Launched in October 2019 in the United States, the Beats Solo Pro arrived in Dubai in January 2020. The Beats over-ear wireless headset, which costs AED 899, is the American company’s bet for fans of the brand and those consumers looking for an active noise-canceling headphone with a beautiful design and several features, thanks to Apple’s H1 processor, the same that equips the AirPods 2, AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro.
Among the novelties of the Beats, Solo Pro is a brushed metal finish, eliminating the plastic parts. It also brings more comfortable cushions and the new Ambient Mode, also available on AirPods Pro. The Solo Pro comes with a black USB to Lightning cable, the same cable used to charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Below are the top tips for getting the most out of Beats Solo Pro.
Mastering Beats Solo Pro
Pair with iPhone or Android: Beats took inspiration from AirPods to facilitate the connection method between the headphones and the phone. Opening the headphone for the first time automatically enters pairing mode with iPhone (Mac, iPad, and iPod). Just click “Connect,” and you’re done.
It is now tied to all devices registered to your Apple ID. On Android, you also need to open the headphones, then enter the Bluetooth settings, and click to connect.
Basic controls: the right side is where you control volume and track change. Tapping the top right “b” increases the volume, and the bottom one decreases it. One press in the center pauses or starts playing the song, twice goes to the next song, and three times it goes backward. A long squeeze activates Siri. On the left side, there is a single button. As you will read below, it switches between Active Noise Cancellation, Ambient Mode, or disabled.
So Siri: With Beats Solo Pro, all you need to do is call your assistant to place an order. If you prefer, you can press and hold the center on the right side of the earpiece.
Active Noise Cancellation: Beats Solo Pro enhances the experience that other Beats headphones bring with Active Noise Cancellation. With a real-time check of 50,000 times per second, the headphone is always aware of the surrounding sound to be as effective as possible. To activate noise cancellation, press the button on the left side of the headset. You can activate the function by going to Control Center, pressing the volume bar with the headset connected, then tapping “Noise Cancelling.”
Ambient Mode: This new mode allows external sound to pass through the headset easily. This mode is ideal for walking on the street, hearing the name of the subway station, or even knowing the status of your flight at the airport. To activate it, press the button on the left side of the earphone or do the same thing as noise canceling through the Control Center. The tip also applies to disable these two modes.
Saving battery: Beats Solo Pro lasts up to 22 hours in Ambient Mode or Active Noise Cancellation. If you disable the function, it reaches an autonomy of 40 hours. Access the Control Center, press the headset icon, and tap “Disable.” Charging the headset for 10 minutes on your cell phone charger also guarantees three hours of playback.
Rename your Beats: The headset will default call “Solo Pro by [Apple ID name].” Under “Settings,” “Bluetooth,” and the “i” of Beats Solo Pro, you can change its name. Use creativity.
Share Audio: Starting with iOS 13, you can connect a pair of AirPods or Powerbeats Pro plus a pair of AirPods or Powerbeats Pro with your Beats Solo Pro so that someone else has a complete music/video experience with you. From the Control Center, tap the AirPlay button and “Share Audio.” Open the other AirPods and then tap connect. Opening the other AirPods near an iPhone already playing music will also suggest sharing audio.
Read notifications: Starting with iOS 13, when you receive a message in iMessage, Siri will automatically read it to you if your Solo Pro is connected. To use the function, go to “Settings” on your iPhone, “Siri & Search,” tap “Read Messages,” and activate.
Switching from iPhone to Apple TV: If you want to connect the headphones to Apple TV, you need to go to “Settings,” “Remotes and Devices,” and “Bluetooth” and then select Beats Solo Pro.
Switch from iPhone to iPad or Mac: Starting with iOS 14, you can smart switch your Beats Solo Pro. If you are watching a video on an iPad and you touch iPhone, the headset automatically switches to mobile.