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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Quality has decreased from previous generation

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    RealReview
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Let me start out by saying I owned two pairs of PowerBeats 2. These were the best wireless headphones I had ever purchased. Very durable, and extremely reliable, and I used heavily for working out on daily basis. I recommended these to everyone I knew. So logically I invested in the PowerBeats 3 when my PB2's microphone and buttons started to give. The market has since exploded with Bluetooth wireless headphones, and the price points have become increasingly competitive, so I expected Beats to really step up PB3 and really improve on an already great brand. And honestly, they did not. While the PB3 has a 12 hour battery life (compared to the PB2 of 6 hours, and that's a huge upgrade), this is probably the only really pro I can assign to the PB3. The PB3 construction right away I noticed is cheap in design, and Beats clearly cut corners on their product. Some notable flaws in the PB3: 1. Construction - The PB2's had the microphone and volume buttons encased in a rubber protective layer, and this was great because it offered more protection against dirt, sweat, and general wear and tear. The PB3's microphone and power buttons are just straight plastic instead, and besides no longer offering better grip and protection from outside elements, feel flimsy from the get go. Also the PB2's had a tiny rubber flap that allowed you to seal off and protect the charging port. The PB3's does not have this, which is really baffling (how much does a 1/3 cm piece of rubber cost to make???). Again, if you are working out, sweat, water, etc. can easily get in there and if the charging port breaks because of undesired elements slipping in there, well then the headphones are completely useless. 2. Sound quality- While the sound quality is good on the PB3, it's honestly no different then the PB2. After numerous times listening to the same song (I would switch between the headphones to compare), I never felt the PB3 sounded any better. If anything there were a few songs I felt sounded much more full on the PB2. 3. Price - The PB2 I got on sale for $99. I've been able to get the PB3 for about $129 on sale up to this point. The PB3 are flat out $200 with no sale, and that's really pushing it considering what even $100 and under can get you nowadays with Bluetooth headphones. I definitely don't feel the quality of the PB3 warrants the price tag. 4. Functionality - I've had the same phone from the time I was using the PB2 and the PB3, and only with the PB3 have I experienced a few times very odd boot loops (the headphones keep disconnecting even when the battery is full) where I've had to reset the PB3 completely (p.s. you can do that by holding the power button and down button for about 10 secs). Never had that happen with PB2. 5. Carrying case. The PB2 was zip case, with a durable outside shell and offered ample room. The PB3 is a huge flop; it's just a piece of rubber with a slit in the top to slide them in (no zipper), and it's extremely cramped with the cord in the case (I use my old PB2 case to carry my PB3 in, thank god I didn't toss it) TLDR: You can't market your headphones to be a top competitor for higher quality workout headphones and then take these cheap corner-cutting steps that degrade the product, especially from one generation to the next. And that in my opinion is exactly what Beats did. PowerBeats 3 have taken a step backwards from their predecessor, and with the increased competition (and better price points) from rival brands (Bose, JBL, etc.) I would advise looking elsewhere for a better quality pair of bluetooth headphones for your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality and bluetooth range

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    kent
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Three months ago, I was in the market for a new pair of headphones. I looked at many different brands, styles, and price points. In the end I decided on purchasing the Powerbeats 3 by Beats. When I was in my teenage years, I purchased a pair of Bose over the ear headphones, and absolutely fell in love with high end, expensive headphones. This led me down a road of purchasing quality headphones for the years to come. I made my decision to purchase the Powerbeats 3 based on their build quality, sound quality, long lasting batteries, and exceptional Bluetooth range. The Powerbeats 3 are marketed as fitness headphones which means that one of their best qualities is that they will stay in your ears, no matter how much jumping, running, or moving around that you do. This is accomplished with a rubberized hook that extends up from the top of the headphones and wraps around your ears, essentially locking them into place in your ear canal. The buds are at an angle to the headphones, which make them fit into your ears comfortably, and at least in my ears make a solid seal which blocks out outside noise. I find that when I wear them even without any audio playing the ambient noises are greatly reduced in my ears. With music playing, I cannot hear the outside noises at all. A similarly rubberized band connects the two ear pieces, which I wear behind my neck. The built-in remote sits on the band just under your left ear, allowing for volume control, and moving on to the next track. The buttons are pronounced, and easy to use without being able to see them. On top of the left earbud is a flush power button that is easy to use and provides a satisfying melodic tone that informs you when the headphones are powered on and connected to your Bluetooth device. The Bluetooth range is exceptional as well, far outperforming the range of Bluetooth devices I’ve owned in the past. With the Powerbeats 3 I can leave my phone in my bedroom and walk throughout the downstairs of my home without losing signal. This equates to about 35 ft range, including through several walls. When I am working outside, I have been able to go up to 75 ft away line of sight without losing signal. Compared to the previous Bose headphones I owned, the Powerbeats 3 headphones have slightly decreased sound quality, but that is to be expected since they are different styles of headphones. The Powerbeats 3 have high amount of bass to them due to the battery powered drivers built into the headphones. I think this is due to them being classified as fitness headphones, as many people working out like to have loud, heavy bass music going to pump them up and motivate them to work harder. The audio isn’t drowned out by the base though, but rather has full, and rich sound that is just heavier on the bass side. The volume isn’t quite what I’d like it to be, as sometimes I’ve attempted to turn up the sound, and found it lacking at the top volume. This has only accounted for maybe 2 or 3 percent of the time I’m listening to them though. I often listen to piano music on these headphones while working on my homework, and find the piano sound full and rich, leaving my completely satisfied with the sound quality. One way that these headphones completely outclass much of their competition is with the battery life. While many of its competitors sport a battery life of around 6 hours, the Powerbeats 3 clock in at a whopping 12 hours, meaning I can go days without having to charge them. When needing to charge, they have a quick charge function that will give an hour of play time off only a 5 min charge. To charge the batteries completely takes approximately 1 hour. On the bottom of the left ear bud there is a micro USB slot for charging. Even though the charging port is left exposed and uncovered, the manufacturer claims that it won’t be damaged by sweat, rain, or moisture of any kind which is important for fitness headphones. Overall, I am a big fan of these headphones, and would definitely purchase them again. The superior build quality makes me believe that they will last for years to come, as long as I can keep them in my possession and don’t lose them. Although rarely on the quieter side, the sound quality is excellent, if not exceptional for the type of headphones they are. It is incredibly convenient to be able to leave my phone sitting in one place and be able to walk around my home, or the gym and be confident in the Bluetooth range. I would recommend these headphones for anyone wanting a pair of quality Bluetooth earbuds in the $100-$200 range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst product I've ever bought

    Posted
    Colt
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I never leave reviews for products, but being that these are so terrible I figured I would pass my knowledge on to people thinking about buying these headphones. This product could be the WORST purchase that I have ever made concerning technology. In 2017 I purchased a pair around christmas time for myself to use while working out. I'm not an avid workout enthusiast by any means, but I do like to work on cardio from time to time on a stair climber, treadmill or rowing erg. Over the summer of 2018 I was working out with these for maybe the 5th time and they completely shut off on me. After talking with apple support, and searching online forums, I found out that this issue is a common problem with the powerbeats 3 and I would have to send them in. Being that they were under warranty, I sent them in and they shipped back a new pair (pretty sure it was just a refurbished pair). They worked fine until today. After a 25 minute workout on the stair climber, they shut off once again and exhibited the same habits as the time before. Once again they would not turn on and had a solid red light while charging. After talking on the phone with apple, I told them my issues and that they were the same issues that I had on the product before. They offered to run the same route as last time, FOR A 100 DOLLAR CHARGE. Apparently they had fallen out of warranty by 59 days, and there was no extended warranty on the refurbished pair. After talking with them, there was no way that I was going to pay that price for them just to send me another refurbished pair that will have the exact same problem. I've come to find out that after being marketed as "sweat resistant" and advertised by athletes Lebron James, Serena Williams and many more athletes during workouts that these headphones can't withstand any sweat, coming no where close to being "sweat resistant" as advertised. Apparently working out for 15 minutes on a rowing erg and 25 minutes on a stairclimber is too much to handle for a pair of headphones that I bought for 99 dollars (199 dollars retail price). After all of these years with apple products (3 iPhones, 1 mac, countless pairs of headphones and apple products) I'm ashamed to say that I may have bought my last apple accessory product. Never in my life have I been so upset with a product that I bought, to the point where a company that has had thousands of complaints against this product fails to take accountability for this piece of trash product that they sell. It is even to a point where individuals around the country have filed class action lawsuits against apple concerning this product (a simple google search will show you the lawsuit). If I could give this product a 0 star review, I would. I write this review in hopes that other individuals do not make the same mistake that I did. While the sound quality was good when they were working, this product belongs at the bottom of a trash can, not on the shelves of stores across the world. Feel free to do additional research as well when thinking about purchasing this product (once again, a simple google search). I will be taking my money to Bose products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great wireless headphone for hiking! AAA+++!!!

    Posted
    Rosie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Let me preface by saying that in the past year and a half of hiking (I hike at least 2 times a week and walk around the neighborhood at least 3 times a week), I was using Jaybird X2s. The X2s were excellent but I needed to get a new pair because I really beat this pair up. Things I noticed about the Jaybird X2s: - Excellent sweat/water resistance (even while hiking in 4 hours of rain in Yosemite) - Used with Comfy earbuds, you can absolutely remove ambient noise (which can be a bad thing if you are hiking alone but great if you just want to listen to music) -I never wore them underear during hiking because they didn't seem to stay in the ear while hiking. When worn over the ear, they stayed put nicely. -I used them to listen to music on an iphone 6S plus. I rarely used them to make/take calls because where I hike is remote and has no cell service. -Bluetooth connectivity was good but not great. Connecting always required me to go into the iOS Bluetooth settings to find the device. So as I researched for a new pair, I narrowed it down to the Jaybird X3s and the Beats Powerbeats 3. About 2 weeks ago I purchased the Jaybird X3s based on my past positive experience with the X2s and I got a 10% off coupon at Best Buy. I tried out the X3s for those two weeks and here is my feedback: -The look great (I bought the black pair) and are smaller than the X2s in that they don't stick out of your ear as noticeably. -I do like the new charging mechanism on the in line control vs. the X2s where you plugged into a port on one of the earpods. The reason I like this is because the cover's attachment on the earpod that exposes the port to charge the headphones on the X2s eventually broke...so whenever I would charge the X2s I had to make sure to keep the plastic cover close by otherwise I wouldn't have anything to cover the exposed port after completing the charge. -Even though they seem smaller, I still wore the X3s over ear because when I tried to wear them underear, they seemed to feel like they were going to fall out. I even tried the various ear fins and different Comfy earbuds and it didn't make a difference. -Sound quality was pretty good and seemed better than the X2s. Sound isolation with the Comfy earbuds was excellent. -Connectivity: The Bluetooth connectivity was on par with the X2s. However, connecting to the new MySound app worked probably two times over the 2 week trial period. I had to call Jaybird support and we went through all the troubleshooting steps and it still wouldn't connect the MySound app to my Apple iPhone 6S plus. Looking at other forums online, others had the same issue. After my experience with the MySound application on the X3s not working, I decided to return them. I opted to try the Powerbeats 3 because the price reduced to $149.99 (from $199.99) and Best Buy honored my 10% coupon on top of that! After trying the Powerbeats out for several days, I couldn't be happier. What I like about the Powerbeats 3s is that I totally feel secure with them on. Because of the ear hooks, I don't feel like they will even fall off my ears. Aside from the secure fit, I actually do prefer that the earpods allow me to hear ambient sounds. This is particularly important because I often hike alone and need to be aware of my surroundings. -They sound great, a little more bassy compared to the X2/X3. I do like that option of custom EQ via MySound app on X3s but it unfortunately didn't work for me...and I believe you have to have an internet connection for the MySound application to work (which I didn't have very often in the remote areas I hiked..I'd check on whether an internet connection is needed with Jaybird support if that's a concern). -At the $149.99 plus 10% discount, the Powerbeats 3 are comparably priced to the Jaybird X3s at $129.99 retail (although I see the X3s just now went on sale for $99.99) -Connectivity: With the Powerbeats 3 this is much better/simpler than the Jaybirds. Whenever I power up the Powerbeats 3s, the iphone recognizes them...I don't have to go into settings in iOS to find the device and pair them!!! The Bluetooth connection is really strong. I can listen to music anywhere in my 3 story townhouse...no connection loss at all. -Battery life: Awesome! When I do any major peak hiking, I'd expect to be out on the trail for 6-8 hours. These bad boys never die out with that 12 hour battery life. Overall, I like the Powerbeat 3s. If I had to pay the original $199.99 retail price for them, I don't believe they are worth it. But with a drop in price and my 10% discount, that price is on par with the Jaybirds and I get a much longer battery life, strong secure fit, and seamless connectivity. The only thing I'd recommend with the Powerbeats 3s is to add a EQ to customize the sound like the MyApp on the X3s.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A winner!

    Posted
    NinjaScroll
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound, Questionable Durability

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    503Phil
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality with a price

    Posted
    Mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    -Good- Bass Ear clips Battery life Wireless Control module Multiple ear sizes -Bad- Price Case Strap adjustment Alright so lets start with the good, the bass is phenomenal and it can really rattle your head if you turn it up enough. The sound stage for non bass heavy listening was good for me too although I normally would switch to my sennheisers if I was at home, but on the go these are perfectly acceptable. The ear clips were the deciding factor when I bought these. I have tried all iterations of beats biggest competition, Jaybird, and I can never get them to stay in my ears when doing anything other than standing still. With these Powerbeats I never have to worry about them falling out and I never have to make adjustments during vigorous activity. The battery life is said to be 12 hours and many sources confirm that, but I haven't tried to test that. I don't really have a set schedule of when I use them so it would be hard to give detailed information about it other than to say I have always had ample amount of battery when using them and I only plug them into charge every 2-3 weeks. Now for the bad, the price is absurd, but that should come as no surprise if you are even looking in the direction of this brand because that is part of the price - the brand. I have tried to get away from the beats brand and I in fact hate all of their products aside from their earphones because it checks all of the boxes for what I want in an earphone. Many people claim the Jaybirds stay in their ears and the sound quality is amazing. For me the Jaybirds never stayed in my ears, but the sound quality was on point. I would recommend checking into Jaybirds before going with these as they are half the price. I had a previous generation powerbeats wired earphones that came with a much better case than these that had a nice solid feel to it with a zipper to fully close it. These come with some flimsy silicone type of case with the opening always being open. I cannot say enough bad things about the case and I think they would of been better off not even including a case than insulting its customers with whatever that silicone junk is suppose to be. The strap adjustment is a complete joke. It adjusts the cords that go behind the ears so they fit snug around your head, but then you have this long dangling cord on your back and depending on what your wearing constantly gets caught on your shirt. Making it too tight will start pulling on your ear when doing any activity that requires turning or moving your head in any way. They needed to include a way to clip the excess part of the cord to the cord that is hugging the back of your head or something. If you are exercising and use a headband you can tuck it under the headband, but I find myself not tightening it at all and just develop a tolerance for it. Honestly I wanted to give this product three stars maybe even two, but as I said above it checks all the boxes for what I want that no other company seems to do or just plain ignore - ear clips and good sound quality with bass. Ear clips was all the rage with those sony behind the ear things in the 2000s why can't others start doing that with earphones. Maybe I am alone in wanting that so there is no demand for it, but for me earphones are for being active and if they can't stay in my ears while I am active then what good are they, Powerbeats does this flawlessly and I will gladly pay that price for them which is why I give it 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Skeptical at first, but came around.

    Posted
    Phillllllllllllll
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointment

    Posted
    Rafay

    I bought these headphones 7 months ago and I think I barely used them before they stopped working. I thought spending $160 on Beats Headphones was worth it because Beats headphones are known to have really good sound quality and durability but boy was I wrong. I was very disappointed the first time I listened to the sound quality because they sounded exactly like my apple headphones which come for free with the phones! But even though the sound quality didn’t live up to my expectation, I decided to keep them because I travel and workout a lot and wireless headphones suited me. So I used these for 7 months and the last 2 months they started glitching, turning off, and disconnecting from my phone by themselves and I have a brand new iPhone 8 so the phone was definitely not the problem. Then just last week I went on a run and they died on me. They were fully charged, it wasn’t raining outside, and I wasn’t even sweating before these headphones decided to break. I’m not the only one who has had problems with these Powerbeats 3 because the reviews for these headphones are terrible on every site! If you’re looking for headphones, I would recommend just regular apple headphones because these will be the worst $160 you will ever spend! The only reason I’m giving it 1 star is because of the fitting and design which is very comfortable and lightweight but I would give it 0 stars if there was an option because this is unacceptable for $160 headphones. What’s sad is that I didn’t get the warranty or anything and lost the receipt because I didn’t think I was gonna have this problem so I can’t even return these. But overall, I’m very disappointed in Beats and Apple.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great headphones for active user

    Posted
    braden
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Today I am here to talk to you all about my great experience with the Powerbeats 3! Headphones are a huge part of my day. From zoning out on my work, to working out at the gym music is one of the most important mediums in my life. When looking for a good pair of headphones there are some important aspects that are a necessity for them to be perfect for different aspects of your life. The Powerbeats 3 hit a homerun on such things as water resistance, sound quality, comfort and practical usage. Many of the aspects of the Powerbeats are perfect for the active and athletic user. I myself am constantly in the gym either lifting or playing basketball. The water resistance aspect is perfect for when you're getting sweaty after a good workout! Another great aspect for an active user is the over the ear grips that don't allow them to fall out like headphones. This is especially useful if you are playing any sort of contact sport that involves jumping or sudden movements. That paired with the wireless bluetooth capability minimizes the use of cords. Cords are one thing that can always get in the way when lifting weights. They at times get caught on machines, free weights, your arms or other protrusions and it can really become a pain. The bluetooth capability is also useful for playing sports because it allows you to set your phone away from you and out of your pockets allowing for more freedom of movement. Lastly and most importantly we get the overall sound quality. One thing that Beats has done so well as a brand compared to many competitors is the level of bass and quality in their headphones. This is the number one most important aspect to me as I would not enjoy headphones if I did not enjoy the sound of them. This area is where the PowerBeats really prevail over everyone else. The base is deep and full of the appropriate amount of vibrations without draining out the vocals of any song. These headphones are best if you listen to Hip-Hop, pop or electronic music but will be satisfactory for every genre. The only area of improvement needed for the PowerBeats 3 is the overall volume of the headphones. They tend to be relatively quiet compared to other brands on full volume and for a active user you use that volume to get the most out of your workout. The positives most definitely outweigh that small negative though and that is why I give the PowerBeats 3 a 5 stars out of 5! These headphones are perfect for anybody with a active lifestyle that loves to enjoy music as the workout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality Product for the Mobile Listener

    Posted
    Chris
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am writing this with just under two months of use and experience with this product. I use these primarily for working out, walking around campus, or just when I want to listen to something casually. Also, to give a little more context, I have these paired with my Samsung S9+ Android phone. Although Beats are now produced and designed to work with Apple products, I have had an exceptional experience with them. Sound Quality: The audio produced is great for the pricing and style of headphone. Music tones are well rounded on the low and high end while still delivering a strong mid-range. The bass of each song is clear and noticeable and would compete against any earbud in the same price range. The maximum volume level is fairly high and the quality doesn’t get distorted at this max. Durability: These would be a great set of wireless earbuds for anybody who sweats or walks in the rain. I have not experienced any issues with these as far as water resistance goes, however, I have protected them in heavy rains. The buds come with a small travel case that can be used to store them when not in use. This has been a convenient way of protecting them in my bag and against any trauma. The wiring, buttons, ear pieces, charging port, and all other components of what comes with it has shown no signs of wear and continue to look and behave like brand new. Comfort: Anyone who has struggled with their earbuds falling out in the past will appreciate the fit of these headphones and how well they stay on your head. After opening the package, you will be given the opportunity to pick the size of the piece that goes in your ear. After finding what is right for you there shouldn’t be any need to switch around. The weight of the product is relatively light, which adds to the overall feel of the experience. Performance: The functionality of the features work as anyone would expect them to. The battery life holds up well with a few days of average use before needing a charge. The charge time is pretty quick for how much playback time there is. The Bluetooth range will please anyone who has tried other wireless setups before. The button functions work similar to other headphones in the market. What is advertised is a close representation of what to expect. Anybody considering purchasing these are looking at a great pair of wireless earbuds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality Workmanship

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    FinancePro
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So I was given a pair of wireless headphones as a gift. At first I was leery from changing from my traditional wired headset due to comfortable of use. After about a month of the having the headphones sit in the box, I decided to give them a try. Well needless to say I fell in love with them as I am active person who likes to exercise a lot. So now I was free of wires and free of having to carry my phone directly on me. Well after four months of use the volume/microphone device split in half. As such, I lost the ability to control my headphones and talk clearly through the microphone. I looked up the manufacturing warranty which stated 1 year. I figured Apple stands behind their products so will not have an issue with them repairing my headphones especially since they were relatively new and I had the receipt. I brought in my receipt from Best Buy which clearly had a purchase date within 5 month of purchase. Well upon taking it to the Apple store, I had issues with staff telling me it was out of warranty. The only thing I figured is that they started the clock on the manufacturing warranty based on Best Buy purchasing the item for resale to consumers. I argued the issue stating that it is not fair for them to start the warranty period based on when the reseller received it versus when it was sold to the end-user. So obviously this seems fair right…so the person assisting me talked with everyone and sent it off to get repaired free of charge. Well two days later, I receive an email telling me that my product is not under warranty. I thought ok, we went through this issue once so I will call and give them my repair order so they can see the notes. This time they said it was out of warranty because parts are missing. I said correct, the volume apparatus broke because of a manufacturing defect and the other half of the volume control fell off when I didn’t notice. Well they told me if any parts are missing regardless of the manner, it voids the warranty; however, I can have it fixed for $99. Seriously for that much I can nearly buy me a new set, but you can bet I will not buy Apple product again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied Powerbeats 3 Customer

    Posted
    HectorSalgado

    The Beats Powerbeats 3 are a recent purchase that I bought from my local Best Buy store. The Powerbeats 3 are ideal for the typical gym rat or runner. These earphones are also excellent for the everyday commuter like your typical college student walking from class to class. I reviewed this product in four categories including the battery, sound, wireless (range), the earphone comfort, and earphone pricing. Battery The battery life of the Powerbeats 3 is nothing short of excellent. The battery is a huge upgrade from the past Powerbeats 2 and other previous models. The Powerbeats 3 come with a new Apple W1 chip, that gives the user up to 12 hours of battery life. Apple decided to stay with the original microUSB port. A charging cable comes included inside the earphone box. With just five minutes of charge, the earphones give the user an hour of playback sound. Because the battery life and other features have greatly improved, these earphones are rather pricey, around 150$. Sound Quality The Powerbeats 3 earphones sound is the best quality yet. The bass on these earphones have a more clean and clear bass sound, which is something the Powerbeats 2 had an issue with. Not only is the bass a huge improvement, the mids and highs have clearer sound than ever. And since one size doesn’t always fit every ear type, the Apple Powerbeats 3 come with four different earphone tips, so you can choose the pair that best fits comfortably. Wireless (Range) The wireless range on the beats is a huge upgrade from the previous generation Powerbeats. The Powerbeats 3 remain connected with my apple iPhone 7 plus from over 75 feet with clean and clear sound. This is a very helpful feature for the typical gym rat. You can leave your phone on the exercise machine, and walk over to the nearest water fountain for a drink and not lose connectivity with your device. The W1 Apple chip allows easy Bluetooth connectivity with the newer Apple devices such as the iPhone 7 plus, but the Powerbeats 3 can also connect very easily with Android or any previous apple iPhone models. The W1 Apple chip once connected to an Iphone device, the earphones will automatically connect with any other Apple device associated with the iPhone such as an iPad, MacBook, Applewatch linked to your Apple iCloud account, so there won’t be any lengthy and unnecessary pairing session.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    Posted
    CB133
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    Having owned Beats headphones in the past I thought for sure the Powerbeats3 would be a quality product. After going back and forth between the Powerbeats3 and the Bose. I purchased the Powerbeats3 in January of 2017. I used them several times on short runs and they worked well. The sound quality was good and they seemed to meet my needs. I then stopped using them for months due to an injury. Once I recovered I again began using them in the gym 4-5 times a week for 1.5-2 hours at a time. I am not a heavy sweater, and they were not subjected to anything that should have caused them to not work. After 3 weeks they just began to shut off after about 30 seconds - 3 minutes of use. I contacted Apple support and was disappointed to learn that the warranty process is quite a lengthy one. You are sent a box to send them your product and then they review and send them back. I inquired about the apple store and was told they would have to do the same thing, unlike the great support i have gotten with my iPhone and watch, which were replaced on the spot when i had an issue. Bottom line is that after some research I discovered that this is not an isolated problem, but is being experienced by many users of the powerbeats3. If you are anything like me, your headphones are your most prized piece of gym equipment, so spending 10-15 days mailing your product back really ruins my gym time, especially since many users have reported repeat problems and being on their 10th set of Beats. I think its time to just buy the Bose. For a 200 dollar set of headphones i am sure apple can do better. I am highly disappointed in this product and wish i would have done better research. My advise would be that if you are going to use this product for any sort of workout, save your money and buy a better product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Just Awful

    Posted
    Matt

    These earphones are just awful. As an audio snob and avid runner, I wanted something that could provide excellent sound quality and durability during my long runs and workouts. These did neither. My first complaint is that these stopped functioning properly after six months of regular use. I would randomly lose bluetooth connection, and the sound would increase and decrease for no reason. Additionally, the pause/play button on the control wire stopped working, The audio quality is mediocre at best and nothing better than what you would expect from a FAR cheaper pair of earbuds. The fit is garbage. Despite coming with multiple sized rubber coverings for the in the ear piece, the over the ear hook does not adjust and therefore, if your ear isn't large enough, there is space between your ear and the hook. This space, combined with any physical movement, also the hook to swing easily ultimately twisting the in the ear piece out of the ear. The wire that connects the two ear pieces is made of a material that sticks to the back of the neck when it becomes slightly wet from perspiration or the elements. As a result, when you turn your head slightly, the ear piece is pulled from the ear. To avoid this, I wore the wire in the front of my neck, but this resulted in the wire bouncing up and down off my neck when i ran, which also was enough movement to pull the earpiece out of the ear. I tried to return these to Best Buy who told me I needed to take them to an Apple store, who told me I needed to complete a service request online through Apple, who told me to make an appointment with the Apple store. All I want to do is return this over priced piece of garbage. DO NOT BUY!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Catch them on sale

    Posted
    JimmyT
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    I use multiple headphones on a daily basis. I consider this pair of headphones my "workout" headphones (although generally this just means I'm walking the dog while wearing these). What I wanted: 1) Wireless with good connectivity 2) Long battery life 3) Good Sound 4) Able to get sweaty or a little bit moist 5) Ability to cancel noise 6) Ability to "stay put" in my ears For most of the above items, this pair of headphones is a good choice. I have had no problems with Bluetooth connectivity (it is a very stable connection and I can place my phone down anywhere in the house & move around without any kind of disturbance). As far as battery life - this has been a major win for these headphones. If I'm going to wear them for an hour or so a day (like to walk a dog) then I don't have to charge these headphones very often at all. They have really excelled in keeping a charge and I honestly charge them once a week and they have been fine for my purposes. Regarding sound, this is a mix of good and bad. These headphones sound pretty darn good depending on what environment you are in. If I'm listening to these headphones around the house they sound very good. If I'm walking the dog on a windy day it can be a very difficult listen, as what I mostly hear is wind whipping around the headphones. I don't get extremely sweaty walking my dog (and I generally workout without headphones if I'm doing something gym related) but I have had no problems with these headphones walking in a light drizzle. These headphones absolutely do not cancel noise. They do, however, stay in my ear very well. The reason I went wireless is so I wouldn't feel the wires getting pulled out of my ears all the time, and these headphones have not had any problems at all, "staying put." I have had some problem with people hearing me on phone calls, but that can probably be partially chalked up to being outside during the calls, and I think these pick up wind as well as your voice. My #1 concern was battery life, and in that department, this pair of headphones is a major win. These outlast most of the Bluetooth headphones available, and it really isn't that close. As far as sound - I feel like the closer they get to my ears the better they sound. I think with a pair of "comply" tips these will stick to my ears better and will sound good in any weather. I have been lazy lately, though, and haven't ordered a pair of this type of tips, so I can't confirm. I'm thinking they will really help with the sound in all types of weather, though. They do stay in my ears with no problems, and sound good when there isn't a lot going on around me or if it isn't super windy. I'd say purchasing these headphones is a no-brainer if your main concern is with battery life & with keeping them in your ears. Gobble these up if they are for sale, and pick up a pair of the foam/comply tips to go with them and you have yourself a very nice set of workout headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, improved fit

    Posted
    Sealy
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    This is my fourth Powerbeats model. The first Powerbeats, I had for a year and a half, of constant use. I loved the sound with the correct rubber plug, but the fit was not good. My ear actually got cut by the round drum thingamagingy and would be sore. Had to readjust the earhooks from time to time when working out. Went with it because of the sound which is great. I lost that one. Bought another popular competitive brand/model, and did not like the sound as much as the Beats. Surprisingly, It began losing charge quickly after only 5 months, and eventually would last less than an hour. Returned to the powerbeats2. Sound still great, still bad fit but, well for me, best sound out there so I stuck with it. This one however broke after 2 months. It would lose the signal or something (not Bluetooth related, more like loose connection) when moving, sometimes as simple as a head turn to the right or left, sound would cut in and out. Stuck with it. The volume control pod then began responding intermittently and eventually stopped working completely after 8 months. Looking at it I could see a seam and was able to open it just with my fingers. Maybe moisture got inside?? Too cheaply built for such an expensive item. Because I like trouble, bought the Powerbeats3. Sound still great and EUREKA!!, apparently I wasn't the only one complaining about the bad fit, because they reduced the stem length. NO MORE EAR PAIN!! PERFECT. They also redesigned the ear hook, redesigned the volume control pod, its more ergonomic and more watertight I hope, plus now 12hr run time. 3 weeks go by. Perfection! Except I plugged it in one night as usual and the next morning its dead. No response, no white or red light nothing. 3 weeks! ~sigh~ Flung it in a corner and eventually returned it to BestBuy for exchange. By this time, a little more than a month has passed but Bestbuy, being as awesome as they are honoured the exchange without even a fuss. Lo and behold, the same unit that I had paid $199.00 a month ago, was now on sale for $129.00!! They now had the green one that was out of stock at the time, the one I wanted, for $169.00. Did I mention I like punishment? :-) Especially if it comes with a discount? :-). Soooo, I picked up the green and got $30.00 back in the exchange and am now crossing my fingers that this thing lasts. Love the sound. If this breaks, will update this review and it definitely will not be positive. But that sound though!! Gave it a 3 because of the hardware issues. But that sound though!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for android(S9 plus)

    Posted
    EmilioAircraftMech
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    I purchased this in green for my girlfriend and blue for myself. Initially i noticed there is no bass at all(unless you press the earpiece into your ear canal, and i mean deeper than they were intended). But this was ok because it is practical for using when working but and thy did gt pretty loud when needed. After 2 days of use i noticed the music would stop and i had to reconnect headset or restart my phone in order to get sound again. Then the headset would only connect for media and not calls. I would reset and then when i get a call it would switch again to media. So i swapped the "defective pair" at best buy for a new one. Powered it up and paired with my phone and calls worked again. BUT the volume was REALLY low for music.....then i had my girl use her iphone 7 it connected and the volume was so loud i could hear them while she had them on next to me....what the heck. So i researched and i noticed the main selling point for these was the chip that reacts and connects with ipjone right away. Then i noticed the box and manuals were labled Apple inc. And we all know apple dont play nice with others. I went to bestbuy again and ralked to a associate in that area and he said alot of people are complajning about problems with android. And he directed me to other earphones. I ended up spending an extra 100 to purchase the Bose free sport for 200. The bass on those is amazing which explains the battery life. But the case charges it for you. Long stoey short i give this product 1 star for wasting my time. If the not would have said only fully compatible with iphone i would not have purchased. Just another reason to hate apple.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So far, meh...

    Posted
    Josh
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    Pros: The sound quality is good. The secure fit earhooks really help keep them in place far better than the previous 3 true-wireless headphones I tried and returned. Battery life is good, so far, although it’s only been about 2 weeks of usage. For indoor gym workouts, they’ve been great. Cons: I went for a run outside last weekend and my sweat must’ve caused them to malfunction cuz I noticed the volume suddenly decrease on its own. That was strange. And a feature I’ve found to be annoying is that they won’t turn on or connect to my iPhone unless they are within one inch from physical contact. Therefore, I can’t have my headphones on my ears with my iphone in my pocket or even in my hand, and turn them on. They also will not turn on unless I physically unlock my phone. If I forget and accidentally place my headphones over my ears before turning them on, placing the iPhone up against my ear will also not turn them on. Both the iPhone and headphones have to be in my hands, either touching or within one inch of contact for the headphones to turn on and connect. And even then, connection sometimes has problems. No other headphones I have owned have had this feature. Quite strange. But again, it’s more of an inconvenience than a problem cuz sometimes it can take a bit of effort to hook them around my ears just right to feel snug only to have to undo it all cuz I forgot to connect them first. It’s a strange feature that makes me question their technology acumen. So yeah, they’re “meh..”

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't chance it!

    Posted
    JYLEE
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend