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Apple's new $249 AirPods Pro Review: The Best Deals

Apple has unveiled the new $249 AirPods Pro, with a new design and active noise cancellation. They're available now and the impact of that has already rippled through the company's headphones lineup.
Apple's new $249 AirPods Pro Review: The Best Deals

Retailers have already marked down the price of Apple's second-gen AirPods (with the wireless charging case) to $165 -- about $4 lower than where it had been sitting for months. And that may be a harbinger of bigger discounts to come.

Features:

Active noise cancellation for immersive sound
Transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you
Three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit
Sweat and water resistant
Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to the shape of your ear
Easy setup for all your Apple devices
Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
The Wireless Charging Case delivers more than 24 hours of battery life



By the time we get to Black Friday, which falls on Nov. 29 this year, the AirPods will be facing stiffer competition. Amazon's new Echo Buds came out on Wednesday (though they're on back order until November). Microsoft's new Surface Buds have been available for a few weeks. And the word is getting out about Sony's WH-1000XM3 -- our current favorites.

Many of the other wireless headphones in Apple's portfolio are now available for under list price, too. The Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones cost $200 when you buy from Apple, but Walmart has them for $119. The $200 Beats Solo3 headphones are currently available at Rakuten for $160 (though you need to sign up for a free account first).

One thing to consider: Apple offers free custom engraving on all AirPods and AirPods Pro cases when you buy from it directly. You'll get no such offer from third-party retailers such as Amazon.

Users Review:

This airpods pro do exactly what apple said they will do they have noise cancelling, transperancy and water resistant they also come with different size buds to fit your ear it will also tell you if your putting them correctly i like them very much i am please i know to many people $273.11 thats including tax is alot of money but all the components and new design apple put in it makes it worth it.

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List of Features/Changes compared to Airpods (v2)

Like iphone 11 Pro, Macbook Pro, Airpad Pro; the "Pro" denotes a higher end product.

Compared to the Airpods (version 2) highest end model (with wireless charging case*); the Airpods Pro is $50 more MSRP.

Compared to the non wireless case version it's $90 more

*Airpods Pro does have wireless charging case by default. Only one version.

Let's go through the differences

1. Physical Appearance:

Shorter Stem, but larger bud or head

There's a large black airflow grill

A mic inside and outside the Airpods

Case is same thickness, a lot wider, but shorter. Still uses lighting cable to charge, but it does come with a lighting to USB-C cable

2. In-ear, instead of on-ear

If your ear has a small cavum and the original airpods fit perfectly, then the Airpads Pro may be a tight fit/more uncomfortable, but seeing the in-ear design, the ear piece will go into the ear canal and the rest will float in place.

Those with normal or larger cavum it'll fit well.

Some may not like the ear piece going into their ear canal

These ear phones are more for a closed environment than an open one

Seeing that it's an in-ear design, you may feel this hollow air effect going on unless you turn on transparency mode (more on this later) or play music with active noise cancelling on

Seeing that it's in-ear, it has a tighter grip, better for joggers, those who shake their head around a lot for some reason, or if you run up stairs often. If you have an intense workout regimen and/or do extreme sports and not mindful it still can fall out

There's a Ear Tip Fit Test on app. There's several ear tips in box. When you turn on this feature in app it'll calibrate and suggest what ear tips are best listening experience for you

If you lose the tips or get them dirty overtime, you can go to the Apple store and get replacement pair for around $4 or get cheaper 3rd party ones when they come out

3. Squeeze instead of tap

Instead of tapping on the earbuds, you are pinching or squeezing the stem.

1x to play, pause, and answer calls

2x to skip forward tracks

3x to skip back tracks

Press and hold to switch between active noise cancel and transparency mode

Still able to say "Hey Siri" to do voice commands/adjust volume anytime

No physical volume controls on buds

4. Battery life

Battery life varies depending on how far away you are from the device and volume you set. Battery depreciation over time. These are just rough estimates

Pro in general has 4.5 listening time with active noise cancelling or transparency on. Airpods version 2 has 5 hours. Note Airpod version 2 does not have active noise cancelling or transparency mode. You can get 5 hours with noise cancelling and transparency off, but most likely you're not going to unless you're really desperate for battery

Pro has 3.5 talk time. Airpods have 3 hours

Case both old 24 hours battery life

Pro: 5 mins in case = 1 hour talk or listen time. Airpods 15min in case = 3 hours listen, 2 hours talk

5. Water/sweat resistant

Now you can go to the gym and do cardio with them on.

As mentioned before, tighter grip seeing that it's in-ear

May survive light rain. Do not recommended going in the shower or dunk in the pool with it though

6. Active noise cancellation, Transparency mode

Airpods pro has 3 modes: Active noise cancellation, off and Transparency mode

Active nose cancellation tries to block out outside noise while listening to music. I'd say it drowns out may 70%. If you focus to outside or aren't focused to music; you still may be able to pick out what's going on, but in general it does it's job.

Off is just like the standard in-ear headphones, but with the hollow air sound when no music is playing

Transparency mode. The black airflow grills let in outside sound so you're able to hear both outside sound and music same time. Think of it as open ear headsets.

Unlike some in-ear headsets the black airflow grills prevent you from hearing yourself in your head when you talk

7. Sound Quality

Better than the previous version seeing the active noise cancelling and in-ear with more focused sound direcly into your ear canal. It's not $250 audiophile quality sound. Better quality sound in lows and mids compared to non-pro version. If you ever tried the Power Beats Pro, it sound very similar to those

You can hear callers better in a noisy environment and less likely raise your voice

--Conclusion:

Other than that, all other features are the same. Meant to be used on Apple devices. Very good ease of use for Apple users, and is in-style these days (shows social status). Sound quality is better that the non-PRO version, and you do get noise cancellation. There are other headphones that do it better sound in this price range, but may not be as convenient with pairing to Apple devices.
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