EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review Wireless Gaming Earbuds

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review

The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid true wireless headphones are suitable for PCs, Android smartphones, and consoles thanks to AptX LL and wireless transmission via USB dongle. TechStage has tested the in-ears in practice.

Most gaming headsets are noticeably colorful and have an on-ear design and are therefore only suitable for mobile users to a limited extent. On the other hand, classic true wireless headphones are very compact but are rarely suitable for gaming because there are no latency-free codecs such as AptX or AptX LL. The models that are also suitable for gamers include, for example, the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 (single test), the Taotronics Sound Liberty 80 (single test), the Cambridge Melomania Touch (single test), and the Sennheiser CX 400 BT (test report).

PROS:

  • Great audio performance
  • Imperceptible lag when paired to USB-C dongle
  • Low latency for consoles
  • Comfortable fit
  • Compatible with multiple devices

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Microphone doesn’t work with adapter
  • No place to store adapter

But even with the AptX codec, the headphones are only compatible with smartphones and PCs. A connection via Bluetooth to consoles such as the Nintendo Switch (test report) is impossible. This is exactly where EPOS strikes with the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid. The independent company has been selling all audio gaming products that Sennheiser previously marketed since 2020.

Thanks to a Bluetooth connection and an alternative wireless transmission via USB-C dongle, the headphones are suitable for consoles such as PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, as well as for Android smartphones and PCs.

Design

According to the price, the EPOS GTW 270 arrive at the customer in high-quality packaging. Inside the black box are quick instructions, a USB-C charging cable, a USB-A to USB-C adapter cable, a bag with different-sized silicone attachments, the small USB-C dongle with a protective cover, the two in-ear Headphones, and the charging cradle made of dark gray aluminum.

As we know from Sennheiser True Wireless models, the two headphones look relatively bulky but of high quality. The seemingly old-fashioned push-button operation is astonishing. Epos does without a touch-sensitive back and instead relies on a classic button on the left headphone. The EPOS GTW 270 is IPX-5 certified and accordingly protected against sweat and rain.

The charging cradle with the status LEDs placed on the front, the button placed underneath, and the USB-C port on the back look very high-quality and robust. This is due on the one hand to the exemplary quality and the high weight and the great feel. The aluminum transport and charging cradle, together with the two headphones, weighs 76 grams. Without the earplugs, it still weighs 63 grams. The earplugs weigh 6.5 grams each.

In a direct comparison, the charging cradle of the Airpods Pro looks downright cheap with a weight of 45 grams. The higher weight is not noticeable in the trouser pocket. The aluminum case scores well in terms of look and feel, and we like it. At the moment, we cannot estimate how resistant the surface of the charging cradle is in the long run, but the headphones and charging cradle have survived the last few weeks in practice undamaged.

The compact USB dongle has a pairing button on the side and a small status LED. To scratch it, it is put into the enclosed silicone protective cover during the tests. Even if there is a fastening eyelet on this: We find it unfavorable that we cannot store the dongle directly in the charging cradle. Anyone who does not permanently connect the small dongle to the Playstation or Switch runs the risk of misplacing it.

Handling

Due to the design, the earplugs sit mostly directly in the ear and thus ensure a comparatively strong shielding from the outside. However, there is no active noise suppression. Despite the chunky look, the headphones sit comfortably and firmly in the ear for several hours.

As old-fashioned as the button control may seem, we get along well with it and don’t miss either touch controls or the ability to control the headphones with a voice assistant. On the contrary: the small button has a clear pressure point and is well placed. In contrast to headphones with a touch field, there are neither delays in input nor inadvertent entries. This is not only useful when gaming, where you want to concentrate on things other than headphones. Unfortunately, the music control only works in Bluetooth mode. When using the USB dongle, no control is possible on the headphones.

The button is used to start and stop music playback, jump a track forwards or backward, accept and hang up calls or start the voice assistant. Unfortunately, you have no direct access to the volume. We think that’s a shame, as this function is more helpful when gaming than the available title selection.

The Bluetooth pairing worked without any problems in the test with various smartphones. However, to use the latency-free AptX for smartphone gaming, the audio codec must also be supported by the smartphone. You can check whether this is the case under the settings.

The wireless dongle, on the other hand, does not have to be connected by the user. Headphones and dongles are already paired when delivered. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether the sound is received via Bluetooth or radio. You don’t have to change anything on the headphones. The headphones can also be easily connected alternately with Bluetooth, sometimes wirelessly.

Sound

We are only moderately enthusiastic about the first sound checks. The high and middle pitches are convincing, but we miss an assertive bass. After we used the standard silicone attachments for the first few attempts, we test the next larger pair after a few hours. The in-ears are now developing their full potential.

While the in-ears seemed completely overwhelmed during the first rounds of Just The Way You Are by José James and highs and mid-tones were alone in the wide hallway, now basses fill the room and ensure around and very harmonious sound. It is the same for us at Sun by Christian Löffler. If the sound was shrill and unconvincing at the first attempt, now the bass is booming and ensures an adequate atmosphere and a broad grin on the editor’s face.

Much more important with the EPOS GTW 270 is the gaming performance. And here, too, the EPOS TWS do very well. Again, due to the good differentiation in the mid-range and high-frequency range, steps, shots, voice commands, and the like can be easily understood without being displaced by the penetrating bass during combat.

Step noises in the smartphone game CoD Mobile, for example, can be recognized early and clearly. Thanks to AptX LL, there is no noticeable delay – at least on smartphones with a corresponding codec, such as the Asus ROG Phone 3 used in the test (review).

For gaming on Nintendo Switch (test report), Switch Lite (test report), and the PS4, the USB dongle is used in the test. We plug the dongle into the Playstation using the cable adapter supplied. The dongle is automatically recognized by the consoles and transmits the sound to the EPOS GTW 270 without latency. Both sound and voice quality is excellent here. The microphone filters out background noises as far as possible, and the timbre of your voice appears natural and clear to the other person.

Under Windows, it is possible to emulate 7.1 surround sound with the Epos Gaming Suite. That works, but the result cannot keep up with a real 7.1 system by far. Only stereo sound is available under macOS, but it is of decent quality, and, thanks to the use of the dongle, even without an AptX codec, there is no latency.

Overall, the truly wireless headphones convince with a clear, well-differentiated, and balanced sound. Only the bass is relatively restrained, especially in comparison with classic gaming headphones such as Steelseries Arctis One (test report) or Corsair HS50 (test report), but without falling short. On the contrary: The GTW 270 sounds more like proper music headphones than classic gaming accessories with an overdriven bass.

Battery pack

According to the manufacturer, the headphones’ battery lasts 5 hours and can also be charged four times using the charging cradle. In the test, alternating with Bluetooth and radio connection, the EPOS GTW 270 lasted around 4 hours and 45 minutes at high volume. This value is sufficient but not outstanding. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 (test report) lasts for seven hours, for example. The Sennheiser GSP 370 gaming headset (test report) in over-ear design lasts for almost 100 hours on one charge.

Conclusion

Anyone looking for high-quality true wireless headphones for gaming, music, and films will do everything right with the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid. Together with the right size of silicone attachments, the headphones provide a great and delay-free soundscape.

In particular, the good quality and the harmonious and powerful sound speak for the hybrid model. Only the high price and the lack of volume control spoil the pleasure. If you don’t need a USB dongle for use on the console, you can alternatively buy the GTW 270 without the wireless adapter and save money.

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review Wireless Gaming Earbuds
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review Wireless Gaming Earbuds

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