Beats Studio Buds Review

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The Beats Studio Buds have been Apple’s worst-kept secret. Star athletes have been wearing them around town, while photos and technical documents about them leaked months in advance; pretty much everyone knew about these earbuds well before their announcement.

And yet, we’re still shocked by just how good they are.

The Beats Studio Buds are rock-solid true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and support for Apple’s Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos format. They sound great, with a lively sound quality that elevates the highs and lows of your music, and feel supremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

They’re not without some drawbacks, though. Chief among them is their lackluster call quality and lack of an H1 Wireless Chip. Battery life with either ANC or Transparency mode turned on is a little short at only five hours (15 hours with the case), and their noise cancellation isn’t exactly class-leading, either.

That said, these are our favorite Beats earbuds since the Powerbeats Pro elevated the workout earbud form factor in 2019, and offer a decent alternative to the crowned new king of true wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM4.

Price and release date
Release date: June 24, 2021
Price: $149.99 / £129.99 / AU$199.95
Cheaper than AirPods Pro and better than the AirPods
The Beats Studio Buds dropped on June 24, 2021 for $149.99 / £129.99 / AU$199.95. That puts them well below the price of any Apple AirPods that have been released to date – especially the Apple AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation that will set you back $249 / £249 / AU$399 – and we like them more than the standard issue AirPods.

However, you might want to pay more for Apple’s flagship earbuds – the Apple AirPods Pro – if you’re planning on using your earbuds with a number of Apple devices, but the Beats Studio Buds are a surprisingly good value for their price.

Unlike the last true wireless earbuds from Beats, the Beats Powerbeats Pro, the Beats Studio Buds come in a case that’s almost as sleek and small as the earbuds themselves. The case is egg-shaped, not unlike that of the new Google Pixel Buds Series-A, and features a single USB-C port on the bottom and a status LED on the front.

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