Beats launched its new headphones, Beats Fit Pro, in November, around the same time as its “brother” AirPods 3. The Beats Fit Pro appears to be an intermediate form of the Beats Studio Buds and Powerbeats Pro. Beats Fit Pro retains the iconic hook elements of Beats sports headphones, the overall shape is modified and closer to the shape of the shark fin part of Bose QC Earbuds, but still small and compact, and the altered design is not only a direct result of the Perspex purple color scheme, which is slightly closer to the purple color of the iPhone 12, but the headphones are more intense.
Furthermore, one of the key points of this product improvement has been improved overall wearing comfort.
Depending on the shape of the ear, the Beats Fit Pro can be adjusted vertically for better fixation, a better fit, and more comfortable wear during sports. Each headset weighs around 5.6 grams, which is slightly heavier than the AirPods Pro. But, after wearing them for nearly a week, I didn’t feel any soreness, even after hours of wearing them.
The ear flaps are flexible enough that they do not squeeze or feel uncomfortable, and people with different ear sizes can quickly find the best position for themselves. To summarize, it is stable and comfortable, and the Beats Fit Pro charging case differs from previous Beats headphones due to the unique shape of the headset. My other pair of headphones, the SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds 2, have a flip-top closure similar to these.
In comparison to the aforementioned cosmetic changes, the addition of the H1 chip excites me more. Beats Studio Buds, Beats’ first true wireless Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation, were released just six months ago, and the good news is that it can achieve dual compatibility with iOS and Android. Unfortunately, it lacks a built-in Apple H1 chip; however, the Beats Fit Pro with a built-in H1 chip has everything that the AirPods Pro can do.
That is, dynamic head tracking for spatial audio, automatic device switching between iPhone and iPad, automatic syncing with all iCloud devices, Apple Music Dolby Atmos, and other features.
Acoustically, Beats Fit Pro employs a 9.5mm dynamic unit with a customized acoustic platform to reduce ear pressure while listening and a more balanced triple frequency response. In terms of noise cancellation, the Beats Fit Pro’s hardware configuration is nearly identical to that of the AirPods Pro, with three microphones built into each headset and three modes of active noise cancellation, pass-through, and off; additionally, it can achieve a battery life of 7 hours with active noise cancellation mode turned off, which is longer than the 5 hours of the AirPods Pro and 6 hours of the AirPods 3. The Beats Fit Pro also supports fast charging, with 5 minutes of charging for 1 hour of playback time, which is the same as the AirPods 3. It is also worth noting that the electric skin sensor, which was first used in the AirPods 3, has been carried over to the Beats Fit Pro this time, allowing it to be taken off and put on, so that when the headphones are taken off, the action can be accurately recognized and then automatically played or paused.
I compared the feedback of the Beats Fit Pro and AirPods Max in terms of auto-play or pause when taken off and put on, and the result is that the latter, which does not support skin electrical sensors, has a significant time delay to auto-play or pause when either taken off or put on again, and this time delay is around 2 seconds, whereas the Beats Fit Pro is obviously more responsive and can pause or resume auto-play within half a second, i.e. Overall, the Beats Fit Pro is more competitive and incorporates a new design that makes them more comfortable and secure to wear when compared to the Beats Studio Buds released earlier this year. You know there are many players in the TWS headphone track, even if you only count Apple’s own, there are several products competing in the same track.
No matter how you look at the relationship between the two series of AirPods and Beats, Beats’ product positioning is not like a “cost effective” headphones to complete Apple’s headphone product line, Beats is more like a headphone company that has made its own “character” and come up with something real and Apple directly “tough”.
So, as an Apple product ecosystem user, how can you possibly say no to them now and in the future? Of course, the $1599 price tag may deter many people from the Beats Fit Pro, but in reality, it is priced right in between the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro, but in terms of product experience and detailed design, it is no less than the AirPods Pro and even stronger in terms of single wearing comfort than the AirPods Pro. Also, if you like to stay active, whether at the gym or outside, the Beats Fit Pro has the same solidity as the AirPods Pro, as well as the same dog features and configuration.
Beats Fit Pro got off to a good start with a solid product when it came to sporting AirPods.