I purchased this for my husband as a gift. He's only used them for 4 1/2 months, and just recently broke the housing while changing out the rubber ear pads. (See photo) They actually come with three or four different sizes so you can customize them. Great idea, right?! Wrong!! My husband took them to the closest Beats dealer/warranty service provider immediately. It turned out to be the Apple store. They looked up the warranty, and said that this repair was not covered. If he wanted to have it repaired, it would cost $164 plus tax. That's it. For that cost we could buy a new pair, but we're not. It's obviously very fragile and they are aware of this because it's specifically not covered. Buyer beware!
January 1, 2015
I reserve the right to update my review.....First I'll start by saying that these are the best earphones I've used for working out ever....when they actually worked. The fit is snug (regardless of ear size). Over the course of 2 weeks, I used these earphones 2-4 hours daily. I used them on the train, while on the eliptical (8hrs), running (20miles), and at the driving range. When they worked, sound was great (comparable to my Bose MIE2i), build quality is great.One small caveat. Music sounds great, however I tried to use them while watching netflix at the gym, and the audio seems to not be in sync and is delayed. I personally don't think this is a Beats issue...and is more a Bluetooth downfall, but since these are the only bluetooth earphones/headphones I've had, I can not confirm that is the case.About 10 days after using them, I noticed that the volume down button on the inline mic stopped working. I found this strange so I called Amazon support and called Beats support directly. I had a lengthy conversation with Beats. I was asked if I sweat during my workouts...which I answered yes. I asked if that was an issue, and they proceeded to say no, and that they are sweat resistant (not sure why they asked then). I un-paired the earphones with both my iPhone and iPad and re-paired them with my iPhone and PRESTO...the volume buttom started to work again.2 days later, the volume up and down stopped working. I figured I had found the solution and just needed to re-pair them to my iphone. I turned off the earphones, un-paired from my phone and then tried to re-pair them...but to my surprise...I was unable to turn them back on. I've attempted to charge them, but haven't had any success getting them to turn on.Read more ›
August 11, 2014
I really wanted to like these headphones. I bought them to replace a set of Jaybirds that had died after ~5 years of regular use, and was tired of fidgeting them back in my ears, and was attracted to these by the reviews that suggested they stay in place. I bought them, and apart from sweat in the gym took really good care of them (wiped them down after workouts, used the handy included case, never threw them in my bag by themselves, never dropped them).The good news: they do mostly stay in place if you twist them right, although I still found the earbud would occasionally not stay plugged in. However, I really enjoyed the sound quality, especially the bass; perfect for working out. For the first ~2 weeks, that is.The bad news: after 2 weeks of use, like many others, the headphone remote started malfunctioning. Buttons wouldn't respond sometimes, and other times the volume would change itself. I didn't want to deal with the hassle of returning them, and otherwise enjoyed them, so I dealt with this mostly by controlling the music from my iPhone.The terrible news: The headphone remote came apart after a workout! If you look at the photo, the two halves of the remote are simply glued together with no waterproofing. This explains the remote malfunction that so many people see. This is extremely disappointing, I bought these this year under the advertisement it was designed for sweat, but they're clearly not.I have to go return these to an Apple Store now and am really hoping they'll give me credit or cash back, because unless these are redesigned, I don't see how they can hold up under any kind of regular fitness use. Too bad, because I liked how they looked and sounded.
March 21, 2015
I've been searching for a pair of wireless headphones to use throughout the day. At the gym, sometimes at work, or even school. Last week I bought a pair of Jaybird Bluebird-X’s, but the sound quality was very poor and so decided to invest a little more and bought the Powerbeats 2.When compared to the Bluejay’s the sound is spectacular, much cleaner, and the bass much deeper. When listening to the Bluejay’s I felt like the music was far away and couldn’t really feel it. It felt distant like listening to vinyl records through a muffler. The Beats do a lot better, the sound quality is comparable to the reliable basic iPhone headphones.Bluejay’s had this very frustrating “feature” where the music paused every time the remote was used. Whenever the volume was lowered or increased the music would pause for a brief time, an absolutely pointless distraction. Luckily the Powerbeats didn't implement this feature.The Bluejay’s had 8 hours of battery life compared to the beats 6 hour. This was probably due to the lower music quality, but I don’t think the 2 hours of battery life will make a huge impact on my use, as I’ll often have access to a machine or charger thanks to my trusty Nomad.I enjoyed the Bluejay’s carrying case a lot more, it felt great, was easy to carry, and made out of plastic that actually protected the headset. The beats carrying case feels cheap and made from cloth probably won’t protect the headphones when pressure is put on it.Protections, seems to be the common problem with the Powerbeats. Many of the reviews on Amazon claim they are not water resistant and easily break within the first month of use.Read more ›
May 25, 2015