Beats Studio Buds get new colors: blue, pink and gray

Everything old is new again. Grab the three colors announced today to join the Beats Studio Buds family: Sunset Pink, Ocean Blue and Moon Grey.

As we pointed out in our in-depth Studio Buds review, the unique custom chip in these headphones gives Android and iOS users an equally intuitive listening experience. And at just $150, the Beats Studio Buds, in any color, are a great, lower-cost alternative to more expensive headphones like the Powerbeats Pro from Beats, the Galaxy Buds Pro from Samsung, or the AirPods Pro from Apple.

Along with the new hues, Beats is also including updated software in its app to improve the audio experience for all users. Here’s what you need to know about the latest Beats Studio Buds.

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The beauty of the Beats Studio Buds has always been the ability to quickly pair to Android and iOS devices, making the headphones a more populist choice. With the announcement of these new colors, the company has added new functionality to its app, allowing all compatible Beats products to receive and use software updates directly from their device.

“Locate My Beats” will use the same technology Apple customers receive with their Find My app, allowing Android users to locate their headphones through the app. Plus, new in-app product widgets now let you access battery life, control listening modes, and update firmware.

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  • Beats Studio Buds in Sunset Pink: $149.99 At Apple and Target

The colors themselves range from pretty to elegant to brilliant. The pastel bubblegum Sunset Pink and the medium matte Moon Gray both have black Beats logos on the front of their covers, while the royal Ocean Blue leads with a bright red logo. We found them playful and worth a look if you want a change from the standard white and black of most wireless headphones.

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Apart from the bold new colors, all three additions to the Beats Studio Buds lineup look identical to their siblings. That means they’ll still provide a comfortable fit for your basic daily activities, but without the ear hooks or wings you’ll find on more expensive versions like the PowerBeats Pro or Beats Fit Pro. You can also catch them in the original Black, White, and Beats Red versions.

When it comes to performance, you’ll get the same high standards intended for a more general listener. We like that the Studio Buds sound more balanced than the previous Beats sound, which works beautifully across all genres. If you use Apple Music to stream your tunes, they also take advantage of its Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos tracks.

And because they’re true wireless earbuds, they offer strong Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and an even better Transparency mode, allowing environmental noise, like announcements and traffic, to seep through while you listen.

As we’ve reported, battery life holds up at just over eight hours with 50 per cent volume and around five hours with ANC on. And, you can get two extra hours with the paid case.

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If you want to add a little more pizzazz to your headphone experience, the three vibrant colors of the Beats Studio Buds are a great place to start. We’ve always been a fan of Beats recognizing Android users with this custom chip, and the added features now make it an even better buy.

Plus, we love that any Beats products that use the app will also get a boost, providing access to “Locate My Beats” and even deeper functionality to control your headphones. And, with no price increase, you can still get it all for just $150.

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