There’s nothing quite like cutting the outside world out and fully immersing yourself in a game. Removing outside distractions so that your soul focus can be on the world and experience you’re about to hop into. Something that’s always aided me with attaining this state of focus in a good headset. Having the sounds of the game drown out the outside world and completely surround me is unlike anything else. So, I’m always on the look out for a new headset to try out, and the latest I’ve gotten my hands on is the EPOS H3.
Billed as EPOS’s first fully developed and released headset without the addition of the Sennheiser branding and the evolution of the GSP 300 series headsets, the H3 is a wired closed acoustic headset. This means that while you may be dealing with wires, you’re also gaining an innate flexibility you would otherwise miss out on. With neither the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch (unless you buy a third party adaptor) supporting Bluetooth, many wireless headsets are frequently locked to specific platforms. Here, however, you have both single and dual 3.5mm cables that can be utilised to hook up the H3 to any device that accepts them. It’s a nice flexibility that means I could easily swap between my PC, PS5, Switch and Series X with ease. With that said, getting the 3.5mm cable into the headset itself was initially an annoyance, with it being a relatively tight fit and requiring more force than you’d expect. You’ll know if it’s not quite in once you get to playing a game, and either the mic or one of the earphones won’t kick in. A slightly looser fit would have been great here.
The EPOS H3 is a very simple headset, devoid of many of the controls you often see in other headsets. With a simple volume dial and a swing-mic (which mutes when it’s swung up), the H3 is about as basic as a headset can get without being a straight pair of headphones. What that seems to mean here though, is that EPOS were able to focus on the one thing that matters most in a headset: audio quality. The audio profile and quality on the EPOS H3 are nothing short of fantastic. There’s plenty of range, with no lost or muffled elements, which means that both voice overs and the more explosive elements of games are always perfectly clear. The bass is punchy and there’s absolutely no tinniness to the highs, making for a fantastic headset. In fact, the audio quality here is good enough that I would happily use the H3 as a pair of headphones for general use. Similarly, the headset’s microphone is super clear, making it perfect for in-game chat as well.
The other important aspect for any headset is in its comfort and build quality, both of which the EPOS H3 has in spades. The headset uses a mostly plastic body, with an inner-band made of metal, along with plush earcups and headband. What results is a headset that has plenty of flexibility, while still feeling sturdy to the touch. They sit comfortably on the head, not exerting too much pressure on the ears, which made them fantastic for long play sessions. As far as headsets go, they were pretty darn comfortable.
Overall, the EPOS H3 is a fantastic, if somewhat simplistic, headset. The audio quality is nothing short of amazing and they’re both sturdy and comfortable. If audio quality is what you’re after, this should be on your list of headsets to buy, but if you’re looking for something with a bit more tech behind them, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
The EPOS H3 was reviewed using a Windows 10 PC, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, with the unit provided by EPOS. It is available for purchase now and retails at $179. For more information, check the official website.
- Fantastic audio quality - Super comfortable - Flexible and sturdy build quality
- Headset is super simple