The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 comes in HyperX’s latest white and red packaging as opposed to the wired Cloud Stinger Core which had the classic black and red retail box. The front highlights the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless’ 17-hour battery life while the back shows other features such as the retractable microphone and extendable headband.
The Stinger family is HyperX’s budget-oriented series which means extras such as velour ear cups, pouches, and stickers commonly found on the Cloud and Revolver family are out of the packaging to keep the cost at a minimum. That said, aside from the wireless adapter, HyperX included a 0.5m USB Type-C to A charging cable.
Nothing has changed on the exterior of the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 compared to its wired counterpart. The regular Cloud Stinger Wireless has a glossy black HyperX logo while the 7.1 version has a glossy white logo.
Despite being budget-class, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless still comes with HyperX’s signature memory foam albeit in a smaller volume compared to the Cloud and Revolver series. Nonetheless, it’s still very comfortable and is more than enough for me to not feel the plastic headband when wearing the headset.
The headband of the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 headset is extendable to accommodate people with bigger heads such as myself. The Cloud Stinger Core Wireless’s adjustable steel sliders offer 7 levels of adjustment.
Behind the left earcup is where you can find the power button, volume wheel, and USB-C charging port. The volume wheel on the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 is noticeably larger compared to its wired counterpart.
The power button, despite its relatively large footprint, is a hassle to use thanks to the stiff tactile feedback. Turning the headset on or off requires holding the power button for three seconds but I usually experience having to hold it much longer.
A simple yet convenient feature that the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 has is the automatic mute function once the mic is lifted. It’s a feature that’s very rare for gaming headsets of this price range and is commonly found on $200 premium gaming headsets.