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AirPods 2 vs. Powerbeats Pro: Which one should you buy?


Earlier this week and the previous one, TechDomes has reviewed both the newly announced AirPods 2 and the Powerbeats Pro as well. After today’s announce of the Powerbeats Pro coming in May, we can surely make a comparison between the two true wireless earbuds.

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Powerbeats Pro feature some great specs against the AirPods, which Apple earlier updated to second generation. Read the full comparison below for a more clear thought.

Design

The biggest difference between the AirPods and the Powerbeats Pro is the design. The second generation AirPods are identical to their predecessor and don’t fit everyone. Although you can buy some attachments to help them stay in your ears, as they do not fit everyone.

On the other side the Powerbeats Pro feature an in-ear design with earhooks. They can be perfectly stable even in high intensity training. The whole earbuds include four sizes of ear tips, while the earhooks can be adjusted to fit your ears.

One thing to note is that Powerbeats Pro include a control button system on each earbud. With that you can adjust volume and playback without using your device. AirPods support basic controls through tap gestures, but Powerbeats are more advanced and reliable. The Powerbeats are the first buds that feature a power button.

AirPods Powerbeats Pro

AirPods 2 vs Powerbeats Pro (via CNET)

When talking about size, AirPods and their AirPods case have a much bigger advantage compared to the Powerbeats Pro. While Apple touts that Powerbeats Pro are 23 percent smaller and 17 percent lighter than their predecessor, AirPods are still much smaller.

Powerbeats Pro have a water and sweat resistance rate, which makes them more capable under such conditions. AirPods fail in these amount of sweat, so this is notably a bigger advantage for the Powerbeats.

Powerbeats Pro are far more customizable than AirPods, which if they can’t fit, you’re doomed. The Powerbeats Pro feature a four size tips and you can generally customize them to exactly fit your ears. On the other hand people don’t always like the earhooks of the Powerbeats Pro, but it is more about fit, so if you don’t like the fit of your AirPods, then you will probably like Powerbeats Pro.

Battery

9to5Mac’s Comparison Table

Powerbeats Pro also have an advantage on battery. The Pro’s feature a 9hr battery life with a 24hr battery case support, while the AirPods feature a 5hr battery life with a 24hr battery case support.

In terms of quick charging, AirPods can add 3 hours of listening time in 15 minutes. Powerbeats Pro, meanwhile, can add up to 1.5 hours of playback in 5 minutes and 4.5 hours in 15 minutes.

On the other side, there is an AirPods battery feature which the Powerbeats Pro don’t support. The AirPods 2 can be fast charged via Qi wireless charging, the Powerbeats Pro case is limited in Lighting charging.

Chip

Powerbeats Pro

Both the second generation AirPods such as the Powerbeats Pro include the H1 chip, which allows them to faster connect between two devices and also support “Hey Siri” without having to hold your device next to you. With Hey Siri support, you can use the voice activated assistant without having to use your iPhone.

In this way, Powerbeats Pro and AirPods 2 are virtually identical. They both perform equally as well with your Apple devices, and the pairing process is incredibly simple.

Sound

With Powerbeats Pro not coming out until May, it’s hard to compare sound quality with AirPods as we have not tried them out yet. That being said, Powerbeats Pro will have one clear advantage: noise isolation. Because Powerbeats Pro use an in-ear design, they will be able to better block out surrounding noise than AirPods.

AirPods 2 don’t feature any noticeable sound improvements over the first-generation, so if you’ve used AirPods before, you know how they sound. CNET notes in its brief hands-on with Powerbeats Pro that there is a noticeable sound quality improvement compared to AirPods:

AirPods 2 or Powerbeats Pro?

If you find comfort on AirPods and they also fit your ears, like the small design and the charging case, then they are an amazing true wireless buds choice. They’re also sleek and have quick charge, offer optional wireless charging and are cheaper than the Powerbeats.

On the other hand, if you plan on exercising and doing anything that requires more than 5 hours of battery life, Powerbeats Pro are the way to go. They can last for up to 9 hours on a charge, and you can get nearly 5 hours of charge in 15 minutes.

Powerbeats Pro colors

Powerbeats Pro are also far more customizable in terms of fit, with four included ear tip sizes and adjustable earhooks. If color is important to you, Powerbeats Pro come in four unique colors: white, black, ivory, and navy. AirPods 2 only come in white.

Powerbeats Pro will be available in May for $250. AirPods, however, are considerably more affordable – especially if you opt for the version without the charging case. AirPods 2 start at $159, while the Wireless Charging Case bumps the price up to $199.

What do you think? Are AirPods 2 or Powerbeats Pro the more desirable option? Let us know down in the comments.

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