but the inline controls on this headset do allow you to adjust the general audio profile on the fly. You can cycle through four different settings using a switch on the side -- with options balance across the board, or emphasis on the bass, mid, and treble levels respectively. While using this function obviously won't give you the same sort of control as full-blown EQ software, it's more than enough to give you a good range of customizable sound. 

Verdict: Minimalism and Quality Trump Bells and Whistles

At first glance, it's easy to dismiss the Revolver S because it doesn't have all the fancy features that something like the Arctis 7 does. There are lots of wireless headsets in this price range with complex software, innovative designs, and myriad functions. 

But if you want a headset that truly excels at the sole purpose it's made for, you can't beat the Revolver S. The sound quality is truly incredible, and it offers a sort of long-lasting comfort that I thought was impossible to find in a gaming peripheral. And if you're the sort of person (like myself) who can't really be bothered to spend hours fine-tuning your sound profiles or messing with a wireless setup, you can't beat the plug-and-play experience this headset offers. 

All in all, the Revolver S looks and feels like a truly professional headset. It doesn't pander to gamers who need a bunch of extra features to feel like they're getting the most for their money -- instead, it simply offers unbeatable sound quality and consistent comfort that speaks for itself. Even if you're used to having all those gamertastic extras, I doubt you'll miss them once you give this headset a try. 

I know it's gonna be a long, long time before I want to use anything else. 

If you want to pick up the Revolver S for yourself, you can find it for $149.99 on Amazon. 

Note: HyperX provided the Revolver S used for this review. 

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HyperX's Premium Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset is Out in Stores Today https://www.gameskinny.com/qs6co/hyperxs-premium-cloud-revolver-s-gaming-headset-is-out-in-stores-today https://www.gameskinny.com/qs6co/hyperxs-premium-cloud-revolver-s-gaming-headset-is-out-in-stores-today Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:55:52 -0400 Justin Michael

HyperX has announced that its latest headset in the Cloud series -- the HyperX Cloud Revolver S -- is now available from a number of retailers starting today, March 13th. 

The Revolver S, which has a $149.99 price tag, sports Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound and a more advanced audio control system than the base Revolver headset model. Some of its other features include:

  • Studio quality sound to give you an edge in multiplayer games
  • An upgraded headband for longer-lasting comfort
  • Memory foam ear cups for comfortable wear
  • A detachable noise-canceling microphone
  • A Plug N Play audio control system that's compatible with most gaming systems, and 3.5mm headphone jack for use with mobile devices.

If you're looking to get your hands on a pair of these awesome headphones, you can find them on Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, or Kingston's official websites. And if you need even more gaming peripherals, the HyperX brand is expanding its line with products like the Alloy gaming keyboard.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger Review: A Worthy Successor to the Cloud Name https://www.gameskinny.com/67peu/hyperx-cloud-stinger-review-a-worthy-successor-to-the-cloud-name https://www.gameskinny.com/67peu/hyperx-cloud-stinger-review-a-worthy-successor-to-the-cloud-name Tue, 11 Oct 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Auverin Morrow

HyperX has done it again. They've been making a name for themselves with their comfortable-yet-affordable headsets, and the newly released Cloud Stinger is a worthy successor to that reputation. It boasts the same quality and wearability that you'd expect from any HyperX headset, but adds a few small features to take these cans to the next level.

Unboxing & Build

The Cloud Stinger has the typical HyperX aesthetic -- jet black body with a red logo emblazoned on the side. It's got the steel skeleton you know and love, cased in a lightweight textured plastic to keep the set from being too heavy. Instead of a detachable mic like what you'll find on other models, this iteration uses an integrated swivel mic that's made from the same textured plastic as the rest of the exterior. There's also a handy volume slider hidden on the bottom of the earpiece opposite the mic.

The box doesn't come with much else -- just a wonderfully long cord (seriously...it's SO long) with a Y-adapter that will let you split the headphone and mic jacks.

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At first touch, the Cloud Stinger is so lightweight that it almost feels flimsy. Compared to a heavier model like my much-beloved Cloud II, it doesn't feel like it will stand up to normal wear and tear -- especially with the swiveling earpieces. But in practice, it's just as durable as any headset I've owned. (And trust me, I'm not nice to my tech.)

The main selling point of the Stinger is how incredibly light it is, and HyperX isn't exaggerating on that front. I was able to wear the headset throughout the course of my 9-5 job without any issue -- no painful indents, no uncomfortably tight spots, not even sweaty ears. (Sorry for that last image.)

I have to give special mention to the swiveling ear pieces. While at first they made the Stinger a bit awkward to handle, they turned out to be my favorite feature. The ease of movement makes the headset feel like a custom fit -- just snug enough that I get great sound, but without the stiffness of fixed earpieces. In addition to making the set a bit more breathable, it also made it a hell of a lot easier to wear it in different configurations. I could slip one earpiece off without having to readjust the whole headset, or put it down around my neck and have the earpieces resting flat on my shoulders so I could comfortably turn my head to do other things. 

Last but not least, the extra long cord was a nice touch -- I enjoyed being able to roll my chair across my office without having to unplug. (Laziness FTW.)

Whether I was on the job or grinding out SMITE games, the Stinger stayed put and stayed comfortable.

Same Old (Great) Sound

There's one thing that thankfully hasn't changed much between the Stinger and other HyperX models I've used -- it still boasts the full spectrum of sound quality that you'd expect from the brand. Deep bass tones reverberate without sounding buzzy, and higher pitches come through without getting too tinny.

The only complaint I really have about the sound -- and it's a stretch to call it a complaint -- is that the noise cancellation doesn't seem to be quite as powerful as on sets like the Cloud II. Because the earpieces swivel, they don't create the sort of vacuum seal that blocks out all noise. So a little ambient sound would leak through, but not enough that I particularly minded. I'd much rather have a comfortable, wearable headset that might let me hear my dog begging for a walk than one that's so soundproof it feels like a vice-grip on my head.

It was also nice to have the volume control slider on the side of the headset. Being able to adjust my volume on the fly while clicking furiously in-game or when I was trying to enjoy Netflix at a distance really made a difference. It's not a feature I would have necessarily thought to ask for on a headset, but now that I have it I'm not sure I want to go back to doing without.

About that microphone...

The Stinger's microphone is a total 180 from the detachable mic on my Cloud II. Much like the body itself, the textured plastic made the microphone feel a bit less durable than I'm used to. But that feeling didn't last long. 

It took some adjusting to, but I actually prefer this mic to the one on my Cloud II. Not only does it swivel and mute when slid up, but the arm is a little flexible so you can bend it to fit perfectly -- a wonderful touch when compared to straight-armed mics. The microphone on the Cloud II was just a bit too flexible for me, and ultimately resulted in me playing with it until I broke it entirely. But the Stinger mic is the best of both worlds -- fixed enough that it won't wear down too quickly, but still adjustable enough for maximum comfort and sound quality. 

And speaking of sound quality, the Stinger mic produces just what you'd expect. When participating in Skype meetings or hopping onto Discord to chat with friends in-game, I had zero issues with audio cuts or excessive noise -- and no one I asked reported having any issues hearing me clearly. 

Verdict

The Cloud Stinger has only made me a bigger fan of HyperX than I was before. Whether you're a long-standing fan of the brand or just someone looking for a high-quality gaming headset, the Stinger is a great buy. Although it's lightweight compared to its predecessors, it still packs a serious punch. And adds on a few minor features that really take its functionality to the next level. 

I would go so far as to say that the Cloud Stinger the best gaming headset I've ever owned. And with a $49.99 price tag, you honestly can't beat the comfort and quality that it offers. It's available now on Amazon and other online retailers -- just in time for the holidays!

Note: HyperX provided a headset for the purposes of this review.

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