45hrs of Battery Life - The Beats Solo 3 Review
Updated: Oct 15, 2020
The Beats Solo3 Wireless are similar to the senior Solo2 and Solo Pro. Unlike the Beats Solo Pro, the Beats Solo3 Wireless includes a 3.5mm input for your headphone jack. Assuming you have a compatible smartphone, you can enjoy high-quality wired audio with ease. When listening in wired mode, on-board controls from the left ear cup are ineffective on Android devices. When going wireless, you can access Siri or Google Assistant by triple-tapping the center multi-function button (“b” logo).
Connectivity and Bluetooth
Thanks to the W1 chip range was also given a huge boost. If the phone is in your pocket or backpack, you won’t have an issue at all. We were able to get to around 100 feet easily without skipping at all. When using them wired you’ll only get full functionality on iOS devices. On Android, you won’t be able to adjust the volume or return to previous tracks using the built-in mic and remote.
The Beats Solo3 offer an incredible 45 hours 8 minutes of playback before the headset is drained. As if this weren’t impressive enough, the Beats Solo3 Wireless’ Fast Fuel technology is remarkable: just five minutes of charging supplies approximately 3hours of playtime. This is great for listeners in a pinch, and is sure to get you through a round trip commute to and from work.
Since these are on-ear headphones, isolation is just okay. High-frequency noises are well tempered, but low-frequency noise, like a jet engine, can easily cut through the Solo3 Wireless. If you want more effective isolation but like the look of on-ears, you may want to consider over-ear headphones or save up for the Beats Solo Pro. The Solo Pro have an exceptionally strong clamping force, which was too painful for me but isolates well in tandem with noise cancelling technology.
The microphone isn’t as great as expected unfortunately . In fact, it would be fair to qualify the microphone quality as bad. The low-end attenuation and old hardware do a poor job at concentrating on the designated speaker’s voice and transmitting it clearly. The voice demo below is me speaking from my empty kitchen; I attempted to record a sample from a coffee shop but it captured far too much of the ambiance and shop’s speaker system to serve as a passable demo. If you intend to make any kind of business call, I recommend you to use your smartphone’s mic over the Beats Solo3
Are these Noise Canceling?
No, they’re not. If you’re after noise cancelling headphones there are plenty of other options to choose from that are superb. You can go with the Sony WH-1000XM3 if you want top of the line ANC or even the newer Bose Noise Cancelling headphones 700 which are surprisingly good and have a sleek new design that many people will find attractive. If what you’re after is Beats however, we recommend skipping the Studio3 Wireless as the active noise cancelling on those is below average at best. Instead opt for the Beats Solo Pro headphones which are also on-ears just like these, but have some solid active noise cancelling and an impressive battery life.
Should you buy the Beats Solo Pro ?
Yes,In 2020, the Beats Solo3 Wireless is still a fine option, the Solo Pro3 particularly for iPhone users, these are on an budget. The older chipset may not afford hands-free access to Siri, but that’s a feature many feel they can go without. You still get important features like top-notch battery life, Class 1 Bluetooth, AAC support, and quick charging, all in an attractive, portable form factor.
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