Which AirPods to choose in 2021. Comparison of different models

AirPods 3

Yesterday, Apple introduced the AirPods 3, which fans of the company’s TWS line of headphones have been waiting for almost two years. Despite this, the novelty is not particularly surprising. It’s just that almost everything that was shown to us at the official event, we learned a few months ago, when both the design and the functional content of the headphones were confirmed at once. No, it doesn’t make it worse. I just personally buy AirPods 3 I wouldn’t do it for myself, even though some people have already praised them in advance. Instead, I would prefer AirPods 2 or AirPods Prodepending on what requirements you place on future headphones.

AirPods 3 came out very good, but against the background of existing models were not very outstanding

As expected, AirPods 3 turned out to be something in between AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro. From the first, the novelty received the form factor of the earbuds, and from the second – the design and – in part – the available set of functions. With this combination, it seems logical that you need to take exactly AirPods 3. Still, an expanded range of features, coupled with an incomplete fit so beloved by many and a relatively low price, which is significantly lower than that of AirPods Pro, should clearly do their job. But it was not there.

AirPods Pro or AirPods 3

AirPods Pro are headphones about sound

Special changes in sound quality compared to AirPods 2 I would not expect from AirPods 3. Still, no matter how cool Apple speakers equip the new product, a loose fit will create a small air cushion between the ear canal and the earpiece, so sound dispersion will not be avoided, not to mention external noise. Therefore, if you are not a music lover, AirPods 2 are quite suitable for you. And for good playback you to AirPods Pro. There, the volume will be higher, and the bass will be richer, and, in the end, active noise reduction.

AirPods 3 is based on H1 processor. Exactly the same one that powers AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro. Despite this, the novelty has increased autonomy. She lives from charging 6 hours versus 4.5 for AirPods Pro. This is her only advantage that I would highlight. Because protection against water according to the IPX4 standard is clearly not the criterion that you should be guided by when choosing headphones. But there is also something else that should be mentioned.

AirPods 3 come with a carrying case by default. fast charging from MagSafe. In order to prevent the superiority of the middle model over the older one, Apple fussed and quickly rolled out an updated version of the AirPods Pro, also with MagSafe support. That’s just the headphones from the old batches of fast charging from this did not appear. Another thing is that I would not chase her anyway. After all, you won’t buy MagSafe just to charge your headphones? They charge quite well over the wire, and most importantly – quickly.

Before AirPods 2, AirPods 3 have slightly more advantages. This includes support for the Find My app, pinch control instead of touch, more accurate ear fit recognition, and faster pairing with iPhone. Is it convenient? Yes, it’s convenient. Is this the most important thing in headphones? In my opinion, no. In the end, all the key features of the AirPods 2 are still supported. Is that through the “Locator” they can not be found. That’s embarrassing for that.

Should I buy AirPods 2 in 2021

AirPods 2 feel great even in 2021

And now the most important thing is the cost. AirPods 3 price in Russian retail was estimated at 16.5 thousand rubles, which is a lot. Especially against the background of second-generation AirPods, which today in Russia can be snatched for less than 9 thousand. Therefore, if your task is to save money, then you need to take AirPods 2. The only pity is that this is far from the leader in terms of sound quality. As well as AirPods 3, which, according to this indicator, are clearly not far from them.

Do not misunderstand me. AirPods 2 are not TWS headphones for the poor. It’s still a good solution with all the benefits of the Apple ecosystem, works amazingly with all of the company’s devices and is arguably one of the best wearables in terms of user experience. So, if earplugs are not your story, take AirPods 2. They are very personal.

If money is tight and you could afford the AirPods 3, but still crave quality sound, check out the AirPods Pro. Despite the fact that I do not really favor earplugs, they have too many advantages on their side:

  • Better sound and bass;
  • Support for active noise reduction;
  • Adaptive equalizer;
  • Support for the “Transparency” mode.

I’m betting on AirPods Pro not only because of the wider range of features, but also because of the price. Today, prices for Proshka start at 15 thousand rubles, which in fact is even less than Apple asks for AirPods 3. True, in order to get the maximum benefit, it is better to take it on one of three sites: Yandex.Market, Tmall and SberMegaMarket. There I have repeatedly seen super-profitable offers in the region of 14.5-15.5 thousand rubles, which is very, very good.

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