Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beats by Dr. Dre Review and Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to review Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for Staples. I didn't even know Staples sold headphones! Guess you learn something new every day right?

I've gone through many headphones in search of the perfect pair. The ones that don't jiggle around too much, the buds that actually stay put in your ear, and a pair that sounds good too.

I decided to test out "heartbeats," designed by Lady Gaga. I went with this particular model because of the fact that they come with 7 different ear tips. Talk about being able to find the perfect fit!


Now, I don't run with headphones in unless I'm on the treadmill. I honestly believe it's a huge safety risk running outdoors with them. Yes, you can turn the volume down or only wear the one ear bud. I will still call it a safety risk. This was also something reiterated in my RRCA Running Coach Certification course. So it's not just my belief, it's becoming a wide-spread belief.

But, I digress. My point is that I haven't tested these out for running. However, I will wear them if I have to hit the treadmill. I will also use them on my bike trainer and when I'm lifting weights.

The ear tips were quite comfortable. I was easily able to find the right tips to fit my ears. They didn't slip out once. I will say that with the caveat that I wasn't sweating profusely. So I may come back to this post once I've worn them on the 'mill.

The sound was really fantastic. They aren't noise-canceling, but they certainly blocked out more noise than my previous ear buds.

They are supposed to have an in-line remote & mic cable feature. When I plugged it into the phone with Pandora, it would pause the songs. On my old iPod, it didn't do anything. I thought it would fast forward. However, it could simply be the fact that my iPod is ancient.

Overall, I would give the Beats by Dr. Dre HeartBeats 4 out of 5 stars. My only complaint was that if the cords jiggled too much, or you bumped them, you could hear that noise. I could, also, just be overly sensitive.

Now onto the best part. Not only was I given a pair to review, one lucky reader has the chance to win a pair!

  • The winner will be able to choose a pair of headphones from Staples (up to $250
  • US residents only
  • The winner will be announced Monday, November 11


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I was given these for free to review. All opinions are absolutely my own.