Beats Powerbeats Pro review: Alternative to AirPods


They are supposed to be the better alternative to Apple’s AirPods. The new Powerbeats Pro are designed for athletes and are now coming to Germany. The Powerbeats Pro will be available at the Apple Store from 6 June. The True-Wireless headphones can already be pre-ordered. Is it worth buying for around 250 dollars? We took a look at the Powerbeats Pro in the review.

Conclusion: Beats Powerbeats Pro deliver perfect sound at workout

Like Apple’s AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro are wireless in-ear headphones. Apple’s subsidiary, Beats by Dre, is using Powerbeats Pro to address the weaknesses of AirPods: Hold, sound and battery capacity. Beats by Dre’s Powerbeats Pro True-Wireless headphones sit comfortably in your ears. Their hold is absolutely secure, no matter how hard the athlete tries. With over eleven hours of battery life, the Powerbeats Pro are perfect for endurance athletes. Sweat and splash water leave the headphones cold. They are recharged quite quickly with the quick charging function, so that they can be supplied with energy for a spontaneous workout at short notice. 5 minutes of charging with the quick charge function is enough for 1.5 hours of music runtime. The only point of criticism is the rather unwieldy format of the charging box. The price is high at 250 Euro, but with the Powerbeats Pro you get a true wireless headphone model of the top class.

Beats Powerbeats Pro: The features of true wireless headphones

The Powerbeats Pro are designed to be worn during sporting activities. Non-slip, adjustable earhooks ensure that the in-ear headphones don’t lose their grip, even during intense sporting activity. The ear tips are based on classic in-ear earplugs and deliver a balanced, dynamic sound. The Powerbeats Pro doesn’t have active noise cancellation, but the earplugs are shaped to reduce ambient noise.


As with the AirPods, an Apple H1 chip sits inside the Powerbeats Pro. This is predestined for connection to devices from the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini 2. In addition, Apple’s voice assistant Siri can be started with the activation command “Hey Siri”. You can also use the Powerbeats Pro with Android smartphones and other music playback devices, but the True Wireless headphones work like conventional Bluetooth headphones. In Germany, the Powerbeats Pro are initially only available in black. In the course of summer, the colors navy blue, moss green and ivory white will follow.

Beats Powerbeats Pro: How to use true wireless headphones

The Powerbeats Pro are immediately ready for use. Just take them out of the box and hold them close to your iPhone. The headphones automatically connect to Apple Watches, iPads and Macs. Prerequisite is an iCloud account.

In line with the AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro True-Wireless headphones have buttons for operation. The control buttons are attached to both earphones so that the athlete only needs one free hand to operate them. By pressing the large b button on the outside of the earphone, athletes can answer calls while exercising without interrupting their workout. By double-clicking on the b button, the user jumps one song forward in the playlist and one song back with a triple click. This is a bit cumbersome, but feasible.

The headphones use sensors to detect whether they are in the ears and start playing music when the athlete puts them in the ears. The earphones also interrupt music playback as soon as the athlete removes the headphones from his ears.

Advantages of Beats Powerbeats Pro

  • Long battery life
  • Efficient quick charge function
  • Wearing comfort
  • Good hold
  • Automatic music playback
  • Dynamic sound
  • Ease of use
  • Resistance to perspiration and water

Beats Powerbeats Pro Technical Data

  • Active noise suppression: no
  • Operation: Touch buttons
  • Battery life, according to manufacturer: approx. 9 hours
  • Connection options: Bluetooth
  • Headphone weight: 21 grams
  • Weight loading box: 110 gram

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