Wireless earphones are quickly beginning to dominate the earphone market. Soon, the time we would have spent untangling cables will be replaced by a joyous song or two instead; for some of us, that time has already come. Although the Beats X earphones aren’t entirely wireless as they actually have a neckband, they are so light and comfortable that you will forget that you’re wearing them. Moreover, they won’t tangle due to the magnetic earbuds and flex-form cable which will allow you to instantly leave your troubles behind and escape into the soothing embrace of music.
Unlike one of the Apple’s previous earphones, the AirPods, the Beats X have an amazing noise isolation. Their innovative acoustic design allows for the clean treble tone while the bass remains distortion-free, resulting in a natural tone no matter the genre of music. The optimized and clear acoustics complement the latest pop hits with a warm but crisp touch while more aggressive music stays raw but with an extra punch to it.
With clear acoustics, exceptional sound quality, and flawless noise isolation, it’s very easy to immerse into the music and forget about everything else. The maximum volume of the earphones is extremely loud as I’ve found that just a little bit over the mid volume is sufficient most of the time. Overall, the sound quality is more than satisfying and produces clear and well-balanced high and mid ranges.
The Beats X earphones are available in four different color variants including blue, gray, black, and white. They set up instantly and effortlessly as all you have to do is power them on, and hold them near your device. You can connect them to your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac devices at the same time and easily switch between them, much like the AirPods can, due to the same W1 Bluetooth chip. The Class 1 Bluetooth ensures the seamless connection allowing you to comfortably move around your house with the earphones on thanks to the wide signal range. Just remember where you leave your phone once you wander off with your earphones!
The flex-form cables have no strings and they bend conveniently around the back of your neck ensuring that they will stay in place even when running. The cables are very light and comfortable that you will not even notice them. Unlike most of the neckband earphones which sometimes resemble a pendant, the Beats X feature a rather simplistic design without flashy gimmicks which will appeal to all consumers.
Below the left earbud, there is the inline three-button remote which can be used to adjust the volume, skip tracks, take calls, and activate Siri, while the power button is placed below the right earbud. The built-in microphone functions exceptionally well and provides no issues whatsoever whether for a conversation or when interacting with Siri. The cable doesn’t get tangled when you’re not using the earphones as the earbuds are magnetic and can be joined together allowing for excellent portability; they neatly fit in the rubber bag that you get along with the Beats X earphones.
One of the most remarkable traits of the Beats X earphones is the exceptional rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery with an eight-hour life durability. The ‘Fast Fuel’ charging capability allows for two hours of playback after only five minutes of charging and requires a 45-minute charging for the full battery. Along with the earphones, you will receive the lightning to USB-A port for charging. When it comes to battery life and charging, remember to manually turn off the playback once you’re done using the earphones; Unlike some of the Apple’s previous earphones, the Beats X won’t automatically turn off once they are joined together by the magnet.
The Beats X earphones come with personalized ear tips in four different sizes and some secure-fit wingtips for more stability. However, the earphones fit quite nicely by themselves and offer a comfortable and secure listening experience, meaning that in most cases you won’t even need the extra ear tips, but it’s still nice to have them around. Besides the bonus ear tips, you will also receive a rubber bag in which you can neatly pack up your earphones. The rubber bag keeps the earphones tucked in and thus prevents potential damage, yet once you wish to use the earphones, just a gentle pull will suffice in order to remove them from the bag.
At the moment (February 2017) the Apple Beats X earphones are available for $150 which is a reasonable price for high-quality wireless earphones. If you consider the crisp sound quality, great connectivity, exceptional battery life and charging capacity, and the awesome design, you’ll realize that these earphones offer more than many more expensive earphones and headphones do. Along with the Beats X earphones, you will receive ear tips in four different sizes, a few removable secure-fit wingtips, pocket-sized rubber bag, Lightning to USB charging cable, a quick start guide, and the one-year warranty card.
Even though the Beats X aren’t absolutely wireless like the AirPods for instance, they do offer some extra features in order to compensate for it. In the end, it comes down to the personal preference when choosing between the two kinds of earphones. Unlike the completely wireless earphones, the Beats X offer you ability to remotely and hands-free handle calls, adjust volume, change tracks, and activate Siri.
Furthermore, Beats X offer an immersive sound quality, an amazing and comfortable design of both earphones and the cable, and lastly, a superior battery life with an exceptionally fast charging capability. These stylish and convenient earphones surpass the quality of the common headphones and deliver an astonishing performance at a reasonable price. If only Apple included the automatic power-off once the earphones’ magnets join together, the Beats X would be flat-out flawless.
Sound Quality - 10/10
Features - 10/10
Price - 10/10
The Beats X earphones provide you with a solid sound quality and a durable and fashionable design. The most remarkable features of these earphones include the superior eight-hour battery life, fast charging capability, and class 1 Bluetooth connection. Given that all of these features are available for a reasonable price, we give it an 8/10 overall mark.