EPOS has announced their latest gaming headset, the EPOS H3 Hybrid, which combines USB, 3.5 mm & Bluetooth connectivity for universal compatibility with all consoles and other devices.
The new H3 Hybrid headset can then combined a Bluetooth connection with your phone and a wired connection with your console/PC enabling players to chat with friends using their favourite third-party app while gaming on their preferred platform. This functionality is similar to the GamerChat used on the Creative SXFI AIR Gamer.
When using Bluetooth, the EPOS H3 Hybrid has exceptional battery life with 37 hours worth of use, but this drops down to 19 hours when using the dual connectivity feature.
- Long Lasting Battery Life with Bluetooth – A single charge provides up to 37 hours of Bluetooth audio and up to 24 hours when playing on a 3.5 mm console cable connection. Dual connectivity (3.5 mm cable and Bluetooth) provides up to 19 hours of play.
- Simultaneous Bluetooth Connection for Audio Mixing – When paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth, simultaneous connectivity allows players to chat with friends using their favourite third-party app while gaming on their preferred platform via USB or 3.5 mm cable. Separate intuitive volume control enables players to balance each audio stream.
- Convenient Magnetic Detachable Boom Arm – Gamers can easily detach and reattach the microphone with a magnetic connection in the boom arm. When the boom arm is removed, a cover plate protects the connectors and keeps the H3 Hybrid's sleek, seamless look.
- Dual Microphones – The H3 Hybrid includes a secondary microphone in the ear cup that allows gamers to pick up calls when wearing the headset on-the-go without the main boom arm microphone attached to the headset.
- Multiple Connection Options – The H3 Hybrid allows for multiple connection options with included USB cable for PC, 3.5 mm cables for consoles and Bluetooth for mobile devices
- EPOS Gaming Suite – When connected to a PC through USB, players can download the EPOS Gaming Suite to unlock 7.1 surround sound and tailor audio and microphone preferences
Price and Availability
The EPOS H3 Hybrid gaming headset is available now at eposaudio.com/gaming and from selected retailers at a suggested retail price of £149 GBP.
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid
EPOS also revealed that the H3PRO Hybrid would be announced soon, they haven't revealed much about the headset other than it will offer wireless freedom with lag-free gaming.
My best guess is that they will ditch the USB cable in favour 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity, but then also allow a dual Bluetooth connection with your phone for the chat features.