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Apple AirPods Pro Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Headphones
Neoscore* 81%
  • Better sound quality than the original AirPods
  • Great battery life
  • Wireless charging case
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The AirPods Pro are Apple's latest wireless earbuds offering. They cost $249, which is $90 more than the original Airpods with the regular charging case and $50 more with a wireless charging case. The Pro has similar battery performance to the standard AirPod, clocking in with roughly 4.5 to 5 hours of listening time and/or 3.5 hours of call time per charge.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following[***]:
Priced at Rs. 24,900, the AirPods Pro come with a new design, force-touch controls, and a big new feature - active noise cancellation. Apple's implementation of this in-ear fit is rather unique - the ear tips don't sit on extended stalks, instead fixing directly onto the earpiece grilles of each unit. We found that this made for a more secure hold and improved noise isolation.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Improved noise isolation
  • Active noise cancellation works well
Cons[**]
  • Not as comfortable as the 2nd Gen AirPods

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Pro are a new in-ear version of the wireless buds with active noise-canceling. Apple hasn't abandoned its golf-tee design, but the tee is just a bit shorter. Siri is on-deck for iOS users, constantly listening for voice commands like ‘call Mom,’ “pause music,” and “how do I get to the gym?”
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-small, noodle-shaped battery
  • Sleek design
  • Siri is on-deck for iOS users
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
AirPods Pro cost $249, which is $90 more than the original AirPods. The new buds offer IPX4 water- and sweat-resistance so you can use them in the gym. Competing wireless earbuds at this price, like the Sennheiser Momentum, offer better sound quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • IPX4 water- and sweat-resistance
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
Apple has designed the Pro version of its wireless headphones as in-ear headphones. Apple's AirPods Pro has been able to shorten the long bridge so that the earbuds are less reminiscent of toothbrush attachments. With the help of the Apple ID it is easy to connect the Airpods to other Apple products without a new pairing process.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Easy to pair with other Apple products
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Pro are Apple's latest wireless earbuds offering. They cost US$249, US$100 less than over-ear alternatives like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3. Apple has made active noise cancellation (ANC) one of the main selling points. While we have praised the speakers of Apple's other Pro-branded products like the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, audiophiles were underwhelmed by the audio equality.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Very good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good call quality
Cons[**]
  • Sound quality could be better
  • Mediocre call quality

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The AirPods Pro deliver strong active noise cancellation in a certified splash-proof build. In addition to the ANC, there's a Transparency listening mode, in which the ANC mics allow you to hear your surroundings without removing the earpieces. The sculpted sound signature won't appeal to purists, but the bass is thoughtfully sculpted.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Strong active noise cancellation
  • Water- and dust-resistant build
Cons[**]
  • ANC isn't adaptable

rtings[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless offer similar performance to the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless but have much better ANC. The Apple are more comfortable, feel more premium, better-built, stable in the ear, have a more accurate and neutral sound profile, much better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, and a longer overall battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good sound isolation
  • Good noise isolation
Cons[**]
  • Not as comfortable as the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless

t3[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
AirPods Pro were released in October 2019, and the official price is £249/$249. They are full-on noise-cancelling headphones, which puts them in the rarefied company of devices such as the Sony WF-1000XM3. There are also clever additions such as a test to see if the AirPods are fitted properly in your ears; adaptive sound that optimises audio based on your ears' shape; and a new squeeze-based control system.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent noise cancelling
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
AirPods Pro deliver active noise cancellation, a (finally) much better fit, and an improved design compared to the original AirPods. Additional microphones provide strong noise-cancelling (particularly when commuting), as well as a useful Transparency mode, which really does let the outside world in. The battery life is strong (for Apple earbuds) and we found that the advertised 4-5 hours from a single charge was accurate. We recommend charging the case regularly (a wireless charging pad is a convenient and cool way to do this)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Strong active noise cancellation
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not a replacement for 2019 AirPods

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Apple's AirPods Pro are a pricier, more feature-rich take on the now iconic true wireless earbuds. They might be on the pricey side, but these are an excellent pair of truly wireless buds that make a perfect duo alongside the iPhone 11. The soundstage is much wider too, and there's a warmth that's completely ignored from Apple's previous truly wireless earBuds. The charging case remains a glossy puck but it's now wider and squatter.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent ANC
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
AirPods Pros don't replace, but rather sit above, the existing AirPods. Each Pro has two microphones: one on the outside to detect incoming noise that can be cancelled out by anti-noise. One on the inside that detects any noise that makes it through the seal and also analyses how your music is responding to the individual geometry of your ear. Powering the whole experience is the same H1 chip that's built into the second-generation AirPod.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Superb sound quality
  • Superb noise-cancelling
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
Apple's $250 AirPods Pro are what Apple's earbuds should always have been. The tips are larger and more ergonomic than on the original model. Shorter, more curved stems aim the microphones a bit more squarely at your mouth. The case hold about 19.5 hours of extra battery according to Apple.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great sound quality
  • Sleek, comfortable fit
  • Active noise canceling
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ Apple AirPods Pro Review. ndtv. 2019-11-29 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Apple AirPods Pro review: Best buds. digitaltrends. 2020-06-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Apple AirPods Pro Review. laptopmag. 2019-11-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple AirPods Pro review: close to perfection. nextpit. 2019-11-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple AirPods Pro Review: Expensive earplugs or the real Hi-Fi deal?. notebookcheck. 2019-11-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Apple AirPods Pro Review. pcmag. 2019-10-31 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless Headphones Review. rtings. 2020-11-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Apple AirPods Pro review. techradar. 2021-01-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Apple AirPods Pro Review. trustedreviews. 2019-11-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Apple AirPods Pro review. whathifi. 2020-06-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Review: Apple AirPods Pro. wired. 2019-11-12 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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