Apple's revamped Powerbeats Bluetooth workout earphones take what was great from the firm's true wireless earbuds and add a cable, longer battery life and cheaper price. Powerbeats replace the older, more expensive Powerbeats 3, with redesigned ear hooks, cable guides and Apple's H1 chip, which simplifies Bluetooth connectivity and gives them all the AirPods-like features Apple's headphones have with iPhones. The design of the Powerbeats is pretty simple. Each earphone's body has an earbud sticking out of one side with a traditional silicone ear tip that twists into your ear canal. The other end has an hook that loops over the back of your ear, holding it in place and neatly guiding the cable backwards rather than in front of your ear like its predecessors.
The PowerBeats Pro are Apple-owned Beats' first true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that cut the cable and seek to be the ultimate running and gym earphones. As with Apple's original AirPods, which looked like a set of the firm's standard EarPods with the cables cut off, the £220 PowerBeats Pro are basically the firm's popular PowerBeats 3 neckband Bluetooth earbuds without the cables joining the pair. That includes the signature ear hook, which tucks behind the top of your ear to hold the earbuds in place. As such the PowerBeats Pro are neither small nor subtle. They come in black, but also a series of attractive colours such as a dark green.
The Beats Flex are Apple's latest neckband Bluetooth earbuds, and bring many of the fancy features of its AirPods to headphones costing just one third of the price. The new Beats cost £49.99 and replace the £129 Beats X as the firm's cheapest wireless earbuds, sitting below the £129.95 In the world of true wireless Bluetooth earbuds, the older-style neckband models typically occupy the cheaper end of the market. They have wires connecting the earbuds to each other but Bluetooth to the phone. The Flex earbuds are well designed with a balanced fit featuring two pods either side of a flat, semi-flexible cable that rests on the back of the neck. The earbuds are then connected to the pods via further flat, flexible cables.
Working out when attached to your smartphone with wired headphones is a pain. Instead of trying to push past your limits, you're trying not to get tangled up in your earbuds. However, Beats developed the Powerbeats3, a pair of wireless earphones that's specifically made for tough workouts and vigorous activities. SEE ALSO: Apple's 2020 iPhone will have a more powerful 3D camera, report says The Powerbeats3 features up to 12 hours of battery life and secure-fit earhooks, so it feels like you're not wearing anything inside of your ear. The wireless headphones include Class 1 Bluetooth technology, so they pair really fast with any smartphone.
Just ahead of the Best Buy Black Friday sale, the tech retailer is discounting Apple products with massive price cuts on MacBooks, iPads, headphones, Apple Watches, and more. Our top Apple Event deal is the Beats Wireless Headphones that are on sale for $164.99. That's a $135 discount and the best price we've found for the Solo 3 headphones. Best Buy also has the Powerbeats 3 earbuds on sale for $119.99. The Beats Solo 3 headphones deliver premium sound quality with comfort-cushion ear cubs that help block out unwanted noise.