Are the BeatsX worth it?
Best answer: The BeatsX headphones are the cheapest W1 chip headphones available and offer that great signature Beats sound for under a $100. If you're looking for a good set of wireless earbuds, the BeatsX are definitely worth your money.Amazon: BeatsX ($99)
Customized fit you can take everywhere
The convenience of in-ear headphones is hard to deny. They're always a more convenient carry than an over-ear kit if you're limited in space, and eliminating the wired connection to your Mac, iPhone, or Apple Watch eliminates the awkward 10-second untangling dance anytime you want to listen to your favorite tunes. A lot of people complain about the in-ear headphones falling out of ears, but the BeatsX come with multiple tips and wings to ensure you get the best fit you can.
Don't forget that because the BeatsX fit so well, they also isolate sound by their design. Of course, this effect isn't as prominent as a pair of active noise-canceling headphones, but sticking the BeatsX in your ears and turning up the volume a little bit will make the noise of the outside world around you pretty dull.
Battery life and quick charging
The BeatsX headphones have an expected eight hours of battery life, but in our own personal testing, we've gotten even longer out of a charge. Plus, its two-hours-for-five-minutes Lightning quick charge has been a huge boon if you find yourself running low.
I will highlight Apple's decision to switch to Lightning for charging the Beats X; it's much more convenient to charge on the go than the PowerBeats or Beats Solo, which still use Micro-USB.
All Beats headphones are a tad bass-heavy: Such they have been since their very first appearance, and the Beats X are no different. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just a fact. Beats made their brand name on its sound and they have stuck by it over the years. If you know you like the Beats sound, then the BeatsX won't let you down.
Apple's cheapest wireless W1 headphones are the best option for users who need a more customized fit for their everyday earbuds and don't mind a wired connection. Eight hours of battery life should be more than enough for most daily use, and just five minutes of charge will give you an additional two hours of play.
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Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way.
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