Co-developed by Microsoft and The Coalition, the HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War headset (which is a mouthful, for the record) is a special edition of HyperX’s popular series of headsets, releasing alongside the highly anticipated Gears of War 4.

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War (Headset) Review 7The first thing I noticed was the cool design of the CloudX Revolver. It’s styled with the franchise’s signature logo in a striking crimson red colouring. For all those who own the Gears of War-styled Xbox One S console and controller bundle, it directly fits into that same “All Red Everything” aesthetic. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the franchise, but the style of the series (especially that logo) was always something I thought looked badass, and the design of the headset captures that really well.

The CloudX Revolver isn’t all just looks. The headset delivered solid sound quality, providing a frequency response up to 28kHz with the sound coming in crystal clear, and no real problems or sound clipping. The detachable noise-cancelling headset also worked well, which proved useful during random sessions of Overwatch with my friends.

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War (Headset) Review 4The headset weighs in at 364 grams and features a sturdy steel frame, a cool leather headband and memory foam ear cushions on 50mm drivers. It’s easily the most comfortable pair I’ve used in my recent excursions into gaming headsets. I was able to wear it for hours and felt very little discomfort when just listening to music.

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War (Headset) Review 6The only real issue I have with the headset is the relative lack of features. Retailing for nearly $200 CAD, the CloudX Revolver does not come with many features or customizability options. The steel frame is not adjustable, which made it a bit awkward at times where it was on my neck and I ended up looking like Batman having to rotate himself when facing someone. It’s a bit disappointing compared to other headsets in that price range. I wish it came with the ability for boosted audio  (which makes all the difference in games like DOOM or Battlefield) or other audio options aside from basic volume control.

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HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War (Headset) Review 10For what it’s worth, I had a really good experience with the HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War headset. While it may be light on features compared to other headsets in a similar price range, the lightweight-yet-sturdy frame, solid sound quality and Gears of War design style more than make up for it. I would say it’s worth recommending to Gears of War fans, or anyone who just wants a really badass-looking and fairly priced headset.