Apple's Beats Solo Pro Headphones Hands-On: Another Solid Offer From Beats
Aadhya Khatri - Oct 21, 2019
Last week, Beats introduced its first on-ear headphones with active noise-canceling, the Beats Solo Pro, which will be launched on October 30
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Last week, Beats, a brand of Apple, made public its first on-ear headphones that come equipped with active noise-canceling, the Beats Solo Pro. The pair will set users back $300, and it is scheduled to be launched on the 30th of October. If you are on the market for new headphones, here is our hands-on experience with it.
In the box of the Beats Solo Pro, users will find a soft case in a material that feels just like felt. Other accessories include a Lightning to USB-A cable for recharging. USB-C is obviously a more common choice when it comes to this kind of cable, but since this is a product of Apple, the decision to add the Lightning to USB-A is not exactly a surprise. At least if you are an iPhone owner, you can charge the pair by what you use for your phone.
Users can acquire the headphones in six colors, including Ivory, Black, and Gray. The other three shades are in the “More Matte Collection,” Red, Light Blue, and Dark Blue.
The outside of the headphones is made out of matte plastic, and there is a metal adjustment band exuding a premium feel and durability.
There is no power button to be found on the headphones as they will turn on and off automatically on their own when you fold or unfold them. Beats Solo Pro can connect to all devices sharing your iCloud account, as well as seamlessly switch among them, courtesy of the H1 chip on the inside. Bluetooth pairing is simple too. The chip also allows support for Siri. All you have to do is to say “Hey Siri” to conjure the virtual assistant.
You will not have a power button; there are still some others for control. On the right cup, you will find one for playback. The logo is a button too; it will pause, play, and skip songs. To adjust the volume, tap above or below the Beats logo.
On the left cup we have a button for switching among three listening modes of the headphones, including a brand new Transparency mode that lets ambient sounds in by activating the external microphones, the "Pure ANC" mode for noise cancellation that we first saw on the Beats Studio3, and a mode to prolong the battery life by turning off the Transparency and ANC mode.
The new Transparency mode may come in handy in many everyday life situations, like when you need to hear something like an announcement at the airport without taking the headphones off.
In terms of sound quality, you have solid performance, as you would expect from a pair of Beats headphones. Beats Solo Pro can beat the Solo3 in this respect and can rival any device in the Studio lineup. The only feature that the Studio headphones have the edge over the upcoming headphones is the immersion, stemming from its over-ear design.
If you turn on the Transparency and Pure ANC, the battery life can reach 22 hours. When the two modes are off, you can expect to have up to 40 hours. The fast charge feature can provide you with three hours of listening with 10 minutes plugging in. Since these headphones have not yet been released, we have no way to test the accuracy of these claims. But since Beats have been giving true estimations of cell life all along, we have reasons to believe that it is the case this time.