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As AirPods Pro 2 deals go, $50 off the MSRP at this time of year is an unstoppable deal. Amazon is currently stocking them for only $199.99, that’s just 99 cents off the all-time low. We don’t see this lasting much longer in all reality, especially as big discounts on popular tech are notoriously hard to come by at this time of year.
Amazon often bounces the price back up to the full $250, but we also see it drop to around $230, so $199.99 is likely the best we’ll see for a while. We wouldn’t expect anything better in May’s Memorial Day sales or even when the Prime Day deals land in the summer. Black Friday? Sure, maybe another ten bucks or so could happen. The original Pros dropped to $159 late last year, although they were two years old by that point, whereas the AirPods Pro 2 only came out last September, so there’s no chance they’ll drop that low this year.
Also, those distant sales events aren’t of much use to you if you want a fantastic set of earbuds right now. As a recent buyer myself, I’d urge you to dive in at this price rather than go without for seven months in the hope you might save ten bucks. And I don’t even use an iPhone.
AirPods Pro 2 aren’t just for Apple fans
I do use a MacBook Air for work and an iPad for occasional personal use, but I’m happy sticking with Android for mobile. And these are still the best earbuds I’ve ever had, and I use them with my Samsung phone daily. I usually struggle to get a good fit with in-ear options even with multiple tips (I had to return Sony’s WF-1000XM3 as they kept falling out), but the 2nd gen AirPods Pro 2 were a perfect fit straight out of the box, and there are three more optional tip sets included.
Audio is crystal clear across the range on multiple devices, and the noise-canceling is the best I’ve ever had on a pair of buds – over-ear headphones are still superior for pure noise-canceling. I’ve drowned out noisy AC units, rumbling laundry, traffic, cafe background noise, and more with no issue. Higher-pitched sounds and voices sometimes creep through, but once the music’s playing, you’re very much in your own little world.
If you do want to be aware of your surroundings, outdoor running being a prime example, the transparency mode is excellent at feeding outside noise in. It’s also handy in office environments if you want to be on the lookout for colleagues trying to get your attention. It’s essential when pausing music too really as the snug design does a solid job of blocking outside noise, so this mode will stop you from accidentally shouting your order at a cafe.
Mic quality is good in quiet rooms and does a reasonable job blocking out outside noise in busier environments. The shorter stems take the mic further from your mouth, but the trade-off in convenience and single-solution for calls/music when working on your travels far outweigh having to pack another headset.
Want to learn more? Be sure to take a look at Antonio’s AirPods Pro 2 review.