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Comparison between the Beats Powerbeats Pro and the Apple AirPods

The Beats Powerbeats Pro and Apple AirPods are 2 completely wireless earbuds with a lot of similarities and differences. In this article, we'll explain exactly what these differences and similarities are.

Powerbeats Pro

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In ear with ear hook | 9-hour battery life | H1 chip
225,-
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  • Thanks to the H1 chip, the earbuds automatically connect to your Apple devices, and you can activate Siri with your voice.+ Thanks to the quick charge function, you can use the earbuds for 4.5 hours after 15 minutes of charging.+ Thanks to the waterproof design, you can use the earbuds during your workouts.- You need to use a cable to charge the case, and it's not suitable for wireless charging.- The wearing method is less suitable for people with glasses.

AirPods

  • Thanks to the H1 chip, the earbuds automatically connect to your Apple devices, and you can activate Siri with your voice.+ Thanks to the quick charge function, you can use the earbuds for 3 hours after 15 minutes of charging.- You need to use a cable to charge the case, and it's not suitable for wireless charging.- The earbuds aren't waterproof, so there's a higher risk of water damage after a workout.

Compare the Powerbeats Pro to the Apple AirPods

Powerbeats Pro AirPods
Battery life of earbuds 9 hours 5 hours
Water-resistant Yes No
Type of ear cushions In-ear Earbud
Ear hook Yes No
Quickly connected to an iPhone Yes Yes

The design

Powerbeats pro fully wireless earbuds charging case

Powerbeats Pro: ear hook

The Powerbeats Pro are fully wireless earbuds for your ear. They have adjustable ear hooks, so they'll stay firmly put in your ears. The earbuds are also waterproof, making this Beats model more than suitable for workouts. Running, weight lifting, or cycling, the earbuds stay firmly put, so they won't run the risk of water damage from sweat.

Apple AirPods wireless earbuds charging case

AirPods: earbud

Like the Powerbeats Pro, the AirPods are fully wireless earbuds. The main difference is that the Apple earbuds don't have an ear hook and don't go into your ear canal. The earbuds hang in the round part of your auricle. The AirPods aren't waterproof either. This makes them less suitable for sports enthusiasts. Because the earbuds are light, though, they are suitable for daily use.

The sound quality

Powerbeats Pro sound quality

Powerbeats Pro: focused on bass

With Beats products, you can always at least assume 1 thing: the bass is of a high level. It's no different for the Powerbeats Pro, as the bass is deep, clear, and not overly present. As a result, you're getting a good sound quality.

Apple AirPods sound quality

AirPods: slightly more flat

Unlike the Powerbeats Pro, the sound quality of the AirPods isn't focused on bass. That doesn't mean that it has a lower sound quality, but you do listen to a flatter sound reproduction.

Controls

Controls Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro: physical buttons

With the Powerbeats Pro, both earbuds have a button with the Beats logo on it. This lets you pause the music and answer incoming calls. Both earbuds also have a volume button on them to control the volume. Would you rather control the earbuds with your voice? You can if you have an iPhone. Thanks to the H1 chip, you only need to say 'Hey Siri' to control your iPhone without taking it out of your pocket.

Controls Apple AirPods

AirPods: touch controls

The AirPods don't have physical buttons, but they can be operated with touch controls. Which touch controls. You can set that yourself. For example, you can choose to pause the music with 1 tap on the AirPods or to do that with 2 taps. In addition, the second generation of AirPods also has the H1 chip, just like the Powerbeats Pro. Simply say 'Hey Siri' to control your iPhone with your voice without removing it from your pocket.

Battery life

Powerbeats Pro 9-hour battery life

Powerbeats Pro: 9-hour battery life

With the Powerbeats Pro, you can listen to music for 9 hours without having to charge them. That means you can work out and listen without charging them for an extra long time. Once the earbuds are empty, you can charge them for 15 minutes to have them last for 4.5 hours. The charging case contains 15 hours of extra battery life.

Apple AirPods 5-hour battery life

AirPods: 5-hour battery life

With the AirPods, you can listen to music without interruptions for 5 hours. Once they're empty, put them in the charging case, and after 15 minutes of charging, you can listen to music for 3 hours. The charging case contains 19 hours of extra battery life.

Conclusion

Despite the earbuds falling in the same category, there are quite a few differences between the two versions. The Powerbeats Pro are more suitable for athletes because of the ear hooks, deep bass, and waterproof design. The AirPods are ideal for daily use, thanks to their light weight. Both products have the H1 chip, which lets you quickly connect to all your iCloud devices. In addition, the chip lets you control the earbuds with your voice via Siri.



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