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Drop + EPOS H3X Gaming Headset
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Drop + EPOS H3X Gaming Headset

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From gaming to working, streaming to schooling, every online activity deserves a high-quality headset. And so does every budget. Redefining the entry level with exceptional performance, we teamed up with celebrated gaming brand EPOS to build the Drop + EPOS H3X: a truly impressive headset, for everyone.
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Decent quality headphones for a reasonable price. Would give these a 4 out of 5 stars. Would recommend these to a friend. The EPOS H3X are somewhat small in size compared to my PC38X. They have a mic that allows you to rest it upright when not using it. The mic itself was clear and worked well. I really liked how these headphones came with 2 cables. One cable was for the mic and speaker. The other cable was a single cable only. The cable has markings on it to make it easy to attach and secure. The overall sound quality coming out of these headphones were ok. Its not something to jump up and down about but they sounded pretty good. They arn't on the same par as the PC38X but they can compare. Some of the downsides of these headphones are the small size. I have a large head and these fit somewhat small compared to others ive used in the past. The plus side to these headphones were the crisp sound quality from the mic and the decent sound coming from the headphones.
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A bang for the buck headset tuned for competitive gaming
Drop + EPOS H3X Gaming Headset Review A bang for the buck headset tuned for competitive gaming Star Rating: 4/5 Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes Disclaimer - This product was sent to me by Drop for this review. Drop provided no review guide, only the same information you see on the product page.
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First impressions Opening the relatively nondescript packaging, you are greeted with a fabric bag containing the headset. A premium unboxing experience was not a priority here, which I can completely understand for a sub $100 gaming headset. 
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Below the headset you’ll find two flexible braided cables, a welcome note, safety guide, and quickstart guide. The welcome note provides some flowery marketing language and a frequency response graph comparing the H3X with the original EPOS H3 headset on which the H3X is based.   There are two separate cables provided - one for consoles (single plug microphone and headphone) and one for PC/Desktop usage (separate microphone and headphone plugs). Both cables are of the same length, about 6ft/2m. I would have definitely liked to have a longer cable for PC/Desktop usage, as 2m barely reaches my PC, which sits atop my desk, and that is with laying the cable across my workspace.  Design The headset is built well, with no creaking when stretching/twisting the band.  The cups are made of a hard plastic in a pleasing matte gray colorway, with shiny accents around the outside of the cups, providing a little visual pop. The design is largely similar to the original H3 headset, with colorway being the major difference. 
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The headband appears to be slightly different as well, with a woven cloth fabric on the top and a faux leather strip where it makes contact with your head.  Not sure how this will help with breathability, but I did not experience any discomfort with the headband after wearing it for several gaming sessions lasting 1h+. Overall the comfort of the headset is above-average.  I did not notice any fatigue on my ears or my head after prolonged usage. The design is subdued enough that it could be used in an office environment without turning a bunch of heads. Listening This headset seems to be tuned for details.  With pronounced highs and subdued mids/lows, it is not a bassheads dream, nor is it suitable for hi-fi listening.  That isn’t to say it isn’t usable for listening to music - there are just much better options out there for this price if your main focus is music. But that’s not what this headset is for - this headset is for gaming.  So let’s get to that.  Details in gaming are important, they allow you to pick out footsteps in intense competitive shooters, and hear the audio clues that an opponent is about to attack in action-adventure games. The H3X headset provides very good detail, with great separation of highs at every volume level.  This is where the headset excels, where you need to be able to hear every detail of the level to compete. Spatial awareness is okay, but is let down by the inherently tight soundstage given by the closed-back design.  With a little bit of time, I was able to pick out the direction of footsteps and other sounds, though it was not immediately apparent how close or far away the sounds were and front/rear directionality suffers with only a stereo input. Microphone The microphone pivots down from the left side of the headset, muted when up, providing an audible click when it goes past the point where it mutes/unmutes.  The microphone is solid, and provides a little adjustment so it can be bent toward your mouth.
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This is where I had the most trouble with the headset.  It could have been my PC, but no matter the settings or configuration I tried, I could not get good levels from the microphone. It was always incredibly quiet unless I had the microphone basically inside of my mouth - Windows settings made little difference.  To get the levels I was used to, I had to boost the gain by about 3db in OBS. At this point, I could properly evaluate the mic. The microphone, after I got my levels right, provides acceptable clarity and performance, with good noise rejection and little to no clipping when you get in a heated gaming session. It should provide adequate comms for competitive shooters - but if you’re broadcasting I would recommend a proper XLR microphone setup.  Final thoughts The Drop + EPOS H3X is a quality headset at a competitive price point. Apart from the microphone issues I detailed above, I cannot find a fault - it does exactly what it set out to do. The tuned acoustic profile is perfect for competitive gaming, giving you exactly the detail you need, and none of the booming distorting bass that other headsets provide. 
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Priced to compete with or undercut gaming headsets like the Corsair HS65, SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3, and HyperX Cloud, the Drop + EPOS H3X is a compelling entry into the entry-level gaming headset segment and worthy of consideration. 
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Disclaimer: Drop was kind enough to send me out a pre-release sample of the new H3X to test out and provide a review but all opinions within this post are unbiased and a reflection of my test of the new headset. I daily drive a pair of Hifiman Arya and most of my collection of headphones are over-ear open-back, so the Epos H3X was a very different experience for me. It would be unfair to compare a <$100 headset to something like the Arya, so will take a look at them as they stand alone. Build Quality: Mostly made of robust feeling plastic, with a very nice cushioned headband. I wouldn't throw these across the room but wouldn't worry too much if I dropped them. The finish is a nice subdued gunmental gray, and the mic boom arm moves with ease but is not loose. Cables are decent - you get two, one combo and one split into mic and headphones - and have a clear indicator on the headset side to let you know if they are fully connected. Being detached is a nice plus. On the right earcup there is a subtle volume wheel that turns nicely. Comfort: Not used to on-ear earcups, it took a little getting used to but the clamping force is not too bad and the headset is light enough that I could wear them for an extended period of time without discomfort. The pads are a nice felt material where it touches the ears, with the outside being a fake leather that is soft to the touch. They get a little warm but not intolerable and not as bad as some headsets in this range I have tried in the past. Sound Quality (Gaming): I gave these a go in some rounds of Battlefield 2042. I'm not a keen audiophile listener, but am used to fairly flat and neutral headphones so these definitely had some punch - primarily in the bass and the treble. I never felt the bass was super muddy though - explosions and gunfire were clear and boomy, and definitely very immersive. I'd probably want to EQ them a bit as it was a bit much for my older ears, but fans of thumpy bass will appreciate their clarity and boom. The treble seemed accentuated just a little, accentuating footsteps and positional audio and soundstage were decent (especially for a closed back heaphone) and I had no trouble locating my enemies. Overall it was a pleasant and immersive experience. Where I could see this headset really shining is with my Steam Deck; these are a nice, sound isolating, and easy to drive headset that I would not mind taking with me on the road. I tested them with Vampire Survivors and the catchy soundtrack was lively and entertaining but not tiring, and the Steam Deck drove the H3X with ease. The closed back nature would be great when playing the Deck with friends or out in public.
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Sound Quality (Music): I didn't get a chance to really sample much music, but given the curve and the experience in gaming I could see it being enjoyable for those how like a fun, livelier sound profile. Overall: A pretty decent showing for a sub-$100 headset, especially tailored toward gaming. I don't have the PC37X or PC38X to compare too, but a long time ago I ran with Sennheiser G4ME One headset and the build quality overall feels as good as that did. For gaming, I think it would be a very enjoying headset with the occasional music thrown in. Overall I would rate this 4 out of 5 stars with the note that at this price point it is an excellent value.
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Oct 24, 2022
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Excellent headset for the money
Drop was nice enough to reach out to me to ask if I would be interested in receiving an early sample of the new H3X to test them out and provide a review. Disclaimer: I was gifted the headset in exchange for a review, but these are my unbiased opinions from a few days of use. Pros:   
  • Microphone quality seems good and is clear. No complaints.
  • Mic mutes when you swivel it all the way to the vertical position. When in this position the mic is out of your peripheral so it doesn't annoy you out of the corner of your eye like some other headsets.
  • They are pretty comfortable. After a few hours, I do get a little fatigue from the headband on the top of my head with extended use, but I have a larger head that is sensitive to pressure on the top of my head. I think the majority of people will find these comfortable. The earcups fit around my ears nicely and the clamping pressure is strong enough for a secure, but not too strong to cause a headache.
  • Built in dial on the right earcup lets you quickly adjust the volume of the headset
  • Detachable, sleeved cable feels very nice. Two cables included (TRRS single jack for consoles and phones and a split mic/headphone cable for PCs)
  • Build quality seems pretty good for this price range. Much nicer than my closest comparable headset (Razer BlackShark V2 X with MSRP of $60). I have other headphones that feel nicer, but they also are at a much higher price point (ex. my Beyerdynamic DT990 Pros which I paid ~$150 7 years ago)
  • The adjustable slider on the headband feels solid and is easy to adjust by single clicks. The band has numbering visible on the band that allows you to easily ensure each earcup is retracted to the same position.
  • Aesthetically, these look more adult and less gamer-y which I like. The headband padding is black and the rest of the headphones are a nice dark grey color that I like
  • Very good sound isolation without painful clamping force
  • No noticeable sound leak to those around you
  • Sound stage is pretty good for closed back headphones. I have heard better from a closed-back headphone (ex. Beyerdynamic DT770), but again that is a much more expensive headphone
  • Sound quality seems good for headsets in the price range. For comparison, the BlackShark V2 X have louder, but muddier/messier bass. The H3X has much tighter and cleaner bass that doesn't distract from the other frequencies. I would never use the Blacksharks for listening to music, but the H3X are solid enough that I could enjoy music with them (I prefer open-back headphones for music). For gaming, I have no complaints with the sound signature and it works well for my types of games (single-player story/action games, FPS, platformers, etc)

Cons:   
  • Padding on the headband and earcups is not detachable; Correction: Earcup padding is removable.
  • If you don't care about having a mic, I think there are probably headphones in this price range that offer better sound quality for music. If you do want a mic, I don't think any competitively priced headset will beat the sound quality though.
  • The mic does pick up slightly more background noise (like keyboard typing) than the Razer headset. However, it isn't loud enough to be too distracting to my friends. If you're using Discord, the built-in krisp noise suppression fully eliminates that background noise so it's not really a huge con, but still worth mentioning in case you are sensitive to that and use other chat apps (like Teams or Steam voice chat).
Overall, I would say these are a great headset for the price. I much prefer the looks and improved build quality compared to my closest comparable headset (Razer BlackShark V2 X). My only major complaint the non-replaceable padding on the earcups and headband. From previous headsets/headphones these are typically the first parts to wear out. I will note that the padding itself feels nice and seems better than average so it should last a long time, but I'll always advocate for replaceable padding whenever possible. The H3X are a noticeable step up from the Razers, but you'll pay a little more for them (which I feel is fair). I feel like these will last longer than the flimsier Razers so that extra cost should be worth it solely for that longevity. If you only want a pair of headphones to listen to music, you might be able to find better sounding headphones due to the offset in pricing by not having an included mic. However, the sound quality is actually better than the headsets I've tried in this price range so if you're wanting a headset for gaming/chat and not just listening to music these seem like a good bet. These won't replace my primary setup (Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro with USB Modmic), but that is mostly because I prefer openback headphones. Also, that setup is over double the price of these so it isn't really a fair comparison. I would give the H3X 4.5 out of 5 stars (doesn't look like I can edit the actual star rating above to 4.5). If users will be able to purchase replaceable padding for the earcups and headband I would bump it to 5 stars.
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JcshumpertFor your reference the earpads are actually removable. They are attached by several clips around the perimeter of the earcup.
Jcshumpert
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Oct 25, 2022
T.FernandezThanks for the correction. I lightly tried to pry them off, but they were very snug and almost felt glued on. Updating my review with that correction.
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