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A Review Of Beats Flex Wireless Headphones

Pros

  • Low price
  • Fast-charging
  • Auto-play/pause

Cons

  • The sound is shaped like a steep v
  • Without wingtips, the fit is tricky

We still think the Beats Flex is great over a year after being released: they’re economical but superior Beats earphones. They have classic Beats sound, design, and many of the same features as other Beats headphones, but at decidedly non-Beats pricing.

One of the most popular features is the Apple W1 Wireless Chip. Other features include automatic playback and pausing, 12-hour battery life, and a laser-cut micro-venting chamber to reduce in-ear pressure.

The Beats Flex was released in two colors: Beats Black and Yuzu Yellow, on September 13, 2020, the same day as Apple’s iPhone 12 unveiling. On January 20, 2021, Beats introduced two more color options to the lineup: Smoke Gray and Flame Blue, both of which are rather attractive.

The Beats Flex is priced at $49.99, making it the lowest wireless earphones the firm has ever released. The Beats Flex appears to be a good deal on paper, but you’ll realize why after spending some time with them.

Design

The earphones themselves are light, but the chord that connects them is around 32 inches long and wraps around your neck. In-line volume controls, a multi-feature button, and a larger battery can be housed in the wire between the two buds, allowing the headphones to last longer between charges.

You can utilize the multi-feature button, but the Beats Flex also has a sensor that will automatically pause and resume music when you take them off and on. This is convenient, but it can also save you a lot of battery life.

Beat-flex-Design

Battery Life

A USB-C connector is located on the left side of the earbuds, near the volume controls, for charging. According to Beats, the headphones have a 12-hour battery life and quick charging, which can deliver an hour and a half of playback from a 10-minute charge.

Battery-Life

Why Is It Different From Others?

The Beats Flex differs from more expensive Apple wireless earbuds such as the AirPods Pro in that the latter uses the newer H1 Wireless Chip, which allows for hands-free Siri, and the former uses the older W1 Chip. Aside from hands-free Siri, the more expensive H1 Chip supports Bluetooth 5 instead of Bluetooth 4.2, which means the H1 Chip has a slightly longer battery life.

Our team was surprised that none of these proved to be deal-breakers. The W1 Chip is less sophisticated than the H1, but it still does the job, and the semi-wireless form factor is tolerable if ungainly. Indeed, the biggest flaw in the Beats Flex’s design thus far has been the lack of wingtips to lock them in your ear — without them, getting that ideal seal may be problematic and easily come undone.

On the plus side, the Beats Flex comes with various ear tips, including some large and double-flange tips, to make finding the perfect fit a little easier.

Conclusion

The sound quality of the Beats Flex will not blow you away, but at A$79.95, its combination of sound, design, and comfort makes it a good value in wireless headphones from Beats. The Beats Flex is an excellent option if you want to replace your Apple EarBuds without spending too much money.

Beats Flex works well with iPhone/iPad thanks to the Apple W1 processor, which allows for speedy one-touch setup and seamless interaction within iOS. Beats Flex is now available in Beats Black and Yuzu Yellow, with Smoke Grey and Flame Blue expected to arrive in early 2021.

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