Beats by Dr.Dre Solo 2 Wireless was launched on 14th November, 2014 and its been a while but here’s my review based on using the product for a couple of weeks. To read my other article on Why Beats isn’t as bad as you’d think, click here.
Beats headphones are generally overpriced and its the same story here. The Beats Solo 2 Wireless On-Ear headphones costs $299.95 (But can generally be found for a little more cheaper) and comes in Space Grey, Silver and Gold colour options. The one I have is Space Grey.
The Solo 2 Wireless, as with all of Beats products, comes with wonderful unboxing experience. Included in the package is the headphones itself, travelling case (soft pouch style), Quick Start guide, a hook to attach to your backup while travelling and 2 cables: the micro USB charging cable required for charging and a 3.5mm jack RemoteTalk cable incase you don’t prefer to use the wireless feature.
As with most wireless headphones, it uses bluetooth for connectivity and it works really well. Beats claims up to 30 feet of connectivity. I’ve used it to pair it up with my laptop and my phone and connection was also simple, quick and easy. It was very stable too. The audio quality was also great as was the battery life. I was able to get a full 2 days worth of battery life under my normal use (which is generally above average use). It has a 12-hour rechargeable battery with Fuel Gauge to indicate charge level. Charging is very quick as well. Another neat feature is the ability to listen while the headphones are charging.
The Solo 2 Wireless also have built-in mic so you can take calls or use it for other purposes as well. It also has the foldable portable design that most of Beats headphones have.
You get 3 tactical buttons on the left ear cup, Volume UP, Pairing button and Volume down. The right ear cup has the Power button which can also be used to find out how much charge is left (using the battery indicator just underneath it).
The headphones itself is pretty strong in terms of build and doesn’t feel cheap at all. It’s very sturdy and comfortable for the most part. However, it was a little tight on the ears since its still an On-Ear headphone which is good for grip but also may require you to shift its position periodically or remove it during long hours of use.
Sound quality was wonderful as well. Beats have managed to balance out the audio to bring it to a more natural feel. There’s a little bass though but its definitely not excessive which for me is a good thing.
Overall, I would say these are definitely some great on-ear wireless headphones. The price maybe a little excessive and the tight fit may be a problem for some but that shouldn’t be an issue for most people.