• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound with Little Annoyances

    • Written by Chris K from Los Angeles

    Pros
    1. Great sound, similar to the previous Powerbeats 2 but crisper and cleaner bass..
    2. The H1 chip is great and having the Hey Siri Feature is a bonus on Beats products.

    Cons
    1. If you loose the case you can't repair your Beats to your phone,
    2. There is often a delay in auto playback when putting them back in your ear.
    3. You can't repair these Beats to your device if you lose Bluetooth connection with the case is at home.
    4. If you're in a loud coffee shop or restaurant good luck taking a phone call. They pick up so much ambient noise.
    5. Apple doesn't offer a replacement case and it's not wireless chargeable.
    5. For $250 I feel like these cons are a deal breaker, but too late for me.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, But Not Great

    • Written by Hugo S from Tempe

    I purchased the Powerbeats Pro to replace my AirPods at the gym. The AirPods are still my go-to from 9-5, but this product is a pretty good upgrade in sound and fit if you have the cash. Although I consider myself a bit of an audiophile, I haven’t been too disappointed with the sound - functionality trumps sound quality when you’re moving.

    Downside for me: they manage to stay in my ears just fine, but I’ve had issues getting the left one to stay in its charging port. I wasn’t too pleased to learn this lesson once I made it to the gym - working out with only one bud sucked. I then carefully placed the buds in the charging case after the gym, yet I have the same issue today (I’m writing this review while the left bud charges). One would think that the buds shut off, but it seems that they stay on and drain the battery when they’re not making contact with the charging port. It’s a very frustrating flaw to find at this price-point, but I won’t rate them too harshly in hopes that I can figure out the issue. Overall, I’m happy [with a short sigh and shoulder shrug].

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So close...

    • Written by Marlow F from Roanoke

    These headphones are growing on me due to fit and finish. They fit really well, stay put, and can be warn for hours without discomfort. Pairing with iPhone is seamless, battery life is awesome, and the case is durable. However...the sound quality is very clear and crisp, too crisp! Given the specs, these headphones have the capability to sound amazing.

    Unfortunately, Apple provides no known way to equalize the frequencies highs, mids, and lows. There are some preset settings for Apple Music. Is that it, not other sources? The only additional "feature" that I can tell at this point is truly needed is a way to equalize the sound for the various types of users and music. If I am just ignorant and don't know how to tweak the freqs, please educate me.

    Until customer sound customization is possible for all music sources, I will continue to rotate these in and out of use with the dozen or so other headphones (buds, cans, wired, wireless) that I have until I find the perfect pair. Praying for a software update or setting that allows for user controlled equalization...

    As an aside, when using the Amazon Music app, the music slows down consistently when the users interacts with the lock screen. Bizarre!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerbeats Pro - Great Addition with some fixes needed.

    • Written by Michael G from Chicago

    So far, I'm very impressed. They have better sound quality and bass than AirPods. Will still definitely use AirPods for more casual use. I'm cautiously optimistic that Apple has improved the quality of the Beats brand. I've had BeatsX, Powerbeats 2 and Beats Solo 3, and each have had buttons fail, connectivity fail, power on/off fail, and falling apart of accessory parts, all with very little use/wear. The Powerbeats Pro don't seem to recognize the Hey Siri command very well, but the only places I've tried it are at the gym, where there was background noise and music, and while riding my bike on a bike path; seems Apple would have corrected for background noise given these are designed for use in workout settings. Also, seems the call audio quality for the 2nd party is not as good as the AirPods.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Headphone batteries often drain completely in case.

    • Written by Steven F from Washington

    I really like these headphones -- they sound great and fit comfortably on my ears. They're perfect for the gym, especially on the elliptical machine where I watch videos, etc. and it's really nice to not have a wire rubbing the back of my neck. I'd give them five stars except for this -- a couple of times, I've opened the case and put the headphones in my ears only to discover that one of them was completely drained of battery. I've since noticed that the charging mechanism is extremely touchy and you almost have to push the headphones into place to ensure contact with the charger. If not, the headphones batteries will simply drain to 0%. This is unacceptable -- AirPods are so simple -- just drop them in and they charge. This is simply a bad design.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Great, Connection Reliability...Not So Much

    • Written by Maurice L from Oakland

    These sound really good for what they are and I am pleased with that. There is a real serious issue with these keeping a connection. I have to re-pair over and over again and have had them for about 5 days now. They drop connection with my Mac and on IOS devices I actually have to hold down pairing button as if they aren't Apple devices. Hope this is fixed in a future update.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound quality is.... eh!

    • Written by Bradley J

    Got these as I ride my bike to and from work and while I love my Bose SoundSport Frees, I'm always worried they are going to fly out of my ears. Thought these would be a perfect but sound does not hold a candle. I've always heard that Beats are notorious for being too bass-y and drowned out the mids. These are tinny as heck! I've tried a couple of equalizer options, no dice. I haven't used them on my ride yet and will see if they perform better at competing with road noise as they are not only far more secure on my ears but they do appear to seal better within the ear canal. But so far, not blown away, my Bose sound so much better and for about $80 less.

    15 of 26 people found this useful