• 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!

    13 of 30 people found this useful

  • 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

    46 of 56 people found this useful

  • 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.

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 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!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 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.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 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.

    9 of 20 people found this useful

  • 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

    112 of 133 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

    5 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 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 !

    58 of 73 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 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!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

    60 of 84 people found this useful

  • 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.

    21 of 31 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 16 people found this useful