Overview headphone Powerbeats Pro - AirPods alternatives by Beats by Dre
Devices / / December 19, 2019
Powerbeats Pro - true-wireless-headphones, which are charged in the case and are not connected by wires. This model is designed Beats by Dre - now, once famous, perhaps, the most popular consumer "ears". It is known does not guarantee excellent sound: audiophiles did not take the brand seriously, berating Beats model for excessive emphasis on low frequencies.
In 2014, Apple bought Beats. This was supposed to have an effect on the nature of the products: their relationship with the iOS-devices, comfort, ergonomics, design and brevity. From this came from, and the comparison with AirPods - the only wireless headphones that are associated with the iPhone and iPad more closely. In this review, we will also occasionally resort to this comparison.
|Colors||Black, dark blue, dark olive, "ivory"|
|interfaces||Lightning charging, Bluetooth for connection to the source|
|Autonomous headphone Hours||9:00|
|Runtimes headphone considering charging from the case||24 hours|
Options laconic. In a square black box we found the headphones in a case, Lightning-cable without adapter, extra ear pads, instructions and a sticker.
For more information about the embouchure: taking into account the baits that are already on the headphonesTheir four pairs. They differ in size. In addition, one of the pairs - is dvuhflantsevye ear cushions for a snug fit.
Appearance and ergonomics
Headphones are sold in four colors. We went to a modification in the black.
On the outside of the package has a bright red lettering and logo. Everything else - the headphones, carrying case, cable, and any part of the box - black.
Let's start with the case. He is big and heavy. And this is the main complaint about the model as a whole. Such a case can not be carried in your pocket, and it barely fits in the palm. In this case it is made of matte plastic, which, in my opinion, always looks a little less luster. That's our case it looks next to the cover AirPods.
When you open the box is barely noticeable creaks. But inside nothing dangles: headphones firmly magnetized fly into the recess. Hard case. If he falls from a decent height, with headphones hardly anything happens.
On the back side of the case is disposed Lightning-slot for feeding of the gadget. On the front - an indicator that turns red when discharged. Inside the case there is a button to synchronize with the Android-devices.
We turn to the headphones. On promostranitsah first thing in writing, that they sport. The model really appropriate for different kinds of physical activity, and has advantages over AirPods in such scenarios.
Firstly, Powerbeats Pro - in-ear monitor with a tight fit. They are great to keep the expense of properly selected ear pads, and provide additional fixation rubber bow to the memory effect, which can be pressed against the ear. However, for some it is a disadvantage: if you are comfortable only in unobtrusive AirPods, Powerbeats Pro may not work.
Secondly, Powerbeats Pro protected from moisture. level of protection the manufacturer does not inform, but argues that sweat they can safely. We believe.
And third, all navigation chips AirPods remained in place, and even improved, and this means that the reproduction of music in Powerbeats Pro can be operated without a smartphone, without detracting from the training.
Connection and control
The headset is a chip H1 - the same as in AirPods. In theory, it provides work Siri, Quick connection, confident connection with iOS-devaysa and sound transmission without delays.
Apple Magic begins with the first run. Just open the case next to the iPhone: a pop-up window will offer to sync Powerbeats Pro your smartphone, and subsequent inclusions will tell how charged the battery and headphones cover.
In the same way as in AirPods, runs an auto pause feature when removing the headset from your ear.
But for a short time of operation there were problems. At some point, flatly refused to include a second earpiece. In another - a gadget went on playing directly in the case. But to call buggy Powerbeats Pro do not want: the bugs are rare and minor.
Each earpiece disposed two controls: coupled volume button on the side of the main body and the button on the front panel.
mechanical function buttons on the front panel preloaded and can not be adjusted. One click - a pause, the two - the next track, three - the previous one. Long retention is Siri. In my opinion, this is the optimal configuration.
Just as AirPods, Powerbeats Pro necessarily listen together. You can use only one earphone while the other is being charged.
Beats remained faithful to the low frequencies - there are many. But at the same time the sound is quite balanced. Graph with portal Les Numeriques indicates subsidence in the lower middle, and the underlined bass and mid-top selected from putting the conversational frequencies.
In practice, this means that Powerbeats Pro perfectly manifest themselves in music, rich bass and minimalist: hip-hop, Trap, some bass Lounge (for example, the last album "The Union" sounds with headphones just fine) or jazz with deep bass tone. When music is added more details on different frequency areas, everything becomes more difficult. For example, I do not really like the sound of the guitars were downloaded.
Verdict: headphones from Beats in 2019 - it is certainly not the overrated poor-quality consumer goods from the mid-2010s. However, it was possible and better. Part of the problem with the frequencies would be decided, for example, an additional equalizer, like Jaybird X3. Beats are also dispensed with features which in theory could someone need: active noise cancellation and a "clear hearing" backup in sound headphones from the street.
If you go back to the comparison with AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro - unconditional winner. Firstly, due to the higher noise isolation headphones allow you to listen to podcasts and audiobooks on the subway. Secondly, the device is basically a musical, and AirPods still fall somewhere in the category of high-quality spoken headsets.
For the characteristics of the sound during a conversation answer two microphones in each earpiece. In a non-extreme conditions proydon test flawlessly: the interlocutor well heard me, and I am his.
Battery capacity is hidden by the manufacturer and do not even Google. But the information on promostranitsah says about nine hours of battery life and day - with feeding by means of the case. The technology, called Fast Fuel, allows you to charge the headphones with a case and a half hours of play five minutes from outlet. Wireless energy replenishment is not supported.
Powerbeats Pro attract not sound. He is good, but there is nothing special. Important in these headphones - Apple patronage and imprisoned under iOS-devices. If you like speed, stability and program work AirPods, but do not like their sound, or ergonomics, the alternatives you a little bit and Powerbeats Pro - a great option. Of course, they work with Android-devaysaBut in this field, these headphones too much over budget competitors.
Price Powerbeats Pro may vary depending on the store, the average - about 19 000 rubles.
The author expresses his gratitude to the company Beats for providing the test device.