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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX

 

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from last year, will finally be hitting store this month wireless headphones were meant to land in the fall, but were postponed for unexplained reasons. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed exactly when we’ll be able to buy them, and the good news is that there’s not long to wait.

BeatsX should be on sale February 10. They’ll be priced at $149.95, and offer up to eight hours of use on a single charge. A five-minute recharge, Apple and Beats say, will be sufficient for a further two hours of use; Beats calls it Fast Fuel.

BeatsX particularly special is what’s inside them, however. Just like Apple’s AirPods, the new Beats earbuds use Apple’s W1, the homegrown wireless chipset that promises – and, as  discovered, delivers – easier pairing, connection and re-connection, and management of Bluetooth headphones. They’ll also automatically connect across any device signed into the same Apple ID, such as your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

BeatsX still have a cable. That tethers the two earbuds together, and includes an in-line microphone block with a button to control playback together with answer and end calls, plus volume buttons. While that’s slightly less ergonomic than AirPods buttonless-design, it does mean you won’t have to rely on Siri all the time; however, you can still activate the virtual assistant from the physical controls.

 

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