Not so long ago, on October 18, 2021, Apple introduced us to the third generation of the legendary AirPods. Despite the fact that the design and main features of the headphones were merged long before their announcement, users were in no hurry to update. This is largely due to the high price of the accessory. They say why buy AirPods 3 when there is AirPods Pro for almost the same money. I decided to look into the issue personally and bought them for myself in order to later tell you about the main features, weigh the pros and cons, and finally decide whether to buy an accessory for myself or is it better to pay a little extra for AirPods Pro.
Before AirPods 3, I used the second version. Not to say that they did not suit me in some way. It’s just that after the AirPods 2 were in the water, I began to worry a lot about their condition. You never know, over time, the sound will get worse, the case will no longer recognize the ears or anything else. Looking ahead, I want to say that I was not mistaken with the purchase.
The reason why the choice was made in favor of the third generation is extremely simple. I really wanted to see an upgrade in sound and wireless charging (I didn’t have it in AirPods 2). And I didn’t buy AirPods Pro only because of the in-ear design. I think that among the users of apple technology there are many who do not recognize any headphone format other than earbuds, so you will understand me.
Pros of AirPods 3
If compare AirPods 2 and AirPods 3, the latter have a lot of advantages. In a week of use, I noted the following:
- High quality sound: the bass is noticeably better.
- Controlling AirPods 3 is much more convenient than AirPods 2.
- IPX4 water and dust resistant.
- AirPods 3 don’t hear the surroundings as well as AirPods 2.
- Minimum errors when switching between Apple devices.
However, let’s get straight to the point. Still, we buy headphones to listen to music. This is their direct purpose, with which all ears must cope with a bang, otherwise it simply cannot be. So. AirPods 3 sound way better than AirPods 2. It throws up right away. Not in vain AppleInsider.ru author Artem Sutyagin noted warm and powerful basses. Indeed, it is unlikely that any open-type headphones can compete with AirPods 3.
I will note a new feature with spatial sound. Its essence lies in the fact that the headphones understand what position your head is in. If you turn your neck to the left or right, you will still hear the sound in both ears, but one is slightly better, and this way you will understand where the sound is coming from. With music, the chip is of little use, but I like to watch movies very much.
Another interesting nuance. Though AirPods 3 don’t have active noise cancellation, the surrounding space is heard in them much worse than in AirPods 2. This is especially useful in noisy places where you don’t want to be distracted from the content. If you hate vacuums as much as I do, third pods are for you.
How to control AirPods 3
Controls are another undeniable advantage of AirPods 3. Unlike the second model, the third earbuds have a leg, like in AirPods Pro. This is much more convenient than constantly poking at the headphones. Even after several years with AirPods 2, I could not get used to tapping. It feels like you’re banging right on your head. Everything is much better here.
Plus, it’s cool that you don’t have to configure each earpiece separately. There are several gestures available right out of the box:
- One squeeze – play/stop.
- Two is the next track.
- Three is the previous track.
- Foothold – Siri.
The gestures are the same on both earbuds and are not customizable. You definitely won’t get confused here. Come to think of it, it took Apple almost 6 years to get me used to changing the volume with Siri. Before that, I usually either pressed the buttons of the iPhone, or (very rarely) used the Apple Watch.
Cons of AirPods 3
Immediately after the purchase drew attention to the case. In terms of dimensions, he stood exactly between the proshki and the second model. But in terms of ease of use, it is significantly inferior to the previous generation. Getting AirPods 3 is not as convenient as we would like. They just lie on the back side and to insert them into your ear, you need to turn the earpiece in your hands. I noticed this drawback even on the pros, but did not attach any importance to it, since I used them only from time to time.
It is impossible not to say about the shape of the inserts. As soon as you put on three-pieces for the first time, you immediately understand: not everyone will have them well in the ear. The reason is simple – they are just bigger. No, I don’t fall out. Shaking your head is more likely to drop your glasses than your headphones, but for many athletes this can be critical.
Marriage in AirPods 3
The first owners of AirPods 3 immediately noted some shortcomings. Previously talked about this AppleInsider.ru author Ivan Kuznetsov. A colleague was embarrassed by the low rating of new headphones on Yandex.Market, where users noted the first problems: a crack in one of the headphones and an uncomfortable fit, as I mentioned above.
My experience in this sense is extremely positive. Finally got rid of beeping AirPods 2. I think a lot of people have this problem. When you put on the headset and the music is not playing yet, one of the headphones makes a disgusting sound, like a squeak. Fortunately, I did not notice such problems in AirPods 3.
In general, I can safely recommend headphones for purchase. AirPods 3 have grown significantly compared to AirPods 2. However, if you are choosing between AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro, I see no reason to refuse the latter. It’s worth overpaying.
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