Beats - Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

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Powerbeats 2 Wireless in packaging

Tonight, I picked up a pair of Beats Audio wireless headphones. I had been looking to get a pair of wireless headphones for some time. The funny thing is, this is actually the second pair of Beats I have purchased recently. Just earlier today I ordered the same headphones (except they were in white) from Amazon for $199.95. But when perusing the electronics section at Target tonight, I noticed they had the same headphones on sale for $159.99 (however, they did not have the white ones in stock—only in black and blue).

Powerbeats 2 Wireless earbuds

The goal for these Beats is to replace my year-and-a-half old Bose MIE2i wired headphones. Some quick thoughts regarding these Bose headphones:

  • The unique design of the Bose headphones provided the best fit of any earbuds I have used. These were pretty comfortable, but that was about all they offered
  • The sound quality is pretty decent considering the size of the headphone.
  • Battery life is certainly not an issue since they are wired.

[caption id="attachment_228" align="alignleft" width="1537"]Bose MIE2i headphones Other than a few issues, these are pretty solid headphones. I can only imagine Bose will release a wireless version of their awesome headphones.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_225" align="alignleft" width="1536"]Bose unique earbud design These things fit like in-ear headphones should fit.[/caption]

The biggest problem I have with these headphones relates to them being wired and the peculiar decision Bose made to angle the jack. The wire on any headphones connected to a smartphone that is constantly put into and taken out of a pocket will surely get twisted up. But it seems that the angle of the Bose jack made this even worse. During any normal trip to the gym, I would find myself needing to unwind the wire (by dangling my phone from my neck as it whips around in circles between my legs, of course!).

[caption id="attachment_230" align="alignleft" width="1536"]angled headphone jack I'm not sure the benefit here.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_232" align="alignleft" width="1536"]damaged headphone cable After a year and a half, the Bose headphone wire is permanently twisted on the inside of the rubber casing.[/caption]

I did have a Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset several years ago. I don't remember much about them other than having connectivity issues and battery life. I believe they just stopped working and wouldn't take a charge after a month or so. They've been around for awhile and have pretty solid reviews so I may have had a dud.

Anyway, I am looking forward to using these wireless Beats. This updated version seems to be getting some solid reviews on Amazon. And with a commercial like this backing them, how could they fail?