- Easy pairing with iOS
- Immaculate fit
- Enjoyable sound
- Case is fairly bulky
- Limited noise isolation
- Only IPX4 rated
- Weight of one earphone: 10 grams
- Case weight with headphones: 130 grams
- Headphone Type: In-Ear
- CPU: Apple H1
- Communication: Bluetooth 5.0
- Protection: IPx4
- Case Connection: Lightning
- Active Noise Reduction: No
- Wireless Charging: No
- Headphone uptime: up to 9 hours
Beats by Dr. Dre, which is now owned by Apple, this summer announced a new model of fully wireless Powerbeats Pro headphones, which, according to the manufacturer, provide powerful sound for the most passionate music lovers and goal-oriented athletes.
As a result of the integration between the Beats and Apple developers, the Powerbeats Pro headphones received a long battery life, wide functionality, a reliable connection, an excellent fit in the auricle due to the proprietary design of the earbuds, and high sound quality.
Among the main advantages of their new products, developers pay attention to the following points:
- Each earphone lasts up to 9 hours and using the case to recharge, the listening time is more than 24 hours
- Sweat and moisture resistant
- Adjustable ear hooks with a secure fit
- Powerful balanced sound with wide dynamic range and passive noise isolation
- Supports Bluetooth Class 1 technology for enhanced signal coverage and reliable connection
- Voice control using “Hello Siri” on iOS devices and launching Google Assistant while holding down the “b” button on Android devices
- Playback and volume controls located on both earphones
The official website of Powerbeats Pro costs $249.95, but without much difficulty, they can be found from $199 onwards.
The first thing you should pay attention to is color solutions. On sale, there are headphones in black, dark blue, dark olive and ivory. I chose the latter for review because they look as premium as possible. But here, there is no other way to say, given the cost.
Unlike the same JBLs, Beats counted on a 25+ audience, otherwise, they would have created at least one bright Powerbeats Pro model. I see the audience of such an accessory as follows: wealthy adult men and women who play sports in an elite fitness room.
From the point of view of design, everything is relatively calm: the headphones are connected to an oblong-shaped module, which fits behind the ear. On the outside, the Powerbeats Pro case is flat, rounded on one side. Surely it could have been done differently, but here the form repeats the Beats round logo.
The material of the headphones is slightly rough to the touch matte plastic. The ear hook is made of dense rubber and softens towards the end.
There are no questions to the assembly: the device is made in good faith, no squeaks, backlashes. Even if you apply force to the bow, it does not move away from the main part of the body.
On the white case, traces of operation will be noticeable over time, for example, dust particles accumulate at the junction of the elements.
On the front side, there is a mechanical button with a logo. It is pressed easily, the move is minimal, there is a quiet sound of a “click”. What is important, during pressing there is no pressure on the eardrum. Some in-ear headphones have this problem.
Above is the volume rocker. It is also sensitive to depression. During donning, the ear is constantly pressed.
Next to it is a microphone. If you look closely, you can see its protective metal mesh. Most likely, another microphone is located below, there are also two chrome-plated platforms for connecting power.
On the inside of the earphone is an oval-shaped dark glossy area, this is a proximity sensor. It works if you remove the gadget from your ear:
- pauses the melody
- transfers the voice to another earphone while talking on the phone.
It is worth emphasizing that the elements on the headphones are symmetrical and carry out the sequence of actions: the mechanical button pauses / plays the melody, double-clicking – skips to the next (on the right earphone) / previous (on the left) track.
In this model, you can use only one earphone for music/voice. And changing the left with the right is very easy: they automatically understand which one is inserted into the ear and which is not. However, when playing music, you will have to start it again.
- We take one earphone from the case and insert it into the ear. In this case, you can listen to music or use the earphone as a headset.
- We take another earphone from the case and insert it into the ear. In this case, the melody begins to play automatically in both ears.
- We take out one of the headphones – the sound is paused, but on the other earphone, when you press the “b” button, you can start the music from the pause point.
- During the conversation. Both headphones are on. We take out one – the voice automatically switches to the second almost without distortion and other sounds. We install the first earphone back – we hear a voice in two “ears”.
- If you remove both headphones during a call, the voice goes to the microphone in the smartphone, and vice versa.
It is quite large, but it could not be done otherwise since the headphones themselves have a non-standard body shape. Case dimensions – 65x65x40 mm, weight – 110 grams.
As I understand it, the color of the case is always black, that is, it does not depend on the color of the headphones. A bit strange: for $249.95 I would like to get a case in the color of the accessory.
On the back of the case is the Lightning connector, on the front is the operation indicator, and on top is the volume Beats logo.
Boxing for the ears opens like a casket with magnets. Inside there is a button for checking the operation of the device and a pair of contacts for charging the headphones. They have held there again thanks to magnets.
Carrying a case in your pockets is uncomfortable – too wide and heavy. It is easy to get the headphones with one hand if you hold the case in the other.
Ease of use
Surprisingly, to put on the headphones over your ears, you should look at either the instructions or the photos on the Internet with people who wear Powerbeats Pro. The fact is that headphones must be worn so that the body looks up at 60-80 degrees. The “ear” should almost rest against the ear. In this case, the sound exactly falls into the ear canal.
The design of Powerbeats Pro I would not call 100% intra-channel. Here is a combination of plugs and liners. And this is very good since this model can be suitable for almost all users.
Despite the weight of 10 grams (usually these gadgets weigh no more than 7 grams), they are almost not felt on the ears. However, standard TWS headphones feel more comfortable.
The device does not create pressure on the membrane, even when pressing the button “b”.
In general, the impression is extremely positive: comfortable, with a good fit, there is no particular discomfort in the auricle, they do not fall out even with intensive training (running, jumping, bending, etc.), the sound clearly goes into the ear canal.
However, I wouldn’t wear Powerbeats Pro for more than an hour, because the temples still slightly press on my ears.
The most subjective thing in any review of audio devices.
I’ll start with the volume. Here, at least you can roughly say – louder or quieter. The sound in Powerbeats Pro is loud, but there is not much stock. In a noisy place, set the volume to only 100%. In the hall, I set it to about 70%, since the club has its own music.
The frequency response is flat: there are no obvious surges in the lower or upper. In my opinion, the headphones “hold” from 20 Hz to 17,000 Hz.
It’s nice to listen to both classical melodies and pop, jazz or something heavy:
- Linkin Park – Numb: perfectly audible performer, high moderate, bass a little tambourine on certain notes;
- Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit: very even picture in frequencies;
- No Doubt – Don’t speak: very pleasant cycles, the performer can be heard perfectly, the bass is even;
- Billie Eilish – Bad guy: there are a lot of low frequencies that make you slightly turn down the volume, your voice is heard well, the cyclo is in order;
- Yegor Creed – Heartbreaker (2019): perfectly audible voice, deep low frequencies, smooth high frequencies;
- Mozart – Little Night Serenade: probably a bit too much hum at frequencies of 100-200 Hz, everything else is pretty even.
As a headset
The volume is high, the interlocutor is heard well. And how you are heard through the headphones can be found in the file below (female voice through the phone, male through Powerbeats Pro):
The manufacturer does not indicate battery information in the headphones and in the case.
From one charge, each of the headphones works for about 6-7 hours at 70% volume. I do not really imagine a person who will strain his hearing longer than this time.
The case allows you to charge each “ear” 3 more times accurately. One cycle – 30-40 minutes. The case itself takes about 1 hour to charge.
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