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Deal: Beats Studio3 only in $149.99 at Best Buy

Noise-canceling headphones are more popular than ever, and this is the latest product from Beats. Well – it says Beats Studio 3 on the box, but they are actually Apple headphones. Things have changed since Apple took over, most notably the use of Apple’s W1 chip, which is also found in the company’s AirPods. This chip gives the Beats Studio 3 technological advantages over the best noise-canceling headphones in some areas.

These advantages are limited to iOS, to the exclusion of Android users. This means that the Beats Studio 3 are either very good headphones or very ordinary headphones, depending on your operating system of choice. If you are an Apple user, you can add half a star to the rating. The Beats Studio 3 are Apple headphones, but they don’t sport the typical Apple look. They are not glossy white and there is no fruity logo. The Beats branding and aesthetics remain – and so does the street cred.

Visually, the Beats Studio 3 is hard to distinguish from the Studio 2 and the original Studio Wireless models. The construction is still mostly plastic, with a prominent “b” logo on each ear. The overall aesthetic is more streamlined and sits flatter on the head compared to the clunky first generation Beats made by Monster.

The Beats Studio 3 are wireless noise-canceling headphones that don’t have any fancy “smart” features, like the Sony WH-1000XM2’s motion-controlled ambient noise auto-adjustment or the B&W PX’s proximity sensors for auto play/pause. The battery has a quick charge function that allows three hours of playback in 10 minutes.

This is great, although the decision to use Micro-USB is a bit confusing. There’s nothing wrong with Micro-USB, but the Studio 3s come from Apple, which has insisted that Lightning is the only physical connector you need for an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8. And let’s not forget that the new MacBook Pro is powered via USB-C. Apple’s ecosystem certainly has its merits, but cable uniformity is not one of them.

The sound quality and noise cancellation are the same whether you use iOS or Android. The noise cancellation is not the best out there, as the official blurb claims, but it is very good. The Studio 3 can’t compete with the Sony WH-1000XM2 and the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but most airplane and train noise is easily cancelled with these headphones. In this department.

George Southwell
George Southwell
George Southwell is a writer for Bollyinside who has a passion for classic cinema, architecture, entertaining friends through the art of the kitchen, and guiding others in the purchase of consumer technology items that meet their specific needs. You could find him in a figure drawing class, a movie theatre, or just standing in the middle of a sidewalk and staring at a building when he's not writing.

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