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The EPOS GTW 270 hybrid earphones demonstrate how EPOS is treading new paths with audio hardware. It was likely inevitable for a gaming brand to reach out and test the water with earphones, especially after Apple introduced the small wireless accessory to the mainstream in 2016. Leveraging the research and development that partner brand Sennheiser tinkered with over the years, the EPOS GTW 270 wireless hybrid gaming earbuds are a surprisingly decent first attempt at discouraging gamers from today’s over-the-head design that is used to Has become the industry standard.
With an MSRP of $ 199, the Buds land right in the middle of the gaming headset spectrum, but occupy a unique place thanks to the versatile connectivity with which EPOS developed them. Anything that has a USB port or a bluetooth connection will be paired with the buds. This means that thanks to the GSA 70 USB Type-A aptX dongle with low latency and a USB Type-A, PS4, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch users can have an audio solution that works for all consoles ( and her phone to boot) works converter cable that comes with the buds. However, this is not a cheap entry point and usually a much higher price than Nintendo Switch users are willing to pay for their add-ons.
Given that the microphone function won’t work when connected through a dongle (thanks to the low latency connection), you may find that these buds don’t meet all of your criteria – especially if you’re particularly interested in competitive gaming. However, for gamers who value versatility, build quality, and battery life, it’s difficult not to directly recommend the EPOS GTW 270 wireless hybrid gaming earbuds. Even when the novelty wears off, the truly wireless little earbuds continue to impress.
There are absolutely no complaints from us when it comes to design. The POS GTW 270 Hybrid wireless gaming earphones are solid, expensive products through and through. From the moment you unpack the anodized aluminum charging case that has the buds in, you know that EPOS has treated this design with care and respect. The tactile way the buds snap into their magnetic charging nodes, the satisfying click of the button that controls the 5-LED charge meter, the pleasing sound of opening and closing the lid … it all smells like high-end design.
That premium feel doesn’t stop when you actually put the buds in your ears: they’re IPX5 certified (which means they’re fine if you’re caught in the rain or on an especially sweaty run) thanks to different seal sizes they easily fit most ears. However, as with all buds, your ear shape determines comfort and ultimately sound quality. For those whose biology lends itself to bud-based comfort, the buds themselves sit snugly in the ear and look pretty chic with their aluminum finish and subtle EPOS branding. It’s all very nice.
A small click button on the left allows limited control when connected via Bluetooth or a dongle: a single press pauses and resumes the music or accepts calls, a double press skips a track and a three press resets a track . A long press will bring up Siri or Google’s voice assistant which you can use to change the volume (you can’t do this on the buds themselves).
When it comes to connectivity and performance, there are two things to consider immediately: First, these buds cannot be paired with the dongle and Bluetooth at the same time. For example, if you want to use it to make calls between sessions on your switch, you will have to switch devices manually. Second, the (surprisingly decent) built-in microphone cannot be used when connected via the dongle – that’s a benefit for Bluetooth only.
With these limitations, these buds are incredible for gamers and music lovers alike. We used them indiscriminately to play Switch games and listen to music, drinking for about five hours at a time (with the case providing an additional 15 to 16 hours per full charge). Granted, no one is really leaving the house right now, but if you were, these buds would be great for flights, commutes, and trips where you want to switch between handheld consoles and music sessions. Better still, the buds can soak up over an hour of juice in their pretty charging case in just 20 minutes – another boon to the hardware’s versatility.
The sound itself is superb (if you got the right silicone seal size sorted – if you have big old ears they might sound pretty thin). When you play sparkling JRPGs on Switch, you can hear how well the buds handle high ends, short, sharp SFX and human voices. When you listen to ’90s house and the shoe shine on Spotify, you’ll realize how well they can deliver low ends and appreciate the clarity with which they handle thicker, warmer sounds. When it comes to EPOS delivering such a big sound from such a tiny product, it’s nothing short of technical wizardry: Sennheiser’s family tree stands tall and holds its head high.
Buy it when …
You’re a variety player
PC, mobile, switch, PS4 and PS5 compatibility make these ideal for gamers who like to play on multiple platforms.
You are often out of the house
Put the case in your pocket and head off with your phone and Switch. You can charge for up to 20 hours on one charge. Not bad, right?
You value good audio
That typical EPOS sound quality – warm, wide, and inviting – works just as well in earphones as it does in traditional headsets
Don’t buy it if …
You are budget conscious
$ 199 / £ 179 is a big deal for a headset that doesn’t deal with chat or sharing a console and phone at the same time
You are a super competitive player
Regardless of the support for voice chats, the Buds don’t provide the exact tonal details you need to get that edge in hardcore PvP games.
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