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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 22121 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay for the price, but not a best buy

    Posted
    Reviewer1
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I never write reviews... ever, but I feel compelled to write one for this product. The pros are these headphones are wireless, and they’re trendy. Now the cons: they pinch your ear after wearing for too long, they’re kind of clunky... not good for laying around or in bed listening to, and the absolute worse thing about them is... they sound lackluster. They sound like a $59.99 pair of earphones. No mid range, weak bass, sounds flat. Which is unfortunate because the beats solo headphones sound great. I returned mine and got the Bose sound sport. They’re $50 more but now I can live with myself. I was worried they wouldn’t stay in my ear during exercise, but they do and they don’t feel clunky and they don’t hurt after wearing for long periods. Haven’t had them long enough to review battery life... but if the build quality is any indicator, I’m not concerned.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really like these, don't LOVE them

    Posted
    HockeyDad
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    I've had mixed feelings about these since I got them, but I'm not returning them. They sound great, Beats has some of the best sounding headphones out there. What I don't like is the fit. They come with different sized earpieces, so you have to try out different sized pieces, but the problem is, once you pull one off and put a new one on, it's easy for them to fall off again. I've had them get stuck in my ear when I pull them off. One just came off in my bag, things like that. Small problem, but nonetheless, it's an issue I'm conscious of every time I take them off. The cord that goes around the back of your neck can be a pain too, it gets caught on my collar and pulls the headphone out of my ear sometimes, things like that. All in all, the sound of these is amazing, I use these to talk to people all the time, and they say I sound real clear on the other end. That's great. It's the fit and problems with ear pieces falling off that bugs me. If you get these, be aware, you may return them if they don't fit right. I'm going to check the "yes I would recommend this to a friend below," but my recommendation comes with an asterisk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love and Hate

    Posted
    Paul

    This is probably my 7th or 8th pair of beats. I've used them ever since they were bass heavy garbage to the much more balanced and pleasing headphones they are now. This set didn't really make the cut for ME. I want to emphasize that I don't like them for specific reasons that apply to ME, because my wife has a pair and likes them very much. Sound: The sound is good and balanced. Not the best, but very far above average. Connect-ability: They connected to my laptop, cellphone and tablets just fine with no issues or loss of connection even if I left the device on the other side of the room. Durability: I honestly only used them for about 3 weeks, but carrying them around in my pocket or throwing them in my gym bag was never an issue. Comfort: I hate how these fit. Fit is all about personal preference, but I just could not get these things to sit in my ears comfortably. They regularly popped out while I was moving and would start to hurt my ears after only about 15 minutes. They would stay in my ear but the buds would pull out and make it so that, along with the music, I could hear everything going on around me, which I don't like in a headphone, especially when I'm working out. If I could have gotten these to stay in without making my ears throb, they would have received 5 stars, but as wearability of headphones is kind of a key component to their effectiveness, their fit makes them a deal breaker for me. I still recommend trying them out though. Maybe I have weird ears, but if they fit comfortably in yours, you'll have a very nice set of headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Only Work for 6 Months - Garbage

    Posted
    klink22
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I bought these in March of 2017 for $149 as I had a competitor match that saved me $50. They worked great with some minimal cutout when outside, but that was likley due to the bluetooth signal. Unless they were in my ears or charging, they were kept in the provided case - never dropped, smashed or damaged. About 6 months after purchase they would not power on, would not charge, no light, nothing. I took them to Apple Genius Bar and they shipped them off as they were under warranty. Recieved a different pair back a week or so later. Here we are about 6 months later and these pair are doing the same thing. I knew the original 1 year warranty was up on the March purchase, but wasn't sure what the warranty was on the replacement pair. Wasted 2 hours of my time today at Keystone Apple Store to be told they could not send for repair as the replacement pair only carry a 90 day warranty. $99 to have them repair. Unfortunately these are garbage in my experinece. I will never buy a Beats product again. Just picked up some Bose wireless earbuds - hope these will hold out and they stand behind their product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Glad I got them on Sale

    Posted
    Awill24
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    First I would like to point out the fact that I purchased the Powerbeats on sale for $99. I am only partially satisfied with them because of that fact. If I would have had to pay the original $200, I would not be happy with the head phones. I do not like the new case. I miss the old protective case that zipped and had a firm shell. It was easy to put them in the case and go and it seemed more protective. I do not feel like they are loud enough especially when I am in a gym that is playing music in the back ground. I also do not like how flemsy and cheap the power button and volume control button feel. They did not feel like that on the old powerbeats that I own for 4 years. I will never purchase Powerbeats again after these wear out. Also, it is hard for me to have a conversation on the phone with theses headphones because people are constantly telling me that they can not hear me unless I literally hold the mic right next to my mouth. One good thing about them is that they have an excellent blue tooth range that they will work with out any interruptions. I can put my I phone down and run around an indoor track and shoot backetball on a full court gym and still hear my music.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones, but could use a few improvements

    Posted
    Steveo
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I purchased these for use in the gym, but first tried the Powerbeats2 (PB2) headphones. When I realized the battery life wasn't near as good, I decided to step up to the PB3's. While I'm not normally a fan of Beats products, these headphones are a wonderful product for use in the gym, or anywhere where having a quality wireless setup is essential. The sound quality tends to be a little bass-heavy, but an EQ on your phone works for cleaning up the signal to your personal preference. The fitment, with both the in-ear and over-ear components stays in place for nearly everything, including running, elliptical, cycling, etc. I have yet to find a headphone design that works as well as the PB3. On the other hand, for the price, there are some shortcomings. First, the case included in the PB3 box is a joke. They downgraded from the PB2 zipper case to a cheap, flimsy silicone case. At this price point, a padded protective case shouldn't even be a question. Second, the power button feels poor, compared to the PB2. The button should provide a more tactile 'click' when depressed to allow for eyes-free power on/off of the unit. Lastly, and not a major gripe, but worth noting, the in-ear portion of the headphones doesn't adequately provide noise reduction. This can be easily fixed by a set of $15 Comply earbud cushions (The T-400 fits these).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible quality. Stay away!

    Posted
    Wayne
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    I got sick of replacing cheap headphones that I use at the gym. I went into Best Buy and asked for recommendations for the best headphones for the gym and was told to get these. Within two months the headphones would randomly shut off while I ran to the point where I couldn't use them. About 50% of the time when I charged them they didn't charge and I was stuck with dead headphones at the gym. It sucks running 5 miles on a treadmill just listening to the sound of your feet hitting the teadmill. Now the new issue is they won't turn on and just flash red. Now I'm being told to mail them in and wait weeks for a replacement. So I have to go spend more money to have have working headphones for the next 3 weeks. Good thing I decided to not buy cheap ones and buy a $200.00 pair to avoid having to replace them! Trust me, don't buy these. They are a cheap pair of headphones with an expensive price tag because of the name and kids want them. Nothing more. Buy a different brand. You will regret getting these. I googled how to fix this issue and it seems that it's a common thing with these.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not waste your time and money

    Posted
    Robert

    I purchased these just over a year ago as a mix office and workout set. They do not handle calls well at all. With my phone less than two feet away, the audio constantly distorted. They then became one-dimensional. They work decent for working out, however; I had to tighten down the wire to get them to stay in place and it made them very uncomfortable. Then they began acting up just a few months in by not turning off, which destroyed the battery life. On the bright side the quick charge feature does work well. During a recent work out, they just quit. Could not turn on, could not reset, the light did not come on when plugged in to charge. I got on a chat with support they offered to fix them for $99 plus shipping. That is a hefty price for a set I paid $149 for on sale. I was 40 days out of warranty and they would not work with me, which I found surprising considering my experiences with apple. Meanwhile my wife has been happy as can be with a $25 set she bought on amazon over 2 years ago. As the title warns: do not waste your time and money. I replaced with a similar set to what my wife has and so far they are more comfortable and the sound quality difference is negligible.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Garbage, don’t stand by their product

    Posted
    Anthony

    I bought my first pair at the end of April 2017, within a month(probably about 2 weeks) they stopped working; wouldn’t charge nor turn on, nothing. Luckily I had them replaced at the store I bought them from almost no questions asked. Fast forward about 10 months(March 2018) and an earhook just breaks clean off. It wasn’t giving me fits or loose or anything, just one day broke off. I took them to where I bought them, as I’d done before, where they told me Apple wouldn’t let them do direct exchanges anymore(probably because their product is junk). So, I find an Apple store, take them in there to hopefully just exchange them, since it’s an Apple product, no such luck. Rather, they insisted it was of my own doing, that I broke them, and they needed to charge me $99 to send them in to be repaired or replaced, when the 1 year warranty clearly states that it covers material and workmanship. Too bad I fell for this trap, a company that won’t even stand by its product. The sound was great but going through two pairs in less than a year is unacceptable for something with a $200 price tag. Never again Beats, and Apple, you’ll be lucky if I buy anything from you again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality sound

    Posted
    Raju
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    THUMBS DOWN

    Posted
    Wjs29

    I am ABSOLUTELY dissapointed with Apple products and specially Apple Care. I purchased the wireless PowerBeats a little over a year ago for almost $130.00 at BestBuy and the loop that goes around the ear has failed and the rigid wire that was inside a plastic tubing has come out and its puncturing my ear. First of all, I am utterly DISSAPOINTED with the failure of this item after just over a year of mild use. A friend of mine bought some Sony Wireless earphones for a fraction of the price and they are still running strong, not to mention the battery life is far superior. In addition, Apple Care blatantly stated that the only way to have those fixed is by paying a $99.00 service fee plus other fees that would amount to guess what? Almost the exact price I paid a year ago for a brand new set. Does apple think they sell $130.00 earphones meant to be diaposable after merely a year of use? Dont they go the extra mile for clients that own and have own their products for over 10 years? Bottom line is, 1) The product is of poor quality and Will FAIL 2) Apple Care won't have any interest in helping you other than ripping you off 3) There are superior product with much better customer service and retention.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nicely done & worthwhile upgrade

    Posted
    Robert
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I already had the Beats 2 and got these when a deal presented itself to me. I have not regretted it. The syncing is indeed quick and smooth to my iPhone 7 Plus, the battery life is at least doubled if not more, and the best thing is the way they fit. I liked the Beats 2 fit but Beats 3 made a minor change that I believe is phenomenal and very comfortable. Not only do these fit better, are just way more comfortable, and hold in place even better, they also get in my ear in a better way to have the sound be even better, richer, dynamic, and fuller. When I read some reviews, I was skeptical; however, I decided to give them a shot for the better battery life alone. I got that and a whole lot more. And I love the all black sleek look. So sharp and nice. Both styling and professional. Here's a big unknown surprise... the mic is way better for calls. I have effectively replaced my excellent Platronics headset for most calls because I have isolated audio in both ears to hear that one guy on a conference call who must speaking 25 feet from his mic and the people on my phone can hear me clearly and without distracting sounds or changes in volume from the mic not picking up my voice as well as this one now does. This makes it a serious business contender for a headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome headphones but...

    Posted
    dmeltzer
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    Love these headphones, however, these aren't the first pair I have owned. And that's not a good thing. Purchased a pair of BbD a few months prior and they stopped taking a charge about a month later. Second pair stopped holding a charge -- they charged up okay but would die very quickly after (~45 minutes). Third and current pair have been holding up well. What I noticed from my second and third pair is they modified the design slightly. The charging port on the third (and working) pair doesn't have some sort of weird cover to it and it's an easier fit for the charger. I also realized this pair holds a charge much longer than the other pairs had (when they worked). On top of the great sound quality, these headphones hold a charge for up to 8 HOURS of play time (VERY GOOD) and charge fully in about an hour. Incredible, no? Apple threw in 3 free months to Apple Music (promotion discontinued effective 08/26) and that was pretty cool getting a $30 iTunes credit. Carrying case is convenient though a bit snug and difficult to fit the earpieces in. BbD include extra sets of ear buds to replace if yours get dirty, lost or dropped in a bowl of soup (don't ask...) All in all, Good headphones. If it weren't for the shaky start of our relationship, I'd say these headphones earned my 5 star rating. But, I'm still a little heartbroken. So, that 4 star rating will settle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality / Worth the price

    Posted
    D1maddog1
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    I bought a pair of Apple Powerbeats3's for myself a few months ago; I bought these for my son. My son & I are avid music listeners; he uses them to game on his iDevices. These paired to his iPad & iPhone within seconds, and can switch easily from one to the other with little intervention. They pair just as easily with my iMac. The selection of tips that come with the Beats work for a wide range of ear sizes. The sweat resistance does work. The over-ear 'loops' are extremely comfortable, take little time to get used to, and work very well to keep them in place. The sound is incredible throughout the range; bass response is very good for the size. They do blow most other competition out of the water at this price range. These WILL pair, with some minor effort, to a Microsoft-based PC / laptop; I use them for my work computer. Three minor CONs: [1] Retain the ~3" micro-USB cord that comes with the headset. For charging, the cord is useless due to its short length, and any micro-USB cord will charge. BUT THIS CORD (unlike other micro-USB cords) is needed for firmware updates...other micro-USB cords WILL NOT work for firmware updates. They really should tell you this. [2] To protect the $200 pair of Powerbeats3, they give you a soft silicone carrying sleeve, which is sorta a joke. [3] Okay, Apple owns them now; switch to the Lightning cord!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great wireless headphone

    Posted
    andy
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Yearly Replacement Is Likely Inevitable

    Posted
    SerialShopper
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    This is the second Beats headset I've purchased within two years. Each one last approximately 10 - 13 months. At first they work very well; they just don't last long enough. The first one began to come apart at one of the ear pieces then a couple months later it stopped working altogether. On my second set the plastic top that houses the volume controls has come off. I only use these headsets to listen to music to while walking, sometimes on the treadmill, and 90% of the time to have long phone conversations while not working out. I am careful with them to keep them safe (use the carrying case, don't leave them in the sun, etc.) as I don't like spending so much money every year. Best Buy no longer sells an insurance warranty for them. My guess is it's because they continuously break. I purchased these a second time after my first set broke thinking it's was a fluke plus I had insurance on the first pair (it was offered at that time). If you don't mind replacing these every year then go for it otherwise I suggest you look into something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Alright but better options exist

    Posted
    Harry
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    I only kept these for a month to really test them before gifting then to my cousin. For a first pair they are fine but if you are someone that's experienced how good Bose and Jaybirds headphones are you do not want to touch these. All Bluetooth headphones will havesome connectivity issue as in going in and out or completely stopping and waiting for you to restart your music or video again but these headphones would at least twice within a workout would either stop completely or have intermittent static while playing music. Headphones could use a app like Jaybirds headphones that allow you to adjust the settings for bass and everything. These headphones don't which sucks. Got these thinking such a big company would have a custom app allow adjustment for the music but they don't. Main reason I went back. The basic settings for Beats headphones are awful. Don't believe the ads where they make them look amazing. These are basic headphones with a fancy shell that they upcharge for. Better off with off brand headphones. They have the same quality in playback.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but not Great

    Posted
    DSNAKE
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    I believe it's really hard to capture all-around great sound via bluetooth. Mark my words, new technology will be made readily available to everyone without the need for bluetooth; maybe something even better. But for now we have to settle for this. These are my first pair of Dre. Beats after previously owning the Bose Freestyle wired earbuds: which held up for almost 2 years. They were solid all the way around minus the cord eventually ripping off after wear a tear. I use my head phones daily for gym workouts so the wired ones did get in the way many times. I decided to opt for the Dre Beats and sound and bass are sport on. The fit around the ears is also a good plus, with a nice noise canceling feature; I wouldn't expect from these. Now, the adjustable nob on the headphones is convenient, but I do find myself fiddling with it every now and then during my workouts. The head phones get tight sometimes when Im working out. As far as connectivity, I have a pixel xl and it connects quite quickly. However, one major drawback is that the music seems to skip or stop when I'm browsing through menus or navigating through screens. I guess its not capable of transitioning through menus or song browsing without mixing. So overall I would have to give these puppies a 3.7 sometimes 4.0 if it weren't for the annoying skipping.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Returning this item!

    Posted
    noved22

    It could just be my pair of buds that were faulty, but everywhere else on line I saw bad reviews but still wanted to try them. At first, they were good! They were the wireless headphones I had been searching for. I didn't get to use them much the first couple of weeks. But the third week, in fact today, the day I am writing this review, they went to Hades in a hand basket. The earbuds started when I fully charged the buds and then two days later they would die after an hour's worth of use. But I figured maybe my sister had used them or something so i thought nothing of it. Well just yesterday I set them to charge all day so i could use them for work the next day. Well I turn them on and about 30 minutes in i get the low battery sound and then 30 seconds later they die. That was no where near 12 hours worth of battery. Unless they are meaning the battery lasts only 12 hours after it is fully charged being used or not. I am very disappointed. I had high hopes for these. They aren't all bad. The sound is pretty good. I had to use rubber ear buds from a different set of buds so they would seal in my ear which helped the sound immensely. But battery life was the main reason I got these. I will see what BestBuy lets me do if I can do with a different brand or try another pair. If I have to stay with the powerbeats I pray the battery in my first pair was faulty.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Earbuds, but...

    Posted
    Mike
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    I was a little hesitant to buy these since early on it seemed like all you paid for with BEATS was the name. I will admit though, these earbuds sound excellent...once you get the right fit! I had to try out all 4 of the included earbud "tips" before I found the best fitting and best sounding pair. Once I did though, I was very impressed with the sound. Deep bass for simple "earbuds" but they aren't just all bass, overall sound was very good as well. Keeping these from 5 stars?? Two "complaints" which may only bother me so take that into consideration. One, I'm not a fan of the cord that connects the two earpieces. When I wore these while working out/sweating the cord would stick to my neck and would tug an earpiece almost completely out of my ear. That got annoying very quick. And the second, and this was the bigger issue for me, was after a fairly short period of time they became uncomfortable, especially in my right ear. For most people this may never be an issue but if I'm wearing these while working out for 60-90 minutes they became extremely irritating on my ears. I'm returning these and keeping the BEATS Solo3 on-ear headphones that I have. Obviously bulkier but sound better and there are no cords to mess with or ear pain after use. Again, if these don't bother your ears and you can get past the cord sticking they're very good sounding earbuds.

    I would recommend this to a friend