The New Beats Powerbeats Pro Earbuds’ Best Feature Is…
The first truly wireless version of Beats’s popular Powerbeats headphones has arrived and on first impressions alone, it looks like the Apple-owned company has nailed it. The Powerbeats Pro buds offer outstanding battery life, and reliable and easy connectivity (especially with Apple products, of course) in a lightweight design that has a secure fit thanks to the earhook.
We’ll start with the battery life, because that has frequently been a relative failing of truly wireless buds. The Powerbeats Pro will last nine hours on a single charge – the highest we’ve come across before now is six hours, and four or five hours is standard – and the carry case doubles as a charger so you get 24 hours of juice in total.
Furthermore, the headphones charge quickly in a pinch, with five minutes of charging netting you 90 minutes of playback and 15 minutes yielding 4½ hours.
It’s still not quite as long as the Powerbeats 3 wireless headphones, which last 12 hours on a charge, but it matches up well to most wireless headphones and outclasses every other truly wireless bud.
The headphones both function independently, so you can wear just one to stay more aware of what’s around you, and they both have the same controls on them to take calls, adjust volume and control music playback.
A secure fit is ensured thanks to the adjustable earhook and four sizes of ear tips. The Powerbeats 3 also have this earhook and always impressed us on this front, staying in place during even the most intense workouts, so we’ve got high hopes that the Powerbeats Pro will have a similarly solid fit.
We can’t speak for the sound quality until we test a set of the Powerbeats Pro but again, we never had any complaints with the Powerbeats 3, though truly wireless bids do tend to have to sacrifice some sound quality as a result of their design.
The Powerbeats Pro will be available from May on the Apple website. The headphones come in four colours – black, ivory, moss and navy – and will cost a pretty penny at £219.95. That’s considerably more than rivals like the Jaybird Run XT, Jabra Elite Active 65t and Apple’s own AirPods, all of which cost £160-£170. We’ll review them soon to see if it’s worth you spending that extra £50.
Buy from Apple (available May) | £219.99