Beats Over-Ear Wireless Headphones

Last updated date: February 21, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

Beats Over-Ear Wireless Headphones feature an Apple W1 chip that makes connecting to your iOS devices a breeze. But even if you don't have an Apple device, you'll find these headphones are best for using with your phone or tablet. Unlike typical headphones that stay connected to your phone up to 30 feet away, these headphones won't drop the connection until you're well over 100 feet from your device, making them great for those who like to freely move around the office. In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Beats Beats Over-Ear Wireless Headphones placed 4th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Headphones For Work for a detailed review of all the top wireless headphones for work.

Expert Summarized Score
7.3
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
6,779 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless ace their wireless tech, with very solid Bluetooth, good range and class-leading battery life – there's a huge difference here compared with often-flaky cheap Bluetooth sets. The new way they interact with iPhones should also make Google think about how Android talks to Bluetooth accessories in the future.
- Tech Radar
These on-ears are still made of a hard plastic all around and have really nice pleather earcups. I found the padding to be particularly great because the headband fits a little too snug for my taste, but the plush earcups definitely make up for it even if they don’t do a good job with isolation at all.
- Soundguys
Excellent battery life and range.
- What HiFi
Battery life is truly class-leading, though. Not only do these headphones last for up to 50 hours, they’re pretty quick to charge, too. Beats says you’ll get three hours’ use from a 5-minute charge and a full recharge takes an hour or so.
- Trusted Reviews
The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones boast a solid 40 hours of battery life. In terms of other headphones on the market this clocks in as a pretty great battery life, as most wireless headphones come with around 25-30 hours of battery life.
- Bar Bend
While a typical Bluetooth connection craps out at about 25 to 30 feet (at least in my house), the Solo3 delivered perfect sound a whopping 120 feet away from my phone. From there it stuttered, finally dying completely at 135 feet away.
- Wired
I have little to complain about with the comfort of the Beats headphones. Others have found their fit a little too tight, but in my experience, their clamping force is exactly as strong as it needs to be to keep them securely on my head, and the synthetic leather warms my ears up nicely in the winter (which is likely to turn into a downside on a hot summer day).
- The Verge
The Apple W1 processor doesn't just bring improved connectivity options, but also improved battery life and range compared to the earlier Solo 2 headphones.The Solo 3 offer a whopping 40 hours of battery life (compared the 12 hours previously offered by the Solo 2), which makes a huge difference and means you won't have to spend hours charging everyday.
- Pocket-lint
Apple W1 chip enhances experience with iOS devices.
- PC Magazine
Detachable cable with inline remote for passive listening
- Tech Spot
The good news is that the rubbery padding on the Solo3's headband—a material I've always felt to be weird choice—has seemingly grown more cushiony, which takes some of the edge off the top of your head.
- Reviewed
Up to 40 hours of battery life and 5 minutes of charging will give you 3 hours of listening time
- Good Housekeeping
Good audio reproduction.
- RTINGS.com
This headphone just works great with other Bluetooth enabled devices such as Android and provides similar battery backup. This has the best backup life of any other Bluetooth headphones which I’ve tested. Beats’ Fast Fuel feature also provides you 3 hours of backup time by a 5-minutes of charging only.
- Low Tech Times
The W1 chip makes pairing with Apple devices a breeze, and the 40-hour battery life is impressive.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Superb battery life.
- Gotta Be Mobile
W1 chip hardware for easy connectivity designed from Apple, but can connect to any device that has bluetooth, not just Apple devices.
- BrightTech Reviews
What experts didn't like
Not everyone will get on with the Beats Solo 3 Wireless fit either. While they are comfortable for a pair of fairly firm on-ear headphones, glasses-wearers in particular should know what they're in for: potential discomfort after a while.
- Tech Radar
Now that said, these still aren’t the most comfortable headphones I’ve worn by a longshot. One thing I’m still not a fan of is the plastic padding on the top of the headband. I found that it has such a strong grip that it sometimes pulled my hair when I was taking off the headphones.
- Soundguys
Fit is too tight.
- What HiFi
The build hasn’t been substantially upgraded, though. Plastic and fairly unconvincing synthetic leather are used for the frame and pads, and on my review pair the glossy finish doesn’t exactly hide the plastic construction.
- Trusted Reviews
It's expensive.
- Bar Bend
That bass can often be a bit much, particularly on songs that already have too much boom boom boom already.
- Wired
The ear pads on the Solo 3s are not replaceable.
- The Verge
If you spend a lot of time listening to delicate vocal music then the Beats Solo 3 probably aren't for you
- Pocket-lint
A bit overpriced.
- PC Magazine
Headband can get uncomfortable during longer listening sessions.
- Tech Spot
The design still doesn't feel worthy of the price tag.Outside of their function as a fashion piece, I'll never understand the appeal of the Beats on-ear design. They're lightweight, which is nice, but the none of the separate elements—not the rubber headband, not the stiff leather cups, not the chintzy size-adjustment mechanisms—add up to a package that feels worthy of its premium price tag. And while I appreciate the Solo3's ability to fold up for easy storage, I cannot abide the flimsy hinges that sound and feel like they're breaking every time they're engaged.
- Reviewed
Not suitable for exercise as slip forward when jogging.
- Good Housekeeping
Poor noise isolation.
- RTINGS.com
Assembly does not fold flat.
- Low Tech Times
But the Solo3 currently costs too darn much for what you get. At $150, it could be a pick.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Plastic feels cheap.
- Gotta Be Mobile
Some people say the material is cheap.
- BrightTech Reviews

From The Manufacturer

With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 wireless is your perfect everyday headphone Premium playback and fine-tuned acoustics maximize clarity, breadth, and balance Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use. 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls Comes with Beats Solo3 wireless headphones, carrying case, 3. 5mm remote Talk cable, Universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), quick Start guide and card

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.2
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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 31
3. Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 23
4. Beats Over-Ear Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 17
5. Picun Over-Ear Wireless Headphones
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Wireless Headphones For Work

Working in an office has its share of challenges, but distractions top the list. Unless your job is to constantly interact with the people around you, chances are you need to be able to focus on the task at hand. Unless you work in a soundproof office with no windows, though, that probably isn’t a possibility.

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If you need to shut out noise while you’re working, a good pair of wireless headphones can do the trick. Headphones can also come in handy for listening to your favorite tunes or a great book when you’re doing tasks that don’t require silence. Before you start shopping, determine exactly how you’ll be using your headphones to help decide whether a pair with noise cancellation will work better for you than one that makes your playlist pop.

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Many headphones advertise noise cancellation, but very few actually deliver. Granted, you’ll find plenty of over-ear headphones that physically shut out ambient noise by simply cupping your ears in a way that keeps the sound from getting to your ears. However, true active noise-cancellation technology has your headphones emitting a noise-canceling sound wave that counteracts surrounding noise. The active noise cancellation in many over-ear headphones is often disappointing, so if this technology is important to you, it will be well worth spending the extra money on a brand like Bose that leads the industry.

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Active noise cancellation also requires a battery, and you’ll be limited on how long you’ll be able to use your headphones between charges. You’ll also find using your headphones via Bluetooth will mean relying on a battery that has a limited life. If you’re sitting at your desk all day, consider a pair of headphones that will let you plug directly into your source so that you can save your battery for your lunchtime walk or your commute home.

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Office workers aren’t the only ones who need headphones to get through the day. Those who work in manufacturing, events or similar noisy environments depend on headphones to protect their hearing. Although noise-canceling headphones do have their limits, they can reduce the level of exposure you’ll suffer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 million people endure dangerous noise levels every year at work. One measure of whether your workplace is too loud is whether you have to shout to be heard by someone 3 feet away, assuming that person has reasonably good hearing. Also, if you find your ears are ringing when things finally do get quiet, chances are your environment is putting your hearing at risk.

The Wireless Headphones For Work Buying Guide

  • If you plan to be wearing your headphones for hours at a time, comfort should be at the top of your list. Over-ear headphones affect more than just your ears, as earbuds do, which means you need a pair that is tight enough to stay in place without being so tight they give you a headache.
  • Those who wear glasses may find some headphones are too snug for them. You’ll need a little extra leeway for the stems of your glasses to squeeze under the headband.
  • Chances are, you won’t just be using your headphones for audio, particularly if you’re connecting it to your phone. Make sure your headphones will easily pair with your mobile device and check that the microphone on them will transmit clear audio to the person on the other end of the call.
  • Phone calls aren’t the only way a good mic comes in handy. If you use voice-command technology like Siri or Alexa, you’ll want a pair of headphones that will keep your voice easy to understand.
  • When connected to Bluetooth or relying on noise-canceling technology, you’ll need a battery that can hold a charge for a while. You can find headphones that promise a battery life of up to 50 hours, although some activities will run the battery down quicker than others.
  • The material and build of the ear cups play a direct role in how comfortable they are. Faux leather is especially popular, but also look for padding on the headband, which will take comfort beyond how your ears feel.
  • Your headset will have controls for features like volume. Check to see where those controls are located. Although it’s nice to be able to reach them easily, you may find that if they’re too prominent, you’ll accidentally press them, especially if you wear them after work to relax in a reclined position.
  • For those who want to look stylish while working, some headphones come in multiple colors. You’ll also find headphones that have a metallic finish or chrome accents that serve as a great alternative to the standard black over-ear headphone look.