The new Studio Buds is Beats’ second pair of true wireless headphones after Powerbeats Pro. It is still the best all-around headphones I chose for fitness purposes such as running or going to the gym. Beats hopes to attract a wider audience with its latest products. The first is the price of $149.99, which is a total of $100 lower than AirPods Pro. The first of Beats headphones include active noise reduction. Through other new features, Beats is extending an olive branch to Android users, which may surprise Apple’s brands. Beats stated that they have done a lot of work on the sound of Studio Buds. This is where they should exceed their price expectations. But not everything at $150 is in the sun.
The most obvious missing part is wireless charging. And its noise reduction and transparency modes can’t keep up with some of the more expensive headphones, including AirPods Pro. Studio Buds has a small and lightweight stemless design that has lost the ear hooks of Powerbeats Pro. In contrast, they seem frankly miniature. And the weight difference is also huge-each Studio Buds weighs 5.1 grams, which is much more comfortable to wear on your ears than 20 grams of Powerbeats Pro. They are also lighter than AirPods Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro, Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro, Jabra’s Elite 85t / 75t, and many other products on the market. There is a small micro vent designed to reduce the feeling of clogging pressure in the ear, Beats includes all three standard sizes of silicone earplugs. Fit is a big plus; Studio Buds feel very comfortable and don’t tire my ears at any time. Beats Studio Buds is much smaller than the previous Powerbeats Pro. Beats build on what it has learned from previous headphones (and Apple’s).
While doing this design, it also worked with consumers on some prototype designs to achieve the final form factor. The outward-facing side is contoured around a diagonal pill-shaped “b” button. It is tactile, actually pressing rather than relying on capacitive touch sensors. I prefer this method because you don’t have to deal with accidental pressure often when adjusting your headphones. The button only needs to be pressed lightly, so you will not push the button deep into your ears often. The controls on both sides work the same way: press once to play/pause, press twice to skip the track, press three times to rewind, press and hold to switch between ANC on/transparent/off. You can customize the long press to activate the voice assistant, but this is all that Beats allows you to turn the situation around. Fortunately, the oval charging case is much smaller than the giant charging case with Powerbeats Pro. The red color in my review unit is quite eye-catching. The force with which Studio Buds are magnetically attracted to the groove is also reassuring. Hopefully, this can avoid the occasional failure of Powerbeats Pro’s real charging headset. The charging case is also easier to put in your pocket. out: There are no Apple chips in these. Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats, and even the $50 Beat Flex neck-mounted headphones have built-in one of Apple’s branded chips. Whether it is H1 or W1, they have instant settings, automatic pairing on all Apple devices registered in iCloud, accounts, and Share audio.
Although Apple lacks a chip, Beats managed to replicate some of these conveniences through software. Studio Buds supports hands-free “Hey Siri” voice commands. When you open the case near your iPhone for the first time, you will see the familiar settings screen (or at least something close to it) sliding up from the bottom, just like AirPods or other Beats products. Studio Buds even has a special integration with the control center-from here you can switch between noise reduction and transparency modes, just like with AirPods Pro. They will also automatically play the new Apple Music Dolby Atmos spatial audio track.