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Airpods Pro Review: Apple’s Noise-Cancelling Earbuds

Airpods Pro Review

Apple’s AirPods Pro initially arrived in the market around late October 2019. Since then, there have been many global changes, and lots of new competitors have also come into the market. 

The AirPods Pro is Apple’s first headphones to provide active noise cancellation, which electronically thwarts exterior noise such as the sound of an air conditioner or a jet engine. Apple is the first wireless model to possess a noise-isolating design with silicone ear tips that push into your ear canal. 

They are certainly a safe choice for Apple users desiring and searching for a compact, lightweight pair of truly wireless earbuds that connect easily to their Apple devices and perform excellently well for music and movie listening and making voice calls. Apple’s AirPods Pro is available at the cost of $249.

AirPods Pro Design 

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The AirPods Pro is light to the extent that it is difficult to tell if it is plopped into the ears. Although this lightness is an advantage regarding comfort, it could be a disadvantage in other ways. For instance, imagine a situation where you mistakenly lose one, and you don’t realize for a while that you’ve lost them except if your music would have stopped playing.

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Its stems are shorter than the regular AirPods, and where you were able to tap the body of the previous AirPods to activate Siri or skip a track.

Instead, it possesses a ‘capacitive force sensor’ in the stem, a small ridge on each of the AirPods Pro, where squeezing the said area will activate noise-canceling / Transparency mode or skip and pause tracks. 

AirPods Pro Comfort 

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The AirPods Pros are sweat and water-resistance. Although they are not as sports-oriented as one of their competitors, the Jaybird Vistas, you can still run in the rain with it.

But how do you find your size? Well, your iPhone will be your guide. The Bluetooth section of the iOS Settings menu contains an AirPods tab. Tap it, and you’ll see the Ear Tip Fit Test. After it’s been initiated, the AirPods Pro will play a song in your ear. As the sound is playing, the interior microphone is listening for how the sound hits your ear canal, taking into account the curvature and bumps. But if it’s a fit, you’ll get a green Good Seal notification. And if it is otherwise, a note will indicate whether you should adjust the fit or change to another size. 

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This is undoubtedly an incredible feature, majorly because the AirPods Pros don’t seem like most in-ear headphones in that they dig into the ear canal notably less and generally use very little pressure. In summary, they’re very easy to wear and also comfortable, but that comfort can accidentally lead to looseness.

The AirPods Pros possesses a series of vents that enable air to flow between your ear and the outside world. It might sound somehow, but it decreases that pressurized feeling that you usually get from noise-canceling earbuds.

AirPods Pro Sound

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Regarding the sound, Apple has taken a similar approach with the Pros as with other products, paying attention to clarity and a neutral tonal balance instead of lots of weighty basses. The performance does change a little whenever the noise-canceling is switched on. 

The AirPods Pros aren’t entirely able to match the sound quality of the Sony WF-1000XM3, which are relatively more active and attacking.

The Pros also accomplished something that few other in-ears do: they combine the directness intrinsic in the design with an open airiness that’s more difficult to achieve. That incredible feeling of the sound being delivered directly into your brain is a little intense here and, while you’re not fooled into thinking that you’re listening out loud, it has a spaciousness that lets instruments breathe freely.

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There isn’t much bass here, but that doesn’t imply that the AirPods sound lightweight. The thing is, the bass is accurately balanced and regarded. The midrange is really where the AirPods Pros excels, with vocals reproduced with lots of detail and texture. There’s good brilliance to treble too.

But switch on Noise Cancellation or Transparency (which sounds widely the same except for included outside noise), and there is a small decrease in sound quality. A touch of sibilance audible in the vocals of some tracks and a minor comparative deficiency of tonal warmth is what is most noticeable in the bass. More importantly, timing takes a bit of a hit, which shows itself in tracks losing a little bit of the real impact, perhaps down to every of that on-the-fly processing whenever noise-cancellation is switched on.

Truthfully, none of this is a severe problem, and it shouldn’t make you switch off using Noise Cancellation whenever you need to escape any form of noise.

Fortunately, the Pro has an excellent microphone for picking up the human voice. Most of the significant frequencies in the human voice lie between 100Hz and 3000Hz, and the AirPods Pro does a superb job at not over-emphasizing or de-emphasizing any one part of that frequency range. Although they’re not neutral, you will discover some variations here and there, but mostly, you shouldn’t have any problem talking on the phone with them.

AirPods Pro Battery

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Apple stated that with the Apple AirPod Pros, you’d get up to 4.5 hours of steady playback with active noise canceling turned on and the volume turned to about 50%. The charging case will provide you with sufficient charges that will last you about 24 hours of total listening time, and the great thing is that the case is compatible with any Qi wireless charger.

Another problem concerning the charging case is that the charging case still needs a lightning cable because the cable added in the box is now USB-C on one side and lightning on the other side. And it is very tedious and annoying as now you’ll have to bring this special cable with you anywhere you go.

Well, this isn’t a concern if you already have the recent iPhone as it also comes with this same cable, but if you haven’t upgraded yet or you’re not even planning to, then this is an irritable inconvenience that you will have to deal with.

Conclusion 

Even if they don’t sound as enchanting as you’d imagine a $250 model would, the AirPods Pro still tries to be a fabulous pair of great wireless earphones. That’s majorly due to their attractive design and fit, enhanced bass performance, efficient noise-canceling, and top-notch call quality. 

Without a doubt, they’re costly at $250, but the pleasant thing about it is that you get to use them so much you’ll possibly wear the battery down. Well, it does degrade gradually and isn’t replaceable, and you’ll have to purchase a new pair in two years if you don’t lose them.

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