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Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Review: Going to the Gym Never Sounded So Good

Rock out at the gym with the new Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Bluetooth headphones. These fresh in-ear headphones are wireless and amazing for exercising and running. They’re IPX4 water and sweat resistant, plus they have an over-ear design that guarantees a good fit no matter your workout intensity. Unlike a lot of other wireless gym and sports headphones, you’ll want to wear the Powerbeats2 Wireless every day. Additionally, Powerbeats2 Wireless have a built-in microphone with audio controls, a six-hour rechargeable battery, and signature Beats audio. They also look terrific, even if they aren’t as flashy as those older neon Powerbeats.

What’s in the box:

-Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones with RemoteTalk
-Hard-shell carrying case
-Micro USB cable
-Cable management clip
-Four pairs of silicone ear tips

The most glowing part of our Powerbeats2 Wireless review has to be the design. The wireless earphones are very comfortable and liberating, but more importantly, they stay in your ear. Yes, your ear, my ear, everyone’s ears, because the Powerbeats2 Wireless feature an over-the-ear design that actually works. You can run your heart out and you’ll never have to push them back into your ear. The ear hook is rubberized and flexible. The Powerbeats2 Wireless come with four different sets of silicon ear tips, including a double flange version. The wonderful no-hassle fit is by far one of the best features of the Powerbeats2 Wireless. Color options are limited to black and red and white on white for now, which is great for people who prefer things understated, but not so much for those of you who loved the bold neon Powerbeats.

Connecting the two earphones is a 20-inch flat cable with an inline RemoteTalk. The RemoteTalk is great—it has volume buttons, a universal control button, and a microphone. With the universal button you can access voice activation, answer and end phone calls, and control audio tracks. Even though the microphone is placed on the side of your neck, it still does a great job of picking up your voice. It’s just about as good as using Apple’s inline microphone.

Bluetooth pairing with the Powerbeats2 Wireless is no different than with any other device. It’s supposed to have a 30-foot wireless range—for our Powerbeats2 Wireless review model, the range wasn’t that good, but as long as you’re relatively close to the source, with a clear path, you should never cut out or lose your wireless connection. The battery on the Powerbeats2 Wireless can play music for six hours straight. In practice, the battery will get most people through a week at the gym. On iOS, there’s a battery indicator that shows up on your phone, so you’ll know exactly how much battery is left. If it’s last minute, a quick 15-minute charge will easily get you through a full gym session.

To put it simply: the Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones sound great. They don’t sound like wireless gym headphones, they sound like good everyday headphones. Surprisingly, our Powerbeats2 Wireless review model wasn’t too heavy on the bass, which is what we’ve come to expect from Beats. It’s not weak, but properly balanced with the highs and mids. The audio signature is on the brighter side and it’s big on treble, which means it will come down to personal preference. The Powerbeats2 Wireless sound fantastic—clear, crisp, and detailed, but they’re significantly better in quiet environments. At the gym, if you’re trying to block out gym music, you’ll have to turn these up. For jogging/running outside, the Powerbeats2 Wireless are great. They’re quiet enough so that you can appreciate your music, yet still allow you to hear your surroundings.

Verdict

Good wireless gym headphones are still tough to find. The hardest part to get right is the fit, and the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless have one of the best fits around. It’s amazing never having to adjust your headphones, even while running. The water/sweat resistance adds great peace of mind and should definitely prolong the lifespan of the Powerbeats2 Wireless. The microphone is fantastic for any phone call, and the RemoteTalk with audio controls makes it even better. Currently, the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones come in black and red or white on white. Strangely, our entirely red Powerbeats2 Wireless review model does not (yet) seem available. Unfortunately, we’re not seeing anything like the neon Powerbeats from the previous generation, but we’re holding out hope. Priced at $199.99, they’re not cheap, but there aren’t a lot of better wireless options on the market right now (if you’re not running, we really like Plantronics Backbeat Fit wireless earphones for $129.99). The Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones are currently available on Amazon.com.

Good: Great fit, different color options, fresh look, RemoteTalk with controls and microphone, great travel case included, wireless

Bad: Cord sticks to back of neck, really have to crank up volume in loud environments

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  • Gustavo Bautista M

    Hi Chip Chick, great review!, just two questions:

    1. Does the voice control really works with the mic of the “Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless”, just for instance if I press the middle button for a while and say “play album * “, would it play it right away?

    2. Can the iPhone 5S recognize and work at the same time (audio playback) with 2 wireless devices, for example I would use the “Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless” to give commands to play specific music albums, and I would be using a wireless speaker, so that the music album I asked for can be playback on that speaker, that is the reason I would like to know if I can have both devices connected and working parallel on a single iPhone 5S.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    * = any music album name.

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