- Excellent noise cancellation
- Very good sound quality
- Case has speaker and pinpoint location finding
- Seamless integration with Apple devices
- IPX4 rating for workouts
Reviewers Didn't Like
- Still no EQ adjustments
- Siri doesn't activate perfectly all the time
- Same old design
- Lightning connector
- No hi-res codec support
Competitors and Related Products
Our editors hand-pick these products using a variety of criteria: they can be direct competitors targeting the same market segment or can be similar devices in terms of size, performance, or features.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
Google Pixel Buds Pro
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Expert reviews and ratings
By Wired September 22, 2022 90
They pair instantly, fit well, and are IPX4-rated water resistant, so you can take them with you to the gym and a jog in the rain. The sound, noise canceling, and microphones are top-notch for everything from running music to vital conference calls. You can use them to silence your screaming children, and you can now even turn up Taylor Swift without picking up your iPhone. What else do you really need from a pair of headphones?
By The Verge September 22, 2022 80
Even so, the AirPods Pro aren’t necessarily the standout they once were, now flanked by serious contenders from Apple’s tech foes. On day one, they’re not the best-sounding wireless earbuds you can buy, nor are they class-leading in ANC thanks to Bose. But neither of those facts are likely to dissuade iPhone owners from considering the second-gen AirPods Pro above most options based on their reliable performance and Apple’s seamless ecosystem benefits.
By PCMag September 22, 2022 90
The second-generation AirPods Pro deliver exceptional ANC and audio performance, making them the best noise-cancelling true wireless earphones for Apple device users.
By Pocket-Lint September 22, 2022 100
The AirPods Pro 2nd Generation offer all the same features as the excellent AirPods 3rd Generation, but they add Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive Transparency modes, as well as the touch sensor for volume control on the stem. There are some great other additions too when it comes to the Charging Case.
By Mashable September 22, 2022 85
Apple has improved the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) in many small ways. They sound great and the noise cancelation is stellar, but if you already have the original AirPods Pro, the new ones are not an essential upgrade.
By Engadget September 22, 2022 88
Apple’s noise-canceling earbuds were way overdue for an update. While the company didn’t see the need to change the overall design, it did extensive upgrades on the inside, introducing new features and improving performance along the way. Importantly, it made all of these changes while keeping the price at $249.
By SlashGear September 22, 2022 90
The upshot to that brand devotion is a clean user experience and, honestly, I'm okay with that. When I want earbuds, I want them to work straight away. Even more so if I'm paying $249 for them, and being promised new levels of isolation from the world around me. For iPhone users, this blend of performance and practical integration arguably makes AirPods Pro the best they can get, and if that leaves other people out along the way, that's just a casualty of Apple's single-mindedness.
By Tom's Guide September 22, 2022 90
Apple has delivered a substantial upgrade with the AirPods Pro 2. They amp up many of the features we loved about the original, and while they’re not perfect, they offer some of the best noise cancellation and spatial audio of any pair of earbuds available.
By TechCrunch September 22, 2022
Overall, the new Pros are, again, excellent. Some really welcome additions to one of the best pair of earbuds out there. At $249, the pricing is a bit steep, but these are a pair of headphones you’ll want with you for the long haul.
By Yahoo! September 22, 2022
However, if you're trying to decide between AirPods Pro and another set of wireless earbuds, I can definitely recommend the former — especially to iPhone owners. Much of the AirPods' "secret sauce" lies in integration: Siri for hands-free voice commands, Find My to locate lost 'buds, the iPhone lock screen for battery status and more. Just as the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch for iPhone users, AirPods Pro are arguably the best earbuds.