When the EPOS Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Series headset arrived in the post, we were keen to try it out. This is a brand that most people would trust, after all, so there's a fair amount of expectation that comes with unboxing a new product from this company.
On top of that, there's the fact that we've been stuck at home a lot of the time recently. Having a really great headset in the house has never felt quite this important: when you're trudging from Zoom calls by day and jumping into big new games like
by night, you don't want your ears to be uncomfortable or your audio experience to be subpar.
But was the EPOS Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Series headset up to the task of meeting those lofty lockdown audio expectations? You'll have to read our review to find out...
Design - Score 90
From the second you open the box, there's never any doubt that you've got a top-quality product in front of you.
The packaging promises "XXL plush velvet ear pads and a cushioned headband" - this would sound like pure hyperbole on the box of a lesser product, but here the promise pays off. Truly, this cushioning is squishy to the max, and it looks pretty sleek as well.
a top-quality product
The overall design is relatively understated. The colouring is mostly a muted black, with a few splashes of red and white detailing here and there. Although this might be a bit too plain for more flashy gamers, it's ideal if you want a headset that rocks for gaming but won't look out of place on a business call.
The only real complaint with regards to the design is the fact that the cushioning, while lovely, is suspectable to looking a bit mucky when dust gathers on it. But that's hardly a big deal, especially if you've got a dust-buster.
Experience - Score 90
If you thought you liked looking at it, just wait until you put this bad boy on. Sorry to stop wanging on about the cushioning, but DEAR LORD, I've never tried a headset that felt quite this comfortable before. In the words of Ned Flanders, it feels like I'm wearing nothing at all... nothing at all... nothing at all...
Anyway! As well as being comfortable, this headset is really user-friendly: there's a wheel on the right ear cup that you can easily twist without looking to adjust the volume, and the microphone on the left-hand side will automatically switch on or off when you move it up or down.
I've never tried a headset that felt quite this comfortable before
Basically, because it's so comfortable and intuitive, you will only need to take this headset off when you want to stop playing. Or if someone comes into the room to disturb your gaming session - god forbid!
The sound quality is brilliant, as well. Whether you're trying to focus on a work call or enjoying the
Ghost Of Tsushima,
everything will be crystal clear. Especially when you're gaming or watching TV, you'll notice the impressive directional soundscape and the top-notch performance.
The only thing we might've asked for was a higher maximum volume, especially seeing as this is an
headset - it is loud enough 99% of the time, but there were a couple of times when we twisted the volume dial in the hope of finding an extra bit of oomph.
Price - Score 80
Amazon tells us that the RRP of this headset was £189.99, but the iconic retailer will currently sell you one for £169.99. Either way, that's a lot to spend on a headset, but we'd argue that you do get a quality product for the price here.
In the box, you get two options for wires: there's one standard jack, and there's one that splits out into microphone and headphone if you want that option. It's worth noting that there's no wireless option - this is a dedicated wired headset, though, so there's no reason to expect that.
It would've been nice to get a few extra treats for this high price tag (a case would be cool, or a few ways to customise the appearance), but still, this is a quality product and we would recommend it if you've got the dosh to part with.
- Ridiculously comfortable
- Great for 3D audio experiences
- Very easy to use
- Max volume could've been slightly higher
- The price is pretty steep
- Dust is quite noticeable (keep that dust-buster handy!)
All things considered, this headset has made a big impression and it will be hard to beat. It's been rotating between our PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch since it arrived, and it works wonders on each of them. For now, then, it's very much the go-to choice for all our wired headset needs - and there are plenty of those while we're still stuck at home!