The wired wireless Powerbeats have been completely redesigned to match the Powerbeats Pro, and that’s definitely a good thing. Reliable controls, hands-free Siri and great sound quality make these easy to recommend at this price. The over-ear hook design doesn’t have universal appeal, but it works very well for gym rats and runners.
- Great audio
- Stellar battery life
- Reliable controls
- Quick pairing
- Hands-free Siri
- Hook design isn’t for everyone
- No ANC
- No customization options
- Treble can overpower at times
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- 83AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTom's Guide80The Beats Powerbeats 4 is a solid performer at a relatively affordable priceBeats managed to integrate all of the hallmarks that made the Powerbeats Pro such a huge hit, from the dynamic audio to the H1 performance perks. Battery life is also steady at 15 hours on a single charge, which is more than sufficient for about a week’s worth of full-length workouts. However, sticking with wired Bluetooth headphones presents compromises. Having the headphones tethered to a wire isn’t as liberating as going cord-free; it gets tangled easily in your gym bag and may feel irritating on your skin, depending on your sensitivity.CNET80Big upgrade over its predecessor, but behind the timesThe noise reduction is fairly effective and callers said they could hear my voice well, even in noisy environments. As far as I could tell, the headset performance was on par with that of the Powerbeats Pro, which also works well for making calls. Maybe not quite as good as the AirPods Pro, but still well above average. If these came out a couple of years ago, I'd be a lot more enthusiastic about them.Gizmodo80If You Want Earbuds With a Cord, the Powerbeats 4 Are the OnesThe new Powerbeats are fine. For the person who prefers a cord, wants a stable fit, and likes the Beats brand, which ensures a smooth pairing to an iPhone with Apple’s built-in H1 chip, these earbuds are worth buying—and the price is right.Pocket-Lint100Great earphones without the 'Pro' priceIt's a fantastic option for those without the budget to buy the Pro model. Noise-cancelling isn't terrific, but for a lot of outdoor exercises, that's actually a good thing. It's also not a terrible thing for working out at home if you need to keep an ear out for someone at the door or commotion caused by kids.TechRadar70The revamped Powerbeats are a cheap alternative to the Powerbeats ProThe new Powerbeats are a thoughtful evolution of Beats' wireless workout earbuds. They're missing a few niceties like active noise-reduction and may potentially feel less comfortable than some competitors, but by and large they're a decent cheap alternative to Apple’s higher-end in-ear headphones.Input90The best earbuds for working out you can buy right nowWith the same 12mm drivers as the more expensive Powerbeats Pro, choosing between those and the Powerbeats 4 really comes down to whether you want a truly wireless pair. I, for one, don't mind the cable, as it's not heavy enough to be noticeable -- the Powerbeats 4 weigh 26.3 grams compared to 20.3 on the Powerbeats Pro. One thing you will miss is that the Powerbeats 4 only have playback controls on one ear, whereas with the Pros, you can use buttons to play or skip tracks from both sides.The Verge90Reliable WirePicking between the Powerbeats and Powerbeats Pro comes down to whether you want the freedom of true wireless earbuds -- and the occasional, annoying bugs that can come with them -- or the longer straight running time of the corded option. There are people (like my runner friend) for whom that extra time could make a difference on an 11- or 12-hour run. But it still comes down to personal preference.Stuff100Still the Beats hangThe hook and cable design make them the perfect everyday earphones for all manner of activities, whether it’s a walk to the shops or a park run in any conditions. All-day wear is perhaps uncomfortable, but the price pay for the snug and stable fit. Apple’s input is evident -- the beautifully simple setup and overall user experience is a breeze. Make no mistake.Expert Reviews80Bassy headphones perfect for powering your workoutOne consequence of the Powerbeats’ focus on bass is that this creates quite a claustrophobic listening experience. Like the Powerbeats Pro, the soundstage is narrow so you hear everything in very close proximity and this can be quite overwhelming aurally. Again, I actually enjoyed this sensation but others may not be so keen.Digital Trends60Exercise in bassClearly targeted at athletes, the PowerBeats offer a secure fit, excellent wireless connection, sweatproofing, and long-lasting battery life to meet the needs of the most ambitious athletes. If you want a pair of wired earphones to drive your workouts, the PowerBeats are the way to go.
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