Spent two weeks with AirPods 3 and here’s what I think of them

For about two weeks I have been using the new AirPods 3. At first I wanted to write a review with a first impression, and I honestly even started doing it, but somehow I could not formulate my thoughts, which were too contradictory. On the one hand, stereotypes said that headphones shouldn’t sound good. On the other hand, I liked them. Of course, this is the first impression to share all this, but the story would turn out to be too chaotic, and for a really new product it should be more solid. And now, more than two weeks later, I’m ready to put everything on the shelves and tell who exactly needs to buy these headphones.

These earbuds have been waiting for quite a while and they are finally out.

AirPods 3 review

New headphones stand 16 490 rubles… Now this does not seem to be such a large amount anymore, when even solutions from Huawei and other Chinese brands easily exceed 10,000 rubles. But you’re probably wondering, are they good? If you have first or second generation AirPods, do you need to update? And is it worth paying for AirPods Pro 24,990 rubles or is it better to save money? Now we will analyze all this, but not on the basis of data from the presentation, but on the basis of a rather long experience of use.

How AirPods 3 differ from AirPods Pro

Design AirPods 3rd generation, as Apple calls them, or simply AirPods 3, as has become popular among the people, has become a real golden mean between AirPods and AirPods Pro. They took the best from every world, but became closer to regular headphones, and not to the Pro version. If Apple wanted to fill the gap, it did.

The box is classic, but inside there are only headphones in a case and a cable.

AirPods, like iPhones, are now sold without film.

Until that time, in most cases, fans of open headphones had to put up with mediocre sound. And there were almost no such headphones themselves in the high segment.

Apple was able to pump the second-generation AirPods in every sense, but at the same time not increasing the price so much. Yes, this is 4,000 rubles and about 30% of the cost, but personally I won much more in sound and other things. I would even start not from the fact that they are 4,000 more expensive than regular AirPods, but from the fact that they are 8,000 cheaper than AirPods Pro, the price of which has increased significantly recently.

Even the cover, if we consider it separately, has become somehow very pleasant. The case from the “pros” seemed small to me, but only until I tried it in new headphones. You immediately notice that it is the same in shape and size as that of the first and second generations, but only taking the AirPods Pro case in your hands a couple of weeks later, you notice that it is larger.

By the way, I remembered that they can be charged using MagSafe only after a week of use, and this despite the fact that I have such a charge on my desk. It’s not the most useful feature, but Apple was simply obliged to adapt its new gadget to the standard. Even some other models received updated cases. They can do it now, but they will not be magnetized. AirPods 3 hold on rather weakly, but even under their own weight they do not fall off.

AirPods are finally getting MagSafe support.

How the new AirPods sound

The original AirPods have won many fans for their convenience, no wires, and their simplicity and easy iPhone integration. They even created a separate direction for headphones and pushed other manufacturers to do the same. Now, in the new generation, they have maintained a commitment to the semi-open design, like original AirPodsbut they do sound much better. Apple did not deceive and indeed built a good speaker into the headphones.

In fact, as long as you are in a quiet place, AirPods 3 sound as good as AirPods Pro… There is enough spread in frequencies, and much to my surprise, they have warm and powerful bass. They cannot compete with closed designs, but they benefit greatly in comparison to taxes. Compared to regular AirPods, everything is great. Fans of half-open headphones no longer have to put up with mediocre sound quality.

The new AirPods sound better than the old ones.

Spatial audio in AirPods

Apple has placed a lot of emphasis on spatial sound and Dolby Atmos since adding tracks using this immersive format to Apple Music. And while just about any set of wired or wireless headphones can do something similar, they can’t deliver spatial audio specifically.

Previously, this feature was only in AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, but now it has appeared in AirPods 3. If you have not encountered this, then imagine that someone is singing in front of you. If you turn sideways to it, you will still hear the sound with both ears, but with one a little better, and so you will understand where the sound is coming from.

This is how spatial audio works. Turning the head changes the sound parameters in each ear in real time. Sometimes, when you walk around the city and turn your head, it only gets in the way, but in transport, in the office or on the couch at home, it’s a thrill. But the thrill is even greater when it works when watching movies.

How nice it is to open and close all these covers.

Can AirPods 3 get wet

The new earbuds are well protected from water. You cannot swim with them, but IPX4 allows you not to worry about the fact that the accessory will fail from rain or sweat. This protection now extends to the case as well.

About the comfort in the ear, I can say that I was worried in vain. At first it seems that they sit even less tightly than the first AirPods, but then you realize that they don’t even think about falling out. Sometimes, however, you want to push them deeper into your ear, when you move them slightly by pressing the button on the leg, but this happens to me with AirPods Pro, and with any other headphones. For running, it is better to take more dense “projectors”, but for walking and listening, sitting at a table, they are more than enough.

The case is also protected from water, but we are only talking about splashes

The main problem with these headphones, like any other open ones, is insufficient tightness and noise protection… At home or in the office, this is not so critical, but there will be obvious problems on the subway or next to a busy road.

Why AirPods Pro is better than AirPods 3

This is where the AirPods Pro have a huge advantage. Not only do they provide the best passive noise isolation thanks to silicone ear cushions, but they also have active noise canceling (ANC) that can drown out all but the most intrusive external sounds.

By the way, the presence of ear pads on AirPods Pro makes them more hygienic. If you want to sell or give them to someone, then it will be enough to replace them with new ones, and that’s it. A special membrane does not allow any dirt to pass through. In the case of AirPods 3, you will have to somehow clean the grill.

I will not talk in detail about the playback control, for which you need to squeeze the leg. But for frequent phone calls, AirPods are still ideal. They instantly connect to iPhone after opening the case, and the sound on “both ends of the wire” is quite acceptable. For a long time, if a case with headphones is on the table during the day, I answer even short calls through them.

AirPods Pro have ear pads. Otherwise, outwardly, without direct comparison, it will be difficult for a simple user to distinguish them from AirPods 3.

I rarely listen to headphones for more than 4.5 hours, which the AirPods Pro can last, but the AirPods 3’s claimed battery life is 6 hours and 30 hours if charged from time to time in the case. Usually after 2.5-3 hours of listening, I still had 50-60% of the charge… And if the earbuds are completely flat, the Quick Charge feature gives you up to an hour of extra listening time if you charge the earbuds for five minutes.

With better sound, larger battery, comfortable fit, wireless charging, and head-tracking spatial audio, AirPods 3 are a big step up from the second generation AirPods.

If you want to buy AirPods, but the Pro version is not for you, then pay attention to AirPods 3. They are better than the second generation.

Who is the AirPods 3 for?

Should you buy these headphones if you already have AirPods 1 or 2? We must look at the situation… If they are not very new, calmly “wear out” the battery and feel free to take AirPods 3. If you have just recently bought such headphones, evaluate how much you can sell them for and whether the difference will be so big for you. You will definitely get improvements, but I would not change one for another, paying more than 7000-8000 rubles.

If you don’t have headphones at all and you want to buy AirPods, better to look towards AirPods Pro – they are really good. If it’s expensive, or if you don’t like in-ear headphones, then you just should have no doubts. Among AirPods, in this case, you will not find anything better than the third generation. Especially if you mainly use them for video meetings or listening to music in a quiet place. Here the sound will be excellent, and excessive noise isolation will only interfere.

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