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?
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. 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 iPod. The remote control will allow you to answer incoming calls on your iPhone, as well as skip tracks and so on.or
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.