My brief experience with the AirPods Pro 2

Seeking an upgrade from my dying AirPods 2, I chose the AirPods Pro 2. Although they were nearly perfect, I had to give them away.

My brief experience with the AirPods Pro 2
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My AirPods 2 were dying. After noticing a significant decline in battery life, it became evident that my trusty AirPods 2 were on their last legs. The time had come to replace them, but I found myself uncertain about which model to choose. Two options caught my attention: the AirPods 3 and the AirPods Pro 2. It was clear to me that I didn't want to settle for the same AirPods 2 again when newer and improved versions were available.

During my visit to the store, I had the opportunity to test the AirPods Pro 2. To my surprise, they fit snugly in my ears and remained securely in place even when I moved my head vigorously. However, I couldn't help but notice that the price difference between the AirPods Pro 2 and the AirPods 3 was quite substantial. Despite the higher cost, the impressive advancements offered by the Pro 2 convinced me to take a leap of faith and go for it.

The AirPods Pro 2 proved to be truly exceptional. While I don't consider myself an audiophile, I do own the AirPods Max and can provide a reference for comparison. I found that the sound quality, noise cancellation, and transparency mode of the Pro 2 were nearly on par with the AirPods Max. They were top-notch and matched the AirPods Max effortlessly in every aspect. It became evident to me that if you own the AirPods Pro 2, there's little need to invest in the AirPods Max. Not only were the Pro 2 more affordable, but they were also more easy to use and carry around. I couldn't find anything to complain about with the AirPods Pro 2 — they were practically flawless.

However, my initial positive experience with the AirPods Pro 2 in the store quickly faded away once I started using them for an extended period. After approximately 30 minutes of using the AirPods Pro 2, my right ear began to experience pain, rendering it impossible for me to continue wearing the earbuds. Despite my attempts to alleviate the discomfort by experimenting with different sizes of ear tips and adjusting the angle of the pods, nothing seemed to work. I persisted in my efforts for several days, hoping that I would eventually adjust, but unfortunately, the excruciating pain persisted after the half-hour mark. Eventually, I came to the realisation that the AirPods Pro 2 were unsuitable for me as a daily driver, leading me to give them away to my wife and resorted to using her AirPods 2 instead.

In-ear style earbuds have never fit me well. They fall out easily or they cause unbearable pain in my ears. Consequently, for nearly a decade, I have refrained from purchasing in-ear style earbuds. It's unfortunate that the AirPods Pro 2 did not suit me in terms of fit. However, for individuals who do not encounter such issues with in-ear style buds, I must acknowledge that the Pro 2 is undoubtedly the finest pair of earbuds one can purchase. Apple has truly excelled with this product, earning a perfect 10/10 rating.