Beats Studio Buds review | What Hi-Fi?

Think of Beats headphones and attention-grabbing ear-clip designs, fluorescent collaborative neckband models or padded over-ears with the trademark lower-case ‘b’ probably spring to mind. Beats is not readily associated with muted or minimalist aesthetics. 

So, a demure little box that could hardly house a bar of soap feels like a marked change in direction from the Apple-subsidiary brand, especially since the model it contains is emphatically the next big thing from Beats, and one the company was keen to leak by gifting them to a series of celebs ahead of the big reveal in June.