You’ll also get “surround” sound with speakers in front of and behind the ears, noise reduction (including an anti-leak private listening mode) and a mix of touch and voice-based controls. You won’t use these all day with 5.5 hours of music listening, although a 10-minute charge is enough to provide another 1.5 hours. They’re IPX4 water-resistant, so you at least won’t have to worry about a the rain.
Great audio in a video game can draw you into a digital world with bold effects, realistic details, and moving soundtracks. A great gaming headset can make that possible while you chat with your friends and teammates, too. But even the best sound quality won’t do you any good in a headset too uncomfortable to wear for long stretches. After testing more than 50 headsets for this update, we found that the HyperX Cloud Alpha is still the most comfortable, best-sounding gaming headset for the price.
Our testing panels in 2018 and 2020 consistently rated the HyperX Cloud Alpha as one of the most comfortable headsets in our test group. You can adjust it to fit a range of head sizes and shapes, it has large earcups to accommodate different-size ears, and it feels comfortable to wear with and without glasses. The Cloud Alpha sounds great, with a spacious soundstage and clear distinction across bass, mids, and highs so you can hear light footsteps, dialogue, and rumbling explosions. The combination of comfort and sound quality is rare at this price, and the removable 3.5 mm cable means the headset will work with nearly any console or device.
Anker is jumping into the increasingly crowded world of audio eyewear. The company’s Soundcore brand has introduced Soundcore Frames glasses that promise stealthy music playback and calls. The hook, in this case, is style — Soundcore is offering your pick of ten reasonably fashionable frames you can swap in and out depending on your mood or lens needs, including prescription, polarized and blue light filtering lenses.
The Soundcore Frames will be available in November for $200. Extra frames will cost another $50 each. That’s not a spectacular price for audio glasses, but the style is sharp enough that you might not mind the outlay — especially if you aren’t looking for smart glasses.