Powerbeats 2 Wireless

7/10 AVG.
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  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless
  • Powerbeats 2 Wireless

The Beats Powerbeats2 is a gym-focused Bluetooth earphone pair with a frequency response that will only appeal to extreme bass fans.

- Tim Gideon , PC Magazine 


While it's a bit overpriced, the Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless is among the best wireless sports earphones.

- David Carnoy , Cnet 

Specs / Features


From the street to the court,Powerbeats2 Wireless gives you the freedom to take your workout anywhere. Wireless Bluetooth gives you the ability to connect up to 30 feet to your Bluetooth enabled device -allowing you to move freely and stay focused on your workout. A rechargeable battery with 6-hour playback and with a 15-minute quick charge delivers an extra hour of non-stop playback. | Don't let sweat stop you. Powerbeats2 Wireless is IPX4 sweat and water resistant from the ear bud to the tangle free cable wrap around, with overmolding on the RemoteTalk control wrap around cable for a no-slip... More

From the street to the court,Powerbeats2 Wireless gives you the freedom to take your workout anywhere. Wireless Bluetooth gives you the ability to connect up to 30 feet to your Bluetooth enabled device -allowing you to move freely and stay focused on your workout. A rechargeable battery with 6-hour playback and with a 15-minute quick charge delivers an extra hour of non-stop playback. | Don't let sweat stop you. Powerbeats2 Wireless is IPX4 sweat and water resistant from the ear bud to the tangle free cable wrap around, with overmolding on the RemoteTalk control wrap around cable for a no-slip grip when changing volume, switching tracks, and making hands free calls. | Add power to your workout playlist. Dual-driver acoustics power music through each ear bud delivering a great listening experience with a customized t. We designed it with you, the athlete, in mind. Powerbeats2 Wireless is lightweight and compact with a ­flexible earhook, providing a comfortable and secure fit. | What's in the box: Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones, with RemoteTalk wrap around cable, Hard shell carrying case, Universal micro USB cable, Cable management clip, Quick Start Guide

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Specification

Specification
Brand Beats
Model B0516 RED
Size 34 x 17 cm (13.4 x 6.7 in)

Reviews summary

7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good

  • Comfortable over-the-ear design
  • Sounds good with bass heavy songs
  • Sweat and water-resistant
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Focus on bass drowns out high-mid to high frequency
  • Open fit lets ambient noise leak in

Love it or hate it, Beats is one of the most popular brands for headphones and speakers on the market today. For the fitness crowd, Beats released the PowerBeats 2 wireless earphones. The biggest draw, besides the brand recognition, is IPX4 rating for sweat- and water-resistance. While not fully waterproof, experts did not damage the drivers even during a light shower or when working up a sweat at the gym. For a snug fit, it comes with four pairs of ear tips of different sizes and also has an over-the-ear loop for increased stability. While it might seem like the ear hooks would increase the weight, most reviewers actually found it very light and comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Some reviewers found the fit to be a bit too open and relaxed though it never actually fell out of their ear. For the most part the open fit didn't affect the audio except when in very loud situations or when it was very windy.

Like other Beats products, experts immediately noticed the heavy skew towards the bass. When listening to tracks with a heavy bassline, experts were pleasantly surprised with the overall sound quality. Even at higher volumes, they didn't experience any distortion though moderate volumes did make the lack of high-mid and high frequency definition that much more obvious. They noticed this even more on tracks that lacked a deep bass with many tracks sounding muddled due to lack of treble. Still, Sound Review adds, "…the vocals remain crystal clear."

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As a Bluetooth device, the PowerBeats 2 does come with its own battery and charging cable. In most tests, critics were able to get around seven to eight hours of life with a single charge. Instead of audible notifications for battery life, PowerBeats 2 uses an indicator light. A steady red light means there is less than an hour left and blinking red means less than 15. Many reviewers preferred this method as it didn't interrupt their listening experience and it was very easy to understand. Once docked, it took them a little under two hours to full charge the earphones.

In general, reviewers only recommend the PowerBeats 2 to people who want a heavily boosted bass in their songs. Otherwise, they do not consider it a good bargain for the money. Toms Guide states, "While they have a strong bass and an over-ear design comfortable for exercise, their sound isn't up to snuff with other buds in their price range." PC Mag adds, "The Beats PowerBeats 2 Wireless is for people who want extreme bass, and not really anyone else…"

Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


Tools & Toys

An awesome pair of wireless earbuds to buy

from Tools & Toys

The bottom line is that the Powerbeats 2 Wireless are a really solid pair of headphones. They’re nice looking, wireless, work pretty well in average use, and are great for exercise. There will be people for who these earbuds wouldn’t fit as well for, especially those looking for higher quality sound at this price point. But for the vast majority of people, I’d say the Beats are an awesome pair of wireless earbuds to buy....

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The bottom line is that the Powerbeats 2 Wireless are a really solid pair of headphones. They’re nice looking, wireless, work pretty well in average use, and are great for exercise. There will be people for who these earbuds wouldn’t fit as well for, especially those looking for higher quality sound at this price point. But for the vast majority of people, I’d say the Beats are an awesome pair of wireless earbuds to buy.

They work pretty well on the daily, excel for use during exercise, and have managed to do both those things and fit into my life without a hitch.

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Tom's Guide

You'll feel the beat, but not much else

from Tom's Guide

The $189 Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless earbuds will help you power through a workout, but they don't provide the best audio for the money. While they have strong bass and an over-ear design comfortable for exercise, their sound isn't up to snuff with other buds in their price range.

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The $189 Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless earbuds will help you power through a workout, but they don't provide the best audio for the money. While they have strong bass and an over-ear design comfortable for exercise, their sound isn't up to snuff with other buds in their price range.

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The Huffington Post

The next level of performance has arrived

from The Huffington Post

The battery life is good enough. Beats says it's somewhere around 6 hours of non-stop playback. That's meaningless for sports headphones unless you're an ultra marathon runner, so instead let us say that it's enough to essentially trust for two or three sessions that there will be enough juice to get through your Nicki Minaj playlist, and that they charge quickly enough in short bursts to give you an hour or so of power in 15 minutes....

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The battery life is good enough. Beats says it's somewhere around 6 hours of non-stop playback. That's meaningless for sports headphones unless you're an ultra marathon runner, so instead let us say that it's enough to essentially trust for two or three sessions that there will be enough juice to get through your Nicki Minaj playlist, and that they charge quickly enough in short bursts to give you an hour or so of power in 15 minutes.

They don't slip off. The over-ear slingback design isn't for everyone, but these headphones don't come loose and stay in position almost without fail. The cord is the right length. Again, it's an intangible. But the neck cord on these earphones is just long enough to have a bit of give, without popping too annoyingly over the neckline of a shirt or running top. It doesn't tangle either.

There are no flaws. If you take care of them you might never need to buy another pair until the battery dies or you lose them. Literally, what more do you want? 

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TechCrunch

Wireless running earbuds that should keep you on pace

from TechCrunch

I’ve previously been an outspoken fan of the Jaybird line of wireless fitness earbuds, but the Powerbeats2 definitely give them a run for their money. Jaybird still offers its excellent BlueBuds 2 for $169.95, which is $30 cheaper than the $199.95 the Powerbeats2 will cost you on the Apple...More

I’ve previously been an outspoken fan of the Jaybird line of wireless fitness earbuds, but the Powerbeats2 definitely give them a run for their money. Jaybird still offers its excellent BlueBuds 2 for $169.95, which is $30 cheaper than the $199.95 the Powerbeats2 will cost you on the Apple Store. And the Jaybird option promises up to two more hours of battery life in continuous use, though some have complained about the Jaybird set’s ability to resist sweat and stay in-ear. Still, the Beats option definitely won’t disappoint runners looking for something to keep them motivated without encumbering their runs with messy cables.

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Gizmodo

Beats headphones specifically meant for gym junkies

from Gizmodo

Obviously, the only people who are going to buy Beats headphones sight unseen are people who already love the Beats they have. From that perspective, these are great as far as Beats go, the Powerbeats 2s are fantastic. If you love Beats and need something more compact for when you work out or go outside, these are for you....

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Obviously, the only people who are going to buy Beats headphones sight unseen are people who already love the Beats they have. From that perspective, these are great as far as Beats go, the Powerbeats 2s are fantastic. If you love Beats and need something more compact for when you work out or go outside, these are for you.

Compared to other sports headphones, they’re also great, despite the extra cost. Thankfully, the PowerBeats 2s are headphones that can be used outside of the gym as well as when you’re doing lifts.

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Recombu

High priced, but very nice

from Recombu

We’re fans of Bluetooth headphones and the PowerBeats2 Wireless prove to be a solid offering. They’re consistently strong across the board, with a nice, clean design, balanced sound, a comfortable fit, usable battery life and hey, they're inspire by Lebron James.

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We’re fans of Bluetooth headphones and the PowerBeats2 Wireless prove to be a solid offering. They’re consistently strong across the board, with a nice, clean design, balanced sound, a comfortable fit, usable battery life and hey, they're inspire by Lebron James.

There’s undoubtedly room for improvement (with the earphones, not LeBron), but the overall experience was one that we enjoyed. The only sticking point being the price. At £169.95, they surpass many other great Bluetooth headphones, some with additional features like media playback controls, active noise cancellation and vibration motors. 

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iLounge

Very nice headphones, with the stability features that one should want while running

from iLounge

Clearly, there are advantages to Powerbeats2 Wireless over a packed-in set of EarPods, but audio isn’t necessarily one of them. For working out, they’re very nice headphones, with the stability features that one should want while running. Unfortunately, we were just not blown away by...More

Clearly, there are advantages to Powerbeats2 Wireless over a packed-in set of EarPods, but audio isn’t necessarily one of them. For working out, they’re very nice headphones, with the stability features that one should want while running. Unfortunately, we were just not blown away by the sound, which should be excellent for $200, especially when there’s great competition at half the price or less. That’s why Beats’ latest headphones earn our C+ rating. If they had the signature aesthetic appeal of Solo2 or other Beats headphones, that’d be one thing, but they’re not even that exciting visually, with a two-generation-old Bluetooth headset design. There’s no real reason to choose these headphones over their more modern and affordable competitors.

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Chip Chick

Great fit, different color options, fresh look

from Chip Chick

Good wireless gym headphones are still tough to find. The hardest part to get right is the fit, and the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless have one of the best fits around. It’s amazing never having to adjust your headphones, even while running. The water/sweat resistance adds great peace of mind a...More

Good wireless gym headphones are still tough to find. The hardest part to get right is the fit, and the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless have one of the best fits around. It’s amazing never having to adjust your headphones, even while running. The water/sweat resistance adds great peace of mind and should definitely prolong the lifespan of the Powerbeats2 Wireless. The microphone is fantastic for any phone call, and the RemoteTalk with audio controls makes it even better.

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New York Daily News

The best-rounded pair of fitness earphones on the market

from New York Daily News

Clearly, there are advantages to Powerbeats2 Wireless over a packed-in set of EarPods, but audio isn’t necessarily one of them. For working out, they’re very nice headphones, with the stability features that one should want while running. Unfortunately, we were just not blown away by...More

Clearly, there are advantages to Powerbeats2 Wireless over a packed-in set of EarPods, but audio isn’t necessarily one of them. For working out, they’re very nice headphones, with the stability features that one should want while running. Unfortunately, we were just not blown away by the sound, which should be excellent for $200, especially when there’s great competition at half the price or less. That’s why Beats’ latest headphones earn our C+ rating. If they had the signature aesthetic appeal of Solo2 or other Beats headphones, that’d be one thing, but they’re not even that exciting visually, with a two-generation-old Bluetooth headset design. There’s no real reason to choose these headphones over their more modern and affordable competitors.

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PC Magazine

Audio balance is completely shifted to the bass realm, with very little high-mid presence

from PC Magazine

I won't speculate on whether the subtle LeBron James branding of this particular product (on the Beats website and in commercials) has anything to do with the price, but this is not what a $200 pair of earphones should sound like. The Powerbeats2 Wireless looks good and doesn't distort, but for t...More

I won't speculate on whether the subtle LeBron James branding of this particular product (on the Beats website and in commercials) has anything to do with the price, but this is not what a $200 pair of earphones should sound like. The Powerbeats2 Wireless looks good and doesn't distort, but for this price you need a much more balanced sound signature on top of those things.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

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510 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Powerbeats 2 Wireless. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

6.2/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

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11 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Powerbeats 2 Wireless. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.2 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

6.4/10

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