AirPods Pro or Powerbeats Pro: which is better to buy?

Comparison of AirPods Pro or Powerbeats Pro

At the end of October 2019, Apple unexpectedly surprised us with an updated

version of their wireless headphones undercalled AirPods Pro, which received active noise cancellation, excellent sound quality and a completely new design. It is worth noting that these are already the second «Pro» headphones. The first were the Beats-branded Powerbeats Pro, which Apple released in April 2019. In this article, we'll look at all the differences between AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro.


AirPods Pro designed for everydayuse, while PowerBeats Pro is designed specifically for those who use headphones for training (running, cycling, training, etc.).

In terms of design, irAirPods Pro‌ are likeAirPods‌ 2, but with a much shorter leg and slim body design with flexible silicone earmolds, which were the first to be featured on the AirPods‌ line. Silicone ear buds snap right into the base of the AirPods Pro for a comfortable fit and active noise canceling technology.

Apple has developed special siliconelugs for AirPods Pro обеспечить to provide a comfortable fit in most users' ears, and the design was designed to fit the contours of each individual ear for superior sealing.

AirPods Pro has also been developed withAn “innovative ventilation system” that is designed to equalize pressure in the ear to minimize the discomfort that is characteristic of other models of in-ear headphones.

Apple claims AirPods Pro will force youfeel that there is nothing in your ears, and during testing, many have found that they are actually more comfortable than PowerBeats Pro, especially with prolonged use.

PowerBeats Pro‌ also uses siliconeear tips, very similar to AirPods Pro‌, but since they are primarily intended for fitness, they are worn on the ears with the aid of an attachment to secure themselves securely.

Powerbeats Pro‌ come in four sizestips, not with three (like AirPods Pro) and offer an individual fit for each user. Powerbeats Pro is designed to stay in your ears during activity. Note that Apple claims to have tested more than 20 headphone designs before settling on the current design that suits most people.

AirPods Pro and PowerBats Pro come with casesfor charging. The AirPods Pro charging case is larger than the AirPods 2 charging case, but still much smaller than the Powerbeats Pro charging case, which is huge. The Powerbeats Pro's body is clamshell-shaped and much larger because it has to include earhooks, making it a virtually unpocketable option. The AirPods Pro case fits quite comfortably in your pocket.

Active noise reduction

One of the key features of AirPods Prois active noise cancellation (ANC), and this is the first time Apple has built ANC technology into headphones. Powerbeats Pro‌ have silicone ear tips and noise-isolating properties, but the noise isolation is not nearly as powerful as active noise cancellation.

ANC technology uses two microphones andApple software algorithms for adapting sound to each user's ears. One microphone is facing out and designed to detect external sound, allowing AirPods Pro to analyze and eliminate environmental noise, while a second inward-facing microphone listens to sounds to your ear to fine-tune noise reduction.

Active noise canceling AirPods Pro can drown out a lot more sound than PowerBeats Pro with simple noise isolation.

AirPods Pro also have Transparent Mode, whichdesigned to customize active noise cancellation algorithms so you can continue to hear what's going on around you. Powerbeats Pro can drown out external sound at high enough volumes.

Sound quality

When Powerbeats Pro was announced, Applesaid that the sound quality was above all. Powerbeats Pro‌ are designed to deliver powerful, balanced sound with clear playback, enhanced clarity and enhanced dynamic range.

Excellent sound is also an advantageAirPods Pro plus AirPods Pro have an adaptive equalizer feature. The adaptive equalizer adjusts the low and mid frequencies of the music playing in each person's ear, which Apple says is a unique and immersive listening experience.

AirPods Pro is equipped with a special amplifier with high dynamic range to create clear sound, as well as a special speaker that optimizes sound quality and eliminates background noise.

Testing did not reveal any significantdifference in sound quality between Powerbeats Pro and AirPods Pro as both offer pretty good sound. The Powerbeats Pro‌ sound a little heavier due to the bass, while the ‌AirPods Pro‌ sound more neutral to our ears. AirPods Pro have less bass, but the sound profile allows you to hear all instruments clearly and clearly.

Physical buttons

AirPods Pro have a force sensor, a unique methodcontrols compared to Powerbeats Pro and AirPods 2. The force sensor supports pressure-based gestures, so you can tap once to play or pause music; double-tap to skip forward to the next track, triple-tap to skip backward, or press and hold to toggle between ANC and Transparency modes.

PowerBeats Pro is slightly larger than AirPods Pro andtherefore there is room for physical buttons. There are buttons for adjusting the volume, changing the song track, and accepting or rejecting an incoming call. AirPods Pro do not have a built-in option to adjust the volume; this must be done using the connected device.

Water resistant

‌AirPods Pro‌ and Powerbeats Pro‌ haveIPX4 waterproof, meaning they can withstand water splashing into the case from any direction, but may still fail if submerged in water. With an IPX4 water resistance rating, AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro can withstand sweat, but rain, pools, and other excessive humidity should be avoided. Apple's warranties do not cover water or sweat damage, which is something to be aware of.


Despite rumors that AirPods Pro will beAvailable in several colors, Apple only released them in white. Powerbeats Pro come in black, ivory (an off-white shade), navy, and moss (an olive green). AirPods Pro also come with a white charging case, while all PowerBeats Pro models come with a black charging case.


US PowerBeats Pro priced at 249dollars, like AirPods Pro, but you can find deals with a discount of about $ 50. In Russia, PowerBeats Pro costs 18 990 rubles, and the new AirPods Pro costs 20 990 rubles.

Processor, sensors and Siri support

AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro use an Apple chipH1, offering easy setup, fast switching between devices, low latency and hands-free “Hey ‌Siri” support. Powerbeats Pro‌‌ and AirPods Pro‌ have all the same sensors and features that come with the H1 chip, including hearing detection that plays/pauses music based on position. The H1 chip in AirPods Pro has a unique design. Powerbeats Pro‌‌ and AirPods Pro‌‌ support Live Listening.

Phone calls

AirPods Pro are equipped with an accelerometer detector andbeamforming microphones designed to filter out noise from a phone call or Siri request. PowerBeats Pro also have a similar feature. Both earbuds feature dual beamforming microphones, and the PowerBeats Pro's microphones are located on the sides. Calls on AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro are clear and sound great.

Battery life

Battery life — this is the main areawhere Powerbeats Pro have a significant advantage over AirPods Pro. Each PowerBeats Pro earbud offers nine hours of listening time, which is four and a half hours more than the AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro provides 4.5 hours of battery life with active noise cancellation and five hours of battery life with the battery turned off.

Both AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro havebattery cases that extend the battery life by more than 24 hours, but you can still get a much longer listening time with Powerbeats Pro.


Wireless charging case for AirPods ProCharge using the included USB-C to Lightning cable or a Qi-based wireless charger. The Powerbeats Pro case does not support Qi-based wireless charging and must be charged using a Lightning cable. Powerbeats Pro have a Fast Fuel feature that adds 1.5 hours of music playback after five minutes of charging and 4.5 hours of playback after 15 minutes of charging. AirPods Pro also have a fast charging feature that offers about an hour of listening or talking after charging for five minutes.

comparison table

Here's a quick comparison chart that clearly shows all the differences between AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro.

AirPods Pro
PowerBeats Pro

Daily use
Fitness training, workouts

Black, blue, milky, olive green

Active noise reduction

Physical buttons

Water protection

Battery life
4.5 hours (ANC)
9 o'clock

Charging case
24 hours+
24 hours+

Fast charge

«Hey Siri»

Wireless charger

20,990 rubles
18,990 rubles

What's better?

Considering that both models are priced the same, the AirPods Pro are superior to the PowerBeats Pro due to the presence of active noise cancellation.

If we talk about everyday use,then AirPods Pro is replacing PowerBeats Pro, but for athletes and those who need a reliable fit and a much longer battery life, PowerBeats Pro would be a better option.

This assessment is subjective, so some peoplemay choose to buy Powerbeats Pro over AirPods Pro if they don't care about active noise cancellation. Choosing between AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro ultimately comes down to your preference.