Maybe you are on a packed city train for your morning commute. Or possibly sitting in your local park, trying to catch the last few rays of sunrise.
All you want is a little slice of serenity to start your morning off right, but your tiny, ten-dollar earbuds from Lowe’s just are not cutting it? Starting to think you might need a more powerful, comfortable pair of closed-back, over-ear headphones to assist in blocking out all the unwanted rabble and help you enjoy that inner peace you seek?
Well then, say hello to your next headset, in this…
Californian based audio equipment producer HyperX has become known over the past two decades for their great products that come at even better prices. In fact, the Cloud line of headsets from HyperX has cemented itself as one of the most affordable flagships on the market today.
Originally only available in matte black, this newest release is a gorgeous rose gold/matte white offering. The HyperX Cloud Mix in rose gold sits atop the list of headsets available from HyperX today, with all the bells and whistles we expect from a flagship model.
With one of the best soundstages available in headsets today, fantastic build quality, and Bluetooth optionality, we certainly believe that it is well worth the lower than the expected price tag! We have scoured the internet for the best deals available, so please join us as we explore all the reasons why we think the HyperX Cloud Mix headset is worth your consideration!
Design & Construction
Although originally billed as a gaming headset, and designed with that main point in mind, we found the HyperX Cloud Mix in rose gold to be possibly the most versatile gaming headset we have ever reviewed.
For construction materials, HyperX have gone with the industry standard of a high-grade aluminum chassis and an industrial-strength plastic covering. The use of these materials ensures the longest possible lifetime.
We have had our original matte black set for 15 months now and have used it every day in that time period. It really is pretty uncanny how amazingly new they still look, with all the buttons still intact, and hardly any wear and tear visible.
There are lots of cheaper units out there that will have many of the same features, but not many will last as long as the HyperX Cloud Mix.
The HyperX Cloud Mix in rose gold have a modern, clean aesthetic. The overall shape evokes an almost 2000’s anime feel, and these definitely would not look outta place in a Gorillaz music video clip. The chunky, oval, over-ear design of the earcups have a beautiful feeling of sturdiness and solidity to them, while still keeping an airy quality, that many of the competition lack.
The leatherette earpads cover a thick layer of memory foam, giving maximum ear comfort and coolness. Inside, we find a pair of awesome 40mm dynamic drivers, which output a frequency range of 10-40,000Hz, easily enveloping the human hearing range.
Both earcups are solid matte white, removing the change of finger smudges, with a splatter of rose gold in the form of the HyperX logo. A simple push/pull design makes adjusting the Mix Clouds an absolute breeze, and we had zero issues finding a comfortable seating. This comfort outlasted many of the other similar offerings, with maximum ear coolness for long periods.
The controls are all found on the left ear cup, with all the usual suspects present.
Included with the headset are not one, but two microphones! Most noticeable is the flexible, and also detachable noise-cancelling condenser boom mic. Hidden inside is also great quality in-built mic, making these the perfect everyday set of over-ear headphones.
It goes without saying that the boom mic offers superior sound quality when chatting in-game or on a connected phone call, but the in-built mic is also strong enough to stand on its own two feet. It truly does a fantastic job separating our voice from all the background chatter on busy streets and also tested well at the beach.
The headband is lightweight while keeping in line with the overall super sturdy design. High-grade aluminum and plastic, cushioned by the same combo of memory foam and leatherette as the earcups give long-lasting comfort.
Performance & Sound
As we mentioned earlier, the main sound producers of the HyperX Cloud Mix are two custom-designed 40mm dual-chamber drivers. These do an unbelievable job, with the sound quality in-game, or while listening to music next to none.
Somehow they seem to manage to a better job of separating the highs, mids, and lows than most of the competition, while still having a truly warm and harmonious sound. HyperX claims that the dual chamber design is the reason behind the fat bass frequencies, never overpowering the clean lower mids. The highs have been tweaked, so they never hit that tinniness we all try to avoid.
Although we do not see the addition of ANC (active noise canceling) here, the design of the earpads lend themselves to passive cancellation, and we reckon this is more than adequate for most uses.
Like all Bluetooth headsets, the sound quality is always going to be better when plugged in. The Mix cloud comes with a very generous 4.2 ft long cord, giving the user a lot of space when wired. We definitely recommend plugging in when gaming, as this will remove any of the latency issues that come with wireless use.
To test these bad boys out, we thought we would throw on a game. But not just any game, oh no, as we really wanted to see just how versatile the Mix Cloud in rose gold are. We dusted off our copy of The Last Of Us, plugged the 3.5mm cord into our Ps4 controller, and away we went. To say we were blown away would be a massive understatement!
This was our fifth playthrough of this masterfully crafted game, and the cinematic, rolling background score has never sounded better. We decided to test with this game purely because of the range of sounds is gigantic. From gunshots to soft footsteps, zombie screams to the quietest whispers and beyond, every frequency shone through clearly and accurately.
The 7.1 virtual surround sound works wonders, giving us a higher level of control over the game than ever.
Battery Life Connectivity
HyperX claim that when fully charged, the Mix Cloud will stay pumping for 20 hours.
Very well! On full volume, we got an average playback time of about 13 hours, and with the volume at 60%, we were able to squeeze out 26.5 hours. With the absence of USB-C (one of the only downsides we could find, charging is via micro USB), the charge time for a full battery is a little longer than we prefer, at around four hours.
This Cloud Mix in rose gold are fully compatible with just about every kind of device you can think of. When connecting to Bluetooth, you have the choice between four separate codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, and aptX Low Latency codecs.
Our preference in the office is always AAC and aptX, simply because the latency rates are at the lowest with these codecs. However, another small downside is the ability to only connect to one device at a time.
HyperX Cloud Mix Rose Gold Pros & Cons
- Versatile and powerful.
- Long battery life.
- Multiple codecs supported.
- Solid and comfortable.
- Good looking.
- Slow charging.
- One Bluetooth connection at a time.
Looking For More Great Gaming Options?
If so, check out our reviews of the Razor Kraken, the Beyerdynamic Custom Game, the Logitech G432, and the Playstation Gold Wireless. Also, our comprehensive reviews of the Best Xbox One Headsets as well as the Best Headphones with Microphone could also be of interest.
If you’re looking for a more general-purpose pair of headphones, then take a look at our reviews the V Moda Crossfade M 100 and the SteelSeries Arctis 7. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II and the Sony WH 1000XM3 are also excellent options to consider if you’re thinking of upping your budget.
The HyperX Cloud Mix in rose gold is ultimately a first-class gaming headset that is versatile enough to be your everyday set of closed-back, over-ear headphones. With excellent sound quality, a long battery life, great aesthetics, and Bluetooth connectivity, your money really goes a long way.
That’s not to say this set is without its downsides, with battery charging times a little longer than we like and the ability to only connect to one device wirelessly at a time.
If you are in the market for a flexible, cover all the bases well, headset, then you should definitely take a long hard look at the Cloud Mix before you go any further!