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AirPods Pro vs. Powerbeats 4 comparison: Specs, features, price to consider before buying a new pair of earbuds from Apple

From an AirPods Pro promo trailer | Photo credit: Apple / YouTube screenshot

Apple surprised tech fans this week with the announcement of several new products including the fourth-generation Powerbeats earbuds. Its significantly cheaper cost compared to the AirPods Pro might be enough to entice people to buy the Powerbeats 4. However, audiophiles might want to consider other features and technical specifications before making a purchase.

How Powerbeats 4 compare to Apple’s popular truly wireless earbuds

Tech fans are likely to be immediately impressed with the Powerbeats 4 price tag. The latest model of the brand only costs $149 while the AirPods Pro is priced at $249. The former’s price point becomes much more enticing once tech fans consider its main attraction.

The Powerbeats 4 is advertised with a standard listening time of up to 15 hours in a single charge. On the other hand, Apple promises that the AirPods Pro’s playback time can last up to 4.5 hours and some hands-on reviews back that claim. Some were even able to use the truly wireless earbuds for more than 5 hours.

What would make Powerbeats 4 a worthy option compared to the AirPods Pro are the features and specs they both have despite the price difference. Both earbuds are powered by Apple’s wireless H1 chip and IPX4-certified, which means they are sweat and water resistance.

It is a fair competition between Powerbeats 4 and AirPods Pro when it comes to voice and on-ear controls. Both earbuds support “Hey, Siri” voice commands when connected to iOS devices and have an array of on-ear controls. Powerbeats 4 has a power button on the left earbud along with the volume button and other music controls through the “b” logo on the right earbud. AirPods Pro also has various call and music playback navigation.

Why the AirPods Pro could still be a good purchase despite its higher cost

For the sake of this comparison, it is fair to say that the extra $100 cost of AirPods Pro is easily justified due to the significant specs and features that are not available on the Powerbeats 4. The AirPods Pro is called truly wireless earbuds for a good reason.

Aside from the absence of cord connecting each earpiece, the AirPods Pro also comes with a wireless charging case for its $249 price. Powerbeats 4, on the other hand, is charged with a USB-A to Lightning cable. Most importantly, the AirPods Pro has an Active Noise Cancellation feature that can also be set to Transparency Mode.

Overall, the price difference is always an important factor to consider when buying a new tech product. However, as shown in the comparison above, the user’s preferences will decide whether it is worth spending $100 more for the AirPods Pro or save it when they opt for the Powerbeats 4.

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