Beats Powerbeats review

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

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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.



  • A range of colour options
  • Corded cable
  • Not always comfortable
  • Button controls are handy
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  • Quick pairing
  • Minimal feature set
  • Bass-heavy equalisation
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  • 15 hours of battery life
  • Lightning recharging is less useful
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  • Good audio for the price
  • But they're clearly Beats' cheap option
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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


Beats Powerbeats
Finder score: 3


In-ear Headphones
White, black, red


Bluetooth Version
Class 1


Detachable Cable
Rechargeable Battery
Water Resistant
Battery Life
Up to 15 hours
Battery Type
Rechargeable lithium-ion

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