Not crazy about Apple’s geeky-looking Air Pods? Not to worry, Apple has teamed up with Beats by Dre to bring the world a second pair of wireless headphones with its powerful built-in W1 chip. The Beats X wireless headphones feature a neck wire so they’re way less easy to lose than the Air Pods and they look a lot more stylish. Get the cool factor with the Beats logo and the high-quality performance you know and love with Apple’s built-in technology.
These are basically Air Pods with a twist, and they are definitely worth a look for those who considered Apple’s OG version but weren’t crazy about the design or those who’ve tried the Air Pods but lost them within days. Oops! A short cable connects the Beats X headphones, so losing them is kind of tough to do.
The most significant difference is the addition of a cable, connecting the buds which make the new Beats X less likely to get lost or misplaced.
The Beats X 2019 also come with a notable feature called Fast Fuel charging. It takes mere minutes to charge them up for an hour or so of playback. This is super useful when you’ve woken up for a tough morning workout or commute and realize you’ve completely forgotten to charge them. Just a quick five-minute charge will give you enough juice to get you through your bus or subway ride to work.
They also have RemoteTalk and are Siri enabled. Instead of the super sensitive microphone that the Air Pods have, the Beats X have an in-line mic making them a good pair for running. Because of their neck-wire, users also have access to in-line controls, which was something many reviewers felt was missing from the Air Pods.
Another neat feature is that they auto-pause when you take one or both earbuds out. That way, you don’t have to search for the pause button if you encounter a pal on the street. Just pop out the earbuds, and your music will automatically cease playing. Pop that earbud back in, and you’ll be back to enjoying your tunes.
They isolate sound okay, but aren’t perfect, though it should be noted that sound leaks very little with the Beats X. The only downside is the price, which feels high for the sound quality provided. It’s good, well-balanced, but it’s hard to ignore that it could be better.
Reviewers loved the multiple fit options for customized comfort which was something that was missing with the Air Pods. Either they fit you, or they didn’t. With the Beats X there’s some room to adjust the fit. Overall, since their release date, most customers have said that the Beats X are comfortable in their reviews, and the fit is very secure, too.
They feature a cable which allows users to wear them around the neck when not in use. This offers wearers extra security. While many reviewers complained about losing the Apple Air Pods, the Beats X are not as easy to lose.
According to most reviewers, the cable never really got in the way and didn’t feel obtrusive. There’s also a magnetic wire snap to keep the cables tangle-free.
They also come with the same charging case design as the Apple Air Pods. Charging on the go is easy, and the case can store power for when you’re not able to plug in.
- Bluetooth 1.0 enabled
- 8-hour maximum battery life
- Fast Fuel charging
- Comes with various earbud sizes
- RemoteTalk enabled
- Lightning USB cable included
- Comes with a carrying case that doubles as a charger
- In-line remote
- Stereo sound
- Compatible with Siri
- In-ear wireless design
- Lithium-ion battery
RemoteTalk makes it simple to summon Siri, and like the Air Pods, the headphones come with a handy charging case. Sound quality isn’t stellar, but it’s good enough for casual listening on-the-go.
The Beats X sweat-proof headphones are comfortable, secure, and harder to lose than their Apple brand counterparts and reviewers seemed to appreciate the neck-wire rather than finding it annoying. For users who didn’t love the Air Pods, the new Beats X headphones are totally worth considering.