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  • Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better


    Priyanka

    With AirPods, Apple has made a lot of noise and actually single-handedly initiated the development of the TWS headphone market. But after two generations of these popular headsets, the company decided it was time to remember the Powerbeats line. Today we are considering a new model of Apple headphones. According to the vendor, it is intended for athletes and active people who are always on the move.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    They look right

    The product is expectedly similar to the previous representative of the line, the Powerbeats 3 model. The lines and contours have become a little smoother, the wire between the headphones has disappeared, and in general, the device is now much more compact. The Beats brand has not yet been forgotten: it may not be so obvious, but it is inscribed in the name, and the design also contains a reminder of the glorious heritage of Dr. Dre.

    Powerbeats Pro are earbuds with a flexible earpiece that adapts to the size of the ears. The nozzles are made of silicone, complete with four pairs of replaceable different sizes (one is already worn). The plastic used in the model is almost matte. It practically does not collect prints, and if they do appear, they are quickly erased, as well as wet traces of sweat or rain. By the way, the model is protected from external influences according to IPX4 standard (protection from water splashes from all sides). Powerbeats Pro ear mount is very reliable. You can safely train, go for a run, spin on the bar — they will not fall and will not fly (Hello, AirPods). At the same time, their weight can not be called large, they are almost not felt on the ears.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    A bit about the case. For TWS-headphones it is large: you can’t put it in your pants or jeans pocket anymore - the thickness will not allow it. But the pocket of a jacket or backpack - that’s it. The case is ergonomic: the headphones lie in it exactly in the position in which they are comfortable to wear, and vice versa - when removing it is easy to place them so that they begin to charge.

    Features of connection and ergonomics

    Each earphone is connected to a sound source independently: there is no master, you can use any one. Each of them has a sound control key, as well as call control and multimedia button inscribed in the Beats logo. There is no question of any sensory interaction - an adequate solution for a sports model. It is worth noting the reliability of the connection. For almost a week of testing, there were no gaps, as well as pairing errors. Stability of five plus.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    The new Apple H1 is working - the same processor as in the second-generation AirPods, so the connection scenario for the models is the same. For the first pairing with an Apple device, you need to open the case and hold the only button on its case for several seconds directly under the grooves with the headphones, without taking them out. A picture of Powerbeats Pro will appear on the screen. One-click on the display - and you're done, you can use it. The system will beautifully show the charge level of the case and headphones.

    With Android devices, it’s a little different: you need to download the Beats application, enable geolocation detection and repeat all the steps mentioned. The user experience will be almost identical to that on iOS (including switching songs by double/triple pressing the multifunction key, receiving and rejecting calls), except that the process of connecting to the Android gadget is a little longer. But there is a separate application where you can see the battery status of the case and headphones, as well as rename them.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    Someone will say that you can do without the program and will be right, but still, it is worth downloading. For example, when connecting Powerbeats Pro to OnePlus 5 without an application, a very strange behavior was observed when adjusting the sound: the volume changed separately in each earphone, it was not so easy to bring it to the same level. The problem disappeared after installing the proprietary utility.

    It is necessary to remove the earphone as playback stops - a useful option for those engaged in the hall and not only. It is responsible for the optical sensors installed in each earphone.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    Regardless of the operating system used, the headphones work at full capacity, the functionality is not cut (unless, of course, the equalizer presets available on Powerbeats Pro are only for apple owners).

    What about sound?

    The official specifications do not support any codecs. This usually means that the gadget works maximum with SBC and AAC. Since Powerbeats Pro is originally from Cupertino, it is logical to assume that on Android devices SBC is used (aptX, alas, was not delivered) and on Apple - AAC.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    The sound stage isn't too impressive in volume, but that's to be expected given the type of headphones. Passive noise isolation cuts off not so much background noise as we would like: you can hear the surrounding sounds, respectively, part of the music also "leaks" out. Low frequencies are not smeared, the bass is booming and clear, there is no bubbling. High ones tend to hiss and sand slightly, depending on the composition, there is a desire to slightly adjust the equalizer. Subjectively, for completeness, there are not enough more pronounced mid-frequencies, but there is no critical drawdown. Powerbeats Pro adequately handles all genres. EDM sounds a little better and in general styles with electronic inserts, instrumental compositions and extreme alternative directions are perceived a little worse.

    How long will they work

    From a single charge, Powerbeats Pro confidently play for about nine hours. When using the case, this time can be increased to a day. Full charging of headphones will take about 90 minutes, and the case with headphones inside — a little more than two hours. "Ears" are charged via Lightning-cable, which in turn is connected to the network adapter. Fast Fuel fast charging mode will allow you to get an hour and a half of work after five minutes of charging the headphones or 4.5 hours after 15.

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    Specifications

    TYPE

    in-ear inserts, ear hook mount

    TYPE OF CONNECTION

    wireless (TWS), Bluetooth, support for Bluetooth LE

    MATERIALS

    plastic silicone

    CASE CHARGER CONNECTOR

    Lightning

    AUTONOMY

    9 hours on a single charge, using a case about 24 hours

    WEIGHT

    20 g

    ADDITIONALLY

    support for voice commands, fast charging, IPX4, quick connection with devices, two built-in directional microphones, accelerometer, two optical sensors

    Powerbeats Pro review: like AirPods, only better

    Summary

    Lightweight and practical headphones sit securely on the ears and give high-quality for its type of sound. A small drawdown in the middle frequencies will not greatly upset the potential owner-athlete, but he will definitely be pleased with a good autonomy and protection from sweat and moisture. You can use one earphone, there is support for voice assistants. If you compare with AirPods, the functionality and ergonomics of the new item at the level and the autonomy is higher almost twice.



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      The Beats brand has introduced a new True Wireless earbud called Powerbeats Pro. The new product based on the chipset Apple H1 is characterized by high sound quality, long battery life, and support for voice assistant Siri.
      Behind-the-ear Powerbeats Pro has an adjustable mount which does not allow the headphones to fall out even during intense workouts. Additionally, the design is protected from moisture and sweat. The product is larger than AirPods, but according to the manufacturer, 23% less and 17% lighter than the previous model line. For easy wearing, the kit includes four pairs of silicone nozzles of different diameters.
      Like AirPods, Beats wireless headphones automatically connect to your iPhone and other Apple devices, including your iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Supported and work with Android-gadgets — in this case, the pairing will have to be set manually.

      Powerbeats Pro supports voice control of playback with Siri but also retains the physical buttons placed mirror-wise on each of the headphones. The claimed autonomy is up to 9 hours in playback mode and up to 24 hours, taking into account the capacity of the charging case, for which the Lightning cable is used to connect to the power supply.
      Fast Fuel fast charging feature extends battery life by 1.5 hours after just 5 minutes at the outlet. Beats claims that the headphones boast high sound quality with a large dynamic range and low distortion.

      The new product in black, green, blue and beige colors will go on sale at a price of $250 in May 2019.
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