Monster Powerbeats by Dr Dre review: Monster Powerbeats by Dr Dre

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Typical Price: £115.00

Monster Powerbeats by Dr Dre

(Part #: CNETMonster Powerbeats by Dr Dre)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Stylish; built-in remote control; comfortable and unlikely to slip out of your ears.

The Bad Expensive; sound quality isn't as great as that of other Beats headphones.

The Bottom Line If you're after a sporty, cool set of earphones for your workouts, the Monster Powerbeats by Dr Dre earbuds will be a good bet. But they're expensive and, because they don't isolate outside noise, you won't get the signature bassy Beats sound.

7.5 Overall

It's hard to look good while jogging, especially if you're a gangly, nerdy type like us. But, if you must take to the streets in the name of staving off death for a few extra years, the Monster Powerbeats by Dr Dre earphones might just help you look cooler. They'll cost you about £120, but are they any good?

Rad styling

The Powerbeats look pretty rad. A chunky rubber hoop fits over the back of each ear, and the earbuds slide sneakily into your lugholes.

The body section of these bodacious buds is constructed from solid-feeling plastic. They come in white, red and black versions. We had the white version and were rather fond of the styling.

Stick these earphones in your bonce and you'll be impressed by quite how much they make you look like a cyborg. The chrome detailing and lower-case 'b', a hallmark of Beats by Dr Dre headphones, add to the effect.

The Powerbeats are comfortable to wear. While we didn't find the fit entirely snug, the rubber hoops are flexible, so you can bend them according to the shape of your ears. We don't think these earbuds are likely to shake loose, even if you're exercising quite vigorously.

We have reservations about the cable, though. The skinny, red wiring feels rather flimsy, especially compared to the robust ribbon design found on other Beats earphones, like the Diddybeats . We're not convinced the cable wouldn't tear if you were to catch it under your trainers, for instance.

There's a remote control attached to the cabling of the left earpiece, for use with an  iPhone or iPod. The remote control will allow you to answer incoming calls on your iPhone, as well as skip tracks and so on. 

Slap the hoop over your King Lear and you won't find the earpiece falling out when you're flailing around on the treadmill.

The remote is probably more useful on sports headphones that it is on other models -- if you fancy skipping a track while you're pounding the pavement, it's not ideal to be fishing around in your pocket like some kind of rampaging maniac with an inappropriate itch.

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