People who love their AirPods really love their AirPods. They wear them everywhere: Walking to the train station, doing the dishes, taking a phone call at work, and, perhaps most commonly, working out. But according to some experts, wearing your AirPods to the gym is a very bad (and very risky) idea. We asked our own tech guru to weigh in on the debate and share which wireless earbuds may be better for your daily sweat session than that pricey pair from Apple. Should AirPods really be your running partner?
While some people might decry the act of running while blaring tunes, claiming it distracts you from the objectively arduous task at hand (that is, flinging your body through space at speed for miles on end), I wholeheartedly disagree. Whether you're jogging, lifting, skating, or just spending a lot more time indoors due to increasingly restrictive government mandates, you're gonna want some headphones to keep the party going in your head. To that end, Apple-owned audio company Beats now has a new version of its workout-focused Powerbeats headphones, a sort of little brother to the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro. At $149, the Powerbeats won't outshine the pricier Pro model, but it does make for a decent pair of headphones at a fair price if you can get over some potential dealbreakers. The new Powerbeats, which look more streamlined compared to the $199 Powerbeats released in 2016, are in-ear headphones with adjustable rubber hooks that loop around the back of the ear.
Truly wireless earbuds are a new thing and Apple's AirPods are some of the most popular out there. But are they any good? Amazon may be getting ready to spread its might yet again. According to a report from Bloomberg, the retail giant may have an alternative to Apple's popular wireless earbuds ready for the second half of the year. Amazon's buds are being developed by the company's Lab126, the group responsible for the Echo, Kindle, Fire TV and Fire tablet devices.
At first glance, Beats' new Powerbeats Pro look just like Powerbeats 3, but with the cord connecting the two earbuds together snipped off. But take a closer look and you'll see there's a lot more than meets the eye. Powerbeats Pro are cord-free at last (finally) and pricier than the $199.95 Powerbeats 3, but they also fit better, have improved sound, and faster connectivity thanks to the same Apple H1 chip it shares with AirPods 2. First things first: The Powerbeats Pro aren't replacing the Powerbeats 3. Beats told me Powerbeats Pro will still be sold alongside the Powerbeats 3 when it's available in May. So if you still like having wireless earbuds with a cable -- maybe you like dangling them around your neck after a run -- you'll still be able to get the old model.
Beats by Dre's Powerbeats earphones have been a mainstay in the wireless headphone genre for years, and things have only gotten more interesting since Apple took over. With the Powerbeats Pro, Beats stepped into the true wireless market alongside other fully wireless earbuds like Apple's own AirPods, offering impressive new features and the best sound from Beats earbuds yet. Enter the Powerbeats, which knock a full $100 off the price of their "Pro" sibling, while offering most of the same features. Unlike the Powerbeats Pro, the Powerbeats are connected by a small wire, similar to 2016's Powerbeats3, and other models. There are other differences too, so read on to get the goods on what's new in the latest Powerbeats, what's missing, and which pair is right for you.