My good friends over at Verizon provided a set of Beats Solo3s for review. This is the first time I have used any Beats products. Well, a buddy of mine back in the day let me hear what the Beats earbuds that came with the old HTC devices, but that’s the extent. Long story short, the Beats Solo3s make feel like I have been missing out on some quality headsets.
Before using the Solo3s, I pretty much only use two types of headsets, the Apple Airpods and a wired HyperX gaming headset. Airpods for mobile convenience use and the HyperX for video editing. Sorry gamers, this headset doesn’t get the gaming love it deserves. I will say that I have used them in place of the Astro A40s with Mixamp for some gaming and I must say they perform quite well. I prefer the Astros over the HyperX a little more. All that said to say this too, I am no audiophile. I still appreciate quality sounding devices.
A side note, I am cheap when it comes to sound devices. Since they are not the major priority for my entertainment, I am not willing to shell out $300 for a headset. I bought the Airpods cheap off someone one Facebook Marketplace for the purpose of getting a full Apple product experience. The HyperX headset was provided for review. I traded some PS4 games that I got for free for the Astro A40s. So you can see I have not dropped a bunch of cash on headsets, even though I have used some good ones.
Enter the Beats Solo3s.
The best wireless headphones I have ever used.
Listening to audiophile’s advice for years now, they all say the bass is too strong, the levels are not good, and so on. Not saying that Beats wants the audiophile’s business, but I don’t think they are the target audience. I believe Beats products are perfect for the everyday user and checks off all the boxes for an enjoyable experience.
Anytime I have used the Solo 3s, my listening experience has been just what I want. I love some hard rock, heavy metal, and praise & worship music (might seem like an odd taste/mix of music, but hey that’s me). Podcasts also take up a lot of my listening time. Beats Solo 3s sound great every time.
Functionality wise, this headset works best with an iPhone for some additional features. Don’t let that scare any Android users away though. Either way, you connect via Bluetooth or wired.
- With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless is your perfect everyday headphone
- Premium playback and fine-tuned acoustics maximize clarity, breadth, and balance
- Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use. 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when the battery is low
- Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls
- Comes with Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, carrying case, 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, Universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card
(Features info provided by Amazon.com)
Other Notable Takeaways
One of the main reason to request these headphones was to for video editing while out of town on a vacation trip. Being that the HyperX headphones are wired, I was not wanting to bring much of anything with wires. My Airpods have had issues while using for video editing. They tend to lag a little when using Premiere Pro on a 2017 15″ MacBook Pro (i7, 256GB, Radeon, etc.). The Beats Solo3s were portable enough, work well, and sound good for YouTube video editing. I would not recommend these for airplanes and noisy environments as they do not have noise canceling and the muffs do not block out much noise either. However, if you like to be able to hear what’s going on around you even with a headset on, these work great.
All in all, Beats Solo3s might not be for everyone, but I think they are a solid choice for almost anyone. Would I spend $300 for them? No. But that’s me and remember I am cheap when it comes to spending money on headphones. Would I like to have a pair? Yes.
Have you used Beats? What’s your experience?