Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones Review
Most users steer clear of wireless headphones for three reasons: poor sound quality, weak battery life, and poor pairing but with Beat’s new Solo 3 Wireless headphone all the problems are solved. Announced together with iPhone 7 the sleek pair of headphones is an upgrade of Beats’ flagship Solo2. Though ten grams heavier, it has a near-identical appearance to Solo 2 and features similar acoustic technology, noise cancellation traits as well as Beats’ iconic big bass driver. With just one button press the headphones seamlessly pair with your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac as long as you have an iCloud account. And while the conventional Bluetooth connection headphones pair devices within a thirty-foot range, Solo3 delivers quality sound 120 feet away from your phone.
Design and construction
Solo 3 is virtually indistinguishable from the previous model (Solo 2). Beats company seems to stick to plastic headbands over metal which deprives Solo 3 the high-end look though still appears stylish and lightweight. The ear pads are cushioned as are the headbands that fit snugly on your head. They feature a folding mechanism that allows users to fold them up and fit them in a protective case and they quickly snap in place with reassuring firmness. Beats company takes on Apple’s style when it comes to simplicity of design, the use of buttons and other features that are kept to a minimum. The Solo 3 Wireless headphone has a small button on the right side of the earpiece designed to switch the headphones on and off and pair with devices. A row of 5 small LED lights that show the battery life are fitted under the right ear pad. The left earpiece has a large central button to play and stop music while the buttons located below control the volume. There are no touch-sensitive gesture functions but physical controls installed on the exterior of the ear cup. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones come in a range of colors to match the iPhone 7: Black, silver, white, rose black and gold.
PerformanceSolo 3’s fine-tuned acoustics ensure balance, clarity, and breadth of music while the onboard mic and remote setting allow you to play music, answer calls and adjust the volume. Users who would like to use the headphones in the traditional, wired style may use the 3.5mm remote talk cable that features inline controls and microphone characteristics
Solo3’s battery life is just impressive; with a cool 40 hours of battery life users don’t have to worry about recharging it midflight. They can listen to music, radio, and podcast for an entire week. But if you are the kind that is obsessed about charging devices 100%, Solo 3’s fast-fuel feature converts five minutes of charging to three or more hours of listening to your favorite jam.
Summary Despite the upgrades, the $300 price tag is little out of range. However given the W1 chip range that allows seamless connection and the crazy battery life; it's worth every dime.