When you think of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, you usually don't think of great sound quality inside a true wireless design, but more of fancy headphones of the pop culture. However, Beats Powerbeats Pro received great acclaim, possessing a sound quality slightly better than AirPods and represent a visible upgrade from the previous models.
Despite its reputation among modern music lovers, it is undeniable that Beats is one of the fastest-growing and most successful headphone brands in recent years.
With the release of Beats Powerbeats Pro, the reason becomes apparent. The headphones connect immediately, and the response time is quicker than that of AirPods, making it one of the most convenient true wireless stereo headphones. Furthermore, Powerbeats Pro is also compatible with Android, not just with Apple products.
Beats By Dre Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Headphones Review
Type: True Wireless Stereo Headphones for Sport | Bluetooth: 5.0 | Latency: 170 ms (average) – 130 ms for iOS | Battery: 9 Hours (24 Hours in Total via the Charging Case) | Charging-Time: 4.5 Hours | Quick-Charge: 1.5 Hours in 5 mins | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 12 mm | Weight: 21g
The Beats Powerbeats Pro is a sporty type of true wireless headphone with a secure fit that benefits from water and sweat resistance, features the same technology as the AirPods, and an even longer battery life. With the Apple H1 chip, if you like to play games occasionally, Beats Powerbeats Pro’s latency should be good enough. However, for more competitive games where the quality of transmission and delay between image/sound needs to be lower. In terms of sound quality, the Powerbeats Pro’s have a slight advantage over sound pressure and low frequencies over Apple’s AirPods. In comparison to the AirPods, the low-end of the spectrum is much more noticeable and ensures a good sense of power.
The craftsmanship of the Powerbeats Pro is great, and the overall construction is slightly lighter than the previous Beats Powerbeats. However, compared to the AirPods, Powerbeats Pro isn’t as aesthetic and imposes somewhat sizeable earpieces that stick out conspicuously.
Like the Powerbeats3, the Beats Powerbeats Pro is a wireless headset designed for people with an active lifestyle; thus, the Powerbeats Pro enjoys an in-ear design that is resistant to water and sweat.
The audio management does not enjoy a smart sensor with a touch operation. There are logo keys and volume control buttons on the left and right ear to play and pause your music and answer or reject a phone call. To play the next or previous song, you’ll have to press the logo key two/three times. While touch controls give the impression that intuitive and more modern than standard physical controls, you’ll realize that the options and playback controls are harder to learn and more prone to damage.
The True Wireless Headphones carry a generous interior space, which helps the Powerbeats Pro packs in a big battery that lasts a while. The battery life is even more compelling than competing products, with the Powerbeats Pro officially claiming up to 9 hours of playback time in a single charge.
When the battery empties, just put the Powerbeats Pro back into the charging case and get up to 4 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes. The quick-charge function might not be as effective as that of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, though the Powerbeats Pro is a truly wireless headphone. And with the charging case, Powerbeats Pro and boasts a total of 24 hours of battery life.
In terms of charging, Beats Powerbeats Pro provides 4.5 hours of battery life after 15 minutes of charging, which is a lot of playtime in a very short time frame even for a truly wireless headphone.
The Powerbeats TWS headphones are energy efficient. To avoid running out of power, the true wireless headphones incorporate a sensor that automatically allows the headphones to turn on/off. When you take off the earbuds, the music pauses. Once you put back the headphones in your ears, the playback resumes.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro is the second wireless headset to feature Apple’s H1 chip, ensuring a more stable and efficient connection, including the activation of Siri Voice Assistant when speaking into the headphones.
With the Apple H1 chip, if you like to play games occasionally, Beats Powerbeats Pro’s latency should be good enough. However, for more competitive games where the quality of transmission and delay between image/sound needs to be lower, Powerbeats Pro isn’t the perfect model.
In terms of sound quality, the Powerbeats Pro’s have a slight advantage over sound pressure and low frequencies over Apple’s AirPods. In comparison to the AirPods, the low-end of the spectrum is much more noticeable and ensures a good sense of power.
The sound is dynamic and fuller in that range. The shortcoming is represented by the high frequencies, which are rather bright and sharp, quite annoying after listening to music for too long. However, you could fix this issue by using a pair of Comply memory foam ear tips to attenuate the high acoustics and make the sound more bearable in the high-frequency range. The trade-off being the transparency and the separation of the sound being slightly weakened.
When you compare the sound quality of the AirPods with that of Powerbeats Pro true wireless headphones, there is not much difference, though it’s unquestionable that the Beats PowerBeats Pro emphasizes the low-frequencies and provides a dynamic sound when playing electronic, pop, or rock music. While most might hate the large size of the PowerBeats Pro, the sizeable earpieces also benefit from reproducing a larger soundstage, making it the right choice for listening concert type of music.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro is a sporty type of true wireless headphone with a secure fit that benefits from water and sweat resistance, features the same technology as the AirPods, and an even longer battery life. The earphones are not subtle and minimalistic, like the AirPods. However, the well though-out ergonomy comes with certain advantages.
The sound is relatively full, ensuring strong and abundant low frequencies, which renders the sound enough clarity. Beats also features an aluminum protective structure to the unit that reduces acoustic distortions and improves the sound scene thanks to the large interior space. Similarly to the Airpods, Powerbeats Pro has a small opening into the hulls that helps balance the bass performance while also relieving pressure on the ears.
In general, the Powerbeats Pro is a more sporty version of the AirPods, which is equally suitable for daily use or commuting. Regarding the two true wireless headphones’ value, both headphones are close, whether we’re talking about construction quality, audio reproduction, or utility.