Reviewed by David Savage
When I want to sit and relax, blocking out the world listening to some music or maybe streaming a film or binge watching a series from Netflix, if I am not on my own I like to wear wireless earbuds, like the Edifier TWS1 Truly Wireless Stereo Earbuds, as they are comfortable with no wires getting in the way. The only problem with wireless earbuds is that if I forget to charge them, I can’t use them for about 4 hours whilst they recharge. So having a wired pair of earbuds around, that require no charging, is a must and Edifier kindly sent me a set of their GM3 SE Gaming Earbuds for review.
Edifier are experts when it comes to producing good quality and aesthetically pleasing audio equipment and have done the same again with the GM3 earbuds. The Edifier GM3 SE Gaming Earbuds are more than just a standard set of earbuds. As the name suggests, they can also be used for online gaming. Most wired earbuds have an inline microphone on the cable, whilst gaming headphones have a microphone that comes around to the front of your face. The GM3 have both!
As mentioned, the GM3 have two microphones – the inline one can be used for making and receiving phone calls whilst plugged into your phone and the detachable omni-direction microphone is perfect for online gaming and chat. They are fully compatible with Android, IOS and PS4 via the single 3.5mm jack connection and PC (with the supplied adapter / extension).
In the box:
- Wired earbuds with inline controls
- Pair of small, medium and large ear wings (ear supports)
- Pair of small, medium and large ear tips (earmuffs)
- Detachable microphone
- Adapter / Extension cable
- Storage box
Everybody knows how to use earbuds, you just place them in your ear. With the GM3 you have small, medium and large ear tips (earmuffs) so that you can fit the correct size for your ear gaining the most comfortable and secure fit. The GM3 are also equipped with ear wings (or ear supports), again in 3 different sizes, that can be changed for the best fit and help keep the earbuds in your ear much more securely.
The fit for my ears is perfect and they are really comfortable. The cable length is quite generous at 1.3m but also has an extension cable if you did require a longer length. The black earbud with a circle of red is very understated but looks great (they are also available in white/orange and black/green).
The inline controls are very easy to use and allows you to adjust the volume, mute microphone function, answer calls and play / pause and skip audio tracks at the touch of a button.
As for the sound, well they sound brilliant! I am very impressed with the speaker drivers in each earbud that deliver excellent bass and when game playing they have a vibration effect to enhance the gameplay experience.
Overall, these are a great set of earbuds for any audio experience, whether that is listening to music, streaming video, making and receiving telephone calls, video chat, or online gaming. The inline microphone is great for phone calls and is very clear but the addition of the omni-directional detachable microphone for online gaming is perfect and is also very clear. The vibration effect for playing games is a strange feeling in the ear but works very well and makes these earbuds different from any others I have tried.
If you don’t like wearing big, heavy and bulky headphones when online gaming then the GM3 earbuds are an excellent replacement. Lightweight, comfortable, excellent sound, bass and vibration whilst at a price that won’t break the bank.
Earbuds that make online gaming much more comfortable without any loss of sound quality.