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HyperX Cloud Orbit S

HyperX Cloud Orbit S Review

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The HyperX Cloud Orbit S headphones offer premium sound quality with 3D spatial audio and a crystal-clear microphone. Perfect for at-home gamers, but too heavy and bulky for on-the-go gamers.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is a premium gaming headset released in 2019. This wired headset is compatible with PC and gaming consoles, though the connectivity is different between the two. PCs require a USB-A cable while consoles require a 3.5mm audio cable. Like other top-rated gaming headsets, the Cloud Orbit S features a detachable boom mic.

This HyperX gaming headset sports an over-ear design with user controls and connectivity ports on the left earcup. It features planar magnetic drivers and a feature called Waves Nx 3D technology to create simulated 7.1-channel surround sound. For a wireless alternative, consider reading our EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review. For an earbud alternative, check out our JBL Quantum 50 review.

Consensus

our Verdict

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is an excellent gaming headset with impressive audio quality and a comfortable over-ear fit. Though the headphones are designed well with long-lasting durability, they’re bulky and heavy, which can be fatiguing over long periods of use. One of the headset’s best features is the included Waves Nx 3D audio technology that uses head tracking to provide immersive in-game sound.

This gaming headset provides wired-only connectivity to PCs and gaming consoles, which unfortunately limits its overall versatility. It also sports a detachable microphone that features clear in-game chat audio thanks to the inclusion of a pop filter and noise cancellation. The HyperX Cloud Orbit S’s earcups are comfortable and made from breathable leather, so your ears won’t heat up too much during extended gaming sessions.

Reason to Buy

  • Immersive Sound Quality
    • The HyperX Cloud Orbit S gaming headset boasts planar magnetic drivers, which create an overall immersive sound stage and an extended bass response. These drivers also support Hi-Res audio formats, which is sure to please audiophiles.

    • These headphones also include a unique 3D audio functionality when using 7.1 or 2-channel surround sound modes, called Waves Nx 3D. With this head-tracking feature enabled, you’ll be fully immersed in your game’s audio with the ability to tell where sounds are coming from.

  • Comfortable, Well-Built Design
    • The Cloud Orbit S offers a premium design quality with long-lasting durability. Both the earcups and headband utilize memory foam for improved comfort. They are covered in artificial leather, which is surprisingly breathable, keeping your ears cool even over extended gaming sessions.

  • Superb Microphone Quality
    • This gaming headset boasts a detachable boom microphone that provides clear audio in-game and on phone calls. With noise cancellation abilities and an included pop filter, your voice will come through crystal clear.

Reason to Avoid

  • Unreliable Head Tracking Performance
    • The head tracking offered by the headphones’ Waves Nx 3D audio technology performs better with some games than it does with others. Unfortunately, there’s no way to reliably tell which games will work best with the technology and which games won’t.

  • Heavy and Bulky
    • The included planar magnetic drivers make the HyperX Cloud Orbit S headphones heavier than other models available today. This can lead to greater discomfort over longer periods of use, even in spite of the extra-comfortable earcups and headbands.

    • Since these are wired headphones, they’re also not very portable or versatile. This can be disappointing if you were planning on using them on the go.

HyperX Cloud Orbit S Specs

Adjustable HeadbandNo
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time3 hrs
Battery LifeBattery Life10 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In MicrophoneYes
Compatible PlatformsMac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Connector Size3.5mm
Detachable MicYes
Driver Size100mm
Earcup Foam MaterialMemory Foam
Headphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency Response50,000Hz
Min Frequency Response10 Hz
Noise CancelingYes
Programmable ButtonsNo
Transparency Moden/a
True WirelessNo
Voice AssistantVoice Assistantna
Water ResistantWater Resistantn/a
WeightWeight0.8 lbs
WirelessNo
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityWired

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Test Results

Min Frequency Response (Hz)0
Max Frequency Response (Hz)0
Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)7.2
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)0
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0

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Market Context

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is a premium gaming headset released in 2019. This wired headset is compatible with PC and gaming consoles, though the…

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is a premium gaming headset released in 2019. This wired headset is compatible with PC and gaming consoles, though the connectivity is different between the two. PCs require a USB-A cable while consoles require a 3.5mm audio cable. Like other top-rated gaming headsets, the Cloud Orbit S features a detachable boom mic.

This HyperX gaming headset sports an over-ear design with user controls and connectivity ports on the left earcup. It features planar magnetic drivers and a feature called Waves Nx 3D technology to create simulated 7.1-channel surround sound. For a wireless alternative, consider reading our EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review. For an earbud alternative, check out our JBL Quantum 50 review.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha headset uses dual-chamber drivers compared to the Cloud Orbit S’s planar magnetic drivers. The Cloud Alpha headset also features bass sliders…

The HyperX Cloud Alpha headset uses dual-chamber drivers compared to the Cloud Orbit S’s planar magnetic drivers. The Cloud Alpha headset also features bass sliders on the earcups for easier sound profile customization. However, the Cloud Orbit S headset offers overall better sound quality thanks to its immersive Waves Nx 3D technology as compared to the Alpha’s virtual 7.1 surround sound.

The Logitech G Pro X offers a more reliable and comfortable build quality than the HyperX Cloud Orbit S headphones. The Logitech also provides a…

The Logitech G Pro X offers a more reliable and comfortable build quality than the HyperX Cloud Orbit S headphones. The Logitech also provides a more versatile USB-C wired connection vs. the HyperX’s USB-A connection. However, the Cloud Orbit S gaming headset wins in the sound quality department thanks to planar magnetic drivers and immersive 3D sound functionality. Read our Logitech G Pro X wired gaming headset review to learn more.

The Corsair HS65 SURROUND gaming headset offers Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound as compared to the HyperX’s immersive 3D sound technology, but it unfortunately requires…

The Corsair HS65 SURROUND gaming headset offers Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound as compared to the HyperX’s immersive 3D sound technology, but it unfortunately requires an additional USB adapter to function. The Corsair’s sound profile is much more customizable using the included software. This headset also features a boom mic, but it isn’t removable like the HyperX’s boom mic. Read our Corsair HS65 SURROUND review to learn more.

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is an upgraded version of the HyperX Cloud Orbit gaming headset. The two headsets feature virtually the exact same design…

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is an upgraded version of the HyperX Cloud Orbit gaming headset. The two headsets feature virtually the exact same design and build quality. Ultimately the main difference is the inclusion of the Waves Nx 3D audio technology. Only the Orbit S offers this unique spatial audio option, which includes head tracking. As might be expected, there is also a small price difference between the two, with the Cloud Orbit S being slightly more expensive.

Adjustable Headband

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

No

No

No

Battery Charge Time

3 hrs

Wired

Wired

Battery Life

10 hrs

Wired

Wired

Wired

Built In Microphone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Compatible Platforms

Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Windows

Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows

Connector Size

3.5mm

3.5mm

3.5mm

3.5mm

Detachable Mic

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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Score Card

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Expert Score

74

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Customer Score

76

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True Score

73

Expert Score Breakdown

  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The terrific HyperX Cloud Orbit S wired gaming headset takes the advanced technology of the… read more

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Score

    70
    Gamers with a lot of different systems who also listen to music at an audiophile… read more

    By:

    Marshall Honorof
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Score

    81
    The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is one of the best gaming headsets on the market…. read more

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • Tom’s Hardware
    60.08

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The HyperX Cloud Orbit S makes games and music sound like they’re filling the room…. read more

    By:

    Scharon Harding
  • The Master Switch
    61.13

    Category Trust Score

    76
    The progenitor of the Cloud Orbit S, the AUDEZE Mobius are the toughest opponent. We… read more

    By:

    Luke Gagliardi
  • Windows Central
    69.33

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The absolutely incredible audio offered by the Cloud Orbit is held back with its claustrophobic… read more

    By:

    Jez Corden

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