Its 100-hour battery life is nothing less than a small miracle.
My sister sat watching me as I unboxed the EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370, EPOS’ wireless gaming headset. I asked my sister to take a wild guess at how much battery life she thinks it offers. Undoubtedly judging the excitement in my voice she went high and said, “Two days!” When I told her that it was more than twice of that amount, she was as shocked as I was upon reading it the first time. The GSP 370’s battery life is not click bait by any means and is truly a miracle. The headset, overall, is not perfect but its superb battery life overshadowed its flaws.
Insane Battery Life
The best part about the 370’s battery life is that it’s not an exaggeration at all. Of course I didn’t have the headset glued to my ears for 100 hours straight, but I used it for days on end without even showing it what a power source looks like, and it came through. After it had managed to work for days, the low battery light came on and I finally replenished it with some more juice.
Upon connecting it to a power source, I discovered two additional features that further impressed me. Just five minutes of recharge is enough for the GSP 370 to work for ten continuous hours. If this doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. Plus, it is capable of being used while being plugged in as well. It is as if the headset hates to rest. Its ‘auto sleep’ feature made sure it’s turned off after 10 minutes of inactivity, and so I didn’t have to ever worry about turning it off while putting it down for a bit.
Near-Zero Sound Delay
The GSP 370 comes with an extremely low-latency connection resulting in a lag-free, zero-delay performance. It also delivered excellent positioning audio, thanks to which I was always hyper aware of the exact movements and position of the characters around me. Its noise cancellation technology brought down ambient noise to a zero, ensuring nice and clear audio. The mids and highs were defined and detailed with a bass that you can feel in your chest.
Easy Ergonomics as Always
We praised the EPOS’ GSP series for its brilliant ergonomics already in our review of the GSP 300’s. The company makes sure to not overwhelm its customers with tiny switches and is always minimalistic with its on-board functionality. It sticks to its standard design of a huge volume wheel, a lift-to-mute boom arm mic and absolutely nothing else on the band or earcups. The GSP 370 sports the same intuitive controls along with a padded head band split in the middle to distribute the pressure on both of its parts. The strategic division in the middle and the generous amount of padding made sure I don’t feel the headset after a few hours as it quietly sank on the top of my skull without demanding much attention.
One gripe I had with the GSP 300 was that its leatherette finish ear cups tended to get hot really fast. In our review, I wrote about the possibility of the headset coming with fabric pads as well. It’s as if EPOS listened to me and sent me another headset with memory foam pads instead of leather ones. The GSP 370’s earcups offered extremely soft memory foam dressed with synthetic fabric ear pads that fixed my earlier complaint about heat generation and were much more comfortable as well.
It’s generally believed that a wireless headset can never offer the kind of quality and experience of the lag-free connection one of a wired device. Maybe the wire just has a psychological effect on us in terms of its ability to transport our voice without delay but it is a commonly held belief nevertheless. The GSP 370’s unidirectional mic, thanks to the dongle the headset comes with, provided excellent pickup within milliseconds. I tested it with my favorite, Rainbow Six Siege, and had a pretty great time barking orders at my teammates. It includes broadcast quality and advanced noise-cancelling and is perfect for not just gaming but recording videos or streaming as well.
Another great feature the GSP 370 sported that wasn’t present in the 300s was a rubber mic arm. The latter featured a stiff plastic arm. While it offered full flexibility in being moved up and down, it wasn’t exactly ideal to be moved in any other direction. The 370 fixed the problem with a rubber mic that offered much greater give.
EPOS Gaming Suite
Let’s just say they overdid the gaming suite a bit too much. It seemed as if they cared more about the quantity of options on the software instead of their quality. There are four presets (esport/flat/movie/music) available along with a switch between stereo (2.0) mode and virtual surround sound (7.1) mode. Most of these features and other options such as noise cancelling or the voice enhancing were a bit too unprofessional and didn’t look like any thought has been put into it. It was almost as if they were obligated to come up with a program for customizing and optimizing audio controls. They really didn’t need to, given the job they did.
I don’t get why the GSP series aren’t more aesthetically pleasing. The GSP 300, priced at $100, was understandably not the flashiest headset. But when you’re paying $200, as you are in this case, you expect a bit of flash. However, I am aware that using metal or other heavier materials to make it look more attractive would have deducted points from the headset’s portability and comfort factor. The 370 is all plastic and as light as a feather. Plus, despite being fully plastic, it doesn’t feel flimsy. It is sturdy in all the right places and looks like it’s made for serious gaming, which is undeniably true. So should it really be the best looking headset around? I’ll leave that up to you to decide according to what you value more: looks or comfort.
I love how tailored the GSP 370 was towards delivering a very specific experience. It was strictly engineered for gaming and meets that end with flying colors. Its dongle provided a rather fast connection to my PC, setting everything up with the click of a button. It did give me some aspects to complain about but the good parts definitely outweighed the bad.
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Is it Hardcore?
So what if the GSP 370 wasn’t the prettiest headset I have come across? It was designed for gaming and it came through. I wanted to give it a 10/10 for just its battery life but it managed to thoroughly impress in several other areas too.