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Kingston Launches HyperX Gaming Headset for $100

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Kingston's HyperX gaming headset finally hits shelves.

Back in February, we caught up with Kingston at MWC to check out its HyperX Cloud gaming headphones. At the time, the company was happy to talk details but refused to discuss a specific release date or pricing. The company had told us we could expect an April launch and is now coming across the finish line (just by the skin of its teeth; we were actually told early April, but we won't split hairs).

The HyperX Cloud headset is the product of a collaboration with Swedish company QPad. In actuality, the headphones are a rejigged version of the QH-90 from QPad. When we talked to Kingston earlier this year, the company was quick to point out all the ways that Kingston changed these headphones before releasing them as the HyperX Cloud gaming headset. Thanks to these modifications, users buying these headphones can expect memory foam ear cups, a light-weight aluminum frame, a detachable mic, and 53 mm drivers. There's also a padded headband and an inline controller with a volume wheel, a slide button for mic on/off, and a mic mute button. More details below:

HyperX Cloud Headset
HyperX Cloud Microphone
Transducer Type: Dynamic Closed Ø 53 mm
Transducer Type: Condenser (back electret)
Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 25 KHz
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
SPL Sound Pressure Level: 98±3dB
Frequency Response: 100 - 12,000 Hz

Kingston today announced the release of the HyperX Cloud. While the company didn't offer a price point in its press release, Newegg currently has the headphones up for $99.99. This is right in line with the 'approximately $100' figure we were offered in Spain in February. A cursory glance at Google Shopping suggests folks in the United Kingdom can expect to pay under £75.

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    everlast66 , April 28, 2014 4:18 PM
    Ooo, what a cuttie on the first photo...
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    JMcEntegart , April 28, 2014 4:28 PM
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    Ooo, what a cuttie on the first photo...


    Thanks!!
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    Oogety Boogety , April 28, 2014 4:39 PM
    Does the headset come with the girl?
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    JMcEntegart , April 28, 2014 4:41 PM
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    Does the headset come with the girl?


    Very clever, but no. :na: 
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    jeremiah83 , April 28, 2014 5:46 PM
    Looks a nice design, but what makes a "Gaming Headset"?
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    Tony Casagrande , April 28, 2014 6:25 PM
    Glad to see I'm not the only guy who clicked on the link because of the girl in the photo. It's okay, I'm pretty sure my wife would be like, "daamn, she's cute!"
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    zhunt99 , April 28, 2014 7:27 PM
    I don't feel the headset does her justice. HyperX cannot begin to describe all that she may be, as she crests the fields of battle and slays the Horde.
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    JaMGeR20 , April 28, 2014 10:59 PM
    hate to be one of those but gosh jane u're gorgeous lol... soz tho..
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    Novuake , April 29, 2014 12:36 AM
    While I totally agree with all the praise for author. Subtlety is not a tech fanatics strong suit. :) 

    That being said. I find myself more impressed by the wearer than the worn.
    Super pricey headset, remains to be seen if its worth the price, if it follows normal Kingston HyperX trends, it won't be.

    Jane, I admire the patients / tolerance with this bunch's adoration of you.
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    Tuishimi , April 29, 2014 12:48 AM
    Detachable microphone? How does that work?
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    Tuishimi , April 29, 2014 12:50 AM
    How was the comfort? How much "squeeze" compression/pressure do they apply? I ask because I wear glasses at the computer and if they are squeezed too much for too long it becomes uncomfortable...
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    cats_Paw , April 29, 2014 12:59 AM
    I like kingston and what they do for the gaming comunity but apart from ram I dont really think their products are good enought for me.

    And yes, I did come here to comment because of a good looking girl in the pic... Crap, I need to find myself a girl.
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    kristi_metal , April 29, 2014 1:15 AM
    Miss Jane, you are extremely exquisite.
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    Novuake , April 29, 2014 1:27 AM
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    Miss Jane, you are extremely exquisite.


    Exquisitely extreme? :lol: 
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    FastGunna , April 29, 2014 3:12 AM
    Kingston headset with memory foam, I giggled.
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    athonline , April 29, 2014 3:13 AM
    They look quite nice and comfortable. However for £75 you will get much better sound with a pair of Sennheiser's or AKG. Actually for a £30 more you can get -in my book at least- the best closed-ear cans, the AKG 550.
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    Novuake , April 29, 2014 3:24 AM
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    They look quite nice and comfortable. However for £75 you will get much better sound with a pair of Sennheiser's or AKG. Actually for a £30 more you can get -in my book at least- the best closed-ear cans, the AKG 550.


    Or for 70$ a SteelSeries Siberia v2 which is a probably better than this too.
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    ubercake , April 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Who is the pretty lady in the pictures?

    It's surprising to see companies still producing headsets with analog connections at a $100 price point. I would expect USB or something else.
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    ninong , April 29, 2014 7:14 AM
    great job guys
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    JMcEntegart , April 29, 2014 7:23 AM
    Quote:
    How was the comfort? How much "squeeze" compression/pressure do they apply? I ask because I wear glasses at the computer and if they are squeezed too much for too long it becomes uncomfortable...


    They seemed okay, but that kind of thing is impossible to tell unless you've been wearing them for a couple of hours. I can tell you the pressure wasn't bad enough that I thought, "Oh my God, these are going to be the worst after about an hour!" immediately after putting them on. Still, there have been PLENTY of headphones that I bought because they were comfortable only to have them be exactly the kind of headphones that tell me I've been playing starcraft too long (or worse, on a plane too long) after just a couple of hours.

    Also, thanks to everyone for the lovely comments! You guys know how to make a lady's day. :) 
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