Written by Lisette

Expert review of the Beats Solo 3 Wireless

The Beats Solo 3 Wireless are Bluetooth headphones with a long battery life of 40 hours. Thanks to the Fast Fuel technique, you only have to charge it for 5 minutes to use it to listen to music for 3 hours. Great! The on-ear design makes the headphones compact, but also less comfortable to wear. If you love a strong bass sound, the Solo 3 is perfect for you. If you prefer listening to a more balanced sound, this is not the best choice for you.

In short

  • On ear
  • Bluetooth
  • For at home and on the go
229,-
no longer available
  • The headphones have a 40-hour battery life.
  • You can use the headphones for 3 hours after only 5 minutes of charging.
  • You can fold the headphones into a very compact package.
  • The headphones automatically connect to all of your Apple devices.
  • The controls are concealed by the casing, which means you don't see any buttons on the ear cup.
  • The bass is exaggerated, which means the sound isn't very balanced.
  • Despite the soft ear cushions, the headphones can quickly start hurting your ears.
  • The controls are located on the left ear cup, which isn't very convenient for right-handed people.

First impression

The box contains a protective cover, a manual, a 6.3-millimeter adapter, and 3 audio cables. 2 of those cables are universal, so they don't have a remote. One of the universal cables has a regular length of 1.2 meters; the other is suitable for home use with its 5-meter length. The third audio cable has a remote that you can use to switch between songs and answer incoming phone calls. I don't like the fact that the protective cover is so soft. A hard case would have offered much better protection.

Sound

The sound of the Beats headphones is exactly what I expected it to be: it has a very rich bass. Songs from artists such as Snoop Dogg and Jamie xx sound great. The sound is not very balanced because the bass is so exaggerated. Treble fades into the background and sometimes, the dynamics were nowhere to be found. The heavy bass makes small, intimate fragments from a song sound as loud as a bombastic refrain.

Battery life

The Solo 3 has a 40-hour battery life. This is quite long in comparison to other headphones from the same price range. Most models only last 20 hours. The Fast Fuel technique is very useful. You only have to charge the headphones for 5 minutes to be able to use it for 3 full hours. I tested it, and it really works. Is the battery empty, and are you nowhere near a power source? Connect the included audio cable and keep using the headphones - this time, wired.

Carrying comfort

While the ear cushions feel really soft, I still feel a lot of pressure on my ears when I'm wearing the Solo 3. Honestly, I experience this with nearly all on-ear headphones, but still. I can't listen to music for hours on end with these headphones. The advantage of the design is that it looks small and not bulky. Because the headphones use Bluetooth, you don't have to deal with a cable that's in your face. If you don't think on-ear models are very comfortable, you should opt for Beats Studio Wireless over-ear headphones.

Controls

Click the Beats logo to switch between songs, pause your music, activate Siri, and answer phone calls. If you click above the logo, the volume of your music will turn up. If you click underneath the logo, the music will turn down. I like the fact that there aren't any visible buttons on the ear cup. Instead, they're integrated in the casing. Being right-handed myself, I do think it's inconvenient that the controls are on the left ear cup. The controls on the ear cup work perfectly with both Apple and Android devices. The controls in the audio cable only fully work with Apple. The headphones automatically connect to all of your Apple devices thanks to the W1 chip.


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