Hands-on and first impressions with Apple’s Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones

“Pre-orders for the all-new Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones opened on Friday with deliveries starting later this month,” Zac Hall writes for 9ot5Mac. “Today we’re taking a quick hands-on look at the new sporty alternative to AirPods before they show up in stores.”

“Like Apple AirPods, Beats Powerbeats Pro work with Android products as standard Bluetooth earphones, but Apple products will have special features like ‘“Hey Siri” instant pairing between iCloud devices, and fast switching,” Hall writes. “If there’s one fault with Powerbeats Pro, it’s the charging case. It’s much larger than the AirPods charging case and there’s no option for wireless charging. It does use Lightning so it charges with the same cable as the iPhone and AirPods. USB-C would be more universal with Android (and modern MacBooks and iPad Pros), but the USB-A to Lightning cable is included (supply your own power brick).”

 
“Sonically, there’s no doubt that Powerbeats Pro deliver more range and volume with less ambient noise than AirPods — they’re like AirPods when you press each earphone in with your fingers, except you don’t have to press them in,” Hall writes. “The sealed design is very effective at keeping outside noise from interfering with your audio playback.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We haven’t had a problem with AirPods falling out while running and we like to be able to hear ambient noise like approaching vehicles, for safety. If neither of these are true for you, but you want the fast switching, instant pairing, and other features that AirPods offer, Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones might be just what you’re looking for!

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9 Comments

    1. Jabra Elite 65T all the way. The best wireless ear buds on the market. Only ones with real a d noticeable active, digital noise cancellation.

      These Beats are junk compared.

      1. I assume you have done an objective comparison using both these products as obviously making such comments without doing so would be simply crass. Can you give us a breakdown of the various tests you put them through so that we can make an informed buying choice. Cheers in advance.

      2. The Jabra Elite only has wind noise protection not noise cancellation.. Even AirPods have that type of noise cancellation… Get you facts straight.

        1. In the noisy gym. No comparison. I’ve also tried many other wireless earbuds. The Jabra Elite 65T are the first earbuds to have noticeable active noise cancellation. It’s remarkable and unmatched on the market.

          Tom’s Guide:

          “Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds Review: A True AirPod Killer”

          Android Central:

          “It took a couple years, but we’re finally reached that moment. In early 2018, Jabra released the Elite 65t truly wireless headphones, and over the past few months I’ve come to understand why so many people say they’re best-in-class.”

          Gizmodo:

          “I’m Amazed By How Much I Love These Earbuds”

          “The whole setup works on both models of earbuds. I can listen to a podcast as a subway train roars by and not worry about cranking up the volume. I can also hear the person on the other end of a phone call with fantastic clarity—even on busy city streets—thanks to the surprisingly good noise-cancelling.”

          1. You didn’t answer the question: Have YOU actually tried the new Apple PowerBeats Pro? Or do you at least have a link to an article where they are directly compared to the Jabra’s?

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