With Apple Airpods Pro, Apple proves that nothing could stop Apple from releasing a new pair that is better in every way than its predecessor. Apple AirPods Pro ($250) costs $90 more than their siblings, but that extra money gives you a nice noise cancellation, sweat resistance, a more secure-fitting design, and improved sound quality.
If you’re in search of best wireless earbuds with good audio quality, then you should pick the Apple Airpods pro.No to doubt that the Apple Airpods are at the top of our list of Best Wireless Headphones.
- H1 chip
- IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Dual beamforming microphones
- 9 x 21.8 x 24 mm
- 4g (case is 45.6g)
- Works with Qi chargers
- AirPods Pro offers up to 4.5 hours of listening time
Apple AirPods Pro Review – Beats Solo Pro price and availability
Apple Airpods Pro cost $249, which is $90 more than the original AirPods with the regular charging case and $50 more than the version with a wireless charging case.
You can buy the Apple Airpods Pro at Amazon.
What’s in the box?
Apple ships Apple AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case, a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and silicone ear tips in three sizes.
Apple Airpods Pro have the same DNA as the AirPods but are improved in a few ways.
Subtle curves and a stark, white housing give the Apple Airpods Pro a retro-futuristic aesthetic, while black mesh lines the microphones like KT tape on an athlete.The Airpods Pro is way better than their cheaper siblings and a more ergonomic shape that gives more comfort and keeps the earbuds fit in your ear.
We also prefer the AirPods Pro look compared to the cheaper models. Yes, the AirPods Pro are weird-looking, but the smaller stems don’t stand out as much as those on the AirPods — not that it matters. AirPods proved, if enough people wear something, no matter how awkward it appears, it starts to look normal. Between the new design (which looks decidedly less like a toothbrush head) and the AirPods’ ubiquity, there is no reason to feel self-conscious about wearing Apple Airpods Pro around in public.
Apple essentially change the AirPods Pro charging case from portrait to landscape mode. It’s still much lighter weight than competing cases, but it now looks less like a container. On the front of the case is a small LED battery, and on the backside, there is a pairing button. I like how the case stays open and closes with a satisfying snap.
Don’t worry: The AirPods Pro is every bit as comfortable as the original AirPods. You may have feared those silicon tips, but they won’t dig into your ears as they do on traditional earbuds. Instead, the flat nozzles sit at the outer ear canal and let the tips form a soft seal.
I even prefer the fit of the AirPods Pro that they are better than that of the original buds because the new ones fit good in your ear and feel less prone to falling out. Instead of just hanging off, the AirPods Pros’ housing fits neatly into the groove of my ear. They didn’t move an inch when I dance like a rock star or working out at the gym.
Apart from their unique shape, which makes Apple Airpods so comfortable is how lightweight they are. While a bit heavier than Apple Airpods, at 5.4 grams versus 4 grams, the AirPods Pro is very lightweight, so, for better or worse, you’ll quickly forget you’re wearing them.
Touch controls on competing earbuds can be finicky, and physical controls require you to push a button that can drive the buds into your ear canals. Apple’s solution to this major problem relies on the stem on the AirPods Pro
Instead of tapping a touch sensor, you control the AirPods Pro by squeezing a “force sensor” on their stems.
The new system works brilliantly. Squeezing the stems once played music; when my songs were playing, that squeeze paused the music so I could chat with anyone else. The same action also answers calls. By double tap, you can skip to the next track, when you want to go to the previous track just squeeze three times. Squeeze and hold the stem, and you can switch between noise-canceling and transparency modes.
I thought there would be more of learning, but I learned each of the controls on my first try.
Noise-cancelling and transparency mode
What I love most about the noise-canceling feature is how seamlessly it works. When the airpods are in your ear, sounds are automatically reduced when something is detected. On average, I inserted the earbuds and when the ANC turned on there was less than a second delay between the time.
The AirPods Pro has Transparency mode. When this mood is enabled, the earbuds let in sounds so that you can hear your surroundings. The feature is great for jogging or people living in urban areas who want to be aware of the traffic.
The Apple Airpods Pro feature active noise cancellation, which uses outward- and inward-facing microphones to detect unwanted sounds and counter them with “anti-noise”. This mode works well, but does it justify the price of Apple AirPods pro and their siblings? That depends.
If you plan on taking them on flights, then the AirPods Pro should do a good job of muffling the low roar. They won’t, however, prevent your ears from the sound coming from outside.
The AirPods Pro did a good job of silencing the people’s voices outside my home. But these buds were no match for the applause when I left my home and joined the party.
I had mixed results in the office. The earbuds completely eliminated the low hum of our building’s HVAC, but I could clearly hear talkative colleagues and the clacking of a nearby mechanical keyboard with music playing at low volume levels. Similarly, the AirPods Pro quieted my morning commute from Manhattan to Brooklyn, but I still had to play music at 75% volume to overcome the screeching of an old F train.
Pairing and audio sharing
The H1 chip in the AirPods Pro helps you to pair your iPhone very easily. To connect the earbuds, I needed only to open the AirPods Pro case and press Connect.
To pair to a Mac or non-Apple device (android phone or a window PC), you press and hold the setup button on the back of the AirPods Pro case and connect via the respective device’s Bluetooth settings.
Audio Sharing is a fun iOS 13 feature that lets you share audio to multiple pairs of AirPods. In this way, you and your mate can listen to the same song at the same time. Practically, the feature works above my expectations.
Once I paired Apple Airpods Pro and the Beats Solo Pros to an iPhone 8 Plus running iOS 13, a new icon appeared on the volume adjuster within the Control Center. When I tapped the icon, it linked the two sets of headphones. Sharing Audio is harmonious with any headphones or earbuds with an H1 or W1 processor; includes the AirPods, AirPods Pro, Beats Solo Pro, Powerbeats Pro, Studio3 Wireless, and Solo3 Wireless.
The Apple AirPods Pro sound very good. Competing wireless earbuds at this price, like the Sennheiser Momentum, offer better sound quality, but the balance and clarity on the AirPods Pro should please most listeners.
I started my test by listening to a song which sounded very clear through the AirPods Pro. Despite the loose bass, the Sennheiser buds’ wider soundstage put it ahead of the AirPods Pro on this track. I even enjoyed the low end, until I switched to the Momentum True Wireless and heard the sweet sound of a deep, controlled bass slamming into my ear. The AirPods can’t reach the same depths.
Julien Baker’s emotive vocals were airy and well defined when I listened to “Blacktop” using the AirPods Pro. I heard the twang of the guitar, but that sound never distracted the singer’s delicate voice. At the same time, the deep seal you get on the Momentum allowed for a more intimate, forward presentation that works really well with the acoustic ballad.
Apple Airpods Pro gets the job done but doesn’t break any barriers on call quality. My colleague told me that I sounded loud but muffled when I talked to him through the AirPods Pro’s microphones.
Although though my voice wasn’t very clear, the AirPods Pro sounded better than the Amazon Echo Buds and the Sony WF-1000XM3 when my colleague called me. The AirPods Pro also did a great job blocking out unnecessary sound, although we had to wait for a car to pass by before continuing our conversation.
Battery life, charging and Bluetooth connectivity
Apple rates the AirPods Pro’s battery life at 4.5 hours for the earbuds, which is just great. The case charges the AirPods Pro five to six times before the case needs to be recharged.
I got about 4 hours out of the AirPods Pro listening to music and streaming videos with ANC turned on before the buds showed me a notification for low battery life.
When power runs low, you can get 1 hour of listening time from just 5 minutes of charging. Instead of the USB-C port, Apple Airpods case uses the Apple’s proprietary lightning input.
The Apple Airpods are better than their siblings in every way.
The new sweat-proof design looks better and fits more securely in your ear, sound quality has been slightly improved, and the highlight feature — active noise cancellation — effectively reduces ambient sounds (just don’t expect a miracle). And we have no reservations naming the AirPods Pros the best wireless earbuds available today.
But that could soon change. Battery and audio quality are major factors where other earbuds already top the AirPods Pro. If other manufacturers can close the gap in other areas, then they are in a serious fight against Apple’s buds. Until then, the AirPods pro is a must-buy for iPhone users and for everyone else.