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With minor variations, the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 are almost identical to the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017. The version with the Qi wireless charging case was put to the test. They have a similar sound profile that is lacking in low bass, and their design is similar to the older model, but with a new case that now supports wireless Qi charging, which is a good addition. Although their one-size-fits-all style isn’t perfect for everybody, if you can get a good fit, they’re extremely comfortable. They’re also open-back earbuds, which don’t filter out ambient noise but are good for outdoor activities like jogging because they let you hear what’s going on around you.
The Apple AirPods 2 are similar to the previous iteration, with the same stem configuration as the Apple AirPods 1 Fully Wireless 2017 first generation. They’re well-made and have a sleek plastic casing with brushed aluminum, giving them a distinctive and premium appearance.
The Apple AirPods 2 are very convenient, but they have the same one-size-fits-all design as the first model. This means that depending on the shape and size of one’s ears, comfort and stability can vary. They’re really thin, and if you get a good match, you’ll hardly notice them between your face. They also don’t go really far into your ear canal, which some listeners can appreciate.
The Apple AirPods 2 have a clunky control scheme that offers few options. You can map the touch-sensitive scheme on each bud when connected to an iOS device. Track backwards, forwards, play/pause (which also handles calls), and trigger Siri are all options. You may also play/pause by removing and replacing the earbuds in your ears. The touch-sensitive surface can also be switched off if you don’t want to use it. You can also unlock ‘Hey Siri’ on this newer model, which allows you to monitor anything with only your voice.
Unfortunately, you can’t monitor the volume without Siri or your smartphone, and on Android, the button mapping isn’t available because both earbuds default to ‘next channel.’ Check out the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless if you prefer physical buttons for positive feedback.
These headphones are extremely lightweight. Most genuinely wireless headphones have a small footprint, and the Apple AirPods 2 are no exception. They’re lightweight and fit comfortably into most pockets and bags.
The Apple AirPods 2 come with an excellent case. It protects the headphones from slight falls and scratches, but not from water damage, thanks to the same sleek design as its predecessor. The case is the same size as the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017 case, but it also supports Qi wireless charging. If you don’t need this feature, you can get them with the same case as the previous generation, which charges only via Lightning.
The build quality of these headphones is outstanding. The plastic casing feels high-end and sturdy, and it should be able to handle a few drops without breaking. While they lack some of the more expensive finishes seen on the Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 or the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, they’re well-made, solid headphones that sound high-end. They can also break if subjected to enough force or while dropping from great heights. Even, though we haven’t checked it, their IP ranking for water resistance isn’t as good as some other headphones, such as the Jabra Elite Active 65t Completely Wireless, so keep that in mind if you intend on working out with them.
The stability of these headphones is adequate. Your experience can vary depending on the shape and size of your ears due to their one-size-fits-all nature and lack of other fit choices. If you’re going to use these earbuds for a light activity like walking, they can stay in place as long as they’re comfortable. If you want completely wireless earbuds with a more stable fit, check out the JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless.
Despite their rigid construction, the headphones’ wireless nature eliminates the risk of snagging a cable in the kitchen corner and tearing them from your ears.
The Apple AirPods 2 are suitable for a range of uses. True wireless headphones with a decent build. However, their sound profile isn’t particularly well balanced, and there isn’t an app to change it. Because of their open-back nature, they don’t block out much noise, making them unsuitable for commuting or office usage. On the plus side, their lightweight, breathable, and open design is ideal for sports, particularly when jogging outside and wanting to keep an eye on your surroundings. When watching video content or playing games, however, some users can experience a pause, as with most Bluetooth headphones.