Apple’s headphones come in two flavors: AirPods and Beats. Since Apple bought Beats, the two brands have moved closer to each other, with the same components to the fore.
Now, the popular Powerbeats 3 have been replaced by what you’d have thought would be called Powerbeats 4 but turn out to be named just Powerbeats, have been unveiled.
Well, there had been plenty of rumors and one eagle-eyed customer even spotted the headphones on sale over the weekend.
The curious thing about the shelf sticker was that it said $149.95, and the previous Powerbeats 3 cost $199.95. Surely, that couldn’t be right?
But it is – $149.95 is the sticker price.
The new Powerbeats are available from beatsbydre.com and go on sale on Wednesday, March 18. Here’s all you need to know.
Beats Powerbeats in red
The familiar look of the Powerbeats 3 is modified with an angled earpiece reminiscent of the excellent Powerbeats Pro. The Pro model is true-wireless, of course, but here there is a cord which connects the two earbuds. The cord is rounded which Beats says is designed to minimize friction.
Earhooks ensure a comfortable and secure fit. There are three colors to choose from, white, black and red. If you like working out in headphones, these are sweat- and water-resistant.
Like Apple’s AirPods Pro, Beats has supplied different-sized eartips to facilitate a great fit. There are four sizes.
Touch the Beats logo to adjust volume, skip tracks or accept a call. Or just say, “Hey, Siri” when you’ve paired the headphones with an iPhone or iPad to control the earbuds with your voice. The Apple H1 chip found in the latest AirPods and AirPods Pro is in these headphones, too.
There are multiple microphones on board so your voice is boosted in phone calls and surrounding noise is reduced.
This is a surprise. Where Powerbeats 3 offered 12 hours’ battery life, this has soared to 15 hours on the Powerbeats. What’s more, with what Beats calls Fast Fuel, just five minutes of charge delivers 90 minutes of playback.
The new headphones are well-designed and, thanks to the combination of lower price and higher battery life, look promising.
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