Beats’ most affordable wireless earbuds give you basic on-board controls with AirPod-level quick pairing. The Flex has longer battery life than the BeatsX as well, but the overall sound quality is not great. These will certainly get the job done, but if audio is your primary concern, you’ll likely want to look elsewhere.
- 12-hour battery life
- Full suite of on-board controls
- Quick pairing via W1 chip
- Inconsistent audio performance
- Design may be awkward for some
- No hands-free Siri
- No sound or controls customization
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- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE9 ReviewsGizmodo90The Beats Flex Are the Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds You Can BuyFor $50, I wasn’t expecting all that much, but the Beats Flex are a pleasant surprise. You get an Apple experience for much less than most Apple products cost, and you don’t have to give up any important features. The audio quality is great, and the battery life is solid. My one criticism is that the neckband design does seem a bit outdated in 2020, but for some folks, this design is just more useful. Most importantly, the price is right.PC Mag80Apple's most affordable alternative to AirPodsThe Beats Flex earphones offers a bass-forward sound signature and the easy connectivity of Apple’s W1 chip for just $50.CNET80Wire aside, better sound than the AirPods for only $50They're not true wireless, but the second-gen BeatsX are affordable neckband-style earphones that offer improved sound and headset performance for voice calls.SlashGear80EarPods’ EulogyBeats Flex aren’t just an iPhone 12 proposition, though, and the Beats team deserves credit for making sure Android users are as welcome as they can be. While there are undoubtedly ways to get better audio quality out there, they generally cost considerably more than the $50 that Beats Flex ask for. The iPhone 12 may have got the headlines, but Beats Flex demonstrate that what’s left out can be just as important as what’s left in.iMore70$50 Apple headphones ... 'nuf saidThese may not be the best sounding headphones from Beats, and the neckband feels like too much extra, but the price is nothing to sneeze at.TechRadar60Cheap wireless Beats for new iPhone and iPad ownersThe Beats Flex bring the brand-name wireless headphones to the masses at a lower price, but it’s not without making some big sacrifices in sound quality and design. We don’t love them as much as the top-tier AirPods Pro or even the Powerbeats Pro, but if you just bought a new iPhone and want a pair of affordable Beats earbuds to go with it, the Flex could fit the bill.The Verge80WIRELESS EARBUD BASICS DONE RIGHTThe Beats Flex are a well thought-out product with easy controls, enough battery life to last your entire workday, and solid audio quality for the price. And the transition to USB-C is significant. In a year where it made all the sense in the world to stick with Lightning to appeal to iPhone 12 buyers, Beats is extending a branch beyond the Apple ecosystem as AirPods and AirPods Pro continue to saturate that market.Expert Reviews100Un(beats)able value for moneyWhether you’re looking to buy your first pair of Bluetooth earphones, then, or you’re the type of person who regularly breaks or loses them, you really can’t go too far wrong with the Beats Flex. They offer unbeatable value for money and should really make you question whether you need to spend more. They’re an Expert Reviews Best Buy.Digital Trends80More bass, more battery, half the price12-hour battery life, great sound, and a killer price make them hard to beat.