They may be a tad long in the tooth, but the Beats Studio3 headphones still pack a lot in, in the form of active noise-canceling and Apple’s W1 chip, which allows particularly excellent integration with Apple products. Additionally, these headphones last up to 22 hours when connected via Bluetooth, assuming noise canceling is turned off. Gizmodo liked their battery life and the W1 chip, while other reviewers call out their great bass response and comfort. Obviously they’re not Apple’s annoyingly good AirPods Max, but not everybody wants to spend over $400 on a pair of headphones that may not be $200 better.
If you want to go even cheaper and don’t mind the smaller on-ear design of the Beats Solo3, these wireless headphones likewise feature the W1 chip, with a little more than half the battery life of the Studio3 (22 hours vs 40 hours) and easy on-device controls. Their design isn’t necessarily ideal for blocking out noise, so they may not be great for your commute, but they’re still a solid choice for those who love the convenience of Apple’s AirPods but have a propensity for losing tiny, expensive earbuds, or just don’t like sticking things in their ears.
This article was originally published by Wes Davis on 12/01/2021, and has been updated with new information on 03/18/2022.