HYPERX CLOUDX STINGER CORE WIRELESS Review: Inexpensive and wireless

 Wireless headsets for Xbox consoles are few and far between than you might think. There are only a good dozen models (more soon) and only a few of them are in the lower price ranges. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and the Xbox Wireless Headset from Microsoft predominate there. But the two top dogs are now getting serious competition from HyperX.

Admittedly, at first glance, the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless doesn't look all that trustworthy. At 275 grams, the headset is ultra-light for a wireless headset, but this also involves a lot of light plastic. Nevertheless, a metal bracket serves as the basis, it is only the suspensions that seem a bit loose and not very high quality, but are quite stable. Well, the Stinger costs only $99.99 and is therefore on the lower limit of wireless headsets, thus on a level with the Xbox Wireless Headset from Microsoft, which admittedly looks much more robust.

The lightweight construction in connection with the soft cushions has the advantage that the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless is extremely comfortable and does not pinch even after several hours. A big plus for the newbie. The headset is connected via Xbox Wireless, so a USB dongle is not required. However, there are no other connection options - a shame. You only need a USB port for the charging cable, which is unfortunately very short at 50 cm (USB-C to USB-A). The battery life is specified with up to 17 hours, which is more than decent for the price range.


The controls include a pairing button on the right auricle and a controller for game chat balance. On the left is the power button, with which you can also activate microphone monitoring (i.e. hearing your own voice) with a short press, as well as charging cable connection and volume control. So actually everything important is there. The microphone is a unidirectional electrolytic capacitor microphone that is designed as a folding microphone with flip-to-mute function with a noticeable switching point. The microphone surprises with clean and clear voice transmission, which one cannot necessarily expect in this price range.

Even more surprising than wearing comfort and microphone is the sound, against which even the representatives of Microsoft and Turtle Beach break a sweat. The HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless is equipped with 40 mm drivers with 20 to 20,000 Hz and 32 ohms - the usual standard. The sound is less standard. Your ears will be impressed with a rich, powerful gaming sound, which is not so dominant that the other frequencies suffer.

The bass is juicy without thumping, the treble clear and transparent. Thanks to the wide sound image and good optimization for Windows Sonic, directional perception is also no problem and details can be heard well. Although the sound does not come close to the upper class of headsets, the sound and mixing are remarkably good for the low price range. There is very little to complain about, regardless of the genre. The HyperX headset does astonishingly well even with music and movies. The only really noteworthy defect remains the somewhat rickety construction.


Serious competition in the $100 segment

Well holla, Microsoft and Turtle Beach are finally getting serious competition in the 100 euro class. Okay, the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless doesn't knock us off our feet when it comes to the haptics. It feels pretty rickety, although it is quite robust with a metal headband. Ultimately, this is also the reason why the headset, which is really good in itself, then scrapes past our Hardware Tip Award with verve.

Thanks to the low weight and the soft padding, the wearing comfort is a poem, the microphone is surprisingly good and there is no lack of important features such as game chat balance and mic monitoring. Above all, however, the rich sound with a powerful, but not too dominant bass and still clear highs as well as a wide soundscape with good directional perception is convincing. If you don't want to spend too much on a wireless headset for the Xbox, you should definitely give the HyperX copy a try.


  • very easy
  • great wearing comfort
  • Mic monitoring and game chat balance
  • good microphone
  • Xbox Wireless instead of USB dongle
  • strong sound for the price range


  • somewhat rickety feel
  • short charging cable
  • no other connection options

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