The Beats X earbuds are the newest entry to the Beats family of audio products. While they can’t offer the same level of noise-canceling or sound output as their top-tier models, the new Beats X earbuds provide an excellent high-quality audio listening experience for an excellent price.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to get good sound quality without spending too much money on wireless earbuds, these are some of the best you can buy.
In this blog post, we will show you Beats X Earbuds Review in detail to get all the information you need before making your purchase decision!
Pros And Cons
- Comfortable, snug fit
- Quick Charge
- Signature sound balance
- Relatively costly
- Clarity is lacking
Who Should Receive Beats X?
- iPhone users. The Beats X is a pair of iPhone earbuds that have been praised for being the best. It offers many of the same benefits as the Apple AirPods but without the limitations of True Wireless technology. With a 100-meter range, the integrated W1 chip and Class 1 Bluetooth ensure reliable connectivity.
- Fashion-conscious consumers. The Beats X is a less flashy design than previous Beats models. It also features an understated all-black or all-white color palette. This gives it a sophisticated look that consumers will love.
- True wireless is not for everyone. True wireless earbuds may not be for everyone, whether it is because they have a shorter battery life or are more likely to fail. These earbuds are for you if you’re looking to connect your buds with a wire but still enjoy the W1 Chip’s capabilities.
Price And Availability
However, one thing that has remained the same from previous generations is its price – Beats X earbuds aren’t what we would consider affordable in-ear wireless headphones.
They cost $149 / PS129 / AU$199 at launch. This is a significant increase in price compared to similar-sounding wireless in-ear earbuds – including our favorite pair of gym buddies, Sennheiser CX Sport – but it’s still less than other wireless headphones like the Powerbeats Pro.
After being around for a while, the Beats X is now much more affordable. Often, they are priced below $100, and with Cyber Monday and Black Friday coming up, the price will drop further.
In-ear headphones can now be found in one of three styles. There are three options: fully wired in-ears with drivers that connect to a 3.5mm headphone jack, two wireless earbuds which connect via Bluetooth to each other, or two earbuds that attach to your neck using a cable. The Beats X falls into this last category.
Although it might not seem like the best solution for everyone, having the two earbuds connected by a cable can be a good idea, a cable can tend to reduce the earbuds’ weight.
However, it has its benefits. They are more difficult to lose than fully wireless earphones. The wire connecting the buds can be used to house in-line controls or a battery. This allows the wireless earphones to last longer and allows you to communicate with Siri.
These in-line controls are simple but effective. These controls can be used to adjust the volume, skip tracks, rewind, and raise or lower the music volume. You can also use the built-in microphone to make phone calls, something we will discuss later in this review.
The BeatsX wireless in-ears are incredibly comfortable. The flat cables allow it to fit naturally into the neck and don’t get in the way.
This is where the solution lies: Carry most of your weight in the thickest portion of the cable around your neck and leave two smaller cables that run up to your ears with earbuds attached.
The Beats X will in-ear fit snugly into your ear without feeling like they are about to come out. Apple provides four different earbud tips and two sets of wings to help keep the headphones in place when you exercise.
The Beats X is water-resistant but not waterproof, which is excellent for workouts. The Beats X can be taken on a sweaty workout to the gym with you without worrying about their safety, provided they are not allowed into the pool. The built-in magnets in the earbuds help to keep them from getting tangled.
The BeatsX headphones are available in four colors to match your gym bag: Black, White, Grey, Grey, and Blue.
A pair of black headphones may make more sense, given how much sweat, dirt, and dust they can attract to your bag. However, the grey and blue variants are the black sheep of this group.
The Beats X has three distinct advantages over the AirPods in design. They are much easier to lose. They have a better battery life – eight hours on Beats X, compared to six hours for the AirPods. Finally, you have a better chance of finding the perfect fit than the AirPods’ one size fits all approach.
They are not sweat-resistant, but they were able to withstand my three-mile run and weight lifting routines. I will be honest and say that I don’t like neckband earbuds.
The neckband design was bobbing, and cable wobbling didn’t help me run. There are many popular, exercise-oriented neckbands.
However, the Powerbeats3 Wireless is a more durable option than the BeatsX and costs only $10 more. The Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless headphones are a high-quality, proper wireless option that features cutting-edge technology.
These earbuds, like the Apple AirPods 2019 and Apple AirPods Pro, have an integrated H1 chip that allows for hands-free Siri access as well as extended battery life.
They are more expensive than BeatsX, but they are well worth the investment if you want top-quality fitness headphones.
We can call its earbuds cheap, frugal, or thrifty, but $149 headphones are a lot to expect in terms of sound quality. The BeatsX is a good choice, especially when it comes to tonal balance. However, the headphones are not perfect for the price tag.
Before we get into the details of Beats X’s off-key areas, let’s take a look at the high notes. For an in-ear pair, the sound quality is quite clear. The sound quality is not flat or hissy, and you won’t hear any shimmering highs or sparkling mid-ranges.
The best thing about this Apple product was its overall balance. All the highs, lows, and mids are on the same level. We could have made the highs and lows more prominent, but we didn’t expect to live to see Beats headphones take the middle ground.
When it comes to sealing sound out, this is where the phones fail. Even though the seal seemed perfect, we could still hear much of the conversation around us.
Although we didn’t expect a Bose QC 30 level of noise cancellation, we think it is reasonable to request passive noise cancellation.
Thankfully, the Beats X does not leak sound. Even though we all listened to music at an ear-damagingly loud volume, no one knew which guilty pleasure music was playing at that time. It was the soundtrack from the movie Whiplash, in case you’re wondering.
You won’t hear a lot of basses if you have Beats-Levels. The Beats – Levels by Avicii had a more mellow sound, while Little Black Submarine from The Black Keys had a bit more punch than other cans.
This news will not upset most audiophiles. For those who are used to Beats sounding just like a woofer’s inside, this news might disappoint them.
We would have liked more clarity. Although the sound was not dull or drab, it did lack energy. They would be right next to the Klipsch Reference X6i in terms of quality – a solid pair of in-ear headphones that is middle-of-the-road.
Isolation is fine. If you want to improve it, make sure to invest in a pair of memory foam ear tips. Doing so attenuates external noise by creating a more cogent seal. As a result, you’ll enjoy more powerful low-end reproduction.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, the Beats X can be used to make calls or pull up Siri. The Beats X Bluetooth headset can be used as a Bluetooth headset with just one click using the in-line remote.
It takes two clicks to end the call and clicks on the button to return it. Everyone we spoke with said that the BeatsX headphones made calls clearer than the iPhone SE microphone. However, it was slightly quieter.
- How to pair the Beats X
If you are using an iOS device, pairing with Beats X headphones is easy. Like the AirPods, you can plug these into an iOS device, and a pop-up will appear on your tablet or phone requesting that you connect.
- These will pair automatically with all devices in your iCloud account once you click Connect. These steps will apply if you are connecting to a PC or an Android device.
- For five seconds, hold down the power button until the indicator light flashes.
- Navigate to Bluetooth settings for the device to which you want to pair.
- To connect, select Beats X from the list of devices.
The microphone works exceptionally well in noisy environments. The BeatsX can quickly reduce background noise due to construction being only 50m away. Not to mention the fact that many voices in windy Atlanta surrounded me.
The chart below shows that mics struggle to transmit lower voices, which are usually male accurately. Registers with a fundamental frequency response of around 160kHz sound accurate; however, Talking to friends over the phone, I was deemed clear and sounded professional.
W1 Chip And Battery Lifetime
We don’t like Apple’s promotion of new proprietary technology (cough Lightning Cables cough), but we love the W1 Chip. It is undoubtedly the brains behind BeatsX’s wireless operation. It allows the headset to sync seamlessly with iOS devices and preserves longer battery life.
Although it may seem strange, it is straightforward to use. When you hold an unpaired Beats X near your iPhone, a prompt will pop up asking you if the headphones can be paired. It will ask you if you’d like to pair the Beats earbuds. In our case, it will prompt you to click yes.
This works with all iOS devices, including Apple Watch and iPads. However, it did not prompt us on our older Macbook Pro.
This may not be groundbreaking for Android users who are used to NFC pairing their devices. We appreciate the usability improvements that the W1 Chip offers iOS users who have struggled to pair headphones.
The W1 adds a Je ne sais quoi to the battery, which helps get more performance out of the built-in batteries. Apple AirPods also have the W1 Chip and last about six hours between charges.
The Beats X, however, can go on for approximately eight hours before needing to recharge. It can last slightly longer than the eight hours it is rated for, but it may need to refuel after a few Quick Charge sessions.
The battery is amazing. It fully charges in less than an hour and the fast fuel is also amazing for extending playtime and for emergencies whenever the battery is dead.
Quick Charge worked as expected. This is a feature that allows your new ‘buds to last up to two hours from a single five-minute charge. You will need a Lightning Cable to charge your headphones. However, as long as you don’t mind carrying a spare cable, your headphones will stay charged.
Although we wouldn’t use stylish to describe in-ear headphones with headphones, the Beats X is a compelling argument to make us reconsider. It’s comfortable enough to wear for long periods, regardless of its design aesthetics.
You can listen for more extended periods with the 8-hour battery. Plus, you can quickly recharge the headset to 25% in a matter of minutes if it runs out.
Although the Beats headphone is reasonably sounding for its price, we are not impressed with the quality. There are better-sounding alternatives that cost less.
The headset is good at stopping music from escaping, but it does not block out background noise.
We were happy to carry a Lightning Cable with us to charge our headphones during the review. However, Android and Windows users may not be as open to carrying another cord.
Is Beats X worth it?
You can find a decent set of wireless earbuds for $100 these days. The Beats X offers comfort and excellent Bluetooth connectivity, making them a worthwhile option, especially for those already invested in Apple’s ecosystem.
Although BeatsX was a great product, they have been discontinued. You can get them cheaply, but you might be happier with the Beats Flex form cable.
Are Beats earbuds of good quality?
Excellent sound quality and noise cancellation
Beats’ new earbuds feature the most balanced and well-tuned headphones ever. When needed, the earbuds produce a deep, bass-driven sound but don’t overwhelm the well-balanced high notes and treble.
Is Beats X waterproof?
The BeatsX is water-resistant but not waterproof, which is excellent for workouts. The BeatsX can be taken to the gym with you, so long as they are not in the pool.
How long can Beats earbuds last?
Each earbud can provide eight hours of audio playback. The charging case can provide up to 24 hours of playback. Fast Fuel allows you to get up to an hour of playback when you only charge your device for five minutes.
Beats X earbuds were explicitly designed to be wireless and work with Apple devices. They fit securely and comfortably into the ear and can be worn during an entire workout.
They’re also water-resistant and made of materials that will keep sweat and other substances from damaging them. If you’re looking for a pair of earbuds to use during workouts, these are worth considering.
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