CNBC: Apple’s new Powerbeats Pro headphones are better than AirPods, but they’re expensive

“I love my AirPods. I even bought the latest model that added a few new features and wireless charging,” Todd Haselton reports for CNBC. “But it still drives me nuts that they look like silly little earrings. That’s why I was excited when Apple’s Beats brand recently announced the Powerbeats Pro, a set of headphones with many of the features of AirPods but with a sportier design.”

“The $250 Powerbeats Pro are great, and you should buy them if you think AirPods look silly or if you’ve found they just don’t fit your ears properly,” Haselton reports. “Plus, these are better for exercise thanks to features like sweat-resistance… Some people disagree, but I think they look less goofy than AirPods, especially in the more discrete black color.”

“My biggest problem with the Powerbeats Pro is that the charging case is huge compared with the one you get for AirPods. You could jam it into your pocket, sure, but it would look awfully silly. It’s best for keeping in purses and backpacks. That’s not as convenient as AirPods, which I always have in my pocket,” Haselton reports. “They’re also expensive. The new AirPods start at $159, but cost $199 if you want the wireless charging case. The Powerbeats Pro cost $249 and don’t have wireless charging.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Either way you go, AirPods or Powerbeats Pro, Apple wins!

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    1. The article is about $250 PowerBeats Pro, but you just called the Apple product expensive. The most expensive AirPods with wireless charging case is $200. Please check your math. I think you will find that PowerBeats Pro is $50 more expensive.

  1. AirPods were the first bluetooth headphones that fitted into my ear well and the music sounds how it should.
    The Powerbeats may be a better fit for some but I will not be changing my AirPods for another brand anytime soon. For me they are neat perfect for my needs.

  2. I’m new to AirPods with the new wireless charging version. They are life changing! I cannot understate how much leaving the tangle behind has made me happy. But, like all non-Apple products, the army of wanna-bees keeps marching out of factories, destined to fail when pitted against the best. And I don’t think AirPods look any more oddball than the first white headphones with the original iPod. Last, everything I’ve heard from friends who bought Beats products is that they are ugly and junk.

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