Review: Best Headphones for Both Gaming and for Travel

Review: Best Headphones for Both Gaming and for Travel

Gamers rejoice! There's a new pair of headphones in town that adapts to your needs, whether you're on the road or at home. The Duel Modular Gaming Headset ($189.99) from Fnatic is more like a computer system than a computer accessory. You can "program" it to be a travel headphone or a gaming headset. Just swap in the optional boom mike. Want to reduce background noise? Use the larger ear cups. When traveling, using the more compact versions.


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The Duel is not a wireless headphone set, but gamers usually want instant and reliable communication, so wired is the way to go. The Duel also features an attractive color scheme of basic black with orange, although it might be nice if the company offered the ability to mix in components with different colors. The system includes two speaker Units, a headband, two on-ear earpads, two over-ear earpads, a boom microphone cable, an in-line microphone cable, a mic splitter and, fortunately, a drawstring pouch to hold everything. 



  • Completely customizable
  • Comfortable with dual earcup options
  • Boom mic or inline mic
  • Attractive, albeit limited, color scheme


  • Expensive for a wired headset
  • Could offer different color components, to mix and match

Final Verdict

The Duel serves a dual purpose for gaming and travel, and does a fine job for both purposes.

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