The Apple AirPods Pro are a welcome upgrade of the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. Their in-ear fit makes them much more stable, and they've significantly improved their audio delivery, though some may find this design less comfortable. Their active noise cancelling feature also works very well and makes them well-suited for commuting or wearing at work. While they're smaller than the previous models thanks to their shorter stems, they offer longer battery life and have an easier-to-use touch control scheme. Overall, they're better headphones than the previous Apple models and are much more versatile for everyday use.
The Apple AirPods Pro are good for mixed use. They have a well-built and comfortable design. They also have a fairly neutral sound profile, which makes them suitable for a variety of audio content. Thanks to their excellent ANC feature, they can help cut down bus engine noise or office chatter. They're also stable enough for physical exercise. However, their latency may be too high for gaming and their microphone captures thin and muffled voices.
The Apple AirPods Pro are decent for neutral sound. Their sound is much better-balanced than previous models and their frequency response consistency is outstanding too. While they slightly struggle to deliver thump and rumble, they still provide quite a bit more bass than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 due to their in-ear design.
The Apple AirPods Pro are great for commuting. These small and portable in-ears have a comfortable fit and an excellent ANC feature that helps to cut down the rumble of bus and plane engines. Even though their battery lasts over five hours on a single charge, their carrying case offers five additional charges if you need more battery.
The Apple AirPods Pro are great for sports. While they don't have stability fins, they shouldn't fall out of your ears during a run or workout. They're also small, lightweight, and have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for that. They also have an excellent ANC feature that helps to cut down ambient noise at the gym.
The Apple AirPods Pro are decent for office use. They're quite comfortable and block out a good amount of ambient chatter around you. They're very lightweight and comfortable, meaning you should be able to wear them for a full workday without feeling too fatigued. Unfortunately, their battery won't quite last a full day of work, and they take a bit longer than previous models to fully charge, meaning you may need to take a break from your music while they charge.
The Apple AirPods Pro aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They're Bluetooth-only, so they aren't compatible with Xbox One or PS4. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency will likely be too high for gaming.
The Apple AirPods Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.
The Apple AirPods Pro are alright for phone calls. Unfortunately, their integrated mic does a sub-par job of capturing your voice, so it sounds thin and muffled. While the mic does a better job noise handling, it can still be difficult for the person on the other end of the line to hear you clearly if you're in a moderately noisy environment. That said, these headphones have an excellent ANC feature, so you're able to focus on your call.
The Apple AirPods Pro are just as sleek and minimalist as earlier models. The stems are now shorter, while the white silicone tips give them a premium look and feel.
The Apple AirPods Pro are quite comfortable for in-ear headphones. They come with three sizes of silicone tips and don't enter too deep into the ear canal. They're very lightweight and put no pressure on your ears, meaning they're barely noticeable.
The Apple AirPods Pro's controls are mediocre. Instead of physical buttons, they have an indented 'force sensor' on each stem. Pressing the sensor doesn't provide any tactile feedback, but the earbuds do play a sound when a command is registered. The controls are straightforward: one tap to play/pause or to answer phone calls, two taps to skip a track forward, and three taps to skip a track backward. If you hold down the controls, it activates the ANC or Siri depending on how you configure your settings. However, it can be difficult to get the long press to work. On the upside, all the controls also work on Android devices including ANC, although you can't configure them to other virtual assistants.
Like most in-ear headphones, the Apple AirPods Pro don't trap heat inside your ears, which makes them a suitable option for sports. You won’t notice a difference in temperature when wearing them and won’t sweat more than usual.
Lightweight and smaller than previous models, the Apple AirPods Pro are very portable. Their case should also fit into most pockets.
Their case is outstanding. It's extremely small and portable, measuring only slightly larger than previous models. Like the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, it supports Qi wireless charging as well as charges via its Lightning port. It should protect the headphones well against minor falls and scratches, but not against water damage.
The Apple AirPods Pro have a great build quality. They're made from high-quality plastic and should be able to survive a couple of accidental drops without too much damage. Unlike the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, these headphones are also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.
These headphones have great stability. While they don't have stability fins, they shouldn't move or fall out of your ears during moderate physical exercise like running.
The Apple AirPods Pro have a fairly neutral sound profile, suitable for a variety of audio content. While they struggle a bit more to produce thump and rumble, they lack less bass than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, which have an open-back design.
The Apple AirPods Pro's frequency response consistency is outstanding. Assuming you achieve a proper fit with the included tips, you should experience the same sound reproduction every time you use the headphones.
The Apple AirPods Pro's bass accuracy is excellent. Thanks to their closed-back design, they don't have low-bass issues like the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017 and Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. However, the response is still a bit under our target curve, meaning some people may feel like they're a bit light on the low-bass.
The Apple AirPods Pro have amazing mid accuracy. The reproduction of vocals and lead instruments is fairly well-balanced, although a bit over our target, especially in the low-mid range. This may sound a bit cluttered and forward, but most people likely won't notice this.
The Apple AirPods Pro have excellent treble accuracy. While it's somewhat underemphasized across the range, it's still quite even. Vocals and lead instruments may sound slightly less present or detailed, though. Sibilants like S and T sounds are a bit dull too.
These headphones have an excellent peaks and dips performance that's fairly flat and even. There's a small peak in the low-mids, which slightly clutters vocals and lead instruments. There's also a small dip between the low to mid-treble, which dulls sibilants but this shouldn't be too noticeable to most listeners.
The Apple AirPods Pro's stereo imaging is great. The group delay graph shows it's under the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit are also well-matched in frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. While there's a slight mismatch in amplitude, but most people wouldn't notice it with real-life content as it's very minor. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
The Apple AirPods Pro have a bad passive soundstage, which is to be expected from in-ears. One important factor for creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is the activation of the outer ear by different resonances. Since in-ears bypass the outer ear altogether, their soundstage is perceived as being small and enclosed in your head. If you prefer a slightly more spacious in-ear experience, try out the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless, which feature a semi-open design.
Update 03/08/2021: Thanks to a firmware update, these headphones now have a spatial audio feature. We have updated this box to better reflect this change.
The Apple AirPods Pro have a spatial audio feature but it's only available on iOS/iPadOS 14 or later. You can turn this feature on and off by going into your iPhone's Bluetooth settings. Turning this feature on also turns on head tracking, which reorients the virtual soundstage to follow your head movements. However, we don't currently test these features.
The Apple AirPods Pro's weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. This results in a clean and pure audio reproduction, and the bump in the treble range shouldn't be audible for most people. There's also no big jump under heavier loads, which is good.
These are the settings we used to test these headphones and our results are only valid using this configuration.
The noise isolation of these headphones is excellent. They perform similarly to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless in the bass range and do a great job isolating the low rumble of bus or plane engines, which makes them good for commuting. Their mid-range performance is also great, making them excellent for blocking out ambient chatter. Their weakest isolation performance is in the treble range, though this is the least important for most situations and they still do a decent job. That said, if you're looking for an even better noise isolating performance, check out the Apple AirPods Max Wireless.
It should be noted that there are reports of the ANC performing differently after the 2B588 firmware update. However, we didn't get noticeable test differences. Apple may have tweaked the ANC, but not enough to noticeably impact the overall performance.
Their leakage performance is very good, and much better than previous models due to their in-ear design. They leak the most sound in the treble range, meaning the leaking sounds thin. It's unlikely that these headphones should bother those around you.
The Apple AirPods Pro have an integrated Bluetooth microphone.
The recording quality of the Apple AirPods Pro's microphone is disappointing. Speech recorded sounds very thin, muffled, and distorted, though you should still be able to make out what's being said.
The noise handling of the Apple AirPods Pro's microphone is mediocre. It struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise, even in moderately noisy environments. You shouldn't have a problem in a quieter space like at home though.
The Apple AirPods Pro have an alright battery performance. They last over five hours on a single charge with their ANC on and their case offers five additional charges. They charge very quickly too and they're even advertised to give you three to four hours of continuous playback on a half-hour charge. They even come with a standby mode that activates when they detect that they aren't in your ears to conserve battery life. If you're looking for truly wireless headphones with even longer continuous battery life, consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless.
The Apple AirPods Pro don't really have a companion app, just a settings screen on iOS devices. They have slightly more customization options than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, with ANC and transparency mode toggle, and the ability to change long-press on each earbud to either ANC control or Siri activation. The app also allows you to do a Fit Tip Test to help find which size tips give the best fit, though we had mixed results from this. There are no customization options for Android devices. However, if you do prefer having a bit of customization, check out the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless and their 3-band EQ or the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with their 20 available presets.
The Apple AirPods Pro have alright Bluetooth compatibility. They use the H1 chip for Apple devices which helps with pairing, connection strength, and latency. Unfortunately, our testing dongle doesn't support Bluetooth 5.0 or interact with the H1 chip so you may experience better overall performance when paired to an Apple device. If you want more gaming-oriented truly wireless headphones for non-iOS devices, check out the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless.
These truly wireless earbuds are Bluetooth-only.
These headphones can't be used wired, which is expected with truly wireless headphones. They charge via the included USB-C to Lightning cable, but don't include a charging power brick.
These headphones are compatible with PC via Bluetooth if your PC is Bluetooth-compatible or you have the correct USB dongle. They aren't compatible with PS4.
These headphones are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with Xbox One.
Their charging case is very premium-feeling and is rather small considering its battery capacity. It charges via Apple's Lightning port or any wireless Qi charging pad.
The Apple AirPods Pro are decent truly wireless earbuds that look and feel premium as well as an excellent ANC feature. Their sound reproduction may not be as good as some similarly-priced options from competitors, but they're a big improvement over the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. We suggest taking a look at our recommendations for the best truly wireless earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds for iPhone.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless have different strengths and you may prefer one over the other depending on your usage. The Apple headphones are more comfortable and have a better performing ANC feature. However, the Bose are slightly better-balanced, their ANC is still great in comparison, and their integrated mic has a better recording quality. The Bose also have a better companion app and a lower latency on iOS and Android, although some apps compensate for latency differently.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless. While they're equally comfortable, the Apple have a more stable fit, a slightly longer overall battery life, and their sound profile is more neutral out-of-the-box. The Apple's ANC does a better job of reducing ambient noise too. That said, the Jabra have a much better control scheme, a better microphone, and a customizable sound profile.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better earphones than the Apple EarPods. The EarPods have an open-back earbud design that delivers very little bass and isolates hardly any noise. This can actually be a good thing if you like to listen to podcasts while running outdoors, but if you prefer a better-balanced sound for listening to music, and need to block out external noise, the Pro are the way to go.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless offer similar performance to the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless but have much better ANC. Both have a neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, but the Sony have a longer battery life and are more customizable, especially as their companion app offers a full graphic EQ on both Android and iOS. The Apple, on the other hand, are more comfortable in the ear and feel significantly more stable.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple feel better-built, have a more neutral sound profile, and their ANC feature can reduce even more ambient noise around you. They also have longer total battery life. However, the Samsung have EQ presets as well as two ANC levels via their companion app.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Max Wireless have different strengths and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The AirPods Pro are truly wireless in-ears that are more comfortable, portable, and stable. Their carrying case also holds around five charges, giving you a total battery life of over 30 hours. However, the AirPods Max are over-ear headphones with an even more powerful noise cancelling feature. Their integrated microphone performs better, and they have a continuous battery life of over 21 hours, which is longer than the over five hours provided by their truly wireless counterpart.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are both very decent pairs of truly wireless headphones. The Apple have slightly easier-to-use controls, a more premium-feeling case, much better isolation performances thanks to their ANC feature, a slightly longer overall battery life, and are easier to pair to Apple devices. On the other hand, the Samsung have a more accurate out-of-the-box sound profile, a significantly longer single-charge battery life, a better app for both iOS and Android that offers EQ presets, and are easier to pair with compatible Samsung devices.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are both very well-rounded truly wireless earbuds that each have their strengths and weaknesses. The Apple have an impressive active noise cancelling feature that makes them great for commuting and a very neutral, versatile sound profile. While the Jabra have quite a bit of bass by default, you can customize the way they sound with their companion app. They also have a more durable design for sports, better microphone quality, and longer continuous battery life.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, better-built, and stable. They also have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, better battery performance, and can isolate more noise. However, the Anker have a graphic EQ and presets to help customize their sound profile.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless have better sound reproduction than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. The Beats also have a better control scheme, great battery life, and a more sports-friendly ear-hook design. On the other hand, the Apple feel a bit more premium, have significantly better noise isolation thanks to their ANC, and a much smaller and more portable design that still feels just as stable in the ear.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better overall in-ear headphones than the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2. The Apple are more comfortable, have a better-balanced and more neutral sound profile, and their ANC is more effective at reducing background noise. Their battery life is also longer, and their charging case provides two additional charges over that of the Sennheiser. However, the Sennheiser have a slightly better performing microphone.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are two very different headphones. Some may prefer the comfort of over-ears while some would prefer the portability of a truly wireless design. When it comes to noise isolation, both are great, but the Sony are better in this regard thanks to their amazing ANC feature. On the other hand, the Apple are more neutral-sounding and are noticeably more stable and breathable, which is great for sports.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are two great products, but for different uses. The Bose's over-ear design is more comfortable and the ANC blocks more ambient noise. On the other hand, the Apple are more portable and better for sports thanks to their better stability and breathability performances.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless. The Apple in-ears are more comfortable, feel sturdier, provide a more consistent and neutral listening experience, and have a superior ANC system. However, the Samsung have a far more comprehensive companion app, generate a more spacious and open listening experience, and provide much lower wireless latency. They also last longer off of a single charge, though the Apple have a longer total battery life, with twice the number of extra charges in their carrying case.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Apple have an excellent ANC feature that blocks ambient noise, and their case is noticeably smaller and more portable. The Bose are bigger, have an earbud design, and aren't quite closed-backs, meaning you can monitor your surroundings, which is great for outdoor runners. The SoundSport also sound a bit more neutral with a more accurate bass performance.
While both sound very well-balanced and isolate a lot of noise, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless will be better truly wireless earbuds for most people than the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. While the Jabra have more customization options on both Android and iOS, the Apple are more comfortable, and their ANC helps them isolate even more noise in the bass range, which is important when commuting.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable and also feature an excellent ANC feature that blocks ambient noise. They're also more stable for sports and have a more neutral out-of-the-box sound profile. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless look a bit more high-end and barely leak any noise at high volume. They also have volume control, which the Apple lack.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Plantronics Voyager 5200 are designed for different uses. The Voyager 5200 is a mono Bluetooth headset that isn't meant for listening to music, while the Apple are truly wireless headphones designed for listening to music. The microphone on the Voyager does a much better job at handling noise, and the app gives you a ton of customization options for phone calls. On the other hand, the Apple come with a charging case, and two earbuds so you can listen to stereo music. Their sound profile is also much better-balanced for music.
The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are similar truly wireless in-ears to the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, have a better case, feel better-built, and have ANC. On the other hand, the Anker have better controls, a more bass-heavy sound profile, and a better-dedicated app.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better wireless headphones than the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Apple are slightly more comfortable, have better controls, and feel better-built. Their sound profile is better balanced and neutral while their active noise cancelling helps to block out noise around you. Although they have less continuous battery life than the Anker, they have five additional charges in their carrying case compared to Anker's three. However, the Anker have a better companion app that lets you customize their sound.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless in-ears than the Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, feel better built, have a much smaller case, and have a better-performing ANC. On the other hand, the Amazon have access to a 3-band graphic EQ and charge quicker.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better than the OnePlus Buds Z Truly Wireless. The Apple are better-built and more stable, and they have better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature. Also, they have a more neutral sound profile, though some listeners may prefer the OnePlus' bass-heavy sound profile.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are significantly better headphones than the Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable and stable, have a better-balanced sound profile, and have an outstanding noise isolation performance thanks to their ANC feature. Their battery performance is better too and they have an H1 chip so it's easy to pair with different Apple devices. However, the Sennheiser have a better performing integrated mic and their companion app offers a lot more customization features.
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.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. The Apple are better-built and have a more comfortable as well as stable in-ear fit. They also have a more neutral sound profile, and their active noise cancelling does a better job of isolating noise around you. However, the Razer have a better-performing integrated mic, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets.