Apple yesterday unveiled the AirPods 3 , which fans of the company’s TWS line of headphones have been waiting for nearly two years. Despite this, the novelty was 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, that doesn’t make her worse. It’s just that I personally would not buy AirPods 3 for myself, at least some people have already praised them in advance. Instead, I would prefer AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro , depending on what requirements you have for future headphones.
As expected, AirPods 3 are somewhere 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, the expanded range of possibilities, coupled with the incomplete landing so beloved by many, and the relatively low price, which is noticeably lower than that of AirPods Pro, clearly should do the trick. But it was not there.
AirPods Pro or AirPods 3
I would not expect much change in sound quality compared to AirPods 2 from AirPods 3. Still, no matter how cool speakers Apple has equipped the new product, a loose fit will create a small air cushion between the ear canal and the earphone, so that sound scattering 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 reproduction, AirPods Pro will suit you . There, the volume will be higher, and the bass is more powerful, and, in the end, an active noise reduction.
At the heart of AirPods 3 is the H1 processor . Exactly the same one that powers AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro. Despite this, the novelty has increased autonomy. She lives on charging for 6 hours versus 4.5 for AirPods Pro. This is its only advantage that I would highlight. Because IPX4 water resistance is clearly not the criterion to be guided by when choosing headphones. But there is also something else that should be mentioned.
AirPods 3 come with a MagSafe fast charging case by default. In order not to admit the superiority of the middle model over the older one, Apple hurried up and quickly rolled out an updated version of AirPods Pro, also with MagSafe support. It’s just that the headphones from the old batches did not have fast charging from this. Another thing is that I would not chase her anyway. You won’t buy MagSafe just to charge your headphones, are you? They will charge quite well over the wire, and most importantly – quickly.
AirPods 3 have slightly more advantages over AirPods 2. This includes support for the Find My application, and control of pinching instead of touching, and more accurate recognition of the fit in the ear, and faster pairing with the iPhone. Is it convenient? Yes, it’s convenient. Is this the most important thing in headphones? In my opinion, no. At the end of the day, all of the AirPods 2’s key features are still supported. Unless you cannot find them through Locator. That’s a shame for that.
Should you buy AirPods 2 in 2021
And now the most important thing is the cost. The price of AirPods 3 in Russian retail was estimated at 16.5 thousand rubles, which is a lot. Especially against the background of the 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 sound quality. As well as AirPods 3, which are clearly not far from them in this indicator.
Do not misunderstand me. AirPods 2 are not poor poor TWS earbuds. It’s still a good solution with all the benefits of the Apple ecosystem, works amazingly with all of Apple’s devices, and is arguably one of the best wearables in terms of usability. So, if the earplugs are not your story, grab the AirPods 2. They’re pretty much nothing.
If you are not straining with money and you could afford AirPods 3, but at the same time crave high-quality sound, take a look at AirPods Pro. Despite the fact that I do not really like gags, there are too many advantages on their side:
- Better sound and bass;
- Active noise cancellation support;
- 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 is actually even less than Apple asks for AirPods 3. However, in order to get the maximum benefit, it is better to buy 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.