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HyperX is Kingston’s gaming division and the sub-company has been making strides in the gaming audio industry by producing high-quality gaming headsets that do not break the bank.

Using a gaming headset is preferred, especially when you are playing games simply because it provides a more immersive experience.

The company has since released a lot of different headphones and in this article, I will talk about the best HyperX gaming headsets that you can find on the market.

Best HyperX Gaming Headsets

1.HyperX Cloud Alpha

Price: $100

HyperX Cloud Alpha

If you want the best all-around gaming headset, then look no further than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. This particular product is so amazing that you can even use it to listen to your favorite music thanks to its more balanced soundstage.

You see, other gaming headphones out there favor the low frequencies to produce a punchier sound. This is great for first-person shooters when you throw a grenade, for example, but the problem with this is that it muddies the other frequencies, therefore, producing bad audio when you are listening to other things.

With the HyperX Cloud Alpha and its balanced soundstage, you get your fill of bass and the mids and the highs are not getting muddy at all.

The secret to this headset’s exceptional audio quality is the fact that it uses two 53mm dual-chamber drivers. The design of the drivers makes it so that the mid/high frequencies get separated from the bass and that is why nothing gets overpowered.

Aside from the audio, the headphones themselves just look amazing. You get some stitched pattern at the top with some cushioning just below the headband for maximum comfort.

Because it conforms to your head in the best possible way, you will barely notice that these headphones are on your noggin at all!

Probably, the only thing that might put people off when purchasing this product is that it doesn’t come with surround sound support.

But, other than that, if I had money to spend on a gaming headset, I will buy the HyperX Cloud Alpha in a heartbeat.

2.HyperX Cloud Orbit S

Price: $299

HyperX Cloud Orbit S

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is the most expensive gaming headset in the company’s product stack. But, despite its high price tag, if you have the money, you simply do not want to miss out on this one. Let me explain.

This gaming headset is a cut above the rest. When talking about comfort, the Cloud Orbit S got its name due to the fact that it is one of the most comfortable headphones out there. 

It has the right cushioning system that not only provides hours-long comfort but also ensures that the sound is isolated within the earcups (which means no sound leakage at all).

When you look at the headset, you might mistake it for the Mobius Audeze. To tell you the truth, it actually is a rebrand of that particular product. However, the reason why it is a bit cheaper (by $100) is that it is not wireless compared to the original.

Since this is a wired headset, you can plug it into your computer or game console using a 3.5mm headphone jack or the included USB Type-A or USB Type-C cable (you’ll want to use the latter cables if you want to take advantage of its software).

When it comes to sound, the Cloud Orbit S will not disappoint. It is hands-down the best-sounding headphones on HyperX’s portfolio and much of it has to do with the company’s use of planar magnetic drivers.

They not only produce a clear sound but with some technological magic, it helps you pinpoint people when you are playing your favorite games. It does this by amplifying sounds that are supposed to be near you while lowering the rest. This simulates 7.1 surround sound but the good thing is that it doesn’t come with problems that are inherent with the said technology.

While the build quality and the sound are definitely this product’s strongest points, it is pulled down a bit by its software. There are plenty of options to tinker but its interface is not intuitive enough that non-tech-savvy people might have a problem with it.

However, when it comes to comfort and audio quality, the HyperX Cloud Orbit S is expensive but the price is justified.

3.HyperX Cloud Flight S

Price: $159

HyperX Cloud Flight S

There are some people that are not a fan of wired headphones. Sure, they provide excellent audio quality, but the cables themselves can prove to be quite cumbersome in certain situations.

For instance, what if you want to get something that is within arm’s reach but you forgot that you’ve got a pair of headphones on your head? That is quite disastrous and I can tell you from personal experience that it can happen a lot of times to a lot of people.

That being said, gamers are also divided when it comes to getting wireless headphones because you now have to worry about battery life, as well as some compromised audio. But, never fear because the HyperX Cloud Flight S is here!

A major improvement over the original Cloud Flight, the Cloud Flight S has been vastly improved. Let’s start with the aesthetics.

The gaming headphones come in an overall black color scheme with some white accents printed in some areas of the product.

On the right side of the headset, you get a volume control wheel so you can easily adjust your in-game volume on the fly. But, what’s interesting is what is on the left side of the headphones.

You see, you will find the usual array of buttons that you can get on the original Cloud Flight such as the 7.1 dedicated surround sound button, the power button, the microphone slot, and a microUSB slot for charging. However, that is not the only thing that is included.

What most companies usually do when they are making a gaming headset is they usually cram the left side of the headphones with a lot of buttons on the side. This can be quite confusing and the design choice is prone to a lot of misclicks.

Fortunately, the four additional buttons are not in line with the button array mentioned above. Instead, the buttons for mic controls are situated on the side of the headphones- allowing you to quickly and easily know what buttons you are trying to press.

Comfort is always one of the strongest points in a HyperX gaming headset and that is also true with this one. You get leather padding all around the area where your head usually is and the memory foam that is inside of it makes gaming quite comfortable for hours and hours.

Now, in terms of audio quality, I am happy to say that audio is never compromised even when you are using its wireless connection. It makes use of a 2.4GHz USB dongle that has little to no latency and you get the best possible sound without any delays.

The headphones can last up to 30 hours before you need a charge and the good thing is that it not only charges via its microUSB slot but you can also choose to charge the pair of cans by using a Qi Wireless Charger as well.

At $159, the HyperX Cloud Flight S is tough to beat in the wireless audio department.

4.HyperX Cloud Stinger

Price: $50

HyperX Cloud Stinger

While the above-mentioned headphones from the company are pretty great in aspects other than audio quality, the problem that they all have is that they are priced a bit too high for some people.

You see, not a lot of us want to spend more than $50 on a gaming headset and since we are experiencing a global pandemic in the form of Covid-19, people want to save as much money as possible.

That being said, if you want one of the best budget gaming headsets on the market, then the HyperX Cloud Stinger is for you. Priced at $50, it is one of the better sounding headphones for gaming out there.

Despite the company’s use of plastic for its overall build quality, HyperX has still used leather on this one for maximum comfort. Sure, the said material can make you sweaty at times, but it is comfortable to wear regardless.

Its microphone is built-in so you cannot remove it if you are not using it in games, but you can just pull it to the top which should not impede your vision when you are not using the mic.

Audio quality is pretty good for the price thanks to its 50mm drivers. Even without 7.1 surround sound, the HyperX Cloud Stinger does provide a bit of directional audio, but not as much compared to the others in the company’s product stack.

All in all, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a great budget offering and is perfect for most people that want to save money on gaming peripherals.

5.HyperX Cloud II Pro

Price: $100

HyperX Cloud II Pro

One of the reasons why some people might not want the Cloud Alpha is that it doesn’t come with 7.1 surround sound. The said technology is used mainly in games for that pinpoint positional audio and more immersive sound.

Well, if that is what you want, you can opt to get the HyperX Cloud II Pro instead. Priced the same as the aforementioned Cloud Alpha, there is a lot to love about the Cloud II Pro.

In terms of design, it is nearly the same as the best HyperX gaming headset on this list. The headphones are quite comfortable to use no matter how long you intend to play in a single day.

The main difference between the Alpha and the Cloud II Pro is the soundcard. While this headset makes use of a 3.5mm connector, you can actually use that to connect it to its USB soundcard. Basically, you will make use of a USB connection if you intend to use its surround sound capability.

Now, I am quite picky when it comes to enabling such a feature, mainly because it should only be used in games. But I have to tell you, the Cloud II Pro does have a pretty good 7.1 surround sound implementation. The overall sound is immersive but it does so in a way that doesn’t drown out the other audio elements.

There is an included ‘boom’ microphone that can be detached when you are not using it. The sound that comes from the mic itself is quite good, though it doesn’t offer you anything else when compared to the likes of the SteelSeries Arctis VII.

Why Choose HyperX?

Kingston’s gaming sub-brand has produced a lot of amazing gaming peripherals in the market- from gaming keyboards to gaming mice and, of course, gaming headsets.

I really love the fact that the company is focusing more on providing amazing sounding headsets at a relatively affordable price.

Every headset that HyperX releases on the market is amazingly comfortable and they include bigger drivers to produce punchier sound.

Although its additional features do not rival the other companies on the market, I do have to say that if you are looking for a quality gaming headset that doesn’t break the bank, you should always consider what HyperX has to offer.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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HyperX Cloud Orbit S

HyperX is Kingston’s gaming division and the sub-company has been making strides in the gaming audio industry by producing high-quality gaming headsets that do not break the bank.

Using a gaming headset is preferred, especially when you are playing games simply because it provides a more immersive experience.

The company has since released a lot of different headphones and in this article, I will talk about the best HyperX gaming headsets that you can find on the market.

Best HyperX Gaming Headsets

1.HyperX Cloud Alpha

Price: $100

HyperX Cloud Alpha

If you want the best all-around gaming headset, then look no further than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. This particular product is so amazing that you can even use it to listen to your favorite music thanks to its more balanced soundstage.

You see, other gaming headphones out there favor the low frequencies to produce a punchier sound. This is great for first-person shooters when you throw a grenade, for example, but the problem with this is that it muddies the other frequencies, therefore, producing bad audio when you are listening to other things.

With the HyperX Cloud Alpha and its balanced soundstage, you get your fill of bass and the mids and the highs are not getting muddy at all.

The secret to this headset’s exceptional audio quality is the fact that it uses two 53mm dual-chamber drivers. The design of the drivers makes it so that the mid/high frequencies get separated from the bass and that is why nothing gets overpowered.

Aside from the audio, the headphones themselves just look amazing. You get some stitched pattern at the top with some cushioning just below the headband for maximum comfort.

Because it conforms to your head in the best possible way, you will barely notice that these headphones are on your noggin at all!

Probably, the only thing that might put people off when purchasing this product is that it doesn’t come with surround sound support.

But, other than that, if I had money to spend on a gaming headset, I will buy the HyperX Cloud Alpha in a heartbeat.

2.HyperX Cloud Orbit S

Price: $299

HyperX Cloud Orbit S

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is the most expensive gaming headset in the company’s product stack. But, despite its high price tag, if you have the money, you simply do not want to miss out on this one. Let me explain.

This gaming headset is a cut above the rest. When talking about comfort, the Cloud Orbit S got its name due to the fact that it is one of the most comfortable headphones out there. 

It has the right cushioning system that not only provides hours-long comfort but also ensures that the sound is isolated within the earcups (which means no sound leakage at all).

When you look at the headset, you might mistake it for the Mobius Audeze. To tell you the truth, it actually is a rebrand of that particular product. However, the reason why it is a bit cheaper (by $100) is that it is not wireless compared to the original.

Since this is a wired headset, you can plug it into your computer or game console using a 3.5mm headphone jack or the included USB Type-A or USB Type-C cable (you’ll want to use the latter cables if you want to take advantage of its software).

When it comes to sound, the Cloud Orbit S will not disappoint. It is hands-down the best-sounding headphones on HyperX’s portfolio and much of it has to do with the company’s use of planar magnetic drivers.

They not only produce a clear sound but with some technological magic, it helps you pinpoint people when you are playing your favorite games. It does this by amplifying sounds that are supposed to be near you while lowering the rest. This simulates 7.1 surround sound but the good thing is that it doesn’t come with problems that are inherent with the said technology.

While the build quality and the sound are definitely this product’s strongest points, it is pulled down a bit by its software. There are plenty of options to tinker but its interface is not intuitive enough that non-tech-savvy people might have a problem with it.

However, when it comes to comfort and audio quality, the HyperX Cloud Orbit S is expensive but the price is justified.

3.HyperX Cloud Flight S

Price: $159

HyperX Cloud Flight S

There are some people that are not a fan of wired headphones. Sure, they provide excellent audio quality, but the cables themselves can prove to be quite cumbersome in certain situations.

For instance, what if you want to get something that is within arm’s reach but you forgot that you’ve got a pair of headphones on your head? That is quite disastrous and I can tell you from personal experience that it can happen a lot of times to a lot of people.

That being said, gamers are also divided when it comes to getting wireless headphones because you now have to worry about battery life, as well as some compromised audio. But, never fear because the HyperX Cloud Flight S is here!

A major improvement over the original Cloud Flight, the Cloud Flight S has been vastly improved. Let’s start with the aesthetics.

The gaming headphones come in an overall black color scheme with some white accents printed in some areas of the product.

On the right side of the headset, you get a volume control wheel so you can easily adjust your in-game volume on the fly. But, what’s interesting is what is on the left side of the headphones.

You see, you will find the usual array of buttons that you can get on the original Cloud Flight such as the 7.1 dedicated surround sound button, the power button, the microphone slot, and a microUSB slot for charging. However, that is not the only thing that is included.

What most companies usually do when they are making a gaming headset is they usually cram the left side of the headphones with a lot of buttons on the side. This can be quite confusing and the design choice is prone to a lot of misclicks.

Fortunately, the four additional buttons are not in line with the button array mentioned above. Instead, the buttons for mic controls are situated on the side of the headphones- allowing you to quickly and easily know what buttons you are trying to press.

Comfort is always one of the strongest points in a HyperX gaming headset and that is also true with this one. You get leather padding all around the area where your head usually is and the memory foam that is inside of it makes gaming quite comfortable for hours and hours.

Now, in terms of audio quality, I am happy to say that audio is never compromised even when you are using its wireless connection. It makes use of a 2.4GHz USB dongle that has little to no latency and you get the best possible sound without any delays.

The headphones can last up to 30 hours before you need a charge and the good thing is that it not only charges via its microUSB slot but you can also choose to charge the pair of cans by using a Qi Wireless Charger as well.

At $159, the HyperX Cloud Flight S is tough to beat in the wireless audio department.

4.HyperX Cloud Stinger

Price: $50

HyperX Cloud Stinger

While the above-mentioned headphones from the company are pretty great in aspects other than audio quality, the problem that they all have is that they are priced a bit too high for some people.

You see, not a lot of us want to spend more than $50 on a gaming headset and since we are experiencing a global pandemic in the form of Covid-19, people want to save as much money as possible.

That being said, if you want one of the best budget gaming headsets on the market, then the HyperX Cloud Stinger is for you. Priced at $50, it is one of the better sounding headphones for gaming out there.

Despite the company’s use of plastic for its overall build quality, HyperX has still used leather on this one for maximum comfort. Sure, the said material can make you sweaty at times, but it is comfortable to wear regardless.

Its microphone is built-in so you cannot remove it if you are not using it in games, but you can just pull it to the top which should not impede your vision when you are not using the mic.

Audio quality is pretty good for the price thanks to its 50mm drivers. Even without 7.1 surround sound, the HyperX Cloud Stinger does provide a bit of directional audio, but not as much compared to the others in the company’s product stack.

All in all, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a great budget offering and is perfect for most people that want to save money on gaming peripherals.

5.HyperX Cloud II Pro

Price: $100

HyperX Cloud II Pro

One of the reasons why some people might not want the Cloud Alpha is that it doesn’t come with 7.1 surround sound. The said technology is used mainly in games for that pinpoint positional audio and more immersive sound.

Well, if that is what you want, you can opt to get the HyperX Cloud II Pro instead. Priced the same as the aforementioned Cloud Alpha, there is a lot to love about the Cloud II Pro.

In terms of design, it is nearly the same as the best HyperX gaming headset on this list. The headphones are quite comfortable to use no matter how long you intend to play in a single day.

The main difference between the Alpha and the Cloud II Pro is the soundcard. While this headset makes use of a 3.5mm connector, you can actually use that to connect it to its USB soundcard. Basically, you will make use of a USB connection if you intend to use its surround sound capability.

Now, I am quite picky when it comes to enabling such a feature, mainly because it should only be used in games. But I have to tell you, the Cloud II Pro does have a pretty good 7.1 surround sound implementation. The overall sound is immersive but it does so in a way that doesn’t drown out the other audio elements.

There is an included ‘boom’ microphone that can be detached when you are not using it. The sound that comes from the mic itself is quite good, though it doesn’t offer you anything else when compared to the likes of the SteelSeries Arctis VII.

Why Choose HyperX?

Kingston’s gaming sub-brand has produced a lot of amazing gaming peripherals in the market- from gaming keyboards to gaming mice and, of course, gaming headsets.

I really love the fact that the company is focusing more on providing amazing sounding headsets at a relatively affordable price.

Every headset that HyperX releases on the market is amazingly comfortable and they include bigger drivers to produce punchier sound.

Although its additional features do not rival the other companies on the market, I do have to say that if you are looking for a quality gaming headset that doesn’t break the bank, you should always consider what HyperX has to offer.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

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There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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