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Powerbeats Pro VS AirPods 2:differences in 10 aspects

Powerbeats Pro VS AirPods 2:differences in 10 aspects

By  Adeline Belluz 2019-05-10 1882 0

Apple's Beats brand launched a new Powerbeats Pro wireless headset, similar to AirPods 2, the new headset focuses on fitness and daily exercise, also comes with a charging box, eliminating the connection between the old headphones.The two headphones have a lot in common, but there are some notable significant differences. This article compares AirPods 2 with the new Powerbeats Pro in detail.

Powerbeats Pro VS AirPods 2 


Designed for casual use, the AirPods 2 features an all-in-one design with round bulb-like headphones, and the tail of the equipped microphone extends out without the earloops or other accessories that keep the headset in the ear.Designed for fitness, Powerbeats Pro is similar in design to the previous Powerbeats model, which can be attached to the ear with an earhook and comes with four different sizes of earbuds to suit different wear requirements.

Powerbeats Pro can remain on the ear during strenuous exercise. In fact, before using this design, Apple tested no less than 20 options and finally finalized the best design for most people. The AirPods 2 is worn everyday, so it is very likely that there will be drops during strenuous exercise.

Both Powerbeats Pro and AirPods come with a charging case, but AirPods are smaller and more compact, while Powerbeats ' charging boxes are much larger, much like a glasses case, and not so portable.

Sound difference and sound insulation

Powerbeats Pro features an in-ear design and four different sizes of rubber earbuds, which means they are designed to fit the ears tightly to isolate ambient noise. If the user is exercising outdoors, the surrounding ambient noise may not be heard. AirPods 2 does not filter the ambient noise because it does not fit snugly into the ear canal.

Apple said that when designing Powerbeats Pro , sound is a focus, and new earbuds provide powerful, balanced audio, pure sound reproduction, enhanced clarity and improved dynamic range. Apple did not make a similar statement to AirPods , but described it as " rich, high-quality sound . " However, the difference in sound quality between the two needs to wait until you really get your hands to have a more intuitive feeling.

Physical button

The user can perform actions such as activating Siri or cutting songs by clicking AirPods , but without any physical buttons. Powerbeats Pro has a larger footprint, so there's more room to design physical buttons that can adjust volume, change songs, answer or hang up.

There is no shutdown button for both AirPods 2 and Powerbeats Pro . Powerbeats Pro is automatically activated when it is removed from the charging case and automatically enters sleep mode when placed in it, extending battery life. AirPodsworks the same way.


According to Apple , Powerbeats Pro has anti-sweat and water resistance. However, Apple does not provide specific IP ratings for Powerbeats Pro and AirPods . Apple officials said that Powerbeats Pro can prevent the wearer from sweating during fitness, but should not take a bath or swim.


AirPods are available in white only, while Powerbeats Pro has black, Ivory (white matte), navy blue, and Moss (olive green). The AirPods ' charging case is white, and all four colors of Powerbeats Pro are paired with a black charging case.


The Apple AirPods 2 is priced at $ 199 (with a wireless charging case) and is priced at $ 159 without a charging case . The Powerbeats Pro costs $ 250 , which is $ 100 more than the version without a charging case .

Processor, sensor and Siri support

Powerbeats Pro uses the same H1 processor as AirPods 2 to connect to your devices faster, switch between devices faster, reduce latency, and support hands-free Hey Siri activation. Like AirPods , Powerbeats Pro uses the "Hey Siri" voice command to pair with devices such as iPhone , iPad or Apple Watch .

Powerbeats Pro has all the same sensors and features in AirPods , including ear detection that properly plays / pauses music based on location . As with AirPods , you can use one or both Powerbeats Pro earbuds to make calls.

Mobile phone call

AirPods features voice-detection accelerometers and beam-forming microphones that filter out external noise when a user makes a call or initiates a Siri voice command. In fact , both Powerbeats Pro headphones have a beamforming microphone, while AirPods has only one side.


Powerbeats Pro earbuds provide 9 hours of listening time, 4 hours longer than AirPods promised . AirPods offers 5 hours of battery life. AirPods Powerbeats Pro and battery life can be extended to 24 hours or by the charging box.


AirPods and AirPods wireless charging boxes can be charged using Lightning cables or Qi- based wireless charging pads. Powerbeats Pro does not support Qi 's wireless charging and can only be charged via Lightning cable.

Powerbeats Pro also features the Fast Fuel feature, which adds 1.5 hours of music playback in 5 minutes and 4.5 hours of music playback in 15 minutes . AirPods also has the same expansion features, but the effect is not obvious, charging for15 minutes can play for 1 hour.


This chart provides a quick overview of the differences between AirPods 2 and Powerbeats Pro . Apple 's AirPods 2 and the new Powerbeats Pro earbuds clearly target different target markets. While AirPods 2 is used for everyday casual listening, the more expensive Powerbeats Pro is designed for sports, including sports, workouts and more.

Powerbeats Pro VS AirPods 2 

AirPods are smaller, more convenient to carry, and offer more convenient wireless charging, while Powerbeats Pro has longer battery life, excellent sweat resistance, more color choices, sound insulation, and possibly different sound characteristics.



 You may also want to read:
 Apple AirPods 2 review: better connectivity, a wireless charger and more battery life
 Apple AirPods 2 vs. AirPods 1: what's different between the two true wireless earbud sets?
 Apple Powerbeats Pro earphones released for $249.95 with 9 hours of battery life


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