AirPods vs. Powerbeats Pro: What are the differences between them?

A few hours ago, Beats announced the long awaited Powerbeats Pro your first fully wireless headsets. They arrive a few weeks after the second generation of Airpods (which is already in our hands) reach the market.

In the following, we will understand how these new headphones from Apple's subsidiary differ with white brand officials.


The design of these headphones, no doubt, which differs them most. AirPods are the classic, small, classy Apple white headphones; Powerbeats Pro are much larger, rubberized, with a much sportier footprint.

Right off the bat, Powerbeats Pro solves the "problem" of those who don't feel safe with AirPods, that is, who has a problem with them falling from their ears. Powerbeats Pro have a wing that goes over the ear, so it's impossible to lack.

Powerbeats Pro in navy blue

In addition, Powerbeats Pro comes with a number of removable silicone pieces of different sizes to make your ear canal very comfortable. Already the AirPods are “one size fits all” and it's over.

Even bigger, the Powerbeats Pro also have a much more “common” design when it comes to headphones. So if you haven't gotten used to the white leg-down look of AirPods, this may be a better option.

AirPods loose

Finally, while Apple continues to offer AirPods in a variety of colors (as long as it is white), the Powerbeats Pro will have four variations: ivory, moss green, navy, and possibly the most popular of all black.


AirPods have absolutely no physical buttons. When they are in the ear, you can double-tap each headset to perform certain pre-configured actions: forward or rewind the track, play / stop, or turn on Siri. In this second generation, the assistant can now also be called by voice without even touching them.

Woman enjoying the second generation AirPods

Powerbeats Pro already has physical buttons on top of each handset. On the one hand, you control reproduction; on the other, the volume (something AirPods miss so much). As they now incorporate the same H1 chip as the AirPods (with Bluetooth 5.0 and all), the "Sir, Siri" command is also available.

Both headphones also have sensors to detect when one is removed from the ear, causing playback to stop automatically.

Sound quality

Beats claims to have worked hard on the internal components of its new headphones to deliver quality, rich bass. And this is a characteristic of the brand headphones.

The mere fact that Powerbeats Pro acts as an in-ear headset already isolates more external sound and should, rather, provide a superior AirPods audio experience.

In this regard, AirPods would only be even more recommended for those who prefer an uninsulated earphone design, which is good, for example, for those who enjoy listening to music riding their bikes around town.


Apple does not talk much about resistance levels to AirPods, but several tests conducted by Apple have shown that they can withstand quite a jolt.

Powerbeats Pro being used in a gym

Powerbeats Pro is really geared toward sportsmen with water and sweat resistance. That is, if you wear a lot of headphones at the gym, the Beats option is the most recommended.

Battery and recharge

There's no magic: The more physical space, the bigger the size of the battery you can put inside electronic devices.

Obviously, the Powerbeats Pro has a bigger battery than AirPods and can hold up to 9h continuous playback, while Apple headphones go up to 5h.

On the other hand, the Powerbeats Pro's recharge case is much busier than that of the AirPods (even because the headphones inside are bigger) and have the same extra 24h capacity. Incidentally, no matter what color you choose for the Powerbeats Pro, the case will always be black.

Powerbeats Pro

In addition, the second generation of AirPods has a version of its case equipped with wireless recharge. The Powerbeats Pro's case can be recharged via cable through its Lightning port.

Powerbeats Pro have a fast charging system; just 5 minutes of feeding 1.5h of playback, while 15 minutes of recharging is enough for 4.5h of music. Already Apple promises 3h of playback with 15 minutes recharge of AirPods; In any case, not bad.


Last but not least, we have the price factor. And here, each one needs to balance the pros and cons of each phone to decide which one is more worthwhile if one chooses one of these two, that is.

Powerbeats Pro will hit the market next month for $ 250, while AirPods in their version without the wireless recharge case (for fair comparison) are priced at $ 160. With the wireless case, they are still $ 50 cheaper.

Here in Brazil, the difference between them is similar: $ 2,150 for Powerbeats Pro, $ 1,350 for AirPods with standard case and $ 1,680 for AirPods with wireless recharge case.

That is, the new Beats alternative may be better in a number of ways, but also a lot more expensive.