I have been looking for a pair of wireless headphones for a while. The Apple AirPods do not convince me, but I have not used them so I can't judge them really I just didn't get them because how they look and they don't look practical enough for me (it looks like they are going to get lost).
I am not a big fan of Beats by Dre at all, their products seem overpriced, they don't look great and the sound is not well balanced.
I was about to get the Beoplay H5 by Bang & Olufsen, but I decided to go with the Beats X as they are cheaper and they include some features that the H5 do not have. The Beats X are these new in-ear wireless headphones, they are not completely wireless as there is a wire connecting both ear pieces, but there is no wire connecting to the device used, as they connect using Bluetooth. Anyway, I have been using them for a while now, and here are my impressions:
The BeatsX come in 4 different colors black, white, gray and blue. and they look quite nice. I picked the white ones, as white is one of my favorite colors.
I am no expert on sound, but I would say that they actually sound quite good, better than expected. They sound clear, but the bass is a little overpowered like is usual with Beats headphones. Anyhow, they definitely sound better than the headphones that come with most phones. And according to some people, better than the AirPods. One of the things that I like the most is that the silicone tips create quite good sealing blocking a lot of the sound around you.
The downside of wireless headphones is that they require getting charged, but they do get charged pretty fast and they do last long. They are expected to last up to 8 hours of use and the get fully charged in about 45 min. in just 5 minutes they get charged 2 hrs of play. The use a lightning port to get charged.
The good thing about them being wireless is that they give a sense of freedom that can not be otherwise achieved. you can have your phone in another room, or not as close to you like as otherwise. I really noticed this freedom of movement when I first started using them.
Comparing to other similar they don't have a big thick piece of plastic that goes around the neck, they are light and they sit quite nicely around the neck. I found them to be quite comfortable. They have the usual controls volume, play/pause.
The one feature that makes the headphones special is the pairing ability that they have with Apple devices thanks to the W1 chip.
When de device you are using and the headphones are near, as soon as you press the button located in the headphones body, a window pops out allowing to easily connect them.The Beats X are really designed for Apple users. They still work with any phone or Bluetooth device but, the lightning cable, the easy pairing thanks to the W1 chip, are all features that Apple users can take advantage of.
They come with different sized eartips and optional 'wingtips' that are supposed to secure the ear tips into the ear. These wingtips were not necessary for me, but might be useful for some people, now I found them to be hard to remove them.
another nice feature is that there is a magnet that attaches both ear pieces. (I wish the music would stop playing when the earpieces attache, kind of like how the AirPods stop playing music when you take one of the earbuds out of the ear). Also included comes a silicon pocket to store the headphones and a lightning cable to charge them.
It seems that slowly we are moving to a more wireless future, Apple recently got rid of the headphone jack in the iPhone, wireless speakers and phone wireless charging is also becoming mainstream.
The Beats X retail at $149.95