The brand new Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from final yr, will lastly be hitting retailer cabinets this month it’s been confirmed right this moment. Introduced again in September 2016, the wi-fi headphones had been meant to land within the fall, however had been postponed for unexplained causes. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed precisely once we’ll have the ability to purchase them, and the excellent news is that there’s not lengthy to attend.
In actual fact, the BeatsX needs to be on sale February 10. They’ll be priced at $149.95, and supply as much as eight hours of use on a single cost. A five-minute recharge, Apple and Beats say, will likely be adequate for an extra two hours of use; Beats calls it Quick Gasoline.
What makes the BeatsX significantly particular is what’s inside them, nonetheless. Identical to Apple’s AirPods, the brand new Beats earbuds use Apple’s W1, the homegrown wi-fi chipset that guarantees – and, as we found, delivers – simpler pairing, connection and re-connection, and administration of Bluetooth headphones. They’ll additionally mechanically join throughout any gadget signed into the identical Apple ID, resembling your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Not like AirPods, after all, BeatsX nonetheless have a cable. That tethers the 2 earbuds collectively, and contains an in-line microphone block with a button to regulate playback along with reply and finish calls, plus quantity buttons. Whereas that’s barely much less ergonomic than AirPods buttonless-design, it does imply you gained’t must depend on Siri on a regular basis; nonetheless, you may nonetheless activate the digital assistant from the bodily controls.
There are some neat design parts, too. The BeatsX earbuds themselves are magnetic, as an example, in order that they cling collectively as they hold round your neck when not in use. That ought to assist with avoiding shedding them. Not like AirPods, there are a number of earbud tip designs for becoming differently-shaped ear canals.
BeatsX will work with each iOS and Android gadgets, although after all you gained’t get the identical OS-level integration with the latter as you do on an iPhone. iOS customers will have the ability to monitor battery ranges from a pop-up on their gadget, in addition to join and disconnect extra readily from the iOS management panel.
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— Beats By Dre (@beatsbydre) February 7, 2017