When you think of the headphone manufacturer Beats, which was taken over by Apple in 2014, you usually think of premium headphones for well over 100 Euros. While the RRP of the last Beats in-ear headphones with Bluetooth, the Beats X, was still 149 Euros, Apple surprises us with a very low price. Since October, the Beats Flex have been available in the colors Beats Black and Yuzu Yellow for just 49.65 Euros. The color palette will also be expanded with Smoke Gray and Flame Blue at the beginning of 2021.
Despite the significantly lower price, they tout premium sound, improved drivers, an advanced microphone, Class 1 Bluetooth for long range with few interruptions, and 12 hours of battery life. The following test shows how well this has worked out.
|Connectors:||Bluetooth, Wireless Technologies|
|Battery life:||Up to 12 hrs. playback|
|Other features:||Bluetooth, inline microphone audio, inline volume control, wireless technology|
|Scope of delivery:||Beats Flex wireless in-ear headphones, USB-C to USB-C charging cable, ear inserts in four sizes, quick start guide, warranty card|
|Colors:||Beats Black, Yuzu Yellow (already available), Flame Blue, Smoke Gray (Available in early 2021)|
Scope of delivery
The Beats Flex come in a small black cardboard box. After opening it, you look at an illustrated quick start guide that explains the most important things. Directly behind it, the headphones are stowed. Furthermore, three pairs of ear inserts (in addition to the already attached ones, so four pairs in total), a 20 cm long USB-C cable, safety instructions, a warranty booklet and a red Beats sticker are included.
Design and workmanship
Except for the two red logos on the headphones and a Beats lettering on the left side, the Beats Flex are completely black. The headphones are magnetic and can be safely hung around when not in use. The cable is flat and a bit thicker and sturdier in the neck area. To the left and right of the neckband are two cases.
On the left neckband case, there are two controls, in addition to the microphone and USB-C port for charging. One for play and pause or for answering and hanging up a call or also for calling up Siri and also, as a second control element, the volume rocker. The headphones are turned on and off on the right neckband casing, and a small LED signals the current status.
There is nothing to complain about the workmanship. The in-ear headphones made of plastic are well workmanship all around and feel valuable. The shape memory neckband made of Nitinol, a nickel-titanium alloy, also leaves a good impression and feels comfortable against the skin when worn.