Today's Best Deals: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, Google Chromecast, and More

Today’s Best Deals: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, Google Chromecast, and More

Ars Technica

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another 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 is currently down to $140 on Amazon with on-page coupons.Although this is not quite cheap For a pair of gaming headsets, it’s $60 off the HyperX’s MSRP and $20 off the best deal we’ve seen before.

I’ve had the Cloud Alpha Wireless on hand for the past few weeks. As with most gaming headsets, purely in terms of sound quality, they are a bit pricey compared to standard headsets, as the “V” logo here affects the bass and boosts the treble to a slightly lesser extent, but will Sacrifices some detail and emphasizes the mids. But things are still good here, especially next to other gaming headsets, giving bass-heavy songs and in-game explosions a nice punch. (The Cloud Alpha Wireless’s sound can also be customized through the companion app, though this is only available on Windows PCs.) For competitive gaming, it can also pinpoint sounds like footsteps.

Like the wired Cloud Alpha, which we also recommend, this is a very comfortable pair of headphones to wear for hours at a time. With plush padding on the ear cups and headband, the entire build doesn’t put too much pressure on the ears. Note that in particularly loud environments, it lets in more external noise than some other closed-back headphones. The included boom mic is also great for casual gaming chat, although the dedicated USB mic will still sound fuller. It’s also worth noting that these headphones only connect via the included USB dongle, not Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable. This won’t be a problem if you’re using them with a PC or PlayStation console (or the Switch’s dock), but it won’t be a problem with mobile devices or Xbox consoles (which require special wireless technology to work).

The main reason to ignore any downsides to the Cloud Alpha Wireless, though, is its frankly ridiculous battery life. HyperX rates it a whopping 300 hours, which isn’t far-fetched based on our testing and other reviews. I’ve been logging my own on-and-off use of the earphones for the past few months, and after nearly 150 hours of listening time for music, games, and podcasts, I don’t have to charge the earphones once. Meanwhile, HyperX’s app says there’s still about 40 percent remaining. As always, how much battery you get depends on how loud you turn the volume up, but either way, it’s important not to worry about needing to charge the earphone’s battery for weeks or even months, which other earphones currently offer ( if so).

It’s worth mentioning that iFixit took a tear down the headset and attributes this performance mostly to a larger-than-usual battery and efficient chip, in addition to the lack of power-hungry extras like RGB lighting or active noise cancellation. Regardless, the long lifespan helps make the Cloud Alpha Wireless stand out among wireless gaming headsets.

If you’re pretty happy with your current headset, though, our deals roundup has plenty of great deals on other gadgets and gear we love, including Google’s Chromecast and Pixel 6a phones, the Xbox Series S, the latest MacBook Air, and— SSDs from SK Hynix, Samsung microSD cards, etc. are reviewed. You can view our full featured list below.

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Today’s Featured Deals

  • HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless Gaming Headset $140 ($190) on Amazon (with $20 coupon)
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K Media Streaming $40 ($45) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target (from $199 Activate at Best Buy)
  • $100 Xbox Gift Card $90 (100 dollars) in newegg (using code: SSBV2423)
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S console + an optional digital game $290 ($350) at Microsoft, Newegg, Target (discount in cart; offer also applies to $300 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop)
  • need two (personal computer) $12 ($25) on Epic (also on Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (Xbox BC) for 5 USD (15 dollars) on Xbox
  • dune (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital) $14 ($22) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • span board game $40 ($47) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB) 10.1″ Tablet 100 dollars ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
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Ron Amadeo

Electronic product transaction

  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target (from $199 Activate at Best Buy)
  • Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022, 128GB) smartphone $200 ($260) at Motorola, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB) smartphone $499 ($580) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $599)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) smartphone $649 ($855) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB) 10.1″ Tablet 100 dollars ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo Robot Vacuum $249 ($285) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ Robot Vacuum with Auto Empty Base + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $599 ($745) on Amazon
  • Google Nest Hub 7″ Smart Display $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch Smart Display $174 ($220) at Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 5.5″ Smart Display $40 ($60) at Amazon, Best Buy, Target
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enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub is our favorite smart display.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and Desktop Computer Deals

  • Lenovo Yoga 6 (Gen 7) 2-in-1 Laptop (Ryzen 5 5500U, 13.3″ 1920×1200, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $610 ($750) in Lenovo (using code: YogiRyzen 7 5700U is suitable for $700)
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12.4″ Laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) $600 ($685) at Microsoft, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022, Starlight) 13.6-inch laptop (M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) $1,099 ($1,199) at the B&H
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13″ Tablet (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) + Surface Pro Keyboard $1,000 ($1,200) at Best Buy
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $92 ($106) at Amazon (clip 15% off coupon, 2TB for $169)
  • SK Hynix Platinum P41 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $120 ($150) at Amazon (2TB $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) on Amazon
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enlarge / The Google Chromecast with Google TV is our favorite affordable media streamer.

Jeff Dunn

TV and Home Entertainment Deals

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enlarge / need two is an enjoyable cooperative platformer, even if its story isn’t the most engaging.

Video Game Deals

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

Jeff Dunn

game deals

Xbox Series S (left), next to Xbox Series X (right). The former isn't quite as powerful and doesn't have a disk drive, but still serves as an affordable entry point for the latest generation of games.
enlarge / Xbox Series S (left), next to Xbox Series X (right). The former isn’t quite as powerful and doesn’t have a disk drive, but still serves as an affordable entry point for the latest generation of games.

Sam Mackowicz

Accessories and Miscellaneous Deals

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