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Vector with Rene Ritchie

May 8, 2019

Powerbeats Pro in black are available for order now and shipping this month. The other colors — yes, unlike AirPods, they also come in navy blue, moss green, and ivory white, though sadly not Product red, at least not yet — will be available later this summer.

They cost $250, which is $90 more than AirPods, or $50 more than AirPods with the inductive charging case.

That can cause some sticker shock, especially if you’re used to making your purchase decisions strictly based on audio quality.

With Powerbeats Pro, though, like AirPods, what you’re really paying for is the tiny tech squeezed inside. The H1 chip, the sensors, and everything else that lets them pair easily and power on quick and long.

So, are they worth it? It's going to take me a week or so to put together a full review, especially for battery life and sound and call quality, but if you want to buy now, now, now and you're trying to decide, here's what I can tell you after just 24 hours ears-on.