• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    PowerBeats3, great for iPhone 6 & Nothing Else

    The title says it all. Apple fail.

    PowerBeats3 sound quality on your iPhone 6 or later...GREAT!

    HOWEVER, try them with ANY OTHER device (whether apple or not) HORRIBLE.

    I have MacBook air (early 2016) & tried them out with iTunes. HA, the difference in sound quality & volume from your iPhone to MacBook air is literally night & day.

    I tried my friends Powerbeats2 on my iPhone & MacBook air & I was very satisfied. This was the whole reason I bought Powerbeats3. Womp. You'd think Powerbeats3 would be better than 2, they're not. Unless you only want to use them with your iPhone 6 or later.

    Im returning them, & buying Powerbeats2.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These headphones are great!

    You're not using them right! I really want to say that to a lot of people. If I listened to the reviews that chastised the headphones for whatever reason I would not have bought them. They are as loud as the PowerBeats2, so I'm not sure why everyone is complaining. You must get the fit correct to use these headphones properly. I am aware that all headphones won't work for everyone, just like I can't use the included pair with any iPhone because they hurt after using them for more than a few minutes. The extended battery life is amazing, I just wish they had an auto-off feature like some other bluetooth headsets-the PowerBeats2 didn't have an auto-off feature so idk why Im complaining but I needed to find something wrong with them lol. Try and use them because I think that with the proper fit you'll like them. Try EVERY ear piece to see which works best for you. Trust me. Otherwise return them.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love these headphones

    I love these headphones, I upgraded from PowerBeats2 and I am very pleased. The PowerBeats2 always worked fine and sounded great, the issue was when running they would constantly cut out due to me moving, I even had them replaced by Apple and the replacement pair did the same thing. The new W1 chip definitely helps with range and constancy of connection and battery life!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not recommended with Apple Watch

    I bought PowerBeats3s specifically to wear with my AppleWatch2 while running, and I've been pretty disappointed, specifically because of how poor the pairing "magic" is. Sound quality is fine, comfort is good, battery life is ridiculous. I chose them entirely based on what I thought would be least hassle pairing with the W1 chip.

    Where it fails so hard is its inability to recognize that I want to play music from the watch to the headphones. It literally takes minutes, not seconds, but MINUTES, every time, to start up my music prior to starting my run.

    When starting the music app on the watch, you have to force-touch and manually change the source back to the watch. Every. Time. Then you turn on the PowerBeats, specifically while not yet in your ear because it's impossible to distinguish the on-chime from the off-chime so you need to watch for its light to come on; this requires many seconds of patience. Next select your playlist and press play. Now, you have to wait through a full timeout cycle where the watch will inform you it can't find the headphones. For like a minute. This also happens every single time you first initiate playback. You then have to cancel out back to the playlist and click play again. A few second later, it'll finally send sound to the headphones and you can start your run.

    That said, they work awesome with the phone. And that's actually the problem. The headphones always want to be paired with and receive music from the phone. All that headache I spelled out above applies only when the phone is in range of the watch, or the watch is otherwise on a wifi network it knows. It works quite nicely if you're out of wifi and phone range prior to trying to play your music.

    I also have an iPad Air on the same iCloud account with hand-off and other features working great, but I've never gotten the iPad to play to the PowerBeats. It can see them; I can select them as the output; but it will always timeout and say it can't connect to them. Always.

    Bottom line: These are great if you intend to use them only with your phone. But the pairing magic which is supposed to make them work with your other iDevices all on the same iCloud account is fundamentally broken.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Perfect

    Wow. These headsets sounds really good, and it is very comfortable. I have tired many headsets, wired and wireless, but Powerbeats3 out perform all of them. Prior to Powerbeat3, Last I tried new Bose wireless soundsport, it had no bass, poor sound quality, and uncomfortable.

    I got my Powerbeats3 today, and I had a blasting workout, omg I love the bass. I bought second pair for my father, and I will buy one for my wife too.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Am I missing something? Sound is awful!

    I don't understand how the audio can be so bad- it sounds like listening to a transistor radio; very tinny. Very disappointed. Ugh...

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beat 3 Disappoint Cheap sound. ( low beat)

    I bought the new 3 because I had the beat with wires and wanted wireless sports version. I like beat because I listens to hip hop and enjoy the loud clear sound they produce. But these new 3 wireless output very low sound. First I thought maybe I didn't turn the volum up. But even with volum all the way up, the sound are still average and therefore sounds like a cheap pair of earphones. I totally don't mind paying high price for quality sound. But in this case, I paid high price for cheap sound. Thumbs down. Way down. Don't waste your money.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect workout headphones for me, way better than Jaybird X

    I suffered for years with poor fit of the Jaybird Bluebuds X so I finally decided to give the Powerbeats3 a try. Wow, what a difference. They fit in my ears and stay put! The JB Xs never fell out, but after years of fiddling to get a good fit with these the best I could do resulted in them coming out of my ears enough to break the seal, which loses all bass and sound quality. During workouts I was constantly having to push these back into my years every few minutes. Thankfully, no such problem with the Powerbeats3. The sound quality is great, a little bass heavy but you can adjust that with the EQ settings, and no need to fiddle with these during a workout. The pairing is as advertised - seamless. Highly recommended, and I only regret that I didn't switch to Powerbeats earlier.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    PowerBeats3 not as good as PowerBeats2

    I use power beats for workout as well as work. When I found out last week you have PowerBeats3 and seen it has 12 hour battery life I was like I have to get them. So while I am at work I like to block the entire place out. Power beats 2 does that for me,but at only a 4-5 hours out of my 9 hour shift. So on breaks I would go to my car and charge them. PowerBeats2 has SUPPER SOUND SORRY SUPPER SOUND WITH SUPPER CLEAR SOUND NOISE CANCELLATION I MEAN THEY CAN BLOCK OUT A BLOW HORN. Beautiful thing to have where I work trust me,but the life/power was weak so I had to get PowerBeats3 assuming they would be same quality with just more power life. I was wrong. Packaging was cool. Still has like 1inch charge cable comes with like a clear beats sticker this time looks as if it was on tracing paper was cool too,but the sound quality weak very weak. No where near as loud I can hear people talk which bothers me. Sound quality is like your car radio when you turn it up and it is just not good. I almost want to sell the pb3 online for like 30-40% less what I paid to go get another paid of pb2. So if you want quality over power go for pb2 if you just want some wireless headphones with beats logo with way less quality and longer battery life go pb3,but I promise you Power Beats 2 way to go. The pb3's are very disappointing. If I could do a sad face emoji I would.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for iphone 6 plus.

    These headphones work seamlessly. It's the little things, the power shows on the widget screen. When I get in my car, it switches to bluetooth stereo and shuts off the powerbeats. I couldn't get a good fit with the provided earbuds, so i purchase the comply t400s to take care of that issue. Siri works well and the battery life is amazing. Last thing, they have a battery service to change batteries when the charge fails. Bose is the only other company i know services the battery.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery doesn't last

    These headphones were great while they lasted but now the battery dies out within the first ten minutes of my run despite a full charge. Useless now! Such a bummer!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    better than i expected .........

    i was very surprised with these headphones , they paired with my iPhone 7 plus and apple watch perfectly as well as my MacBook pro retina 15 and iPad pro 12.9 with out any issues at all, swopping between the devices is just one tap and i think they sound nearly as good as the solo 3's, the bass is quite good considering they are in ear headphones and so far i can't knock them , obviously early days but i give them a 9 out of 10 so far

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, easy setup, extra simple connectivity

    I usually never write reviews but I'm making an exception because I was extremely pleasantly surprised by this new pair of Powerbeats3. I bought the black ones, just received them today. I am a big time music addict so sound is extremely important for me. Until today, I only used Bose (Quiet Comfort Earphones and Headphones), moving away from Beats which disappointed me twice in the past (before they were acquired by Apple).

    I can finally say that they have come a long way since they were bought by Apple & the sound quality on these earphones is absolutely amazing. Compared to the Bose latest earphone models, the Powerbeats3 have louder sound & bass with a better battery life. The W1 chip seems to have made a huge difference here.

    Connection to them is dead easy, put them near any of your Apple devices and they will appear on the screen immediately.

    If you can't hear the music as you are used to, it might be due to not having chosen the correct earbud tip. It is essential to choose the correct one to be able to enjoy them fully. If you choose a smaller one, the bass will be cut & treble/mids will sound as if you are in a barrel. This will also make a huge difference in a busy environment to block out noise. P.S. the Powerbeats 3 have better Passive Noise Cancelling than the Bose QuietComfort QC20.

    *For the people that don't like bass so much, you can modify your Equalizer settings to match your preference on your iPhone quite easily.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Nice! Sounds like Beats headphones.

    Not a huge Beats fan, but these wireless earphones are pretty good so far. On my second day using them. The sounds is your typical, slightly over-bass'ed Beats sound with some thinness in the middle. I have to admit that kick drums sound pretty cool and are punchy. For those folks who are complaining about the thin sound of the earphones, it is probably because you are not using the right ear insert. The ones that come out of the box were to small for me so the sound was a bit thin. I installed the largest buds and the sound quality improved drastically. My only complaint is that there is not forward or reverse control. Also, I can't figure out how to activate Siri using the headphone's remote. Other than that, the headphone are better than the Plantronics that I had. Those had nice controls, but they didn't sound that great nor did they fit in the ear well. The W1 chip makes a world of difference. It is very easy to switch the headphones between your Apple devices. Very cool!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! (but not with the orinigal ear tips)

    At first, I was a little disappointed with how these headphones fit/sounded. I tried all of the tips that were included with the headphones, but none seemed to give me a comfortable fit that I wanted to wear for an extended period of time. I decided that I would try some Comply (Comfort TS-400) foam ear tips and if that didn't help, I would return the headphones. The new tips drastically improved not only the comfort of the headphones, but the sound as well. I encourage anyone who has bought these headphones and wasn't impressed to invest the $10 in foam ear tips! I gave them a 4 star only because I had to purchase the tips separately. $200 headphones should come with quality/comfortable tips that bring out the true sound of the headphones.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound not as good as Powerbeats2 wireless

    I really wanted to love these since the battery life is better, buttons are better, and the W1 chip. But much to my dismay, the sound is much brighter then the powerbeats2 wireless. This is what i dislike about so many wireless headphones, making them sound on the tinny side, emphasizing the high frequencys unlike the full sound of the powerbeats2. I don't know, maybe I'm just being picky.. but I can't keep these and hope the Beatsx will be better.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst batteries sitll

    I preorder this earphone and already got it for a week. absolutely it charges very fast, but the battery is still really bad, I can use it for about maximum four hours, who told me about 12hours? Please don't believe that. And I bought the white one, the ear pot material easily gets sticky with some dirty fibers. Bad experience still.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not quite great

    At nearly £170, these are the most expensive in-ear earphones Beats make. They don’t feel like £170 worth of kit. They feel a bit cheap.

    Turning them on, they instantly paired with my iPhone 7 and Apple Watch. Perfect.

    All the music i tested them on was via Apple Music with the EQ off. Most of the time, they deliver a very clean sound with rich bass without distortion.

    Any tinny or rough edged tracks seemed to be down to poor track quality on Apple Music, Switching the earphones for another pair didn't help so it was the individual track rather than the kit.

    After a while, the fitting on my ear started to ache a little. Designing an ear piece for every ear is going to be impossible and I found myself having to move them around a little to stop the ache.

    The remote is fine - on the opposite side to Apples ear buds so you’ll have to get used to that if use an ear bud user. The remote function fails a lot. You’re supposed to hold down for Siri to kick in but more than 50% of the time it fails. This seems to be an issue with iOS10, rather than the earphones. Turning your phone on and off resolves the issue - turning the earphones on and off does not.

    Drop-outs - I experienced no drop outs playing music via iPhone. The same cannot be said for Apple Watch. I use Series 2 and during my workouts, sound would dropped regularly for a few seconds before kicking back in. Odd.

    Pros - easy set-up on iPhone and Apple Watch
    Good clean sound

    Cons: Expensive
    Slightly uncomfortable
    Software a bit buggy at the moment

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far So good

    I received the powerboats 3 and so far i am satisfied with my purchase. I have previously owned the beats solo 2's, and ur beats, both which i was highly disappointed with. With these they appear to be a solid choice for bluetooth earphones. The range on these is pretty far, easily walking across one end of my house to another. I will update my review in a few months, but the battery appears to be solid as well.

    83 of 123 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    They are great!

    The new Powerbeats fits securely and they do not fall. The sound quality is good, and of course you get about 12 hours of playback on a full charge.

    11 of 16 people found this useful