Price (RRP): $399
Beats has one of those interesting reputations. Kids and young people love ‘em, while the older generation can’t stand them, but the latest pair tries to win over all with a fairly balanced sound and a removal of wires. Is it a success, or an overpriced mess?
Need a pair of headphones that can do both wired and wireless audio?
Beats might have the ticket, with the Apple-owned company taking the Solo 2 headphones we checked out last year and applying a bit of wireless tech to the package.
The headphones are made from plastic, and you’ll find foam ear cups covered in a leather-like fabric that we’ll assume is vinyl since it doesn’t actually say “leather” on the package.
You can choose to plug the headphones in using a standard 3.5mm headphone cable, or you can opt for wireless on these, a new feature to the Solo line-up, as Beats brings wireless to more than just its noise cancelling Studio cans.
The battery inside the Solo 2 headphones is rated for up to 12 hours, and is rechargeable by way of a microUSB port on the right ear cup.
A power button can also be found on that right cup, with a small five dot LED fuel gauge telling you how much battery life you have left on the headphones, while the 3.5mm headset jack can be found on the left cup.
A remote is also supplied on the 3.5mm cable, though this may not work completely on Android due to it being manufactured for iPhones.
The brand that practically pioneered the fashionable headphone is at it again, and this time, it’s not taking prisoners.
Sorry, did we say prisoners? We meant cords. It’s not taking cords. Not completely, anyway.
Really, the name says it all, because this pair of headphones is cordless, though you can, if you want to, bring a cord back in and plug the headphones into a phone or audio player if need be. We’re not sure why you would, beyond maybe that of air travel and other places where wireless transmissions are looked down on, but the option is there in Solo 2 Wireless.
Design, however, is pretty much identical, and it’s easy to see that Beats hasn’t changed too much in the wireless entry from the formula we liked in the wired version.