Hands-On With Apple's New Powerbeats Pro Earbuds

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new wire-free Powerbeats Pro are set to launch this Friday after pre-orders became available last week, and ahead of their official debut, we were able to get a pair to test out to find out whether Apple's latest Beats-branded earbuds are worth the $250 price tag.

    While Apple is planning to sell the Powerbeats Pro in four colors, including ivory, moss, navy, and black, only the black version is available right now, with the other options coming later in the summer.

    Powerbeats Pro share many features with the AirPods, but the design is totally different because they're aimed at vigorous physical activity like sports and working out. There are a set of earhooks that wrap around your ear to keep the Powerbeats Pro in place, along with four sets of ear tips for a customized fit.


    Multiple tips means the Powerbeats Pro will fit most people, and while it's early, we found them to be lightweight and comfortable overall, though any earbud is going to cause ear fatigue after long periods of usage. This kind of around the ear fit isn't going to appeal to everyone, and it can take a bit of practice to be able to get them positioned in your ears correctly.

    The Powerbeats Pro fit on the ears super securely, and it's unlikely these are going to fall out of your ears during physical activity. Powerbeats Pro fit in the ear canal unlike the AirPods, and will drown out ambient noise, which is something to be aware of. We tested these out with sunglasses and found them comfortable, so these may work well for those who wear glasses regularly.


    As for sound quality, with the tips positioned correctly in your ears, the Powerbeats Pro sound impressive. Everything is full, crisp, and clear, and parts of songs remain distinguishable. Bass sounds great and is not muddy, which can be an issue with other wire-free headphones.

    Powerbeats Pro have a carrying case, but it's a lot bigger than the AirPods case. It's not really pocketable, and it's worth noting that wireless charging is not an included feature. You need to charge this case using a Lightning cable. Opening up the case causes the Powerbeats Pro to pair with your device just like the AirPods and thanks to the H1 chip, easy pairing, easy device swapping, and "Hey Siri" support are all Powerbeats Pro features.


    We were impressed with how quickly the Powerbeats Pro were able to pair with an iPhone, and it's worth noting that the Live Listen feature available on the AirPods is also available on Powerbeats Pro. Live Listen is designed to let the iPhone serve as a microphone, amplifying the ambient noise around you and beaming it to your earbuds.

    Automatic play/pause functionality will pause audio when you remove an earbud and play it again when it's put back in place, a super handy feature, and there are some physical buttons for doing things like playing music, pausing music, adjusting volume (these buttons are at the top) and skipping tracks. Physical buttons are nice, but it's not always easy to use the button on the first try and it takes a bit more effort than the tap controls on the AirPods.


    Powerbeats Pro offer up to nine hours of listening time per earbud along with 24 hours of additional battery life from the charging case, plus there's a fast fuel feature that offers up 1.5 hours of playback with a five minute charge. We haven't had the Powerbeats Pro long enough to test the battery life sufficiently, but we'll be providing more detail in a future video.

    So are the Powerbeats Pro worth the $250 price tag? We think the answer is yes if you're looking for a set of earbuds that have a secure, comfortable fit with all of the features offered by the AirPods. They're perfect if you live an active lifestyle or are looking for a more traditional earbud fit than the AirPods offer.

    We'll be doing a follow up video comparing the Powerbeats Pro to the AirPods, so make sure to keep an eye out for that tomorrow, and for more info on Powerbeats Pro, check out our Powerbeats Pro guide.

    Article Link: Hands-On With Apple's New Powerbeats Pro Earbuds
  2. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    The other colors have that b colored in the same shade of pink. Can't we have other options?
  3. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I did not purchase Apple AirPods, but these are impressive. I may be tempted to purchase.
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    I was waiting for this review. Glad it covered shaking his head and demonstrating the fit with glasses.

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    stop it. I don't need any peer pressure in changing my mind. LOL
    I was actually going to hold out for the other colors but may go for the black.
    Airpods are falling out my head too frequently
  5. Pepe4life macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2018
    I’ll pick up a pair when they go on sale. Beats products go on sale too often to warrant paying full price.
  6. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    The charging case looks like a swollen hockey puck. And not very pocketable.

    Other than that and the lack of wireless charging, these are gonna be amazing.
  7. jacks64 macrumors member


    Jan 31, 2017
    Always one :(
  8. az431 Suspended


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Why don’t any of these reviews include anything about the sound quality?
  9. FFR macrumors 68040


    Nov 4, 2007

    Has a feeling sound quality was impressive, great to get a confirmation.

    When are they going to release it in the UK again?
  10. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    he mentioned they sound good and the bass isn't muddy, that's something
  11. Pepe4life macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2018
    Because these are just glorified unboxing videos
  12. mattyj2001 macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2015
    Nothing a little sandpaper can't take care of.
  13. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Maybe they all do and you’re not reading them?:
  14. boxrick macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2016
    Sadly I can't pick these up in the UK yet or even pre order =[
  15. agsystems macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2013
    Same here but I will wait for the refurbs or when they will definitely go on sale on Best Buy
  16. Shuaige macrumors newbie


    Jul 18, 2018
    Sooo, like the AirPods, can you use just one earbud at a time?

  17. kildraik macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    They look great. Smaller than expected.
  18. justiny Contributor


    Jul 28, 2008
    Fairfield, NJ
    Still baffles me they didn’t implement wireless charging, and the case needs to be smaller.

    Make those two things happen and I just might make a Beats purchase for the first time in my life.
  19. V.K. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Given the price I assume these will not be a high volume item. I therefore don't understand why Apple can't produce enough of them to satisfy whatever demand there is. I ordered mine on May 3rd and the delivery dates are June 5-19. Other than that happy to see this review doesn't list anything that might make me regret the purchase.
  20. az431 Suspended


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    It was added after my comment.
  21. dav1dd macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2013
    Why are there delays on the other colours? Is this some sort of a 4D chess 'marketing' thing?
  22. costeta macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2008
  23. winglet69 macrumors member


    Jul 6, 2010
    London, UK
    Not a fan of the "Beats hype", but I can't wear AirPods as they're Just. Too. Uncomfortable. I do think they (AirPods) are the most tightly-integrated true wireless earbuds out there though. I WANT to like them. So I may just end up splashing out for the Beats, I can live with the case size and don't care about wireless charging.

    Hell truly hath frozen over. :D
  24. 3rdiguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    I believe the embargo for actual reviews hasn't been lifted yet. Thats why all you see are unboxing and hands on videos.
  25. cypressc macrumors member


    Sep 30, 2014
    Austin, TX
    I bought a pair of these last week for $17 on Amazon:

    For the price of these I can't justify $250 for the Beats. I love my Beats Studio but these are just too expensive for workout buds.

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