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Apple Airpods pro Review – Is the Earbuds Worth the Price?

Apple Airpods pro

8.8

Design

8.9/10

Performance

9.1/10

Battery life

8.5/10

Pros

  • Great audio quality
  • Modern design
  • Noise cancellation technology is impressive
  • Silicone tips to fit all ear sizes
  • Good battery

Cons

  • It is expensive
  • Volume cannot be controlled for one ear
  • No physical volume control

In this Apple Airpods pro review, we’ll be discussing the features and improvements of the new Apple Airpod pro bags. Apple launched the updated AirPods Pro earphones in October 2019. It is a wireless high-end version of the existing Airpods, featuring noise-cancelling functionality, a new unique design, improved water resistance, and a higher price tag of $249.

Apple Airpods pro design

The Apple AirPods Pro has a glossy white design with what Apple calls an “innovative vent system”, it equalizes pressure within the ear to minimize discomfort. It is a new class of refined in-ear headphones with a customizable fit that forms an exceptional seal for background noise cancellation that lets you feel your music, not your headphones.

The Apple AirPods Pro has a similar design with the original AirPods, but the Airpods pro is wider in front to accommodate the silicone tip for comfort, noise cancellation and proper fit. The flexible silicone tip comes in three different sizes to fit the contour of individual ears for effective noise cancellation.

AirPods Pro measure 21.8mm wide and 30.9mm in length which is wider but shorter than the original Airpods. It also comes with a bigger wireless charging Case that measures 60.6mm in width, 45.2mm in length, and 21.7mm in thickness.

Apple Airpods pro Review

 Performance and Battery life

Apple uses a 10-core H1 chip which makes connecting your Airpods pro to your phone quite easy and also allows you to share music between two pairs of Airpods so far they both have the H1 or W1 chip. The H1 chip powers Noise Cancellation, Adaptive EQ, and also supports “Hey Siri” requests.

 It has an IPX4 sweat and water-resistant rating. It doesn’t mean you can submerge it in water but it is safe from splashes and the IPX4 rating does not apply to the case so do not get it wet. Apple has added a new Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos feature to Apple Music, which allows AirPods Pro owners to listen to Spatial Audio tracks designed to provide an immersive sound/audio experience.

The Airpods pro has both outward-facing and inward-facing microphones. The outward-facing microphone detects external sound and cancels it before you can hear it, the inward-facing microphone also listens to sounds inside your ears and eliminates it with anti-noise just like the outward-facing microphone. This noise cancellation process is continuous so you’re fully in tune to your calls and music.

The Adaptive EQ feature automatically tunes the music to the shape of your ear or position of your head so that you can enjoy superior sound quality during calls or while listening to music. The earpieces sense when you place them in your ear or take them out, and will automatically play or pause music but if you don’t like this feature, you can disable it by turning off Automatic Ear Detection in your Bluetooth settings.

For starters, control is pretty straightforward. Press one of the Airpods once to play or pause music, press once to answer an incoming call, press and hold to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode, double-tap to go to the next track, and triple-tap to skip backwards. It also has thin strips on the front of the stems that you can lightly press for switching between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes.

Apple Airpods pro comes with ‎3 Lithium-ion batteries estimated to last an average of 5 hours per charge when active noise cancellation is disabled, 4hrs30minutes with active noise cancellation enabled and 3hrs30minutes of talk time.

The wireless charging case provides additional 24 hours of battery life for listening time and 18 hours of talk time. Placing your Airpods pro in the wireless charging case for 5 minutes provides around 1 hour of listening time or 1 hour of talk time.

The Wireless Charging Case can be charged using Qi-certified charger or the fast charging Lightning port included in the box.

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Features

  1. Transparency mode let’s you connect to your surroundings.
  2. New in-ear design.
  3. Three sizes of Silicone tips.
  4. Adaptive EQ provides great sound quality.
  5. Active Noise Cancellation technology.
  6. IPX4 water and sweat resistance.
  7. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking.
  8. “Hey Siri” support.
  9. Wireless charging case delivers up to 24hours of battery life.

Specifications

Manufacturer:          Apple
Dimensions:             ‎0.94 x 0.86 x 1.22 inches (each)
Case dimensions:  1.78 x 0.85 x 2.39 inches
Weight:                   5.4g (Airpods), 45.6g (case)
Sensors:                  Dual beamforming microphones, Dual optical sensors, Motion-detecting accelerometer, Speech-detecting accelerometer, force sensor
Battery:                   ‎3 Lithium-ion batteries (included)
Water resistance: Yes

Pros

  1. Great audio quality.
  2. Modern design.
  3. Noise cancellation technology is impressive.
  4. Silicone tips to fit all ear sizes.
  5. Good battery.
  6. Portable charging case.
  7. Hands-free “Hey Siri” support.

Cons

  1. It is expensive.
  2. Volume cannot be controlled for one ear.
  3. No physical volume control.
Apple Airpods pro Reviews

How much does Apple Airpods pro cost?

The new Airpods Pro model features improved audio performance, longer battery life, better connectivity options, and more advanced features such as spatial awareness and hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality. The Apple Airpods pro comes with a $249 price tag which is $50 higher than the original Airpods at $199.

Available series

The Apple Airpods has two editions; the standard edition which is the wireless charging case only version and the premium edition. All models come with the same basic set of features but differ in their size, weight, colour and accessories offered.

Standard Edition – This includes two pairs of silicone buds and a charging case. 

Premium Edition – Includes everything from the Standard Edition plus a leather carrying pouch, USB cable, wall adapter and a hard shell What are the differences between the available versions of Apple Airpods?

There are three different types of Apple AirPods that include the following;

  • Airpods max,
  • Airpods, and
  • Airpods pro.

Here is a list of things to expect in the box;

  • AirPods Pro,
  • Wireless Charging Case,
  • Three sizes of Silicone ear tips,
  • Lightning to USB-C Cable, and
  • Documentation.

Conclusion

The Apple Airpods pro is a wireless earbud that is superior to the previous version of Airpods with improved noise cancellation and great performance.

Apple isn’t the first company to make true wireless earphones and there are some wireless headphones that have better IPX rating than the Apple Airpods pro but the major question is do they offer the same features? Apple offers better advantages such as more durability, longer battery life, Spatial Awareness Technology, et cetera over other brands.

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FAQ

Q1 – How long will my Apple Airpods last on a charge?

A1 – You can get about 10 hours of listening time out of each pair of Airpods before needing to recharge them via the included Lightning connector. 

Q2 – Can I listen to music while using an airplane mode?

A2 – No, because when you turn off cellular data, Bluetooth radios also go offline. So if you’re trying to conserve power by turning off cell service, you won’t have access to any streaming services like Spotify Connect or Pandora. However, you should still be able to hear calls through your phone without having to worry about draining its battery.

Q3 – Do these fit all ears?

A3 – Yep! These tiny little buds fit most people just fine.

Q4 – Is this product waterproof?

A4 – Yes, these Airpods are water-resistant. They should not be submerged underwater for 30 minutes without protection.

Q5 – Will the Apple Airpods work with all iPhones/iPad devices?

A5 – The Apple Airpods works with every iOS device including iPhone 7, 8, X, SE, 6S, 6 Plus, 5S, 4S, 3GS, 2G, 1st generation iPod touch, etc. It also supports Android phones running Lollipop and above.

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Zeeshan Yousaf
Zeeshan Yousaf
Zeeshan is the founder of the Tech Guru Guy blog. He writes articles about the latest technology gadgets such as laptops, smartphones, home security, tablet devices, headphones, and much more. He has been at the forefront of technology for the past 10 years, working diligently to create quality content for his audience. He is addicted to reading books and watching movies, but not as much as he loves posting content on his blog. He loves playing cricket and table tennis. You can always contact Zeeshan via Tech Guru Guy's contact page.
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