HyperX Cloud III Wireless: Five Days Of Battery!
With 120 straight hours of usage, you can enjoy HyperX’s latest headphone creation HyperX Cloud III Wireless for five days without needing to recharge them. This must be close to a record at this price?
Anyway, the HyperX Cloud III Wireless that I got for this review, stands out at first glance with its elegant black-and-red design, echoing the signature style of the Cloud series. An understated HyperX logo on the ear cups adds a touch of sophistication to the headset. Weighing in at approximately 12 ounces (340 grams), including the microphone, it strikes a fine equilibrium between stability and comfort during extended wear. The control features are straightforward, including a smooth volume dial, a microphone mute option, and the power button.
The ear cups feature memory foam padding that conforms to the shape of your head, while the adjustable headband allows for a personalized fit. The faux leather covering provides effective shielding but may tend to become warm relatively quickly. The 53mm audio drivers, boasting a 60-ohm impedance, are carried over from the wired model, ensuring a promising sound quality. What sets the HyperX Cloud III Wireless apart is that the drivers are ingeniously angled to deliver sound directly into your ears.
The audio quality is quite similar to what we get from its sibling, the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The Cloud III Wireless produces warm and pleasant sound without sharp treble or metallic midrange, which is a common issue in many gaming headphones, in my opinion. However, the bass isn’t super tight and can occasionally feel a bit loose, along with some muddiness in the midrange. This can slightly diminish their performance in games like Counter-Strike 2, for example. They do sound good, but other headphones like the Epos H6 Pro or Logitech Pro X2 offer a more consistent and superior audio experience. However, it’s nice to see that HyperX provides an extensive equalizer with 10 bands in the software to individualize the sound experience.
For those heavily into online gaming, effective communication is often paramount. The microphone of the HyperX Cloud III Wireless provides reliable performance in this regard. Moreover, the Ngenuity software enables precise adjustments to the microphone, which can be essential, particularly in noisy environments where background sounds may get picked up. A handy feature is the small LED indicator that clearly signals whether the microphone is muted or active.
The standout feature here is undoubtedly the battery life. While HyperX advertises less than half the battery life of the Cloud Alpha, 120 hours is still significantly more than most of our favorite headsets. In theory, it allows for continuous use over five days without needing a recharge, and in practice, it can last for weeks.
Assuming an average daily usage of eight hours, the Cloud III’s battery can easily endure for two weeks before requiring a recharge, and even that is likely an overestimation for most users. Personally, I seldom use my headphones for more than four to five hours a day. During my testing over a couple of weeks, I only had to recharge these headphones once, and I hadn’t even fully charged them initially.
All in all, the Cloud III is an excellent choice if you desire exceptionally long battery life without the higher price tag of the Cloud Alpha. However, it might be worth waiting for a sale. The Cloud III starts at $170, which is lower than the Cloud Alpha’s $200 retail price, but it’s still a bit higher than the discounted prices we often see for the Cloud Alpha. Currently, the Cloud III is a good purchase, but when it goes on sale, it becomes an outstanding value.