If you are in the market looking for a premium class of Noise Canceling wireless headphones, you have 3 major choices. Bose QC35, Sony WH-1000XM3, and Beats Studio 3. If you have chosen Beats Studio3 by now, this Beats Studio 3 Headphone review might change your opinion.
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Beats Studio3 Review: The First Impression
Leaving the documents, manual guides and stickers aside, in the box, you get Wireless Headphones packed in a soft-touch carrying case, micro USB to micro USB cable for charging and updating the firmware, 3.5mm Male to Male cable, if you want high latency rate (will talk about it later in this review).
The build quality of headphones is complete plastic which looks good to the eyes but not to the hands. The headphone has soft finish all over it that indeed feels premium but they are not light in weight. And if you lift them from one side, it bends a little and look fragile. The headphones are built of plastic with soft-touch finishing, and premium leather cushioning. The adjustable headband has brushed metal that you can adjust according to the size of your head.
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On Headphones, the controls are pretty easy. On the right, you will see a small Power button, just below that, there are 5 illuminations for battery indication. You will also see Micro USB connector for charging the headphones. On the Right, there is single illumination and earcups control that you can use to adjust Volume, Next, Previous, Google Assistant, or SIRI. And yes, there is a 3.5mm connector if you want to use it for high latency work like playing MIDI Instruments, playing games, etc.
Connecting Beats Studio3 is a breeze. You can easily connect them with any Bluetooth enabled device. Simply turn on the Bluetooth of your device and press the Power button on headphones. You will white LED illumination all over the headphones and they are now ready to get paired.
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On successful pairing, you will listen to Beats Signature connecting Sound. You can also connect it using a 3.5mm cable that comes in the box. The 3.5mm cable also includes few controls including Volume and a button that responds to a few actions like accepting/rejecting calls, triggering SIRI, or Google Assistant.
After Apple acquired Beats, Apple revamped The Beats Studio3 headphones and now it comes with Apple W1 Chip which is the same chip that comes in Apple AirPods. The inclusion of W1 Chip & Class 1 Bluetooth in Studio3 significantly improved the Bluetooth connectivity of Studio3. The Bluetooth Connectivity of Studio3 is just amazing.
I personally tested and it worked even on 25ft. of distance from the source. I connected the headphones with my Macbook via Bluetooth and went on the second floor of my house and it kept playing the music without any disturbance. The volume controls, pause/play, next/previous was working beautifully.
The only issue that I found on Studio3 Wireless Headphones is the latency rate. The headphones are good for Music, movies, and other streaming but if you want sound output in real-time, you better don’t use it via a Bluetooth connection. There is a microsecond delay in the sound.
If you are playing games on smartphones with headphones connected via Bluetooth, you will see a delay in the sound. You hit the bullet and you are listening to sound after a few microseconds. Things get worse when you are trying to use Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones via Bluetooth for playing MIDI instruments. You played a Piano note and you are listening to the sound after a microsecond. This is a nightmare.
The sound delay is pretty common in many Bluetooth earphones/headphones but this is not acceptable from Premium Class of headphones and from a brand like Beats.
In that situation, you have to switch to an Analog connection via a 3.5mm cable that comes in the box and if your phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack, the headphones are not for you. For using the headphones via a 3.5mm cable, you have to press the power button. That means headphones need battery backup even for 3.5mm cable connection and that is weird to me. There is no other power source for Headphones other than the inbuilt battery.
The controls on the 3.5mm cable come with soft-touch buttons with tactile feedback. You can control Volume/next/previous and everything you could imagine.
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Sound & Active Noise Cancelation
I am an avid music listener and sometimes I also compose music for satisfying my craving as a hobby on FL Studio and Garageband. Meaning, I can understand the sound and I know what I need in sound. To be very honest, Beats Studio3 doesn’t sound anything like I expected from Beats. The sound is not that bad but it is not the best either.
The Bass is good enough to process the Kick Drum sounds as well as the deep sub-bass. But mids and highs blend into each other. Now, this might be good for many people but I like to have levels and separation in the sound. The headphone should process each and every instrument that is being played in the song.
The sound on Beats Studio3 doesn’t make you feel like you are listening on a $350 premium headphones. To me, the sound is Okay where everything blends perfectly in a balanced sound. Nothing special, nothing fancy.
Talking about Active Noise Canceling (ANC), it works brilliantly. You can turn on/off the ANC using the power button. Double click on Power Button will disable the ANC and the same process will activate Active Noise Cancelation. Activating ANC beautifully cuts off the ambient noise and gives you absolute silence & peace.
ANC works on both Wireless and 3.5mm cable connection which is a good thing and I didn’t expect that. But Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones surprised me here in a very impressive way. Kuddos to Beats for their ANC tech.
Beats Studio 3 Review: Comfort
Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones come with soft leatherette cushioning and soft fiber on drivers that looks good to eyes but the headphones are not comfortable for long durations. The headphones weigh 260gm and it feels heavy on the head when used for around ~45 minutes. The ear gets warm and it feels like you need a break. This is not the headphones that you might be planning to get for your workout sessions.
The material of the earcups is not breathable. Sweat and heat will make things worse for you. On continuous use, I also felt some sort of uncomfortableness on my ears. The headband is equipped with soft leatherette padding which looks premium and also gives you comfort to some extent.
Another thing that bothers me is the rigid earcups. You really cannot rotate the earcups when you are not using them. While placing around the neck, it felt like someone is holding our neck in-not-a good manner. Although you can fold the earcups but that only enhances the portability and make space for placing them into the carrying case. Comfort-wise, there is no benefit for the user.
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Beats Studio 3 Review: Battery
Apple W1 Chip also helped the headphones in making them power efficient. On a full charge, you get a battery backup of ~20 hours. Battery backup depends on volume levels and type of connection. One more thing that is worth mentioning here, you need some level of battery for using the headphones via a 3.5mm jack. Don’t take a 3.5mm cable as a backup plan because you cannot use the headphones via 3.5mm cable on 0% battery.
For charging the headphones, you can either use a USB wall adapter or you can simply use the USB port of your computer. With 10-15 minutes of charge, you will get a backup of around 1-2 hours which is good for those who charge their devices just before leaving for the airport.
Beats Studio 3 Review: Pros & Cons
|Pros||Deep & Clear Bass, Premium Build quality, Variety of Color options, Fast Charging, Good Bluetooth connection range, Brilliant Noise Cancelation|
|Cons||Plain Mids & Highs, Not suitable for Long durations, 3.5mm require battery backup, Plastic Buttons feels plastic, Rigid Earcups, Overpriced|
|Verdict||Only buy if you want Beats Headphone in your collection or if you are a Beats Fan Boy.|
Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones Review: Should you buy it?
To be honest, Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones were never on my wishlist. I got the free pair with Macbook Pro that I purchased during Apple’s ‘Back to School Offer’ in 2019. That was the last time Apple was bundling Beats Studio3 headphones with Apple Devices. Now, Apple is offering Airpods in Back to School Offer.
Considering the price range, I would not recommend you to go for Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones. For anyone who wants better sound quality and a build with better features, go for Sony WH-1000XM3. If you are getting Studio3 Wireless Headphones in the sale, grab one. Otherwise, we have better options like Bose QC35 or even better Sony WH-1000XM3 which are totally worth the buck.
If you are a Beats fanboy and want that ‘b’ in your collection or just wanted to buy Beats headphones because your favorite music artist is in the Beats Advertisement, you can definitely get one and they will not disappoint you in terms of sound & comfort.