Apple AirPods

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Key specs

Sound quality according to customers
Good
Carrying comfort according to customers
Good
Bluetooth
Yes
Fully wireless earbuds
Yes
Maximum battery life
24 h

Pros and cons

According to our earbuds expert
  • The earbuds are completely wireless.
  • Thanks to the portable charger, the battery will last for a total of 24 hours
  • The earbuds detect when you put them in or take them out, so they'll automatically turn on or off.
  • The earbuds are compatible with Android devices, but don't support all functions, such as Siri and Proximity Connect. They do for Apple devices.
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Description

The included charging case can only be charged via cable.

Apple AirPods (1st generation, 2016) allow you to listen to the music of your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch wirelessly. The earbuds work via Bluetooth and have a 5-hour battery life. If they're empty, you can recharge them on the way with the included charger. They'll be recharged quickly; within 15 minutes of charging the battery will last for 3 hours. When you put your earbuds in your ears, they'll automatically turn on and immediately connect to your device. When you take them out, they'll automatically turn off. You also have the option to use 1 earbud. The earbuds support Siri, so they're voice controlled. This way, you can call a friend, switch between songs, etc. Connect your AirPods to your iCloud account to connect your AirPods to all your registered Apple devices. This is all possible thanks to the integrated W1 chip. The W1 chip doesn't only provide connection between various Apple devices, but also between the earbuds itself.

Note: always download the latest software update.
These earbuds are suitable for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iOS 10 or higher and Apple Watch with watchOS 3 or higher.

The included charging case can only be charged via cable.

Apple AirPods (1st generation, 2016) allow you to listen to the music of your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch wirelessly. The earbuds work via Bluetooth and have a 5-hour battery life. If they're empty, you can recharge them on the way with the included charger. They'll be recharged quickly; within 15 minutes of charging the battery will last for 3 hours. When you put your earbuds in your ears, they'll automatically turn on and immediately connect to your device. When you take them out, they'll automatically turn off. You also have the option to use 1 earbud. The earbuds support Siri, so they're voice controlled. This way, you can call a friend, switch between songs, etc. Connect your AirPods to your iCloud account to connect your AirPods to all your registered Apple devices. This is all possible thanks to the integrated W1 chip. The W1 chip doesn't only provide connection between various Apple devices, but also between the earbuds itself.

Note: always download the latest software update.
These earbuds are suitable for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iOS 10 or higher and Apple Watch with watchOS 3 or higher.


Included by default

  • Manual (340 KB)
  • Portable charger
  • Lightning to USB charging cable

Included by default

  • Manual (340 KB)
  • Portable charger
  • Lightning to USB charging cable

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Key specs

Sound quality according to customers
Good
Carrying comfort according to customers
Good
Bluetooth
Yes
Fully wireless earbuds
Yes
Maximum battery life
24 h

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Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    It doesn't make you a nicer person.

    Bas | 14 January 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • You'll never want anything else...
    • Extremely easy to use
    • If my girlfriend complains, I don't hear her anyway
    • Ears empty? In the time of a toilet visit, 1 hour of music is added
    • .... you never want anything else
    • So easy to use, you won't want to take the earbuds off anymore
    • My girlfriend complains that I listen to too much music
    • The use of the ears is not an obstacle in the toilet either
    • You enjoy listening even to Nick & Simon

    The AirPods are less suitable for people with a rich social life. Well, if that social life is allowed to be a little less social.

    Bas | 14 January 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    Pricey, but practical

    Jesse Dijkstra | 10 February 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Overall very and very efficient, lasts 5 hours + charging case has 24 hours capacity
    • Sound quality fine for normal use
    • Fast pairing through built-in W1 chip
    • Earplugs stay in my case
    • Price
    • Very occasionally the connection is lost (in a busy environment)
    • The looks on the street
    • Siri takes too long to interpret and respond

    To keep it short for some of us: 'Highly efficient, fine and medium quality wireless earbuds'.
    For those of us who would like to read an in-depth experience. Below my experience about the Apple Airpods.

    Doubts.
    I had ordered the Apple Airpods from Coolbue before, but after using them for two weeks, I was not satisfied enough with them. On the street I had the feeling that people were looking at me strangely. That made me immediately doubt whether they were worth it after all. You would think: 'Why are you being influenced by other people?' That's why I don't like attention that much. Since the price worth € 179,- is also not nothing, I decided to send them back. This made me feel good. Money back, earplugs with wire back in like almost everyone has, yes that was nice again.

    Back-purchase.
    A few weeks later, I started to doubt whether I should buy the Apple Airpods again. After watching a number of Youtube videos of 'How good the Apple Airpods are', I decided to buy them back. This purchase has been about a month now and I can say that I am quite satisfied with my purchase. I just had to get used to the fact that Apple AirPods are a new generation of earbuds. Yet I see more and more people walking with it and I can't get rid of it myself. In my opinion, the price of €179 compensates for the ease of carrying the Apple AirPods with you and also the fact that the Apple Airpods are currently one of the cheapest wireless earbuds on the market. , the price is actually secretly a 'bargain'.

    Sound quality (4 stars).
    With earplugs it is often about the sound that comes out, because that's what they are designed for. The sound quality is not great - and is therefore not recommended for professional music listeners -, but for people including me who just simply want music on their ears without actually thinking about whether the low/high etc are good enough , these are fine wireless earbuds. That's why I give the wireless earbuds 4 stars, because they are not worth € 179 because of the sound quality, but again because of the dexterity. To give an example about battery life of the Apple AirPods in relation to the sound volume: they last about 2.5 hours at full volume (as tested by such Youtubers). So at medium/low volume they really go more towards the 5 hours long battery life. I still think 2.5 hours is quite long, so I don't think it's a problem in that regard. The Apple Airpods do not have noise cancellation, so you hear a lot of ambient noise, but at those moments you can increase your volume quite a bit. I often turn my sound at about 60-70% at such a time with EU noise limitation on. And that will be about 60 decibels of volume.
    Also to consider the subject of hearing damage: the EU sound limit is approximately 75-85 decibels. So it is wise not to turn up your sound louder than 80%
    the moment you also have the EU noise limitation mode on. In a quiet environment you should listen between 30-50% (on EU noise limitation). You can also turn the sound up to full volume while the EU sound limitation is on, but then you shouldn't listen to music for longer than 6-8 hours. And yes, clear enough: if you go over the EU limit, or if you turn it off and let the music play at full blast, you will actually suffer hearing damage in no time.

    Apple Airpods features.
    You can double tap on one of your Apple Airpods, it doesn't matter which one: (or you have to have it set that you only want this to be possible on one of the two) choose from next song/previous song, play/ pause, Siri or you turn off the entire function. I hardly ever use the Siri function myself, since it doesn't quite work as it should yet. Siri doesn't record a lot of things well, or it picks up a part of what you ask that is of little use to you in the end, because in that time that you ask Siri, you can't actually open it yourself for a long time. (such as: ''Siri open Spotify and start the song: Power by Hardwell''). There is also automatic ear detection. This allows the Apple Airpods to stop playing music the moment you turn off one of the two Apple Airpods or both. This is made possible by a sensor in the Apple Airpods that is hidden behind the 'black dot' on the Airpods. Finally, you can also use the Apple Airpods as a microphone. The microphone has found its place at the end of the white rod that no longer has a wire. There are certain filters in the Apple Airpods that ensure that the ambient noise that ends up in the microphone is filtered out, so that someone else hears you clearly during a digital conversation.

    Wear compliant (4 stars)
    The Apple Airpods fit my ears very well. Some people suffer from ears that are too large, so that the Apple Airpods have no grip in your ears and therefore slip out of your ears with small movements. Yes, then I do not recommend them (therefore also 4 stars): tip test the Apple Earpods first, are they good? Then you know for sure that the Apple AirPods will also sit well.

    charging case
    They also have a charging case with a capacity of 24 hours of battery life. Within 15 minutes, the Apple Airpods can be used again for about an hour. So you can listen to music again! For connection (Apple uses the W1 chip that actually effortlessly provides the connection, because of the W1 chip you can switch between your different Apple devices very quickly and easily with your Apple Airpods. The W1 chip does not work on Android devices) with your smartphone, turn on the bluetooth, make sure your charging case is open and then a tab will appear at the bottom of your smartphone screen where you click on 'connect' in the case of Apple devices, but if you are using an Android device you will first have to press the 'connection button' on the back of your charging case for a few seconds to make the bluetooth connection. Then you will eventually see a tab with 'connect', just like Apple devices. Then you only have to click on 'connect' and you will soon hear a 'beep', which means that the Apple AirPods are paired with your Apple and/or Android device. Now you can go straight to your favorite music platform and play your music. In addition, if you have at least one Apple AirPod in your charging case, you can see the battery life of both the Apple AirPods and the charging case itself. If you put both Apple AirPods back in the charging case, you will see the battery life of the Apple AirPods together, so not separately.
    Based on Coolblue's assessment.
    Design (5 stars): In my opinion, the design is very nice and neatly finished. I like the primary color anyway: white.
    Ease of Use (5 stars): These wireless earbuds are so much more convenient than the wired ones. Easily connect to your Apple and/or Android devices,
    Design (5 stars): Design looks very solid. Because of this, I am also starting to appreciate Apple products more and more. For me, design is next to quality in my list of priorities and these Apple AirPods certainly meet that.

    Conclusion.
    I recommend the product if you are firstly willing to pay for it, secondly if you really think it's worth it for the efficiency, and finally if you don't mind the sound quality, which isn't special, but it's not bad either.
    I do NOT recommend the product if firstly you DO NOT have the money for it (because it is much better to spend on good and cheaper things), secondly the efficiency does not really interest you and you can also handle wired earplugs and finally if you do like to listen to high sound quality.

    Yes, this is a very long review, but for the people who would like to read a shared experience, this is intended.

    Jesse Dijkstra | 10 February 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Recommended!

    Wouter | 29 October 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Good sound
    • Use to make hands-free calls. Left or right or both at the same time! Brilliant
    • Easy and compact storage case that also functions as a charger. (lightning/usb cable included!)
    • Stay in your ears well. Even in strong wind on the bike.

    wow! I'm flabbergasted.. What a great headset. I had never used the standard iPhone caps because they didn't stay in place well and I continued to use those from my Samsung, so I was a bit skeptical whether they would stay on.. And, great! They are super light and produce a good sound. Music pauses when you remove a plug from your ear and resumes when you put it back. Brilliant!

    Cycled home tonight afraid that they would blow out in the storm but to my surprise they stayed in place perfectly and are still there while I type this :-) In the meantime iCloud has already synced with the macbook so they work there too without hassle on, and the iPad too :-) Super!
    And in the absence of a car kit also super easy in the car!

    Whether they are too expensive is relative. I think they're worth it just because they're awesome. I tried a Bose cq35 with noise canceling etc from 350eu. But I personally like this better, less closed off from the world and no band over your head. I can hardly feel them anymore. So light.. You can wear this all day long without it bothering you. I call quite a lot and am a lot happier with this wireless set than with 'the string'.
    You can also only use one cap, left or right for when you want to get a little more of your environment.
    And if you put them in the box, they charge. Again, nailed it!
    Here I have to give Apple credits as I've never really been a fanboy. Darn!

    Try them, I would say, if you don't like them, send them back to Coolblue's super returns service!

    Wouter | 29 October 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    Highly recommended!
    • Extremely easy to use
    • Earphones charge quickly
    • Sound is excellent!
    • Weight of the ears
    • You don't get much nicer on it

    The AirPods really liked it! A little too good! I received them yesterday and unpacked them right away. They come in a nice, well-packaged box as we are used to from Apple. The AirPods are standard in the packaging already in the charging box, so that they are charged immediately when they are delivered. They are very easy to use, you switch on your bluetooth, open the box and they pair automatically. The sound that comes out of the ears is beautiful!

    Please note that if you want to buy these earphones, you must first fit the wired earphones from Apple or that they are comfortable, and stay in your ears. If they do not fit and they fall out of your ears, it is NOT recommended to buy this product. These earphones do not fit my father and brother.

    I've heard from a lot of people that you lose them super fast. That chance is very small. If you are listening to music and 1 earpiece falls out of your ear, the music will automatically pause. This way you immediately know that you have lost an earpiece. I myself tried whether the earbuds could fall out of my ears, after shaking for a few minutes they were still stuck in my ears.

    Is it worth the price?
    Yes I think so. The sound coming from the earplugs is amazing. They charge automatically when you take them off and put them in the box and they weigh nothing.

    Allard Veneman | 9 September 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    Best purchase of the year
    • Ease
    • Better bass
    • Battery life
    • draws attention

    The ease of pairing and the automatic stop of music is very nice! The best experience with sports (running and fitness) earphones do not fall out (at least for me).

    People look a bit weird for the first 5 seconds then they see it.

    lars Barten | 12 May 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Highly recommended! Fits well, perfect sound.
    • Good sound
    • Good quality of the box
    • Perfect fit
    • Earphones charge quickly in the box, so you can use them almost always!
    • Don't just fall out of your ear
    • The box in which the ears are kept gets dirty quickly
    • No wall adapter is included, but the charging cable

    At the beginning I thought it was a lot of money. After a long time, we decided to get the ears anyway. Haven't regretted it yet! The earphones have enough battery life and have fine/good sound (BETTER than the wired earphones!)

    Yari Swaans | 31 August 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    great apple product
    • super easy operation
    • long battery life
    • Siri needed for everything

    great headphones recommended!

    Gunther Goemaere | 21 April 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    It's a great product
    • They are comfortable in your ear
    • Charging works well
    • The charging case gets dirty quickly
    • Too bad you don't get a charging block with it

    I like the product very much and it works great

    Thijs Van Nieuwenhuizen | 3 January 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Great solution
    • No cumbersome hassle with connecting
    • Good sound quality
    • Good speech recognition
    • Stay in place even while running
    • Price slightly high

    Likes very well. Even while running. No more problems with cables or where you need to have your phone within reach of the cables.

    Ralph Houben | 17 January 2017 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 3 / 5 stars
    6,0/10
    good ears
    • Easy to use
    • Quick to use
    • Connections sometimes fail

    I like them and I like them working

    Fleur | 30 July 2018 | Automatically translated from Dutch

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Specifications

Product

Product number
738620
Manufacturer code
MMEF2ZM/A
Brand
Apple
Warranty
2 years
Processing of your defect
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

Physical properties

Weight in grams
4 g
Color
White
Material
Plastic
Integrated microphone
Yes

Resistance

Water-resistant
No

Connection

Fully wireless earbuds
Yes
NFC
No

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth version
4.2
Bluetooth profiles
Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP), Remote control (AVRCP), Standard Audio (A2DP)
Multipoint pairing
No

Power supply

Power supply type
Battery
Average battery life
5 h
Charging case
Yes
Battery life case
19 h

Quality

Hi-Res audio
No
Sound quality according to customers
Good
Carrying comfort according to customers
Good

Sound

Sound reproduction
Stereo
Noise canceling
No
Volume limit
No
Frequency range
61 - 21000 Hz
Speaker sensitivity
100 dB

Casing

Headphones wearing method
Earbud
Type of ear cushions
Earbud
Remote control on ear cups
No

Awards

Best tested
No

Cable

Detachable cable
No
Ribbon cable
No
Coil cable
No
Braided sleeve
No
Remote control in cable
No
USB port
No

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