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Beats Powerbeats review: Apple's cheaper Bluetooth fitness earbuds

The Guardian

Apple's revamped Powerbeats Bluetooth workout earphones take what was great from the firm's true wireless earbuds and add a cable, longer battery life and cheaper price. Powerbeats replace the older, more expensive Powerbeats 3, with redesigned ear hooks, cable guides and Apple's H1 chip, which simplifies Bluetooth connectivity and gives them all the AirPods-like features Apple's headphones have with iPhones. The design of the Powerbeats is pretty simple. Each earphone's body has an earbud sticking out of one side with a traditional silicone ear tip that twists into your ear canal. The other end has an hook that loops over the back of your ear, holding it in place and neatly guiding the cable backwards rather than in front of your ear like its predecessors.


Beats PowerBeats Pro review: Apple's fitness AirPods rock

The Guardian

The PowerBeats Pro are Apple-owned Beats' first true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that cut the cable and seek to be the ultimate running and gym earphones. As with Apple's original AirPods, which looked like a set of the firm's standard EarPods with the cables cut off, the £220 PowerBeats Pro are basically the firm's popular PowerBeats 3 neckband Bluetooth earbuds without the cables joining the pair. That includes the signature ear hook, which tucks behind the top of your ear to hold the earbuds in place. As such the PowerBeats Pro are neither small nor subtle. They come in black, but also a series of attractive colours such as a dark green.


Bose's first gaming headset is now available for pre-order

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The Apple AirPods Pro stand tall as our pick for the best overall true wireless earbuds right now. Apple's AirPods Pro take everything we love about the traditional AirPods and ramp things up a notch (or three). They sound better than all Apple earbuds before them, deliver excellent noise reduction, and add proper water-resistance (finally). What's more, these are the first Apple earbuds with swappable silicone ear tips, making it easy for just about anyone to get a comfortable fit. While battery life is middling at 4.5 to 5 hours (some competitors offer 10 hours or more on a single charge), the pocket-friendly charging case holds multiple recharges for 24 hours total listening time. In addition, quick charging provides an hour of listening in just five minutes, so you'll rarely need to worry about dead earbuds. In our lab tests, we found the AirPods Pro's noise cancellation was on par with pricier noise-canceling headphones, with a minimal hit to battery life. Their Transparency Mode is also among the most effective and natural-sounding we've experienced, allowing you to pipe in the outside world for those times you want to be aware of your surroundings.


Here are all the best Prime Day headphone and earbud deals

Mashable

BEST FOR WORKING OUT: Sony WF-SP800N Truly Wireless Sports in-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones -- $88 (save $111.99) BEST AIRPODS DEAL: Apple AirPods Pro with 6 free months of Apple Music -- $199.99 (save $50) If you're still hanging onto your old wired headphones, these Prime Day deals just might convince you to take the plunge on a high-tech wireless pair. Whether you're an Apple aficionado looking for discounted AirPods, or a noise-canceling know-it-all who needs to block out the background noise, there's a Prime Day deal for you. Check out the details on our favorite deals below, and scroll to the bottom of this post for all the best headphone deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. This is the absolute lowest Amazon price we've seen on these Bose 700 headphones -- making now the ideal time to snag a pair.


Beats' Powerbeats Pro preorders start May 3, launch May 10

ZDNet

Apple will begin taking preorders for the Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones on May 3 on Apple.com in the US and Canada. Orders will arrive May 10, the same day full availability beings. The $250 Powerbeats Pro features the same core technology found in the Apple's AirPods thanks to Apple's H1 chip, which enables faster connections, improved range, better battery life, and hands-free "Hey Siri." They are no wires connecting the left and right earbuds, and the Powerbeats Pro comes in a charging case. The Powerbeats Pro is designed to be worn during a workout.