Beats will please users looking for a flashy set of in-ear headphones that provide booming sound and a handful of features. But for value-centric shoppers, there are many options that outperform for less cash.
The Beats Powerbeats2 is a gym-focused Bluetooth earphone pair with a frequency response that will only appeal to extreme bass fans.
I’ve previously been an outspoken fan of the Jaybird line of wireless fitness earbuds, but the Powerbeats2 definitely give them a run for their money. Jaybird still offers its excellent BlueBuds 2 for $169.95, which is $30 cheaper than the $199.95 the Powerbeats2 will cost you on the Apple Store, however, and the Jaybird option promises up to two more hours of battery life in continuous use, though some have complained about the Jaybird set’s ability to resist sweat and stay in-ear.