Beats By Dr. Dre PowerBeats2 Wireless
Beats By Dr. Dre, au.beatsbydre.com
Excellent sound; great fit
Difficult to put on
Beats has established a big reputation when it comes to providing sound quality and the PowerBeats 2 Wireless headset delivered, although at a premium price.
Once we had the PowerBeats2 connected to our iPhone via Bluetooth, we put them on for a run. The over-the-ear fit worked very well. Although getting them on was a bit of a challenge, once they were secured they were comfortable. Out on the road, they stayed in place – there was no need to adjust or fiddle with them to keep them in place, allowing us to concentrate on our activity. There are four sets of ear tips, designed for different sized and shaped ears, so we’d expect the majority of people to find a comfortable option.
Where the PowerBeats2 excelled was sound quality. Whether we were training, sitting on a train or at home, we enjoyed listening to our favourite music through these headphones. However, the downside to this immersive sound is that ambient noise is less discernible. That means either keeping the volume lower or paying more attention to what’s going on around you.
Charging is via micro-USB with battery life rated at around six hours – more than enough for the needs of the majority of trainers and to get through a day of commuting as well.
As you’d expect from a set of sports headphones, the PowerBeats2 are water resistant. They are certified to the IPX-4 standard, which means water splashing against them won’t have any deleterious effect. The standard tests this at 10 litres per minute over a five-minute period.
We really liked the headphones. Sound quality, battery life and comfort mean these will satisfy the needs of exercisers who like to listen to tunes while they train.