Long-lasting battery

Beats Solo3 Wireless

Light and portable

BeatsX

The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones sound as good as they are stylish, and the 40-hour battery life will keep you listening to your favorite stuff for a long time. The built-in W1 chip makes the Beats Solo3 a perfect companion to any iPhone; however, the lack of any good noise isolation in a pair of headphones this size is unfortunate.

$300 at Amazon

Pros

  • Over-ear style
  • Amazing battery-life
  • Comfortable ear cushions
  • Signature Beats sound

Cons

  • No customized fit
  • Very little noise isolation

The BeatsX headphones offer a great low-end sound and a more customized fit which help the earbuds stick in your ears and grant you decent noise isolation. However, the slightly heavier than necessary neck cord and low eight-hour battery life can cause some annoyances.

$100 at Amazon

Pros

  • In-ear style
  • Lightning cable charging
  • Great passive noise-canceling
  • Customized fit

Cons

  • 8-hour battery life
  • Neck cord

A quick breakdown

Given that both these headphones are made by Beats and have Apple's W1 chip inside, the similarities far out way the differences. The Beats X and Beats Solo3 both have that signature bass-heavy sound that the brand is known for, and both products are designed to work hand-in-hand with your iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices.

The few key differences between these two products really come down to style preference. The BeatsX are customizable in-ear headphones that fit like a glove, whereas the Beats Solo3's are on-ear headphones that sit on your head with slightly adjustable, but plushy and comfortable ear cushions.

BeatsX Beats Solo3 Wireless
Price $100 $300
Style In-ear On-ear
Battery life 8 hours 40 hours
Fast Fuel 5 mins = 2 hours 5 mins = 3 hours
Charge time 45 minutes 1.5 hours
Custom fit Yes No
Charging cable Lightning microUSB
Siri Siri with RemoteTalk Siri with RemoteTalk
W1 connection Yes, after power on Yes, after power on

You can see in the table above that battery-life is a huge difference as well. The Beats Solo3 have a massive 40-hour quoted battery life that will keep you rocking for a long time between charges, and the Fast Fuel allows you to get up to three hours of battery in just five minutes of charging.

That's not to say that the 8-hour battery life of the BeatsX is terrible, in fact, for in-ear headphones of its size and price range, eight hours is pretty great. Plus, the BeatsX charge with a lightning cable, which means you don't have to carry around a microUSB cable with you.

The good news is if you're looking for a pair of Beats headphones that have Apple's W1 chip, both the BeatsX and Beats Solo3 are fantastic options. Your biggest deciding factor will probably come down to which style of headphones you prefer, and also if you want any amount of noise cancellation. The Beats Solo3 lack any noise isolation, which is unfortunate, while the BeatsX come with decent noise isolation. Neither offers complete noise-cancellation, but some might be better than none, depending on your preference.

Everyday earbuds

BeatsX

W1 chip for less

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 neck wire. 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.

On-ear greatness

Beats Solo3 Wireless

Long-lasting battery

The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are no slouch either. With incredible 40-hour battery life and the ability to charge up three hours of usage in only five minutes, the Beats Solo3 will keep you rocking and on-the-go more than almost any other headphone. While the bass-heavy sound profile may not be everyone's cup of tea, they are very stylish and have a fairly reasonable price tag for all the features they include.

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.