Product Manufacturer: EPOS
Estimated Time With Gear: 30-40 hours
What Is It?: Wired gaming headset for PC and consoles
Compatible With: PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, iOS, Oculus + more
As the first gaming headset to be released solely by EPOS as they separate themselves from being a part of Sennheiser Gaming, the EPOS H3 has a lot riding on its quality.
I’ve been using the EPOS H3’s for all my gaming needs for the past week, and I’ve come away impressed with just how comfortable the headset can be. Straight out of the box, this is a small, ultra-light and simple headset. It has one job only: to be as comfortable around your head while you use it — for which it succeeds. I’ve worn the headset for upwards of 6 hours straight and haven’t had a single issue, whereas other headsets I usually wear would starting hurting my ears or the top of my head after that amount of time.
The headset comes in either “Onyx Black” or “Ghost White.” Either colour is a simple splash of paint. I’ve been using the white H3’s, and as someone who doesn’t usually like white headsets, the smaller design and frame of the headset helps this headset look lovely on your head or on show.
The headset comes with two sets of cables out of the box: one 3.5mm jack to use with your gaming consoles, phone or laptop, and a TRSS cable to use with your PC. There’s no extension on the headset to plug these into; they go straight into the side of the headset so you can pack away the headset and cables nicely between use.
Having the cables separate from the headset also means you can easily order replacements if something happened to your headset.
You can control the volume of the headset by turning a dial on the right cup. I’m not in love with this system as there’s not enough feedback as your turning the dial to know where you are on its scale. I also found I had to use two fingers to turn the dial and struggled to use one efficiently.
My major criticism for the headset is the headset’s overall volume. On both console and PC, the max volume for the headset was much quieter than any other headset I use every week. It’s not un-useable, but I always had the H3’s at max volume when I don’t get close to 100% on my other headsets. As such, I wasn’t impressed when listening to music either. The H3’s are most definitely a gaming headset, not an all-rounder.