AirPods 3 review: big improvement, but no noise cancellation
“Apple redesigned its original wireless headphones for the first time, changed their appearance and also the case, but also incorporated features that make them far surpass their predecessors”
Stunning spatial audio
Comfortable to wear
Good sound during calls
Siri always available
They do not have active noise cancellation
They have no pads
Open design lets in outside noise
The AirPods 3 are the new Apple headphones that come to replace the AirPods 2, although they may not yet exceed the AirPods Pro.
Apple redesigned its original wireless headphones for the first time, changed their appearance and also the case, but also added features that make them far surpass their predecessors.
The first thing that stands out in the design of the new AirPods 3 is its case, which is wider and also less tall, since the stem of the headphones is now shorter and they protrude less when you have them in the ear.
The design of these new hearing aids closely resembles the AirPods Pro, as they are elongated and fit better in the ear, although still without rubber bands to seal the cavity.
We also see a new skin sensor that has the ability to detect when the headphones are placed in the ear and thus activate or deactivate the sound so that you do not miss the chorus of your favorite song.
In the new AirPods 3 several new features are incorporated such as spatial sound, which reaches the basic AirPods and includes dynamic head tracking, which makes it possible for you to hear sounds in any position and have a more immersive experience.
This model also has a longer battery life. In tests it gave almost six hours of operation on a single charge; With the replacement of their box, they made it through a whole day and a little longer without having to return to the charger.
In addition, this model is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe charging, that is, you can supply them with power in two wireless ways, because to that you must add Qi technology. In addition, you can use the Lightning connector (included in the box, but without a plug).
It is important to note that this model is resistant to water and sweat with the IPX4 certification, something that the previous first and second generation AirPods did not offer until now. This means that the AirPods 3 will be better than the previous version for jogging and taking to the gym.
To this we must add that Siri is always there to listen and respond. Siri’s response from the headphones is now much better, it works by just invoking the virtual assistant and allows you to do many tasks without taking out the phone, similar to the AirPods Pro.
Something that is definitely better in the AirPods 3 is the Find function, since now you can find each of the headphones separately, in addition to having greater precision about their location.
Also, these headphones have the H1 chip, which will allow you to change devices within your Apple ecosystem.
Sound quality for both calls and music performance has improved on the AirPods 3. In fact, the new microphones have technology beamforming, which allows you to ensure that the audio travels correctly from the hearing aids to your phone and is transmitted in high quality.
Of course, in the tests I could notice that when walking through a bustling city, such as downtown San Francisco, the noise of the vehicles was quite noticeable, perhaps less than in the AirPods 2, but it exists unlike what happens with the AirPods Pro, whose cushions completely close the ear cavity, generating automatic passive noise cancellation.
In terms of music quality, the sound of the AirPods 3 is superior to the previous generation, since we find better bass and spatial sound that allows you to fully experience movies and videos are Dolby technology.
In this section, the performance of the adaptive equalizer stands out, because it adjusts the sound levels on the fly and that allows you to have the best possible audio quality no matter what you listen to.
Apple added to these headphones the same pressure sensors in the lower part of the stems of the Pro, which allow you to activate the functions in a very simple way with simple touches.
Apple managed to surpass itself with these headphones, since they incorporate functions that differentiate them quite a lot from their predecessors, which justifies the difference in prices and the update if you have the old versions.
The AirPods 3 are priced at $ 179, about $ 50 more than the previous model still available. If you need a change and want to stay in the Apple ecosystem, the AirPods 3 are good, although they do not have pads or noise cancellation, so you will still hear slightly the noise of traffic or your co-workers.
For a similar price and with noise cancellation, the Beats Studio Buds could be an alternative that also keeps you in the Apple ecosystem, although they do not have the H1 chip.