Beats BeatsX Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 02:42 pm
Beats BeatsX Wireless Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
Mixed Usage
Neutral Sound
Wireless Gaming
Wired Gaming
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Beats BeatsX are above-average, mixed-usage headphones for everyday casual use. They have a great wireless range and a well-balanced sound. They're lightweight, portable and unlike other around-the-neck designs, they can be crammed into your pockets without damaging the neckband. They also block enough noise to be versatile for loud environments, but their Apple-centric design may be slightly limiting to Android users.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The BeatsX are well-rounded headphones that you can use on your daily commute or at the office. They barely leak and isolate well against ambient noise while still delivering a balanced enough sound for both casual and critical listeners, although more critical listeners may prefer the Soundstage and ambiance of bigger or open back headphones.

6.9 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral listening. They have a decently balanced audio reproduction that delivers an excellent bass and good mid-Range. However, they tend to lack a bit of detail and they may have some sharp spikes when reproducing certain tracks due to inconsistencies in the treble range. Furthermore, because they are in-ear and closed back headphones, they have a poor soundstage and won't have the ambiance of using a good speaker set up or open back headphones.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.3 Commute/Travel

Above-average for commuting. They block a lot of noise passively, and they're easy to carry on you at all times. They also have a decent build quality, but their battery life is slightly short for long road trips.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
7.7 Sports/Fitness

Good for sports. They're portable and flexible enough to fit into your pockets. They also have a good wireless design with an efficient control scheme. That plus the around-the-neck fit and the stability tips makes them a good option for working out or running with as they will rarely fall out of your ears.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.6 Office

Above-average for office use. They barely leak even at higher volumes so they will rarely distract your colleagues. They also block a lot of noise passively so they're a good option for lively office environments.

See our Office recommendations
5.4 Wireless Gaming

Below-average for gaming. They have an average-at-best microphone, but a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming. They're also not as customizable as most gaming headsets since they have no true app support.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.3 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Calls
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 7.3 Commute/Travel
  • 7.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls
  • Portable and stable.
  • Good, passive isolation.
  • Minimal leakage.
  • The in-ear fit and around-the-neck design are not for everyone.
  1. Update 2/12/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  6. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.


Test Results


The BeatsX have a simple around-the-neck style that feels less noticeable than other similarly designed models. The neckband is not much thicker than the flat audio cables, so it seamlessly blends in with the rest of the build quality. This makes them less intrusive once on your neck compared to the QuietControl 30 or the Level U Pro. The earbuds are also pretty standard but have magnetic covers that stick together which is much better for cable management. They also come in a couple of color schemes to suit your preferences and taste.

Weight 0.05 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Beats X have the standard in-ear design that may not be as comfortable for everyone. They have different sized tips to help you find a better fit, but unfortunately, they do not include any foam tips. On the upside, they're super lightweight, and their neckband (flex form) is a lot more flexible than other similar models like the QuietControl 30. However, this can also be a bit frustrating as the neckband will easily get tangled when you try to put them on. If your not the biggest fan of the around the neck design then consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2 or the Jaybird Tarah Pro. Their in-ear fit is also a bit more comfortable than that of the BeatsX.

OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
Noise Cancelling Control No
Additional Controls No

The BeatsX have a straightforward and efficient control scheme. The buttons are responsive and give you the essential functions for call/play/pause, track skipping, and volume control.

Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

The BeatsX, like most wireless in-ears, are very breathable headphones. They do not cover the ears so they won't make you sweat more than usual. They do trap a little heat within the ear canal but it's not a very noticeable difference and shouldn't change much to your workout routine.

L 5.8 "
W 4.4 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 16 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Thanks to the unique neckband, the BeatsX like the Jabra Elite 45e are a lot more portable than other around-the-neck models. They have a more flexible design than the Sony WI-C400 and will easily fold to fit into most pockets. For our measurements, we did not forcibly compress them into a much smaller format but they're so flexible they easily fit into the much smaller pouch that is included in the box and should be fairly easy to carry around on your person or even around on your neck thanks to the magnetic backs of the earbuds.

Type Pouch
Volume N/A

These headphones come with a similar rubber pouch/soft case as the urBeats. It's flexible and portable and should protect your headphones from scratches and minor water exposure, but it will not shield them against impacts or drops.

Build Quality

The build of the Beats X is above-average but not great. They have a nice rubberized design and the flex form cable is flexible enough that the neckband won't get damaged from over-extension, similar to the Sony WI-C600N. The cables are also rubberized and flat which makes them a bit more durable but they're not as thick as some other models like the Jaybird X3. Also, the inline remote and earbuds feel a bit cheap and plasticky. Note: Our unit's rubber coating seems to be degrading over time, giving it a sticky feeling, which is disappointing considering these headphones aren't even used on a daily basis.


The Beats X are stable headphones to take to the gym and to go running with. They have a wireless design that won't get hooked on anything once you have them on, although the flexible headband can sometimes get tangled when they're not around your neck. They also come with differently sized stability tips (wingtips) to prevent them from falling out of your ears. That and the already stable in-ear tips makes these headphones quite stable for casual and sports use.

Headshots 1
Headshots 2
In The Box

  • BeatsX Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x4)
  • Stability Tips (x3)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.42 db
Treble Amount
-2.16 db
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.14 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Beats X is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Raw Frequency Response
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.42 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.15 Hz
2.49 dB
3.25 dB
2.06 dB

The bass of the Beats X is excellent. The response is flat and virtually flawless throughout the range, and mostly within 1dB of our neutral target. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is also excellent. Overall, the bass is deep, thumpy, and punchy, while being well-balanced, making them suitable for all genres of music, including the bass-heavy ones.

Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.0 dB
0.72 dB
0.69 dB
2.91 dB

The mid-range of the Beats X is great. The response is quite flat and even throughout the range. Low-mid and mid-mid, responsible for the warmth and clarity in vocals and lead instruments, are within 0.5dB of our neutral target. High-mid however, is overemphasized by more than 2dB, which adds a subtle amount of intensity and projection to vocals and lead instruments.

Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.29 dB
-2.49 dB
-3.16 dB
-1.54 dB

The Beats X have a decent treble range performance. The response is relatively even, which is good. The wide dip between 3KHz and 7KHz, negatively affects the detail and brightness of vocals and lead instruments. However, due to the shallow and wide nature of the dip, its effect will be rather subtle. Additionally, the 10dB peak around 10KHz does make the sound of these headphones sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and Ts), if the source material is already bright.

1.26 db
1.69 db
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

The Beats X has excellent imaging. Their weighted group delay is at 0.14, which is very good. This suggests that they have a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which ensures a accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image.

Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
PRTF Distance
Acoustic Space Excitation

The soundstage of the Beats X is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because the Beats have a closed-back design, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods or the Bose SoundSport Free.

Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
Speaker Modeling
Room Ambience
Head Tracking
Virtual Surround
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
WHD @ 100
Test Settings
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
Silicone (small)
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-22.61 dB
-8.01 dB
-18.3 dB
-42.3 dB

The passive isolation provided by the Beats X is good. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved about 8dB of isolation, which although below-average is impressive for a headphone that isolates passively. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they isolated by more than 18dB, which is very good. They also did a very well in the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, by achieving more than 42dB of isolation.

Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
24.84 dB

The leakage performance of the Beats X is excellent. The significant portion of their leakage is focus in a very narrow range around 3.5KHz. This makes the leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. The overall level of the leakage is also very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages around 25dB SPL, and peaks at 40dB SPL, which is below the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone Style
Detachable Boom
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
293.44 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.3 dB
3417.19 Hz
Weighted THD
26.97 dB

The Beats X's microphone has an average recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 293Hz means that speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 3.4KHz, suggesting that speech will be noticeably muffled and lacking in detail and presence. However, it will still be decently comprehensible, since speech intelligibility is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-4Khz range.

Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
15.26 dB

The in-line microphone of the Beats X is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 15dB. This indicates that this mic is best suited for quiet environments, and will have difficulty fully isolating speech from ambient noise in moderate and loud environments.

Active Features
Active Features
Battery Type
Continuous Battery Life
6.5 hrs
Additional Charges
Total Battery Life
6.5 hrs
Charge Time
0.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Audio While Charging
Passive Playback
Charging Port Lightning

The BeatsX have an efficient quick charge mode (Fast Fuel) that gives you a lot of listening time for a relatively short charge. In just 5 minutes, they give you above 1.2 hours' worth of continuous playback depending on the volume level. They also fully charge in 40-45 minutes. However, at full charge, they only delivered about 6.5 hours of continuous playtime which should be enough for casual use but if you're a power user who has long listening sessions then they may not be ideal, especially if you do not have a lightning cable or access to power source. They're good enough for a casual day's use but they won't be the best headphones to take on a long weekend if you're not able to charge them frequently. For Beats wireless sports headphones with even better battery life, check out the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro and their 11 hours of battery life.

Active Features
App Support
App Name Beats
iOS Yes
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
ANC Control
Mic Control No
Room Effects
Playback Control
Button Mapping No
Surround Support

Like some of the other recent Beats headphones, the BeatsX makes use of the W1 chip for better integration into the iOS platform. This gives them a simple popup when connecting to an Apple device that displays battery information and a persistent notification that also provides the details about battery life. However, this is not really a functional app as you don't have any equalizers, room effects or additional features.

Bluetooth Version
4.2 + W1 chip
Multi-Device Pairing
NFC Pairing
Line Of Sight Range
212 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
175 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
PC Latency (aptX HD)
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
iOS Latency
142 ms
Android Latency
151 ms

These headphones do not have multi-device pairing or no NFC support. On the upside, their hold-to-pair procedure is fairly easy to use and pairs easily with most Bluetooth devices.

The BeatsX have quite a bit of latency but perform a bit better when paired with iOS devices. This makes them poorly suited for watching videos and gaming although it's about average for most Bluetooth headphones. Unfortunately, they do not have any built-in low latency codecs to help reduce the lag when watching videos or gaming on your non-Apple devices.

Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
Non-BT Latency
Analog Audio
USB Audio
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency

They have no wired option. If you want a good sounding wired in-ear, check the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
PC/PS4 Wired USB
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Xbox One Wired USB
Xbox One Wireless
No Base/Dock
USB Input
Line In
Line Out
Optical Input
RCA Input
Dock Charging
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, they won't be as compact or as portable as the BeatsX.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Beats X are decent mixed usage headphones with a great wireless range and an above-average sound quality. They're one of the better sounding wireless in-ears, and they're versatile enough for sports and most casual uses. They also have a decent battery life with a convenient quick charge feature. They're the best wireless earbuds for iPhone we've reviewed so far. However, they have a few more features for iOS devices that are not optimized for Android so they may not be the best choice for all users. They also lack a fully featured app which means they won't be as customizable as some of the other in-ears below. See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds and the best closed-back headphones.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are a slightly better and more versatile headset than the Bose SoundSport Wireless. The Beats have a better isolating in-ear fit that is more suitable to use in noisy environments, like when commuting. They also have a fast-charging battery life that gives you over an hour's worth of listening from a quick 5-minute charge. On the upside, the Bose have a more comfortable earbud fit that most will prefer over the fit of the BeatsX. They also have a more balanced sound quality, and their semi-open fit, while not great for commuting, is a bit more suitable for outdoor runners, so you can more easily monitor for traffic and obstacles than with the in-ear fit of the Beats.

Beats urBeats Earphones

The Beats BeatsX are not directly comparable to the Beats urBeats since they are Bluetooth-only headphones and the urBeats are wired. On the upside, the BeatsX are a much more versatile option than the urBeats. They sound better, they're more practical for every day casual use, and they come with more tip options than the urBeats, which makes them slightly more comfortable (but not by much). On the other hand, since the urBeats are wired, you won't have any battery life concerns and they're a lot simpler to use.

JBL E25BT Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are better all-around headphones for most uses than the JBL E25BT. The BeatsX have a better and more premium build quality, a much greater wireless range, and a very fast charge time. They also sound better than the E25BT overall, although they do struggle more with high frequencies. The JBLs, on the other hand, can pair with multiple devices at once for easy switching between Bluetooth sources. They also have a longer battery life.

Sony WI-C400 Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are a better wireless headset than the Sony WI-C400. The Beats have a better wireless range and latency performance than the Sony, especially when paired to an iOS device. They also have better-balanced sound quality and more durable design that's flexible enough to fold and fit into your pockets. The Sony, on the other hand, have much a longer battery life but do not perform better than the BeatsX in most categories.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

The Beats Powerbeats Pro are slightly better sports headphones than the Beats BeatsX Wireless thanks to the very stable ear-hook design. They are also noticeably more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions. Both headphones sound very similar and most people won’t notice the difference. However, the BeatsX provide a better airtight fit, which isolates better against ambient noise. On the other hand, you get about twice the battery life on the Powerbeats Pro, which is very impressive for truly wireless headphones.

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are more versatile headphones than the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, but the Powerbeats3 are better sports headphones. Due to their typical in-ear design, the BeatsX create a tight seal inside your ears and block a good amount of ambient noise, making them suitable for commuting and at the office. However, they have an around-the-neck design that not everyone will like. On the other hand. The Powerbeats3 are typical wireless in-ears and their ear-hook design is more stable for sports. They are also a bit more comfortable since they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply.

JBL FreeX Truly Wireless

The JBL Free X are slightly better wireless in-ears than the Beats BeatsX. They’re more comfortable, are more well-built, and sound a bit better. However, the BeatsX have a much better battery since they’re not truly wireless, charge very quickly, pair more quickly with Apple devices, and isolate more noise. If you prefer the fit and durable design of the JBL Free X, they’re a better choice, but the BeatsX are worth considering if you need the extra battery life and prefer a more stable fit.

JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless

The JBL Reflect Mini 2 and the Beats BeatsX are very similar headphones. Both are great sports headphones, but with slight differences. The JBLs have stability fins that some may prefer for physical activities. They also have better wireless range and a longer battery life. On the other hand, the BeatsX have better noise isolation performance. Overall, the JBL Reflect Mini 2 might be the better choice since they are more portable and have a better treble range. If you like an around-the-neck design, go with the BeatsX.

Jabra Elite 65e Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are slightly better wireless headphones than the Jabra Elite 65e, although not by much. The BeatsX have an in-ear design that blocks as much noise passively as the active noise-canceling Jabra. They're also a bit more portable, with a more flexible headband that will easily fit into your pockets. The Beats also have a slightly better default sound, but you can EQ it like with the Elite 65e. On the other hand, the Elite 65e have better battery life, a more comfortable earbud fit, and a better build quality that feels a lot more premium and durable than the BeatsX. The 65e also support Bluetooth 5.0 and multi-point pairing, so you can seamlessly switch between two devices.

JBL Live 200BT Wireless

The Beats BeatsX Wireless and the JBL Live 200BT are similarly built headphones with a few performance differences. The BeatsX have a better isolating fit while the audio reproduction of the JBL doesn’t lack detail in the treble range like the BeatsX. They are also a bit more comfortable than the Beats headphones. On the other hand, the BeatsX take less than an hour to charge and feel more stable for sports. Their neckband is also more malleable and can fit into pockets. They also have less latency and iOS devices are going to take advantage of the W1 chip.

Jaybird X4 Wireless

The Jaybird X4 are more comfortable than the Beats BeatsX and have a longer battery life. They are also sweat and waterproof, with an IPX7 rating, while the BeatsX don’t have any rating. Both score equally in the sound category, but the bass to mid-range is more even on the BeatsX while the treble range is better on the X4. For convenience, the Jaybird are more universal, as they can be used with both Android and iOS. The app offers more customization than the iOS-exclusive battery life pop-up that the BeatsX offer. On the other hand, the BeatsX have better isolation performance and come with a small soft case, while the X4 only have a pouch.

Jaybird X3 Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are slightly better wireless in-ears than the Jaybird X3, although not by much. The BeatsX have a flexible around the neck design that some will prefer over the Jaybird X3. They also have a better wireless range, faster-charging battery life, and a more balanced default sound quality. On the other hand, the Jaybird X3 have a customizable sound, thanks to the MySound App available on both iOS and Android. They also have a longer continuous battery life, and a slightly more stable and comfortable fit for the gym and working out.

Beats urBeats3 Earphones

The Beats urBeats3 and the Beats BeatsX Wireless are very similar, but the BeatsX are wireless while the urBeats3 are wired in-ears. They have a very similar sound signature and they have a near-identical fit. However, you get stability fins with the urBeats3. The microphone is noticeably better on the urBeats3 which is better for calls, but some may still prefer the freedom of a wireless design. The BeatsX have an around-the-neck wireless design while the wired urBeats are pretty typical in-ears.

Jabra Elite 45e Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are better headphones than the Jabra Elite 45e. Their design blocks as much noise passively as the Jabra Elite 65e, which greatly surpasses the isolation performance of the Elite 45e. The sound quality of the BeatsX is more neutral, but you can’t EQ it to your liking. On the other hand, the Elite 45e have better wireless range, and if comfort is the most important factor when you’re buying headphones, the Elite 45e are more comfortable and are the better pick.

Google Pixel Buds Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are a much better headphone than the Google Pixel Buds. The BeatsX have a much better isolation performance thanks to their in-ear fit. They also sound better, have a longer wireless range and charge a lot faster delivering over an hours worth of playback from a 5 minutes charge. The Pixel Buds, on the other hand, have a much the better battery life overall at 24 hours of cumulative playback, compared to the 6 hours for the BeatsX. They're also a bit more suitable for outdoor runners thanks to their open earbud fit, which some will find a lot more comfortable than the in-ear design of the BeatsX.

Sony WI-C600N Wireless

The Sony WI-C600N are noise cancelling in-ears, but the Beats BeatsX actually block out more noise passively. They also feel more secure inside the ears, which is better for sports. Their neckband design is quite similar and malleable. Sound-wise, they are quite similar, but you can EQ the WI-C600N inside their app, which the Beats are lacking. On the other hand, the Beats take a very short amount of time to fully charge and could have better performance with iOS devices thanks to the W1 chip.

JBL Everest 110 Wireless

The JBL Everest 110 and Beats BeatsX are very similar headphones when it comes to their test performances. However, the Beats have an around-the-neck design, which is significantly different than the usual wireless in-eat build of the JBLs. Sound-wise, the Beats are more neutral, but may lack a bit of detail in the treble range. On the other hand, the JBL will sound boomier and are better suited for bass-heavy music. The Everest 110 are also slightly more comfortable, but the isolation performance of the Beats is slightly better.

Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016

The Beats BeatsX are about as practical as the Jaybird Freedom for most use cases. The Beats have a better-balanced sound quality but no EQ. They also have a more durable build quality, a faster-charging battery life, and a much better wireless range and latency performance than the Jaybirds, especially when using them with iOS devices. On the other hand, the Jaybirds have a customizable sound quality and aren't as limited on Android as the BeatsX, which makes them slightly more suitable for a wider selection of listeners. The Jaybirds also have a longer battery life overall thanks to the additional 4 hours provided by the charging clip, and their smaller earbuds are slightly more comfortable to wear for most listeners.

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