Days after the massive launch of the third-generation Apple Airpods, Apple has come guns blazing with another new set of earbuds for us. However, this time from its subsidiary audio company, Beats. From a technical point of view, the new Beats Fit Pro ($200) isn’t AirPods, nonetheless, they are built on the same tech platform as Apple’s 2019 true-wireless model. The Beats Fit Pro includes Apple’s H1 chip and has most of the AirPods Pro’s features, including active noise canceling, spatial audio, and Adaptive EQ. This is quite different from their earlier and less expensive Studio Buds. Beats Fit Pro can best be summarized as the sports AirPods you’ve always wanted. And for a few music streaming enthusiasts, they might just be better than the AirPods Pro.
The Beats Fit Pro follows a pretty straightforward concept. To take Beats iconic Powerbeats Pro sports buds with their huge ear hook and basically cut them by half. We can’t say for sure that Powerbeats Pro’s had the best design, though many people loved them due to the ear hook. It gives them a feeling of security that your earbuds are not going to fall off your head. However, a personal preference would be sports buds that have a wingtip that fits into the inside of your ear rather than wraps around the outside of it. And basically, that is what we got.
The buds are lightweight, weighing 5.6 grams each, and are IPX4 water-resistant, which means they’re splash-proof (same as the AirPods Pro and AirPods 3). They come in four color options — white, lavender, gray, and black. It is a bit surprising that Beats didn’t do red for launch, we’ll probably see more colors in the future. The case for the Fit Pro is slightly larger than the one for the AirPods Pro or even the Beats Studio Buds, however, it is more compact and much smaller than Powerbeats Pro’s case.
Battery life is rated at up to 6 hours with the noise-canceling mode on and 7 hours with it off at a decent volume level. Compare that to AirPods Pro that comes in around 4.5 hours with noise canceling on and 5 with it off.
The AirPods 3 also work up to 6 hours but they don’t have active noise canceling. You can get an extra 21 hours of juice or around 3.5 charge cycles when the case is fully charged.