EPOS have been delivering quality gaming headsets for a few years now, the constant revisions and improvements always ensure they one-up themselves everytime a new headset is released. This time around the H3 is designed for next gen consoles with a sleek white design with adjustable mic that plugs perfectly into the wireless controllers of the Dualshock 5 and Xbox controllers.
We have received a lot of feedback on our reviews of EPOS products asking why they have a higher price point, and while I cannot answer this from a marketing perspective (we are not affiliated or receive any money from them) I can offer an explanation, it comes down to quality. We have been hard at work comparing them to other gaming brands (video coming VERY soon on our YouTube channel!) and in terms of the build, the sound and durability, nothing has even come close to what EPOS deliver in each headset we have trialled.
The H3 comes in both a black and white model with a sporty and sleek look that work with providing the premium look and feel we have come to expect from EPOS products. I had the white model and with rather well protruding ears was hesitant if they would cover and if they would be comfortable. Fortunately the fit was perfect and my 20 hour trial with these beauties, I can hand-on-heart say there was no discomfort from the cups or the headband at all, unlike the Sony Pulse 3D Wireless headset. This is one of my biggest things to look for, along with sound quality and connectivity. While these are wired headphones, the connection cord never gets tangled or gets in the way of the connection to the controller.
Moving the microphone arm up and down is easy and convenient. The quality of the microphone and how much it picks up just your voice is great. In my many online games I was able to get confirmation that my audio was clea rand now background noise was interfering. The supplied audio cable works with both PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers and there is a double splitter for connection to a computer. You can even connect to the Nintendo Switch 3.5mm audio jack for some seriously sweet sounding Mario Golf. The microphone arm band activates as you pull it down with a satisfying click and you simply push back up to instantly mute. There is something incredibly satisfying about this that kept me doing it over and over. The volume control also is controlled with a satisfying click with a great dial to control the high and low volume level.
The audio quality is perfect. There is also spatial audio effects used very similar to the 3D audio in the Pulse headset. Rats scurried away and creeping up to attack in A Plague Tale gave me extra chills when using this headset. While this works great for games, I did try watching a TV show and listening to a few songs to Spotify to see that experience. Music wise it was a solid experience, however it was lacking a little in the bass department, while it wasn’t completely removed, it was definitely more on the higher end of the scale. While you could definitely tell there was no Dolby Atmos like sound quality when watching a movie, it was still an enjoyable experience with highs and mids really pumping through Godzilla Vs Kong smashing and punching their way through a cityscape.
My only advice on these is that is definitely designed to be a gaming headset, while you could plug it into a phone with a 3.5mm audio jack and use outside, the design and focus really is on gaming and delivering a comfortable, enjoyable and solid audio experience while you game. Living in a home where I am the night owl of the house, having a gaming headset that can rival my Dolby Atmos sound setup is extremely important and the EPOS H3’s lived up to that standard.
The EPOS H3 gaming headset is now available from gaming retailers and the EPOS store here
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