The Powerbeats 2 are comfortable and attractive wireless headphones. This headset offers a significant improvement over the first version with a matte-textured finish, good water resistance, and heavy bass sounds. It also provides a snug and secure fit in the ears. In this review, you will discover some of the unique features that makes them suitable for running and many other types of workouts.
The earbuds of the Powerbeats 2 are lightweight and comfortable. They come in over 10 different attractive colors, some of which are very conspicuous and appropriate for running on the road. They make it easy for other road users to know that you have an in-ear headset on and you may not be very responsive to external sounds. These colors are also more reflective at night or in low-light situations.
To ensure that they fit your ears perfectly, Beats provides four sets of ear tips ranging from very small to large. They also provide some silicone hooks that grip unto the ear’s cartilage. Bulb-like pieces of plastic come out from each earpiece to help them stay inside your ears while running. Beats joined them with a tangle-free flat rubber cord.
On the left earbud in the Powerbeats 2 are the main controls for power, volume control and answering calls. The power button also serves as the Bluetooth pairing button and it is located just above the Beats logo. Very close to it, you will find the LED indicator that provides signals about battery life and status of the Bluetooth pairing. At the base of the left earpiece, there is a micro USB charging port.
For volume control, you should use the universal inline controls, which has a volume rocker and middle multi-function button that can pause and play music. You can also use it to pick up and hang up calls. The controls work in a similar way on Apple and Android smartphones even though Beats has been acquired by Apple.
As the name suggest, the Powerbeats 2 provide powerful performance. The main highlight of this headset is their bass output. The songs you play come out with loud bass even when the ear tips are not seating deeply in your ears. Since most runners enjoy hard rock, hip hop and heavy metal music, Beats has focused more on providing a generous amount of bass.
The mid-range frequency is quite thin while the highs don’t have as much detail. However, you could use the equalizer feature on your smartphone to make some correction to improve the output of the mid and high frequencies. As far as the signal strength is concerned, the earphones deliver consistent output without any dropout as long as the smartphone is within 30 feet. Similarly, call quality is excellent and the microphone delivers normal speaking volume to callers.
The Powerbeats 2 offer six hours of battery life. While this is adequate for most runners, you can squeeze out a little more battery usage by tunning down the bass on your smartphone or listening at a slightly lower volume. To make it easy for you to charge the headphones, Beats included a USB cable. This saves you the extra work of carrying a proprietary charger about. So you can easily recharge your headset using your laptop or mains power supply.