Category: Beats

May 17, 2019 Off

Powerbeats Pro are the Bluetooth earbuds to beat

By Jill T Frey

Let’s get the bad out of the way first, shall we?

For starters, that charging case is huge. There’s no way around it. It’s something that’s become more and more apparent as the weather is warmer and I no longer have jacket pockets to carry it around in. If you shell out the money for these, you’ll be thinking about this a lot, too. How long you plan to be out versus the added pocket bulk.

There’s also the issue of cost. A few years ago, $250 might not have seemed crazy for a pair of wireless earbuds. When you’re out-pricing Apple’s primary earbuds, however, it might be time to reconsider.

Those are really the big strikes in what’s been an otherwise wholly enjoyable review process. I’ve been eager to put these through their paces since the day they were announced, and haven’t been disappointed. Given the choice between the … Read the rest

April 29, 2019 Off

Beats’ AirPods alternative start shipping May 10

By Jill T Frey

Earlier this month, Beats unveiled its long-awaited answer to AirPods. The Powerbeats Pro feature far longer battery life, better sound and an improved fit. The Apple subsidiary promised a May release, and now we’ve got something more concrete.

The fully wireless earbuds go up for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada the morning of May 3 and will be available to everyone May 10 — just a little while longer to get your hands on what’s looking to be a pretty solid alternative.

I spent a bit of time with the headphones already and was mostly pleased with the experience. The comfort’s really the big thing here, especially given the fact AirPods’ hard plastic just doesn’t fit well in lots of ears. Couple that with the H1 one chip and you get the same basic pairing functionality you get with the Apple-branded earbuds. There’s also a lot to say for … Read the rest