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Gaming headsets need not be simply for gaming. Worthwhile set can also work very well as regular stereo headphones, given that they have a 3.5mm connection and sound good, and the boom mic doesn’t block the way. However, most gaming headsets embrace colorful highlights, sharp lines, glowing lights, and an over-all science-fiction aesthetic. Kingston went in a different direction with the Cloud II gaming headset ($149.99). By popping off the boom mic, it transforms into an attractive group of over-ear headphones. It sounds very good, though its sound profile is sculpted with a gamer-centric highs-and-lows focus. In addition, it claims to provide 7.1-channel virtual surround sound, and that simply didn’t come through inside our tests (few, if any, headphones can produce really compelling surround sound). However, it’s still an outstanding stereo gaming headset, an excellent couple of headphones, and earns our Editors’ Choice for wired gaming headsets. It’s markedly more costly compared to the Plantronics RIG Surround, nonetheless it can be utilised on-the-go unlike the Plantronics headset.
The Cloud II headset will come in two parts: the headset itself and the USB sound card module. The headset is on a comparatively short cable that measures just over three feet and ends at a 3.5mm plug. The USB sound card includes a cable that’s doubly long and leads to a USB plug. Both cables are covered in a braided cloth for protection and prevent tangles.
The appearance and feel of the Cloud II headset is more similar to a good couple of headphones in its cost range than of a gaming product. It’s well-built, attractive, and understated (in the event that you get the gunmetal-and-black or red-and-black versions; the white-and-pink version is not). It’s a couple of over-ear headphones with detachable boom mic on the left earcup. The headset includes a tiny rubber plug to cover up the hole when you detach the boom mic.
The headband and pre-installed earpads are constructed of a leather-like material and foam, and sit comfortably on the top without feeling overweight or tight. The earcups are linked with solid metal joints that click at specific points as you move them in and from the headband, but don’t fold or swivel. The cable connects left earcup and is permanently attached. The boom mic sits before the cable connection and includes a flexible metal arm and a foam windscreen.
Connections and Accessories
The USB sound card module includes a 3.5mm port for the headset, plus individual volume controls for the headphones and microphone, a sliding microphone mute switch, a 7.1 button that activates the headset’s simulated surround sound, and a shirt clip.
Aside from the headset, USB sound card, and boom mic, the Cloud II includes a large, strong nylon carry bag that’s big enough to easily contain the headset and all accessories. In addition, it includes a second couple of earpads made of a far more breathable velour compared to the leather-like cover of the foam earpads. That is a surprising treat, since most gaming headsets don’t work with customizable earpads. The bag thoughtfully includes a separate velcro enclosure to carry the excess earpads and the boom mic. Finally, the headset carries a two-plug airplane adapter.
You need to use the headset alone with any device with a 3.5mm output, just like the PlayStation 4’s controller port or the Xbox One’s headset adapter, but also for PC use, you need to use the USB sound card adapter. It serves as a digital-to-analog convertor (DAC) and surround-capable sound card, and handles all audio tracks processing itself instead of counting on your on-board audio. Without the adapter, the Cloud II is a stereo headset. That is a lot more flexible compared to the Plantronics Rig Surround, which offers both USB and 3.5mm audio tracks connections, but requires USB power and a comparatively bulky remote device designed more for desktop use than hanging from your own shirt.