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BeatsX Wireless | Review

Overview
Reviewed

20 February 2017

Launched

February 2017

Design

Fit for your life
In-ear headphones
Sleek & comfortable
Lightweight, flexible design
Colours: Black, white, grey, blue

Ecosystem

Apple W1 chip
Seamless set-up & switching

Ease of use

Compatible with macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3, SiRi, RemoteTalk, in-line controls, on-cable mic, hand's free calls, Flex-Form cable, magnetic earbuds

Connectivity

Class 1 Bluetooth

Battery

Rechargable Lithium-Ion battery
Up to 8 hrs battery life
Fast Fuel Technology
Lightning charge

Portability

Lightweight & compact
Pocket size carry case

Sound Quality

Authentic, clear sound
Clean treble response
Distortion-free bass
Natural tonality

Noise Cancellation

Optimised noise isolation
Immersive listening experience

Durability

Premium materials
Hard carry case

Comfort

Four eartip sizes, removable secure-fit wingtips, personalised comfort

Positives

Comfortable, secure fit
Great quick-charge

Negatives

Lacks clarity
Pricey

Our Rating
User Rating
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-Design
9.8
10
-Ecosystem
9.6
9.5
-Ease of use
9.8
10
-Connectivity
9.7
10
-Battery
9.6
9.5
-Portability
9.7
10
-Sound Quality
9.2
9.0
-Noise Cancellation
7.0
6.5
-Durability
8.9
9.1
-Comfort
9.8
10
The Last Word

BeatsX are the new addition to the Beats family and in our opinion they are a great addition that fills a gap left by the bigger, bolder family members. BeatsX are small, compact and understated a combination even the PowerBeats 3 didn't fully meet. BeatsX will suit those looking for a premium level set of earbuds for everyday listening and for those looking for earphones to workout with, which we think is Beats main audience. The compact design along with the flexible connecting cable and magnetic earbuds make BeatsX the ultimate workout buddy. While BeatsX will connect with any Bluetooth device, if you have many Apple devices the BeatsX will connect with them all and you can easily switch between them depending on what you want to listen to. Beats X sit among the best in-ear wireless headphones with a clear, natural, well balanced sound, great battery life and light, comfortable design. It may be too soon to tell but these could be the wireless earbuds of 2017.

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The Review

A look at BeatsX, small, compact….and what else?

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Design

Beats are known for their bold designs, made to be recognised instantly from a distance like many iconic designs we have seen recently. However, BeatsX is a little different in that they are small, compact and designed to be discreetly stylish, more function over form. If you are looking for an in-ear set of headphones that will get a little more attention then take a look at PowerBeats 3 wireless, however, if you want wireless earbuds that are light, compact with a comfortable secure fit perfect for jogging or intense workout sessions the BeatsX could be what you’re looking for. Beats say they have designed the BeatsX to ‘fit for your life’, the in-ear headphones are sleek and comfortable to wear with a flexible chord connecting both earbuds to ensure you don’t loose them easily, like other recently released wireless earphones we don’t need to mention. The earbuds themselves are simple, small and light with the iconic ‘b’ stamped on the back, just incase you forget who made them and the connecting cable is a flat, flexible rubber design that is made to be ‘tangle free’ and comfortable to wear around your neck. The cable is slightly thicker at the centre, where it sits on your neck, there are two plastic oblong pieces that house the battery and Apple W1 chip and also help to balance the cable on your neck, then a little lower on one side is another plastic piece that houses the in-line controls. Some may find the cable slightly long however it is comfortable to wear and Beats have included the new magnetic feature which means the earbuds click together when hanging around your neck, almost like a necklace, and keeps everything neat around your neck, a novel feature but it works really well and I’d miss it if it wasn’t there.

Ecosystem

As with all recent Apple and Beats headphone releases the BeatsX has been packed with the new Apple W1 chip which Apple designed specifically for it’s headphones which allows them to enjoy seamless set-up with multiple Apple devices and also improves battery life. The W1 chip allows you to pair with your iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, or as many as you have and you can easily and smoothly switch between devices, once paired, depending on which device you want to use to listen to your music. The W1 chip is fast, smooth and I have had no issues, so far, with any of the headphones I have tested with this new addition.

Ease of Use

BeatsX is compatible with macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3 and as mentioned above you can pair with multiple Apple devices and switch between them seamlessly when you want. You can pair with any Bluetooth enabled device though you may not experience the same audio quality and you may find the in-line controls experience a few quirks, that’s not to say they don’t sound good and work well, they do, but as BeatsX are made for Apple devices the same quality cannot be guaranteed for other devices. When paired with Apple devices you also enjoy the ability to talk to SiRi, ask for directions etc without reaching for your phone and you can use RemoteTalk to take calls hands free. As I mentioned earlier the connecting cable houses in-line controls so you can adjust volume, pause or skip tracks without needing to reach for your Apple device. While there is nothing ground-breaking here, the fact that you can connect with all your Apple devices and seamlessly switch whenever you want makes the BeatsX a great contender for those looking for work-out earphones as you may want to quickly switch from your phone to your Apple Watch and head out the door on a jog, no messing about with the devices, just an easy, quick switch.

Connectivity

BeatsX connects with your Apple devices via Class 1 Bluetooth. You can connect to any Bluetooth enabled device and listen to music, though BeatsX are made for Apple devices so you may experience some kinks if you use Android or Windows devices.

Battery

BeatsX are packed with a rechargable Lithium-Ion battery that Beats say will last up to 8 hours before needing a charge, this statement is quite accurate and impressive for a set of small, wireless earbuds. BeatsX also enjoys Fast Fuel Technology, thanks to the W1 chip and lightning charge cable you can get 25% battery life after a quick five minute charge, perfect for when you have forgotten to charge your earphones and want to head out for a jog. Given the small, compact size of the BeatsX this battery life and quick charge is quite impressive.

Portability

BeatsX are extremely lightweight and compact, designed to be worn for hours, with the flexible connecting cable and magnetic earbuds,they can sit around your neck when you’re not listening to music so they can be with you all day. When you want to pack them away, or have to take them off when you’re in work you can place them in the pocket size carry case, which is also small and compact and easily carried in a bag or backpack.

Sound Quality

f you are looking for a truly Beats sound experience here unfortunately you won’t get it, well not one that you are used to. Usually this is where we say the bass is very heavy and will not suit all users, but this iconic Beats sound is just not there with the BeatsX. Is this a bad thing? Well it depends on your taste, if you love that heavy Beats bass, yes you will be disappointed, but we are not, it’s a refreshing change and means the BeatsX will suit a wider audience. BeatsX has an authentic, clear sound with clean treble response and distortion-free bass with natural tonality, which essentially means there is a clear, well balanced sound that will suit all genres of music. Highs are crisp, mids are natural and bass is strong, everything remains well balanced however, there is a definite lack of clarity. Not so much that it affects our listening experience, in fact even at full volume you don’t get that annoying hiss, but serious audiophiles you will notice the difference.

Noise Cancellation

Beats state BeatsX enjoy optimised noise isolation however I did not experience this at all. While I would not expect full noise isolation that you get with over-ear headphones, I found that I could hear almost all conversations around me, while higher volume helped I did not feel any noise isolation at all. Yes I did enjoy an immersive listening experience with the volume up in loud areas but no more than you do with other premium level in-ear headphones.

Durability

While earbuds are by design small and therefore not as durable as some bigger, premium level headphones, Beats has used premium materials to ensure the BeatsX are hard wearing and lightweight. When you’re not wearing the BeatsX you should place them in the hard carry case provided so you don’t sit on them, as inevitably happens when left loose, and will help the longevity of the earbuds.

Comfort

Beats provide four eartip sizes to ensure the BeatsX fit comfortably and securely in your ears and if you are among those who enjoy intense workout sessions or jogging and want a little extra security Beats provide removable secure-fit wingtips. This means Beats gives you the tools to personalise your comfort level and design, depending on your workout or your preference you can add the wingtips or not, it’s totally up to you.

Beats X wireless black with inline control head
Beats X wireless black with inline control head
Beats X wireless black with inline control head
Beats X wireless black with inline control stand left
Beats X wireless black with inline control stand left
Beats X wireless black with inline control stand left
BeatsX black with inline control right
BeatsX black with inline control right
BeatsX black with inline control right
BeatsX black full front back
BeatsX black full front back
BeatsX black full front back
Beats X wireless black with inline control circle
Beats X wireless black with inline control circle
Beats X wireless black with inline control circle
BeatsX black earbud close side
BeatsX black earbud close side
BeatsX black earbud close side
BeatsX black earbud close connect
BeatsX black earbud close connect
BeatsX black earbud close connect
BeatsX black charging cable carry case
BeatsX black charging cable carry case
BeatsX black charging cable carry case
Beats X wireless white with inline control teardrop
Beats X wireless white with inline control teardrop
Beats X wireless white with inline control teardrop
Beats X wireless white with inline control stand left
Beats X wireless white with inline control stand left
Beats X wireless white with inline control stand left
Beats X wireless white with inline control circle
Beats X wireless white with inline control circle
Beats X wireless white with inline control circle
Beats X wireless white earbud close
Beats X wireless white earbud close
Beats X wireless white earbud close
Beats X wireless white earbud close connect
Beats X wireless white earbud close connect
Beats X wireless white earbud close connect
BeatsX white with inline control right
BeatsX white with inline control right
BeatsX white with inline control right
BeatsX white with inline control head
BeatsX white with inline control head
BeatsX white with inline control head
BeatsX white earbud close side
BeatsX white earbud close side
BeatsX white earbud close side
BeatsX blue with inline control circle
BeatsX blue with inline control circle
BeatsX blue with inline control circle

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About The Author
Lynne Pettre
Reviewing the latest tech in Ireland and across the globe.