Beats Solo3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Last updated: November 23, 2021

Lively sound and best-in-class battery life put these wireless over-ear headphones ahead of competitors. Although most headphones top out at 30 hours of battery life, Beats offers up to 40 hours with this model. If your battery runs out, just a few minutes of charge can buy you at least a couple more hours of listening time.

We looked at the top Wireless Over-Ear Headphones and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Over-Ear Headphone you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: With up to 40 hours of battery life, you can enjoy these wireless over-ear headphones for several days between charges.

In our analysis of 109 expert reviews, the Beats Wireless Over-Ear Headphones placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Beats Solo3 Wireless Feel Your Music Custom Comfort All-day Play Apple W1 Chip image 1 image 1 Compare Beats products Solo3 Wireless Solo3 Wireless Studio3 Wireless Studio3 Wireless EP EP Fit On-Ear Over-Ear On-Ear Noise Canceling N/A check mark N/A Colors (PRODUCT)RED, Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gold, Matte Black, Rose Gold, Satin Gold, Satin Silver, Silver, Defiant Black-Red, Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition, Club Yellow, Club White, Club Red, Club Navy Blue, Defiant Black-Red, Gray, Matte Black, Red, Shadow Gray, White, Desert Sand, Crystal Blue, Midnight Black, 76ers Blue, Celtics Black, Lakers Purple, Raptors White, Rockets Red, Warriors Royal, Neymar Jr. Black, Blue, Red, White Battery Life Up to 40 hours Up to 22 hours with ANC Up to 40 hours without ANC N/A Fast Fuel Charging check mark check mark N/A Bluetooth® Wireless Connectivity* check mark check mark N/A Apple W1 chip* W1 technology* – *Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3 or later versions W1 technology* – *Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3 or later versions N/A AndroidTM Compatible check mark check mark check mark Weight 2 pounds 1.9 pounds 1.5 pounds

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The Beats Solo3 Wireless is a well-built wireless headphone that sounds good in both wireless and wired modes and is relatively comfortable to wear for an on-ear headphone. Its battery life is best-in-class (40 hours) and has a remote control built-in to the right earcup that's easy to operate by feel. The new W1 chip makes it supersimple to pair with Apple devices.
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless sound is lively and energetic, fitting the Beats brand image well.
At 40 hours, the Solo 3 Wireless’s battery life is nothing short of outstanding, and quite simply unheard of in current wireless headphones. Thanks to better battery management by the W1 chip, it’s a huge jump from the 12 hours on Beats’ previous model.
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. Granted, this number could vary depending on how you use the headphones and how loud you play music.
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.
Throwing them back on a charger for 5 minutes is enough to get you another 3 hours of battery life.
The biggest news here surrounds the W1, which makes all other Bluetooth headphones suddenly look like a tin can and string. Designed to make pairing seamless, one button press auto-pairs the headphones not just with your iPhone but with any other iOS device you have linked up to iCloud.
- Wired
Apple W1 chip enhances experience with iOS devices and has superb Battery Life.
The good news is that the rubbery padding on the Solo3s' 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.
The cushioned earcups are adjustable and foldable for a customized fit and easy storage. Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity allows you to control your music, take calls, or activate Siri through the multifunction on-ear controls and microphone.
There are buttons on the side of the left earcup to control playback, volume and calls. They aren’t touch sensitive but that’s a good thing as good old traditional buttons are far more reliable and they don’t require a hefty push to work.
The headphones can be folded and come with a soft case to making taking them around easy.
These fully-adjustable headphones come with comfort-cushioned ear cups that buffer exterior noises, a handy carrying case, 3.5 mm RemoteTalk cable, as well as a universal USB charging cable.
I enjoyed my time with the Beats Solo 3s. They’re comfortable and convenient, and they do a reasonable job with most music genres.
The Solo3 Wireless delivers a powerful deep bass response that doesn't distort, even at top, unwise listening levels.
What makes it really cool is that it adjusts for sound leakage caused by your hair, glasses, the shape of your ear, and even the movement of your head. But you can turn Pure ANC off if you want to enjoy longer battery life.
The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones will have you covered in comfort for both trips both near and far.
Bass this heavy is a guilty pleasure.
The Beats Solo3 is fairly easy to use, but can be a bit finicky.
They also feature soft-touch material on the band that keeps your head comfortable and the headphones from slowly climbing off. This means that you can exercise without worrying about your headphones flying off.
The Solo3 wireless have easy to find controls on the side of the ear cups that let you play/pause your music or control volume. There’s also a built in mic so you can use the phone for hands free calling. I found the call quality excellent. It’s very clear, no breakup and folks on the other end said they could hear me just fine when it was quiet.
The Beats Solo3 Wireless uses an efficient Apple W1 chip that brings seamless setup and switching for your Apple devices and can deliver up to 40 hours of battery life, to play music as long as you want. It is your perfect everyday headphone wherever you are — at home, at work, or school.
Thankfully, the Solo3 headphones have a whopping 40 hour battery life, and in my own testing I can confirm that these things feel as if they’d be good for days.
Beats Solo3 has a built-in mic for making decent calls.
The headphones themselves have controls: a small power button on the right earpiece that doubles as a pairing button when held in; volume controls and a play/pause button on the left earpiece. All are easily found by touch.
Due to this W1 chip, battery life is rated at a whopping 40 hours which is just fantastic. Most Bluetooth headphones today hover around the 20 hour range, so this effectively doubles that.
I used them obsessively for the first three days. Then I checked the battery life and they were still 95 percent charged. They also hold their charge pretty well, so if you’re not using them for a week, they’ll still have power when you return.
Solo3’s battery life is just impressive; with a cool 40 hours of battery life users don’t have to worry about recharging it midflight.

What reviewers didn't like

It's expensive, and doesn't sound quite as good as other wireless headphones that cost $300.
Lack of fidelity for the price.
No Lightning connector and the fit is too tight.
There is no beating around the bush on this one, but the Beat Solo3 Wireless Headphones are not the cheapest headphones on the market.
This is expensive.
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.
Despite all the upgrades, $300 is still an awful lot to pay for headphones, even if they are as much status symbol as audio device.
- Wired
Headband can get uncomfortable during longer listening sessions
The bad news is that, if you're anything like me, less than an hour into a listening session and your ears will feel sore—like lame muscles the day after a rough workout.
Sound quality is good, but more than most headphones you need to be a fan of bass dominant music for the Solo 3 Wireless to suit you. If you’re likely to listen to other genres far more, then we’d recommend looking elsewhere.
The controls on the ear cup makes a clicking sound when pressed.
The Beats’ lack of subtlety may seem like a downside, especially when you factor in their high price tag.
This is a bit overpriced. Headband can get uncomfortable during longer listening sessions.
This is pricey and not as comfortable as some options.
We prefer a much more balanced frequency response.
The major downside to the Beats Solo3 is its bass, which was very weak when compared to other high end models.
The headphones are amazingly light considering the fact that they are wireless.
The problem with this model is its connection, as it has Bluetooth issues when getting connected to a PC. And if that wasn’t enough, it also struggles to establish a connection via USB.
One small problem with the quick charging feature, for me, is the fact that this still uses micro-USB instead of Lightning.
It’s expensive and assembly does not fold flat.
So what happens the first time I review some Bluetooth headphones? Dropouts galore. Not all the time, just when I had the player in my pants pocket and I was walking around.
Overall, comfort is decent for an on-ear headphone, but not as plush as some over-ears.
This is a bit expensive.
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