Apple continues to broaden their range of wearables and accessories, adding an updated model to the main Beats Powerbeats line. Now simply called Powerbeats, these wireless earphones bring premium sound quality to a much lower price range compared for example to current top-end AirPods Pro. If you’re deciding whether to go for the new Beats Powerbeats (referred to as Powerbeats 4 here for clarity), here’s how it stacks up against the Apple AirPods Pro.
Powerbeats 4 vs AirPods Pro Wireless Earphones Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Ear Tip Sizes||4||3|
|Audio Chip||Apple H1 Chip||Apple H1 Chip|
|Sweat and Water Resistant||Yes||Yes|
|Active Noise Cancellation||No||Yes|
|Battery Life||15 hours||4.5 hours|
|Wireless Charging Case||None||Adds up to 24 hours|
|Colors||Red, Black, White||White|
The AirPods Pro has a true wireless earbud design while the
For wireless wearables, comfort and fit are big factors in how much you’ll love (or hate) actually wearing the device. As you can see, the
If you like being able to move without worrying about your earphones falling out, the
Those who just want a convenient pair you can put on quickly will likely prefer the AirPods Pro, since it has no earhooks and cable to properly place just so. With the included wireless charging case, along with the small size of the earbuds themselves, the AirPods Pro is a lot more portable too.
Whichever one seems better for you will boil down to preference, and how you’ll be using them for the most part. If you want a few more color options, you can choose between red, black or white Powerbeats while the AirPods Pro is of course only available in white.
The AirPods Pro has active noise cancellation and a slightly richer sound quality than the
Apple says the AirPods Pro adjusts ANC levels around 200 times per second, making them highly adaptable wherever you go. You can also switch to Transparency mode, which functions as if you’re not wearing earbuds at all. You’ll be able to hear the background at normal volume and even hear and speak with people with no trouble.
The AirPods Pro also comes out ahead in the sound quality department, as it’s capable of richer, fuller overall tones with lots of bass and clear instrumentation. It’s also a tiny bit louder, and when combined with ANC, you can get an immersive audio experience whenever you feel like it. You’d definitely feel like you’re getting your money’s worth with the AirPods Pro if impressive sound is a top priority.
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However, the AirPods Pro’s wireless charging case has a significant contribution aside from simply being a convenient way to store and charge the device. It can store multiple additional charges so you can keep topping up your AirPods Pro on the go. Doing so can net you more than 24 hours of battery life at max capacity, which is a big deal if you simply can’t be without earphones.
Still, the connected design of the
Apple’s H1 chip allows both the
Whatever platform your phone is running, you’ll love being able to access built-in controls on the earbuds themselves. Both are equipped with touch controls so you can respond to calls, adjust volume, control playback and more without reaching for your phone. They also have hands-free voice assistant functionality which you can activate by simply saying the appropriate wake words, such as ‘Hey Siri’.
One nice perk of the AirPods Pro is being able to detect when it’s actually in your ears. It pauses music when you take off both or either earbuds, a feature that’s not available on the
It’s clear that these wireless earphones have different intended audiences. The design of the Beats Powerbeats 4 makes it more appealing to those who want secure-fitting earpieces while in the gym or when out for a run. It’s sweat-resistant and plays music for a very long time without needing a recharge, and it doesn’t compromise on sound quality.
For convenience and just pure sound quality it’s tough to beat the Apple AirPods Pro. Its small form factor and truly wireless design affords amazing portability and freedom of movement. You can get a lot of listening time with a fully charged case, and of course, with active noise cancellation you can shut out background noise and just dive into your fave tracks.