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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Over-Ear Wireless Gaming Headset w/ ANC (2021)

MSRP 499 USDNEX score 66%

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Product Overview

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal is a premium wireless headset with features designed for gaming. It can be considered the sister model of the Beoplay HX unveiled at the same time: here, the Portal gains Xbox wireless connectivity at the cost of a shorter battery life.
Another area where the Beoplay Portal differs from the HX is the shape of the earcups: a more prominent bump allows for the forming of a virtual boom arm for improved conversations in gaming situations.
Otherwise, the Beoplay Portal is just like the Beoplay HX. Both use 40mm dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets. The headband and earcups are crafted out of aluminum and wrapped in leather and fabric.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Good noise isolation performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not ideal for wired gaming

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Great battery performance
  • Good battery life
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Excellent active noise cancelling
Cons
  • Not very portable
  • Mediocre noise isolation performance
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating for water resistance
  • No built-in microphone
  • Battery life could be better
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 2.0 + 3.5mm
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.1 + Xbox Wireless

Construction

Battery | Capacity
1200 mAh
Cable
1.25 m audio cable with 3.5mm mini-jack for corded Connectivity + 1.8 m USB-A to USB-C cable for Charging
Colors
Black Anthracite, Grey Mist, Navy
Drivers
40 mm Electro-dynamic driver
Form Factor
Over-Ear Wireless Headset
Magnet
Neodymium magnets
Material
Aluminum, Leather, Fabric, Polymer, Rubber
Microphone
4 x MEMS for voice Mic (2 mics sharing with ANC) + 4 x Dedicated MEMS mic for ANC function (2 mics in each earcup)

Dimensions

Size | Depth
92.6 mm
Size | Height
178.7 mm
Size | Width
167.3 mm
Weight
282 g

Function

Audio
Dolby Atmos, Transparency mode
Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive
Noise Cancellation
Active Noise Cancellation

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 12 hours with Xbox wireless, Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancelling / Up to 24 hours with Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancelling
Charging Time
3 hours
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 22kHz
Impedance
24 ohms in passive mode
Sensitivity
95 dB @ 1kHz/1mW

Production

Debut
2021

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

rtings[1]

Sentiment Score 45%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are adequate for neutral sound. They're lacking some low-bass, so you don't really feel the deep rumble in bass-heavy music. The headphones are comfortable enough for long listening sessions, and their great battery performance makes them suitable for long days on the go.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Graphic EQ and presets
  • Well-built design
  • Great battery performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not very portable
  • No IP rating for water resistance
  • Mediocre noise isolation performance

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal doesn't look like a pair of gaming headphones at all. With lambskin leather earcups, finely milled aluminum, and composite polymer, the headset's exceptional build quality is noticeable from the moment you pick it up. It feels completely effortless to wear, too, thanks to its lightweight design and breathable materials. The headset's microphone uses clever beam-array technology to create a virtual boom mic.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Impressive battery life
  • Excellent active noise cancelling
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[3]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Beoplay Portal are marketed as the ultimate premium gaming headphones. The Atmos performance here is, quite literally, a game changer. With music, this means I can pick out funky basslines better, while still hearing the chattering of a drummer’s hi-hat. Bullet sounds pierce the air, clearly separate from the background sounds of battle as chaos rages around you.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Built-in mic
Cons
  • No built-in microphone

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/bang-olufsen/beoplay-portal. 2021-05-04. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
2. ^ Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bang-and-olufsen-beoplay-portal-review. 2021-09-27. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Bang and Olufsen Beoplay Portal Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bo-beoplay-portal. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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