My idea of a perfect headset is one that is lightweight, comfortable, and provides an excellent balance of sound frequencies: not too much treble, not too much bass, etc.
This is actually my 2nd headset; my first headset was a Sades A60, which I purchased because they were cheap but claimed to have 7.1 surround sound. Well they didn't; furthermore, they were WAY too big for my head, they weren't lightweight, they weren't flexible, they made my ears feel warm after 30 minutes, and the inside padding wasn't comfortable at all.
I started looking around for a headset that would qualify as my idea of a perfect headset, but still under $100 (as I am a college student, I don't have much money in general). That's when I stumbled upon the HyperX Cloud 2.
I read numerous reviews, most stating that they were very lightweight (hence the name "Cloud"), very comfortable, and provided a couple of handy extras (which I'll get to in a minute). So I decided to take a risk and trust that the reviews were accurate. To make it easy for you guys, I shall list various pros and cons below.
1. Lightweight. And I don't just mean "not heavy." This headset is so light that I don't even notice it on my head after a few minutes. It does not slow my head movement down whatsoever.
2. Comfortable. The Cloud 2's come with two different types of ear muffs: memory foam leather (which I use) and Velour fabric, which, while they are also comfortable, may itch after a couple of hours. The inside pad (which the ear rubs against) is also very comfortable and also feels like memory foam. My ears do not get warm whatsoever, even if I wear the headset for hours at a time.
3. Sound quality: Some people said in their reviews that in order to get the full 7.1 Surround Sound experience, you need to install some 3rd party software. I didn't have to. I just plugged my headset directly into the motherboard, pushed the "7.1" button, and I could instantly tell the difference in sound. In general, while it is a virtual sound, it definitely helps when playing games such as Call of Duty. The combination of the excellent balance of sound, the virtual surround sound, and the noise isolation allows for excellent sound whoring when necessary. That being said, I would advise to turn off the surround sound when listening to music; it just sounds weird.
4. Compatibility: I mainly use this headset for PC, but apparently it works with Mac, PS4, and Xbox One (an adapter is necessary for the Xbox). In addition, because the volume/microphone/7.1 control module box is independent from the single 3.5mm connector, I am able to use this headset for listening to music on my iPod or phone.
1. Microphone: While the microphone is detachable, and does a fantastic job of cancelling out echos and extra noises that are not your own voice, not everything about this headset can be perfect. The audio quality of the microphone is mediocre at best. It's enough for other to recognize what you're saying, but that's really about it. Even my cheap Sades headset had a better quality microphone than this one. I have a little bit of a lisp, and this microphone seems to enhance the lisp; overall the audio recorded from this microphone isn't crisp at all.
Overall though, I can't remove one star rating just because of something that I don't care that much about. The combination of its light weight, how comfortable it is, and the sound quality is why I rate the HyperX Cloud 2 a solid 5/5 stars. I can't imagine a better headset for the price. In the 3 months that I've owned this headset, I have had absolutely no problems with it. I would definitely recommend the HyperX Cloud 2 to anyone who is serious about gaming but doesn't want to spend more than $100.