About a month ago, iDB brought you our unboxing and initial review of Apple’s new Beats-branded Powerbeats Pro sporty earbuds. After one full month of usage, we’ve decided to do a thorough comparison with the new AirPods.
AirPods 2 and Powerbeats Pro are Apple’s first audio products featuring the in-house designed headphone chip, dubbed the H1. Aside from powering the hands-free Hey Siri feature, it also manages built-in sensor and is responsible for seamless pairing and impressive battery life.
The two earbuds serve different demographies.
While Powerbeats Pro are a no-brainer for fitness buss and sporty people due to their strong fit and sweat resistance, AirPods are great all-around earbuds that are not best suited for the gym even though you can run with them.
And now, be sure to watch our hands-on video comparison in order to arm yourself with knowledge of the similarities and differences between these accessories. Doing so will help you make an informed purchasing decision.
If you didn’t have the time to sit through the whole thing, Harris was impressed by both earbuds but AirPods won him over despite the fit not being as strong as the new Powerbeats Pro and the battery not lasting as long as the one in the new Beats buds.
If you’re a runner, here’s what you need to know about Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods.
As an AirPods owner, I’ve had a chance to briefly play with Powerbeats Pro. I also own the original Powerbeats and happen to like their richer bass so I didn’t have any issues with the bassier sound of the new Powerbeats Pro relative to my AirPods. If you someone who dislikes the overall stronger bass in all Beats products, this is something worth keeping in mind.
Embedded further below is our original Powerbeats Pro unboxing video.
Powerbeats Pro went on sale in the United Kingdom, France and Germany in May following their US debut a month earlier. Priced at $250 in the US and €250 in most European countries, the sporty earbuds can be purchased via Amazon, Apple.com, B&H Photo and other retailers.
They’re available in Black, with the Moss, Navy and Ivory colorways arriving later this year. The earbuds were supposed to launch in Italia, Singapore and a dozen other European and Asian markets but order shipments to these territories have been postponed until July.
AirPods cost $159 with the regular charging case and $199 with the Qi-enabled wireless charging case. The AirPods wireless charging case, $79 when bought standalone, works with both the original and second-generation AirPods.
Are you a fan of the new Powerbeats Pro? What about the latest AirPods?
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