AirPods hit the market a few years ago and revolutionized the blue-tooth headphones market. They were sleek, had minimal pairing issues, and the two tap functionality was classically cool. It was a big miss for the anti-Apple crowd.
The AirPods were not without their faults though. While more comfortable than the traditional wired headphones Apple gives away with major purchases, they were still made from firmer plastic. This material wasn’t ideal for everyone.
The other major issue was the general level of noise canceling. As anyone who used the original AirPods often on public transportation, they didn’t do much in that regard. In fact, some quieter podcasts made them virtually unusable.
Enter the AirPods Pro. Apple released the first version in October 2019, and they instantly changed the high water mark for Bluetooth headphones. We tested them out and answered some of the more burning questions for people considering taking the plunge into true Apply fanaticism.
Are AirPods Pro really noise-canceling?
Yes! While they may not reach the level of a top tier over-ear headphone, they are the best on the market for in-ear noise canceling. If the original AirPods were effectively 0% noise-canceling, then the AirPods Pro are about 80%.
They excel at drowning out low reverb background noise, like a plane or a train. They are slightly less effective at blocking out someone talking directly at you. In our opinion, that’s the ideal setup anyway, but if you’re looking for something to completely block out the world, then these are not for you.
The secret of the general noise canceling is quite impressive. Apple’s speakers will register background noise, and emit what they call “anti-noise” to essentially create a block and “cancel” it out. It’s interesting technology and creates a solid balance that allows the AirPods to find the right level of silence.
Are AirPods Pro different from regular AirPods?
The biggest difference is the material of the ear buds, and thus the general fit. They are made from flexible silicone tips so you can find the perfect fit for your individual pair. They hold up well, even when running, which is an incredible improvement from the original model.
They have also made great improvements on general battery life. They can function for about 4.5 hours with zero charge, and a single fully charged case will last you around 24 hours used intermittently. That’s pretty incredible for anyone on the go or who uses them often for traveling.
How much do AirPods Pro cost?
A new pair will run you $250. Certainly not cheap, but in our opinion definitely worth it. The noise canceling technology is pretty revolutionary and in our opinion they completely eliminate the need for multiple pairs of headphones.
The world is moving on from wired headphones, and no other product on the market hits this many pain points for consumers. The new age of listening technology has arrived.