Take your workout to the next level with Powerbeats³ Wireless earphones, featuring up to 12 hours of battery life to last through multiple workouts and secure-fit earhooks to maximize comfort and stability. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 1 hour of playback. Sweat and water resistance provides trusted durability and dual-driver acoustics deliver dynamic sound to power your workout.
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Posted by: NinjaScroll from: Laurel, MD on
I wanted to get these new Powerbeats 3 from Best Buy, but unfortunately they aren't released yet, so I purchased them at a Apple retailer that had a pair in stock before the official release date to other retailers.
I had the previous version and lost them.
The major differences between these and the powerbeats2 is the battery. The new W1 Apple chip gives these 12 hours of playback. I use them for my commute to work on the metro train as well as walking/running. They sync effortlessly to my iPhone as well as my Nike Apple Watch.
I can go out for exercise and leave my iPhone at home as these pair with the Apple Watch separately if you desire.
The charging this time around as seen in the photo aren't covered up. They are exposed which can prevent annoyance getting to them with the cover in the previous model.
They come with 4 different ear size tips, so there's no reason there's not one for everyone to fit in their ear comfortably.
My only issue is the sound. It's just not loud enough (exactly like the powerbeats2) for my desire. I love them, but I wish they could be louder. I owned the "Beats by Dr. Dre Tour2" and loved the volume levels for them. I wish There was a app to make adjustments to not only the sound, but bass, tremble, etc.
In the box they also come with a carrying case that's kinda cheap and not as quality in material as the last one. It doesn't even have a zipper. Just a small opening for you to figure out how you'll adjust to fit them in their. That was disappointing honestly.
These are a everyday use for me and are worth is the price somewhat. $150.00 would have made more sense.
They aren't perfect, but they get the job done.
In addition, I like how you can view the battery life on the iPhone along with your Apple Watch.
Last comment is the charge time itself. It's vastly fast to say the least. No time at all.
69 out of 81 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Johnson from: on
Purchased from apple store since they are not yet available at best buy. I own a pair of the powerbeats wireless 2 but wanted these as an upgrade. The extended battery life is what sold me, but the quality has degraded. The sound isn't as crisp, bass sounds flat. The case that it comes with is junk. The previous model had a nice zipper case. this one is like a rubber wallet and the headphones barely fit. These new headphones are a prime example of how apple quality continues to degrade. I would recommend buying the powerbeats 2. Lower price and the quality out weighs the extended battery
89 out of 109 found this review helpful.
This Is NOT For Workouts
Posted by: KWardlow from: on
The sound is great, the fit is great, but the tiniest amount of sweat will render these headsets useless. Beats/Apple need to go back to the drawing board and get it right.
42 out of 48 found this review helpful.
Skeptical at first, but came around.
Posted by: Phillllllllllllll from: on
I owned the Powerbeats2 before this model and was very excited for these new ones to come out. However when first using them, instant regret set in for spending $200 on these. Like other reviews that I've read regarding this product there are two negative things that stuck out when first starting to use them, the sound isn't loud enough/poor sound and the cheap case they provide with this set is a joke. I wish the would emphasize in the instructions how important the tips are for getting the best sound quality. Take you time on getting the best fit (unfortunately there aren't many options that come with it) and see how the loudness and quality sounds. Like everyone else who gave this product a negative review, it wasn't loud enough when working out. There is a way to get around this though if you have an iPhone like I'm sure most users do; in the music settings disable the sound check setting. This setting averages out the loudness of all your songs because songs are usually recorded at different volumes, which ends up bringing down the overall loudness (especially on songs that you want loud!!). Not sure if android phones have this setting, but after disabling it for gym use I noticed a HUUUGE improvement. Most songs that I listen to during gym workouts (hip/hop, edm, rock) didn't really range on recorded volume anyway and the sound quality was still just as good.
After fixing the loudness, I really started to enjoy these headphones and the battery life definitely is a lot better than the previous model, however I haven't put the full 12 hour gimmick to the test yet, but I would think it would come close. The sound quality is fantastic FOR SPORT HEADPHONES, which should be the only reason you purchase these. The fit is a lot more comfortable to me with the minor adjustments they made, but then again everyone's ear is different. They also stay perfectly positioned during workouts once you get the cord slack just right. Pairing is easier than ever with an iPhone and the range is great. Would've given it five stars if it came with a better case (preferably one with a chargeable battery in it for this price) and more earbud tips or if the price was $50 cheaper.
28 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Amazing Sound, Questionable Durability
Posted by: 503Phil from: on
I exercise 5-6 days per week and hands down the most critical piece of equipment that will either make or break my workout is my headphones. They've got to be wireless, stay in my ears and sound amazing.
After going through my fourth pair of Jaybirds (Two pairs each of Bluebuds and X2's) I ended up giving these Powerbeats3 a shot as the X2's were discontinued and no local Best Buy store had any inventory of the new Jaybird X3's. I generally have stayed away from Beats for a few reasons:
1) Unnecessary price markup given the cost/value of competitors.
2) I can't get the Best Buy protection plan since the warranty is serviced through Apple. Which, by the way, doesn't offer AppleCare on these which doesn't give me a lot of confidence in protecting my investment.
As you can imagine, I've relied heavily on the protection plan over the years to avoid the lengthy exchange process and aggravating downtime when dealing with the manufacturer directly. The simplicity of Best Buy protection plan exchanges are the very reason why I don't buy consumer electronics anywhere else. Luckily for me, these failed within my two week return window so I dodged the bullet.
I had these Powerbeats3 for 11 days. During those 11 days I ran 7 times, twice in the rain, and during every workout I was sweating profusely (That's the point, right?). Starting on day 8 my music would randomly pause, skip or the volume would randomly adjust. By day 10 the inline controls stopped working all together. Sound was still great, but the user experience was beyond annoying. I called support, tried doing the reset/re-pairing, etc, but the inline controls just flat out broke.
I took them back today hoping that the Jaybird X3's would be in stock, but sadly they weren't so I'm going to cross my fingers that I got a lemon and give a new pair of Powerbeats3 one more shot.
In summary, these sound great but not enough to justify the $50-70 markup over Jaybird X3's and Bose SoundSport's. As an iPhone, iPad and Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 owner, the W1 chip and iCloud device pairing is cool, but again not enough to justify the markup. They stay in my ears just fine, but so did the Jaybird's.
In the end, I just want a great pair of wireless workout headphones that sound great and can take a beating. Several hundred dollars later the search continues...
45 out of 58 found this review helpful.
Not For True Workout Fans
Posted by: Karriem from: on
These headphones are not sweat resistant - especially if you sweat a lot. I love Beats products - I own many. Apple/Beats needs to go back to the R&D drawing board on these. The sound is phenomenal, as well as the fit & feel. As far as workouts - if you sweat enough, they will stop working.
23 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Beats from: on
Not working properly
After 2 weeks the volume goes up and down without notice
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Don't chance it!
Posted by: JYLEE from: on
After reading numerous reviews online, I decided to take the plunge and buy a set of the PowerBeats3. I haven't had any Beats headphones before, but have tried other brands, including Bose. I needed a set of headphones that were wireless as well as relatively sweat proof for working out. After about 2 1/2 weeks of relatively consistent use (no, I do not sweat excessively and it was not exposed to water/rain), it suddenly stopped working. It seems to be a relatively common problem from the more recent reviews. It worked one day and then the next day, it won't charge. It has the most updated firmware installed, but it simply won't charge. I've reset it and had it plugged into an outlet overnight with no luck, I've even tried to charge it through the USB on my computer to track the power percentage and it just stays at 0%. Absolute junk. Luckily, I'm still within the return window. They are great when they're working, good sound for wireless water resistant headphones, and stay in my ears while doing just about anything, but do you really want to chance getting them and then suddenly stop working mid work out, or worse, after the return period and you're stuck with them? Try a different brand until they can figure out this issue and correct it, it's definitely not recommended.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Nice style but bad sound quality and fit
Posted by: kowalsik from: on
For those of you looking to purchase wireless headphones for the gym, I would not recommend the powerbeats3. The style and look, is probably the best thing about them. The sound quality was ok. In order to get the best sound quality with a good amount of bass, you have to really dig them into your ear, which can be very uncomfortable and they do not stay in place so your constantly adjusting them.
I value sound quality and comfort during my workouts, so I decided to return these and purchase the Bose Sound Sport headphones. These are GREAT. Superior sound quality and they stay in your ear. These are also super comfortable and I don't even feel like I'm wearing them. You do only get 6 hours battery life compared to the 12 you get with powerbeats, but the quality and comfort is definitely worth it.
On a side note, I know Michael Phelps endorses the PowerBeats product but I'd be surprised if he actually wears it. My ears are a little bigger than average and stick out a little. The way the powerbeats over the ear mechanism is designed makes it impossible for the headphones to stay deep in your ears,(if you have ears that stick out more than normal) thus receiving poor sound quality. His ears are much bigger then mine so there is no way he's getting good sound quality. He might be one of those people that don't care about sound though.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Not Sweat Resistance
Posted by: Timh from: on
Stopped working during 2nd workout. Guess they don't do well with sweat. Getting refund.