Apple Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones Review

Posted: Feb 14 2017, 2:32am CST | by , in News | Technology News

 

Apple Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones Review
 

The release of the BeatsX gave me the idea to jump on the wireless headphone bandwagon. The BeatsX did not fit my requirements, but the Powerbeats3 did.

I started the year with optimizing my life. Little things like throwing away all socks and buy new ones from a single brand in the same color. I also got a new shelf for the office to declutter my desk.

Now it was time to get rid of the tangled Apple EarPods. The inspiration came last week with the release of the new $149.95 Apple BeatsX. I first thought I get these, but then I found out that the Apple BeatsX are not sweat proof.

I use earphones while working out. So I turned to the technical identical Powerbeats3. These Beats have also the new W1 chip. The Powerbeats3 are $50 more expensive than the BeatsX in the Apple Store. Amazon has though a deal on the black Powerbeats3 that saves $50. I got the black Powerbeats3 for $149.99 as I anyway have a black iPhone 7 Plus. Only black is on sale, the other colors are selling for $199.95.

The Powerbeats3 comes with four pair of different sized silicon buds. I spent most time to try them all out to find the perfect fit. I ended up using the largest one for my left ear and the second largest size on my right.

Turns out my ears are not symmetrical. After sorting this out I hit the gym. The Powerbeats3 came with over 80% battery charge, so I was ready to go. A 5 minute charge keeps the Powerbeats3 going for up to an hour. Fully charged the wireless earphone last 12 hours, thanks to Apple's W1 chip.

The Powerbeats3 sit perfect in my ears. There is no movement thanks to the over ear hooks. The cable running behind the neck can shortened with a little plastic piece. I have not figured out the best length yet. Making the cable to tight, makes the cable pull on the earpieces. The cable is also still a bit stiff. I guess it will get softer over time.

The RemoteTalk control is located on the left and lets wearers adjust volume and is full Siri compatible. Besides changing volume the in cable control allows users to switch tracks and taking calls. To skip a track forward, users need to press the center button twice. To skip a track backward, three clicks do the trick. Siri comes on when holding the center button.

Now to the most important aspect of earphones - sound. The Beats Powerbeats3 sound great. There is no complaint. There is a deep bass and crisp sounds. The Powerbeats3 give me a lot of room to roam around. I can leave my iPhone 7 in one corner at the gym and even go to the rest room and still hear my loud clear music. There is just no noise.

Wireless earphones are now a solid alternative to wired headphones. They just work, at least I can say this for the Powerbeats3. Get the Powerbeats3 deal on Amazon.com.

Frequent How To Questions about Powerbeats3

How to Skip a Track Forward with RemoteTalk?

To skip a track forward, you need to press the center button twice.

How to Skip a Track Backward with RemoteTalk?

To skip a track backward, three clicks on the center button do the trick.

How to activate Siri?

Siri comes on when holding the center button.

How to check the battery charge leve of PowerBeats3?

Open the notefication center on your iPhone (slide down from top) and scroll down on the today's view to find the box Batteries. There you can see the charging level of the PowerBeats3 in percentage. The power LED on the PowerBeats3 is white when you have more than 1 hour left. It turns red when less than one hour battery life remains.

If you have a question about the PowerBeats3, post it in the comments below, we try to find the answer.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr () is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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