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Powerbeats Pro review: Apple’s finest true wireless headphone

By Kenny Yeo - 28 Oct 2019
Launch SRP:

Design & Wearing Comfort

Note: This article was first published on 19 July 2019.

The Powerbeats Pro is Apple's latest true wireless headphone.

What is the Powerbeats Pro?

It’s Apple newest true wireless headphone and also Beats’ first. It was announced in early April and it was supposed to be available here in May. But, for reasons unknown (some speculated it was overwhelming demand), it was delayed. Well, it’s finally here now.

 

Is the Powerbeats Pro powered by the H1 chip?

Like the second-generation AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro feature Apple's new H1 wireless audio chip.

Yes, they are. Like the second-generation AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro is powered by Apple’s new H1 chip. This means it has all the benefits of the H1 chip like:

  • Support for Bluetooth 5.0
  • Hands-free Siri (no more double-tapping, yay)
  • Faster connection to and switching between devices
  • Longer talk-time (but the same music-listening time)

 

What controls are on the Powerbeats Pro?

Control buttons are found on both headphones.

Unlike other true wireless headphones. Both pieces of the Powerbeats Pro have the same controls because each maintains an independent connection to the source device. There’s a single main button, that, depending on how you press it, can be used for taking and canceling calls, and playing, pausing, and skipping tracks. And then there are volume control buttons.

 

Does that mean I can listen to only one headphone?

Yes, you can. Because each Powerbeats Pro is capable of connecting independently to the source device, you can choose to only use one and listen in one ear and leave the other in the charging case. Some people might want to do that so that they can be more aware of their surroundings.

 

Do they fit loosely like the AirPods?

The earhooks of the Powerbeats Pro offer a secure fit.

Thanks to the ear hooks and the in-ear design, the Powerbeats Pro will fit snugly unless your ears look like Legolas’. Apple also provides three additional ear-tips to help you get a really snug fit. It’s important that they fit well because a poor fit compromises its sound.

 

But what if I wear spectacles?

Unfortunately, fit and comfort will be a little compromised if you wear spectacles. There’s no getting around this since the ear hooks go over your ears just like your spectacles do. For what it’s worth, I’m bespectacled but I found the Powerbeats Pro to be secure and comfortable enough once they are properly adjusted. Your mileage may vary, of course.

 

Does it come in other colors?

From left to right: ivory, moss, navy, and black.

Yes, it does. The unit we have is black but the Powerbeats Pro is also available in ivory (beige), moss (dark green), and navy (dark blue).

8.5
  • Design 8
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Good sound quality
Works well with iOS devices
Long battery life
Comfortable, secure fit
Controls on both earpieces
The Bad
Only connects to a single device
Bulky carrying case
No support for wireless charging
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