EPOS H3 Hybrid Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset

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The EPOS H3 Hybrid Closed Acoustic Headphones offer gamers an audio solution that is the best of both worlds. The headset offers the flexibility of a wired connection as well as the convenience of Bluetooth. And, to top it off, the boom mic is removable for a sleeker look on the go.

Epos continues to impress me with its range of gaming headsets. Roughly identical to the Epos H3, the Epos H3 Hybrid seems a bit more refined than some of Epos’s other gaming headsets. The subtle design moves away from the industrial look common to gaming headsets.
The sleek design means the headset looks professional enough for a corporate Zoom call or just sitting on the train listening to music. The detectable magnetic mic is easily removed and the connector replaced with a circular cover, making the headset look like a normal pair of headphones.

The package includes both a USB cable for charging and connecting the headset via a USB Type-A connector and a standard 3.5mm stereo / mic audio cable. There is no separate 3.5mm mic / stereo cable like with the H3, as it is assumed that PC users will connect via the much more convenient USB or Bluetooth cable.

The USB cable connection to the headset is a USB Type-C connection, which means that with a third-party USB Type-C cable, the headset can easily be connected to a USB Type-C device (like your phone). The headset does not come with a wireless dongle, so it can only be used with devices with built-in Bluetooth.

The H3 Hybrid can be configured for more than one input for audio mixing. For example, the headset can be connected to a Nintendo Switch via the 3.5m audio cable and to your phone via Bluetooth to allow you to take calls while playing.

For a more understated design, the Epos H3 Hybrid still feels solid. It weighs as much as the more industrial Epos GSP 670. It is not a plastic helmet. The stretch headband is made of metal with a plastic ratchet slide to hold it in position. The top of the headband has a fabric trim with a soft leather insert on the underside.

The ear cups have a felt trim with a leather surround. Even though the ear cups seem pretty tough, they are replaceable.

The removable microphone is very firmly held in place. The microphone is muted, as usual, by moving it to the “up” position. It is also flexible and can be bent for optimal positioning away from your mouth.

The helmet minimizes pimples. There is a power button on the left side and a smart button on the right side, which also has a very easy to use volume button. Perhaps the only flaw I have with the device is that the volume knob feels a bit rough when you rotate it. In addition to pairing Bluetooth devices, the smart button can be used to take and end calls as well as for custom presets configured through the Epos Gaming Suite app.

As with all Epos gaming headsets, the Epos Gaming Suite app is the best way to extract PC audio from the device. Unfortunately, the only one works when connected via USB. Epos Gaming Suite allows users to update device firmware. Equalizer settings can be adjusted to suit personal taste or selected preset soundscapes.

There is an option to enable 7.1 surround and fine tune with a reverb slider. Microphone options allow side tone (so you can hear your voice) and noise gate adjustments, as well as vocal enhancements.

Pairing the device via bluetooth with my PC and mobile phone went smoothly, with the audio and microphone working flawlessly. Likewise, the USB connection gave me full control over the audio from my PC.

Music through the Windows Spotify app was crisp and clear. Tracks with a fair amount of bass were reproduced without distortion (even after increasing the equalizer settings). Very impressive.

The in-game audio improvements were much more impressive compared to my desktop speakers when playing Bethesda’s Deathloop. The H3 Hybrid headset review sample arrived just as I started reviewing the Deathloop game. It’s a game that I quickly determined had a good headset. Enemies are not silent, and the stealth game’s audio design allows players to determine their opponent’s location via audio. The helmet allowed me to easily determine where the enemy was so I could either stealthily avoid them or eliminate them without alerting their compatriots.

In another perfect moment. The latest Nintendo Switch patch allows the portable gaming device to work with Bluetooth headphones. This means that in addition to using the 3.5mm jack when on the go, with my phone connected wirelessly, when I’m in the dock, I can use the H3 Hybrid headset with the console in the living room while playing on the big TV!

Epos H3 Hybrid are closed acoustic headphones for gaming and everyday use. With both wireless and wired connectivity, this is a sleek and unobtrusive audio solution that looks good listening to music on a train and during a video call, while also having the right assets for a high octane gaming chaos.

The microphone picks up sound good enough to stream or record a podcast. Coupled with the Epos Gaming Suite app when connected to a PC via USB, audio input and output can be further refined. It is without a doubt one of my favorite headsets, considering that I can use it with all my game consoles, my phone and my PC.


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