Apple’s Beats brand releases the Beats Fit Pro wireless earbuds, a more premium version of its Studio Buds. The Beats Studio Buds are now available in a sportier version and pack some impressive features. Besides its bold, stylish design and water-resistance protection, the Fit Pro also offers some of the biggest features of the AirPods Pro, including active noise cancellation and spatial audio. Also, it has an updated design for a better fit and enhanced music and call quality.
Beats Fit Pro headphones are similar to Apple AirPods Pro, but with a few modifications. There’s a prominent wing tip that makes them easy to wear while exercising and a custom-designed driver, so the music sounds a little deeper. Furthermore, the Fit Pro’s battery life is a little better than that of the older Powerbeats Pro, as well as its carrying case being smaller.
- Long-lasting battery
- Excellent call quality
- Active noise cancellation
- ANC could be stronger
- Pricier than Studio Buds
- Android users are excluded from some features
Fit Pro is basically a Studio Bud with wingtips. The most fascinating part is that they are affixed to the stove, so if they have to be replaced or washed, they cannot be removed. The fitness enthusiast will love this feature. The design is classy and attractive on the ear.
The build quality is excellent. The buds are not only made of durable materials that can withstand drops from long distances or contact with rough surfaces like concrete, but they are also sweating and water-resistant. There is no doubt that these earbuds are top-notch as the iconic B logo is placed right on the multifunctional button, which makes them easy to spot. The sound port is angled to complement fit. A well-placed mic keeps the design looking clean and elegant.
The compact charging case must be the most appealing design element. The case is a much smaller version of the monstrous Powerbeats Pro. There is no change to the B logo on the front, the pairing button on the side, or the USB-C charging port at the back.
Controls And Digital Assistant
The Fit Pro’s control scheme is made up of skin-detection sensors for auto-pause/play, multifunctional buttons, and voice activation. The overall experience is smooth, especially the buttons, which produce a satisfying sense of tactility, ensuring that the single/multi-press and long-press functions work as intended. You can use these features for playback, call management, volume control, digital assistance, and listening mode activation. The product is primarily focused on hands-free voice control, led by the “Hey Siri” feature that launches Apple’s AI bot once you say the wake word. A voice accelerometer and six microphones on the Fit Pro enable Siri to speak commands properly and interpret information in a timely manner.
With these buds, you can also use Google Assistant and Bixby. The feature must be enabled manually when paired with an Android device. Fortunately, both assistants are highly functional, although iOS is unbeatable in terms of simplicity.
The audio quality has improved with every new Beats true wireless model. The buds will return to the standard mode when you turn off ANC. Spatial Audio on the Fit Pro isn’t as good as Adaptive EQ and ANC modes. Although Apple’s 360-degree sound technology performs well on Beats’ latest buds, it’s still an immersive listening experience when listening to Apple Music songs and watching movies. The Fit Pro’s head tracking, however, was less accurate than that of the AirPods Pro. According to a representative for Beats, Spatial Audio works with Android devices, but head tracking doesn’t.
- The noise cancellation is quite good. It would seem Apple stuffed the Fit Pro with its noise-canceling hardware. The feature isolates background noise at a high level, allowing you to work out in different settings or relax at home in peace.
- In order to keep the Fit Pro tightly tied to Apple’s ecosystem, Beats returned to the H1 chip. Despite the fact that the Beats earbuds are compatible with Android devices through the Beats app and Bluetooth 5.0, most of the software features tied to the H1 chip remain exclusive to iDevices.
- Beats and Apple create some of the best headphones with microphones for video and voice calls. The Fit Pro is certainly in that category. Beats claims five of the six mics are used during calls, along with voice accelerometers to minimize background noise.
Battery Life And Charging Case
When the ANC is on, you can play for 6 hours, and if you disable the feature, you can play for 7 hours. The battery can last about a week of moderate exercise or 1.5 hours of listening once a day before recharging.
The charging case can sustain your buds for 27 to 30 hours, depending on how you use them. The fast-fuel charging system generates 1 hour of use after 5 minutes of charging.
Compared to an AirPod model, these in-ears sound better, thanks to punchy bass that doesn’t overwhelm other frequencies. Having Spatial Audio on the spec sheet is a huge selling point. Fit Pro also has microphones, which work well for video and voice calls, as well as the “Hey Siri” function. It’s a no-brainer that Fit Pro is better for workouts than AirPods Pro for workout enthusiasts who love their iPhones. Those who want something flashier, but still want great sound, may want to go with it over the AirPods Pro since it has similar ANC abilities, a higher battery life, and a more secure fit for a lower price. It will not be possible to get the full AirPods Pro experience, which is virtually flawless.