The fitness-friendly earphones.
Powerbeats is the latest edition to Dr. Dre’s line-up of fashion forward audio accessories. These trendy new earphones are built to stay put on your ears and hence make it the perfect companion during any of your fitness routines.
In terms of design, the earphones are quite sporty looking. Our review unit was black and red in color. However, white and black versions Powerbeats are also available. The most unique part about the design is that has an arc-shaped part which fastens on to your ear. The earphones are also bent inwards a fair degree to fit nicely into your ear. The result of this is that the earphones remain intact in your ears even if you are walking or running, making them the perfect fit for fitness fanatics. The build construction is also very good with the plastic, metal and rubber elements blending in well to give the Powerbeats a great feel to it.
The earphones connect to a red rubbery wire and in between you have a diamond shaped volume control button. It all seems very trendy but if I could compare the earphones to an athlete it would be more to a speedo-wearing cyclist with a pointy helmet than a gym buff or marathon runner. The design is in no way subtle or minimalistic – it cries out for attention and much like speedos, if you’re wearing them, you better want to be seen in them.
Along with the headphones, you get extra length cable extensions (if you don’t find the length sufficient) and a nice carry case.
When it comes down to performance, the earphones were well above average. The Powerbeats performed well with most types of music but the bass was nowhere in comparison to the rest of the Beats by Dre line. The headphones do not cancel noise and that may be on purpose. If these headphones were meant to be used while jogging, cycling or performing any kind of fitness activities, you still want to be aware of the surroundings around you. The compromise though is the bass and that means that the music isn’t as intense as you would like it to be. So, if you’re expecting to work out to some crazy bass lines to help give you that extra push your workout needs, Powerbeats is not going to do it for you.
Overall, Powerbeats by Dr. Dre are a great set of earphones that provide above average sound quality. However, they’re the kind of earphones that you’ll probably only want to wear for outdoor activities and for just that purpose, it comes for a rather hefty price.