Kingston HyperX Cloud Mav Gaming Headset
November 2015 – Kingston’s HyperX division has rolled out a new design for their professional gaming series headset the Cloud Freestyle series. The new MAV edition has as a graphic design that represents the “maverick” personality of serious gamers. The headphones feature high gloss shell design with the abstract design representing the gaming community.
The over the head and over the ear headphones are designed for the serious game players and for competition play. The Freestyle series of the HyperX Cloud headphones are used by over 25 teams in eSports competitions with HyperX as a sponsor. This includes the Intel Extreme Masters events and industry events such as the Brazil Game Show, China Joy, DreamHack, Gamescom and PAX.
The headphones feature a large memory foam ear cushions surrounding the high-fidelity 53mm drivers, a closed cup design and detachable microphone. Two sets of ear cushions (leatherette and velour) are provided for customization for long play sessions. The ear cushions provide excellent sound isolation, so all of the dynamics, background noises in the game, dialog, music and sound effects can be clearly heard. One of the challenges with gaming headphones vs general listening headphones is the how the sound is separated to insure that words and voices come out clearly over the background.
To insure high quality voice and communications in multiplayer games, the headphones use a separate detachable microphone. The microphone uses a 6.5 mm diameter electret condenser capsule that is configured in a Cardioid pattern to minimize environmental noise pickup.
The headphones and microphone system is a wired design that is compatible with PCs, notebooks, tablets, mobile phones, airplane adapters and PS4 consoles though a standard 3.5mm mini stereo jack connector. The wired design works well for multiple people playing in one area as well as eliminating noise and false sounds that may come from other electronic devices. Most wireless headset systems pickup sounds from cell phones, tablets, laptops and other devices when connected to consoles and gaming computers. The high quality connection cable and the memory foam ear cushions give a very clean and isolated experience allows for deep immersion in the gaming environment.
The headphones are available from most retail channels now and they are supported by a two year warranty.