AirPods Pro 2022 review: Smarter AirPods that are (almost) impossible to lose

No other product Apple makes has the same culture cache as its AirPods. Forget the Omega MoonSwatch or a beaded necklace: these wireless headphones are still the hottest piece of jewelry on the planet. (And that was before they hooked up with Harry Styles for a standout ad campaign this summer.)

Now that the second-generation AirPods Pro are here, and, having used a pair over the past few weeks, we can confidently say they will sell out by sheer volume by Christmas. Instead of reinventing a hugely popular form factor, the Pro builds on the fundamentals of their predecessors with an undeniable triple threat: better sound, longevity longer battery life and (praise) Apple Find My compatibility. Yes, as if these weren’t attached to your hip, they can’t be lost now. If you’re anywhere near as absent-minded as we are, that’s a big deal.

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AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Missing buds? Closed case

If we’ve learned anything over the past few weeks with Apple’s latest products, we’re not alone: ​​people lose their AirPods a lot. If you haven’t already, previous AirPods have let you track the location of the buds themselves, not the wireless charging case they’re kept in. Let’s perform a desperate morning ballet in search of something you’d forget to hide in your coat all the time. Now, however, this problem has been completely solved by adding separate location tracking to the AirPods Pro case and a speaker that sounds an unmistakable alert when called.

For those who haven’t used Apple’s Find My technology before, you even get turn-by-turn directions to where you last left your AirPods. The whole system is completely stupid-proof, unless the headphones and their case have run out of battery. Even so, anyone who regularly uses these shouldn’t have that problem. Especially since the battery life of the AirPods Pro has been extended with up to six hours of listening time and a total of 30 hours when paired with their case. In a very real sense, we estimate at least three minutes of panicky fumbling has now been eliminated from our daily commute — these are like a Pep Guardiola’s game of pressure.

Better bass, heavier sound

So what is their actual music? As the curse of any tech journalist, we’ve tried numerous pairs of wireless buds so far that our ability to spot the difference between the Samsung and Bang & Olufsen pair officially ranks as a tedious hoax. lightest known to mankind. While there have been some better pairs for sheer audio prowess — no Sony WF-1000XM4 ($224) and Bowers & Wilkins PI7 ($316)—we always come back to the AirPods Pro for a few good reasons. They’re compact, comfortable, connect instantly to your iPhone, and sound great.

As you’d hope, these new AirPods Pro upgrade things dramatically with improved noise cancellation and a lot more weighted audio landscape. So much so that they now rank among their top competitors. Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys diving into a new soul in Oliver Sim’s “GMT,” get your word out with Rina Sawaya’s “This Hell,” or start a mosh pit to the tune of “Nova Twins.” face”, you will get your kicks here. While the bass can be a bit heavy for acoustic and country music – la Faye Webster’s hit song is “Kingston” – there’s a vastly improved sense of depth for much of what you’ll hear. to listen. Case in point, the Alvvays’ “Pharmacy” euphoria achieves exactly what they should: a My Bloody Valentine smash if Kevin Shields really sticks to Lana Del Rey instead of tinnitus.

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Russell Falcon

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