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Quick Store Review: Beats Fit Pro are actually better AirPods Pro

No earbuds were harmed during this . . except for the ones I've dropped.

Disclaimer - due to the strict store policies, I was not allowed to shoot photos or videos inside the actual store. But I was allowed to drive those earbuds for an hour, which is something, considering they are not officially out on the shelves for sale.

Unboxing and design

Inside the fairly bulky box are the earbuds with their charging case, two additional sizes of ear tips, which are of disappointingly low quality, a short USB-C charging cable and the usual paperwork. Bonus points for new Apple users is the inclusion of 3-months free Apple Music subscription.

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Credit: Beats

The case feels cheaper than both the AirPods Pro and Sony's WF-1000XM4, but it's sturdy enough to survive a few drops, so no concerns there. The magnets that snatch the earbuds in place are strong and the feeling of snapping them in the case to charge is consistent. As for the overall size, they are slightly larger than the AirPods Pro, but still very pocketable.

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Credit: Beats

A point off would be the lack of wireless charging, not even as an option or a separate case to buy. But then the charging port is a USB-C, which is a breath of fresh air from all the Lightning and micro USB ports. As for controls - no squeezing stems or sliding fingers - the "B" is a physical button.

Wearing them

The wing tips are greatly sized for both small and large ears, but you have to get used to them, if you haven't wore those kind of earbuds before. While the ear tips are cheap-feeling, they fit nicely and are about as standard as they'll ever get. Meaning you can just buy foam tips for better fit and insulation.

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Credit: Beats

The overall wearing comfort is good - the Fit Pro does not intrude too much inside the ears, but as with every other kind of in-ear accessories - you will feel some discomfort with long hours of constant wearing. There are optical sensors to pause the music if you take them off. When you use the button, you don't push them deeper in your ears, because the tips are at an angle, compared to the pressure you apply on the button.

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Credit: Beats

The passive sound insulation is, to no one's surprise - quite good. And that's with the thin silicon tips out of the box. Foam tips would make it even better. You can still hear the outside world without the music playing, but it's muffled quite a bit. The Fit Pro's are better in the passive department of both Sony's WF-1000XM4 and AirPods Pro, which is a high mark.

Features and non-Apple support

While the Beats Fit Pro carry the infamous H1 chip inside, meaning Apple users gets all the goodies from seamless pairing and switching between i-devices to spatial audio and transparency mode, Android users haven't been left out this time around. Using the Beats app, you'll have access to all the features, except Siri, automatic device switching and spatial audio, so no drama this time around.

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Credit: Beats

Transparency mode works brilliantly, as expected and so is the active noise cancelling. In fact the ANC is better than that on the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4, even if just by little. It's actually enough to be noticeable, but not miles away. There is the feeling of slightly increased pressure in your ears, since the Beats Fit Pro do not appear to have a vent like the AirPods Pro, but it's nothing major or annoying.

Sound impressions

Here comes the tough part, since sound perception and preference is something very individual, so let's start by mine, so you'll get the idea how my impressions would compare to yours. I like flat-sounding audio devices, which I can easily tune to my preference. My personal daily driver are the Beats Studio 3 Wireless, because their sound stage is super flat by default, in every single mode.

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Credit: Beats

As for the Beats Fit Pro - flat, they are not. A little bit of the highs and mids have been trimmed down in favour of more thumping lows. It is an overall pleasant sound signature and the bass while enhanced is not too heavy or overpowering. But you can feel the usually warm vocals leaving something to be desired. And if you're a podcasts listener, this is where the biggest difference is, compared to the AirPods Pro. Now the microphone is a big step away as it's both clearer and louder than the AirPods!

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Credit: Beats

For an hour I've tried every single genre of music that I know of and I never really found myself displeased. Maybe because the Fit Pro's balance is suiting my taste - a bit more bass emphasis, but just the right amount. And the Adaptive EQ works as advertising when every other mode is off, which somehow made for a wider sound stage with a bit more pronounced . . everything, really. Using the spatial audio was as much as a gimmick as it frankly is - no real positives regarding the sound quality.

Conclusion time

Here comes the surprise - these earbuds are better than the AirPods Pro! The sound is better, even though the sound signature is different - they are more rich overall, nothing gets muddled out by the bass and you can hear more details, even in the somewhat lackluster highs, which was shocking when comparing.

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Credit: Beats

They stay better in your ears, have sweat resistance and the battery life out of the case is a good two hours more, when calculated (cannot verify yet). The only real con is the lack of wireless charging, but the price is around $20 below the AirPods Pro. As for the Sony's WF-1000XM4 - they finally have a proper market contender.

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Credit: Beats

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Comments (10)

  • Cool!

    But I'll stick to my Sony WH XB (idfk what's after that, why can't they just give them decent names??) noice cancelling headphones

      27 days ago
  • Very cool. But for that price I’ll just stick to my Pro’s

      27 days ago
  • Great review but NO! I have both the XM4's and the Beats Fit Pro - and the ANC on the Beats is not superior to the XM4's.

      25 days ago
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