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HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless Review

The belief that weight in a headset, wireless or not, is a sign of quality, has very much been challenged in recent years. Manufacturers have realized that users would much rather purchase a headset that has a slightly worse sound quality but is more comfortable to wear. 

Lightweight and adjustable are words that have become very important, especially to gamers.

HyperX has been keen to win the hearts of users on a budget since they started doing business. The CloudX Stinger Core is intended to be a budget option for the gamer who wants five-star comfort and functionality with good quality sound. 

So, let’s find out if it’s worth the low cost in my in-depth HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless Review.

Design and Build

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HyperX has gone for an aggressive simplicity with the Stinger Core, which isn’t unlike their previous designs. Sharp edges and contours, like an Italian sportscar. Not that the Stinger Core is a golf cart pretending to be a race car.

The Stinger Core comes in a fighter jet, matte grey, with light neon green accents along the edges of the cups. At this price range, one wouldn’t be surprised to get something with a glossy finish. Getting a matte finish in a dark color shows they thought about practicality. 

Lightweight

When you first lift them up to put them on, you’ll get a very swift reminder of just how light 275 grams is. The Stinger Core ranks amongst the best lightweight budget wireless gaming headphones available. When compared against its competitors, the Stinger Core weighs 30% less than the closest one!

Sturdy 

Light it may be, but the Stinger Core feels rugged enough to take some punishment. HyperX believes in weight shedding, but not at the cost of a sturdy feel. 

Lot’s of plastic it may be, but it’s good plastic that bends well and still retains its form without developing odd rattles or creaks. Therefore, these are some of the most durable gaming headphones on the market.

Fit and Comfort

The adjustment mechanism uses steel sliders, which are very smooth operating and can extend to a decent length. While the clicks aren’t loud, they feel very solid, both things you would not expect at this price range. 

There is glossy leather covering the cups and placed along the inside of the headband. If it is indeed memory foam, it’s not very high-quality memory foam. Don’t get me wrong; they’re plenty comfortable, but not what I would call memory foam. The cups themselves will pivot up and down about 45 degrees, but cannot rotate side to side. 

The weight of the Stinger Core makes it a very comfortable fit. The clamping strength is also not too strong or weak, even for those with glasses. The only downside with comfort is the depth of the cups themselves. The Stinger Core might be uncomfortable for users with ears that protrude a bit more than usual, also if you wear jewelry in your ears. 

Controls

The buttons on the Stinger Core are split between both cups. On the left, there is a volume dial. These are falling more and more out of fashion. It’s nice to have a solid working volume wheel on a headphone again. The design is continuous and rolls along with a very satisfying click as you turn the dial. 

Next to the volume dial, you have a power button and LED indicator. While on the left, you’ll find a handy chat mix dial. As well as a sync button to pair with your console or PC.

Functionality and Battery Life

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Speaking of consoles and PCs, the Stinger Core will connect to pretty much any one of them. PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox. Furthermore, the Stinger Core is an official Xbox licensed product. As a result, these are some of the most compatible wireless gaming headphones you can buy.

The connection is fast and seamless using the dongle on any console or a Windows 10 PC. The signal is secure and produces no lag; the maximum secure range of the Stinger Core is around 12 meters.

Battery and Charging

The Stinger Core, when fully charged, will provide you with 15 hours of playtime. This is by no means a figure that will shatter the competition. But, it is very respectable for this price range and is more than enough to satisfy most gamers. Fast-charging means you won’t be waiting long to get back to your gaming.

Unidirectional Noise Cancelling Mic

The always-attached microphone is unidirectional to focus on where the voice is coming from. It features passive noise cancellation and automatically switches off when put in the upright position.

One grievance regarding the functionality is that I was unable to get the optional companion PC software, HyperX Ngenuitiy, to work. Even after trying multiple versions, I was not able to get the software to pick up the headphones. 

Sadly this means I was unable to access the sound options. This has been noted by other users on forums and in reviews, and hopefully, future updates will sort this out. 

Sound Quality

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The overall sound quality of the Stinger Core is more than decent for this price range. The lows are heavy and impactful, with plenty of presence. Explosions and gunshots are punchy and visceral.

The mids are slightly boosted as well; this makes for clear voices and environmental noises like wind and running water. The high mids and highs are crisp and clear, and footsteps and fast-moving vehicles sound realistic, not scratchy. Making these some of the best sounding budget gaming headphones on the market.

Directionality is good…

I was never confused as to the directions of gunshots, voices, or footsteps. The distance emulation is also not bad. Sometimes things begin to sound unrealistic when they get a few feet away, but the Stinger Core retains the integrity of the sound quite well.

Finally, at high volume, nothing ever sounds muddy or harsh. The Stinger Core comes equipped with 40mm drivers and has a response range of 20Hz to 20kHz.

Mic Quality

The microphone does a good job of removing background noises in the room but isn’t going to silence your phone if it rings close to you. As for the quality of the voice itself, it’s by no means bad. 

Clear and audible, more than enough to get the job of communicating with your partners done, but it can sound unnatural thanks to a nasal quality imparted by the mic.

HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless Review – Pros and Cons

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  • Reasonably priced.
  • Decent battery and fast charging.
  • Lightweight and comfortable.
  • Good sound.
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  • Software incompatibility.
  • Small cup size.
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HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless Review – Conclusion

For decent-sounding wireless gaming headphones that don’t cost too much, you could do much worse than the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core. The lightweight and comfortable design allow for effortless use without even noticing they’re on your head.

Seventeen hours of battery life will keep you immersed for as long as most gamers would want, and the controls are easy to use. Sound quality is some of the best you can get for around $100. And, they feel solid enough to last longer than your last pair of socks. 

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The fact that the companion software doesn’t work is a big letdown, but the fact that updates can occur gives hope. Overall, they are very affordable, solid, and dependable wireless headphones for gaming. The final score is 7 out of 10.

Until next time, game on.

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