Claiming that we are heading to the future, Apple has gone wireless in launching ceremony of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Furthermore, they kept things limited to their own kingdom by removing headphone jack which was a surprise to most of us.
Talking about wireless future, iPhone 7 comes with brand new AirPods which are basically wireless earbuds, supported by Bluetooth. It has a great battery life and uninterrupted connection and that is what we expect from companies like Apple.
The only problem here is that you have to talk to Siri to control your audio and that’s a very odd way to do it. I personally dislike the handling of music player using a digital assistant.
Well, AirPods grabbed the all media attention during launching ceremony, there aren’t many people who paid attention to Beats X–AirPods’ alternative that is affordable and light to use.
Beats X is a product by Beats by Dre and it is a true alternative of AirPods. As there’s no headphone jack on iPhone 7 and later series, the only way to interact with audio is using wireless earbuds.
Beats X Wireless Earphones:
Beats X has the very same W1 chip that AirPods have which reduces our pain of installing setup to your phone.
Both earbuds are connected to each other using small wire and it’s quite easy to switch between two Apple devices without any hassle.
Well, what exactly is Beats X and how it’s a better alternative, we have to dig a little bit more into it to find it. 😉
Apple might have called it an affordable solution but they really didn’t mean you are going to get it at the very economic rate.
Don’t take me wrong but it’s a fact that Beats X tried to be part of Apple’s family.
|Brand||Beats by Dre|
|Dimensions||7.3 x 5.1 x 2.6 inches|
|Li-ion batteries x 2||Li-ion batteries x 2|
Well, there aren’t many things to discuss in regards to design as it comes with a minimal design with no fancy textures.
We have two earbuds connected via wire. The wire is also not very long and keeps you away from tangling issues. You have to wrap it behind your neck to make both earbuds reach your ears.
Not that I am a fan of wired earbuds but completely wireless earbuds are vulnerable to falling to the ground. Going with small wire is indeed a handsome decision because it is going to reside on your back even if it gets out of your ears.
Furthermore, wired connection between two earbuds bring some customization and make it easier to control audio settings.
Wires are made up of a nitinol alloy which makes it lightweight and easier to fold. Generally, bends weaken the sound quality but thanks to the durability of nitinol, you can fold it in any way without any issues.
There are basically six color options in this product and all of them are equally beautiful. You get black, white, gray, blue, matte gold and matte silver choices, so feel free to choose one of your taste.
Not a fan of Beats or any other third party products but it would be wrong to label them as cheap copies without testing them. After all, Phil Schiller announced it in iPhone 7 launch event. There are some worth noting features that give Beats X a distinction.
It would be wrong to expect anything less with earbuds with that much hefty price tag and I have to say that it hasn’t served even up to the balance. Sure there are improvements over AirPods but performance is a completely different dimension.
It works pretty well for higher beats but lower notes create a problem here. Furthermore, it is not airtight as claimed by Dre and you can still hear disturbing noise around you.
Quick charging and battery life claims by Beats X are more than true and that’s just outstanding. You can even make it more than 8 hours of music listening but that is a first new charging session only. But still, it works pretty well and charges quickly to give you another two hours of entertainment. Well, there’s no USB type C charging cable but still, it works well with lightning cable.
As far as we are looking for AirPods’ alternative, this product seems to be the excellent choice. With great battery life and quick charging, it works at some above average level.
Yes, there are some drawbacks such as price but still better than looking for AirPods which are even more expensive.
Sound clarity is also an issue yet there are some improvements too.