HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless headphones: price, details and more

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Some gamers still use wired headsets instead of the myriad wireless options on the market because they don’t want to deal with charging, but they don’t have to anymore. HyperX unveiled a new Cloud Alpha Wireless at CES 2022 that supposedly has 300 hours of battery life.

And no, I didn’t add an extra zero there – trust me, I double checked. That claimed runtime is nothing short of mind boggling, and the point is that there doesn’t seem to be a problem as this wireless model shares several key specs with the wired model.

More on that later. For now, let me put these battery life claims into perspective. Almost every gaming headset you can buy today comes with two-digit run times, so we were stunned when Sennheiser unveiled the GSP 370, which it claims will last 100 hours on a single charge. At three times that, HyperX’s Cloud Alpha Wireless isn’t even in the same league.

I mean, just look at what Gizmodo senior reporter Sam Rutherford wrote in his late 2020 HyperX Cloud II wireless review:

“But for me, the most impressive thing about the Cloud II Wireless is how good the battery life and wireless connection are.”

The battery life of the Cloud II Wireless? 30 hours. It took HyperX a year to add another zero. That’s nearly two full weeks of continuous use before you need to plug in the USB-C cable. Unreal. But equally surprising is that this wireless version is about as light as the wired version, at a reasonable 335 grams.

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As I noted, the PC headset doesn’t seem to make much, if any, compromises in maximizing battery life. It has updated “Dual Chamber technology” and uses 50mm drivers, which HyperX says produce the same “sound and performance” as the original wired version, while keeping this wireless version slightly thinner and allowing for a large battery.

The frame is made of aluminum and the ear cups are made of artificial leather with “custom plus memory foam”. If they’re nearly as comfortable as the Cloud II Wireless, you shouldn’t have any trouble wearing them late into the night. The headset also has a detachable noise-cancelling microphone with LED status indicators, and volume and microphone controls are located on the earcup. The headphones connect to your PC via a USB-A dongle.

HyperX told me it couldn’t reveal what magical fairy dust it sprinkled on the Alpha to get such crazy run times, but I assume it’s a matter of running very low power consumption. What HyperX did reveal is that the headset has a 1500mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery, and that the 300-hour claim has a volume of 50% and has apparently already been verified by a “third-party testing company.”

Still can’t get my head around it so I’m going to have this shipped out ASAP for review, and while I have no idea how yet bet you I’ll do a battery test to make sure this thing stays powered for each of those 18,000 minutes of gameplay.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha wireless gaming headset will cost $200 when it arrives in February.

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