Gaming headphones are a dime a dozen these days, including the increasingly popular earbud-style, which are easier to use when commuting or when you want a low profile. But one downside with almost all these devices is Bluetooth, which is excellent for phone calls but not so fantastic for gaming, where some latency is almost always detectable.
Today, HyperX has announced its new Cloud MIX Buds True Wireless, bringing the best of both worlds. Featuring Bluetooth 5.2, the buds work with any PC, gaming device, or Android/iPhone you have lying around. But when you want to play a game seriously, grab the 2.4GHz Type-C dongle and enjoy ultra-low-latency.
I’ve been using Cloud MIX Buds for the last few weeks, and the audio is outstanding. The buds come in a traditional case with a flip lid, LED, Type-C charging, and a pairing button. There’s also a silicone case that you can use to add more grip and let it stand upright.
But the trick behind Cloud MIX Buds is that the Type-C 2.4GHz dongle can stow in that same Type-C port in the case during travel, making sure you never lose it. Besides using it for PC gaming, I’ve used the 2.4GHz connection with my Valve Steam Deck, which has worked nearly flawlessly.
The specs for Cloud MIX Buds are impressive. There are large 12mm, dynamic drivers with support for DTS Headphone:X, 7.1 surround sound with “precise spatialization and localization for more accurate in-game sound location.” The buds also support in-ear detection and touch controls to skip or pause tracks, as you’d expect from premium earbuds in 2022.
Three sizes of silicone ear tips in the box, and the Cloud MIX Buds work with HyperX’s NGENUITY software (iOS, Android, and Windows) to set the EQ and assign and re-assign touch controls.
Battery life (over Bluetooth) is rated at 33 hours in Bluetooth (A2DP) mode. That includes 10 hours of actual usage and an extra 23 hours of recharging via the case. Using the 2.4GHz low-latency dongle reduces that to 21 hours with 6 hours of battery life initially and an additional 15 hours when recharging via the case.
For mobile gamers who want a low-profile headphone experience, nothing beats earbuds. But what do you do when Bluetooth is not good enough? The new $149.99 HyperX Cloud MIX Buds True Wireless offers an additional 2.4GHz low-latency connection that solves your problem.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
source: Windows Central