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Beats Solo Pro review: Style meets noise cancelling

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Quick Verdict: The Beats Solo Pro are great looking headphones, and the audio output is mostly sweet, but the much lauded noise cancellation feature is a little on the weak side.

  • Range of fashionable colours
  • Transparency mode works well
  • Good battery life
  • Seamless iOS integration
  • Lacks 3.5mm input
  • Active noise cancelling often feels weak
  • A touch uncomfortable on larger heads

Beats made its name thanks to the thumping bass equalisation and fashion look of its iconic headphones. Since its acquisition by Apple, we've seen the company shift towards a more generally equalised sound and some really interesting designs such as the wireless Powerbeats Pro range.

The Beats Solo Pro look more the part of classic Beats designs, making them a good match for those who still want to show off the fashion side of their headphone choice. They're a good sounding pair of headphones for the most part, although the inclusion of active noise cancelling isn't quite as impressive as Beats' marketing materials might make you think.


Design

  • Wide range of colour choices
  • On-ear rather than over ear
  • Could be a touch uncomfortable if you've got a large skull
  • No 3.5mm input
Close up of Beats Solo Pro headphones in an assortment of colours

Performance

  • Pleasant audio balancing
  • Active noise cancelling is good but not great
  • Transparency gives wider audio scope but still feels super-creepy
  • Active noise cancelling is good but not great
Close up of Beats Solo Pro headphones in light blue

Battery

  • "Up to" 22 hours with ANC enabled
  • Battery endurance is solid
  • Lightning charging is annoying
Close up of Beats Solo Pro headphones

Verdict

  • Good audio for on-ear headphones, but ANC could use tweaking
Close up of Beats Solo Pro headphones in assorted colours

If you're after the Beats Solo Pro because you loved the previous Beats Solo headphones, then you'll love them. The style is excellent, the build quality at least suggests durability – without a spare pair to destroy I can't say they'll survive everything but they've certainly got the potential to last longer than many cheaper options – and the active noise cancelling is a good addition.

If you're looking at them from the perspective of that noise cancelling, they do fall short of being best in class. In that space I'd certainly opt for the Sony WH-1000XM3 ahead of them. They're also a headphone set I'd strongly suggest you try on before you buy, because that tight fit might just be too much for you.


Pricing and availability

Price: $429.95
Where to buy: eBay, Apple


Specifications

Beats Solo Pro

Build

Category
Over-ear headphones
Colours
Blue, Red, Black, Grey

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Class 1

Features

Noise Cancelling
Active Noise Cancelling
Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Battery Life
Up to 22 hours

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