Gaming earbuds aren’t a new concept. Logitech, Razer, and others have made wired versions for years. However, what is much rarer is the relatively new form factor of truly wireless gaming earbuds. 

The reason for that rarity is simple. Most wireless earbuds rely on a version of Bluetooth. Bluetooth tends to, well, suck for gaming. It introduces noticeable “latency,” or a delay between the game (or video) and audio. Obviously, in many games, this will get you killed by an enemy you only hear approaching after they’ve already shot you. Some Bluetooth protocols minimize this, but none reliably match the undetectable latency 2.4GHz-based wireless connections can offer.

What makes the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid gaming earbuds so unique in this form factor is that they offer Bluetooth and 2.4GHz. This hybrid (hence the name) pair of connection options is common in high-end, over-the-ear gaming headsets like the Razer Barracuda line and SteelSeries Arctis Nova family. But, this is the first time I’ve come across such versatility in a pair of truly wireless earbuds. And, let me tell you, it was a game changer… literally.

Specifications

Form factor Truly wireless in-ear buds
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1 (with AptX), 2.4GHz (via included USB-C dongle)
Battery life 5 hours (earbuds) 20 hours (charging case)
Compatibility  Bluetooth: PC, Mac, TVs, consoles, etc.

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