Beats Solo 3
The first thing that comes to the average consumer’s mind when thinking about high-end headphones is Beats. Founded by Dr. Dre and acquired by Apple, this product line has taken the music industry by storm with their simple but appealing style. Whether it’s their wireless earbuds, their Pill portable speakers, or the headphones that put them on the map, virtually anything released by this brand enjoys an unprecedented amount of popularity and a dedicated fanbase. Although their aesthetics are what draws most casual customers to their products, the above-average audio fidelity and ease of use when paired with certain smart devices keeps them coming back. With the Solo 3, Beats continues delivering the features and characteristics consumers have grown to love while offering small tweaks that enhance the overall listening experience.
- Appealing design with a variety of colorways
- Impressive battery life and fast charging capabilities
- Increased functionality with Apple devices
- Lack of wires prevents tangling
- Minimal changes from the previous model
- Intimidatingly high price
- Most buyers are impressed by the wireless range. Buyers have been able to use these wirelessly without losing connection across rooms and through walls.
- Connecting to Apple devices is simple and quick.
- Syncing between different devices is seamless.
- The battery life is remarkable. Most buyers claim they only have to charge their Solo 3s a few times a month at most.
- The sound quality is praised by most reviewers.
- For on-ear headphones, these are surprisingly comfortable.
- The ear cups have a snug fit which keeps them in place.
- Overall, compared to other Beats headphones, these are lightweight.
- For Apple users, Beats Solo 3s are convenient and live up to expectations of Apple products.
- Works well as a headset for phone calls.
- The range of volume is impressive.
- Although pricey for headphones, many buyers say they are worth the cost.
- The ample padding on the ear cups provides a comfortable fit.
- Reviewers say these have good improvements from Beats Solo 2.
- There are no reports of comfort issues when wearing over earrings.
- The battery charges quickly.
- The design and color options are stylish.
- It comes with a cord to wear wired and a carrying case.
- These can get hot; especially when used during workouts.
- The snug fit of the ear cups feels too tight for some buyers.
- If sweaty, the ear cups can easily slip around.
- There are many reports of issues buying from third party sellers. Many people paid full price for new headphones but received used or defective ones.
- The nameplate on the ear cup can come off with the packaging tape if not careful.
- Several reviewers report connectivity issues after a few months of use.
- There are some claims that the bluetooth connection can become patchy.
- There is a lot of plastic which makes these more susceptible to durability issues.
- Some buyers note issues with the accessories bag and case. Problems with the clip and zipper were reported.
- With the large volume range it can be difficult to find a comfortable volume setting.
- Connecting to android phones has been an issue for some buyers.
- Reviewers who have experience with many high-quality headphones claim these have decent but not ideal sound quality.
- Some reviewers claim they were sent knockoff versions when purchased through Amazon.
- There are mixed reviews on the comfort of wearing these with glasses.
Although the aforementioned lack of cables means that the Beats Solo 3 offers a more convenient experience than wired headphones or earbuds, it doesn’t offer quite the same level of functionality that someone would find in a pair of wireless earbuds. Although some people don’t enjoy the feeling of in-ear listening devices due to having sensitive ears, the fact remains that in-ear headphones are the most effective at maintaining a secure grip on the wearer’s head. This isn’t to say that the Beats Solo 3 is incapable of providing this purpose since they have adjustable settings on the band that ensures a secure fit; however, some particularly intense forms of exercise such as gymnastics might cause these headphones to become dislodged.
The two large cups on either side of these headphones are placed over the wearer’s ears and contain substantial amounts of cushioned material in order to ensure the maximum degree of comfort. Additionally, the thick headband is adjustable and can accommodate multiple head sizes. If the user of the Beats Solo 3 connects their device to a smartphone, a small inline remote on its side allows the wearer to accept calls and adjust the volume for both incoming calls and music. The fact that this headphone covers the wearer’s ears also provides some noise isolating properties, although they are mostly passive and aren’t of the same caliber as provided by studio headphones.
Aside from this, one benefit provided by the Beats Solo 3’s W1 chip that even applies to non-Apple users is its battery life. On a full charge, the lifespan of this product is extremely impressive; however, users who don’t have the time to fully charge their devices can take advantage of the Solo 3’s Fast Fuel feature. When enabled, customers only need to have their device plugged in for five minutes in order to receive roughly three hours of battery life. This is a rare feature to find in many modern smart devices; while most offer large lithium-ion batteries that can last for many hours on a full charge, comparatively few can provide a fast charge time on top of this.
For the vast majority of casual listeners who are simply looking for a fashionable and functional accessory for their fitness routines or everyday life, these Beats headphones will deliver a listening experience that is more than adequate. However, individuals with a more discerning ear for audio quality might not find the Solo 3 to be as impressive. Despite the fact that headphones are, on average, able to provide a better experience than earbuds by design, the smaller size of this product’s ear cups somewhat diminishes this effect. Unlike studio headphones that completely cover the wearer’s ears, these cups only fit over them and don’t offer the same noise isolating seal. Furthermore, the bass-heavy sound with limited EQ options will likely dissuade audiophiles who prefer listening to music other than hip-hop.
This is the main selling point for these headphones since a wireless connection means that the manufacturers were able to remove all wiring that might otherwise become tangled, damaged, or cause discomfort for the wearer during different physical activities. Bluetooth isn’t exactly considered the best way for smart devices to wirelessly connect with each other, but its near ubiquitous status in almost all modern smart devices helps to justify its inclusion in this product. While this technology has been susceptible to connection issues in the past, Beats’ use of more advanced hardware in this product helps greatly to mitigate these problems. As a result, even customers who are wary of Bluetooth products may want to give these headphones a chance.
However, something that is worth noting is the fact that these are not the most comfortable headphones that a prospective customer can choose from. In fact, these aren’t even the most comfortable Beats headphones, since their studio quality headphones offer a much nicer feeling of comfort while worn. Unlike studio headphones, the Beats Solo 3 have ear cups just big enough to rest on top of the wearer’s ears without completely covering them. This means that the potential for the wearer’s ears to become uncomfortably squished is much higher than with larger ear cups, and it doesn’t provide the best noise isolation either. This issue is negligible in the great scheme of things, however, and the overall user experience when using these Beats headphones is still very much a positive one.
Ease of Use
- Multiple colorways to choose from
- Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth
- Up to 40 hours of battery life on a full charge
- Apple W1 chip improves sound quality and functionality
- Fast Fuel allows for quick charging