You should REALLY consider the Beats Flex
*Disclaimer: I don’t consider myself an ‘audiophile’ in any way.*
With the winter season upcoming, I was considering another pair of Beats X (which I’ve had a few pairs die on me before I gave up and switched to AirPods Pro) for use while snowboarding. I can’t imagine taking a spill and having my $250 earbuds fall out in **white** snow. So in this instance, I prefer the cable design over the truly wireless earbud design of the AirPods Pro. This is the best compromise for me in this *brave* world without the 3.5mm headset jack.
I just received my Beats Flex from the FedEx guy and HOLY HECK I’m really impressed! My AirPods Pro are my daily drivers and I’ve grown to love them – especially after the A2084 update and the auto-switching/spatial audio features. However, I’ve always been a tiny bit disappointed in the sound profile of the AirPods and AirPods Pro when it came to listening to bass-heavy music. Personally, I prefer heavier bass response but I understand why people don’t like the bass heavy profile of the Beats products. While these aren’t nearly as muddy as your typical Beats headphones, the sound profile may still be too heavy for a lot of people.
Feature-wise, the Beats Flex lacks the transparency/ANC modes, auto-switching between iOS, or spatial audio, but still offers good passive noise isolation, audio sharing, and fast-pairing with iOS devices. Buuuut, the 12-hour battery life blows the AirPods Pro away. USB-C charging is a very welcome feature, and it’s bizarre that Apple decided to feature USB-C for their $50 entry level earbuds and NOT for the iPhone 12 lineup. Oh well – we got 5G I guess (?).
Beats Flex| AirPods Pro
12 hour battery| 4-5 hour battery
USB-C Charging| Lightning, but also Qi Charging
‘Wired Wireless’ (but a win for sporting applications)| Truly wireless, but glhf if one falls out and you lose it between the couch cushions
no IPX water resistant rating|IPX water resistant but I wouldn’t swim with them
Fast-pairing and switching (a la Pre-iOS 14 Airpods)|+ auto switching, transparency/ANC, spatial audio
***FIFTY FRIKIN DOLLARS***| **$250.00 – or the price of 2 HomePod Minis and a month’s supply of McChickens**
TL;DR: For $50.00 USD, the Beats Flex is one of the best value products Apple has ever released. It’s hard to justify considering any other alternative to the AirPods Pro and the Beats Flex even outperforms the AirPods Pro in certain aspects. 10/10 would recommend.