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Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
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Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) review: specs and price

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)

Why is Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) better than the average?

  • Driver unit size
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    11mmvs9.19mm
  • Number of microphones
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    4vs2.57
  • Battery life of charging case
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    30hvs21.42h
  • Weight
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    8.56gvs15.92g

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User reviews

Overall Rating

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
8.0
4 User reviews
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
8.0/10
4 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.8/10
4 votes

Sound quality

9.0/10
4 votes

Design

8.3/10
4 votes

Comfort

7.0/10
4 votes

Battery life

9.3/10
4 votes

Comments

RiffRaff

RiffRaff

10 months ago

9 / 10

Amazing experience

RiffRaff

RiffRaff

10 months ago

9 / 10

They are amazing! I have wired ears, and the pros don’t fit so well for me, even with other tips, but the third gens fit the best!

Pros

  • Good fit, media control, better, sound quality, spatial audio

Cons

  • None for me
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Super Awesome

Super Awesome

7 months ago

9 / 10

My choice of headphones

Super Awesome

Super Awesome

7 months ago

9 / 10

Pros

  • Great noice cancelation
  • Great sound quality
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Low bass
  • Difficult if you don’t have a IPhone
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Aswath

Aswath

2 months ago

5 / 10

Good job apple but too pricey

Aswath

Aswath

2 months ago

5 / 10

0 users found this helpful

Design

Fit

Earbud

The fit of the earbuds.
The first number of the IP rating refers to protection against dust, while the second number refers to protection against liquid. E.g. a first number of 6 denotes that it is completely dustproof, and a second number of 7 denotes that the device can withstand full immersion in water.
weight

8.56g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
has no wires or cables
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.
wingtips included
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
These earbuds come with wingtips that can be attached for a more secure fit. Wingtips come in handy for sports and other physical activities. When used correctly, they prevent the earbuds from falling off.
sweat resistance
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
is dustproof and water-resistant
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
has stereo speakers
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
waterproof depth rating

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The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.

Sound quality

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.
has passive noise reduction
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
lowest frequency

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The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
highest frequency

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The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
sound pressure level

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Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
impedance

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Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
has a neodymium magnet
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

Power

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
The battery life of the charging case as given by the manufacturer. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your headphones on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
charge time

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The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
battery power

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Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
has wireless charging
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
has a battery level indicator
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
has a rechargeable battery
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Connectivity

Has USB Type-C
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
has LDAC
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.
has aptX Adaptive
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
has aptX Low Latency
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
aptX Low Latency is a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag (e.g. when playing games).
has aptX HD
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
aptX HD is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
has aptX
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
aptX is a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm, and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.
audio latency

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Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your headphones/earbuds. Lower latency reduces audio lag, and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
The device can connect at a greater distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.

Features

The device can control your smartphone’s camera remotely (without installing third-party apps), allowing you to take shots even if your phone isn't near you.
has ambient sound mode
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Ambient sound mode uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re jogging but still want to be able to hear traffic.
has in/on-ear detection
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Sensors can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused, saving battery life.
has find earbuds feature
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
You can use the app to play a sound from your earbuds to help you locate them.
Supports fast charging
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
multipoint count

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Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
has a mute function
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
can be used as a headset
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
control panel placed on a device
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

Microphone

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
has a noise-canceling microphone
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
mic sensitivity

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It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.
highest mic frequency

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The highest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording treble.
lowest mic frequency

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The lowest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording bass.

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