An AirPods Pro alternative from Apple’s subsidiary!
Apple‘s subsidiary Beats by Dre just unveiled new truly wireless earphones, the Beats Studio Buds. The earphones feature a pretty generic design like most other TWS offerings on the market, that is without a stem and silicone ear tips. The overall non-resemblance to Apple’s own AirPods Pro is a good thing. Anyways, the Beats Studio Buds costs $150 making it much cheaper than the AirPods Pro which retails at $249.
Before you even ask, yes, ANC to cancel out noise is right here which is impressive. That said, dual beamforming microphones are here to filter out external noise and help keep your voice crisp during calls. Apple’s Spatial Audio is also supported. The ear tips come in S, M, and L sizes for that perfect fit. The overall design is quite sleek and is claimed to seat comfortably in your ears. The Beats Studio Buds are available in red (shown below), white, and black paint jobs.
The Beats Studio Buds is IPX4 certified for splash, spill, and also sweat resistance during gym workout sessions. With the ANC feature disabled, the earbuds will give you a battery runtime of about 8 hours and up to 24 hours when combined with the charging case.
Utilizing the ANC or Transparency mode will dial down the battery life to 5 hours for the earbuds and 15 hours of total endurance with the case. Speaking of which, a USB-C port takes care of charging.
Each earbud has controls in the Beats logo for controlling audio and managing calls. There is full support for both iOS and Android devices. On Apple devices, the Beats Studio Buds will function seamlessly much like the AirPods complete with hands-free Siri functionality. However, on Android, the Beats app takes care of everything right from the controls, status, voice assistant to noise cancellation, and firmware upgrades.