Beats Fit Pro overview: The greatest Beats (or Apple) buds to this point

MSRP $200.00

“They’re the AirPods Pro, but more secure, Android-compatible, and have a lower price.”

Pros

  • Comfortable, safe match
  • Excellent ANC
  • Excellent transparency
  • Very good sound high quality
  • Fun extras (head-tracking)

Cons

  • No wi-fi charging
  • Limited contol settings
  • No EQ settings

If you’re searching for a set of true wi-fi earbuds, you’ve obtained extra decisions than ever and plenty of extra options to contemplate. Active noise cancellation (ANC), consolation, a safe match, battery life, sound high quality, wi-fi charging, in-ear sensors, and on and on. That could make for a tough determination, even if you happen to’re profiting from our information to one of the best true wi-fi earbuds.

Well, your determination simply obtained tougher: The $200 Beats Fit Pro, with their distinctive wingtips and tons of superior options enabled by Apple’s H1 wi-fi chip, make a compelling argument which you could really get all of it — with no compromises. Just how good are they? We assume they’re Beats’ greatest earbuds to this point.

Those wings

Beats Studio Buds next to Beats Fit Pro.Beats Studio Buds (left) and Beats Fit Pro. Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

Easily essentially the most distinctive facet to the Beats Fit Pro are these wingtips that protrude from the outer floor of the earbuds and curl inward towards your ear. When the earbuds are positioned appropriately, the ideas ought to anchor themselves just below the arch of your antihelix — a agency, ledge-shaped fold of cartilage. Seating them is fairly simple — simply push the buds into your ear canal after which give them a small rotation ahead and again. With some apply, you’ll be capable of do it in a single transfer.

When I first noticed images of the Fit Pro, I used to be skeptical about how cozy these pointy suggestions can be. Beats isn’t the primary firm to make use of this design — you’ll discover comparable rubber anchors on the Sony WF-SP800N, Jaybird Vista 2, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, and the JBL Reflect Mini NC — however in contrast to these different earbuds, the Fit Pro’s wingtips level into your ears extra dramatically.

If you want prescription eyewear, or need to put on sun shades, go for it. The Fit Pro received’t be in your means.

I needn’t have apprehensive. They’re made out of super-soft silicone rubber. And whereas I wouldn’t go as far as to say you received’t discover them in any respect, they’re very snug, even for longer durations. More importantly, they do what they’re designed to do: Lock the Fit Pro in place so that you simply’re not consistently pushing them again into place as your working or exercise makes an attempt to dislodge them.

But what I like most concerning the wingtips is that they don’t intrude in any respect with glasses — in contrast to the over-ear hooks of the Powerbeats Pro. So if you happen to want prescription eyewear, or need to put on sun shades for cover, go for it, the Fit Pro received’t get in your means.

There’s only one potential draw back to the design. The wingtips are superbly built-in into the plastic of the multifunction buttons — a lot so that you simply actually can’t see the place the rubber ends and the plastic begins. But because of this if the wingtips ever change into broken or just put on down with use, there’s no solution to exchange them; you’ll have to purchase new earbuds.

The multifunction buttons are super-easy to press — virtually too simple. Inserting the buds in your ears with out by accident urgent them might be tough. But they reward you with a tactile click on that leaves little question that you simply’ve pressed them appropriately. There’s no means to customise the controls, except for the long-press motion, which might be set utilizing iOS or the Beats app for Android to set off both ANC mode adjustments or quantity degree.

Kill the noise

Beats Fit Pro.Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

The Beats Fit Pro use the identical ANC and transparency system because the AirPods Pro, with equally spectacular outcomes. External sounds just like the droning of followers or the rumble of site visitors are considerably lowered, leaving you with a pleasant, quiet mattress in your audio to play in opposition to, whether or not it’s music or podcasts. Heck, you may simply have interaction ANC and use it for some peace and quiet in a loud dwelling or espresso store.

From Chick Corea to Megan Thee Stallion, or a Brahms concerto, the Fit Pro will fortunately render all of them.

Curiously, whereas the Fit Pro’s transparency mode is significantly better than that of the Studio Buds — and simply pretty much as good because the AirPods Pro — ANC mode isn’t fairly pretty much as good as on the Beats Studio Buds, which frankly, is one thing of a shock. I chalk it as much as Fit Pro’s barely bigger pressure-balancing vents, a function that will increase the general consolation related to carrying ear canal-sealing headphones. In this case, nonetheless, these vents appear to let just a bit extra sound in than on the Studio Buds, and I consider that’s what lowers the Fit Pro’s ANC efficiency. To be clear, we aren’t speaking about evening and day, or wherever near that type of distinction. It’s refined, and chances are you’ll not discover it in any respect, however hey, they pay me the large bucks to level these things out.

Supreme sound …

Man wearing Beats Fit Pro.Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

The Fit Pro sound actually good — higher than the Studio Buds, and I feel they’re higher than the AirPods Pro as effectively. They have a large soundstage and outlined stereo imaging that places them on par with the superb Jabra Elite 7 Pro. But the true shock right here is the Fit Pro’s sound signature.

Despite their workout-friendly design (which begs comparisons to the Powerbeats Pro), the Fit Pro don’t place further emphasis on bass. Not that there isn’t loads of bass response — there may be — it’s simply that Beats has tamed the Fit Pro’s low finish to be extra proportional to the remainder of the frequency bands. So whereas they won’t present the type of pounding rhythm you need for an intense exercise, they’re much better suited to enjoying all kinds of genres.

The Fit Pro embody head-tracking sensors, which allow you to expertise Dolby Atmos in a wholly new means.

You can create the world’s most eclectic playlist that jumps from a jazz grasp like Chick Corea to Megan Thee Stallion after which over to a Brahms concerto, and the Fit Pro will fortunately render all of them, with loads of element and 0 harshness within the excessive frequencies.

I nonetheless want that Beats (and Apple) would give us management over EQ, for these instances when somewhat extra increase may be referred to as for, nevertheless it’s genuinely onerous to complain given how nice the Fit Pro sound correct out of the field.

… and head-tracking spatial audio, too

Beats Fit Pro.Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

For Apple — and thus for Beats — spatial audio is type of a giant deal. The firm has gone all-in with assist for Dolby Atmos Music on the Apple Music streaming service. Any set of headphones will allow you to benefit from the 3D points of Dolby Atmos, however the Fit Pro embody head-tracking sensors, which allow you to expertise Dolby Atmos in a wholly new means. With the function turned on (you may change it off within the iOS Control Center), Dolby Atmos music tracks reply to the orientation of your head. It sounds freaky — and it does take some getting used to. But if you flip your head backward and forward, it sounds just like the track is being carried out “in front of you” such {that a} head flip to the left balances the vocals to your proper ear and vice versa. If you retain your head turned for longer than a number of seconds, that place turns into the brand new entrance.

It additionally works with Dolby Atmos, 5.1, and seven.1 film soundtracks, however in these conditions, the “front” is all the time the placement of your display screen, whether or not that’s an iPhone, iPad, or your TV (Apple TV 4K solely). I’m unsure that head-tracking is a giant cause to purchase the Beats Fit Pro, particularly if you happen to’re an Android person (for now, solely Apple gadgets assist head-tracking), nevertheless it’s a enjoyable function that may make some music and films extra entertaining.

Call high quality

Beats Fit Pro.Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

In all however the noisiest of environments, the Fit Pro ship superb name high quality. They wrestle — as do most true wi-fi earbuds — with loud sounds, however when issues are comparatively calm, your callers could have no bother listening to you clearly. They’re significantly better for calls than the Studio Buds, which sound a bit muddy by comparability.

Beats doesn’t embody a separate sidetone adjustment so to hear your personal voice clearly, however you may change to transparency mode earlier than or throughout a name, which quantities to the identical factor. And because the Fit Pro’s transparency mode is so good, it helps to make these earbuds very succesful calling companions. The incontrovertible fact that you should use both earbud independently for each calls and music is a bonus.

Battery life

Beats Fit Pro charging case.Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

After a number of years of stagnation, Apple has began enhancing the quantity of listening time you may get from a single cost on its earbuds. The Beats Fit Pro are rated for six hours with both ANC or transparency modes on, making them the longest-lasting ANC earbuds in both the Beats or Apple lineups (the AirPods Pro high out at 4.5 hours, and the Studio Buds get 5 hours). Better but, if you happen to flip off these modes, that quantity jumps to seven hours — not fairly the 9 hours you’ll get from the Powerbeats Pro, however fairly first rate nonetheless.

The charging case, which disappointingly doesn’t assist wi-fi charging (Qi or MagSafe) can bump these numbers as much as 27 and 30 hours, respectively. A fast cost of 5 minutes will get you an additional hour of playtime.

Our take

Beats Fit Pro box contents.Simon Cohen / Digital Trends

The Beats Fit Pro are primarily Apple’s AirPods Pro, however with a safer match, Android compatibility, barely higher sound, and a lower cost. In our books, that makes them virtually good.

Is there a greater various?

If you need every thing the Apple ecosystem has to supply (head-tracking spatial audio, Find My community, fast switching between Apple gadgets, and hands-free Siri), then no, there aren’t any higher options at this worth in relation to true wi-fi earbuds. If you actually need/want wi-fi charging, get able to pay $49 extra for the AirPods Pro.

If, then again, you’re much less fussy about these options, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro deserve your full consideration. They’re pretty much as good or higher for ANC, transparency, and sound high quality, and loads of of us will discover them extra snug, but virtually as safe. They even have wi-fi charging and an unbelievable quantity of changes for EQ, controls, and extra. And they’re the identical worth because the Beats Fit Pro.

How lengthy will they final?

It’s good that the Fit Pro have an extended beginning battery life than Apple’s different earbuds (besides the Powerbeats Pro) as a result of, in our expertise, that is the one space that may severely scale back earbud life expectancy. Even in the event that they drop by 50%, you’ll nonetheless get three hours with ANC on, which whereas not nice, remains to be completely usable for many conditions.

It’s tougher to say how a lot life you’ll get out of the versatile wingtips. If these get shredded or torn, it’s buh-bye earbuds.

Should you purchase them?

Yes. Despite a number of lacking options like EQ, management changes, and wi-fi charging, the Beats Fit Pro are a stellar set of true wi-fi earbuds.

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