New Apple’s Beats Fit Pro is the perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t like AirPods Pro. During the Beats Fit Pro review, the in-ear sport earbuds outperformed Apple, especially in terms of fit.
How well in-ear headphones fit has a fundamental impact on the sound. No matter how big or good the built-in drivers are – if the parts don’t fit 100% correctly in the ear, everything sounds thin and bloodthirsty.
Manufacturers try to counter this fact with hearing tests. With Apple’s AirPods Pro, there’s a “fit test for ear tips” in Settings. Other manufacturers (including Beats) have comparable solutions. Beats, which belongs to the Apple group itself, shows how it can be done even better with the latest Fit Pro Sport headphones.
Best fit thanks to Wingtips
Unlike the Beats Powerbeats Pro (Review) and Beats Studio Buds (Review), Sport earbuds have a small rubber wingtip installed. When in-ears are placed in the ear, this wingtip bends into the auricle. Beats has no patent on this technology, nor is it new. We’ve seen them in various wireless sport Bluetooth headphones or know them a bit differently through the JBL Reflect Flow Pro (Review).
No matter how hard we shake our heads, the Beats in-ear headphones stay in place. The Beats Pro earbuds are ideal for jogging and other fitness pursuits. They are protected against dust and water penetration according to IPX4.
Of course, the scope of delivery includes silicone tips in three different sizes. Beats also include a USB-C cable for charging in the package.
Battery life and charging case
Unlike Apple’s AirPods, the Beats Fit Pro charging case doesn’t support wireless charging. Instead, you’ll need to charge the sport headphones in the case in a classic way by connecting a USB cable.
The manufacturer promises a battery life of up to 24 hours if you operate the headphones in Adaptive EQ mode and recharge them via the case. We got an average runtime of 5.5 hours before the case fully charged the in-ears. The quick charge function is practical: 5 minutes charge equals one hour of music enjoyment.
We are always flashed anew by 3D audio or Dolby Atmos. If you haven’t heard the effect yet, you should definitely listen to it. Apple’s AirPod Pro or AirPod Max supports this feature called “Spatial Audio”, which requires Apple’s H1 chip.
The Beats Fit Pro has this chip that handles easy pairing with the iPhone. Of course, you can also pair the Beats Fit Pro with Android smartphones and other Bluetooth devices. There is a standalone Beats app for Android devices.
In this Beats Fit Pro review, We heard the song “My Future” by Billie Eilish. The artist’s voice seems to “float” between our ears thanks to the dynamic head tracking. A slight emphasis on bass can already be heard in this song.
Surprisingly, the next track on our Beats Fit Pro review playlist, “Open Eye Signal” by Jon Hopkins, doesn’t quite confirm this impression. The track is a kind of classic in our low-frequency tests. Unfortunately, it is not yet available in Dolby Atmos quality.
We had the song and especially the bass better in our ears, most recently with the aforementioned JBL Reflect Flow Pro earbuds. Beats earbuds equal deep bass that outshines everything else – those days are long gone. With the Hopkins track, we actually wish those times back.
The less bass-heavy basic tuning benefits other tracks. “Waiting on a War” by the Foo Fighters shows the playfulness of the in-ears. It really rocks and pushes us to new peak performances during workouts. Interim conclusion on the sound: suitable for the masses, in a good sense. Not for listening to songs while sitting on the wing chair in front of the fireplace, but during workouts or doing gym at a high level.
Noise cancelling: Beats Fit Pro VS Airpods Pro
No headphone manufacturer can still afford to do without active noise cancellation (ANC). Beats’ top model is no exception. In direct comparison to the technically related Apple AirPods Pro, we experience a surprise.
Although the Beats Pro Fit us so well, the ANC effect seems weaker than the AirPods Pro. We are not sure whether this is due to technical reasons or whether it is due to the silicone stopper used. The AirPods Pro performs slightly better if we wear both earbuds in front of a constantly noisy washing machine.
Still, the Beats’ ANC is a welcome addition to the feature list. The function can help to block out annoying background noise. As with all ANC headphones that we have tested so far, the same applies here: it is not magic technology. High-pitched baby cries, bicycle bells, and voices continue to reach your ears.
The transparency function is useful. If you press the built-in button a little longer, the in-ears switch “on draft”, the microphones are activated, and you perceive the environment as if you were not wearing headphones. This is especially useful for conversations.
Difference: Beats Fit Pro VS Airpods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro and Beats Fit Pro have some similarities, such as the built-in H1 chip. That enables 3D audio, dynamic head tracking, and more. In terms of price, AirPods Pro ($209.95) and Beats Fit Pro ($199) are at a comparably high level. The most important differences between the two earbuds models at a glance:
- Beats Fit Pro does not support wireless charging
- AirPods Pro doesn’t have “wingtips”, so they don’t sit so securely in the ear
- Beats Fit Pro is available in different colors, while the AirPods Pro in white color only
- Music pauses automatically when you take a pair of earbuds out of your ear
- Push-button operation is a bit uncomfortable. A long press is required to activate/deactivate the ANC function. You inevitably push the in-ears a little deeper into your ear
Beats Fit Pro alternatives
If neither Beats Fit Pro nor Apple AirPods Pro appeals to you, you should consider the JBL Reflect Flow Pro. If you are primarily looking for good earbuds for jogging or the gym, you can also consider the Beats Powerbeats Pro.
Beats Fit Pro specifications
- Weight: 5.6 grams per earpiece
- Design: In-Ear
- Bluetooth: Yes
- ANC: Yes
- Operation on earbuds: Yes
- Battery life: up to 24 hours
- aptX: No
- Sweat+Water Resistant: Yes (IPX4-rated)
- Fast charging: Yes
- Headphone Chip: Apple H1 Chip
- Built-in mic and controls: Yes
There is a lot of AirPods Pro technology in the Beats Fit Pro. However, the in-ear headphones are cheaper, offer a better fit, therefore are better suited for jogging or the gym. In terms of sound and ANC, both don’t give each other much. You only have to do without wireless charging with the Beats Fit Pro.
Price and availability
The new Beats sport earbuds cost $199 on Bhphotovideo.com, Amazon.com, Adorama.com, and Amazon.co.uk websites. It comes in four color options: White, Sage Grey, Stone Purple, and our Beats Fit Pro review unit comes in Black color.
- Excellent fit
- good sound
- Still good ANC
- Charging case without wireless charging support
- Uncomfortable button operation