HyperX has launched its upcoming latest true wireless earbuds HyperX Cloud Buds in USA. It comes with a 14 mm drivers, Bluetooth wireless connection, 3 ear tips sizes , and also promise up to 10 hours of battery life. After using for a few days, I’ll end up with this review for you.
- HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless.
- Headphone in Red colourEar tips in Small, Medium (Installed) and Large sizesUSB.
- Type-C Cable
- User manual
- And mesh travel bag include
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Design and Build Quality
Talking about the design, the biggest problem with HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless was trying to keep earbuds in my ear. Generally, the tips of earbuds are round in shape. However, the ear tips of these earbuds are shaped like a pyramid and extend beyond the ear. I tried the ear tips of all three sizes and couldn’t get a tight seal with any of them due to the weird shape. However other members of our team were able to fit their ears slightly better.
The band that you see around the neck is flexible, lightweight, and has a smooth finish also. The bottom housing also offers a smooth rubbery finish even though it is made of plastic. On the right side, there is a USB Type-C charging port, which is not covered by any flap. Moreover, there’s no ear detection to automatically pause your music when you take the earbuds out of your ear. So you’ll have to rely on the clickable buttons on the left side of the cord. The center button controls playback, answering calls, or launching a virtual assistant, while rockers adjust the playback volume.
It can not support IPX4 ratings, that’s why it can not withstand against sweat and light rain. Furthermore, you can also use the multi-function button for play or pause, end or reject the calls, change track and gaming mode.
Coming to the audio quality, these headphones gives fairly good audio quality with good amount of bass with the 14mm Bass Boost Driver, but the mids are slightly dull compared to bass. Bass feedback on earbuds relies heavily on getting tight seals inside the ear canal to seal at low-end frequencies. So if you’re like our entire Vancouver staff or our test head: you’ll be wondering where the lower end is. Lower frequencies are usually hidden by the effects of auditory masking when traveling in a train or plane in noisy environments, so how your music sounds will depend a lot on where you are.
It sport the Sub band Coding (SBC) that is capable of bit rates up to 328 kbps for listening to 320-bit MP3s. However, this is common in Bluetooth devices with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Difference between audio quality in SBC and aptX is minimal, but the latency is normal with SBC. Wish it had AAC, but it is rate to see headsets with aptX in this price range. This means iPhone users will only be able to connect to their phones via SBC.
Although it only has SBC, the low latency gaming mode is useful when gaming as it reduces latency according to the company’s internal testing. It’s also easy to get into gaming mode when you press the function button three times. You are notified when you enter and exit the mode.
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Connectivity, Pairing and AI assistant
The Bluetooth headset supports Bluetooth 5.1, so you can connect it to Android, iOS devices along with MP3 players with Bluetooth support. Moreover, it connect to your phone quickly, just by holding the multifunction button for 3 seconds to enter the pairing mode. You just have to select the HyperX Cloud Buds to pair the headphones. After that you get the voice feedback, when it enters pairing mode and when it connects successfully. There is no multipoint support, that’s why you can’t connect two devices at a time.
The HyperX promises 10 hours of battery life, but our test results give an impressive 13 hours and 5 minutes of continuous playback at or below 75dB (SPL). There’s no fast charging support, but as long as you remember to charge earbuds overnight you won’t have any problems using it all day. The headset automatically turns off when it’s not in use or when the buds or attached
Overall, the HyperX Wireless is a decent neckband headset for the price. But there is a huge competition from boAt in the price range. You can say this is an upgrade to the realme Buds Wireless since this offers a punchy bass, better battery life, low-latency mode and comes with USB Type-C port, but it lacks AAC codec support that the realme Buds Wireless has. It will be available from Amazon at an offer price of $59.99.
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Who should buy the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless?
- Budget conscious shopkeepers. If you really like this earbuds and you only have $ 60 to spend, HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless will be on your first choice.
- HyperX enthusiasts are ready to support the brand, no matter what the product. Well, this is a bit of a stretch – in all seriousness, you should probably stay away from these earbuds.
Does the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless have an app?
The HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless doesn’t have an app to provide you any software-based features. As a result, you won’t get cornerstone features of modern Bluetooth headphones such as firmware updates and native EQ adjustments. Additionally, you also miss out the service of earbuds tracking and earbud tip fit test.
What Bluetooth codecs does the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless support?
HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless comes with a Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX and aptX HD support along with the standard SBC Bluetooth codec. Moreover, the aptX HD codec supports 48kHz / 24-bit LPCM audio data (576kbps) for higher transfer rates. Which saves more data in your native audio. Wireless is still not equal with wired performance, but with a connection like this you don’t pay much attention.
HyperX chose not to include support for AAC, which is a bit disappointing, but not a deal-breaker. This means that iPhone users will only be able to connect their phones through SBC, although at this price point it is hardly a concern.
How good is the microphone on the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless?
The in-line microphone is so good that most people will understand you from the other end of the line unless you are in a noisy environment. Since the microphone is built into the cable, you have to be careful to keep the microphone in front of your mouth for optimal call quality.
There’s no background noise cancellation, so if you’re in a crowded room or on a transport people will probably hear everything that’s going on around you at the top of your voice. In the second microphone demo below, you can hear HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless failing to block environmental noise in our simulated office environment.
What are some alternatives to the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless?
If you are talking about the neckband design, you”ll be better to buy the Beats Flex. And if you want better design, better sound, and nice perks, then you better buy Apple devices. The Beats earbuds are also cheaper, providing more bang-for-your-buck. While they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, they will fit more people’s ears comfortably than the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless. Because, you know, they actually seal to your ear canal.
If you like hearing rumbling bass lines, check out the Anker Soundcore Life A1. These true wireless earbuds offer a ton of features and value for less than $50 including IPX7 water-resistance and wireless charging. If you don’t mind the true wireless form factor, the Jabra Elite 3 is also worth a look, with aptX, water-resistance, and good sound for about the same price as the HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless.
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