Apple AirPods Pro Review

Apple AirPods Pro Review

The AirPods Pro is Apple’s premium true wireless headphones. We took a detailed look at the market leader’s Noise Canceling In-Ears and compared them with products from the competition.

 The Apple AirPods Pro is among the absolute top models on the truly wireless headphones market. A great sound goes hand in hand with the best wearing comfort, high battery power, and good noise canceling. Unfortunately, not all functions of the headphones are available to Android users. In addition, the devices are typically quite expensive for Apple.

PROS:

  • Great audio performance
  • Awesome active noise cancellation
  • Secure in-ear fit
  • Hands-free Siri access
  • Wireless charging case
  • Splash-resistant build

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • No on-ear volume controls
  • ANC and EQ aren’t adjustable

With the AirPods, Apple played a key role in creating the market for true wireless headphones. In the meantime, there is also a higher-quality in-ear version with Active Noise Canceling from Cupertino with the AirPods Pro. We took a close look at the AirPods Pro and summarized the results in the test for you.

The sound – how good do the Apple AirPods Pro sound?

The most important thing in every true wireless headphone: the sound. The Apple AirPods Pro does a great job in terms of sound. So the sound is very clear and does not swallow any details of the songs. For example, at the beginning of Michael Jackson’s thriller, you can hear the steps belonging to the song very early and clearly. On the other hand, some of the rivals have an even lower bass. This is especially noticeable with songs with a strong bass like Pray For Me.

Johnny Cash’s Hurt sounds very haunting, and the prominent guitar does not distort even at high volume. The true wireless headphones also deliver the rock song Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen in a coherent sound image, without the abundance of details degenerating into a sound pulp. The spatial representation of the songs on the AirPods Pro also works very well.

If you like listening to podcasts or audiobooks on the go, the AirPods Pro are also good options. However, the headphones can only display their full strength in connection with Apple devices. The headphones play the content here via AAC codec. This works very well in conjunction with Apple, but minor sound losses occur when interacting with Android devices.

Practice – battery life and comfort of the AirPods Pro in the test

Not only the sound of headphones has to be right, but the small True Wireless plugs should also enable hours of listening pleasure. On the one hand, this includes the battery life. Our tests have shown that the manufacturer’s information is quite real here. The battery life of the AirPods Pro is up to five hours. If you use noise-canceling or the transparency mode, the duration is up to 4.5 hours. This means that the AirPods Pro for True Wireless headphones lasts a very long time.

There is also the charging case, which is very high quality and fits well in your pocket. In addition, it ensures up to 24 hours of listening pleasure. If you put the headphones in the portable charging case in between, they can also be charged on the go. Five minutes in the charging case is enough for an hour of playback. Continuous phone calls reduce the battery life by approx—25%. Apple is doing a very good job with the AirPods Pro in battery, so the headphones are also suitable for long trips. The charging case can also be recharged wirelessly on Qi-compatible charging mats.

Comfortable in use

Even after several hours of wear, the earplugs should not press against the ear. Here, too, the Apple AirPods Pro is among the best devices on the market in our test. Thanks to the good fit, the headphones sit very comfortably and at the same time very firmly in the ear. The AirPods Pro is also so light that you don’t feel any weight on your ears.

Suppose you have problems with the fit of classic in-ear headphones. In that case, you should try Apple’s premium true wireless headphones because Apple manages to offer in-ear sound without the headphones going as far into the ear as many true wireless competitors. Of course, wearing comfort is always a subjective issue, but the AirPods were certified to be excellent wearing comfort across the board in our editorial office.

The quality of the microphone is high, so you can make calls using the headphones without any problems. Even on a bike, the wind is only a minor problem. The AirPods Pro is also suitable for sports, as they are protected against sweat and splash water according to the IPX4 standard. However, you shouldn’t swim or shower with the headphones – even if the AirPods Pro has survived a colleague’s washing machine without damage. Better not to challenge your luck.

Operation – the buttons and setting options of the AirPods Pro

Those who don’t always want to dig out their cell phone to skip or pause the song will appreciate the buttons on the True Wireless headphones. With the AirPods Pro, playback can be started or stopped with a single button press. A double click jumps to the next content and a longer button press switches between playback modes.

Unfortunately, the volume cannot be adjusted on the Apple AirPods Pro. But pressing the button is very easy and pleasant to do. There is no real button on the plug but a touch field. However, this only reacts to light pressure so that the fields are not activated by mistake. The point for the control is sensibly marked by a notch and is easy to feel. If the devices are connected to an Apple device, voice control can be started with the voice command “Hey Siri.”

It fits without extra adjustment.

In terms of settings, the AirPods Pro offers only the bare essentials, as is typical for Apple. Neither the noise-canceling nor the transparency mode nor other playback parameters can be adjusted. There is also no dedicated app for the AirPods. Here, other manufacturers offer users more options to adapt the listening experience to their preferences. However, if you don’t want to deal with these topics anyway, the AirPods Pro are very beginner-friendly True Wireless headphones that work very well even without individual adjustment.

Bluetooth – How stable is the connection with the AirPods Pro?

Apple products traditionally work extremely well, especially in the Apple universe. The AirPods Pro is no exception in our test. The connection with iPhone, iPad and Co. works via Bluetooth 5.0 and is consistently stable without any problems. Once they are connected to a device, the headphones can be selected and connected again and again. Annoying malfunctions or connection problems do not arise.

The headphones use a proximity sensor to detect whether they are in the ear. So you can also use the sound from the device even though the AirPods Pro is connected, as long as they are not in your ears. Another helpful feature is called “audio sharing.” This allows you to connect two pairs of AirPods to an Apple device and enjoy a movie or your favorite song together, for example. With the latest AirPods update, the model also got the ability to switch devices automatically. This enables, for example, the AirPods to automatically switch to the iPhone while streaming from the Apple TV, should a call come in.

Android and AirPods

The Apple AirPods Pro can also be paired with Android devices. However, Android users should be aware that many of the features mentioned are only offered in conjunction with Apple devices. Apple is opening up to the competing operating system with its True Wireless headphones, but only in a slimmed-down form.

Noise-canceling – how well do the AirPods Pro shield from the outside world?

The AirPods Pro support Active Noise Canceling. If desired, the technology ensures that outside noise is suppressed so that you can enjoy music and podcasts without annoying disturbances. This is also easy on the ears, as thanks to ANC, you don’t have to turn up the volume so high to suppress ambient noise when you are out and about.

The noise-canceling of in-ear headphones is generally not as strong as that of over-ear headphones. Nevertheless, Apple impresses with a good performance as long as permanent noise is involved. So if you walk down a street or use a vacuum cleaner, you can hardly hear anything of the roar. It looks a little different with irregular noises. So if a car horns or someone speaks, you can hear it quieter than usual, but such noises can not be suppressed, especially with podcasts or audiobooks.

In addition to noise-canceling, the AirPods Pro also has a transparency mode. This lets through a lot of extra noise and is helpful if you want to continue to perceive your surroundings.

For example, you don’t need to take the AirPods Pro out when talking to someone. So Apple is doing a pretty good job in this area. Unfortunately, however, there is no way to customize either mode.

Design: Does the AirPods Pro look that good?

Of course, design is always a matter of taste. But if Apple stands for one thing in tech, it’s good design. The products of the apple company are consistently regarded as eye-catchers. This certainly applies to the AirPods Pro as well. Compared to the classic AirPods, the Pro version uses a shorter stem, giving the headphones an elegant appearance.

Compared to many rather chunky competitors, the earplugs are very slim and stylish. The black stripe that houses the microphones also adds to the positive overall picture. Unfortunately, the AirPods Pro is currently only available in the typical Apple white.

Conclusion: the currently best true wireless headphones?

It depends. The Apple AirPods Pro is a very good choice for Apple users. The connection with the devices works flawlessly and comfortably, the modes can be easily switched, and the charge levels are displayed. In addition, there is a great sound that only weakens a little in the bass now and then. The wearing comfort is also impeccable and one of the best in the true wireless area. The battery life is also impressive in direct comparison, and the microphone can withstand strong winds when making calls.

On the other hand, Android users have to forego pleasant features such as automatic connection and a few other options and have to accept small compromises in terms of sound. However, the other aspects also apply to Android users.

 

Apple AirPods Pro Review
Apple AirPods Pro Review

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