Apple AirPods Pro – Is It Worth Buying?

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Apple in October 2019 launched AirPods Pro, a higher-end version of the existing AirPods. The new addition to the series brings an updated design, noise cancellation technology, and a pricier tag.

Apple claims the evolution to have a “uniquely customized, superior noise-cancelling experience.” Let’s see if it’s worth updating your current earphones.

What’s Good?


SOUND QUALITY
The AirPods have a good quality sound witnessing a slight improvement over the existing ones.
ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION
Considering in-ear headphones, the active noise cancellation performs pretty well on the Apple AirPods Pro. They comfortably surpass the older version. However, over-the-ear headphones do a much better job.
WATER-RESISTANCE
First in the range, AirPods Pro is water- and sweat-resistant, making them great for workouts.

What’s Not So Good?


DESIGN & COMFORT
As compared to the regular AirPods having an ear hook-type design for superior comfort, the AirPods Pro brings an in-ear-type one. With small rubber tips designed to go into your ears, it can cause some discomfort to some.
DIFFICULT CONTROLS
In the earlier controls, tapping the side of the earbud activated Siri or paused a song. However, for the same on AirPods Pro, you need to squeeze the stems of one of the AirPods. This makes it difficult, as the stems are shorter.
POOR BATTERY LIFE
The AirPods Pro can only last up to 4.5 hours on a single charge, even lesser than 5 hours on the previous AirPods.
EXPENSIVE
The AirPods Pro cost $249, which is a $90 hike over the earlier second-generation AirPods.

Should You Get Them?

If you are an Apple brand loyalist looking for a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds, these would make a decent option. However, there are better options out there both for small, pocket-sized and over-the-ears wireless headphones.

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