Beats Flex review: Apple’s £49 earphones are perfect low-cost alternatives to AirPods

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From iPhones to MacBooks, Apple is known for its impressive range of luxury technology products.

But the tech giant’s latest offering is one of its cheapest yet, in the form of new wireless earphones called Beats Flex.

The earphones were quietly announced under Apple’s Beats by Dr Dre subsidiary last week, and are priced at just £49.99.

The Beats Flex will go on sale on October 21, and ahead of that date, Mirror’s Deputy Science and Technology Editor, Shivali Best, has given them a whirl.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Beats Flex, and whether it’s worth buying them when they go on sale this week.

Design

While the Beats Flex are described as ‘wireless’, the two earphones are actually attached to one another by a thin wire, which sits behind the neck.

They’re very lightweight and comfortable on, and the subtle wire ensures you don’t lose an earphone, should it drop out of your ear.

The wire itself feels a little bit cheap, especially compared to rival wireless headphones, such as the OnePlus Bullets.

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However, this is unsurprisingly given the £49.99 price tag.

Apple includes a range of tip options in the box, ensuring the headphones stay in your ears, regardless of their size!

Users can choose from four colour options, and while I’d personally always go for black, it’s nice that there are some brighter offerings for those feeling braver.

Sound quality

Thanks to a proprietary layered driver with dual-chamber acoustics, the Beats Flex deliver clear sounds, even at the highest volumes.


I usually use my headphones to listen to music, podcasts or take calls, and was able to enjoy all of these mediums comfortably.

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Battery life

Any wireless headphone users will know the irritation of having your headphones die while you’re out and about.

Thankfully, this isn’t an issue with the Beats Flex, thanks to their 12 hour battery life.

I also really appreciate the Fast Fuel charging feature, which allowed me to get up to 1.5hrs of playback with just 10 minutes of charging.

Unfortunately, the Beats Flex doesn’t come with a wall plug, and just has a USB-C cable. However, these days most people usually have a spare plug knocking about, so this isn’t a huge issue.

The headphones feature a lightweight cable that sits behind the neck
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Price

At £49.99, the Beats Flex are some of the cheapest wireless headphones available, and are one of Apple’s cheapest products.

Considering the price of Apple’s other wireless earphone offerings, the AirPods (starting at £159) and AirPods Pro (starting at £249), the Beats Flex are an absolute bargain.

Opinion

If you’re very loyal to the Apple brand, but don’t fancy splashing the cash on AirPods, the Beats Flex could be the perfect thing for you.

While the wire does feel a little bit cheap, the sounds quality and battery life more than make up for this, and they’re a fairly robust product.

With Christmas just around the corner now, the Beats Flex are bound to be one of the must-have products over the festive season.

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