If you’ve read this article, you’ll know how much I love the AirPods. So when I had the chance to try the AirPods Pro, I was beyond excited. But there’s only one problem: most ear buds don’t fit well in my ears. Usually, they end up falling out. Will the AirPods Pro will be a game-changer for me? I’m about to find out.
First up, scroll through the gallery to read about the features of the AirPods Pro.
The AirPods are made to be a perfect fit
As I mentioned, my ears aren’t a huge fan of buds. But the AirPods Pro have Ear Tips (or ear buds) that come in three sizes: small, medium and large. The ones pre-attached to the AirPods Pro are the medium-sized ones, while the small and large ones are packed in the box. So how do you know which to use? Do the Ear Tip Fit Test. After connecting your AirPods Pro, go to the Bluetooth settings, tap on Ear Tip Test, then play the music. If “good seal” is reflected, the Ear Tips are a good fit for you. When I did the Ear Tip Fit Test, I discovered that while the medium fit my right ear perfectly, I had to use the small for my left year. At least I know those ear tips won’t be wasted. They’re pretty easy to change too: just pinch and pull it out. To fit it a new one, ensure the “oval” shapes on the ear tip and AirPod Pro are aligned before pushing it in.
There are noise-cancelling properties
You know how when you put on noise-cancelling headphones, ambient noise immediately gets blocked out? Well, same goes for the AirPods Pro, albeit without cupping your whole ears. So how this works is, the earphones have Active Noise Cancellation, which uses two microphones to remove noise. The outward-facing mic analyses environmental noise, then creates anti-noise to cancel it out. Then, the inward-facing mic listens towards the ear and cancel out the remaining noise. Too cheem for you? Just know that it works pretty damn well.
This is great for when you want to block out the typing noise/chattering around the office and great news: I could still hear my phone ring—faintly. But if your boss has a habit of calling you verbally, this might not be the best thing lest you get into trouble for ignoring him/her.
There’s a “safety” feature
One thing that worries us when it comes to noise-cancelling headphones is that you might not be aware of oncoming traffic unless the car honks at you. The AirPods Pro have a Transparency Mode that allows you to listen to music and the environment around you, whether it’s listening out for SMRT’s announcement in case of train breakdown or making sure you’re more aware of the traffic around you. (That said, please don’t use your phone and cross the road.) This is done using the pressure-equalising vent system and software that ensure the right amount of noise cancellation remains active. Plus, with this, you can hear yourself when you talk, so you don’t unintentionally raise your voice while trying to communicate with the person beside you.
When I turned on the Transparency feature in the office, I couldn’t quite tell the difference from Noise Cancellation feature—until I started typing. My amazement meter just shot through the roof!
You can easily switch between the modes
All you have to do is press and hold the “stem” of the AirPods Pro. You’ll hear a faint beep sound before the mode is changed. As easy as that! Alternatively, you can also toggle between the modes on the Control Centre of your phone.
The battery lasts pretty long
As with all wireless headphones, this requires charging. The great news is that, the AirPods Pro can last up to 4.5 hours of listening time (3.5 hours of talk time, for those of you who still talk on the phone), while the Charging Case deliver over 24 hours of listening time. The case supports wireless charging as well as via the Lightning® port.
You can share with audio with someone
Ever had a bop that you want your friend to listen to? Or want to watch movies on the phone or iPad with bae but don’t want to let the music blast throughout the room? The new Audio Sharing feature allows you to “share” your audio simply by bringing a second pair of AirPods close to your iPhone or iPad. Now you don’t have to fight over who gets which side of the earphones.
So is it worth it?
It’s the first day I’m trying it, and so far, I’m impressed by the sound. When the Noise Cancellation feature is on, there’s a bit of uncomfortable pressure on my ears that I’m still not used to. I find myself swallowing a lot to get rid of the pressure. Definitely don’t have this feature on without listening to music because it can be quite uncomfortable (these are not earplugs). It’s not that bad when music is playing.
So far, the AirPods Pro haven’t threatened to fall from my ear. They’re pretty comfortable to use but then again, I haven’t done the ultimate Lying Down comfort test because alas, I’m at my desk.
The price of $379 may be pretty steep for some people, but if you think of cost per wear (I wore AirPods for at least four hours each day), it’s pretty worth it.
For those who are new to AirPods, here’s how to set up your AirPods Pro.
- Open the case
- Then, click connect (make sure your software is updated to iOS 13.2. You’ll see the key features being flashed one by one and you won’t be able to skip it, so get five sips of coffee while waiting (it doesn’t take long).
- Go to Settings à Bluetooth à Click on AirPods Pro to connect.
All these steps are basically the same as the previous AirPods. Now comes the exciting part.
- Put the AirPods in your ear. Click on Ear Tip Test, then play the music. These will tell you whether the Ear Tips (or ear buds) are a good fit for you.
Now that you’ve got that settled, enjoy your listening experience.
AirPods Pro retail for $379 and are available to order from Apple.com/sg. AirPods Pro is available at Apple Store now.