Apple’s Airpods Pro launched on October 30th, and while the new premium earbuds retail for $249, Costco is already offering them for $234.99 with free shipping. While this is only $15 off retail price, it’s still the best discount we’ve seen to date. The only catch is these Airpods Pro headphones are still in pre-order mode, though it seems like Costco will begin shipping them out the week of November 11th. If you’re excited to pick up Apple’s new headphones, but can also live with whatever you’re listening on now for another two weeks, why not save yourself $15?
Three years after the release of the original AirPods, Apple has finally announced the new AirPods Pro. The first generation of AirPods was met with mixed emotions following Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack, but given their massive success, Apple has confirmed that AirPods are here to stay.
For reference, the original AirPods and the updated version cost $159-$199 when they first came out, the latter of the two just months before the Pro edition.
What’s New With the Airpods Pro?
While the price jump is quite steep, Apple did effectively rebuild the original AirPod from the ground up. The new AirPods have a different profile and fit, in addition to a variety of fresh features.
- Silicone tips in adjustable sizes. Users can perform a comfort fit and audio test to determine which size of silicone tip works best for their ears.
- Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Using an outward-facing microphone that detects external sound, the AirPods Pro counter the sound with “anti-noise.” This setting can be toggled on and off by exiting Active Noise Cancellation and entering “Transparency mode.”
- Adaptive EQ that claims to automatically tune music to the shape of your unique ear.
- Improved bass drivers, amplifier and H1 chip.
- Sweat and water resistant, making them more gym-friendly than their predecessors.
- At least four and a half hours of listening time on a single charge (advertised).
How Do the Airpods Pro Compare to Other Premium Earbuds?
Since the original AirPods debuted, a number of challengers have entered the total-wireless arena. The new AirPods have some exciting new features, but only time will tell how they hold up to the competitors.
Beats By Dre Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro cost the same as the AirPods Pro, but they are currently on sale for $199.95. They have nine hours of listening time, twice as long as the AirPods Pro. They are also sweat and water resistant, and have secure-fit earhooks.
Amazon Echo Buds
At $129.99, Amazon’s Echo Buds are one of the most cost-efficient premium options on the market. Like AirPods Pro, they come with three sizes of ear tips, a sweat-resistance rating, and around five hours of listening time per charge.
Sony 1000X Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
With a body similar to the Echo Buds, but slightly more expensive at $199.99, the Sony 1000X offers noise cancelling capabilities, Ambient Sound Control with normal mode and voice mode and a customizable equalizer. It has an advertised nine hour battery life, but only three hours of listening time on a single charge.
Are the Airpods Pro Worth Upgrading To?
If you are an Apple loyalist, looking for headphones to work out with or simply enjoy the aesthetic value of AirPods, they’re most likely worth it. However, if you already have a pair of Airpods, this might be a harder sell. Both of the most recent Airpods models advertise a five-hour battery life, as opposed to the Airpods Pro’s four and a half hours. This makes sense, as ANC tech requires additional power, but if you’re not too excited by active noise cancellation or the sweat-resistant build, there’s really no reason for you to spend another $250.
If you don’t have any particular allegiance to Apple, it looks like the competition offers most of the same features at a similar or lower price point. Make sure to consider all available options before you choose the one that’s right for you.
You also have to consider the cost of replacing these tiny and incredibly lightweight earbuds. If you are out of warranty or don’t have Apple Care+ coverage, it will cost $89 per earbud to replace a set that has been damaged or lost.
Other AirPod Deals
If you aren’t looking to drop $250 on a pair of (easily losable) earbuds, we have seen a few deals on the original AirPods. Keep an eye out for deals on older models as Black Friday 2019 creeps closer.
- Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Walmart) – Sale Price: $144 | Reg Price: $159
- Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Amazon) – Sale Price: $144 | Reg Price: $159
Alternatively, set a Deal Alert for the set of Airpods you’re most interested in, and we’ll let you know as soon as a good sale goes live.
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