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What color BeatsX should you buy: Black, gray, white, or blue?

You can get AirPods, Apple's W1-equipped ultra-light wireless headphones, in any color you want. Provided it's white. You can get BeatsX, Apple's other W1-equipped ultra-light wireless headphones, in any one of four different colors, though — white, gray, black, and blue.

Having trouble deciding which one you want? Let's break it down!

Who should get BeatsX in white?

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Beats might have started with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine but it's Apple now and, when it comes to Apple headphones, nothing is more iconic than white. It started with the original earbuds on the original iPod, continued through Apple's previous in-ear headphones, and continues to this day with EarPods and, of course, AirPods.

The sight of someone walking, running, and dancing with crisp white wires dangling from their ears is burned into our generational memory. In a very real way, it is modern mobile music.

BeatsX may be wireless to your device but they're still wired together. So, if you want that classic look, you want your BeatsX in white.

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Who should get BeatsX in black?

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If white is iconic to Apple then black is just iconic. It's the little piece of clothing everyone needs to own and still, even in the age of bright color, the most popular shade for any accessory on the market. That's because black doesn't just go with everything, it sets off everything.

It also fades away. Where white or color might draw attention, black can go unnoticed. That's great if you want a fancy new pair of BeatsX but you don't necessarily want everyone to know you're wearing a fancy new pair of Beats X. Put them in, head on out, and all people will see is a thin black wire — if they see anything at all.

So, if you just want a pair of BeatsX but you want to be chill about it, you want BeatsX in black.

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Who should get Beats X in gray?

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BeatsX aren't just black and white — there are shades of gray. Well, one shade at least. It's a cool, almost "interface" gray that seems designed to fade away and not draw any attention to itself, neither dark nor bright.

If you're having trouble deciding between black and white, like with Goldilocks, the gray BeatsX in the middle might just be the way to go.

So, if you want your BeatsX to be different, but not too different, you want BeatsX in gray.

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Who should get BeatsX in blue?

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If color is your thing you can skip Beats X in black, gray, or white and go for Beats X in blue. It's not a deep navy or royal blue but a cooler, almost cerulean blue.

BeatsX in blue will stand out simply because color stands out. But it won't jump out, not the way deep yellow or Product (RED) would. It's a splash of color rather than a flood.

So, if you want color but you still want to be chill about it, you want BeatsX in blue.

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What color BeatsX are you getting?

If you still can't decide what color BeatsX to get, close your eyes, picture yourself wearing a pair, and then go with the first color that came to mind. Also, remember if you get one color and decide you don't like it, and your local store has stock, you might be able to exchange it for another.

If you're still not sure which color BeatsX you want to get, or have any other questions, drop them in the comments below!

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

15 Comments
  • Would buy this but I hate forcing plugs into my ears. So I'm sticking with my original Apple earphones Sent from the iMore App
  • Very wise. The last thing that EarBuds do is stick in your ears.
  • I use regular earpods with size 5 yurbuds covers on them. Now they never fall out.
  • AirPods actually stay in my ears, which is a minor miracle, but the wired EarPods don't. That's why I typically go for in-ear like these. They don't stay in much better, mind you, but they do stay in. (Ears mangled by years of grappling.)
  • I will probably pass on these Beats after originally thinking I would be picking them. I am shocked at how well the AirPods stay in my ears. While I use the EarPods regularly, I am constantly popping one back in my ear. Not so with the AirPods. As much as people have made fun of the way they look, there must be something to that design because....guess what...it just works.
  • Both the airpods and EarPods stay in my ears and are incredibly comfortable. I bought some Urbeats in 2015 and they wouldn't stay in my ears, even when I changed the bud sizes. I wonder if these beats X are any better for me. Also I would hope the audio quality is improved. Sent from the iMore App
  • Don't forget iMore is giving away a pair or two! #rockingoutwithimore contest! Of course my picture is the best! So why bother entering, HOWEVER if you want to TRY.... http://www.imore.com/rockoutwithimore-and-you-could-win-brand-new-pair-b...
  • Great way to treat your community, censoring any criticism in the comments however mild.
  • Yeah welcome to iMore, it's very common here.
  • To heck with this - where are my BLACK AirPods?
  • Not sweat proof nor sweat resistant. Deal breaker at least for me. Sent from the iMore App
  • What is that horrible photo in the banner
  • I couldn't help think the same thing. Gross man. Facial hair is gross. Ever since 2001, everyone in the USA thinks they are Navy Seals and have to blend in with the Taliban.
  • Black. Sent from the iMore App
  • I kinda like the gray. My wired earpods are comfortable for my ears, and I'll use them for conference calls, but the sound quality is lacking for music. If I do listen to music at home then it's my Sennheiser or Sony over-ears. At work, I'll use the HTC Active ear buds. I don't like to push them in to seal the tip, but when you do, the sound quality is awesome (for buds, anyway).