PlayBeatz Ear Buds Reviews - Legit or Hype?
PlayBeatz are wireless earbuds that look like Apple AirPods but cost a fraction of the price.
What makes these earbuds unique is that the marketing for the product mentions Apple’s AirPods and insinuates that this product performs just as good as AirPods but without the $159 price tag.
In our review of this product, we’ll examine how PlayBeatz work, talk about their pricing, then compare them to AirPods and conclude with a section about the earbuds’ pros and cons and the bottom line.
How PlayBeatz Work
PlayBeatz earbuds are powered by 2.4 GHz Bluetooth and have a range of 33 feet. They can pair with any phone, tablet, desktop computers and laptops.
Each earbud has a button near the base that serves as the power button and the connection button. Each PlayBeatz earbud is equipped with a multi-function button and an LED light.
Connecting to Your Device
To connect your PlayBeatz to your phone, you’ll press and hold the button on each earbud for five seconds until you see red and blue lights flashing on the earbuds.
Then press one of the two buttons for two seconds. You’ll hear a beep when the earbuds are ready to pair. Go to your Bluetooth settings and connect to “i12.”
At this point, the earbuds are ready to work with your phone just like any other Bluetooth earbuds or speaker.
If you want to connect just one earbud, you’ll go through the same process with the earbud you want to use. This feature is helpful if you need to keep one ear free in situations where you’re keeping tabs on your kids at home, listening for someone at the door or similar scenarios.
Managing Phone Calls and Music Volume
When calls come in, you’ll do a short press on the multi-function button to answer the call and a long press to reject the call.
When you’re listening to music, you’ll do a quick double-press on one of the earbud's buttons to increase the volume and a double press on the other earbud to lower the volume.
You can skip to the next song or previous song by tapping the button three times.
Turning Off and Charging
If you need to turn the earbuds off, press one of the multi-function buttons for five seconds. A red light on the earbud will flash and, about five minutes after that, the earbuds will power down.
If your battery is running low, the earbuds will give you a voice reminder to charge them.
To charge them, place the earbuds in your charging dock and quick-press the button on the front of the dock. You’ll know the dock is charging when its LED light turns blue. Your earbuds will flash blue when they’re fully charged, which takes between 40 and 50 minutes.
One charge provides more than three hours of use or 72 hours of standby time.
PlayBeatz Pricing and Return Policy
You can purchase between one and five sets of PlayBeatz at the following prices:
- $49.99 for one plus $8.95 shipping
- $91.99 for two plus $9.95 shipping
- $124.99 for three plus $10.95 shipping
- $159.99 for four plus $11.95 shipping
- $187.99 for five plus $12.95 shipping
You have 30 days from the day you receive your PlayBeatz to request a return. However, you’re allowed to return your PLayBeatz only if they're new condition and in their original packaging.
If that is the case, notify PlayBeatz customer service that you want to make a return. You can reach them at support@getplaybeatz or call (855)815-1539.
Then, send the earbuds along with your name, phone number, email address and mailing address to:
13507 Van Nuys Blvd
P.O. Box #4701
Pacoima, CA 91333-7001
PlayBeatz’ fine print says that the company will make the final determination if they’ll refund your money. Keep this in mind, as sending the earbuds back isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get your money back.
How PlayBeatz Compare to AirPods
It can be tempting to give in to PlayBeatz marketing and buy them because they seem like a cheaper version of Apple's AirPods. However, you need to know there are some significant differences between the two products.
First, the setup process with AirPods is much easier than PlayBeatz. Instead of going through multiple button presses, you place your AirPods dock with the earbuds inside next to your phone. Your iPhone will recognize the AirPods and all you have to do is tap the “Connect” button that pops up on your phone screen.
This is a huge benefit considering that your PlayBeatz will run into serious problems if one of the buttons breaks. Should you get a new phone or try to connect to a new device, you won’t be able to connect both earbuds since you have to long-press the button on both to connect to a new device.
Second, AirPods can sync seamlessly with Siri, which allows you to use voice commands to control the volume of your AirPods.
Also, you have the option to choose what the double-tap function does for each earbud. For example, you can set your left earbud to skip a track and your right earbud to turn play, pause and stop your content.
PlayBeatz has two default settings. First, double-tapping the button will raise and lower volume. Second, triple-tapping them will skip to the next song or play the previous song. You cannot customize what your button taps do.
Also, holding down either of the multi-function buttons will activate Siri, which gives you the ability to change your content.
Finally, your iPhone can detect when your AirPods are in and out of years and will pause or stop your content. Pairing your iPhone with PlayBeatz does not offer the same convenience.
PCMag, TechRadar and Tom’s Guide all praise the quality of sound you get from Apple AirPods. Meanwhile, PlayBeatz did not have any reviews in major tech publications at the time of publishing.
- Good price, especially if you're on a budget
- Double and triple tap commands allow you to navigate through songs and control volume with ease
- Limited Battery Life
- Lack of brand reputation. Unclear who the company behind these headphones is
- Poor Refund policy - The company may choose not to refund you and issue you store credit instead.
If your main goal is to buy a pair of earbuds that look like AirPods, then PlayBeatz is a viable option. However, if you’re concerned about function, there’s a good chance PlayBeatz won’t live up to your expectations.
Due to a lack of reputation online on who the company is, consider from companies such as JBL, Bose, Apple, etc.
The earbuds have limited customizations when you pair them with iPhones. Also, at full charge, the earbuds last around three hours, which may not be suitable if you listen to music for more than three hours a day.