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.
• 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.
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.
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.