I recently purchased the Apple AirPods Pro, and I’m shocked by how much I like them…
Some background on my technology setup
Even though I work online, I’m rather low tech. I’m fairly good at using the internet, while anything else related to technology is more or less lost on me. I’m also a creature of habit, so I rarely make changes unless a situation is dire (and that’s especially true with technology).
Until a few weeks ago I was using an ancient MacBook Air that was truly a disaster — the mousepad hadn’t worked for years, it was slow, and it generally looked like it had been run over by a car. I tried to replace it a couple of years back, but I’m pretty sure I got a defective MacBook Pro. The whole thing was just a disaster, so I gave up.
Finally all of that changed a few weeks ago — I finally picked up a new MacBook Air and AirPods Pro, and I love both of them. In this post I wanted to review the AirPods Pro — not from a super technical standpoint, but rather from my pretty low tech perspective, because this is the first time I’ve purchased any sort of headphones from Apple (I’ve only otherwise used the ones that come with an iPhone, which aren’t wireless).
Basics of the Apple AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro are Apple’s extremely versatile in-ear headphones. As the Apple AirPods Pro are described:
- They offer active noise cancelation, though there’s also a “transparency mode” so that you can better hear what’s around you
- They come with three different silicon ear tips for a more customized fit
- They’re sweat and water resistant
- They offer easy setup for all Apple devices
- They come with a compact charging case that you can always easily keep with you
- They offer quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
What’s the battery life like on Apple AirPods Pro?
- On one charge the Apple AirPods Pro can get you up to 4.5 hours of listening time or 3.5 hours of talking time
- The charging case can get you up to 24 hours of listening time or 18 hours of talking time
- Putting the AirPods Pro in the case for just five minutes will get you an hour of battery life
- You can charge the case with the USB-C cable, which is the same as you’d use for an iPhone
As far as the cost goes, Apple AirPods Pro retail for $249. However, I see they’re now on sale on Amazon for $199, so clearly I didn’t do a good job maximizing value here (I ordered AirPods Pro directly from Apple, along with my new laptop).
Why I’m so impressed by the Apple AirPods Pro
When I was deciding whether or not to buy the Apple AirPods Pro, I thought to myself “well why are these basic-looking little earbuds $250?” Well, upon receiving them, I quickly realized that these are kind of the greatest earbuds ever, and I won’t ever need to buy other headphones again.
I’ve never before seen such well rounded, versatile headphones. They do just about everything really well, and I’m so delighted by it:
- The sound quality and noise cancelation for playing music (or whatever else) are so much better than I was expecting
- The microphone is excellent for making phone calls
- I worried whether the AirPods Pro would fall out of my ears when running or working out, but it hasn’t happened once
- AirPods Pro are so easy to use; you don’t have to turn them on or off, you just put them back in the case, and they also automatically connect to your linked devices so easily
The product just gets all of the basics oh-so-right, and I love it. I really don’t think I’ll ever use other headphones again. I bought Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (review) back in 2019, and I still can’t figure out how to turn them off correctly (or at least they miraculously keep turning on and draining the battery). Sure, you can find some over-ear headphone with marginally better sound quality, but to me it’s not worth the space it takes up in my bag.
In the past I always thought that the AirPods Pro looked kind of silly, and I still feel that way. One thing I hadn’t fully appreciated though was how beneficial these are as an introvert, as having these in your ears gets you out of just about all unnecessary small talk with strangers.
AirFly: an invaluable AirPods Pro accessory
When I first published this post I mentioned my one concern with using AirPods Pro when traveling. Specifically, most airplanes with personal televisions don’t support bluetooth connections. In other words, you can’t really use AirPods Pro for inflight entertainment, and you’d be stuck with whatever (inferior) headphones an airline offers you (and in some cases you even have to purchase headphones on planes).
Fortunately you guys pointed out a valuable accessory, which I just ordered — AirFly is a wireless transmitter and receiver that offers audio sharing for up to two AirPods. This can be useful on airplanes, since it allows you to hook up your AirPods Pro to virtually any inflight entertainment. AWESOME.
How do you avoid losing AirPods Pro, though?
Let me throw this question out to the rest of you, since I’m still new to these headphones. I love how small AirPods are, as this will save me so much room in my carry-on going forward, compared to most headphones.
My one concern is that they’re so small that I’m trying to figure out how not to lose them. Does anyone have any tips? My general thoughts are:
- If I’m working out or going to the gym I just take the actual in-ear headphones and leave the case behind, so that I don’t even think of leaving them anywhere
- When I’m not using them I always store them in the same pocket of my backpack
But I still feel like this isn’t going to end well for me, so if anyone has any tips, I’d love to hear them.
This is a travel blog and not a tech blog, but I still like to share the accessories that I find really useful for travel. I know I’m late to the party here, but I love the Apple AirPods Pro I picked up a few weeks ago.
Not only are these headphones incredibly versatile, but they actually perform well in just about every category — the sound quality is great for music or talking on the phone, the audio quality is good when speaking, they’re easy to use, the battery life is excellent, and they’re small, which saves a lot of space.
Anyone else love the AirPods Pro as much as I do? Do you use them for everything, and have they replaced other headphones? Or anyone not like AirPods Pro?