Apple released a new version of Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones earlier this month, and we recently spent some time with them compared to the company's AirPods 2.
Here's our brief review of how Powerbeats Pro performs when it comes to workouts and more.
Unboxing Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro comes in a black box, with a size just slightly larger than two AirPods boxes stacked on top of each other.
When you see the eyes of the Powerbeats Pro charging set, it's much bigger than you expect. Perhaps after using AirPods and the small dental floss-like packaging, we destroy:
Opening the Powerbeats Pro charging set with smooth black matte finish feels like opening a jewelry box. Included in the box is a black Lyn USB charger cable and three sets of earplugs for the right fit for the ears.
Powerbeats Pro fits easily into the charger with magnets. The first few times my brain took a few seconds or so to remember the charging direction. It's not like AirPods where they just put in one way:
Apart from the usual quick start guide, you also get a red Beats sticker:
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That's also a volume up and down rocker button on each headphone:
Pairing Powerbeats Pro for the first time: Easy as Pie
If you have Ever-paired AirPods with iPhone, Pairing Powerbeats Pro is the same process. Just open the charging cradle with the headphones inside next to the unit and press "Connect." It's just for easy.
Out of the box I tried Powerbeats Pro using standard ear tips, they fit well in my ears and the first thing I noticed il was how tight the fit was and the noise cancellation factor. The tight fit with your ears will block external noise, which also makes the Powerbeats Pro perfect for noisy environments such as an airplane.
To turn on the Powerbeats Pro fit, just turn each earplug when you're on the ear so that the hook really grips and ear tips go into the ear. These are damn comfortable headphones, even with ear hooks.
Powerbeats Pro sound quality
Listening to some hip hop tracks, Powerbeats Pro has very good bass and volume levels are higher than AirPods. The snug fit ensures that you hear everything on your music tracks. There is a good balance between low, mid and high, while vocals are also clear.
Beyond listening to music, Powerbeats Pro is also good for movies as well. Watching the Dark Knight Rises and Mission: Impossible – Netflix's Fallout with Powerbeats Pro was a wonderful experience, offering high bass unavailable with AirPods. Yes, I can see myself using them all the time instead of my AirPods 2 for media consumption.
Testing Powerbeats Pro on a Run
Powerbeats Pro is aimed at fitness buffs (#fitfam) and I tested them out on a quick run, a short 5km banger (there's nothing like picking up your preschool as a sweat of dad). I've tried AirPods before on the run, but they always fall out of my ears, not being able to be put off the constant pounding of the pavement. Other less expensive over-the-ear headphones from Anker and MPOW, for example, continued to fall out of my ears as well.
But with Powerbeats Pro, with standard ear tips, they stayed in place without any adjustments at all during my run. The sidebar for changing the music track provides satisfactory pressures, while the volume selector makes it easy to adjust the volume. Talk about a game changer for all your runners out there. These button controls cannot be customized in settings, unlike the AirPods touch rules.
The fit of Powerbeats Pro is so close, the outside world disappears, so it's just you and your music. This can be good when you fight demons on the roll, but the downside is that you have to be extra vigilant when crossing the streets and being aware of your surroundings, since you can't hear cars, people and other hates coming up behind you.
The Powerbeats Pro uses the new H1 chip in AirPods 2 and always offers "Hey Siri" and faster connections to your devices. While I was running, I managed to control my music and send messages and start a phone call. Just be wary of how high you call commands because the noise cancellation of Powerbeats is so good, you may look like a crazy person calling on Siri on your soft jog.
Sweating is no problem for Powerbeats Pro as they are rated IPX4, which means they can withstand splashes of water and sweat.
I didn't do a full battery test of Powerbeats Pro, but the advertised listening time is 9 hours, while AirPods Apple says five hours are available. With Powerbeats greater physical footprint, you get more battery life and better sound.
Powerbeats Pro vs AirPods 2: Which Should You Buy?
If you are trying to decide between Powerbeats Pro and AirPods 2, price is probably one of the biggest determinants. The new Powerbeats Pro costs $ 329 in Canada, while AirPods 2 is $ 219, a $ 110 difference. But if you are able to get a PSP discount (save $ 50) on The Source, I will jump on Powerbeats Pro.
Powerbeats Pro also comes in black, white, marine blue, green and olive, while AirPods 2 is only available in white.
AirPods are more convenient to carry around since they are so small. The Powerbeats Pro charging case is quite thick, and when in the pocket, a large girthy bulge will show (especially for thin jeans, cue & # 39; you're happy to see me or they're the Powerbeats Pro in the pocket jokes). 
But with Powerbeats Pro, the extra "bulk" can be worth it for the superior sound quality against AirPods 2. Deep lows will delight bass lovers, in a package like Do not fall out of your ears and with noise interruptions due to the tight fit. You can also rest assured that you will not damage your headphones during heavy-duty heavy workout, as opposed to AirPods. The only thing that takes a hit will be your wallet with the prize price of Powerbeats Pro.
Within a week I found myself reaching the Powerbeats Pro over the latest AirPods. The better the sound quality and the quicker connections to my Apple devices, as well as the longer battery life, has won me over. The only "X" factor you miss is to be seen as a millennium "hypebeast" with Powerbeats Pro versus AirPods (which is perhaps a bad thing), for now.
Click here to buy Powerbeats Pro from Apple .ca for $ 329.