The Apple AirPods Pro true wireless earbuds are shockingly good. Though they aren’t the best earbuds in terms of sound quality we’ve ever tested, they nail everything else you want in a pair of earbuds: they’re easy to use (even if you don’t have an iPhone), have great battery life, offer incredible noise cancellation, and the new design means they’ll—finally—fit your ears, even if traditional Apple earbuds don’t. They’re the best headphones Apple has ever made and they’re so worth the money.
When Apple unveiled the first AirPods a few years ago, we were skeptical. Wireless earbuds are almost universally bad, with spotty connections, horrible battery life, and iffy durability. Even with good wireless earbuds it’s common to see user reviews where more than 20% of people leave a 1-star review because their pair died. Somehow, the AirPods had none of these issues, though they are impossible to repair and the tiny internal batteries are unlikely to last more than a couple of years.
The new AirPods Pro don’t solve the longevity issue, but they take everything that worked great in the original—dead-simple connectivity, great battery life, and a class-leading case that you can carry everywhere—and ramp it up to 11. The new model now includes eartips so they’ll fit anyone’s ears (even if other Apple earbuds don’t) and active noise-cancellation.
Of course, the new model is also much more expensive than the original, with a $249 retail price (compared to $179 for the current non-Pro AirPods). It’s pricey, but after testing them in our headphone lab and in the real world, it’s clear these are absolutely worth it.
Here are the specs for the Apple AirPods Pro as provided by Apple:
- – Active Noise Cancellation
- – Custom high-excursion Apple driver
- – Custom high dynamic range amplifier
- – Dual beamforming microphones
- – Wireless: H1-based System in Package
- – Charging: Case charges by Lightning connector or Qi-certified wireless charger
- – Battery: 4.5 hours per charge, 24 hours with charging case
- – Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- – Height (each): 1.22 inches (30.9 mm)
- – Width (each): 0.86 inch (21.8 mm)
- – Depth (each): 0.94 inch (24.0 mm)
- – Weight (each): 0.19 ounce (5.4 grams)
- – Height (case): 1.78 inches (45.2 mm)
- – Width (case): 2.39 inches (60.6 mm)
- – Depth (case): 0.85 inch (21.7 mm)
- – Weight (case): 1.61 ounces (45.6 grams)
The AirPods Pro are true wireless earbuds, which means each earbud operates independently of the other, with no wires connecting them. This means that each earbud has its own driver, battery, microphone, and all the wireless connectivity to communicate with your source device and each other.
Unlike conventional wireless headphones, true wireless headphones nearly all charge by using a “charging case” which is just a case that houses another battery and is where the headphones will—you guessed it—charge when not in use. The downside to this design is that you have to charge them more frequently, and there are more components that could fail. This usually gives us pause, but Apple AirPods don’t seem to be plagued with the same high failure rate we see with other wireless earbuds, so this is less of a concern for us.