Apple's Beats Powerbeats Pro earbuds are here to give the new AirPods a run for their money

The wireless Beats Powerbeats Pro headphones are a lot like Apple's new AirPods in certain key areas while claiming to offer a better fit, superior sound, and longer battery life at a higher price.
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37 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I want to compare these to the backbeat fit 3100s

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If I ignore the price and possibly mic quality, those does not look that bad for a TWS. Hopefully they will sound at least as ok-ish as regular wireless Powerbeats do. If they will sound at least as 100$ standard wireless buds, I would be pleasantly surprised.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Really disappointed these still have the ear hooks 1. makes them uncomfortable for people with glasses 2. means the case is ridiculously big

22. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

There are a ton of different, maybe even better, headphones if you do not like hooks. I myself think they are really useful if you do something involving faster movement aka exercise or working out. I hate those things as well (as a fat-ass individual), BUT I can see hooks being a huge benefit for a bunch of people. + I wear glasses and have yet to find headphones that are not comfortable because of glasses.

23. geordie8t1

Posts: 275; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Choose a different set of buds then, powerbeats have always had hooks and are way helpful for those who can't wear normal buds, non work in my ear due to the shape, they just wont stay in, use contact lenses if the hooks bother you. Why not opt for the cheaper airbuds ? No hooks problem solved

30. jvardon

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Vincelongman why would you expect them not to have the hooks? These are designed for active people and ear hooks are the best way to keep headphones in your ears.

35. RaidR

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

I bought a pair, and I wear glasses. The question for me was do I place outside the arm, or inside. I went with inside. The sound quality is surprisingly well balanced, clear, and precise. The hooks are what make them excellent sports buds, I haven't had to adjust not once since I've had for a week now. The case is big, but to be fair I got my advertised 9/hrs of play time. So considering the recharging power required I can forgive the case size.

36. RaidR

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

The mic quality is excellent, haven't any issues so far since I bought them a week ago. The sound is clear, precise, and well balanced. I have a P3XL, and turn on the BT, and as soon as I pulled the PBP3 out of the case they paired automatically. I can remove one off my ear and the music stops. This is really an amazing piece of tech, especially for the active user.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Love the outdated design

4. oldskool50

Posts: 723; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Yeah, the style is pretty aged. Though this looks pretty stealthy. But for $249????? These are the only beats models I like because of the ear-hooks and bass. But I see price just keeps going up for a technology that hasn't changed.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 524; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

It has H1 chip and no more wire.

37. oldskool50

Posts: 723; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The last 3 PowersBeats were wireless Sherlock. The H1 chips doesnt make them wireless. Gosh dude....

31. ryanbbn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 29, 2019

Some people will complain about anything....

32. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

And some people will blindly defend any crap... point being?

5. monkeyb

Posts: 382; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I was super excited about these ever since the rumors started from last month. But the beats webpage and all the articles leave out some key things: - For Non techies like me. WTH does bluetooth class 1 mean and why is Apple highlighting these only now. I contacted Apple support earlier today and the representatives have no notes/clue about what Class 1 bluetooth means or if it is available in any phone. All they informed me is that my iPhone 7 should be fine. - Upon digging a lot in the internet. I figured that Class 1 bluetooth is very helpful only if both devices have it and iPhone 7 and upwards definitely have Bluetooth Class 1. Not sure about the older models. - What is the talk time of this device? Everyone only mentions listening time. But my main reason for using a dongle with earphones now is to make sure I don't run out of juice 2 hours into a call. I think new AirPods only have 3 hours of talk time. - Does each earphone have 9 hours of charge (AirPods have 6 for each bud). These things need to be more clear. If anyone has more information on these. Kindly share.

16. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Buddy that Class 1 BT you just wrote is just a bunch of BS. H1 chip is simply just a CSR8670 copy. On iPhone 7 you get higher latency, worse signal stability, worse battery life.

33. monkeyb

Posts: 382; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

"Class 1 BT you just wrote" - Did you read what I said? im not a techie. I found the information on beats website. And I did research on what class 1 means. I never said anything about how great the iPhone is.

34. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I am just informing you, information you recieved is wrong and you will get worse experience with iPhone 7. My point is to provide correct information, Apple devices sucking with BT implementation is secondary.

6. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

What's that tumor growing out of the back of the iPhone in the upper left corner in that one picture? Thing looks hideous

9. iloveapps

Posts: 524; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Some sort of black wireless pad.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1371; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

But will cancel it?

10. iloveapps

Posts: 524; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Gonna get one, the black.

15. pt020

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

For $250 you can have the Sony WH-1000XM3, best noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones on the market.

29. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Yes, Sony WH-1000XM3 are literally the same headphones. Great for sport or workout as well ... Yes, XM3 are the best when it comes to NC and one of the best BT headphones when it comes to sound quality. For sport they are too fragile, too big and not even swet resistant. One thing is to despise Beats the other one is to make sense in discussion.

11. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Apple is at it again, these are what the airpods should be but like usual they milk their fans. Why not release it together?!

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1455; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I love that they priced them so high lol. You Apple fan boys are dumb as dirt. Old dated design, s**tty sound for $249!! Phonearena and Apple fans love to be raped by Apple.

13. FLOGROWN

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

You Mad Bro...!!!

14. pt020

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

At Apple they are still in 2010.

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Check what successful headphones manufacturers are doing, they release the identical headphones for 30 years and people still buy them. If you get something right, there is no need to changed it just for the sake of changing it.

18. mootu

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

When did Beats get anything right apart from being one of the biggest cons in history?
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