At $50, the new Beats Flex are one of the most compelling budget sets of Bluetooth earbuds, with a 12-hour battery life and Apple’s W1 chip.
Replacing the BeatsX, Beats Flex share some impressive features with AirPods while coming in at over $100 less.
While Beats Flex feature Apple’s older W1 chip rather than the newer H1, they still include many features making connecting and playing music seemless. W1 and Class 1 Bluetooth allows for easy connection, extended range, fewer dropouts, quick switching between Apple devices and shares the battery status to your iPhone. Quick pairing and battery status are available on Android with the Beats app. W1 does not include always on Siri, however Siri can be activated with the on-device controls along with volume, music and calls. The controls also feature a built-in microphone with wind reduction. One-tap Audio Sharing is available on iPhone to sync audio with other Beats and AirPods.
A dual-chamber acoustic design, custom layered drivers, optimized driver angle and advanced digital processor combine to produce a powerful clear and crisp sound with rich bass, significant separation between the mid-range and treble, ultra-low distortion and great stereo separation. Laser cut micro-venting provide ear pressure relief.
Beats Flex have an in-ear design, with four eartip options for all ear sizes. Magnetic earbuds keep them tangle-free. Snapping the buds together will auto-pause the music, unsnap to resume where you left off.
A 12-hour battery will keep playing tunes all day long, with 10 minutes of charging via USB-C giving you an extra 1.5 hours.
At $50, these are by far the cheapest Beats currently on sale that range from $130 to $350. Beats Flex may be the perfect iPhone 12 companion, since Apple ditched their included EarPods. Beats Black and Yuzu Yellow are available to pre-order today and start shipping October 21st. Flame Blue and Smoke Gray options are expected early 2021.