How Well Does Beats X Compete with the Air Pods And JayBird
So, the beats X are brand new and there are now the cheapest wireless Beats that you can buy and even cheaper than the Air Pods now and supposedly they even sound better too so that means they’re absolutely worth the money right? Well, let’s break that down.
So, Beats X is another new pair of wireless Bluetooth buds for 2017. Its 2 in-ear buds connected by a wire with an inline battery and a bunch of little controls and tricks and features that make them work. So, in that way, Beats X compare really well with some of the other wireless audio options we’ve got recently like a Jaybird X2 & X3 and of course the Air Pods. In fact, I’d say the Beats X are pretty much a hybrid exactly in between those two. The Beats have a little bit of different shape and different functional layout but obviously they’re still pretty much recognizable with a logo and everything as Beats to anyone looking for them.
Beats X Vs. Air Pods (Features & Functionality)
Now Wireless earbuds have a bunch of different ways of sitting/cable management. Some are retractable, some have some sort of wire clip like the Jaybirds and some have no wires at all. These beats have no cable management at all except the magnet in the head of each earbud which turns out to be just enough I think. The wires are a little bit longer obviously and its meant to basically sit on your neck which isn’t too bad and you can barely feel and then when you’re not listening to them anymore, you can just take them out of your ears and just clip them together and then that makes this sort of a Beats necklace so if you thought Beats were out of the fashion game, they’re totally not. You still have the normal functionality of a normal pair of headphones which is good. You have the inline controls i.e. your songs forward and backward, you have the volume Up and down, a Play/Pause button and even an inline microphone for using phone calls. But since it’s 2017, they’re not completely wireless and also use Apple’s new super low powered, super awesome W1 chip, the same thing as the Air Pods. You power them on and your iPhone immediately recognizes them and pairs them to that and every other Apple device you have. But also, unlike the Air Pods, you can connect these to an Android phone via Bluetooth (no problem!) and they keep all their functionality. You can connect Air Pods to an android phone if you want but if you do, you lose all the cool features and functions like you lose the play/pause function when you take it out of your ears, you lose Siri, you lose volume control. It just becomes a very basic headset at that point. But if you connect Beats X to an android phone, you still have the physical inline controls here so, you still have volume, you have a microphone, they all still work. So, inline controls are good.
There are some downsides of these headphones too. Durability wise, these aren’t sweatproof or water resistant at all. Now, I haven’t had any problems with mine and I haven’t heard about any problems yet but it’s kind of weird that they’re lacking even those basic protection. Pretty much just don’t take them out in the rain or if you workout or you sweat a lot then you can’t use these for workouts either which isn’t that kind of a point of wireless headphones like this? It seems like a conspicuous absence but people smarter than me will tell you that it’s just so Beats can point you towards another pair of headphones that sells just for working out. So, if you’re not using them for working out, not take them out in the rain then you’ll just be fine.
In terms of sounds, they sound pretty decent. They sound like the other premium Bluetooth earbuds which isn’t super high bar to clear but they’re not garbage at all. They are definitely a lot heavier and on the base of your side for sure, they’re beats but that’s fine for a lot of people. Volume is good and they manage to make a really good cap in my ear, thanks to the wingtip. So, the seal makes the noise isolation that it creates really really good. I know some people can put Air Pods in their ears and run around, no problem, they don’t fall out. Well, I’m not one of those people, my ears don’t work with that so having the wingtip really works well with the Beats. Stays in my ear seals really well. The little wire around your neckline, you first wearing them is a little annoying at first since they have these little batteries in line as well but its really easy to get used to. Now, I can never quite forget it’ in my ears like the Jaybirds, which goes around the back of your neck but Beats still gets points for comfort here. The battery life is pretty solid. You’re looking at about 6-8 hours tops of charge but they also have this awesome quick charging. If you pick them up and they’re dead; you can plug them in for five minutes and add 2 hours of listening time which is dope and they charge via this lightning cable so no dock or pouch or cradle needed. Just literally plug them directly in with the same cable you charge your iPhone with and you’re good to go. So, this is obviously further reinforcements that this is made for iPhone users first. If you’re an Android phone person, you have a USB cable, so you need to carry two different chargers; one for headphones and one for the phone. And of course, they’re portable too that’s like a big point. So, they come with this case that’s looks like a mouse and you can just crumple them up and shove them into the case. It’s not very clean, it’s not very super elegant. I just ended shoving them in a sweatshirt pocket or in my backpack more often. Well yeah, they’re definitely portable.
So, as 150$ as a total package are the Beats X, the best beats ever? Sure, yeah! I’d give it that. I’d say, at least in the bank of buck category and the bank for the buck of beats category; yeah, these are pretty good but that doesn’t mean you get them like you got to know who beats are made for. People who workout with their headphones, who are really active, sweat a lot, do fitness and sports activities a lot, they’ll want like sweat-proof headphones, they’ll find stuff like the Jaybird X3 much better. But if you want no wires at all, you want totally wireless then, they’ll spring for something like the Air Pods but people who want Beats can now justify getting these Beats.
Also, Check my take on Apple’s New iPhone X.