EPOS is not a new brand; most audiophiles are aware of the magic they infuse in their products. They have developed a rather prominent position among audio tech companies. Being audio industry royalty, you might expect them to charge an arm and a leg for a gaming headset. However, their GSP 300 proves that you don’t have to go broke in order to achieve comfort and phenomenal audio in the same device.
Pro #1: As snug as a bug
I’ve never been a headphones person. I’ve always preferred compromising that massive difference in audio quality for the comfort of smaller, lighter ear buds instead. Hence, as much as I was looking forward to reviewing the GSP 300, I was also dreading having to wear a huge headset all day long for a few days. But this 290g lighter-than-air product made me realize I had been unjustly categorizing all headsets as heavy and inconvenient. The generous amount of padding in the foam of the headband felt plenty comfortable against the top of my head. The ear cups, huge and oval-sized, felt as though they were made for my ears. Exceeding my own expectations, I wore these for hours on end listening to music, movies and games. I forgot I was even wearing them.
Con #1: The leather ear pads can get bit too warm
I’m aware that I just listed this as one of the pros. However, there’s also a downside to the GSP 300’s fine leatherette finish. It tends to get hot real quick, and longer gaming sessions, will leave your cranial area sweaty. Let’s not forget the extra heat your body is already generating while you’re desperately trying to escape the Gulag in Call of Duty: Warzone. During such stressful games, a closed-ear leather headset will begin to feel uncomfortable as soon as they warm up. However, they were also too comfortable to give up on. I think a nice middle ground would be for EPOS to provide fabric ear cups along with the default leather ones.
Pro #2: A mic as solid as rock
I was expecting a pretty solid mic but was still blown away by what EPOS had to offer in its GSP 300. The mic picks your voice in milliseconds and transfers it immaculately. Furthermore, it has an incredibly simple system where it’s only needed to be flipped up in order to be muted. During an intense action-packed game, no one has the time to toggle tiny buttons on the headband; thus, I’ve never fully grasped why companies continue to make their mute/unmute buttons as small as possible with every upgrade. Kudos to EPOS for this smart feature.
Con #2: You look like a news caster at all times
I absolutely loved everything about the mic from its sound transmission to its simplicity. However, the fact that it’s non-detachable is a bona fide gripe. When you’re not using the GSP 300 for gaming, you look like a news caster who decided listen to music during their lunch break. Not only does the mic not offer any flexibility in this regard, it also comes with no option to move it closer to or away from your mouth. Considering the ridiculously simple mechanism EPOS adopted with every aspect of this headset, I’m confused as to why their mic’s articulation is so rigid.
Pro #3: The most brilliant ergonomics
I just need to speak with the person who came up with the concept of this remarkable headset. He knew all there is to know about game rage and how we wish to control settings in the middle of a tense session. Bearing this in mind, he blessed us with the perfect volume dial. It barely requires any effort and gives you extremely precise control. Thankfully, there are no other dials or buttons on the headset, just one unusually large volume dial and a mic that’s muted with a slight flick. The GSP 300 is one of the most clean, strategic and smooth headsets I have ever used in terms of ergonomics and design.
Con #3: Not your typical flashy headset
Let’s just say I fell for the GSP 300’s personality more than its looks. It has a number of positive attributes to its name, but looks-wise, it might not be the most stunning headset you’ve come across. The blue accents on the grey and black headband do their best to make it look visually pleasing. However, you can’t help but ignore how clunky it is. What I was happy about though, was that EPOS didn’t compromise on comfort to enhance its aesthetics unlike many other companies these days. They were mindful of the fact that comfort matters more than anything when a headset is designed primarily for gaming.
Pro #4: Flawless audio quality
I played tons of games, listened to songs from a variety of genres and watched numerous movies with the GSP 300. I tried my best to find a flaw, but I genuinely could not. The sound was strong, detailed, and delivered richness in both its high and low frequencies. The first game I tested the 300s on was Rainbow Six Siege because of how central audio is to the title. Every little sound from the enemies’ movement to their footsteps was crystal clear. Playing this game for months, I never had a similar experience. My second favorite experience was playing Blindscape, an indie where you play as a blind man navigating solely through sound. The GSP 300 came through with its immaculate audio, making me feel like the sound of water dripping was coming from somewhere in my room.
The GSP 300 could’ve been a 10/10 for me if it came with another set of ear pads and a mic that detached. However, marketed as a gaming device EPOS did a tremendous job at not breaking its streak of delivering magic in a box.
Is it Hardcore?
The GSP 300 offers extremely crisp audio, an outstanding mic and a comfortable, minimalist build. I had some minor complaints with it but, overall, it’s a solid gaming headset.