EPOS GAME ONE Review
Pros: Comfortable, great microphone and audio quality
Cons: Expensive, doesn't block background noise
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|Pros||Comfortable, great microphone and audio quality||Awesome haptics, great bass, plush ear cup padding, removable mic||Flip to mute mic, great mid and treble sound quality, replaceable cord, removable mic, closed back||Flip to mute mic, sturdy build, comfortable ear cups||Inexpensive, exceptional microphone quality|
|Cons||Expensive, doesn't block background noise||Cord is stiff, cord can't be removed||Short cable, mic could be more adjustable||Can get hot, headband relatively difficult to adjust||Not the most comfortable, sound quality could be bette|
|Bottom Line||One of the best headsets — this model boasts comfort, a great microphone, and stellar audio quality||This headset offers great sound quality, awesome haptic feedback, and comfort to keep you in the saddle for hours on end||An all-around awesome headset, but if you want noise canceling, this isn't the device for you||An all-around decent quality wireless headset that performs above average while costing less than average||This headset has a great mic and offers strong value for more limited budgets|
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|Ease of Use (10%)|
|Specs||EPOS GAME ONE||Kraken V3 HyperSense||EPOS H6 Pro||Corsair HS80 RGB Wi...||Kingston HyperX Clo...|
|Measured cable length||9.65 ft||USB-A: 6ft 5in||3.5mm is 4ft 5in||Wireless
charging cable is 6ft
|How to mute the mic||Lift mic||Toggle||Lift mic||Lift||Lift mic|
|Measured weight||9-5/8 oz||13 oz||11.4 oz||12.8 oz||9-1/2 oz|
|Measured ear cushion size||1-5/16" X 2-5/8 "||1" x 7/8"||7/8" x 1"||1" x 1"||1-5/8" X 2-9/16"|
|Ear cup shape||Oval||Oval||Oval||Oval||Oval|
|Ear cup fabric type||Velvet||Memory foam, leatherette, cooling mesh||microfiber fabric||Microfiber fabric||Leatherette|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Accounting for the largest percentage of the overall score at 40%, Comfort is our most important testing metric. Many people will wear these headsets for quite a long time, meaning that even the most crystal-clear audio is totally useless if the headset is too uncomfortable to wear. We had a panel of judges try out each headset for an extended period of time, rating the overall comfort of each product, as well as focusing specifically on the ear cups and the headband. Additionally, we also had testers that wore glasses try on each headset, to see if any unpleasant pressure points were created. The velvet-padded headband is quite nice, holding the headset very comfortably on your head, while also securely holding the GAME ONE on your head without any wobbling.
The ear cup padding is also covered in velvet and is a bit on the firmer side, but the vast majority of our judging panel was more than happy to wear the GAME ONE for extended periods of time — even for upwards of 10 hours.
We found the ear cups to be plenty spacious, measuring a little over 1.25" across and about 2.6" tall.
We also liked that the open ear cup design kept you from getting overly sweaty when wearing them for long periods of time.
Moving on to how the GAME ONE actually sounds, we put it through a set of benchmark tests, as well as judging how clear voice and music sounded and how accurately it could convey the position of a sound. Additionally, we also scored it on how well it did at blocking out external noise.
The GAME ONE did alright with positional sound that was originating in front of you or to the sides, but it can get a little muddled when the sound is behind you, with a handful of testers incorrectly identifying the location of the sound.
Voice from other players comes across exceptionally loud and clear, though the deeper tones sounded slightly more muted. However, the open back design on this headset makes them abysmal at blocking out any external noise, allowing you to hear every side conversation or noises like fans or music playing in the same room you are playing in.
This headset also does a great job when listening to the soundtracks or music, delivering well-balanced sound with only a slight emphasis on the mid-range tones. It has a slightly airy sound due to its open back, but provides an immersive experience, especially when playing games with a rich, orchestral soundtrack.
Moving on to our suite of benchmark tests, a bass quality test, driver matching test, binaural test, and a wiring test. The GAME ONE didn't do the best when the bass was boosted to the max, failing to display any parasitic buzz, instead actually rattling the headset around. The frequencies both sounded extremely centered in the driver matching test and all of our judges were usually able to identify the location of the sounds in the binaural test, again, much more accurately when the sounds were in front of you, rather than behind.
Moving on to the microphone quality, the GAME ONE again scored very well and meriting another 8 out of 10 for its top-notch performance, putting it right at the top of the group in this set of tests, which are worth 20% of the overall score.
We started off by having a panel of listeners rate how a recorded message of the same person reading the same script sounded, without knowing which headset generated the recording. We also gathered the opinions of the recipients of our messages when using a common voice chat program. In both cases, almost all of our judges thought the GAME ONE sounded great. Only a few judges noticed a tiny amount of buzzing and one noted that the recorded voice sounded slightly flatter than it did in real life. There was only a small amount of feedback when the microphone was tapped and it doesn't overemphasize "T" or "S" sounds.
The microphone also does a solid job of only picking up your voice and filtering out external noises. While it will pick up sounds of you eating or a background fan, you can type away on a mechanical keyboard without issue. There is only a slight amount of noise on the other end when you mute the mic and while it will pick up the sounds of other people talking in the room with you, the side conversations are transmitted at a much lower level and won't overpower the sounds of the game you are playing.
Ease of Use
For our final testing metric, accountable for 10% of the total score, we looked at how easy it is to actually use and operate each of these products. We based the score for each headset on the presence of onboard or in-line controls, the cord length and if it is detachable, and the convenience of using the microphone. This headset has onboard controls right on the headphones, allowing you to both adjust the volume and mute the mic, which is done by simply lifting the mic up and out of the way. The cord on this product is plenty long, measuring in at 9.65 feet, and is detachable. However, the mic is not detachable and it doesn't have the ability to enable a mic sidetone, but we never really found this to be a problem with the open-back design.
While this is a good headset, it isn't the best value option because it pairs high performance with a high price.
All in all, the GAME ONE is a good choice if you can afford it. It's comfortable, has great audio and microphone quality, and is easy to use. Additionally, you can also consider the GAME ZERO — essentially the identical headset with a closed-back design, if you are too bothered by ambient noises while playing.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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