As we speak’s finest offers: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wi-fi, Google Chromecast, and extra

Today's best deals: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, Google Chromecast, and more

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest round-up of the best technology offerings from across the web including the new Cloud Alpha Wireless Low gaming headset from HyperX, which is now down to $140 on Amazon with coupons on the page. While it’s still not enough inexpensive for a pair of gaming headphones, there’s a $60 discount on HyperX’s MSRP and $20 below the previous best price we’ve seen.

I’ve had Cloud Alpha Wireless for the last few weeks. Like most gaming headsets, they’re a bit overpriced compared to pure standard headphones in terms of sound quality, as the signature “V-shaped” here bumps into bass and, to a lesser extent, treble at the expense of some detail and emphasis on mid-frequencies. range. But what’s here is still great, especially next to other gaming headsets, lending bass-heavy tunes and in-game booms to make a good impression. (It’s also possible to customize the Cloud Alpha Wireless sound via the companion app, though that’s only available on Windows PCs.) For competitive gaming, accurately finding sounds like footsteps is also great.

Like the wired Cloud Alpha—which we also recommend—This is a very comfortable headset to wear for hours on end. There’s soft padding in the earcups and headband, and the overall build doesn’t put too much pressure on the ears. Note that it can let in a bit more noise from outside than some other closed headphones in very noisy environments. The included boom mic is also perfectly competent for casual gaming chat, though the dedicated USB mic will still sound much fuller. It’s also worth noting that these headphones can only be connected via the included USB dongle, not Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable. This won’t be a problem if you’re using it with a PC or PlayStation console (or Switch dock), but for mobile devices or Xbox consoles (which require special wireless technology to function), this shouldn’t be the case.

However, the main reason to overlook the Cloud Alpha Wireless’s shortcomings is its frankly battery life. HyperX rates it at 300 hours, and based on our tests and it’s from other review, the claim is not far-fetched. I’ve been keeping my own headset usage logs for the past few months, and after nearly 150 hours of listening time spread across music, games, and podcasts, I don’t have to charge the headset once. The HyperX app, meanwhile, says there’s still about 40 percent of battery left. As usual, how much battery you get will depend on how hard you turn the volume up, but either way, not worrying about whether you need to charge your headphones for weeks, if not months, at a time is a big deal. significant. few, if any, benefits that other current headsets can provide.

For what it’s worth, iFixit dismantling headsets and most attribute this performance to a larger-than-usual battery and highly efficient chip, other than the lack of battery-draining extras like RGB lighting or active noise cancellation. However, the extreme longevity helps make the Cloud Alpha Wireless a standout choice among wireless gaming headsets.

However, if you’re more than happy with your current headphones, our collection of deals has plenty of other great prices on the gadgets and gear we love, including Google Chromecast and Pixel 6a phoneXbox Series S, newest Macbook Air, well-reviewed SSDs from SK Hynix, Samsung microSD cards, and more. You can check out our full curated list below.

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