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Beats Electronics Solo Pro

Beats Electronics Solo Pro

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81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Solo Pro is Beats most impressive set of headphones to date. There’s a lot of features and tech packed in for solid noise cancellation, hands-free Siri and great sound quality. However, the nature of the on-ear design is that they have to pinch your head for a good seal. And for folks with large domes, they will get uncomfortable quickly.

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Pros
  • Excellent sound
  • Improved design
  • Solid ANC
  • Hands-free Siri
Cons
  • Uncomfortable (especially for big heads)
  • No 3.5mm jack for wired use
  • No companion app for customization
  • No automatic pausing
81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
80
PC Mag
The Beats Solo Pro headphones delivers quality noise cancellation with a bass-forward, but relatively balanced, sound signature.
 
80
SoundGuys
The Beats Solo Pro is for the listener who's always on the move. Noise cancelling is surprisingly effective for a pair of on-ear headphones. Although the sound signature remains bass-heavy, as is emblematic of Beats, it rarely overpowers vocal reproduction.
 
70
Business Insider
Overall, I'm really happy with the Solo Pro, and I think they're so close to greatness. But for $50 more, I would still recommend going with Beats' Studio 3 Wireless over this new design.
 
80
The Verge
They sound good, last a long time, and look nicer while doing it.
 
80
9to5Mac
Comfort and head shape aside, the mix of features and sonic performance in Solo Pro is solid for its size. You can now enjoy Pure ANC (and Transparency) in a much tighter package than before — and for $50 less than Beats Studio Wireless.
 
90
Tom's Guide
If you're looking for a stylish pair of noise-cancelling headphones for $100 less than Bose's best, the Beats Solo Pro is hard to beat.
 
80
Android Authority
The Beats Solo Pro makes few compromises between form and function. The design will appeal to many while the Beats moniker still informs passersby of the brand. Noise-cancelling is uniquely effective for on-ear headphones. Unfortunately, comfort is an issue after an hour. If you can push beyond the pain, the Solo Pro may very well be worth it.
 
80
iMore
Beats Solo has gone Pro and brought with it active noise cancelling Lightning charging, and a new set of colors (including More Matte red).
 
80
Gizmodo
Believe it or not, the Beats Solo Pro sound good, too. I’m surprised by this because Beats have always bugged me with its bass-heavy tendencies
 
80
Macworld
Great sound and the H1 chip make this an easy, if pricey, choice for iPhone owners.