We’ve already reviewed the Epos H3 – find that right here – but now along comes the Epos H3 Hybrid, which boasts a slightly higher price-point. £149 compared to £109, to be precise.
But does it deliver enough to be worth that extra cash for gamers looking for a new headset at a reasonable price? In short – yes.
Straight off the bat there are noticeable improvements, specifically bluetooth connectivity and a detachable microphone. These additions seem obvious enough, but they’re very welcome indeed.
This is in addition to the solid build quality, something we’ve found EPOS have nailed with most of its products so far. It’s also noticeable smaller than most headsets in this bracket.
What is possibly a small issue with this though is that the ear cups – which we found one of our team to have minor issues with. They weren’t the perfect fit for them, and were a bit tight. Not enough to make them uncomfortable, but it was noticeable.
In terms of specs the Hybrid is a tad deceptive. It actually has a smaller frequency response than the H3, but you’d never be able to tell. Audio is clean and we could be heard loud and clear through the mic (which is much slimmer than on the H3 – another smart design change). We played a range of titles and enjoyed thumping bass and excellent clarity with all of them through the Hybrid.
Controls on the unit itself are simple but work fine, with a volume dial on the right cup and power/pairing button on the left.
The Hybrid in the headsets title comes from how it can be connected to your system. There’s a standard 3.5mm cable option, but also a USB input for PC/Playstation users as well Bluetooth for wireless connection. All three worked fine for us, with the USB option giving you access to the nice but perhaps slightly superfluous (for most) EPOS Gaming Suite audio.
There’s an internal DAC too, meaning the quality of the audio remains consistent regardless of how you’ve connected the headset up.
And that’s ultimately the greatest strength of the Hybrid. It’s a dependable workhorse regardless of how you use it, and is worthy of the hybrid moniker. The solid battery life – if between 25-30 hours in bluetooth mode – only solidifies this.
A noticeable step up from the H3, the Hybrid is well worth it if you’re looking for a headset that delivers high quality for a low price.
The Epos H3 Hybrid costs £149 and can be purchased from the EPOS website.