I didn't think I'd write a second AirPods review in 2019, but I am. My review of the original model came out in early 2017 and a few months ago, in May, I assessed in detail the second generation of Apple's wireless headphones.
Now, time to talk about the AirPods Pro. They had been awaited for a long time and much of the news was even expected for such a second-generation model, but ended up being released without a special event in late October.
Here's the video I posted when I received them, with a unboxing it is a hands-on quite complete:
Now, a few weeks later, I'm about to bring you my full review of the AirPods Pro.
If absolutely nothing has changed from the original AirPods to the second generation, now in the Pro model we have a completely new design of both the headphones themselves and the charging case.
Of course you still keep an eye on them and you know they are AirPods (especially because they are still available only in white, which is a great pity), but we are definitely talking about a new iteration of the product here.
O case It was a little shorter and longer, with a volume about 15% larger than the previous one and weighing 45.6g. It still has the same hinge mechanism, Lightning door at the bottom, and manual pairing knob at the rear, and the indicator LED right at the front.
The headphones, in turn, have changed considerably. The upper part is more ?chubby? (there are more components squeezed in there), the little leg is much smaller (with a flat side to facilitate the controls, which now work by ?pressing? them) and there are now air chambers as the AirPods Pro become in-ear headphones ie the tip actually gets a little into the ear canal, so they wear interchangeable silicone pieces.
When you take the AirPods Pro out of the box, they come with medium-sized silicone tips, but inside you also find two other pairs: one small, the other large. To decide which one is right, you can not only try it all out and feel which one is most comfortable, like within the iOS AirPods Pro settings (which are still well hidden within the Bluetooth area) Apple has implemented a software test that helps to determine if the chosen tip is really making good sound insulation.
It is good to point out here that we do not necessarily have 100% symmetrical ear canals. That is, it is not uncommon for a person to opt for a small tip to the left and a medium to the right, for example.
Such an air inlet and outlet system is responsible for equalizing the pressure of the ears, and I must say that it works very well. This feeling of "muffling" / "clogging" is even one of the most frequent reasons for earphone criticism, so it's no wonder Apple really bothered to improve that experience.
Active Noise Canceling and Transparency Mode
I can't go much further in this review without addressing, without a doubt, the main novelty of the AirPods Pro. In fact, two.
Anyone who has ever used AirPods (either first or second generation) knows that they are earbuds that rest on the ear without plugging the ear canal. That is, while you are using them, you can still hear everything around you. If you want to ?isolate? yourself from the outside world, the only way is to (well) turn up the volume.
When we are talking about in-ear headphones like the AirPods Pro, the simple fact that you fit them into the ear canal already provides what we call Passive Noise Cancellation. That is, they may be turned off and not playing anything, but just by using them you are already "covering up" much of the external noise. As a result, you can usually hear music at a lower volume (great for your hearing health, by the way).
But the AirPods Pro as well as several other headphones premium which are on the market today go beyond: using microphones present on their outer and inner parts, they are able to do what is called Active Noise Cancellation. In real time, the headphones pick up all the ambient sound and ?invert? the sound frequencies, sending it to your ear canal so you can't hear (almost) anything that is happening around you. All this calculated and adapted 200 times per second, according to Apple.
In practice, it means you can have a lot more immersion in what you hear and without having to play the volume up there. Great in very noisy environments, although in this case the system still cannot make a complete cancellation, but simply sensational in situations with simpler and more constant noises such as the noise of an airplane cabin. In such cases, the thing works what a marvel.
On the other hand, the fact that AirPods Pro already isolates the user from the outside world even with Active Noise Canceling turned off may make some people worried in certain situations. Now if you have a baby at home or are pedaling on the street, it is important to be able to hear things around you even while wearing the headphones.
the one that comes in Transparency mode. What it basically does is the inverse of Active Noise Canceling: It uses the AirPods Pro's external microphone to carry ambient sound into your ear canal, acting as a kind of ?amplifier? but quite naturally. With it turned on, the feeling that you don't have AirPods Pro in your ear. too crazy!
Incidentally, the combination of the Transparency Mode software and the AirPods Pro's inner tubes make us able to talk to people by listening to our own voice without that weird feeling provided by other headphones that already have a similar mode. The thing here was very well done.
Ok, but how do we enable and disable these Active Noise Canceling and Transparency Mode features?
In previous AirPods, controls on them were done by tapping the headphones. Now, since we have the air chamber occupying much of that space we used to touch, the method is to press their little legs. This is not a physical button, but it feels like the AirPods make a ?click? sound when you press.
I think I preferred the old way; I've gotten used to the new ones, but there are still times when I push maybe a little out of place and nothing happens.
Pressing the little leg once will pause / play what is playing; twice advances to the next lane; three times rewinds the track. And pressing and holding for 2-3 seconds switches between Off, Active Noise Canceling or Transparency modes.
If you like, in AirPods Pro settings, you can choose to check / uncheck between these three options and make pressing the little legs simply toggle between Active Noise Canceling and Transparency Mode as I set it here. It also gives you, on just one side, to make pressing the little leg call Siri instead of switching modes which doesn't make much sense, since you can call the virtual assistant just by saying ?Hey Siri? .
Of course, you can also switch between modes via iPhone, Mac, or Apple Watch. In the first case, this is done by opening the Control Center and tapping / holding the volume bar; In the second, simply click on the volume cone in the menu bar and select the AirPods Pro; In the third, while you are listening to something, you can touch the AirPlay icon and choose the desired option.
What Apple hasn't brought to the AirPods Pro yet is a big flaw, a physical volume control. Nothing has changed here, then: to adjust the volume you need to do it through iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch or giving Siri a voice command.
Anyone who sees the AirPods Pro's larger recharge case may find that they've gotten a lot more battery, but no: overall, pretty much the same thing.
That is, if you use Active Noise Canceling or Transparency Mode at all times, you will have up to a little less battery when compared to previous AirPods: 4.5h instead of 5h (or up to 3h30 if you're using us). so much for conversation).
The case of the AirPods Pro comes with the wireless recharge (Qi) feature, whereas in the normal model this is optional; the Lightning port is still down there, of course, but now in the box it comes with a Lightning to USB-C cable. The case continues to provide up to 24 hours of headphone autonomy when fully recharged.
I always found the autonomy of the AirPods excellent, the problem here is not their longevity. Depending on the intensity of your use of the headphones, after 1-2 years their battery health (both the headphones and the recharging case itself) can plummet to the point where you can no longer use them. day by day.
And as they are basically ?irreparable? that is, you can't take them to an Apple Store and pay for a replacement battery only (you can even afford it, but you get new headsets and so the price is not there). attractive), we have here possibly the best ?disposable? headphones on the market.
The good news this year is that Ma also sold the AppleCare + plan to the AirPods Pro, and I didn't hesitate to do it for mine. This gives them a two-year warranty and is entitled to two exchanges including incidental damages (like your dog chewing on a headset).
It's a point that at the same time is quite subjective and also runs away from my beach as reviewer technology, not as audiophile.
I am fully aware that AirPods, since their first generation, provide fairly reasonable audio quality for earbuds. They had an almost noticeable improvement on the second generation and now, on the Pro model, a little bigger jump especially on the bass but nothing out of this world.
Apple promises the following:
AirPods Pro deliver superior sound quality with Adaptive Equalization, which automatically adjusts low and mid frequencies of music to the individual shape of each ear, creating a rich and engaging experience. The high dynamic range amplifier produces pure, clear sound, allowing for longer battery life and driver High-amplitude, low-distortion custom speaker that optimizes audio quality and eliminates ambient noise. The driver delivers high quality sound with consistency, up to 20Hz, and detailed high frequency and midrange audio.
As I do not consider myself the best person to talk about it, I recommend that you check out our post with the video of YouTuber Quinn Nelson, who is an audiophile and compared the AirPods Pro to the Sony WF-1000XM3 which, he says, he considers superior in sound quality.
The point here is very simple: no one should buy AirPods (either normal or Pros) solely for their sound quality. It is very respectable and satisfying, but there are other headsets on the market wired and wireless, in-ear or no doubt superior in that regard. What makes AirPods special is the whole set, the experience.
Another thing that has changed little in this respect is the AirPods Pro's microphone. They are super-reasonable for calls and for chatting audio messages, but they are definitely not, for example, for you to record a podcast. In that regard, I expected more from the suffix "Pro."
Chips / Technologies
AirPods Pro are equipped with a SiP (system-in-package) very powerful, which enables the operation of new features such as Active Noise Canceling and Transparency Mode.
At its core is the H1 chip, introduced with second generation AirPods, and is responsible for improving the performance and reliability of pairing AirPods with Bluetooth devices (version 5.0), as well as enabling the ?E a, Siri? command.
Speaking of Bluetooth, it is always worth remembering here that AirPods, although they integrate better with devices Apple iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, etc.) also function as standard Bluetooth headsets. We recently made a video showing them connected to modern smart TVs:
AirPods Pro, like their predecessors, have optical and motion (accelerometer) sensors that know, for example, when you take one out of your ear and issue a command to play music, video or whatever. paused automatically (something that can also be set in the headset settings).
It is worth noting here, too, that AirPods Pro are now officially sweat and water resistant (IPX4 rating). Various tests have shown that the previous ones were already quite tough, but now this is coming out of Apple's own mouth. ?
Here, I had a big negative surprise.
But let's go, calmly, parting. In terms of usability, pairing, drums, sound quality and especially the new Active Noise Canceling and Transparency Mode features, I have nothing to talk about; AirPods Pro are awesome! I am loving them.
Which "got me," and I had already given a spoiler In a podcast of ours, I'm having problems with AirPods Pro getting stuck in my ear. More specifically the left side; Yes, ladies and gentlemen, as I have pointed out a few paragraphs ago, we humans are not perfect, so I am having trouble with just the earpiece in my left ear.
When I start using the AirPods Pro, the feeling of extreme comfort. I tried the three sizes of silicone tips and just didn't like the big one; I ended up opting for the small one, but would use the average in a good way. The problem is that, after a while, the left earphone simply "jumps" / falls out of my ear. If I am speaking (ie, moving the jaw), the process of accelerated fall.
It's a very weird and unexpected feeling, considering that we now have the silicone tip to hold it better. But I, who never had a problem with that on previous AirPods, now I'm facing it with the new ones.
A couple of days ago, coincidentally just before writing this review, I figured out a way to get them tighter to the ear: As soon as I fit the ear to my ear, I twirl it a little bit until my little leg touches my earlobe. ear. I don't know why, at this angle I have felt them more attached to the ear. I seem to have solved the problem, but I still intend to experiment with tips from other manufacturers that use a non-slippery material other than silicone. To see.
Conclusion: worth buying?
Having said that, first of all, I recommend to anyone still in doubt to check out this article about differences from normal AirPods to AirPods Pro.
Tim Cook sometime after the release of the AirPods Pro said they would not be "substitutes" for previous ones and that a lot of people could have both. Well, ?could? one thing; That makes some sense, just another 500. If the AirPods Pro didn't have Transparency Mode, I might even agree with that since they wouldn't be recommended in many situations.
Interestingly, normal AirPods remain an excellent choice for many people. The Pro arrived as a new member of the line, $ 50 more expensive than second generation AirPods with the wireless recharge case and $ 90 more expensive compared to the conventional case model. It is a significant difference.
Those who opt for the Pro model should do so by:
- Never adapted well to the format of normal AirPods.
- Really being very interested in Active Noise Canceling and Transparency Mode is something that should be tested, as I know of people who do not get along with any active noise canceling handset (there are reports of people getting a bit 'dizzy'). ?Or even have a headache).
- Already have a previous model whose battery is going to the bog, you can enjoy it and already upgrade.
At the time of posting this review, AirPods Pro have not yet been approved by Anatel but we already know how much they will cost when released on Brazil: R $ 2,250 at 12x or R $ 2,024.10 view. The prices of the previous ones have not changed: R $ 1,350 for the normal one and R $ 1,680 for the model with wireless charging case.
If you like the AirPods, I have no doubt you will love the Pro model. But yes, there is still room for improvement: physical volume control, more significant improvements in sound quality, improved battery life (and / or possibility of change) and color options are the main ones that come to mind.
But hey, Apple needs to leave some things to bring us in the next generations, no? ?????