Specialist review of the Beats Powerbeats Pro
- Thanks to the fully wireless design, you won't be bothered by any cables on your body or in your neck.
- Because of the H1 chip, you can connect the earbuds to your Apple devices automatically and activate Siri with your voice.
- Thanks to the fast charging function, you can use the earbuds for 4.5 hours after 15 minutes of charging.
- The design isn't as suitable if you wear glasses.
First impression of the Powerbeats Pro
When you open the box of the Powerbeats Pro, you immediately see the charging case. It's slightly different from the charging cases of other fully wireless earbuds, this one is slightly larger and more robust. Yet, the design looks sleek thanks to the spherical finish and the matte black color. The earbuds themselves also look neat. Here, you can immediately see the main difference with the Powerbeats 3: this new model is completely wireless.
Comfortable ear hook
The Powerbeats Pro are designed for athletes, in such a way that you can do anything with it. Running in the rain isn't a problem thanks to the water-resistant design, while the close fit allows you to lift even the heaviest weights in the gym. I was never a fan of earhooks, but I had nothing to complain about with these earplugs. Only the extra sizes of ear plugs weren't ideal, since the smallest size was too small and the bigger size a little too large.
In addition to wearing comfort, the starting point of wireless products such as the Powerbeats Pro is a stable connection. Without a stable connection, you're nowhere. That's why Beats has implemented Apple's H1 chip. This chip ensures that you're quickly connected to all of your iCloud devices and that the connection is stable. Even with an Android device, which I use a lot myself, there are hardly any problems.
With a good connection between your smartphone and the earbuds, you can play your favorite songs. Especially if you listen to music with a lot of bass, the Powerbeats Pro won't disappoint you. The bass is deep, clear, and not too noticeable. This ensures a good balance between the different pitches, which benefits the overall sound quality. The only downside is that the sound leak if the volume is high, so the earbuds less suitable for the office.
Long battery life
The fully wireless design ensures that the battery life is shorter than that of its predecessor. Is this bad? No, because the earbuds last 9 hours on a full charge. When you compare this with other fully wireless earbuds, it's quite long. Additionally, the earbuds are charged within 5 minutes, after which you can use them for 90 minutes. This way, you can exercise for extra long without running out of battery,
Smart functions are really smart
Remove the earplugs from your ears and the music will immediately pause. It's a smart feature that can be found in increasingly more earbuds, including the Powerbeats Pro. With many of the earplugs that I tested, this often didn't work, but with these Beats it works flawlessly. Remove 1 earplug or both from your ear and, within 2 seconds, the music will pause. It's a feature that's only nice if it works well, which it does with the Powerbeats Pro.
The Powerbeats Pro are earbuds that you should definitely consider when looking for a fully wireless model. The deep bass ensures a good sound quality within a wide genre of music and the smart functions are really smart. In addition, the basis of this model is also more than sufficient; barely any connection problems and a comfortable fit.