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Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

from  $159+
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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

With Apple kissing the standard headphone jack goodbye, it's hoping people will buy these completely wireless earbuds instead. They're elegant in some ways, with a simple pairing process and good voice-call quality. It's too bad that Apple otherwise fell short in the sound department, and that you're forced to talk to Siri to get just about everything done. Still, while this first attempt missed the mark, the concept has plenty of potential.

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Pros
  • Dead-simple to set up
  • Siri and calls work very well
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • Controls aren't flexible enough
  • Mediocre audio quality
  • EarPods-inspired design isn't for everyone
80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

80
 

User Reviews

90
jayrygeo
Sound quality is fair, much better for podcasts and audiobooks than for music....read more
100
julez29192
The 10/10 rating is a bit forced with these sliders here, because to me "Noise...read more
80
Nexus458
SOUND I've had these for about three weeks now, and they're pretty good. They're...read more
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