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Apple AirPods Pro review

In ear headphones. Priced at $399.

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We recommend models with a CHOICE Expert rating of 70% or above.

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This overall score is made up of listening with noise cancelling on (30%), listening quality (30%), listening with noise cancelling off (15%), comfort (15%), and durability (10%) scores.

Sound quality score View more details.

This score is an assessment by a listening panel of the audio quality of the headphones when reproducing music, regardless of the noise-cancelling or isolation effectiveness.

Listening score – noise cancelling on View more details.

We test the headphones' sound isolation effect with noise cancelling feature turned on.

Listening score – noise cancelling off View more details.

We test the headphones' sound isolation effect with noise cancelling feature turned off.

Comfort score View more details.

This takes into account placing in or on ear, removing from ear, potential to accidentally fall out of ear, restrictiveness of the wire, suitability for left-handed users as well as those with weak grip, limited sight, limited hearing and colour-blindness.

Durability score View more details.

Our testers rate the quality of the material used in construction and any areas of obvious concern. They also stress test the cables to replicate getting caught on arms or around the neck and to make sure they're strong enough, and perform a tangle assessment.

Battery life (hours) View more details.

This is measured in hours. Note: turning off noise cancellation can increase battery life in some models.

Availability View more details.

'Tested' means you should be able to find this model in stores. We check availability every time we test, which is about 3–4 times a year. 'Discontinued' means you may only be able to find this model online locally or overseas (if at all). We publish information on discontinued products as members have expressed interest in older models.

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Price View more details.

Recommended retail price at the time of testing. You may find better deals if you shop around.

Foldable View more details.

We note any over-ear and on-ear headphones that can be folded in any way to help reduce their bulk when travelling. All the in-ear headphones are considered portable.

Not applicable
Transport bag View more details.

Whether a travel case is included.

Battery type
Cable length (cm)
Not applicable
Weight with cable (g) View more details.

This measurement includes the cable and control unit.

Detachable cable View more details.

Some models include a 3.5mm jack and cable, so you can alternate between wired and wireless connectivity. This cable can be removed.

Controls on headphone or cable View more details.

Control on the cable or headphone for volume, pause/play, stop or taking a phone call.

Type of controls
Play/ Pause/ Answer phone call, Next track, Previous track, VA, ANC/ Transparency mode
Takes phone calls View more details.

Whether the models on test can take a phone call, either through wireless Bluetooth or via a cable connection.

Digital assistant View more details.

Do the headphones have built-in support for a digital assistant such as Google Assistant or Alexa? Some models use their microphones to activate the assistant on your phone but this is not the same as having the assistant built into the headphones. Models without this feature get a red cross. This data is a recent addition to the test which is why older models are listed as "not tested".

USB charging cable supplied
Adapter for aeroplane use

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