The new, limited edition Beats Studio3 are cool as concrete but hide, unfortunately, a pretty old-school feature.
Launching a new pair of wireless headphones in collaboration with a designer, especially when Apple is involved, is big news. Especially when it’s a Beats branded pair. So, of course, seeing an old feature included in what’s supposed to be a hip device was pretty disappointing.
But that’s what happened with the new pair of Beats Studio3 headphones in partnership with A-COLD-WALL. Underneath the new “speckled cement” right ear cup hides a micro USB port for charging. That is a feature we hoped we’d live behind once USB-C came out.
Yet, on the recently released $349.95 Beats Studio3, it lingers.
In Apple’s defense, we’re talking about a 4-year-old model here. Beats Studio3 was launched in 2017 and this is just a new shiny skin on top of an old device.
Could you find a more recent, updated similar pair of wireless headphones for the same money or less? Absolutely.
But if you can overlook the micro USB port and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and you have your heart set on Beats, then expect:
- clay color inner band
- A-COLD-WALL branding on the interior and exterior of the device
- W1 chip
- foldable design
- up to 22 hours battery life with ANC on, 40 hours with it off