EPOS GTW 270 hybrid gaming headphones review – Great sound in a small but surprisingly versatile package

A quick look at the Gaming Trend reviews will show that there’s no shortage of headphones and headset options available these days, and admittedly, it can be confusing to know what the good choice for your lifestyle. While there are several quality brands available, there is one brand that I tend to navigate to time and time again due to their quality, crystal clear sound, and comfortable designs: EPOS. I’m grateful to report that their latest release, the GTW 270 Hybrid Low Latency Wireless Gaming Headphones, once again proves why EPOS is such a respected entity in the audio industry.

The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Wireless Headphones are the culmination of years of industry experience and consideration of customer feedback, ultimately creating a stylish, comfortable and high-quality set of headphones. The GTW 270 features low latency wireless technology, an ergonomically shaped design for comfort, and closed acoustic sound. A huge selling point of this new version is the addition of connectivity via a USB-C dongle, a much-requested feature by customers, which works like a charm. The dongle is not the only method of connectivity, as the GTW 270 can also connect via Bluetooth. The dongle, which provides single-channel audio playback, is tiny and unobtrusive, capable of connecting to products with USB-C inputs on its own or via the supplied USB-C to USB-A cable. Bluetooth connectivity is via Bluetooth 5.1, which allows dual-channel transmission of both speaker and microphone.

The first thing you’ll probably notice about the GTW 270 and its packaging is its sleek design. From the portable charging case, crafted from sturdy anodized aluminum, to the headphones themselves, everything has been designed to deliver a premium experience without having to pay exorbitant prices. The product is housed in an attractive magnetically sealed box, with the portable case, two earbuds, USB-C dongle, charging cable and USB-C to USB-A cable individually nestled securely in a thick layer of mousse. The case doubles as a charger, with a USB-C connection to charge the headphones while they rest safely inside. Without the charger, the earbuds typically last around five hours, but the charger can store around 15 hours of additional battery life, allowing the earbuds to be charged while placed indoors without the user needing to be constantly plugged into a charging source. Battery level can easily be discerned via five LEDs on the case that flash when the case is opened, letting the user know at a glance how much battery power is left. The case came with a charge when it was first opened, which was handy, and when it came time to charge, it only took a few hours before the case was completely ready to go again. The included USB-C charging cable makes it easy to charge using any external outlet, including my couch USB chargers and my laptop. The included USB-C to USB-A extension cable is also a necessary component, allowing you to easily connect to products that don’t support Bluetooth accessories alone, such as the PS5.

The headphones themselves are small, able to fit comfortably in your ear without feeling too heavy or uncomfortable, and feature an ergonomic design created by scrutinizing over 100,000 ear scans. For those who use earbuds while working out, you’ll be happy to know that they offer IPX 5 water resistance. Rubberized eartips, several sizes of which are included in the package, reside on each noise-isolating earbud , allowing the ear cup to fit snugly while reducing pressure, creating an acoustic seal. I’m not normally a big fan of wireless headphones, I tend to prefer headphones due to the discomfort or irritation to my ears otherwise, but the GTW 270s didn’t create any noticeable pressure or discomfort during my testing time, which is a miracle in and of itself.

But what about the most important aspect of any earphone – the sound? Fortunately, this is where EPOS normally shines and the GTW 270 is no slouch in the audio department, especially when used for gaming. Deep bass is immediately noticeable, followed by realism and clarity in sound effects and music. Additionally, the earbuds deliver a wide range of multi-directional sound, which helps to enhance the gaming experience. Luckily, the earbuds are also excellent at blocking out outside interference. While I tested a few games on different consoles, I ended up using A Plague Tale: Requiem on the PS5 to fully test the GTW 270, and I was not disappointed. Requiem has a great use of multi-directional sound to increase the tension such as the ever invading rats, the crackle of fire and the sound of enemies as they chase you and I was pleasantly surprised the GTW 270 did almost as well although the EPOS headset I reviewed a while ago and still use quite often, the H3 Hybrid. It may be time for a permanent change.

Gaming isn’t the GTW 270’s only use, as you can easily switch between phone and device use, making it a versatile choice for streaming, regular phone use, and gaming. . No matter what product you use the headphones with, the sound quality has never been diminished. The dual channel Bluetooth connected easily to my Android phone with perfect clarity and was great for streaming music. Likewise, the USB-C dongle worked just as well when paired with a PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5, and Xbox One. Unfortunately, most consoles wouldn’t directly support headphones over Bluetooth, but let me easily connect using the USB-C to USB-A connector. This means that a separate mic would be needed if playing online. Still, there was no sound dropout or delay when using the dongle and extension cable, and it was plug and play, letting you start using the headphones right away. A single button on the left earcup allows users to naturally switch between available devices while providing the ability to control audio while streaming to your phone. The versatility of these headphones should not be underestimated, as the comfort and ease of use make them a product that would impress almost anyone.

The GTW 270’s USB-C dongle works on PS5/PS4, PC, Android phones and Nintendo Switch, although you can also connect via Bluetooth to any device that supports it without needing the dongle. Essentially, the dongle is just a welcome inclusion in an already excellent package, offering more ways to connect. During my time testing the dongle, I encountered no issues, audio delays, or difficulty with a device recognizing the dongle.

For those who prefer to fine-tune their audio experience, you can download the EPOS Gaming Suite for free, which offers a variety of options to customize the user experience and serves as the basis for the product to receive firmware and software updates. . The software is free, relatively easy to use even for those with no experience changing audio settings, and should work fine on almost any PC or laptop available. The product is not only related to the GTW 270, it can also be used for most other products in the wide range of EPOS audio games.

I have few complaints about this product. The sound is clear, the design is sleek, they’re versatile and can be used with almost any modern product, and they’re comfortable. The price might be a bit high for some but for the value you get I don’t see it as much of an issue as this would hopefully be a one time purchase that can be used for many years to come thanks to the ability to upgrade software and firmware using the EPOS gaming suite.

EPOS continues to show why they are highly respected in the audio community with their GTW 270 wireless headphones. Sleek design, crystal clear sound, innovative design and compatibility with a wide range of products thanks to the presence of both a USB dongle- C and Bluetooth, the GTW 270 is well worth the investment. Add the EPOS gaming suite to allow users to change settings according to their content and keep their firmware and software up to date, and the EPOS GTW 270 is a set of headphones that I highly recommend.

Richard Allen is a freelance writer and contributing editor to various publications. When he’s not writing for Gaming Trend, you can find him covering theater for Broadway World, film and TV for Fandomize, or working on original stories. Passionate about retro games, he is too obsessed with Dragon’s Lair. Chat with him via @thricetheartist on Twitter and @richardallenwrites on Facebook and Instagram.

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