The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal is a beautifully crafted headset that offers supreme comfort and excellent audio quality. It’s also one of the few gaming headsets to offer active noise cancellation, and doesn’t look out of place when worn outside of the home. However, it’s hard to excuse the intermittent connection issues we encountered at this price, and the inability to play Bluetooth and Xbox audio simultaneously is also a glaring omission.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal is a luxury product aimed at those who want a headset that can basically do it all. It can connect to your Xbox console directly or to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and it can also connect to devices using a 3.5mm headphone jack (though the headset needs to be turned on). Unfortunately, we never found the Beoplay Portal held a completely rock-solid connection when connecting to Xbox, with intermitted issues often cropping up during our play sessions.
Unlike the majority of gaming headsets, the Beoplay Portal is built using high-end materials, like super soft lambskin on the earcups and a knitted bamboo fiber textile on the headband. Weighing in at just 282 grams, the Beoplay Portal is also incredibly light, which means the headset can be worn comfortably for hours on end. These premium materials warrant a premium price point, however. At $499 / £449 (about AU$690), the Beoplay Portal is an extremely expensive pair of headphones.