EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Closed Acoustic Wireless Gaming Headset
Gaming Headset (Bluetooth/Wired/Wireless)
released the EPOS H3 Hybrid Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset
last year it arrived at the right time, a wired and Bluetooth hybrid that offered up great sound quality. With the Nintendo Switch
adding Bluetooth audio support around about the same time as the H3 Hybrid’s debut, and EPOS finally going the “detachable microphone” route, it was a headset that could be taken on-the-go as well as something to plug directly into a PlayStation
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Wireless Gaming Headset
presents a similar situation with the addition of a dongle-based wireless approach suitable for pretty much any PC. With traditional WiFi offering a lower latency than what you’d find with standard Bluetooth the H3PRO adds another piece to the impressive H3 line. More versatility across pretty much any device, and better performance on high-end hardware.
Throw in the ability to stream multiple channels of audio, like a game on one device and voice on a smart device, there’s a distinct “is there anything it can’t do?'' feel to the latest EPOS gaming headset. In fact, with the addition of ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) EPOS have positioned the H3PRO as an all-in-one solution. Which as per the product breakdown above, incurs a noticeable entry fee.
Like with the H3 Hybrid the overall sound profile of the H3PRO is what you’d consider balanced, where one frequency range doesn’t take precedence over another. But, with rich out of the box bass and midrange response to alleviate the “flat” sound found in a lot of balanced headphones. There’s a distinct deep sound no matter the device you’re connected to.
More versatility across pretty much any device, and better performance on high-end hardware.
When connected to a PC and using EPOS’s software suite you’ve also got the option for tweaking the audio to suit personal gaming tastes or to simply use the default profile when listening to music. Most Bluetooth audio devices feature some form of audio tuning too, so the balanced approach is the right one when it comes to versatility.
But, if you were expecting the higher price-tag of the H3PRO to pave the way for HD-Audio support or more premium audio hardware, the short answer to that is… it hasn’t. The audio quality found in the baseline H3 Hybrid is still impressive, and you’ve basically got the exact same sound here. But when you’ve got such a considerable jump in overall price, it’s disappointing that EPOS didn’t go “all out” all out. The addition of ANC is great for the H3PRO’s portability, but it seems that noise cancellation and standard WiFi support are the main reasons it costs well over $100 AUD more than the vanilla H3 Hybrid.
- Drivers: 40mm
- Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
- Battery Life: Dongle (up to 30 hours) Bluetooth (up to 38 hours)
- Weight: 308g (288g without boom arm)
- Cable length: 1.5m (audio) 2m (USB)
Again, being this versatile is impressive. Leaving the WiFi dongle plugged into a PC and then hopping over to the Nintendo Switch in another room and then being able to go back to the PC without having to worry about reconnecting things is wonderful. As is the ability to play and charge with the decently-sized cable, and connect to a PS5 controller. Of course having all of the above isn’t what you’d consider a standard gaming setup in 2022, but it speaks to where the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Wireless Gaming Headset makes the most sense.
An everything wireless headset for at home and on the go.
Design and Comfort
When it comes to the look and feel the H3PRO is similar to the H3 in that you’ve got a mostly plastic body, albeit a sturdy one, with a padded headband and improved ear cushions. Which are also slightly larger than the baseline H3 Hybrid's to better support the ANC. Throw in the under 300g weight when boom-free, and the comfort levels here fall well into “extended periods” territory.
When it comes to the look and feel the H3PRO is similar to the H3 in that you’ve got a mostly plastic body, albeit a sturdy one, with a padded headband and improved ear cushions.
Even though EPOS has slowly been trending away from the overly “gamer” look of its headsets in recent years the H3PRO still looks a bit too much like the rest of its product line-up. Which confuses things on the account of the versatility and the decent but not amazing ANC you get. This is not to say that the H3PRO with its black and blue accents isn’t stylish, it is, it’s just that the versatility brings it closer to straight-up audio headphones than most gaming headsets. H3PRO definitely looks like the latter.
Functionality wise the volume wheel as a part of the ear cup works well, and in keeping with the chunkier microphone of past headsets - but this time, magnetic - you’ve got the same great vocal performance.
Thanks to the EPOS Gaming Suite software, when connected to a PC the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Wireless Gaming Headset can be tuned and tweaked to suit things like music, movies, and games with ease. The ability to go surround is there, as is keeping things stereo. When paired with Deathloop
, God of War
, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
, and smaller indie fare like Icarus
the stuff that stands out are the things that should.
When paired with Deathloop, God of War, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and smaller indie fare like Icarus and Aquamarine the stuff that stands out are the things that should.
Booming sub frequencies but also the nuance of soundtracks and the crackle of firearms, the clanging of metals, and simply hearing the subtleties of walking on different surfaces. Setting versatility aside for a moment, the pure gaming audio capability of the H3PRO is great.
In the end though the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid is definitely for those looking for an all-in-one solution with a focus on quality, performance, and stuff like long-lasting battery life. The H3PRO ticks all of these boxes but does so in a way that still feels like it's missing the mark just a little bit. More inclusive controls, a dedicated smart device app, premium audio drivers, to name a few. When taking the price into consideration it doesn’t quite hit the world of high-end premium audio, but by straddling the line EPOS should have doubled down and truly gone all-in on what is a fantastic all-in-one.