The new AirPods Pro – they’re a massive update over the first and second-generation AirPods. There are three key areas in which they shine: sound quality, comfort, and noise cancellation. Together, they make $250 look like a bargain.
Let’s begin by discussing the audio that comes out of these premium earbuds. There are rich highs, great mid-tones, and substantial bass. It is easily more than enough sound quality for relatively small earbuds.
The new design of the AirPods Pro means that it is now an in-ear design. In the box, you get three sizes of rubber ear-tips, small, medium, and large. The medium fits most, but if you need to change the size, it is easy enough to do so. By having microphones on the outside of the shell of the AirPods, these in-ear buds feel just as comfortable as normal headphones, by allowing air in and creating a comfortable seal for your ears. You can pretty much forget they’re there.
The most exciting new feature that came to the AirPods is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Being Apple, there is also a smooth and easy implementation with iOS. The stem of the new AirPods (which is now shorter) contains the force sensor, which controls ANC. One force press on the right stem turns from noise cancellation on to “Transparency Mode,” which amplifies the surroundings so that you can hear more clearly while still listening to your music. ANC on AirPods Pro feels like magic – one moment you hear the world, the next moment it’s like it was shut off. This makes it easily the best earbuds for travel, the office, school, and pretty much anything else.
With sound quality as good (if not better) as more expensive headphones, comfort, and noise cancellation, the AirPods Pro are the right buy if you’re an iOS user and want to upgrade your audio game.