Sound Unleashed: HyperX Cloud Mix Buds – Your Sonic Adventure Begins

Sound Unleashed: HyperX Cloud Mix Buds – Your Sonic Adventure Begins

Written by Kenneth Sawyer, In Earbuds, Published On
November 23, 2023
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Mix Buds are a good idea with weak execution. The Cloud Mix Buds are HyperX’s first wireless gaming earphones, and the USB-C dongle shows their creativity. The Cloud Mix Buds have two wireless connectivity modes, good sound quality, and long battery life, so they might make a big splash in gaming audio. I was ready to enjoy the $150 Cloud Mix Buds when I started reviewing them. The longer I used them, the more I ran into deal-breakers. Touch controls don’t work, connectivity is inconsistent and impossible to fix, and the fit is poor despite three-size possibilities.

HyperX Cloud Mix Buds Specifications/Features

CompatibilityPC, PS4, PS5, Switch, mobile
Drivers12 mm
Frequency Response10 Hz – 20k Hz
WirelessYes
Weight0.4 ounces (earbud) / 1.3 ounces (case)
Released On06/14/2022
Dimension80 x 27 x 36mm
WaterproofIPX4
Price$149.99 USD

Pros

  • Compact Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz USB-C wireless dongle
  • Battery life
  • Control mapping: EQ
  • Compatible with phones, consoles, and PC

Cons

  • Imperfect in-ear detection
  • The app is only compatible with SBC and does not retain all settings.

Design

HyperX’s Cloud Mix Buds

The HyperX Cloud Mix Buds seem like any other wireless earbud; there’s nothing special about them. The earbuds’ stem and curved, angled shape fit the ear canal and suppress passive noise. Each earbud’s stem contains a small touch sensor above the HyperX logo that can be customized with the Ingenuity app or software. Though hefty, the wireless charging case for the earphones has a magnetic snap lock and a silicone sleeve. There are also two silicone earbud sizes, a 2.4 GHz USB-C wireless dongle, a USB-C to USB-C converter, and a USB-C to USB-A charging cable.

Comfort

The HyperX Cloud Mix Buds are larger than others, but they’re pleasant. We can wear the earbuds for hours without pain, unlike in-ear headphones. The HyperX Cloud Mix Buds, but over-ear headphones are more comfy. You should also try different earbud sizes to find the right one. While not uncomfortable, the earbuds loosened when talking or eating.

Connectivity

The HyperX Cloud Mix Buds Wireless headset supports Bluetooth 5.1, aptX, and aptX HD in addition to Bluetooth SBC. The aptX HD codec provides 48 kHz/24-bit (576 kbps) LPCM audio data for greater transmission speeds and more audio data. Wireless performance is inferior to wired, but you won’t notice. HyperX Cloud Buds lack AAC, which is aggravating but not a concern. This means iPhone users can only connect via SBC, but at this price, that’s not a big deal.

Noise Canceling

HyperX Cloud Mix Buds use Bluetooth 5.2, which uses less battery power, and 2.4 GHz, which is faster and has lower latency. They have a slim 2.4 GHz USB Type-C dongle that fits on a phone’s bottom. It can be used alone or with the accompanying C-C adapter and C-A cable. This lets users pull the dongle closer and use it as a controller (the adapter has a button to switch between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz pairing modes). The earphones may be connected by Bluetooth without the dongle, but it seemed to strengthen the connection. The dongle’s ease of usage prompted me to use 2.4 GHz during gaming to decrease latency and Bluetooth when battery life is most essential.

Audio Performance

In-ear earbuds like HyperX Cloud Mix Buds have audio issues despite the best attempts. The biggest issue is bass response: Destiny 2’s deep bullet thuds and Elden Ring’s powerful climactic blasts don’t sound right. The bass is implicit, not audible. HyperX states Cloud Mix headsets have a 10 Hz frequency range, so this is odd. Most headphones only go to 20 Hz. This sub-bass area is unrepresented. Despite lacking a bottom, the sound is good. The upper midrange is very prominent, making some games sound startling. The specifics remain numerous. Cloud Mix earbuds reproduce bullets, footsteps, and minor sound effects with outstanding stereo imagery. We could not test DTS:X surround sound. This is one of the Cloud Mix earphones’ best features, but HyperX didn’t finish it for this review. When the software is released, we will update this review.

Battery Life

HyperX Cloud Mix Buds have a 33-hour battery life. This estimate, like all battery life claims for truly wireless earphones, includes the charging case, making it misleading. The charging case adds 15 (2.4 GHz wireless) or 23 (Bluetooth) hours to the earphones’ 6 to 10 hours of battery life. The case takes 1.5 hours to charge, and the earphones and case combined take four hours to charge.

Conclusion

The HyperX Cloud Mix Buds could be amazing wireless gaming headphones. Upcoming firmware updates and software connectivity may keep them healthy. However, they’re harder to wear, and the touch controls make daily tasks harder.

FAQs

How long do HyperX cloud earbuds last?

HyperX Cloud Buds – Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth® connectivity.

Up to 10 hours battery life[1] 14mm drivers.

Ear tips in 3 sizes.

How to reset cloud mix buds?

Place both earbuds in the charging case and hold both touch sensors until the charging case LED goes on to Hardware Reset, which will not clear the pairing table.

How long does HyperX charge?

 to check PC Cloud Flight battery condition. The headset battery charges approximately 2.5 hours with the headset off.

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