Beats Solo3 Re­view:

Worth the Price?

iPhone Life Magazine - - Great Gear - by Con­ner Carey

Ul­tra Vi­o­let Beats Solo3 Wire­less Head­phones ($299.95)

Pros

Com­fort­able and light­weight; awe­some con­nec­tiv­ity with W1 chip; 40-hour bat­tery life; fast charg­ing; snug and se­cure fit for work­ing out.

Cons

Made of low-qual­ity plas­tic; sim­i­larly priced head­phones have bet­ter sound.

Ev­ery now and again, I de­cide it's time to treat my­self. Af­ter my fa­vorite pair of head­phones fell apart, I found my­self ogling the Ul­tra Vi­o­let Solo3 Wire­less Head­phones ($299.95) by Ap­ple-owned Beats Elec­tron­ics. I'm a sucker for a stylish prod­uct, but are Beats more than just a pretty face?

Af­ter a cou­ple months of use, I'll share with you how the Beats Solo3 mea­sure up in five top cat­e­gories and more im­por­tantly, if they're worth the price.

Com­fort

The big­gest fac­tor for me when se­lect­ing head­phones, be­yond even sound, is how com­fort­able they are. The vast ma­jor­ity of head­phones make my ears ache af­ter a cou­ple hours. The Beats Solo3 head­phones have small ear cush­ions, which con­cerned me. But, de­pend­ing on the day, I've got­ten any­where from four to eight hours of com­fort­able use out of them.

De­sign & Style

While the Beats So­lo3s are very pretty and sleek, they're also mostly made of plas­tic. At this price, I ex­pect higher-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. But in prac­tice, I don't mind the plas­tic. The head­phones are de­light­fully light­weight. They also have vol­ume and call­back func­tions built in, but they're touch based. Per­son­ally, I can never re­mem­ber all the touch com­mands, so I de­fault to my iPhone.

An awe­some de­sign el­e­ment of the So­lo3s is the W1 chip tech­nol­ogy that Beats de­vel­oped with Ap­ple. This tech­nol­ogy is a dream when pair­ing your head­phones to your iPhone run­ning iOS 10.3 or later. A sim­ple mes­sage pops up, let­ting you know the head­phones want to con­nect. I tap Con­nect, and I'm ready to play my music. The chip makes it easy to switch from one iOS de­vice to an­other too.

Bat­tery Life

The most im­pres­sive part of these head­phones is that they de­liver on their prom­ise of a 40-hour bat­tery life. I've charged my head­phones once since buy­ing them. When I first bought the head­phones, I used them ob­ses­sively for the first three days. Then I checked the bat­tery life and they were still 95 per­cent charged. An­other bat­tery-life fea­ture is five-minute Fast Fuel, which claims you can get three hours of play­back af­ter only five min­utes of charg­ing. And it works, which al­lows me to use my Beats as they're in­tended: wire­lessly.

Sound

There are other head­phones you can buy for $300 with bet­ter sound qual­ity. Apart from this price dis­par­ity, the Beats So­lo3s have a crisp im­mer­sive sound that uses each ear­phone to sep­a­rate the in­stru­ments and lay­ers of the song. In gen­eral, songs with var­i­ous in­stru­ments and deep base sound amaz­ing on the Beats So­lo3s.

Mo­bil­ity

I've been im­pressed by the Beats abil­ity to stay on when I'm jostling about. I usu­ally do my car­dio on a tread­mill, and I find my­self for­get­ting my Beats So­lo3s are on my head. I can get lost in my happy place, tune in to the music, and go. This was the cherry on top of my Beats pur­chase.

Fi­nal Score & Ver­dict

To be frank, I know I bought these head­phones from an emo­tional place—I wanted that Ul­tra Vi­o­let hue! The 40-hour bat­tery life sealed the deal though, giv­ing me a log­i­cal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this emo­tional pur­chase. Hav­ing heard a lot of neg­a­tive com­ments about Beats head­phones, my ex­pec­ta­tions were mod­er­ately low. The price tag is cer­tainly steep, but it's an investment I was will­ing to make. Over­all, Beats Solo3 Wire­less is a fan­tas­tic pair of head­phones that de­liv­ers on its claim of 40-hour bat­tery, com­fort­able wear, high-qual­ity sound, and stun­ning style.

Con­ner Carey is a fea­ture web writer at iPhone Life and a con­tribut­ing writer for Love U mag­a­zine. Her work has been pub­lished on Art Par­a­sites Ber­lin and Chron­i­cally. She holds a bachelor's in English with an em­pha­sis in Cre­ative Writ­ing and re­sides in Fair­field, Iowa. You can find her per­sonal blog at con­ner­leecarey.com or fol­low her on Twit­ter @con­ner­leecarey.

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