The New Powerbeats combines Pro-style updates with a Shackle-design

Following many weeks’ worth of leaks, the newest version of Apple/Beat’s Powerbeats has arrived this week. One of the key things that many of the rumors got wrong is the name itself. There is not going to be Powerbeats 4 (at least not for now). Instead, the company is ditching the number and going for a simpler “Powerbeats” name.

The Upgraded Version

The name is to differentiate the Bluetooth headphones from the famous Powerbeats Pro. The new models incorporate several fresh features from those truly wireless earbuds and at the same time maintaining the well-known tethered design.

There is no doubt some prefer that design. Brian Heater, A writer from TechCrunch said, “I’m a bigger fan of the Pros, though I can see where the ability to let the headphones dangling around one’s neck while not in use would have its appeal. If that’s not a great selling point, how about the headphones’ stated 15 hours of battery life nine on-board hours?” It is clear that the Pros receive a full 24 when you include the giant case. However, That’s not the case with the Powerbeats, though they’ll provide you with an hour of playback after a mere five minutes charging via a Lightning cable.

If you are still not convinced, the latest headphones come with a great price of $149 versus the Pro’s $249. That’s possibly the biggest argument of all here. $100 is a pretty big difference. However, in the press material, Beats is comparing them to the Pros, rather than Powerbeats 3, given that many of the updates bring them up to speed with the higher end devices, consisting of an updated design, new components and upgrades to the wireless radio.

It is a Good Deal!

Now talking about the Pros, people are appreciating the fit, majorly because of the over-ear hooks. They’re bulkier than AirPods; however, they do a much better job of taking some of the weight off the front of your ears. They are also more functional to put at the gym. Talking more about them, they’re rated IPX4 water-resistant.

The buttons provided are similar to the Pros, though they don’t come with the same buttons on either side. The right earpiece is integrated with the volume rocker and large Play button and the left one has Power/Sync. ‘Techies’ suspect that the asymmetry is because of the necessary power button the Pros don’t need became of their charging case. Some of the people do prefer the double buttons on the Pros; however, that’s a little quibble. 

The latest Powerbeats are a nice upgrade; however, probably the upgrade is not enough to justify the purchase if you already have the previous generation. Also, the Pros have an upper hand on everything except the price (though neither of them has active noise canceling yet). However, they are going to be a solid buy at $149, when they come to stores on March 18.

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