Verdict The Beats Match Professional are good sport buds that additionally work effectively for basic use, providing nice sound and strong battery life, however the safe match of the wingtip comes at the price of consolation when carrying the headphones for lengthy durations, and there are higher all-round choices out there.
Score ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)
Purchase from Beats By Dre | £199.99
|+ Nice sound high quality with spatial audio||– Android customers don’t get each characteristic|
|+ Match is safe for sport||– Wing ideas are uncomfortable|
|+ Transparency mode||– Controls may be annoying|
Beats Match Professional: Launch Date And Worth
The Beats Match Professional have been out there within the US earlier than the UK, however ultimately crossed the Atlantic to go on sale within the UK on twenty eighth January. They price £199.99 and are available in 4 colors – black, white, gray and purple.
The Match Professional add a brand new design to Beats’s vary of different actually wi-fi buds. Whereas the small Studio Professional simply have an in-ear tip and the Powerbeats Professional have an ear hook, the Match Professional have an in-ear tip mixed with a versatile wing tip. Which means a safer match than the Studio Professional whereas being smaller than the Powerbeats Professional.
Every bud has a multifunction button on the aspect and these carry out the identical operations on either side, permitting you to play/pause, skip tracks and change between sound modes. There isn’t any quantity management although.
Like Beats’s (and Apple’s) different headphones the Match Professional buds have an IPX4 ranking, that means they’re water and sweat resistant, however not waterproof. I’ve by no means had an issue utilizing IPX4 buds for sports activities use myself, however usually it’s comforting to have the waterproof design you will get with operating headphones from the likes of Jaybird and Jabra.
The Match Professional’s case is pretty small and formed to simply slip right into a pocket. Slightly too simple the truth is – it’s fairly slippery and might slide out of operating belts if not positioned rigorously. Jaybird and Jabra have buds with smaller circumstances, and the circumstances for the AirPods and AirPods Professional are additionally just a little extra pocket-friendly.
There are three sizes of silicone in-ear ideas within the field, however the Match Professional’s wing tip solely is available in one measurement. To insert the buds you twist them again after which tuck the tip in to press in opposition to your interior ear to carry the headphones in place.
This methodology works. The headphones have stayed in place for me throughout quite a lot of completely different exercises, together with indoor and out of doors runs, cycles, power classes and yoga. I did typically should tuck the wing tip in once more on the run when it got here unfastened, however general I’d charge the match of the Match Professional as dependable for sports activities use.
Nonetheless, the wing tip fails my consolation check. If I put on the Match Professional for a few hours at a time my ear will get sore the place the tip presses in. It’s not extraordinarily painful, however it’s noticeable, and it counts in opposition to the buds as an choice to put on for lengthy stretches at work in addition to for train.
The trade-off between consolation and safety is hard to steadiness for all buds with wing ideas, however others are extra snug than the Match Professional whereas nonetheless staying in place, such because the Bose Sport Earbuds and Jaybird Vista 2.
Sound High quality
Beats is thought for its bass-forward sound profiles, and that’s nonetheless the case with the Match Professional, however it’s not as extreme as on previous headphones. The bass is definitely highly effective and is essentially the most noticeable ingredient within the combine, however it doesn’t overwhelm every thing and there may be nonetheless sufficient readability within the devices and vocals.
I want rather less bass myself, however general I rated the sound high quality on the Match Professional extremely and comparable with different high sports activities headphones just like the Jaybird Vista 2, Jabra Elite 7 Lively and Bose Sport Earbuds.
The Beats Match Professional supply spatial audio on Apple Music (and Apple TV and Facetime), though this solely works on iOS units. This creates a extra immersive really feel to music and movies by monitoring your head and adjusting the sound based mostly in your head place. I discovered it stunning how a lot I loved spatial audio on the Match Professional and the Airpods 3 when testing these, however having additionally used the Match Professional with Spotify extensively the buds nonetheless sound nice with out it.
One omission from the Beats Match Professional expertise is the power to alter the EQ to fit your preferences, one thing you are able to do with many different headphones from the likes of Jabra, Jaybird and JBL.
Lively Noise Cancellation And Transparency Mode
You may change between ANC and transparency modes with a protracted maintain on both button, and in addition flip each modes off. When travelling, the ANC was significantly good, blocking out a good bit of additional noise over the passive noise cancellation already supplied by the ear tip.
When operating, nevertheless, I bought a good bit of wind noise with the ANC turned on, and customarily most well-liked to show it off or have the transparency mode on. The transparency mode is nice although, permitting in noise like site visitors with out an excessive amount of wind, and it’s helpful to have out there when exercising on or by busy roads.
When utilizing ANC the Beats Match Professional will final six hours on a cost, with one other 18 hours within the case. A quick cost characteristic will internet you an hour of playback from 5 minutes of charging too. For those who flip the ANC off you’ll eke just a little extra juice out of the buds, however general they’re about par for the course for actually wi-fi headphones, although the Jabra Elite 7 Lively do supply extra at eight hours with ANC, the Powerbeats Professional reap the benefits of their bigger design to supply 9 and the JBL Relect Movement Professional buds trump the lot to supply 10.
Whereas it’s a disgrace that there aren’t any quantity controls on the Match Professional, the multifunction button usually works effectively, and you’ll activate Apple’s voice assistant simply by saying Hey Siri – one other characteristic that’s not out there on Android. You may then change the quantity by way of Siri, however nonetheless I’d just like the button possibility too.
The button can also be a tad delicate, and in case you transfer the headphones round in your ear to regulate the match anticipate to pause your music, as a result of I believe I did it each single time I tweaked their place. That’s fairly annoying and never one thing I frequently expertise with different actually wi-fi buds – even very small ones.
Are The Beats Match Professional Price It?
There’s loads to love in regards to the Beats Match Professional, however there are additionally some cons to contemplate. The principle one is the discomfort attributable to the wing tip whenever you put on the buds for hours at a time, and this could be sufficient to make me look elsewhere.
The competitors is so fierce that it’s additionally arduous to suggest the Match Professional at £199.99 when you will get the Jabra Elite 7 Lively, Jaybird Vista 2 or JBL Mirror Movement Professional for much less. All of these buds match the Beats Match Professional’s robust factors for me, whereas providing extra consolation, longer battery life and higher controls, plus the power to regulate the EQ of the buds to fit your preferences. If consolation is your precedence, the Bose Sport Earbuds additionally advantage a glance – most corporations can be taught a factor or two from Bose about the right way to make a wing tip you may put on for hours with out noticing it.
Throughout the Beats and Apple vary the Powerbeats Professional are in all probability nonetheless the finest sports activities headphones because of the dependable match supplied by the earhook, and although they’re dearer than the Match Professional at £219.99, they’ve typically been out there in gross sales for round £150. The AirPods Professional are extra snug, however considerably dearer and I did discover their in-ear design with out a wing tip did come unfastened at instances when exercising.