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Epos H3 review: Gaming headset offers superior comfort, immersive audio while being incredibly versatile – James Ide

Danish audio experts Epos are known for producing excellent audio peripherals for business and gaming, often partnering with Sennheiser on some great products.

But the new Epos H3 is their latest own branded headset incorporating Epos’ engineering improvements in response to feedback on previous models like the GSP 300.

Despite it being a gaming headset, Epos have gone for a stylish, neat approach with no LED, decals, stickers, or other unnecessary accoutrements on this headset which I really appreciated.

The Epos H3 headset is available in two colours, Onyx Black and Ghost White, both with a matte finish and discreet logo on either side of the ear cups. There is definitely an understated style to both of these.

The H3 comes in Onyx Black and Ghost White

While lightweight and made of mostly plastic the H3 initially feels lacking, but once you start moving the ear-cups and adjusting the headband you realise this well-built headset is tougher than it looks.

Due to how light the headset is and the leatherette headband, the H3 offers incredible comfort even for long gaming sessions.

Another eye-catching design feature is the H3’s volume dial, situated on on the right ear-cup. It works well but you’ll either like or hate it. Once I got used to it, I found it convenient to use especially when under fire.

The comfortable and practical over-ear cups use soft, ergonomically designed, memory foam earpads that are cosy and don’t put pressure on the ears but still do a good job of isolating you from the outside world so you can really focus on the game.

The stainless-steel slider also has a length indicator to help you find your perfect fit, which didn’t make a huge difference to me but helped a lot when I had to adjust it for others.

A chunky boom arm microphone is mounted on the left-hand side of the headphones and it’s the only thing that would stop me from wearing them outside.

While the boom arm microphone feels like it interferes with the slick seamless design (especially since it is not detachable), it really does offer unparalleled audio quality.

The noise reduction on the microphone was impressive, with players clearly able to hear my fitful swearing, panicked gasps, and very manly screams until I remembered I can simply lift to mute the mic boom arm.

As an analogue headset, cables are required and two cables are supplied. Firstly a 2 input 3.5 mm 3-pole jacks for separate mic input and audio output used on most PCs as well and secondly a widely compatible 3.5 mm 4-pole headset jack.

Cables are also detachable allowing you to replace them if damaged or swap them out depending on your device.

The simple plug and play nature of these cables mean it’s all very simple to set up and the headset is compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Mac OSX, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Android and iPhone.

The H3 is incredibly comfortable to wear for hours on end

Having used several Epos headsets in the past, the audio is always top-notch and these are no exception. The quality from the H3 is awesome with rich and detailed sound, really allowing you to clearly hear each instrument in music tracks. These cans offer sharp highs, clear mids and satisfyingly punchy bass.

The sound is well balanced but the H3 handles spatial audio particularly well, giving you accurate directional sound and enhanced realism in your games.

Obviously, this is a cabled headset that offers no Bluetooth, but this also means zero latency so you will hear your teammates, bullets, and your enemies’ footsteps exactly as they happen and not after you are already dead.

While there is no active noise cancelling built-in, the passive noise cancelling is brilliant due to the over-ear design that surrounds the ear providing an immersive experience.

For PC gamers that are already invested in the Epos ecosystem, the H3 is compatible with external sound cards and amplifiers like the GSX 1000/GSX 1200 PRO/GSX 300 which will further enhance the audio quality and add 7.1 surround sound, equalizer adjustments and chat audio separation.

You can even use the headset with your smartphone to listen to music and take calls provided your phone has a 3.5mm jack port. The headphones don’t look out of place and aren’t too large to wear outside like most gaming headsets if you don’t mind the pronounced mic.

Verdict

The Epos H3 takes a lot of its cues from the Epos Sennheiser GSP 300 but with added comfort and a more attractive look.

The simplicity of use is also appreciated, with no apps or wireless connection issues, just plug and play goodness and no latency.

The package is more of a slight evolution than any kind of revolution, offering a great look, killer audio, and incredible comfort all at an affordable price.

If you want to be heard clearly and have a versatile headset that will immerse you in whatever the game and platform, the H3 is a solid choice.

The Epos H3 is available now for £109 from the Epos website



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