What is it?
Do you want powerful, crystal clear audio to listen to while you set off on a gorgeous foliage hike? Well, then, it's time to pick up that pair of Apple AirPods Pro you've been eyeing. Right now, they're down to $199 at Amazon, saving you $50. That's the price they hit during the mother of all sales — Black Friday — so this discount is one that's worth grabbing.
Why is this a good deal?
AirPod Pros are some of the most highly sought-after earbuds on the market, and this price point makes them attainable. They're often on sale at this price, but will sometimes spike up to $229. Score them while they're discounted, because this is probably the best price you'll see this year.
Why do I need these?
Good question. For one, they’re customizable. Big ears? Small ears? No problem. Whereas previous AirPod iterations subscribed to a one-size-fits-all approach, Apple redesigned these buds with silicone tips for a comfy fit. They’ll feel better in your ears and are less likely to slip out. In fact, these state-of-the-art Pros provide a special "Ear Tip Fit Test" so you can learn which size is best for you and your unique ear shape. (If you want to know more about the pros and cons of these over the previous generation, read our full review.)
Unlike previous versions of the iconic buds, the Pros feature active noise canceling to block out nearly all ambient sound and background chatter. AirPods Pro are also a revelation in the battery life department — six hours, compared to the previous model’s 3.5 hours. You can drop them in their included wireless charging case to juice them up for an additional 24 hours of power.
These earbuds offer a seamless wireless syncing experience with just about any Apple device, including iPhone, iPad, MacBook and iMac. But their utility extends way beyond the Appleverse: They'll also pair perfectly well with Android smartphones or tablets, as well as Windows laptops and desktops via Bluetooth.
Apple's AirPods Pro are a big step up in audio quality, and with the bells and whistles that entry-level AirPods just don’t have, we think they’re well worth it.
What reviewers say
"I tried my cousin's AirPods and couldn’t believe the sound quality. I decided to purchase the AirPod Pros because I wanted the controls on the earpiece itself. I can skip or go back on songs, adjust volume, start or stop music, and turn on or off the noise-cancellation option, all from the AirPod, which is super convenient — I don’t have to keep getting out my phone. The noise is so blacked out that it’s freaky. I had my siblings try it, and their faces were in shock when they realized they couldn’t hear their kids yelling. Purchase these! No regrets," gushed one customer.
A fellow fan raved about all the features you get with these earbuds. "Amazing overall; noise cancelling removes around 30 decibels of background noise, like subway or metro noise. Transparency Mode works really well and still allows you to hear most of your surroundings as long as your music/podcast isn't playing too loud. The battery life is about six hours with noise canceling, and as long as I've used them, they have never died."
"The battery life is about six hours, but they charge super fast! I can put them on the charger for 20 to 40 minutes and they're fully charged," said one Amazon customer.
Another user said, "Great earbuds. Good sound quality, very good noise cancellation, comfortable, wireless case charging, and seamless integration with your Apple products. Only small downside is that the battery life isn't as long as some other ear buds in the category." (Note: For more options, check out Yahoo Life executive commerce editor Rick Broida's comprehensive review of AirPods Pro alternatives under $100.)
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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