I’ve never been so ambivalent about in-ear headphones for PC and PS5 – because the idea behind the “Cloud Mix Buds” is ingenious

HyperX Cloud Mix Buds included

The HyperX Cloud Mix Buds are in-ear headphones for gamers that can be used on cell phones, PCs and PS5s. The test explains why the idea behind it is great, but the execution is not completely convincing.

HyperX offers in-ear headphones for gamers with the “Cloud Mix Buds”. They want to offer good sound in a small size and at the same time advertise low gaming latency and broad compatibility for mobile phones, PCs and consoles. In particular, in-ears that are compatible with the PS5 are more of a rarity.

In the test, I wanted to find out how good the HyperX headphones are and whether they do justice to the price of just under 150 euros. Because I really like the idea of ​​selling gaming in the form of in-ears. With EPOS and Razer there is already well-known competition.

Design/Interface In ear headphones
software Apps (Android, iOS)
lighting No
compatibility PC, PS4, PS5 and Mobile
scope of delivery keyboard, manual
particularities Compatibility with PlayStation, Dongle.
Other features: Ultra-low latency, dts:x surround sound, dual wireless mode (2.4 Ghz and Bluetooth)
Price (RRP) 159.99

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design and construction

Scope of delivery: In addition to the headphones, the following items are included in the scope of delivery:

  • 2.4 GHz dongle (USB-C)
  • Charging case and silicone cover for case
  • Ear tips in 3 sizes
  • extension adapter
  • Charging cable (USB-C to USB-A)
  • quick guide
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Design and construction: The HyperX in-ear headphones have a fairly wide body that you have to put in or on your ear so that the silicone attachment fits in the ear. There is no additional padding for the ear bone.

The design is kept in plain black. Apart from a simple logo of the manufacturer, the in-ears do without additional design or gimmicks. There is no RGB lighting, but that would only illuminate the ear from the inside anyway.

The case for the headphones is a bit wider compared to other manufacturers, but this is not a problem.

Scope of delivery of the headphones: cable, adapter to USB-C, dongle and charging case.

processing

The processing of the HyperX Cloud Mix Buds is absolutely solid. The case and the headphones are well made and the scope of delivery includes a silicone case in which you can transport the case for the headphones. The case sits absolutely securely in the silicone cover and is sometimes difficult to get out.

The headphones and the charging case are otherwise made entirely of plastic and do not use metal or aluminum. This is quite common in the 100-euro range, but you can already find higher-quality materials in higher-priced models.

software

Technical problems: At the beginning of the test I had big problems connecting the “Mix Buds” to the mobile phone (Android). The Android app steadfastly refused to recognize the buds. The actual connection to Android, on the other hand, was not a problem.

Only after I deleted all other saved Bluetooth devices did the app recognize the in-ears. In everyday life, however, this was absolutely impractical, since I also wanted to actively use other Bluetooth devices.

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The problem was only really solved with the update of the app on February 14, 2023. Since then, the in-ears can be connected to the app without the cumbersome detour and I can also use other Bluetooth devices such as a smartwatch or a fitness tracker at the same time.

I can only check the update for the app with my Samsung cell phone. If you absolutely want to use the in-ears with a cell phone, you should keep possible technical problems in mind and definitely install the current app.

App and interface: The “NGENUITY” app otherwise relies on a clear and intuitive interface if it should work. The software is entirely in English.

The in-ears can be easily used on the PC and on the console (USB-C connection required) with the enclosed dongle. But then I can’t really use the software.

On the PC itself, the in-ears are not recognized by the NGenuity software and are also not supported. However, the DTS:X surround sound is installed via the software.

On the next page you can read my experiences about wearing comfort, sound quality and battery life. In the conclusion I explain which strengths and weaknesses you can expect with the in-ears.

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