Okay, it’s now 2020, so this will be the absolutely last “look back at” post for a while. But we have to mention what was the best product of 2019, and that absolutely goes to Apple’s AirPods Pro.
In my first impressions review, I was more than impressed. And the feature that I liked the most was the noise cancellation.
“The biggest star of the new AirPods Pro is noise cancellation. It’s shockingly good given that these earbuds are so small. The noise cancellation is on par with that on Sony’s WH-1000XM3 buds, but feels a little smoother with your eardrums feeling less pressure.”
As the months have gone by, I appreciate the noise cancellation even more, especially after trying other noise cancelling or noise isolating buds. I just wish the battery lasted longer so I can sleep with them all night. When I need a nap or know I only have four hours to sleep, these Apple buds are absolutely wonderful, even if my ears end up hurting a little afterwards.
I also appreciate the sound even more. While the sound can’t compare to a $300 – $400 pair of Sennheiser, Sony, or Bose over-the-ear wireless headphones, they come quite close and are about 1/10th the size. The bass comes in very clear and punchy when I listen to Post Malone’s new album, especially the song “Circles.” I also love using the AirPods Pro for podcasts.
I’ve also loved the simplicity of switching Apple devices with the AirPods Pro on. There are no buttons to press or restarts to complete. My Pros know when I’m changing devices. Sometimes, it takes more than 10 seconds to switch devices, but it’s not much of a disability since I expect it.
Then, there are the phone calls. While the Pros don’t cancel out as much ambient noise as the $400 Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, they are good enough. I’ve been able to have conversations in my car driving down the highway (and concentrating on the traffic, of course), at Starbucks (when loud music isn’t playing), and even in the locker room at 24 Hour Fitness (not in the actual exercise area).
Once again, Apple took a little longer to come out with a product than other companies (Sony came out with first noise-cancelling buds two years ago), but the wait was worth it. The AirPods Pro buds are the best thing Apple has released since the first AirPods in late 2016. Now, we’ll patiently wait for the Apple over-the-ear wireless headphones that are rumored to be released in 2020.