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Updated January 10, 2024·

The HyperX Cloud II is a great choice if you're on a budget, prioritizing gaming, and don't need wireless connectivity. It also has a superior microphone for online gaming and calls, along with higher comfort ratings. However, if you're looking for noise cancellation, wireless freedom, and better portability which can be beneficial for air travel and exercise, the Soundcore Space Q45 might be worth the extra cost. The Soundcore earbuds also provide a longer battery life and are more suitable for a wider range of contexts including use during exercise, although they are not sweatproof. Keep in mind the Cloud II is better for calls and meetings, which could be a deciding factor if you often use them in professional settings. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the HyperX Cloud II
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Soundcore Space Q45
  • Excellent for air travel

Key differences

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Music

7.7
Cloud II
Space Q45
7.1
The HyperX Cloud II and Soundcore Space Q45 are both good for music, though the HyperX Cloud II is somewhat better.

Gaming

8.6
Cloud II
Space Q45
5.4
The HyperX Cloud II is very good for gaming, while the Soundcore Space Q45 is poor.

Phone Calls

7.5
Cloud II
Space Q45
4.9
The HyperX Cloud II is good for phone calls, while the Soundcore Space Q45 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.0
Cloud II
Space Q45
5.9
The HyperX Cloud II is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Soundcore Space Q45 is poor.

TV and Video

7.6
Cloud II
Space Q45
5.6
The HyperX Cloud II is good for TV and video, while the Soundcore Space Q45 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
Cloud II
Space Q45
8.7
The Soundcore Space Q45 is very good for noise reduction, while the HyperX Cloud II is only fair.

Battery

N/A
Cloud II
Space Q45
41.0 Hours
The HyperX Cloud II does not have a battery. The Soundcore Space Q45 has 41 hours of battery life.

Cost

$99
Cloud II
Space Q45
$150
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$50

$100

$150

$200

The HyperX Cloud II has a price of $99 and the Soundcore Space Q45 costs $150.

Build Quality

10.0
Cloud II
Space Q45
8.5
The HyperX Cloud II has best in class build quality, while the Soundcore Space Q45 has very good build quality.
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How the HyperX Cloud II and the Soundcore Space Q45 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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HyperX Cloud IISoundcore Space Q45
HyperX Cloud IISoundcore Space Q45

GENERAL

Price
$99
$150
Brand
HyperXSoundcore
Release Date
January 1, 2015August 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.8/107.1/10
Phone Calls Score
7.5/105/10
Gaming Score
8.6/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
7.6/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A41 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.8 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5.3

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/108.8/10
Virtual Surround
YesNo
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
10/106/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
10/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.9/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
317.5 Grams294.8 Grams
Microphone style
BoomIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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HyperX Cloud II

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Headphonesty

Rhys McIntyre | December 2022
"My overall impression of the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is overwhelmingly positive. In my opinion, this is one of the best mid-priced gaming headsets currently on the market.Solid sound quality, superior comfort, and a sleek, lightweight design – this headset delivers all of the important aspects that a gaming headset should."

Soundcore Space Q45

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Sound Guys

Riley Ballantyne | June 2023
"The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 is a great pair of active noise canceling (ANC) headphones, and the $150 USD price tag only sweetens the deal. Unlike many mid-tier wireless headphones, the Q45 microphone system rejects quite a bit of background noise, making this a great work headset too."

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About HyperX

Starting originally as a high-performance and gaming line of memory modules within Kingston and later acquired by HP, HyperX is a dedicated esports and gaming division focused on developing peripherals, microphones and headsets. Providing budget-friendly, comfortable and highly functional products, HyperX has become the go-to for many gamers around the world, resulting in sales of over 20 million headsets throughout the years.

About Soundcore

Soundcore is a sub-brand belonging to Anker Innovations. Starting in 2014, initially marketing wireless, Bluetooth, speakers, Anker now offers an array of, budget-friendly, wireless earbuds and headphones that directly compete, especially in the Active Noise Canceling field, with other brands several times as expensive.

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