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Airpods (3rd generation)VS
Airpods Pro 2
$170New
$249Out of stock
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you value noise isolation and a more immersive listening experience, the Apple Airpods Pro 2 could be a better choice for you as they have active noise canceling and perform better for watching TV and gaming due to low latency mode. However, if you are concerned about price and you do not need the best noise isolation or low latency, the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) might be sufficient for your needs. They still offer decent sound quality and are more affordable. Keep in mind that both options are optimized for Apple devices, offer wireless charging, and have similar battery life. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Gaming

5.4
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
8.4
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for gaming, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

TV and Video

5.5
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
7.8
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for TV and video, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
9.1
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) is poor.

Cost

$170
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
$249
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The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) has a price of $170 and the Apple Airpods Pro 2 costs $249.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.1
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
7.0
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) and Apple Airpods Pro 2 are both good for music.

Phone Calls

7.6
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
7.8
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Apple Airpods (3rd generation) are both good for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.6
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
8.8
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Apple Airpods (3rd generation) are both very good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
6.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) has 6 hours of battery life. The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods (3rd generation)
Airpods Pro 2
9.0
The Apple Airpods (3rd generation) and Apple Airpods Pro 2 both have excellent build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods (3rd generation) and the Apple Airpods Pro 2 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods (3rd generation)Apple Airpods Pro 2
Apple Airpods (3rd generation)Apple Airpods Pro 2

GENERAL

Price
$170
$249
Brand
AppleApple
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.2/107.1/10
Phone Calls Score
7.6/107.8/10
Gaming Score
5.4/108.4/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/107.8/10
Exercise Score
7.2/106.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 hours6 hours
Wireless charging
YesYes
Charging time
1.5 hours0.5 hours
Bluetooth version
55.3
Case Battery Life
3024

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
NoNo
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
7/108/10
Size
MediumMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
4.3 grams5.3 grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better SoundApple Airpods Pro 2
Better noise reductionApple Airpods Pro 2
Better for calls Roughly equal
Better for TVApple Airpods Pro 2
Better for gamingApple Airpods Pro 2

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz, Christian Thomas | February 2023
"The Apple AirPods improves upon the 2019 model with its more ergonomic, yet unsealed, fit, water-resistant build, MagSafe charging case, and advanced software features. You can enjoy a wholly immersive movie experience with the new AirPods' spatial audio with head tracking, and enjoy HD audio during FaceTime calls. Of course, most of these features are limited to Apple hardware."

Apple Airpods Pro 2

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"Apple's upgraded H2 chip begets better active noise canceling (ANC) and battery life, while the case's U1 chip and integrated speaker lets you precisely locate it from the Find My app. If you own an iPhone, the new AirPods Pro is an obvious choice."

About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

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