Beats Solo3 Wireless vs. Beats Studio3 Wireless: Which should you buy?

Break it down now...

When choosing between the Solo3 and Studio3, it's important to note that you're choosing between two classes of headphones on offer from Beats. If the Solo3 are Goku, then the Studio3 are Super Saiyan 1 Goku.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Solo3Studio3
Battery life40 hours22 hours
Charge time5 minutes for 3 hours of playback10 minutes for 3 hours of playback
Active noise cancellationNoYes
Charging typeMicro-USBMicro-USB
# of colors10+10+
Wired modeYesYes

It's important to first note that the battery life discrepancy between these two pairs of headphones resides in the Studio3's active noise cancellation. That uses up a lot more battery than Bluetooth alone. The Studio3 also have slightly larger drivers, which require a bit more power.

The other aspects you'll want to explore are whether you prefer an on-ear or over-ear design, and whether or not you want/need active noise cancellation (ANC). For the comfort and longer periods of wear, the over-ear Studio3 is going to be the better option.

For the comfort and longer periods of wear, the Studio3 is the better option.

If you'll be wearing your headphones regularly while commuting, you'll want to seriously consider ANC. It helps to remove a lot of the buzz and hum of car engines, chatter, and ventilation systems. It does also, however, mean battery life takes a hit.

As it stands, these headphones are only $50 more if you buy them on Amazon, and I would say that the Studio3 are worth the extra money. Though the materials are still the same — and they're really not great — there is a bump-up in audio quality, the same flawless W1 chip pairing with Apple devices, and some stellar color options available.

For the extra $50, choose the Studio3. Your ears will thank you for it, both in music enjoyment and for the fact that they won't be sore after an hour of wear.

Mick Symons

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.