Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War 4 Special Edition review: For the gamer in you


Gadgethemes.com - In terms of gaming audio on a budget, Kingston's HyperX CloudX gaming headsets are a favourite. With it's amazing ergonomics and well balanced audio, they reign supreme. The feat wasn't replicated with Kingston's Cloud Revolver. However, with the release of the HyperX Gears of War 4 Cloud Revolver - Microsoft-certified Special Edition, the company might gain on some lost ground.

Design and build quality

The new Revolver is a product based on the game Gears of War, though its nowhere close to a large handgun. The Revolver looks a lot better than its predecessor with a metal spine exposed and all components amalgamated to it. The headband, instead of being clad in a cushioning, is naked with a bungee like headband clad in leather. The leather is reminiscent of the same material used on a gun holster, rough to look at but smooth on your head.

The headphone spine ends in two discs on either end, which hold the earcups. One side is a light plastic coupling holding the driver housing on the other side in place. This helps in each cup being aligned comfortably to the sides of your head without causing any stiffness or pain. At the base of the left earcup lies a notched port to attach a boom microphone. In between the pivot at the back of the cup are air outlets for bass. The cable is braided in fabric and feels sturdy. There's also a microphone mute button and a volume dial which is the only part of the unit that feels less premium.

Fans of Gears of War series will instantly recognize the skull and cog logo emblazoned on each cup. The metal headband spine is clad in matte black with the earcups in a dark maroon, sporting a decayed war torn look. The leather elastic headband has the Gears of War 4 logo on it with a tasteful saddle stitched edging. The whole unit looks great and the only thing ruining the look is the choice of glossy bright red edging around the circumference of the earcup.

The unit comes packed in a stylish black box, which slides out of the Gears of War cover. This is something every Gears of War fan will love, as the inner box has a soft plastic padding to store the headphone. In the box you get just the mic and an extension wire for PC. Unlike its earlier version, there are no cloth earpads.

Performance

The headphones sport 50mm closed back drivers, a tad smaller than the previous 53mm drivers. This makes them capable of a frequency response of 12Hz-28,000 Hz at an impedance of 30 ohms. The boom mic is a uni-directional, noise-cancelling Electret condenser microphone with a response of 50Hz-18,000 Hz at a sensitivity of -40dBV.


The new Cloud Revolver is Xbox and Windows Certified from Microsoft (its official merchandize), which adds to the price tag. The jack is a normal 3.5mm 4 pole connector, which means that you will need a newer Xbox One controller to plug it into. If you have an older Xbox One controller you will need the adapter, sold separately. The good news is, you can use it with your PS4 also. Most mid-range to high-end motherboards today come with a 7.1 surround sound as well as in built sound amplifiers.

We tried the headphones on a PS4 controller where we played through most of the second half of Uncharted 4. With it's fantastic sound engineering, the sound emitted from the headsets was massive. In comparison to the original Cloud, the bass was a lot heavier with a lot of punch, but it lacked the definition that the earlier one has.

For movies and music the new Revolvers performed admirably. Though movies and music were great, the headphones are meant for gaming and hence are tuned in that direction. The stand out part of the sound - its vast sound stage. The mic performed well and the person on the other end heard us loud and clear.

Verdict

Retailing at Rs 11,999, the HyperX Cloud Revolver Gears of War 4 Special Edition is an expensive buy. If you are looking out for a great pair of headsets for a cheaper price, there are others in the market. However this is perfect if you're a Gears of War fan.
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