AirPods Pro: The First Earbuds to Fit in my Damn Ears
I’ve always been a fan of Apple, especially their software. iOS and Mac OS is tough to compete with, given its speed, ease of use, resistance to malware (seemingly, at least), and clean design. Compared to Android and especially Windows, OS wins hands down in my opinion.
I currently have a 2013 MacBook (which i got a few years ago, still running as quickly as the day i got it), and recently bought the iPhone 11, which was a big upgrade from the iPhone 7. Last week my pair of cheap bluetooth headphones broke, making going to the gym an impossible task. At first I was just going to buy another pair of cheap ones that’ll last me 6-12 months, but recently I had some extra money come in so i started looking into higher-end headphones.
I quickly landed on AirPods and didn’t even realize they had new ones out. I avoided the older models because that style of earbud never fit my ears especially when working out, sweating, etc. Even with the silicone tips though, I was weary because previous earbuds with similar tips still haven’t done a good job at staying in my ears. Although, after seeing raving reviews for their noise canceling and transparency modes, I got excited and wanted to at least *try* them. I headed down to the Apple store after work, tried in a pair, and to my surprise they stayed in my ears quite well even after shaking my head around. So I bit the bullet, shelled out close to $300 ($250+ tax and Apple Care) and walked away with a visceral pain in my side from spending so much money.
I experimented a little with them when i got home and really liked them, but they’re time to really shine was when i went to the gym the next day. I replaced the medium-sized tips with large ones, which fit my ears even better. After sweating from weight lifting and bouncing up and down from running on the treadmill, the pods still stayed in my ears pretty well. I only had to adjust them a few times, and even then I think it was mainly my OCD making me adjust them. The noise cancelling is also EXCELLENT for ear buds, like nothing ive ever used before. Of course it won’t be comparable to the noise cancellation quality of over-the-ear headphones, but I wasn’t expecting them too. In fact, the overall sound quality probably isn’t the best for this (quite expensive) price-point. The bass is *okay* and the high tones are also *okay.* This is something i think alot of people dont realize about Apple products. In my opinion, Apple products are so expensive for three main reasons: They last long if they’re taken care of, the branding/pristine look/feel of the products, and most importantly the *simplicity* of use. Air pods are so simple, you dont even have to manually connect via bluetooth if you’re using them with an iPhone. This might seem like a simple thing, but i liked it alot. Transparency mode is also strangely phenomenal. It makes it so that you don’t have to take out your headphones to hear your surroundings, as it balances the music with the surrounding sounds so you can hear both relatively clearly.
Now that I’ve spent four paragraphs sucking Apple’s dick, let me mention a few of the cons. First, like i mentioned quality isn’t the best for this price point. This isn’t a huge issue for me because i actually listen to podcasts more so than music, and when I do listen to music the quality is just fine for me. Second, while these earbuds do fit my ears quite well, it may still give other’s some issues. They come with three sizes of silicone tips; small, medium, and large. For some these tips may still not be snug enough.
But yeah, I’m very satisfied with my AirPods and the next stop for me is the Apple Watch 🙂
**TL;DR** The AirPods Pro are very nice earbuds that actually fit in my ears. The noise cancelling and transparency features are probably the best youre gonna get with ear buds, but dont expect the quality to be better than many other headphones at that price point.