Well, it looks like Apple has another winner on its hands. For those who don’t know, Apple acquired Beats back in 2014, and the brand that was known for more style than substance turned into absolute substance — as well as style.
The PowerBeats Pro buds are like the AirPods, except they are larger and have ear hooks that will guarantee a more secure fit. They’re water resistant, but not waterproof. So, if one of your hobbies is swimming, it’s best to leave these in your locker.
PC Mag gave the PowerBeats Pro four stars.
“A secure fit, easy operation, and a bass-forward sound signature make the Powerbeats Pro ideal true wireless earphones for Beats fans.”
The review noted that the sound is very sculpted and not for everyone. The $249 price tag also appears to be a point of controversy.
Mac Rumors also like the PowerBeats Pro, noting that they fit on your ears super securely and drown out ambient noise. They work very well with sunglasses and produce full, crisp, and clear audio.
“So are the Powerbeats Pro worth the $250 price tag? We think the answer is yes if you’re looking for a set of earbuds that have a secure, comfortable fit with all of the features offered by the AirPods. They’re perfect if you live an active lifestyle or are looking for a more traditional earbud fit than the AirPods offer,” concludes author Juli Clover.
Lori Gill from iMore just can’t get over how comfortable the PowerBeats Pro are to wear.
“I’m one of those people that can’t wear AirPods for more than about an hour without feeling significant pain in the cartilage in my ears. The difference from EarPods to AirPods was much better but still hurt my compact ears. By comparison, Powerbeats Pro feels like I’ve got a soft baby’s blanket in my ears.”
It may be a little while before you get to see people in public wearing these. Even though they went on sale today (Friday, May 10), every single store (at least on the West Coast) is sold out and the earliest shipping date is June 12. If you thought the AirPods were a hit, it looks like the PowerBeats Pro are the ultimate home run.
There will hopefully be a review of these on IReTron next week. In the mean time, sell your AirPods!