EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review

The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid is one of the best gaming headsets on the market if you have the money to spare. The somewhat short dongle connection and battery life are a bit disappointing, but easy to overlook when the rest of the package is so stacked.

The Epos H3Pro Hybrid is a new high-performance product in the wireless gaming headset market. It bears the title of Epos’ H3 range, including the H3Pro, which was released earlier this year, but from the outside appears to be a hybrid of those and the newer H6Pro gaming headset It’s the same blue-black color as the H6Pro, and it includes the same fantastic removable and flip-to-mute microphone. So, at the very least, expect those improvements over the prior Epos H3 cans Overall, the build quality is superb, as with the other Epos headsets.

Everything that is removable, such as the plush ear pads and mic, is simple to remove without fear of breaking anything. As an added advantage, they return just as easily, so you never feel pressed to force anything in. This is especially true of the mic, which has a good magnetic hold and can be replaced with an equally simple to use cover when not in use.

That latter aspect turned out to be more important than I anticipated, because these headphones sound fantastic. Even in terms of music. They’re a really good set of wireless headphones that I’d be pleased to wear for purposes other than gaming. They have a good sound range and quality, and can be extremely loud without losing quality. The granular control on the side is also quite useful for picking up delicate minor noises in music that I might otherwise miss. I compose and mix music for my ambient sci-fi radio show podcast, Blockbuster Station, using an iPad, and I’ve experienced a similar impact when listening to my own music through them over Bluetooth.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review: Design

The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid has a sleek, minimalistic appearance. Although my review device is white, this model is also available in black and green. We love the look because it lacks the over-the-top RGB lighting found on headsets such as the Logitech G733. Instead, it opts for a clean and mature aesthetic that would be at home in more professional settings.

The steel headband is both strong and flexible. I have a small head, and the headset did slide if I leaned too far backwards, but it does imply that those with larger heads are unlikely to have a fit problem. The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid weights only 303g, so I was able to wear it for hours on end without it pressing down on my neck. Furthermore, the padded earcups eliminated any pain caused by the earcups pressing too hard against the frame of my glasses.

The headset has a few controls, including a volume dial on the right earcup, a Bluetooth button, and an ANC toggle. The power button, USB-C charging connector, and audio cord, which can be utilized for a wired connection are all located on the left earcup. You can alternatively connect the microphone to the left earcup or remove it for a cleaner look.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review: Style and Comfort

The build quality of the H3PRO is noticeable right away. It feels wonderful, and while the style is identical to past EPOS gaming headsets, the H3PRO has more functions than its predecessors. The H3PRO is available in three colors: black, white, and green, all of which complement the unit’s elegant appearance. For my money, the gold and green combo is the cleanest of the three, with a bit of British racing green flare, but it really comes down to personal opinion. What is not entirely up to personal preference is comfort.

Perhaps it is, but most people want the same thing: a comfy gaming headset that they can use for hours on end. EPOS has chosen a multi-material design, with each earpad sporting a leatherette outer ring and a soft suede covering what is probably a foam material. They’re quite comfortable.The steel headband is also wrapped in a mesh fabric, with the same suede fabric on the bottom. The headband is a touch tight at first, but the steel band will adjust to your head size after a short period of time. A snug fit is desirable because it ensures the earcups are snug to your head. It may not be your typical gaming headset fit, but earcup size and fit are critical for the H3PRO’s ANC.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review: Connectivity

There are numerous connection possibilities for the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid. Most likely, you’ll use either a USB or 3.5mm cable connection, or a wireless connection via the provided USB dongle. With these three options, you can connect wirelessly to PCs, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, and Nintendo Switch as well as Xbox consoles and an undocked Nintendo Switch. The USB wireless connection works fine, however it has a somewhat short range. Even when I travel four or six meters away from the source, I experience connection problems. Walking into another room causes the connection to drop completely.

Bluetooth connections are also supported by the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid. It only works with the default SBC codec. The headset also allows simultaneous connections, allowing you to connect to your phone via Bluetooth while also connecting to a gaming platform by wire or USB dongle. Only Bluetooth and one other connection can be used concurrently, not both wired connections or a wired connection and the USB dongle.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review: Noise Cancelling

The H3Pro Hybrid’s active noise cancellation (ANC) is a fantastic function to have, whether you’re traveling or gaming and working near a busy street. But don’t expect the quality or level of noise cancellation to be on par with some of Sony’s similarly priced Bluetooth headphones or the Sennheiser Momentum 3s, which I’ve been using for around 18 months.

A moving truck was idling on the other side of a locked window, roughly 30 feet behind me, as I sat in my living room writing this. It wasn’t a particularly loud sound, but it was the kind of steady low hum that noise cancellation works best on. With the H3Pro Hybrid on my head, I activated ANC and observed that it muffled much of the low-end but left the engine’s high-end hiss clearly audible. While the truck continued to idle I put on my Sennheiser Momentum 3 headphones and turned on noise canceling, which performed a noticeably better job of muting the background sound albeit not entirely.

In brief, the noise cancelling capability on this headset is unique for a gaming headset and can be useful for masking background noise. But if I were spending this much money and ANC was a must-have feature, I’d look at something from Sennheiser or Sony, as well as a separate gaming headset for when I require a boom mic or other game-specific capabilities.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review: Audio Performance

The H3PRO headset had a crisp and polished sound when tested. It came through without the coarseness that I occasionally hear in certain sets, implying that the H3PRO’s transducer is of extremely high quality. Aside from sounding incredibly smooth, there were no unpleasant popping noises or amplitude changes, which can be very nerve-wracking when the action heats up in games. I put the headset through its paces in the first-person shooter Metro Exodus, paying close attention for any audio distortion. I didn’t hear any; instead, the H3PRO provided me with clean and genuine sounds.

Indeed, sounds such as the clang of my character’s boots on a metal stairwell, the strained voices of NPCs shouting warnings, and the rattle of gunshots sounded so precise and defined that I rapidly became engaged in the game and forgot about the testing work at hand.

My music test produced similarly great audio, demonstrating the headset’s adaptability as both a high-end headphone and a gaming headset. For this test, I performed “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, a song with a wonderful variety of instruments and tones. The H3PRO nailed respectable highs and mids on this tune, bringing the vocalists and brass instruments to life with clarity.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review: Battery Life

The Epos Gaming Suite software would provide some battery life assistance, which it does, but in a squint-to-see-it kind of way. There are no percentages available, and you must look at a narrow blue battery line on a blue background. My gaze Although the 30-hour battery life is adequate for low-latency PC use, the lack of visibility into actual battery levels had me grabbing for the USB-C charging cord just in case. Even while handling several wifi connections, the battery life is remarkable.

When linked to two wireless sources, the H3Pro Hybrid can survive nearly as long as when connected to one (30 hours with just the dongle, or 28 hours with the dongle and Bluetooth). When you enable ANC, the battery life lowers to around 19 hours, whether you’re connected to just the dongle or to multiple wifi networks.

Final words

Taken on its own, the Epos H3Pro Hybrid has a lot to offer. It’s packed with features and looks and feels good though not quite outstanding for $279. Its simultaneous multi-device connectivity is ideal for Switch games as well as working or gaming from home while staying linked to your phone. Active noise cancellation is a somewhat uncommon function in a gaming headset and a pleasant extra to have.

However, I found the noise cancellation to be substantially less effective than on my Sennheiser Momentum 3 headphones, and much of the rest of the feature set should be the same or similar to the Epos H3 Hybrid, which costs approximately $100 less. If you’re dead bent on having noise cancelling in your gaming headphones and can’t afford to spend more, the H3Pro Hybrid is a great alternative, but Sony or Senheisser offer considerably better noise cancelling for the same price.

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The Epos H3Pro Hybrid has a lot going for it. It's packed with features and looks and feels good, if not quite outstanding for $279. The simultaneous multi-device connectivity is ideal for Switch gaming as well as working or playing from home while staying connected to your phone.EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review