HyperX's Cloud Alpha S headset is likeable, but has one painful flaw

CNET | 9/23/2019 | Lori Grunin
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HyperX's latest variation of its excellent Cloud Alpha gaming headset, the $130 Cloud Alpha S, adds noise canceling to the mic's repertoire. It also introduces a better version of the in-line HyperX Amp USB sound card, now dubbed the USB Audio Control Mixer -- it still delivers 7.1 virtual surround at the touch of a button, now with the much-needed ability to change game/chat balance as well. But somewhere along the way, HyperX also turned the extremely comfortable Cloud Alpha design into a literal pain to wear.

The company is known for its lightweight, all-day-wearable headset designs, but the Cloud Alpha S isn't one of them. It's not clear why, but in less than 15 minutes my colleague Josh Goldman developed noticeable jaw pain. They made my ears feel like the pressure in my head had increased to an intolerable level (possibly because of chronic sinus issues), which dropped noticeably after removing them.

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The new in-line USB Audio Control Mixer adds game/chat balance controls and has a mic mute button on the side. When active, the 7.1 and mute buttons light up. I wish the others illuminated as well to see...
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