Beats Solo3 Wireless - for the fashionista

The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones have excellent battery life.
The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones have excellent battery life.PHOTO: BEATS ELECTRONICS

The gold edition of the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones is perhaps the prettiest audio product on the market right now.

My review unit had snowy white leatherette ear cups and padding, with a matte gold shell and metallic accents. Five white pinpricks at the bottom of the right earcup indicate battery life, and the multi-function button is hidden behind the Beats logo on the left earcup.

If white-and-gold clashes with your outfit, there are six other shades to choose from (including two shades of black: Black and Gloss Black).

The fit of the Beats Solo3 headphones is quite tight, and the rubber coating which lines the inside of the headband can catch on hair, so I found myself having to be careful when taking it off.

Users who want music on the go will appreciate that the headset folds up to a very compact size, and that it comes with a soft carrying case. The construction of the headphone feels a little fragile though, and when you fold the cups inward, it exposes the inner wire.

It can connect to a player via its 3.5mm input jack, or Bluetooth. If you are an Apple user, you can also benefit from cross-platform pairing.

What this means is that if you pair your Beats Solo3 with an iPhone that is linked to your iCloud account, the headphones will be paired with other devices on the iCloud account as well, such as iPads and Macbooks.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $398

    FORM FACTOR: On-ear

    CONNECTIONS: Bluetooth, 3.5mm

    HEIGHT: 19.8cm

    WEIGHT: 215g

    BATTERY LIFE: Up to 40hr

  • RATING

    FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 5/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 5/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 2/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

The headphones have also excellent battery life, and after two days of near non-stop usage in the office, I still had two bars out of the five. It also has Fast Fuel, which means that five minutes of charge is supposed to give you three hours of playback.

Users who want music on the go will appreciate that the headset folds up to a very compact size, and that it comes with a soft carrying case.

Sound quality, like many other Beats headphones, is heavy on the bass. Listening to Closer by The Chainsmokers, I found that the instrumentation was a lot more prominent than the vocals, which had a tendency to fade away.

Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2016, with the headline 'Beats Solo3 Wireless - for the fashionista'. Print Edition | Subscribe