Beats Flex Headset Review

Beats Flex

Beats Flex packaging is specifically designed with the environment in mind. It made from 87% plant-based material sourced from recycled fiber and/or sustainable forests. However, Magnetic earbuds and Auto-Pause 1 keep your music on the deck when you take the earphones out. And Auto-Play starts backing them up when you put them back inside. You can get accurate bass and ultra-low distortion with an advanced acoustic platform featuring custom layered drivers. And then use one-tap Audio Sharing to sync with other Beats headphones or AirPods2.

Pros
  • Low cost
  • Decent connection strength
  • Intuitive controls
  • Earbuds snap together
Cons
  • Sound quality
  • Microphone isn’t great
  • No IP rating or sweat-resistance

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Price and Availability

Beats Flex headset come with a stunning color scheme such as Beats Black, Yuzu Yellow, Flame Blue, and Smoke Gray. It is price $69.99. You can buy this headset from company’s official website beatsbydre.com

Who should have to buy this Beats Flex headset?

  • Apple users, while these wireless neck buds work well with Android, you’ll really get the best value if you pair them with an Apple device.
  • For those who need someone to find a gift. Flex comes in four different colorways and is a good stocking stuffer for holidays or birthdays.

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Box Content

  • Beats Flex Wireless Earphones
  • Eartips with four size options
  • USB-C charge connector
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card

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What is the design of the Beats Flex headset?

Beats Flex

Starting with the design, the Beats Flex have a smooth glossy finish and decent looks very similar to its predecessor. They have a neckband cable to wear them more comfortably. The headset not only looks sturdy but also offers a four stunning color mixture. Such as Beats Black, Yuzu Yellow, Flame Blue, and Smoke Gray.

Earlier says that Beats Flex packaging is specifically designed with the environment in mind. It made from 87% plant-based material sourced from recycled fiber and/or sustainable forests. These headphones have a good build quality. They’re mostly made of silicone and plastic, which makes them very flexible. They even feel durable enough to survive a couple of falls.

Moreover, the ear tips seem like they could easily rip. They don’t have a deep fit in the ear, and the cable is lightweight and shouldn’t be boring to wear. Sadly, ear tips can get out of your ears if they don’t make a good seal. But on the plus side, a few different sizes of silicone tips are included so you can find the best fit for you. Thanks to their flexible design, you can easily fold them to fit in most pockets or bags.

Furthermore, Beats Flex lacks the IP ratings for dust and water resistance. Which means you could not wear them during swimming or running or while raining outside. In addition, they don’t have ear hooks or stability fins, once you achieve a good seal. They should stay in place during workouts and casual listening sessions.  If you need that reassurance, you’ve got to pay more money for the Powerbeats — also a neckband-style design — or the completely wireless Powerbeats Pro.

How good is the touch controls of the Beats Flex headset?

The in-line control scheme is fine. It involves a lot of functions, but not the most intuitive. There are audio signals for some commands, but the multi-purpose button on the left module used for most tasks is not very clickable. All the function available in the left earbuds. It has include volume up/down control, Play/Pause, Answer/End calls, Skip track forward/backward, Activates voice assistant or rejects an incoming call, Scans forward/backword through a track. On the contrary, the right earbuds include a power button.

FunctionLeft earbudsRight earbuds
Single pressPlay/Pause, Answer/End calls
Double pressSkip a track forward
Triple pressSkip a track backward
Press and holdActivates voice assistant or rejects an incoming callTurns earbuds on or off
Double press and holdScans forward through a track
Triple press and holdScans backward through a track

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What is the sound quality of the Beats Flex Headset?

Beats Flex

The Beats Flex have a very pleasant sound signature that, importantly, never really got fatiguing. Not to mention, they also pack ample bass. This is because bass notes are tuned to sound twice as loud as low-midrange notes. However, it plays to my advantage when I go to the grocery store because I can keep tabs on the main bit more easily.

Moreover, the Beats claims the Flex buds contain “a proprietary layered driver with dual-chamber acoustics to achieve rich, balanced sound with outstanding stereo separation.” There is also a good amount of emphasis in the upper-mids that gives a good bump in volume to vocals in songs and podcasts. The vocals in thousand years are easy to hear in almost any environment. The same is true if you listen to podcasts because this amplified frequency range helps with speech intelligibility.

How well does the Beats Flex block out noise?

Proprietary acoustic platform provides accurate bass and precision across the frequency curve. This accurate bass response is much needed to hear low notes. In particularly, these earbuds does not provide a passive isolation very well. However, these do a nice job of blocking out high-frequency sounds. Since, it is struggling to keep out any low-frequency sounds. That extra volume in the low-end makes it easier to hear lower notes over outside noise. In addition, to save your hearing, you don’t want to rely on loudness to drown out your environment.

Is the microphones provide a crystal clear voice calls?

Speaking of mics, the microphone does not make your voice great. It’s good for fast calls and voice messages, but for extended conference calls, you’re better off getting a dedicated USB mic for your next zoom meeting. It does a bad job of rejecting background noise, so you may want to favor everyone and get a headset dedicated to either using your smartphone or making extended calls.

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How do connect the Beats Flex to other devices?

The Beats Flex come with a Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity with Apple W1 chipset. Which gives seamless customization and switching for your Apple devices, with extended range and fewer dropouts. However, you can wirelessly share audio like songs, podcast, or even movies with Beats Flex and another Beats headphones or Airpods with Audio sharing.

The one feature which I like the most is that Find my app. You typically use it on your iOS device to locate your headphone Beats Flex with a sound or see them on a map if they are lost or missing. It is compatible not only with just iOS but also with Androids.

Furthermore, when you power on the Beats Flex for the first time, it will automatically enter pairing mode. After that, things get interesting since the process varies depending on whether you use an iOS or Android device. Surprisingly, If you’re using something else, then the pairing process is simple. All you need to do is hold down the power button, and wait for the headset to enter pairing mode. From there just look through Bluetooth settings in your source device, and select the Beats Flex.

How long is the battery life of the Beats Flex Headset?

Beats Flex

Apple claims that the Beats Flex has a 12-hour battery, but after we tested the Flex for our standard battery test we got a little less than that where we play music reaching a peak of 75dB (SPL) until the battery runs out. The flax lasted for 10 hours, 24 minutes before its juice was completely gone. Although this falls short of the specifications listed, you can always rely on the fast charge feature, which gives you an extra 90 minutes after just 10 minutes on the charger. Fortunately, the neckband has a USB-C input, so you can charge this with the same cable that charges your Android phone and laptop.

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Conclusion

After all, Beats Flex is a great option for casual music and podcast listeners. Pair it with the best connection, solid battery life, USB-C charging and most importantly the $69.99 USD price tag and this is a great choice.

Off course, it lacks a few things, like IP ratings, Active Noise cancellation, accurate frequency response, and a sub-standard microphone system, but all of this is forgivable at this price point. So, whether you’re looking for a new pair of earbuds or want a quick stocking stuffer for the holidays, Beats Flex carries everything customers like about BeatsX at a very affordable price.

What should you get instead of the Beats Flex?

Nothing Ear (1) is great alternative to the Beats Flex Headset. The Nothing Ear (1) earbud 4.7g comes with ultra-light, powerful 11.6mm speaker driver, sound by teen engineering, active noise cancellation, up to 34 hours of listening. In addition, earbud also offers 3 High definition microphone, environment noise cancellation, IPX4 splash proof, fast pair and Bluetooth 5.1 out of the box.

Noble Audio Falcon ANC is another good option against the Flex Headset. Noble Audio Falcon ANC come with a Hybrid noise cancellation for reduce background voice effectively. Another point on the brighter side is that the earbuds have a snapdragon sound with advance aptx, aptx adaptive, AAC, and SBC audio codec support. Noble Falcon ANC app provides a wide selection of settings and customization. In addition, the Falcon ANC offers an Multi pairing and multipoint connections with Hear-through and APTX VOICE supported. It is powered by Qualcomm SoC QCC3056 Chip. Noble Audio is best for providing a wireless experience that feels uniquely audiophile, the latest FoKus Pro has made this idea a reality.

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Frequently asked questions about the Beats Flex

Does the Beats Flex have Bluetooth Muti-point connectivity option?

The Beats Flex doesn’t have a true Bluetooth multipoint, so you can’t connect two devices at once. That said, it has Apple’s W1 chip. So just like the original AirPods and BeatsX, you can easily switch between multiple Apple devices as long as they’re all associated with the same iCloud account.

How to pair the Beats Flex with Apple devices?

For iOS users, the process of pairing Bluetooth from the last few Apple and Beats headsets has not changed. Once you power on the headphones, a white card will pop up on your iPhone or iPad. All you need to do is click the “Connect” button, and the headset will start connecting to your device and all the other devices on your iCloud account.

The W1 chip also enables audio sharing, so you and a friend can hear the same thing — as long as they have a compatible pair of Apple headphones. Think of a friend as the wireless equivalent of giving your left earbud when you see something on your phone.

How to pair the Beats Flex with Androids devices?

If you’re on Android, the process is a bit different. Apple Sneaky includes a simple connect card on Android phones, but for this you need to download the Beats app first. Once you’ve downloaded the app and given it the proper permissions, you’ll be experiencing the same pairing as on iOS. Just power on the flex, and a small card will appear so you can easily connect the bits flex.

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