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Beats Powerbeats review

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Quick verdict: Apple's updated Powerbeats headphones bring that signature bass-heavy Beats style to market at an appealingly low price, although that does come with some small compromises.

  • Quick pairing to iOS devices
  • Good battery life
  • Button interface is easy to use
  • Lacks noise cancellation
  • Audio is bass heavy
  • Not as comfortable for longer periods as the Powerbeats Pro
Apple moved its Beats brand significantly away from its signature, bass-heavy style with its more recent headphones including the Powerbeats Pro and the Beats Solo headphones. With the lower-cost Powerbeats, it's returned to that classic audio style. What's newer here in the redesigned Powerbeats is a focus on low cost without sacrificing battery quality, which does give the headphones some solid appeal.


Design

Design

  • A range of colour options
  • Corded cable
  • Not always comfortable
  • Button controls are handy
Beats Powerbeats

Performance

Performance

  • Quick pairing
  • Minimal feature set
  • Bass-heavy equalisation
Beats Powerbeats

Battery

Battery

  • 15 hours of battery life
  • Lightning recharging is less useful
Beats Powerbeats

Verdict

Verdict

  • Good audio for the price
  • But they're clearly Beats' cheap option
Beats Powerbeats

Should you buy it?

With the Beats Powerbeats Pro and Beats Solo, I figured that Beats had left behind its signature sound in favour of a more balanced tone. I'm not going to lie – I favoured that approach.

The Powerbeats represent a return to that more classic sound, and while I don't prefer that myself, clearly plenty of folks do. Combine that with some very good battery performance and a price point that's lower than previous Powerbeats generations, and you've got a decent, if not spectacular, option.


Pricing and availability

Price: RRP $219.95

Where to buy: Beats | Apple

Specs

Beats Powerbeats

Build

Category
In-ear Headphones
Colours
White, black, red

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Class 1

Features

Detachable Cable
No
Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Foldable
No
Water Resistant
Yes
Battery Life
Up to 15 hours
Battery Type
Rechargeable lithium-ion

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