The best workout earbuds for iPhone owners are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These earbuds use Apple’s H1 chip, feature an excellent ear hook design, and are water-resistant. Android users can enjoy these earbuds too and their Class 1 Bluetooth 5.0 support along with angled nozzles that are designed to stay in during your most extreme workouts.
Update, June 19, 2021: This review was updated to address the JBL Endurance Peak II as an alternative.
What are the Beats Powerbeats Pro like?
These are how true wireless earbuds should have been designed from the start. The unobtrusive ear hooks take the pressure off the ear canal for a more balanced, stable fit. Additionally, the dedicated nozzles make these sound infinitely better than the AirPods.
Battery life is impeccable: these provide just under 11 hours of playback on a single charge.
The earbuds sport a minimalist design and come in four colors: black, ivory, navy, and moss. Don’t let the clean look fool you, though; these are packed to the gills with sensors. Both housings have proximity sensors that automatically pause media playback when the earbuds are removed. Plus, the microphone array uses accelerometers to detect when you’re speaking. The same sensors automatically power the earbuds off when dormant.
Controls are a bit different than the AirPods as the Powerbeats Pro have tactile volume rockers for each earbud while holding the “b” symbol lets you deny incoming calls. These also benefit from the new H1 chip, so hands-free Siri access is enabled.
How long do the Beats Powerbeats Pro last?
The H1 chip is also responsible for the Powerbeats Pro’s insane battery life. Listeners get 10 hours, 52 minutes of playback on a single charge when used with an iPhone XS Max, which is remarkable for true wireless technology. The case holds an additional 1.5 charges, allowing for more than 24 hours of playback. It also supports fast charging whereby five minutes in the case affords 1.5 hours of playback.
Although the Powerbeats Pro aren’t waterproof, they are IPX4-certified. You can’t submerge them, but they should withstand any terrestrial workouts. If you’re an iPhone-using athlete, these are the best workout earbuds you can get. The fit is more stable than the Jabra Elite 65T and integrated volume controls can’t be found on Jabra’s earbuds. That said, if you prioritize durability and value, the Elite 65T earbuds are the smarter pick.
How do the Powerbeats Pro sound?
The Powerbeats Pro support the AAC Bluetooth codec and sound good. Beats’ bass-heavy sound is recognizable yet inoffensive. Much of the bass response is attributed to the nozzles and ear tips. By creating a proper seal, outside noise is less likely to undermine low-end reproduction. This makes your music more clear.
The distinct nozzles make the Powerbeats Pro sound remarkably better than the AirPods.
Highs also receive a nice boost, which makes treble notes easier to hear above vocals and general instrumental noise. Vocals and string instruments sound about three-quarters as loud as bass and treble notes. While this doesn’t matter much for athletes who just want a strong beat to follow, it may be aggravating for casual listening. Most consumers will thoroughly enjoy the Powerbeats Pro’s sound signature, though.
Can you use the Beats Powerbeats Pro for phone calls?
If you’re taking calls with the Powerbeats Pro, voice transmission is clear enough. Those with particularly low voices will sound a little muffled. Even then, however, the inaccuracy is bearable. Wind noise is filtered out fairly well by the downward-facing microphones, making these great for on-the-go calls.
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Did the Beats Powerbeats Pro receive new features with iOS 14?
Yes, the Beats Powerbeats Pro can now automatically switch between an iPhone and iPad, so long as each device runs iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 respectively. If you’re listening to music on your iPhone but start playing a movie on your iPad, the Beats Powerbeats Pro will seamlessly switch from one device to the other. All devices in question must be associated with the same iCloud account in order for this to work.
Should you buy the Powerbeats Pro?
The Powerbeats Pro remedy the AirPods’ (2019) most offensive flaws. Fit is no longer an issue and bass reproduction actually sounds good. That said, they are more expensive than the second-generation AirPods with a standard charging case. Athletes and anyone sick of having their iPhone earbuds fall out of their ears may find the trade-off justifiable. If you can stomach the Powerbeats Pro’s price, they’re absolutely worth it.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are on sale for $169, making them a great buy for iPhone users, and athletes who want a stable ear hook design. Snag these earphones before they’re gone!
Consider the Beats Powerbeats or Apple AirPods Pro
The Beats Powerbeats provide nearly all of the same benefits as the Powerbeats Pro but the earbuds are joined by a cable rather than using true wireless technology. The cable is comfortable and does a good job of staying out of the way when exercising. Battery life is great: SoundGuys clocked nearly 18 hours on a single charge. For a more affordable option, you may want to grab the Beats Flex instead. Listeners who want to stick with a pair of true wireless earphones with hooks that wrap around the ear should look into the JBL Endurance Peak II. These earphones cost just $99, and feature an IPX7 rating, secure fit, full mono listening, and comprehensive onboard controls.
The Apple AirPods Pro noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds are appealing, too: they include a wireless charging case, feature dedicated nozzles, and are jam-packed with sensor technology. The ANC technology can’t outperform the Sony WF-1000XM4 when it comes to low-end attenuation, but nonetheless, the IPX4 sweat-resistant AirPods Pro are the best Apple total wireless earbuds to date. If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. These earphones have an IPX7 rating and feature very good noise-cancelling for the price.