Product Details of Original A AirPods 2 Wireless Charging Case Bluetooth Headset
- AirPods design says the same
- Case now offers wireless charging
- Can be used as a single or stereo pair
- As before, the AirPods sit in the opening of your ears with a small rod protruding out and down your face, holding them in place. There are no ear hooks, no tight fittings, no adjustability in any way.
- That means they are incredibly easy to put in and out of your ears, are comfortable for wearing over long periods of time, but can become dislodged if you move too much, like when out on a run, for example.
- With no visible controls, you’re left to a basic programmable touch option, or using your voice for everything else. That would be a problem for most, however the AirPods will automatically pause your music when you remove them from your ear, and it’s not hard to say “Hey Siri, skip track” now that Siri is built in.
- The AirPods still come in the same easy-to-pocket case, which also doubles-up as the charger. It’s similar in size to a packet of dental floss and will easily find a home in your pocket. Flip the lid at the top and slip the AirPods in – it’s that easy.
- While the charging light – which shows green or orange – was inside the case of the original model, for the second-gen it’s moved to the outside of the case. Which makes far more sense.
- For those keen to ditch wires completely, there is a wireless charging case option that allows you to plonk your AirPods onto a Qi-enabled charger. Note: this makes for a £40 premium over the non-wireless charging case option (£199 vs £159), or you can buy the case separately for £79 on its own.
- Charging is slower than via a wired connection, but there’s plenty to be said for ease. If you’ve got a charging pad at home it’s easy to drop the AirPods on to charge, but then we’ve never really found it a problem to plug them in via a Lightning cable either.
- With the promise of up to 24 hours of total listening time from the case, worries about the AirPods running out of battery are probably moot. In the two years we used the original AirPods we’ve not had any problems when it comes to listening to music and the same applies here.
- Longer battery life: 5hrs listening, 3hrs talking
- New Apple H1 processor
- For those paying close attention, the W1 also had duties on the Apple Watch, but in the H1 it’s dedicated to headphones. Apple won’t confirm that the ‘H’ stands for ‘headphones’, but that’s how we’re seeing it.
- In terms of performance, what’s instantly noticeable compared to the previous version is that the connection time is reduced considerably. There is little to no hand-over lag, which became one of our bug-bears previously.
- We’re also told this should help with improving audio latency in gaming, although we have to admit we’ve not noticed the 30 per cent improvement Apple has told us there should be.
- Although the battery in the AirPods is the same as the original offering, the new H1 processor allows for a much more efficient setup that delivers noticeably more battery life when talking.
- The new AirPods have the same five hours of listening time, but Apple has managed to squeeze out another hour of talk time (now three hours instead of two) – which is certainly evident in our use. Talking for longer before you hear the chime that the battery is running out is a great benefit – we think many will see this as a prime upgrade reason.
- Wireless Type
- Wearing Type
- Compatible Devices
- Express delivery
What’s in the Box:
2x Airbuds 1x Charging Case 1x Cable 1x Extra Buds