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Compare the Beats Solo Pro to the Beats Solo3

With the release of the Beats Solo Pro, Beats has a new flagship in the Solo headphones series. In addition to noise canceling, the new Pro version has some other changes compared to the Solo3. In this article, we'll compare both headphones so you know exactly what the similarities and differences are.

Beats Solo Pro

On ear | 22-hour battery life | Noise canceling
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  • Active noise canceling muffles distracting ambient noise and white noise.
  • Thanks to the fast charge function, you can use the headphones for 3 hours after charging for just 10 minutes.
  • The H1 Chip automatically connects the headphones to all your Apple devices.
  • You can't pair the headphones to your Android device fast via NFC.

Beats Solo3

On ear | 40-hour battery life | W1 chip
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  • Stream your music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
  • You can use the headphones for 3 hours after 5 minutes of charging.
  • Thanks to the W1 Chip, the headphones will automatically connect to all your Apple devices.
  • The headphones don't have active noise-canceling.

Compare the Beats Solo Pro and Beats Solo3

Beats Solo Pro Beats Solo3
On-ear Yes Yes
Noise canceling Yes No
Quickly connected to iCloud devices Yes Yes
Battery life 22 hours (with noise canceling on) 40 hours

Noise canceling

Solo Pro noise canceling test

Beats Solo Pro: noise canceling

The Beats Solo Pro are on-ear headphones with noise canceling. This is uncommon, as on-ear headphones don't cover your ear entirely. Over-ear headphones do cover your ears. But despite that, the Beats Solo Pro manages to muffle ambient noise well with this technology. This means you won't have to turn up the volume in the train or at the office when you're bothered by ambient noise.

Beats Solo3 test

Beats Solo3: no noise canceling

Since the Beats Solo3 doesn't have noise canceling, you'll still hear ambient noise and white noise. So if you're looking for on-hear headphones which do muffle ambient noise, the Beats Solo Pro is the right choice.

Quickly connected to iCloud devices

Beats Solo Pro next to iPhone

Beats Solo Pro: H1 chip

The Beats Solo Pro has the H1 chip. A big advantage of this chip is you can connect to all your iCloud devices very fast and switch quickly between different devices. In addition to many other advantages, the chip also ensures the headphones last longer and offers a better sound quality when connected to an Apple device.

Beats Solo3 next to iPhone

Beats Solo3: W1 chip

Just like the Solo Pro, the Beats Solo3 has a chip which ensures the headphones make a fast connection to all your iCloud devices. The W1 chip is the predecessor of the H1 chip and basically does the same, except the H1 does it better. You have access to Siri with both chips, but you can address the speech assistant by saying 'Hey Siri' with the the H1 chip without having to press a button first.

Battery life

Beats Solo Pro in hands

Beats Solo Pro: 22 hours with noise canceling on

If you use the noise canceling of the Beats Solo Pro all the time, the battery lasts 22 hours on a full charge. Not using the noise canceling? You can listen to music for 40 hours. If you don't need the noise canceling, it's useful to turn it off. That way, the battery lasts longer.

Beats Solo3 in hands

Beats Solo3: 40 hours

The Beats Solo3 doesn't have noise canceling, so you can listen to music for 40 hours on a fully charged battery. This means the battery of the Solo3 and the Solo Pro are comparable, but the battery of the Solo Pro doesn't last as long if you use noise canceling.


The Beats Solo Pro and the Beats Solo3 are both on-ear headphones which you can pair to an iPhone or other iCloud device quickly. The H1 chip is faster and more energy-efficient than the W1 chip, but the main difference between the 2 headphones is the noise-canceling. If you're looking for on-ear headphones with noise canceling, the Solo Pro is the right choice for you. Don't want noise canceling, but do want a long battery life and make a fast connection with your Apple Device? The Solo3 is the right choice.

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