I recently bought the Apple AirPods Pro and am shocked how much I like them …
Some background information on my technology setup
Even though I work online, I’m rather low-tech. I’m pretty good at using the internet while everything else technology-related is more or less lost to me. I’m also a creature of habit so I rarely make changes unless a situation is bad (and that is especially true with technology).
Until a few weeks ago I was using an old MacBook Air, which was really a disaster – the mouse pad hadn’t worked for years, it was slow, and it generally looked like it had been run over by a car. I tried replacing it a few years ago, but I’m pretty sure I have a broken MacBook Pro. The whole thing was just a disaster, so I gave up.
That all finally changed a few weeks ago – I finally got myself a new MacBook Air and AirPods Pro, and I love both. In this post, I wanted to review the AirPods Pro – not from a super tech standpoint, but from my pretty low-tech perspective, as this was my first time buying Apple headphones (which I only used elsewhere) the ones that came with an iPhone that is not wireless).
Apple AirPods Pro basics
The AirPods Pro are Apple’s extremely versatile in-ear headphones. How the Apple AirPods Pro are described:
- They offer active noise cancellation, but there is also a “transparency mode” so that you can better hear what is around you
- They come with three different silicone ear tips for a more customized fit
- They are sweat and water repellent
- They offer easy setup for all Apple devices
- They come with a compact charging case that you can always have with you
- They provide quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”.
What is the battery life of Apple AirPods Pro?
- With one charge, you can get up to 4.5 hours of listening time or 3.5 hours of talk time with the Apple AirPods Pro
- With the charging case, you can listen for up to 24 hours or speak for 18 hours
- If you just put the AirPods Pro in your pocket for five minutes, you have an hour of battery life
- You can charge the case using the USB-C cable which is the same as what you would use for an iPhone
In terms of cost, the Apple AirPods Pro is $ 249. However, I see they are now available on Amazon for $ 199. So obviously I haven’t done a good job here to maximize value (I ordered AirPods Pro right from Apple along with my new laptop).
Why I’m so impressed with the Apple AirPods Pro
When I decided whether or not to buy the Apple AirPods Pro, I thought to myself, “Why are these simple-looking little earbuds costing $ 250?” When I received them, I quickly realized that these are the best earbuds ever and that I will never have to buy any other headphones again.
I’ve never seen headphones that are so well-rounded, versatile. They do pretty much anything Really Well, and I’m so excited about it:
- The sound quality and noise cancellation when playing music (or whatever) is so much better than I expected
- The microphone is ideal for making phone calls
- I was concerned that the AirPods Pro would fall out of my ears while running or exercising, but it never happened
- AirPods Pro are so easy to use; No need to turn them on or off, just put them back in your pocket and they’ll automatically connect to your connected devices
The product just has all the basics, oh well, and I love it. I really don’t think I’ll ever use any other headphones again. I bought Headphones with Bose Noise Canceling 700 (Review) in 2019, and I still can’t figure out how to properly turn them off (or at least they miraculously keep turning on and draining the battery). Sure, you can find over-ear headphones with slightly better sound quality, but for me, they’re not worth the space in my pocket.
In the past, I always thought the AirPods Pro looked kind of silly, and I still feel that way. However, one thing I didn’t properly appreciate was how useful these are as introverts because having these in your ears will get you out of almost all unnecessary conversations with strangers.
AirFly: an invaluable AirPods Pro accessory
When I first published this post, I mentioned my only problem with using AirPods Pro while traveling. In particular, most aircraft with personal television do not support bluetooth connections. In other words, you can’t really use AirPods Pro for in-flight entertainment, and you would get stuck with the (inferior) headphones an airline offers you (and in some cases even require you to buy headphones on airplanes).
Fortunately, you pointed out a valuable accessory that I just ordered – AirFly is a wireless transmitter and receiver that provides audio sharing for up to two AirPods. This can be useful on airplanes as it allows you to hook up your AirPods Pro to virtually any in-flight entertainment. INGENIOUS.
But how do you avoid losing AirPods Pro?
Let me pass this question on to the rest of you as I am new to these headphones. I love how small AirPods are, as it will save me a lot of space in my hand luggage compared to most headphones.
My only worry is that they are so small that I am trying to figure out how not to lose them. Does anyone have any tips? My general thoughts are:
- When I work out or go to the gym, I just take the actual in-ear headphones and leave the suitcase so I don’t even think about leaving them anywhere
- When I’m not using it, I always keep it in the same bag in my backpack
But I still feel that this is not going to end well for me. So if anyone has any tips I’d love to hear them.
This is a travel blog, not a tech blog, but I still love to share the accessories that I find really useful for travel. I know I’ll be late for the party, but I love the Apple AirPods Pro that I picked up a few weeks ago.
Not only are these headphones incredibly versatile, but they also perform well in just about any category. The sound quality is great for music or phone calls. The audio quality when speaking is good. They are easy to use, have excellent battery life, and are small, which saves a lot of space.
Does 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?