If you’re like us, there are times you don’t like being cut off from the world by over-ear headphones. Don’t get us wrong, they’re awesome! Wireless connectivity, noise-canceling tech, and exquisite sound quality are all phenomenal perks. But when you’re trying to negotiate a busy Manhattan sidewalk or walking home late at night, you need to be aware of your surroundings—not lost in music or thought. Working in an open office environment where questions and critical information are constantly bouncing between cubicles, the on-again, off-again headphone dance can be a hassle. And at the gym? Forget about it. Sweaty foam earcups are gross.
That’s why wireless workout earbuds are amazing. And right now some of the best wireless workout earphones, Apple’s Beats by Dre BeatsX, are on sale for less than $100. That’s $20 off, a 17 percent savings.
Available in silver or black, BeatsX earbuds incorporate the brand-new, efficient Apple W1 chip. They instantly set up; just power on and hold near your iPhone and they immediately and seamlessly connect to your Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac. Now you can easily move about, keep the music going, and still stay productive throughout your day. You can even take or make calls. And you don’t have to remove them to hear what the person next to you is saying.
BeatsX feature authentic, clear sound with optimized noise isolation. It’s rare to get an immersive listening experience in a wireless earbud, but here we have it. The innovative acoustics deliver clear, clean treble and distortion-free bass, for natural tones across a broad range of genres. So when your playlist goes from Zeppelin to Snoop Dogg to Gershwin (this actually happened), the BeatsX doesn’t miss a lick. Or a beat. Or a timpani.
Are They Good for the Gym?
Whether playing in your ears or hanging around your neck, BeatsX remain sleek and comfortable for all-day wear. The Flex-Form cable makes sure that even if your CrossFit power move shakes a bud from your ear, it won’t bounce out of sight. A variety of eartip options offer personalized comfort. And when you’re not wearing your ‘phones, the magnetic earbuds stick together, for ready access with no dreaded cord tangle. BeatsX provide up to 8 hours of battery life on one charge. And Fast Fuel technology squeezes an extra two hours of play from a five-minute charge.
With Siri-compatible RemoteTalk, you can take calls with an on-cable mic and play music with easy-to-use controls, seamlessly switching back and forth as you go about your day—or your workout. And Apple’s W1 chip features Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity—industry-leading for range and signal strength.
So when you’re ready to close your eyes and immerse yourself in another world, be it Jimmy Page solo or a Game of Thrones podcast, by all means, put those over-ear headphones on a drift away. But if you’re like us, and your busy day takes you from the sidewalk to the subway to the office then the gym and everywhere in between—and back again—you need BeatsX.
GET IT: Pick up Beats by Dre BeatsX Wireless Earphones for $100 (regularly $120) at Walmart.
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