The Telegraph reviews Beats X headphones: Highly recommended

When Apple unveiled iPhone 7 and their flagship iPhone 7 Plus, the company “also unveiled three new sets of wireless Beats headphones, as well as its own AirPod earphones,” James Titcomb reports for The Telegraph. “It was the first time Beats headphones had shared the stage at an Apple event, and were the first that seemed fully developed under Apple’s ownership. Two of them – the Beats Solo 3 and Powerbeats 3 – were upgrades on previous models, but the third, Beats X, were something new: a ‘neckbud’ design meant for everyday use.”

“They are far from the first set of wireless neckbud headphones, but they are the first featuring Apple’s W1 technology (the company’s take on Bluetooth) which means they are a doddle to set up – you just hold down the on button and a screen pops up on your iPhone (iPad, Mac, etc.) asking if you want to connect,” Titcomb reports. “W1 also means longer-range and greater efficiency: Beats claims a battery life of eight hours, and you get a good 25 to 30 metres range before sound cuts out, so you don’t have to worry about carrying your phone around in your pocket.”

Beats X earphones featuring the Apple W1 chip
Beats X earphones featuring the Apple W1 chip

“I’ve struggled with Apple’s own AirPods, which don’t feel secure in my ear, but the Beats’ in-ear design has fit perfectly for me. You get four sizes of eartips as well as wingtips for additional sturdiness in the box, but I haven’t had to try them as the default ones fit snugly, even when exercising,” Titcomb reports. “Bluetooth headphones have been criticised in the past for poor battery life and unreliable connections, but neither charge can be levelled at the Beats X. It’s unclear how much of it is down to Apple’s W1 magic but these work flawlessly… True audiophiles may want to look elsewhere. But for day-to-day use, the Beats X come highly recommended.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If (for a change) the bass is really under control, these Beats X headphones just might be better AirPods than AirPods.

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  1. That’s what I’ve been saying for the past 10 days. Audio is excellent, fit is also very good with 4 sizes of earcups Only drawback is the case. Not really designed very well to hold the BeatsX. I find the Powerbeats Wireless case to be a better/easier fit for the X.

    1. Angela probably somehow had her hand in it and, she was more concerned with how pretty the case looked as opposed to whether the damn case worked or not. She is the perfect example of someone who got paid a great deal of money and has done absolutely nothing!

  2. I received AirPods as a gift and bought a pair of BeatsX for use in the gym. In general, I prefer the AirPods. The only knock on them is that they don’t seal your ears as well as the BeatsX do, so the AirPods aren’t the best choice when you want to block out noise. I am happy with both.

  3. I don’t mind the complete seal when sitting….But it drives me crazy walking I hear every footstep – Love my AirPods and I had the Bose wired before these and that fit was the best.

  4. MDN, you’ve finally lost it. Better AirPods than AirPods?!!!? Not even remotely the same thing. This site just keeps getting worse and worse. Time to find a better option. Anyone been exploring?

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