EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid
EPOS, a leader in audio and sound engineering, has long been co-branded with SENNHEISER to produce quality gaming headsets. However, EPOS has now branched out, offering their first solo branded gamer specific wireless earbuds – the GTW 270 Hybrid.
Designed for the ‘gamer on the go’, the GTW 270 Hybrid aims to close the gap between traditional headsets and wireless earbuds. Not only offering Bluetooth 5.1 but a USB-C low latency dongle so you can use them with your Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, your PC and other USB devices. Packing a sleek design, impressive sound and flexible connectivity the GTW 270 Hybrid has a lot to like, but will they help you step up your game on the go?
Ultimate audio anywhere– EPOS
Design & Comfort
The design of the GTW 270 Hybrid’s case and earbuds is impressive without boasting. Sitting comfortably inside a sleek and sturdy case, the buds can charge when not in use. Opening the case feels sturdy and snaps open for convenience. With a minimalist design, there is a single USB-C charging port and a lone button to set up Bluetooth pairing. There are also 5 small LED lights to indicate the status of the paring process and battery levels. Unfortunately, the case does not accommodate the USB-C dongle but does come with a rubber sleeve a keychain loop.
The buds are in keeping with the case’s simplistic style by not pushing any ‘gamer’ RGB styling and opting for a low key compact square shape. There is a single button on the left bud offering basic controls whilst the buds are in use.
The compact nature of the buds allows them to slip nicely in and out of the ear when removed, whilst still sitting nicely during use. Coming with 4 different tips to choose from, finding the right fit is easy. The tips, along with the buds, are designed to create a seal within the ear to aid in providing a more immersive experience all while blocking a considerable amount of the outside world – ideal for gaming.
Using a database of over 100,000 ear scans and AI to test designs, EPOS has delivered the GTW 270 Hybrid to be as comfortable as possible, ensuring they are soft and flexible to compliment pressure points in-ear. This attention to comfort did not go unnoticed, throughout a long (too long) Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild session, I was surprised just how comfortable the GTW 270 Hybrid where.
Included with the GTW 270 Hybrid is the charging case, GSA 70 USB-C Dongle, USB-C charging cable, USB-C to USB-A extension cable, silicone ear tips and some documentation.
It goes without saying that the GTW 270 Hybrid buds won’t deliver the same output as a headset simply because they are smaller. However, once you have settled on the right size tips the closed acoustic design and 6mm proprietary EPOS audio drivers perform admirably, giving users crisp, clean sound.
The good news is this sound quality carries across both Bluetooth and dongle connections. Delivering decent bass without compromising on the higher notes means you won’t miss out on audio cues when gaming – such as footsteps or environment details. As an all-rounder, be it on your commute or on the couch, the GTW 270 Hybrid delivers excellent stereo imaging and sound quality. This can be said not only for gaming but for music also – pretty impressive from such a small package. PC users also benefit from the EPOS PC Gaming Suite that allows you to create customised EQ profiles, so you can tailor the sound to your needs as well as update firmware and toggle surround modes.
Bluetooth is notorious for its delay in sound delivery, which is why this connection method is often avoided by gamers. This is where the GSA 70 USB-C aptX low latency dongle sets the GTW 270 Hybrids apart from other true wireless earbuds. The wireless adapter makes this delay undetectable, meaning you can connect the earbuds to your device of choice without missing a beat. The earbuds will deliver an immersive experience without the distraction of laggy audio, especially for gamers on the go, commuting or travelling.
Unfortunately, there is one downside, the aptX dongle only supports audio playback. Rendering the microphone unusable while connected with the dongle, leaving team chat in games such as Overwatch and Fortnite put to the wayside. This highlights the fact the GTW 270 Hybrid is more aimed at creating immersive experiences outside of competitive games and is something that should be kept in mind.
With a 5-hour battery life, the GTW 270 Hybrid’s fall in line with many other similar products on the market. The charging case extends this to a maximum of 20 hours and features a fast charge netting 60 minutes of listening time after 15 minutes. As they can’t be used whilst charging, single-session use would be limited to 5 hours – whether that’s enough, I’ll leave that for you to decide.
For everyday day use, there are dual omnidirectional microphones for calls offering a similar experience to competitors on the market. The earbuds also come with IPX 5 water resistance, multi-platform capability and a multi-command button. This button allows you to play, pause and skip to the next track when listening to music as well as other phone controls. However, given there is only one button, it can be tricky to remember all the input commands.
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review
- DESIGN - 95%95%
- PERFORMACE - 88%88%
- VALUE - 75%75%
The GTW 270 Hybrid true wireless earbuds are a truly unique product. EPOS has really kept gamers in mind ensuring a focus on low latency, quality sound and comfort. They do attract a premium price of $350 AUD however they really do deliver an immersive experience for gamers on the go. The GTW 270 Hybrid is an excellent fit for someone who wants a versatile, compact set of earbuds to use at home as well as throughout their day.