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Beats has been tricking you all along into buying their expensive headphones

Own a pair of Beats headphones? Sorry to say it, but they’re garbage. Here’s the proof.

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If you own a pair of Beats headphones, it’s safe to say that you spent a bunch of money on a shitty product. Seriously, the shady designers over at Beats have been using a dirty little trick to make you think you’re purchasing high-quality headphones, but in reality, you’re just buying a bunch of plastic with Dre’s name on it.

Don’t believe me? The guys over at Bolt, a hardware-focused VC firm, posted an article on Medium in a series they call “How it’s Made,” which breaks down how Beats manufactures their headphones. What they found is quite alarming.

Beats parts

Ready for the kicker? Beats headphones are so cheaply made that they actually have to throw random metal in there to make it feel heavy. On top of that, they’re gluing every piece possible instead of using traditional screws.

Here’s an excerpt from the original Medium post explaining the weight issue:

One of the great things about the solo headphones is how substantial they feel. A little bit of weight makes the product feel solid, durable, and valuable. One way to do this cheaply is to make some components out of metal in order to add weight. In these headphones, 30% of the weight comes from four tiny metal parts that are there for the sole purpose of adding weight.

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Sure, you’re probably livid at the fact that the popular headphones everyone told you to buy, are just as valuable as a bag full of plastic bottles and cans. But hey, Beats isn’t the only one doing this. It’s a trick used by product designers from all over, however, it’s still not right. For more information, click here.

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