Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 11, 2021 at 12:12 pm
Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 Picture
6.2
Mixed Usage
6.1
Neutral Sound
6.0
Commute/Travel
7.8
Sports/Fitness
5.8
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.2
Wired Gaming
5.7
Phone Calls
Type Earbuds
Enclosure Open-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are practically the same as the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017, with slight differences. We tested the version with the Qi wireless charging case. They have a similar sound profile that lacks low bass, and their design is the same as the older model, but with a new case that now supports wireless Qi charging, which is nice. Their one-size-fits-all design isn't ideal for everyone, but if you do manage a good fit, they're very comfortable. They're also open-back earbuds, meaning they won’t block out ambient noise but are suitable for outdoor sports like jogging because they allow you to hear your surroundings. However, some may find they don't have the most stable fit. Overall, the AirPods 2 aren’t worth the upgrade if you already have the first model.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Apple AirPods 2 are passable for mixed usage. They're well-designed truly wireless headphones. However, their sound profile isn't extremely balanced, and they don't have an app that allows you to adjust it. Their open-back design also means they hardly block out any noise, which isn't ideal for commuting or use at the office. On the upside, their portable, breathable, and open design is good for sports, especially if you want to monitor your surroundings when jogging outside. However, like most Bluetooth headphones, some may notice a delay when watching video content or gaming.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Fast charging time.
  • Unique and distinguishable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users.
6.1 Neutral Sound

The Apple AirPods 2 are mediocre for neutral sound. Instruments and vocals are present and detailed, but an overemphasized treble range makes them sound bright and harsh. The bass range, although punchy, lacks low-end thump and rumble. However, their sound delivery varies depending on how they fit you, so you may have a different experience. Like most in-ears, they have an awful soundstage. Also, unfortunately, they don't work with an app or software that gives you access to an EQ, so you can't fine-tune their sound if you don't like it out-of-the-box.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Fairly well-balanced mid and treble ranges.
Cons
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users.
  • No EQ or presets.
6.0 Commute/Travel

The Apple AirPods 2 are mediocre for commuting. Their open design means that they don’t block out much outside noise, and they don't isolate you from any low-frequency noises like engine rumbles, which isn't ideal for commuting. On the upside, they're very portable, light, and comfortable to wear if you can get a good fit. Their four-hour battery life is long enough for most commutes. You might have to take a break to charge them when on a long flight, but they only take 30 minutes to fully charge, which is great.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Fast charging time.
  • Unique and distinguishable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users.
7.8 Sports/Fitness

The Apple AirPods 2 are good for sports. Their one-size-fits-all design is fairly comfortable, but it isn’t the most stable for everyone. How they fit greatly depends on the size and shape of your ear. Their open-back design is suitable for people who run or workout outside and want to be aware of their surroundings but won't help those who want to block out the noise of a crowded gym. Also, unfortunately, they don’t have a great control scheme, so it's not easy to adjust your playlist or volume when you're on the move.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Fast charging time.
  • Unique and distinguishable design.
  • Very light and portable.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users.
5.8 Office

The Apple AirPods 2 are disappointing for office use. While they're very lightweight and fit nicely in most ears, they don’t block any ambient chatter or other office-type noises and they leak some audio at high volumes. Their four-hour battery life isn’t ideal for a whole workday, although they recharge very quickly, so you can charge them fully during lunchtime and get another four hours for the second half of your day.

Pros
  • Fast charging time.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users.
5.4 Wireless Gaming

The Apple AirPods 2 are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4 consoles.

5.2 Wired Gaming

The Apple AirPods 2 aren't suitable for wired gaming as they can't be used wired.

5.7 Phone Calls

The Apple AirPods 2 are sub-par for phone calls. Their microphone recording quality can make voices sound thin and lacking presence. They also don't have a great noise handling performance, so if you're taking calls in a loud environment like a cafe, the person on the other end may struggle to hear you over the background noise.

Pros
  • Fast charging time.
  • Unique and distinguishable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Mediocre noise handling.
  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.1 Neutral Sound
  • 6.0 Commute/Travel
  • 7.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.8 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.2 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Mar 11, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Feb 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Updated Nov 21, 2019: We've updated the Power Saving Feature to 'Standby Mode', as it was incorrectly listed before.
  5. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Apple AirPods 2 are identical to the previous model, with the same stem design characteristic of first generation Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017. They feel well-built and have a smooth plastic casing with brushed aluminum, which gives them a unique and premium look.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Apple AirPods 2 are very comfortable, but like the first generation, they have a one-size-fits-all design. This means that comfort and stability vary among people, depending on the shape and size of their ears. They're very lightweight, and if you can achieve a nice fit, you can barely feel them in your ears. They also don’t enter your ear canal very deeply, which some listeners may appreciate.

4.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
iOS
Ease Of Use Subpar
Feedback Subpar
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

Update 04/07/2021: Some users have reported that media playback controls work with Windows. You can play/pause your audio as well as skip tracks while using streaming services on this OS. However, you won't be able to answer calls from online services like Microsoft Teams. There has been no change to the scoring of this box.

The Apple AirPods 2 have a poor control scheme with limited options. When connected to an iOS device, you can map the touch-sensitive scheme on each bud. You can choose between track backward, forward, play/pause (which also manages calls), and activate Siri. You can also play/pause by taking the earbuds out and placing them back in your ears. If you don't want to use the touch-sensitive surface, it can also be disabled. On this newer model, you can also enable 'Hey Siri' on your device, which means you can control everything with only your voice. Unfortunately, you can’t control the volume without Siri or your device, and the button mapping is unavailable on Android as it defaults to 'next track' on both earbuds. If you're using a Windows device, you also won't be able to accept calls from online services like Microsoft Teams. That said, you're able to play and pause media as well as skip tracks on Windows. If you prefer physical buttons that offer good feedback, check out the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

The Apple AirPods 2 are incredibly breathable headphones. They have no tips and barely any points of contact with your ear. Although they're a bit less stable than other truly wireless headphones like the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless, they're slightly more breathable. Most people won’t notice a difference in temperature while wearing them.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.7 "
W 1.0 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 1.0 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are incredibly portable. The footprint of most truly wireless headphones is very small, and the Apple AirPods 2 are no exception. They're easy to carry around and easily fit in most pockets and bags.

9.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.1 "
W 1.7 "
H 0.7 "
Volume 2.5 Cu. Inches

The Apple AirPods 2 have a fantastic case. With the same sleek design as its predecessor, it protects the headphones well against minor falls and scratches, but not against water damage. The case is the same size as the one that came with the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017, but it supports Qi wireless charging. However, if you don't need this feature, you can also get them with the same case as the previous generation, which only charges via Lightning instead.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have an impressive build quality. The plastic casing feels high-end and durable and should be solid enough to withstand a few drops without getting damaged. They're well-made, sturdy headphones and feel high-end, although they lack some of the more premium finishes of the Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 or the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They're also susceptible to cracking under enough force or when falling from great heights. Also, although we don't test it currently, their IP rating for water resistance isn't as high as some other headphones like the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless, so keep that in mind if you're using them to work out.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have okay stability. Due to their one-size-fits-all design and the lack of other fit options, your experience varies depending on the shape and size of your ears. If you plan to use these earbuds during light activity like walking, they should stay put as long as you have a good fit. Take a look at the JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless if you're looking for truly wireless earbuds with a more stable fit.

Despite their inflexible build, their wireless design means that you don't have to worry about snagging a cable on the kitchen corner and ripping the headphones from your ears.

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In The Box

  • Apple AirPods 2 headphones
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to Lightning cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-8.65 db
Treble Amount
0.39 db

The Apple AirPods 2's sound profile is similar to their predecessor, the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017. While passably balanced for non-bass-heavy audio like classical music or audiobooks, an underemphasized low-bass range means they fail to deliver thump and rumble, making genres like EDM sound lacking or hollow. On the other side of the spectrum, the over-emphasized treble makes vocals and lead instruments a bit bright and harsh. These headphones also have an inconsistent sound delivery, so they may sound different depending on how they fit you, and unfortunately, they don't have an app that allows you to customize their sound profile.

5.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.13 dB

The Apple AirPods 2's frequency response consistency is disappointing. Because of their one-size-fits-all design, sound consistency depends on how well they fit inside your ears. If you don't get a good fit, you may not get a consistent response each time you listen to audio. Deviations in the low bass and between the high-mid and low treble are also noticeable.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
70.25 Hz
Low-Bass
-13.78 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.58 dB
High-Bass
2.09 dB

The Apple AirPods 2's bass accuracy is sub-par. Their underemphasis of the low-bass range means they can't reproduce the low thumps and rumbles that are particularly important in genres like EDM and hip-hop. The mid and high-bass ranges are more neutral, fortunately, so mixes should have good body and warmth. Since lack of low-bass is especially hard to hear on headphones, the overall bass range is punchy enough to be adequate for music that doesn't have a lot of sub-bass. Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users and is sensitive to the quality of fit and seal. The response here represents the average bass response, and you may have a different experience.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.17 dB
Low-Mid
1.31 dB
Mid-Mid
0.07 dB
High-Mid
3.01 dB

The Apple AirPods 2's mid accuracy performance is impressive. Low-mid and mid-mid ranges are very flat and well-balanced, resulting in an accurate representation of vocals and lead instruments. There's a bump in high-mid which increases the intensity and clarity of vocals and lead instruments, but it's minor enough that your music shouldn't sound too honky or harsh.

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.89 dB
Low-Treble
3.83 dB
Mid-Treble
3.78 dB
High-Treble
-2.62 dB

The Apple AirPods 2 have decent treble accuracy. Their response is fairly flat and well-balanced, but it's also slightly overhyped. The low and mid-treble ranges are overemphasized, which adds harshness to lead instruments and vocals and makes sibilants like cymbals sound bright and piercing. This represents the average treble response, and since fit and positioning can affect treble delivery, your experience may vary.

7.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.97 db
Dips
1.12 db

These headphones have a decent peaks and dips performance. The dip in the low bass may result in a lack of rumble and thump, while a peak in the mid to high-bass adds body and punch to mixes. A peak between the high-mid and low treble makes instruments sound honky and harsh. The high peak in the mid-treble may make some sounds hissy but likely won't be audible to most people.

8.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.37
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.28
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.29

The Apple AirPods 2 have an excellent imaging performance. The group delay is below the audibility threshold for the entire range, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our model are very well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (like voices or footsteps) in the stereo image. These results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

2.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
9.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.2

The Apple AirPods 2 have an awful passive soundstage. Like most in-ear headphones, they don't interact with your outer ear, so sound seems to be coming from inside your head. However, thanks to their open-back design, the soundstage seems quite open and spacious compared with closed-back in-ears.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.358
WHD @ 100
0.104

The Apple AirPods 2's weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. All frequencies fall within good limits, which should result in a clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1A673
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
1.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-1.95 dB
Bass
0.32 dB
Mid
0.98 dB
Treble
-6.94 dB

These headphones have bad noise isolation. This is due to their open-back design, just like the previous Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017. They block virtually no sound from the bass and mid-ranges, so they don't isolate you from the rumble of engines or background conversations. They do somewhat better in the treble range, which includes noises like the hum of an AC unit, but likely won't make a noticeable difference. However, if you like to run or do other outdoor activities while listening to music, you may appreciate that these allow you to hear your surroundings. On the other hand, if you don't like the open-back design, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, the Jaybird X4 Wireless, the Jaybird Tarah Wireless, or the Skullcandy Jib Wireless are all closed-back headphones with better noise isolation.

7.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
38.25 dB

These headphones have a decent leakage performance. The sound they leak isn't too loud and is mostly in the treble range, so it sounds thin. However, if you're listening at high volumes in a fairly quiet environment, like an office, the people around you may be able to hear your audio. If you want a pair of earbud-style truly wireless headphones that don't leak as much noise, check out the Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
6.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
265.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.39 dB
HFE
3368.2 Hz
Weighted THD
27.162
Gain
38.23 dB

The Apple AirPods 2's microphone's recording quality is mediocre, similar to the previous model. While your voice should be understandable, it sounds thin and lacks presence and openness, as with many Bluetooth microphones.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
13.93 dB

The microphone has mediocre noise handling capabilities. It may be difficult for the person on the other end of the line to hear you if you're talking on the phone in a moderately noisy environment, like a busy street or a subway station.

Active Features
6.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.1 hrs
Additional Charges
5.0
Total Battery Life
24.6 hrs
Charge Time
0.5 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port Lightning

The Apple AirPods 2 have an okay battery performance. They provide roughly four hours of continuous playback from a single charge. The case stores five additional charges, and unlike the case for the previous model of Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017, it supports Qi wireless charging. The earbuds charge fully in about 30 minutes, which is very quick for truly wireless headphones, and conveniently, you can use one bud at a time while the other charges.

5.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS Yes
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Apple AirPods 2 have poor app support. They don't have a dedicated app, but if you're using an iOS device, there is a built-in interface that pops up when you connect them. You can use it to check the remaining battery life of the headphones and case and map the earbuds' touch-sensitive controls. With macOS, you can also check the battery life and connect to Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the interface isn't available for Android or Windows.

Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0+H1 chip
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
149 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
204 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
167 ms
Android Latency
195 ms

These headphones have adequate Bluetooth connectivity. They don't offer simultaneous multi-device pairing or NFC pairing, but Apple's H1 chip makes them very easy to pair with products in the Apple ecosystem. As with most Bluetooth earbuds, they have some latency on iOS and Android that makes them less than ideal for watching videos or mobile gaming. It shouldn't be overly noticeable, and some apps seem to compensate for latency, so you may have a different experience.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These are wireless-only headphones and can't be used wired, but they come with a USB-A to Lightning cable for charging the case.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can only be used via Bluetooth on PCs and aren't compatible with the PS4. Due to their high latency on PC, they aren't recommended for gaming.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
Lightning

The Apple AirPods 2 come with a great and very small charging case that stores additional charges, but it doesn’t have any inputs. The case also has Apple’s signature lightning port, and now supports wireless Qi charging on some models.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Apple AirPods 2 are available in one color variant: 'White'. They're sold with either the same case that came with the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017, which charges via Lightning cable, or with a new case that supports Qi wireless charging. We tested the Qi wireless charging case variant, but we expect the other variant to perform similarly to our model. If you come across another variant or your headphones are different, please let us know if the discussions below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

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The Apple AirPods 2 are truly wireless earbuds that set themselves apart by their looks and build quality but lack some features that you can find in other wireless earbuds. Unlike the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, they don't have active noise cancelling, and block out virtually no ambient noise. There's also no way to adjust their default sound profile, unlike some other in-ears, like the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless and the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless, that give you access to a graphic EQ through their companion apps. We suggest taking a look at our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds, and the best Bluetooth earbuds.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are much better than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Pro's sound profile is much more balanced, especially in the bass range, and their in-ear design and ANC provide significantly better noise isolation. The Pro also have an easier-to-use control scheme and feel much more stable in the ear. On the other hand, the non-intrusive fit of the AirPods 2 may be more comfortable for some people, and they charge much quicker.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless. The AirPods are more comfortable, feel more premium, and have a better-balanced sound profile. On the other hand, the Razer have a more consistent listening experience among users, feel much more stable in the ear, and have much lower latency on non-iOS devices with 'Gaming Mode' enabled.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better truly wireless earbuds than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 for most people unless you have an iPhone and prefer something with a more open sound. The Samsung have a better-balanced sound profile, longer battery life, and they isolate a lot more noise. Some people prefer how the Apple headphones let in ambient sounds, though, as well as their seamless pairing with Apple devices.

Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless have different strengths. The Apple have a better build quality and recharge much more quickly. They also have a more neutral sound profile, which some may prefer, although it lacks low-bass. On the other hand, the Skullcandy have a dark, bass-heavy sound profile that fans of EDM and hip-hop may like. They also leak much mess sound at high volumes and do a much better job of blocking out noise like background conversations.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the first model, the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017, are practically the same headphones. There are very few differences between the two models. The 2019 model now uses the H1 chip, has better wireless range, and should have less latency, although we measured the opposite. They pretty much have the same sound profile, but the biggest difference is that you can now buy them with a case that supports Qi wireless charging.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are better true wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. Although the Apple feel better made, the Anker have a noticeably more neutral sound profile, and they pack a lot more accurate bass thanks to their closed-back design. That also means that the Anker block out more ambient noise thanks to their typical in-ear fit. On the other hand, if the Apple fit your ears, they're very comfortable. However, the Anker come with a lot of tip options to help you find the most comfortable fit.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are better true wireless in-ears than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Sony feature a closed-back design, which combined with their ANC feature makes them better at isolating you from ambient noise. The Sony deliver audio more consistently and do a better job of reproducing low-bass sounds like the thump and rumble of EDM or hip-hop. On the other hand, the Apple have one of the most comfortable fits for in-ears, if their one-size-fits-all design suits you. They also take less than an hour to fully charge, and you might see improved performance if your mobile device can take advantage of the H1 chip.

Raycon E50 Truly Wireless

The Raycon E50 Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are completely different truly wireless headphones. The Apple are open-back so they don't isolate well. It also means they lack bass, while the Raycon have a very boomy and bass-heavy sound profile. Although the Raycon come with various tip sizes, the one-size-fits-all design of the Apple is very comfortable if they fit you. The Apple are also noticeably better-built, feel more durable, and have a better battery performance with lower latency, especially with iOS devices.

JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are better headphones than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Apple are much more comfortable, look and feel much more premium, have a more accurate sound profile with a bit more bass, a much better battery life, and some customization options on iOS. On the other hand, the JBL's controls are easier to use and provide better feedback, and they feel much more stable in the ear.

Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Anker have a much better-balanced sound profile, better controls, significantly better noise isolation, and longer single-charge battery life. On the other hand, the Apple have a more comfortable fit as they don't go into the ear canal, feel much more premium, and utilize the H1 chip for seamless pairing to your Apple devices.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless are better and more versatile truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Samsung are closed-back earbuds, and their fit blocks more noise than the open-back Apple. The Samsung are slightly less comfortable if the design of the Apple suits you. Sound-wise, the Samsung sound more neutral and have more bass than the open-back Apple. They also have a long single-charge battery life, which is nice. On the other hand, the Apple feel slightly better made and have a smaller and more portable charging case. The Apple also have noticeably less latency than the Samsung.

JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless

The JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless are more versatile than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The JBL block out far more ambient noise, have an easier-to-use control scheme, deliver a better-balanced listening experience with greater consistency, and last longer on a single charge. That said, the Apple are better-built, more comfortable, and charge substantially faster. Thanks to their open-back enclosure, they provide a far more expansive listening experience.

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are better earbuds than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 95 Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel better-built, and offer a longer continuous battery life. They also have an H1 chip, which allows you to connect with different Apple devices more easily. However, the TaoTronics have better bass accuracy.

JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are better for mixed usage than the JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless. The AirPods are better-built, more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, and come with a case that supplies a longer total battery life. They also have lower audio latency on PCs and mobile devices. Conversely, the JBL have a more stable fit, a more comprehensive control scheme, superior mic recording quality, and longer continuous battery life.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Beats are more geared towards sports, thanks to their very stable ear-hook design, and they deliver sound more consistently among users. They also have much better bass accuracy and offer more than twice the battery life of the Apple headphones on a single charge, although the Apple case holds more additional charges. The Beats also have a very bulky case that isn’t as portable as the Apple case. However, the Beats have a better and more complete control scheme with volume control.

Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Indy Fuel Truly Wireless are better-suited for mixed usage than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Skullcandy deliver a more consistent listening experience with more accurate bass. They leak much less audio, feel more secure in the ear, and block out substantially more ambient noise. However, the open-back Apple are better-built, generate a more spacious listening experience with a better-reproduced treble, feel more comfortable to wear for extended periods, and have a better-integrated mic.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 may look similar, but perform quite differently. The open-back Apple lack bass and don't isolate any noise, but have a more bright, spacious sound. On the other hand, the noise-isolating in-ear Anker have a more bass-rich sound, but are less comfortable.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless

The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Bose have a much more neutral sound profile and deliver audio much more consistently between different people. They have a more stable fit and you also get a better control scheme with volume control. However, they take a lot of time to charge for truly wireless earbuds, and they have a fairly short wireless range. Their case is also very bulky and doesn’t support wireless charging like the Apple.

SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless

The SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless are slightly more versatile than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The SoundPeats have a more stable fit, a better control scheme, and a more consistently delivered, better-balanced sound profile. They also block out more ambient noise and leak less audio. Meanwhile, the AirPods' open-back enclosure generates a more immersive, expansive soundstage, and they're also more comfortable and better-built. They also last a little longer on a single charge and have a superior integrated microphone.

Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Skullcandy don't feel as well-built as the Apple, which have a very premium, lightweight feel, and they don't connect to Apple devices as seamlessly. Their battery life is also worse as their case is rated for only two additional charges as opposed to Apple's five. On the upside, the Skullcandy's sound profile is more bass-rich, which some may prefer, and they offer much more comprehensive control scheme. Their in-ear fit also gives them a more consistent sound profile among various users.

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

The Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Beats closed-back design will isolate more ambient noise than the open Apple, although the fit of the Beats doesn’t isolate very well. However, the Beats are noticeably more stable due to their ear-hook design, which is great for sports. They also have a more neutral but bass-rich sound profile and perform more consistently across different users. You also get volume controls on the Beats' in-line remote, which the Apple don’t have. On the other hand, the Apple have a great charging case and feel slightly better made than the Beats. While you get more battery life with the Beats, you can’t charge them anywhere like you can with the Apple's case.

Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless

The Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless and Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 have different advantages. The Apple are better-built and are preferable if you want a more spacious, opening listening experience, courtesy of their open-back design. However, that also means they barely block out any background noise. The Skullcandy provide a more consistent listening experience and have a far more intuitive control scheme, but don't last nearly as long on a single charge.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Due to their closed-back design, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are more versatile than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, which are open and let noise seep into your audio. The Sennheiser also have better controls and a better-balanced bass. However, the Apple are more comfortable if you can find the right fit, and they have a more neutral treble reproduction than the Sennheiser. The Apple also have a noticeably better battery life performance.

Raycon E100 Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the Raycon E100 Truly Wireless are very different headphones, and the Raycon are a more versatile option. The Raycon are closed-back and have great noise isolation performance, as well as an excited sound profile. The Apple are open-back, meaning they won’t block out ambient noise and lack quite a bit of sub-bass. However, they have a better battery performance and their one-size-fits-all design is very comfortable if it suits you.

Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose Sport Open Earbuds are better for outdoor sports and fitness, while the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 offer a more versatile overall performance. The Bose are more stable and don't cover your ear, so you can stay aware of your surroundings. They also have more consistent audio reproduction. However, the Apple are more comfortable, have five additional charges in their carrying case, and have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. Their sound profile is better-balanced, too.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Truly Wireless are more versatile truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Cambridge closed-back design isolates against more ambient noise, making them a suitable option for commuting. It also means that they pack a bit more punch in the bass range than the Apple. On the other hand, the Apple are better-built and their one-size-fits-all design is very comfortable if you can find the right fit. The Apple have a shorter continuous battery life than the Melomania, but they charge more quickly and also have less latency when watching video content, especially if you can take advantage of the H1 chip. A certain variant of the Apple also supports wireless charging for the case, which the Cambridge can’t do.

AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction are very differently-designed headphones, and which you may prefer depends on your needs. The Apple are more conventional in-ears and leak much less audio. Their truly wireless design and compact charging case makes them much more portable as well. On the other hand, the AfterShokz deliver sound via bone induction and sit outside your ears. Because of their design, they don't block any ambient noise, which is great for people who exercise outdoors. They also have an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't test for it currently. 

Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are better truly wireless headphones than the Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless. The Apple look and feel more premium and better-built, have a better-balanced sound profile, and a better microphone. On the other hand, while both headphones lack a lot of bass, the Microsoft have a graphic EQ in their companion app, so you can customize the way they sound. They also last longer off a single charge, though their case doesn't hold nearly as many full charges.

Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and the Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless are quite differently designed, so they each have their own pros and cons. The Monster earphones have a more traditional in-ear design that's not always the most comfortable, but provides good bass and isolates quite a bit of noise. The Apple, however, have an open-back earbud design that struggles to deliver much bass and lets a lot of ambient noise in, but they're more comfortable to many people.

Ultimate Ears FITS Truly Wireless

The Ultimate Ears FITS Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Ultimate Ears have a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and thanks to their graphic EQ and presets, they offer more sound customization options. They have better noise isolation and a more stable fit thanks to their moldable ear tips, too. However, the Apple are better-built.

Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless

The Skullcandy Sesh Evo True Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. The Skullcandy have an easier-to-use and more comprehensive control scheme, a more stable fit, more consistent audio delivery, and far better noise isolation capability. They also have longer continuous battery life. That said, the Apple earbuds provide a more open and spacious listening experience, are better-built, and more comfortable to wear. They have a case that yields a longer total battery life, with five additional charges to the Skullcandy's three.

Anker Zolo Liberty+ Truly Wireless

The Anker Zolo Liberty+ Truly Wireless are more versatile truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 because of their closed-back design that isolates more ambient noise. This makes the Anker better-suited for the office and for commuting. However, the Apple are more comfortable and feel slightly better-built than the Anker. The Apple are also more portable, thanks to their great case. If you use them with an iOS devi