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