Are the Apple AirPods Worth the Price (Part I)?  334

AirPods really isn’t the highest performing earphones available, nor are they the most affordable at over $150. But for us, and many other devoted fans, AirPods are more than worth the price.

AirPods might be expensive but they’re worth it if you have a passion for using Apple products.

First on our list of pros is the included charging case. Simply put your AirPods into the plastic dental floss container-shaped puck to juice them up on the go or at home. The internal battery appears to last forever, delivering over 24 hours of listening time per charge. I haven’t had my case die out once since owning them, a fact largely due to smart design.

Whenever you pull out your AirPods, an LED indicator in the case goes green, indicating a full charge, or orange when the battery is running low. You can check the exact battery life on your iPhone by just opening the case lid near the device. When it gets low, just plug it into a nearby lightning cable and it’s good for another 7 – 14 days.

The case itself radiates quality, with a smooth magnetic hinge system. AirPods are also magnetized and held into their slots if the case opens accidentally. The size of the case is ideal. A lot of jeans have a small pocket that fits AirPods precisely, so I carry them everywhere.

W1 chip and proximity sensors

The first time you open up a new set of AirPods, your iPhone immediately recognizes them. All you have to do to pair is hit “connect,” that’s it. No dealing with Bluetooth pairing or other burdensome procedures.

Once set up, your AirPods are synced to iCloud and linked to each Apple device that is associated with your Apple ID. That means AirPods are recognized by, and automatically linked to, your iMac, iPad, MacBook or any other Apple device.

The W1 chip also furthers Bluetooth range and helps manage battery life, which is why AirPods have a fairly robust operating time and about five hours of media playback.


Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Regardless if you commute to work or just like listening to music while you have you’re a.m. coffee, active noise cancelling headphones are excellent. They’ve received a big rise in popularity which is possibly due to how good the technology has gotten. Little mics pick up what’s going on around you and then the headphones create the opposite noise, which successfully cancels the outside noise. It’s physics everybody. Below are the top noise cancelling earbuds you can buy.

Bose QC20

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bose is one of the forerunners in ANC technology. After being on top of the industry, their noise cancelling headphones have just begun to be challenged by other headphone makers. But when it comes to their earbuds, Bose is king. Though they have been improved with a wireless version, they stay at the top spot basically because if its battery dies, you can still listen to music. Sort of important.

BeoPlay H3 ANC Noise Cancelling Headphones

B&O Beoplay H3 ANC

B&O is realized for their high end audio items. Actually, compared to some of their other items, the Beoplay H3 ANC earbuds seem almost docile. But as far as minimal earbuds go, these are fabulous. They are constructed with a lightweight metal that have them protected against drops and scratches while weighing only a little less than one pound. Where you would typically find a large control module, B&O puts a little puck-like module on the audio cable. In it you’ll have a battery that could last you over 20 hours of constant playback with noise cancelling turned on.

Bose QuietControl 30

The “QC” in these Bose headphones mean a bit different type of quiet control when compared to the earlier version. These are referred to as quiet control since you can alter the amount of noise cancelling you want right on the headphones.