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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.

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).

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

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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Score Breakdown

 
75
Average Critic Score
 
50
Wired
They have the potential to be the kind of project that goes from accessory or hobby to critical piece of Apple’s future. The AirPods, above all else, are Siri machines. And just like Siri, they have a bright future—and a seriously awkward present.
 
70
Business Insider
$159 is a big ask on top of a new $649 iPhone, and I was hoping the AirPods would do a little more for that price. They may not be the best wireless headphones you can buy, but I do think they’ll push the category forward more than any other attempt so far.
 
80
Daily Mail
The audio standard and brilliant pairing and charging technologies make AirPods an attractive prospect for Apple fans looking to invest in new wireless headphones for use across the entire product range. They're not perfect, but for a first generation product, they're pretty good.
 
80
The Independent
This will doubtless be just the first pair of wireless headphones to feature the W1 chip. The AirPods are a strong first step in this line.
 
80
TechCrunch
The exact vision of Apple’s wireless future is exemplified in its newest accessory: AirPods.
 
60
New York Times
I recommend waiting for Apple to fix the issues with AirPods before considering them. Meanwhile, there are plenty of great Bluetooth headphones.
 
90
Mashable
Apple AirPods have enough utility, smarts, sound quality and wearability to overcome what some see a potentially awkward design.
 
80
Refinery29
If you're ready to embrace this wire-free world Apple is proposing, they're still cheaper than some other wireless options (with a ton more built-in capabilities, too). They still look awkward, though.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
The simplicity of connectivity, automated cross-device use via iCloud, and automatic stop/start controls based on whether one or both AirPods are in your ears is a glimpse into the future of wireless listening. In these regards Apple is setting the benchmark for a wire-free future.
 
80
Alphr
AirPods are meant for people who want to free themselves from a life of tangled wires and a physical tether to their phones. If you have the money to spend and want wireless earphones, these won’t disappoint.

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