Some folks enjoy ear buds over traditional over the ear headphones. And there's very few choices out there. EPOS is looking to be another name in that gaming slot for gaming ear buds with the announcement of the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid.
The GTW 270 Hybrid is promising to deliver zero-lag audio by utilizing a USB-C dongle to transmit sound. You can plug in the dongle to a PC, Switch, Android device, or a PlayStation console (Sorry Xbox owners) and be able to game without having any audio syncing issues that come with many Bluetooth style ear buds.
The magic is the Bluetooth aptX Low Latency support here in the GTW 270. The dongle provides support for the codec if your computer or mobile device doesn't support it. Right now, there aren't many that do, but if you do then you won't need the dongle to get lag free gaming audio.
There are dual microphones so hopefully this can help deliver good voice quality when talking to friends on the phone. Unfortunately, they can't be used when paired with the USB-C dongle.
It's rated for 5 hours of listening time with the charging case providing an additional 15 hours. EPOS says it takes 90 minutes to fully charge the GTW 270 Hybrid. 15 minutes of charging will net you 60 minutes of listening if you're in a hurry to get going.
On the go, they're rated for IPX5 water resistance so you can be sure they'll be fine for light moisture conditions.
$199 is what you can expect to pay for the GTW 270 Hybrid and they are available now. The dongle-less version if you don't care about gaming can be pre-ordered for $169.99.
EPOS Delivers Latency-Free Gaming on the Go with New GTW 270 Hybrid Wireless Earbuds
The premium audio brand for gaming and enterprise, EPOS, has set the new standard for wireless audio for mobile and console gaming all in one product, with the launch of GTW 270 Hybrid.
Copenhagen, Denmark – January 21, 2021 – EPOS reveals the premium audio company’s first solely EPOS branded mobile gaming peripheral. The GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds set a new standard with low-latency audio. This is achieved through the accompanying USB-C dongle, which makes the earbuds perfect for use when it’s time for zero-lag gaming. Alongside, Bluetooth® connectivity ensures compatibility with a wide range of mobile devices. The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid are available now on the official EPOS website and from select retailers.
GTW 270 Hybrid is designed for the mobile gamer and compatible with Nintendo Switch™, Android™ phone, PC and Sony PlayStation® devices. In addition to the GTW 270 Hybrid, pre-orders are now open for the dongle-free Bluetooth® compatible version, the GTW 270.
Quality audio, anywhere
With up to five hours of uninterrupted battery life from just a 90-minute charge, the GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds are ready to follow casual and hardcore gamers taking on any portable gaming sessions. The included carrying case, in a sleek gunmetal silver, provides an additional 20 hours of charge for extended gaming sessions.
With interchangeable rubberized ear tip sizes and a unique ergonomic shape, each noise-isolating earbud fits to the natural shape of ears for a comfortable fit. Thanks to a database of 800,000 ear scans provided by EPOS parent company Demant, EPOS engineers were able to test numerous designs against the statistical data using AI technologies, developing earbud shells specifically to reduce the pressure on non-flexible parts of the ear to negligible levels while maintaining an excellent acoustic seal and delivering state of the art in-ear acoustics. The GTW 270 Hybrid also boasts IPX 5 water resistance, protecting them from sweat and light rain.
“The discreet, yet iconic design makes the GTW 270 Hybrid an excellent product for those who are looking for amazing wireless earbuds for mobile gaming with the best audio quality and no latency. Whether immersed in a gaming session at break time or catching a few rounds of their favourite game on their Switch or phone on a daily commute, the GTW 270 Hybrid delivers no-compromise sound excellence for the gamer on the go.” says Maja Sand-Grimnitz, Head of Global Marketing at EPOS.
The Power of Audio
Unlike other wireless earbuds, the GTW 270 Hybrid’s AptX™ low latency codec offers closed acoustic audio clarity for fully immersive in-game playback. Each earbud’s unique ergonomic shape paired with EPOS’s proprietary miniaturized audio drivers deliver deep powerful bass, natural mids and crisp highs for unrivalled sound quality engineered specifically for gaming. Similarly, the GTW 270 Hybrid provides dual-channel standard Bluetooth® 5.1 for speaker and microphone transmission. The earbuds’ dual microphones deliver clear communications, reducing background noises for a rich multiplayer gaming experience.
The GTW 270 Hybrid’s USB-C wireless dongle is compatible with Nintendo Switch™ and Android™ phones, in addition to standard Bluetooth® 5.1 connectivity to any Bluetooth® compatible device. A 1.5-meter USB-C to USB-A converter cable for PC and Sony PlayStation® consoles is also included.
Price and availability
The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid comes included with a portable charging case, USB-C dongle, different-sized eartips and USB-C to USB-A converter cable, and a suggested retail price of $199 USD/C$249 CAD. The dongle-free GTW 270 version is available now for pre-order with a suggested retail of $169 USD/C$199 CAD. Both wireless earbuds can be found at eposaudio.com/gaming.