• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    The first thing i need to say is the W1 chip has done everything apple said it would, pairing is easy, but the real benefit is pair it with one device, it pairs with all and switching between devices is so much simpler than standard Bluetooth...

    As for sound, they sound really good, but are definitly bass heavy, I like that for workouts, but it can be a bit muddy for more detailed music though its a nitpick

    The battery life is amazing, I can listen for 8 hours at work, then an hour workout and still have 20% battery, they also charge very fast, much better than the set they replaced that claimed 8 hours but really got a bit over 6

    The fit is great and once you lock the hoops in over your ears, they don't move, but if you really want comfort, by some comply foam tips and these are even better with a good tight seal.

    As for negatives, they're slight, but i really wish they charged with a lighting connector, the quicker micro usb goes away the better, i wish they included foam tips in addition to the silicone, finally the 'carrying case' is awful, and i just threw it away

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love them

    They change the way I run. When I sprint, they stay in and don't disconnect like wired earbuds. Also I feel more free and I don't have to worry about cable length or routing the earbuds through my shirt.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I had high expectations...

    I mean, after all, these are a $200 pair of headphones. So, I was expecting great noise cancellation, booming bass, ultra comfortable fit. Unfortunately, the Beats 3 fail to deliver in any of these categories. They're not horrible, just not worth the $200 that I spent for them.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Remarkable audio quality....

    They don't sound like wireless in-ears....they sound like a decent set of studio cans with some significant bass boost. I honestly don't know how anyone who wrote a review can fault sound quality. These are workout in-ears and sound much, much bigger. Fidelity is good, frequency response is on the heavy side....perfect for a workout. Love hearing some boom out of a tiny package. Sitting at my desk writing this with them in.....and with a huge collection of cans hanging on the wall.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound with a solid connection

    I was hesitant to buy Beats for a very long time. An avid Bose user for all my headphones / ear phones needs, I decided to try Beats mainly because of the pairing process with my iphone and whoa am I happy I did ! and here's. 1. I used my earphones during a workout and during work and this device is perfect. 2. For workouts, the earphones do not move and are held in place with no deterioration in sound quality. 3. For work, the clarity of the earphones is important. I use it for regular phones calls, skype calls / other VOIP calls and its super clear on hearing and on talking 4. The biggest innovation her is the ease of pairing to my phone. It literally took under 3 seconds to pair for the first time. Subsequently I just switch it on and it pairs. No going into settings, finding and pairing every time. Great job on the W1 chip ! I would have returned these if the sound quality was not comparable to the Bose SoundSport® in-ear headphones, but I gotta say the quality is better . Are they expensive? Yes ! Are they worth it? Totally !

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    First Take: Solid product, great sound, some functionality questions.

    After one day, and really subjective: Comfort and fit seem improved over the PowerBeats 2, sound quality is excellent. I'm hearing new details in music I've been listening to for a long, long time. Charging "door" is gone – probably one less thing to deal with/worry about. On/off/pairing control seems less responsive and definite, but I may develop a better feel for it with more use.

    The case is different – a slotted one-piece rubber "egg" instead of a zippered fabric item. I doubt this matters much, probably a matter of personal preference.

    I'm waiting to see how the automatic pairing with multiple Apple devices works out. This morning I was listening to a podcast on an iPad, but when I opened my MBA the PowerBeats apparently "re-homed" to the laptop, dropping the iPad audio while the iPad continued to "play" the podcast in silence.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall good, close to great

    I see a few reviewers here that I don't think gave these earphones much of a chance. I can't compare the sound quality to the Powerbeats 2, but I do think they sounds pretty good. Sound is where I took away one star away though because I do think they could have better bass and just better sound quality in general. I think this is where fit comes into play. I was very close to returning these, but after going through three out of the four different ear buds I found a size that works. My ears are quite small and I had a significant amount of pain with all the ear buds except the tapered ones. I think the sound quality issue is because these aren't noise cancelling earphones. The earbuds let sound in so that you can hear that car coming up behind you while you're out running. Bottom line: Are they the most comfortable earphones I've ever worn? No, but if you have normal size ears it's likely not an issue. Sounds quality: Not the best and not the same as over the ear headphones, but pretty darn good considering they're not noise cancelling and they're wireless. The fact that I can got for a run with just the apple watch and wireless headphones is pretty amazing!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid

    First off, I have no experience with the powerbeats 2 so I can't compare the two. But as for the powerbeats 3, I am really impressed. At first, the volume and bass seemed to not hit too hard. Once I swapped ear pieces to a smaller size, that fixed the issue. Make sure you have the correct size for your ear and it'll hit just fine. Battery life is awesome and actually lasts beyond the 12 hour mark for me. It'll even show you a battery percentage meter on your phone. The carrying case that comes with the headphones is not good. But for a very small price online, you can get the powerbeats 2 case that is far more appropriate. I've taken it to coffee shops, running and the gym. No issues with the powerbeats 3 getting sweated on. Phone clarity sounds really good so far. Bluetooth typically lacks in that regard but these are better than most in my honest opinion. All in all, I was totally impressed. If you're on the fence about it, just do it! You have 14 days to return them to apple if bought in their store. Hope this helps.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality Control

    Perhaps I just have a defective pair, but the buttons (play/pause and power) do not work reliably. Power does nothing on almost all presses, while track control mostly just tries to change the volume. Will re-review after receiving a replacement pair, though that may not be for another week or so. Perhaps more concerning is that I have yet to find a tip that will stay in my ear during a sweaty workout. At this point, cannot recommend this product.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound great, but no battery indicator on my iPhone.

    I received my Powerbeats 3 Wireless 5 days ago, and I've been using them while cycling outside. I had the Powerbeats 2, so I was pleased with the improved sound with a bit more bass, but very disappointed with the battery indicator on my iPhone 7. There is none, only a headphone icon. At first I thought the percentage number next to the headphone was a battery life indicator until I figured out that this number was my iPhone battery. The Powerbeats 2 had a temperature bar on the iPhone with a percentage number so I always knew how much juice was left while cycling. The only indicator I can find is on the earphone itself, a little light that changes color. But the earphone is on my ear with my bicycle helmet on top of that and there's no way I can see that little light. It was much more convenient to show the battery life on my iPhone. Hopefully there is still a setting or something that I can change that will show this. These Powerbeats are supposed to get up to 12 hours on a full charge, much better than my Powerbeats 2, which only got 4 hours. If it's possible to show the battery life on my phone, then I'd change my review number to a 5.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    W1 chip does not mean any better with Siri

    I was under the impression that because Apple had built the W1 chip directly into the device would mean that Siri would be better. It's not. Using Siri is a pain with these just as she is with any bluetooth headphones. The sound is muffled and there's feedback from the live microphone. Siri only picks up what I say half the time unless I'm yelling in public, which draws unwanted attention. Also, unlike other bluetooth headphones I've had they don't automatically switch between devices being used and can only stay connected to one device at a time. Overall a big let down on usability, still holding hope for the AirPods whenever they release. Good sound for playback and quite comfortable otherwise.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, NEEDS BETTER EARTIPS

    Headphones are good so far, but the eartips they include are awful and make it sound awful. They need to include longer eartips so that it can snugly fit in the ear and provide better sound. Make sure you get eartips from ebay to provide isolation, otherwise these headphones aren't worth even half the price.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Interim Review

    I was waiting for the PowerBeats 3 for a while. I purchased the iPhone 7 and wanted very good wireless earphone for working out. I considered Jaybird and Bose but didn't really tryout either because after reading reviews, I was excited by the long battery life for the Powerbeats. I could use them on a 3 hour flight and not worry about going for a run or to the gym. SO far I am undecided on whether I will keep them. I generally don't return items but the things that bother me (some mentioned by others) are: sound quality, the pulling when I move my head, cheap case with no closure for the amount spent on the earphones, overall comfort. I will try a bit more. I have not worn them outside yet so I am curious about the wind noise. I will also try to go up one size in the ear tips as one reviewer said that helped. Otherwise, I may switch for the Bose.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor sound quality for this price

    Significantly worse sound quality than my Bose soundsport wireless. Fast pairing is a gimmick. Only real benefit is the longer battery life. These are going back tomorrow.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Wireless Workout Headphones (better than Bose)

    Last week I bought a pair of bose soundsport headphones I was really disappointed with the sound and comfort of the headphones they bothered my ears and there was too much outside noise coming into my ears. I returned them and got the powerbeats. That wasn't the case with the Powerbeats 3 wireless headphones they stayed in place during my intense workouts and almost felt like they weren't there. I also loved how loud they can go and the quality of the sound is amazing would recommend this product to anyone who loves to workout and have great reliable sound and reliably and comfort!

    59 of 83 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disconnects randomly

    I came to these yesterday from using Powerbeats2. My main goal was to have all day use out of them without having to switch to my wired headphones to charge. Within my first 2 hours of use today I have so far had them disconnect randomly from my iPhone 6s (iOS 10.1.1) 3 times. Each time I have to fully power cycle the headphones to get them to reconnect to my phone. They also have removed the protective cover from the charging port, this concerns me as sweat and dirt will likely accumulate and cause it to fail prematurely.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ehh

    Reviewers are right when they say these don't get loud enough. I owned the PB2s and they certainly were louder with better bass as well. Consumers purchase the Beats brand because they want loud...BEATS. The PB3s get about as loud as the Bose SoundSports now. I want loud music that will push me through my workout. Sadly, after so much hype surrounding these and now with Apple components I feel completely let down. I will give these a few more days to evaluate but most likely taking these back. $200 price point for a product that is comparable to sets from $50-100.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    At first I didn't like them, but then...

    I picked these up at a local Apple Retail Store. I charged them, and went for a walk. The volume was low and the sound tinny. My first thought was, "well, I guess I'll be returning these tomorrow."

    But then I tried the slightly larger ear tips when I got home. That made a HUGE difference. The tighter seal made them sound MUCH louder and they sounded MUCH fulller with the larger tips.

    I love them now and won't be taking them back. I'm so glad I decided to try a different pair of ear tips before making a final decision. I would encourage anyone that buys these to try the other size tips if you aren't happy with the volume/sound quality.

    55 of 60 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple missed it

    Just received my powerbeats 3 I'm upgrading from powerbeats 2 because I wore out the ear hooks. 1st off I bought these due to the class 1 Bluetooth that should increase the wireless range about 100x BUT it is usueless when you realize apple does not make any other devices with class 1 for it to even work. Tested it exact same range as powerbeats 2. So increased range nope. Easier pairing? Apple gimmick, the only thing different really is a splash screen to pair. Connection reliability, well I never had connection problems with my powerbeats 2. Now the most irritating part, the sound. Powerbeats 2 are louder and have a more rich sound which is definitely noticeable compared to the powerbeats 3. So if you are needing the claimed 12hrs of battery life get them if not and 6hrs is more than enough then find the powerbeats 2 on clearance and save some $. I'm returning these powerbeats 3 first thing in the morning and grabbing a new pair of powerbeats 2 on clearance. For the money I expect more from beats/apple. This is from an apple lover and am thoroughly disappointed in the powerbeats 3.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected!

    These are my first powerbeats that I purchased and frankly I am disappointed with it. I connected the headphones to my Apple Nike+ Edition Watch, iPhone, and iPad Air 2. The first thing I noticed was how low the sound volume is, I had to crank it to 75% or more just to get it to play as loud as my Bose headphones at 40%. The sound quality sound muffled when I played hip hop and other fast paced music. When I connected it to my watch, it cut out/disconnected 3x on the first day and once on the second day during my PT runs. Additionally, I felt a pulling sensation when I ran with them around the back of my neck, I have to use it in front so I can avoid the tug feeling when I looked left or right. Finally, during my run on day 3 today, November 1, 2016, I heard wind noise/whistling just walking to the track. I could not make any physical adjustments to make the annoying sound stop and completely overwhelmed the underwhelming sound from the headphones. As soon as I am done with my military training I am returning them, they did not meet my expectations.

    28 of 30 people found this useful