The HyperX Cloud Revolver gaming headset is a top-tier headset that comes in the standard red and black markings that HyperX is known for, as well as gunmetal black (released in the spring of 2016). When you start evaluating top-tier gaming headsets, it’s difficult to find anything actually wrong with the devices and the quality and feature are truly top of the line. Additionally, the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset, won The PC Gamer Headset of the Year award in 2017 and it stands to the same in 2018.
HyperX has 2 versions of this headset – the regular Cloud Revolver and the Cloud Revolver S. The units are identical with the exception that the S model supports Dolby Digital 7.1, whereas the regular Cloud Revolver does not.
Audio: It’s important to note, that the Cloud Revolver line of headsets from HyperX is a “studio grade” headset. These units come with a frequency response that ranges from 12Hz – 20,000Hz. While in most cases, people can’t hear bass frequencies below 20 Hz it does provide a three-dimensional sound effect where frequencies below his range are actually felt.
Due to the broad spectrum that these headphones produce, they can easily be used for recording and playback of professional audio, high-definition movies, etc. – not just for gaming.
It’s also important to note, that the Cloud Revolver gaming headset is both TeamSpeak and Discord Certified. What this means to the consumer is that HyperX provided this unit to TeamSpeak and Discord where it underwent rigorous testing and passed all audio tests.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver headset uses a 3.5mm cable to connect directly from the headset to the in-line controller, which has a USB connector to plug into your gaming system. This is a sturdy, braided cable to give added strength and durability.
Because the unit uses a 3.5mm plug and/or the in-line USB controller, it’s compatible with a PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Mac, Nintendo and Mobile and virtual reality devices.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver in-line audio controller features a built in Dolby 7.1 surround sound processor with 3 distinct equalizer presets – bass boost, flat, and then vocals. Each of these presets lights up on the top left side of the controller. Additionally, the big button in the middle of the controllers turns on/off your Dolby 7.1 surround sound. The bottom button can mute/un-mute your microphone. The last feature of the in-line controller is a belt clip on the back of the dongle, so you can attach it to any piece of clothing or thin shelves.
Volume controls for both the headphones and the microphone are located on the right side of the controller, so you can’t accidentally bang them.
The Cloud Revolver comes with a boom microphone that plugs in/out of the left ear cup. The microphone is very flexible; however it does tend to want to return to its original state.
Another feature of the Cloud Revolver’s microphone is its noise canceling functionality that does an amazing job at reducing ambient background noise. For more information and understanding on how the noise canceling feature works, check out my post titled Noise Reduction Headphones – How They Work. I can honestly say, this is the best sounding microphone I’ve ever heard on a gaming headset – ever.
The ear cushions on the Revolver are probably some of the best I’ve seen. They’re an oval shape to fit your ears perfectly and then made with a nice quality memory foam, covered with a superior leatherette material. These are extremely comfortable cushions that don’t leave you with hot ears after a session of gaming or listening to music.
Headband & Adjuster: This is truly where the HyperX Revolver shines above the rest with a solid steel frame construction.
In the first release of the Revolver in 2016, a lot of people complained about the ‘banging’ noise of the outer metal frame when you hit it.
Question – Why are people hitting the outer frame when a headset is (surprise) on your head? Regardless, HyperX produced a fix in 2017 to appease the masses with the insertion of rubber shims in the outer frame to dampen any noise if people bang the frame (maybe if they’re continuing to bang their heads into their desk?).
The inner headband is made from their signature memory foam and covered with a leatherette material with the rich stitching that HyperX products are known for. The top of the headband is embossed with the HyperX logo.
The adjusters on the Cloud Revolver are not part of the outer frame, but rather part of the inner headband. These metal adjusters slide in and out of the headband and attach directly to the ear cups through solid fasteners.
Color: The Cloud revolver does not have any RGB lighting; however the headset itself ships in two “main” varieties of colors. The main color is black with red stitching that HyperX products are known for, as well as the black with white stitching. HyperX did produce a special Gears of War Revolver headset (featured on the right below) in the fall of 2016, which was co-designed by Microsoft for their Gears of War 4 Limited Edition package. The Gears of War edition shipped with a genuine leather (not leatherette) headband that had the words Gears of War embossed on the top and the unit also shipped with enhanced Windows compatibility.
What I Like
This entire headset screams high-end. I LOVE that they used a braided cable to connect to the unit, which adds a lot of strength and prevents wear and tear.
I absolutely love the metal frame on these. I know a lot of people don’t like the metal outer from due to the noise it makes when struck, but please – you shouldn’t be hitting your head repeatedly with a mallet. If you do find yourself bashing your head while gaming, then let me know and I can refer you to a good psychotherapist. Anyone in a professional audio capacity knows that having a metal frame means professional and durable.
The sound quality of the Revolver is the best I’ve ever heard to date, in a gaming headset. The frequency response is truly insane. The microphone pick-up is very impressive and having it certified by both TeamSpeak and Discord really speaks to the quality.
I like that these ear cups are an oval shape, as to fit the ears perfectly. They’re also detachable for easy replacement and cleaning.
The very last thing I like about these are something I haven’t really touched on in this review as it’s not really about the product itself. It’s about the ability to actually customize the headset and really trick it out. See the video below from PapadumGeek that shows how to fully customize the HyperX Revolver.
What I Don’t Like
One thing I don’t like about this headset is that HyperX came to the market with the Revolver headset and it didn’t support Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound. A year later they pushed the Revolver S model out which did. I honestly think that they should have held off and produced the Revolver with the full Dolby support found in the S model.
The one and only thing I don’t like about these the microphone. While the microphone quality is great, the flexibility of the boom microphone is a bit lackluster. You can mold it to where you want it, but then it slowly tries to return to its original state. I would rather have seen a thinner boom and holds its shape better, so when you set it – it stays.
Verdict – Would I Buy It Again?
This has truly been a joy to review. I wouldn’t hesitate a second to buy this headset if it ever wore out. Due to the Dolby 7.1 Surround, I would only purchase the Revolver S model, as I like to listen to 6 channels of audio. For gamers, the Revolver S is a must.
Detailed Product Information
Product: HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon
Warranty: 2 Years
My Rating: 9.75 out of 10