In 2016, Apple launched Airpods based on the concept of wireless or bluetooth enabled earbuds. Over the years, wireless headphones have gone mainstream with other rival firms such as Sony, Jabra, Libratone Track Air+ and Samsung Galaxy offloading their own versions of this product. Over 250 researchers across 40 countries have signed a petition urging the UN and WHO to look into the risks that radiation poses to an individual especially with regards to suffering from cancer. Yet, over-riding these reports are the Apple’s true wireless earbuds which have now gone “pro”. And the biggest difference is the little silicone earbud tip that helps to block out noise. The pairing of these Airpods is easy as well. They work well with non-Apple devices too, supporting the Bluetooth 5.0 standard on a Windows PC or Android device. But you need an Apple device to change settings and update the earbuds.
- Weight: 5.4g
- Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
- Battery life (on-board): Up to 5 hours
- Battery life (charging case): 24 hours
- Additional microphones and active noise cancellation
- Volume control is missing
- Unrepairable, non-replaceable battery and disposable
The case and each earbud has a non-replaceable battery that will eventually wear out. Apple only offers full replacements, not repairs, which makes the AirPods Pro disposable.
Effective noise cancellation is its dominant feature. It handled the majority of the day-to-day commute noise very well, and if you are travelling on a noisy underground tube then it is successful in drowning out the chatter of the engine or the tracks. However, they aren’t quite as noise deadening as their counterpart Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds or full-size Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.