Rock out at the gym with the new Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless bluetooth headphones. These fresh looking in-ear headphones are wireless and amazing for exercise and running. They’re IPX4 water and sweat resistant, plus they have an over-ear design that guarantees a good fit no matter your intensity. Unlike a lot of other gym and sports headphones, this is a pair of earbuds you’ll want to wear everyday. Additionally, Powerbeats2 have a built in microphone with audio controls, a 6-hour rechargeable battery, and signature Beats audio
What’s in the box:
-Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones with RemoteTalk
-Hard shell carrying case
-Micro USB cable
-Cable management clip
-Four pairs of multi-sized/shaped ear tips
Dr. Dre pretty much nailed it with Powerbeats 2 design. They’re very comfortable and liberating, but more importantly—they stay in your ear. Yes, your ear, my ear, everyone’s ears because they 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. There’s four different sets of silicon ear tips, including a double flange version. The wonderful no-hassle fit is by far one of Powerbeats greatest features.
In between the two ear phones is a 20-inch linguini shaped 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 voice. It’s just about as good as using Apple’s inline microphone.
Bluetooth is super easy to pair. It’s no different than any other device. It’s supposed to have a 30 foot wireless connection. 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 connection. The battery can play music for 6 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 gym headphones, they sound like good every day headphones. Surprisingly, there’s not so much bass for Beats. There’s still some bass but it’s much less than we expected. The audio signature is on the brighter side and it’s big on treble, which means it will come down to personal preference. They 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, they’re great. It’s quiet enough to appreciate your music, yet they still allow you to hear your surroundings.
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 their lifespan. The microphone is fantastic for any phone call, and the RemoteTalk with audio controls makes it even better. Currently, the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones (by Dre) come in black and red or white on white. Strangely, our entirely red model does not (yet) seem available. Pricing in at $199.99, they’re not cheap, but there’s not a lot of better options on the market right now. (If you’re not running, we really like Plantronics Backbeat Fit 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.
Bad: Cord sticks to back of neck and have to really crank up volume in loud environments.