Beats Fit Pro review: True wireless workout buds

Beats Fit Pro review: True wireless workout buds

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Think of the Beats Fit Pro like the Apple AirPods Pro, but with a few key differences. The most obvious difference is the design. The Beats Fit Pro have a prominent wingtip, ensuring they sit securely in your ears while you work out. There's also a custom-designed driver on the Fit Pro, which means your music sounds quieter than on the AirPods Pro, plus a slightly better 6-hour battery life.

However, aside from being over a year old, there are a few small issues that prevent the Beats Fit Pro from competing with the headphones in our best wireless headphones guide. For example, while the Fit Pro has active noise cancellation similar to the AirPods Pro, they're not as powerful as other headphones from Bose and Sony. Especially considering that Bose took the top spot in our best noise-cancelling headphones guide with the excellent Bose QuietComfort 2 headphones.

Another problem is the wingtip. Yes, it does keep them in place and some people will find it secure and comfortable. But for others, it adds extra pressure on the outer ears, which can become uncomfortable to wear for an extended period of time. If you prefer the more standard style of ear hooks, take a look at our Beats Powerbeats Pro review.

Finally, like all Apple buttons, Android users won't get the full experience (ie spatial audio and hands-free voice assist) that iOS users get, and for its price, that means we can really only recommend these buttons to people. with an iPhone.

So while the Beats Fit Pro outperforms the similar-looking Beats Studio Buds and is a solid option for working out, there's still room for improvement. Read on for our full Beats Fit Pro review.

Beats Fit Pro review: Availability and price

Beats Fit Pro became available for purchase in November 2021 in the US and January 2022 in other markets. They cost €199 / €199 / AU$299.95.

That makes them slightly cheaper than the Apple AirPods Pro ($249 / £249 / AU$399). For a cheaper option, take a look at our Beats Studio Buds review, which is $149.99 / £129.99 / AU$199.95.

For what you get, they're good value for money, especially considering they come with noise cancellation and the H1 chip.

Beats Fit Pro review: Design

While the Beats Fit Pro doesn't reinvent the wheel, or in this case, the wingtip, it does implement it in a way we haven't seen before. By integrating it with the earphones and giving it extra flexibility, it can be locked into the inner ear to keep the earphones more secure.

Other headphones have previously gone with the wraparound design, and while we think the style is more comfortable, there's something very elegant about the fact that the fin is attached directly and in the ear.

To help you get that perfect seal, the Beats Fit Pro comes with two extra sets of different-sized ear tips in the box, and it's worth taking the time to figure out which of these fits best.

Fashion speaking, these headphones honestly do a great job of staying in your ears. At no point during our review did the buds move a millimeter once they were properly seated. However, since the fit was so precise, it did put some strain on the ears, especially after wearing them for a while.

Beats Fit Pro headphones in their charging case on a red background

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Beats Fit Pro Specifications

Weight: 5,6g (headphones), 55,1g (case)
Battery life: 6 hours (with ANC) an additional 18 hours with charging case
Colors: purple, grey, white and black.
Waterproof: IPX4 rating
Box charging: USB-C

This is particularly important as the Beats Pro Fit is aimed at fitness enthusiasts and even comes with an IPX4 water resistance rating which should make it resistant to sweat. However, they are not waterproof, so be careful with them near a pool or on the beach, and they are not dustproof either, so keep them out of the sand.

On the outside of each button are touch controls that let you play or pause music and skip between tracks. A long press will activate ambient listening mode, which will disable noise cancellation, while a second long press will re-enable it.

The controls can be a bit sensitive, so you'll need to be careful when putting the headphones on and taking them off. Trust us, it's very easy to inadvertently hang up on an important phone call or have music blaring into your ear. to make.

We'll talk about that in more detail below, but it's worth noting here that there are a total of six microphones on both earcups that help pick up your voice and block out incoming noise. There's also a redesigned driver and venting system that helps the bass range sound heavier, and the H1 chip mentioned in here that will enable a number of great features for iOS devices.

Finally, it's worth a quick mention of the redesigned case, which is much smaller than the one that comes with the Powerbeats Pro. It slips easily into a pocket, and its smooth exterior is comfortable to hold, but don't let it slide on pavement or the floor or it might get some scratches. (Oh!)

Beats Fit Pro headphones in their charging case on a red background next to an Apple Watch

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Beats Fit Pro review: Features

While not exactly a feature, we really appreciated having the option to choose from four colors for the Beats Fit Pro. Not only does it come in classic Beats Black and Beats White colors, but you can also choose from a stunning sage gray with green accents. light or Stone Purple, which is lavender with dark gray accents.

Of course, the main reason you pay a bit more for the Beats Fit Pro than the Beats Studio Buds is that the former have the H1 chip. This gives them hands-free access to Siri, as well as spatial audio support on Apple Music, Apple TV, and FaceTime.

The other reason why they cost more than other headphones is that they have active noise cancellation which will block outside noise. In practice, we've found these aren't quite as adept as the Sony WF-1000XM4 or Bose QuietComfort Buds, but they do a decent job of blocking out conversations taking place in another room when you're working from home.

Although Beats designed the headphones to work with Android and iOS devices, Android users won't be able to access the full set of features. Specifically, they will be excluded from an assistant who is always listening and from spatial sound.

These aren't exactly deal-breakers considering how many headphones don't have access to spatial audio at the moment, and Beats is a really good Android app that will let you customize your controls, but these drawbacks may persuade you to choose a more Android app. -compatible option like the Sony WF-1000XM4 instead.

A woman using Beats Fit Pro while wiping her face with a towel

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Beats Fit Pro review: Audio performance

Gone are the days when Beats headphones sounded like busted car speakers with enough bass to shake your skull. The new sound profile chosen by Beats keeps things exciting with strong highs and lows and good overall clarity.

To put the headphones through their paces, we tested INDUSTRY BABY by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow, which is available in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music. From the beginning, you hear the driving bass line, but it's followed by a vocal track that moves depending on which direction you're looking. Look to the left and the voice track will move to the right ear cup. Turn right and the opposite happens. Being able to dynamically change the audio mix as you move your head is electrifying and gives you a concert experience anywhere.

This is largely down to the way the Beats are tuned and Apple's H1 wireless chip, but the newly designed driver inside the earbuds helps give them a slightly bigger soundstage than previous Beats earphones.

Apple Music features thousands of mixed Dolby Atmos tracks that deliver a spatial audio experience on true wireless headphones that sounds really good - INDUSTRY BABY is just one of many songs that really flaunts the new Fit Pro's sound profile.

The caveat we'd make here is that despite its impressive performance for its size, the Fit Pro's spatial audio isn't a replacement for the surround sound you get from a true Dolby Atmos speaker system. However, it's a big step up from traditional wireless headphones.

When it comes to call quality, the Beats Fit Pro uses five of the six microphones to accurately represent your voice to your recipient, and the results are generally good. People we spoke to said we had relatively clear sound, though the volume was a bit lower than when using speakerphone.

What this tells us is that these headsets are unlikely to be the ideal solution for professionals who need clear sound on their calls, but would be fine for someone who only takes the occasional call or two with their headset.

Beats Fit Pro headphones next to their charging case on a red background

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Beats Fit Pro review: Battery life

According to Beats, the Fit Pro has some of the best battery life of any of its headphones: with ANC on, you're looking at around 6 hours per charge with 18 hours in the charging case. That's about an hour and a half longer per charge than the AirPods Pro and a significant improvement over Apple's flagship true wireless earbuds.

The Fit Pro will last even longer with ANC turned off, but if you use them to talk instead of listening to music, battery life will be a bit shorter.

Overall, battery life is on par with other noise-canceling headphones, which is excellent, and falls a bit behind other non-ANC true wireless headphones.

The silver lining here is that the headphones support fast charging which will restore around an hour of listening time after just five minutes on the charger and...