Beats Solo 3 Review
If you want a great pair of over the ear headphones that will not only look great but will sound phenomenal than you might want to consider the Beats Solo 3. They are super comfortable; customers love the way they fit. They are going to stay in place; you aren’t going to have to worry about them sliding down off your head while you’re active. They might not be the best choice to wear if you’re heading to the gym, but that doesn’t stop many customers from wearing them there anyway. They can handle the stress of a hardcore workout with no problems.
Some customers have had some problems with the longevity of the product, saying that after a couple of months to a year they will stop working in one or both of the ears, but that isn’t something that happens to everyone. It can be frustrating to have the stop working, especially after paying the high price tag, but, again, that isn’t something that everyone will experience. Overall, however, customers believe that they are a stellar pair of headphones, and they come highly recommended.
W1 wireless chip
Fantastic sound quality
Long battery life
Quick charge feature
High price tag
Some durability issues
Yes, these headphones can go with you to the gym or when you are heading out for a long cardio workout, but keep in mind that this is not what they were designed for. There might be better options that you can use if you want workout headphones. You won't have any problems with them staying in place, as they will stay put when you're wearing them, but some people might not want to risk ruining the materials in the earcups with the sweat from a hardcore workout. So, yes, you can definitely use these for your active lifestyle, but it is not necessarily recommended.
The Beats Solo 3's are advertised as being perfect for those who have Apple products but don't let that fool you. These are also compatible with Android devices and work just fine. The only real difference is in how they connect to your device, but that will be discussed later in more detail.
They are wireless and connect to your music player through a wireless Bluetooth connection. They have a pretty decent battery life, lasting about 40 hours on a full charge. They also have fast charging features, so about 5 minutes plugged in will give you approximately 3 hours of playback time. The great thing about these ones, however, is if you find yourself with a low or dead battery you can simply use any 3.5mm AUX cord (you do get one in the package) to plug the headphones in the jack on your device so you can use the headphones wired instead. It will defeat the purpose of having something that is wireless, but it is nice to know that this is an option in a pinch.
The earphones will allow you to control your music right from the earcups so you will not have to hassle with taking your phone or device out of your pocket while you are out and about. You can simply change tracks, adjust the volume, and receive phone calls with the press of a couple of buttons.
The Solo 3 headphones come with a carrying case, a 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, universals USB charging cable (USB-A to USB micro-B), the quick start guide and warranty card.
There are some places where they can improve when it comes to the way they sound. They are not quite as clean and balanced as some of the other high-end headphones on the market, so if you consider yourself an audiophile then you might be able to tell the difference and might not be too impressed by the Solo's, but for the vast majority of customers the sound is fantastic and suits their needs just fine.
If you have an Apple device, the connection becomes even more accessible. The Beats have incorporated the W1 chip into the product that lets you connect to different Apple devices and set up your headphones with ease. This feature does require an iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS, watchOS 3, or later versions in order to use them seamlessly. The use of this chip in the connection process helps keep things nice and straightforward. You don't have to go through your phones menu and press buttons, the headphones just work, pairing to your Apple device within seconds, without any hassle. Of course, you will have to set them up the first time you use them, but after that, it is easy peasy.
One thing that some customers had problems with when it comes to the comfort level was the size of the earcups. There were a few reviewers who thought that they were a bit small and didn't like the way they sat on their ears, stating that it caused a little rubbing and discomfort after wearing for extended periods of time.
The vast majority of consumers believe that they are rather comfortable and they love their headphones, but it should be noted that there are some out there who do not agree with this statement.
You will get the iconic 'b' logo on each earcup and the words 'Solo 3' written on one of the arms and 'wireless' on the other side.
There are a variety of colors that you can choose from so you can find something that will uniquely suit your personality. There really is a pair of these for everyone. You can choose between matte black, satin gold, satin silver, gloss black, gloss white, rose gold, gold, silver, red, defiant black and red, or Mickey's 90th Anniversary Edition. Whichever color or design you choose, you are sure to love the look of them.
There are many customers who didn't experience this issue with the product, and they love headphones, saying that they are super durable and have had no problems with them at all. Some users wear them to the gym always, and they are still going strong. It seems that as long as the sound doesn't stop working, then you are golden.
Ease of Use
The headphones also have music controls and a microphone located on the earcups that are pretty easy and instinctual to use. This is going to allow you to change the songs and adjust the volume of your music with just a touch of a button. The same goes for answering or hanging up a phone call. It is all quite easy, barely an inconvenience.
If you're out and about and find that your battery is running low and you are able to charge it for a few minutes, you can get about three additional hours of play time on a quick, five-minute charge. If you cannot get to a charger, you can always opt to use them corded with the use of the included 3.5mm AUX cord.
One great thing about these headphones is that they charge using a standard micro-USB cord, which is included in the package when you purchase them. It is nice that they do not use a proprietary charger so you can replace the cable with ease or get a spare one, just in case.