In spite of some opinions and appearances to the contrary, I’ve never outright disliked the Cloud MIX as a product.
Rather, I was mostly reacting to how big a shift it was away from the rest of HyperX’s product lineup, both in feature set and intended audience.
Last year’s initial version had a small identity crisis, in my opinion.
It launched with a style-headphone-esque premium price and marketing campaign, but it came in a standard muted black color scheme that eschewed even HyperX’s trademark bright red flair, and that incongruity surprised me.
As of today, the Cloud MIX has at last planted its flag firmly in style headphone territory, or as HyperX calls it, the “Lifestyle headphone” market.
That’s a smart marketing distinction to make.
The Cloud MIX has always been a solid all-in-one sort of product, offering a small portable frame, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless and wired hi-res-certified connectivity, incredibly soft ear pads, and a respectable 20-hour battery.
None of that changes in this new version, but the entire visual aesthetic has been revamped in what I think is one of HyperX’s best-looking colorways so far.
HyperX has a history of crafting new colors for their headsets, all the way back to the first Cloud, and it’s great to see the MIX participate in that tradition.
If you’re a gamer, chances are you use a variety of devices that both have and don’t have headphone jacks on a daily basis, so there’s an undeniable appeal to a competent gaming headset that also doubles as a Bluetooth pair.
Look, I know that a new color of something isn’t a revolutionary paradigm shift, but this was already a nice headset clearly aimed at the style-conscious listener, and so a new color option is the next logical step.
HyperX has already launched two solid new products at the tail end of this year in the Cloud Orbit and Cloud Alpha S, but this new colorway for the MIX is easily the most visually eye-catching of their recent launches.
I was surprised at how relatively-subdued the Orbit’s final color scheme was in this era of customizable RGB lights and bold color choices, so I’m glad to see HyperX hasn’t forgotten the simple pleasure of a fun color option.
It’s also great that, unlike Corsair has done in the past, they aren’t charging any arbitrary price premium for this new color.
You can buy the new Rose Gold Cloud MIX starting today through their standard distribution partners, and I’ll be revisiting this model soon to see how my perceptions have changed (or not) in the year since launch.
The full text of their press release follows here:
HyperX Elevates Cloud MIX with New Rose Gold Edition: New Rose Gold Edition Features Same Dual Chamber Design and Versatility, with New Colors for On-the-Go, Mobile Gaming Lifestyle
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Oct. 21, 2019 — HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the HyperX Cloud MIX(TM) Rose Gold Edition gaming headset. Featuring a standout white and rose gold color scheme, the new addition to the Cloud MIX lineup leverages HyperX dual chamber technology and 40mm drivers for vivid and accurate sound.
Combining high-quality sound performance with a sleek new Rose Gold look and uncompromising comfort, the versatile Cloud MIX is designed for gaming, music listening and voice chat to deliver wired and Bluetooth wireless entertainment.
Cloud MIX offers versatile connectivity options, designed for users wanting a wired connection for console and PC gaming and a wireless Bluetooth option for on-the-go entertainment. In wireless mode, Cloud MIX becomes a lifestyle headset compatible with Bluetooth-ready media devices for up to 20 hours of use. When wired, Cloud MIX is Hi-Res Audio certified and meets Hi-Res sound requirements up to 40,000 Hz. The headset features a detachable braided cable and is compatible with 3.5mm ports in wired mode.
“The HyperX Cloud MIX headset has been very well received since its debut in 2018 as a best of both worlds high-performing headset for wired gaming, mobile gaming and listening to music,” said Nathan Almond, headset business manager, HyperX. “The versatile design and usability of the Cloud MIX headset lends itself to the new Rose Gold color, giving users expanded choices with the comfort, features and sound performance inherent in the line-up.”
The Cloud Mix Rose Gold Edition comes equipped with two microphone options: a flexible detachable gaming mic that is TeamSpeak and Discord Certified for game chat, and an internal built-in mic for Bluetooth mode offering a travel-friendly option for phone calls, mobile gaming and other entertainment.
The headset also offers intuitive onboard controls for quick access to audio and mic controls, including audible indicators displaying headphone status in Bluetooth mode. Cloud MIX leverages the same award-winning features and comfort of previous HyperX Cloud headsets.
HyperX Cloud MIX Rose Gold is now available for $199.99 MSRP through HyperX’s network of retail and e-tail outlets. For more information on HyperX products and global availability, please visit the HyperX website.
HyperX Cloud MIX Rose Gold — Wired Gaming Headset + Bluetooth Specifications:
Headphone Driver: Custom dynamic, 40mm with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural, Closed back
Frequency response: 10Hz–40,000Hz
Impedance: 40 Ω
Sound pressure level: 100dBSPL/mW at 1kHz T.H.D.: < 2%
Weight: 260g Weight with mic: 275g
Cable length: Detachable Headset Cable: 1.3m/ PC extension cable: 2m/ USB charging cable: 0.5m
Connection Type: Detachable Headset Cable: 3.5mm plug (4 pole) PC extension cable: 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
Boom Microphone Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern: Noise-cancelling
Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz Sensitivity: -42dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Built-in Microphone Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern: Omni-directional
Frequency response: 50Hz-8,000 Hz Sensitivity: -33dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
Battery Life in Bluetooth: 20 hours
Bluetooth Version: 4.2 Wireless Range: Up to 10 meters
HyperX is the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer, with the goal of providing gamers, PC builders, PC, console and mobile power users with high-performance components. For 16 years, the HyperX mission has been to develop gaming products for all types of gamers — high-speed memory, solid state drives, headsets, keyboards, mice, charging accessories for console players, USB flash drives, and mouse pads — to the gaming community and beyond. The award-winning HyperX brand in known for consistently delivering products that deliver superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. HyperX gear is the choice of celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, and overclockers worldwide because it meets the most stringent product specifications and is built with best-in-class components. HyperX has shipped over 60 million memory modules and 7 million gaming headsets worldwide.
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