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


Ars Technica

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for a new Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a new low on HyperX’s Cloud Alpha Wireless gaming headset, which currently costs $140 on Amazon with a coupon on the page. While that’s not quite yet cheap for a pair of gaming headphones, it’s $60 off HyperX’s MSRP and $20 off the previous best price we’ve seen.

I’ve had the Cloud Alpha Wireless on hand for the past few weeks. As with most gaming headsets, they are a bit overpriced compared to standard headphones purely in terms of sound quality, as the “V-shaped” signature here cuts out bass and, to a slightly lesser extent, treble. some detail and emphasis in the mid frequencies. But what’s here is still good, especially alongside other gaming headsets, giving bass-heavy tracks and in-game explosions a good sense of impact. (It’s also possible to adjust the Cloud Alpha Wireless’s sound via a companion app, although it’s only available on Windows PCs.) For competitive games, pinpointing sounds like footsteps is also fine.

Like the wired Cloud Alpha, which we also recommended, this is a very comfortable headset to wear for hours. There’s plush padding on the ear cups and headband, and the whole construction doesn’t clamp too hard on the ears. Keep in mind that it can let in a little more outside noise than some other closed-back headphones in particularly noisy environments. The included boom mic is also perfect for casual gaming chats, although a dedicated USB mic will still sound much fuller. It’s also worth noting that these headphones can only be connected via an included USB dongle, not via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable. This isn’t a problem if you’re using them with a PC or a PlayStation console (or a Switch dock), but for mobile devices or Xbox consoles (which require special wireless technology to work), it’s a no-go .

However, the main reason to look past the Cloud Alpha Wireless’s shortcomings is its downright ridiculous battery life. HyperX puts it at a whopping 300 hours, and based on our testing and those of other reviews, that claim isn’t far-fetched. I’ve been keeping a log of my own use of the headset for the past few months, and after nearly 150 hours of listening time, split between music, games, and podcasts, I haven’t had to charge the headset once. HyperX’s app, meanwhile, says it has about 40 percent battery left. As always, the exact amount of battery you get will depend on how hard you turn the volume, but either way, you don’t have to worry about charging your headphones battery for weeks, if not months at a time. , is a significant perk that few, if any, other headsets can currently offer.

For what it’s worth, iFixit did a teardown of the headset, largely attributing this performance to a larger-than-usual battery and highly efficient chips, in addition to the lack of battery-consuming extras like RGB lighting or active noise cancellation. In any case, its extreme longevity makes the Cloud Alpha Wireless a standout choice among wireless gaming headsets.

However, if you’re more than happy with your current headphones, our deals roundup has plenty of other good prices on gadgets and gear we like, including Google’s Chromecast and Pixel 6a phone, the Xbox Series S, the latest MacBook Air, well-tested SSDs from SK Hynix, Samsung microSD cards and more. You can view our full curated list below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Gaming Headset for $140 ($190) at Amazon (clip $20 coupon)
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($45) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target (from $199 with activation at Best Buy)
  • $100 Xbox Gift Card for $90 ($100) at Newegg (use code: SSBV2423)
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S game console + one select digital game for $290 ($350) at Microsoft, Newegg, Target (discount in cart; offer also available for) $300 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop)
  • It takes two (PC) for $12 ($25) at Epic (also on Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (Xbox BC) for $5 ($15) at Xbox
  • Dune (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital) for $14 ($22) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • wingspan board game for $40 ($47) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB) 10.1-inch tablet for $100 ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
enlarge / The Google Pixel 6a is our top pick for most people looking for an affordable Android phone.

Ron Amadeo

Electronics Deals

  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target (from $199 with activation at Best Buy)
  • Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022, 128GB) smartphone for $200 ($260) at Motorola, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Google Pixel 6 (128 GB) smartphone for $499 ($580) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $599)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) smartphone for $649 ($855) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB) 10.1-inch tablet for $100 ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robotic vacuum cleaner for $249 ($285) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Self-Empty Dock + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $599 ($745) at Amazon
  • Google Nest Hub 7-inch smart display for $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch smart display for $174 ($220) at Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 5.5-inch front smart display $40 ($60) at Amazon, Best Buy, Target
enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub is a smart display that we like.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and Desktop PC Deals

  • Lenovo Yoga 6 (Gen 7) 2-in-1 Laptop (Ryzen 5 5500U, 13.3-inch 1920×1200, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $610 ($750) at Lenovo (use code: YOGA DEALRyzen 7 5700U for $700)
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12.4-inch laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for $600 ($685) at Microsoft, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022, Starlight) 13.6-inch laptop (M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099 ($1,199) at B&H
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch Tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) + Surface Pro keyboard for $1,000 ($1,200) at Best Buy
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $92 ($106) at Amazon (clip 15% coupon, 2TB for $169)
  • SK Hynix Platinum P41 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $120 ($150) at Amazon (2TB for $208)
  • Crucial MX500 (500GB) 2.5″ SATA SSD for $47 ($56) at Amazon, B&H (1TB for $76)
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5600MHz RAM for $190 ($225) at Amazon
enlarge / The Google Chromecast with Google TV is our favorite affordable media streamer.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

enlarge / It takes two is an enjoyable co-op-only platformer, even if the story isn’t the most immersive.

Video Game Deals

enlarge / HyperX’s Cloud Alpha Wireless is a gaming headset with a battery that lasts hundreds of hours on a single charge.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming Deals

enlarge / Xbox Series S (left), next to Xbox Series X (right). The former isn’t as powerful and lacks a disc drive, but can still be used as an affordable entry point to the latest generation of games.

Sam Machkovech

Accessories and various offers

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