Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)||Ultimate Ears Drops|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||✗|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||110dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||9hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✗||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
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Ingress protection ratings is the level of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value represents protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX4, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a weight of 10.6g . We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a key difference since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables linking the two earbuds together.
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops have sweat resistance
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Ultimate Ears Drops are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) and Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
Ultimate Ears Drops stay well in place, this creates a sound seal that tones down your environment sounds while preventing the device music from leaking out .
Both Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), and Ultimate Ears Drops have passive noise reduction this means that both reduce ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The Ultimate Ears Drops driver unit is 9.2mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the device, the unit size dictates the loudness of the device.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 1.8mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they deliver better quality sound.
Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices make sound with equal bass
Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well a particular audio device generates high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this means that both devices generate equal treble
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s battery life is equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the Ultimate Ears Drops's case is said to have a full charge of 9 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before having to recharge the case itself.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s charging case has a battery life of 24 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 15 hours
It takes 1 hours to fully charge the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)'s battery capacity is 49.7mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply put down on a compatible charging pad.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) also support wireless charging, take note of the charging standard of the earbuds.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging state of your earbuds and case.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Ultimate Ears Drops support USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) has a Bluetooth version of 5.3, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine with your iPad. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) microphones are 6, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 4 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out noise.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Ultimate Ears Drops support the find earbuds feature.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your device to locate them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to charge a device.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Ultimate Ears Drops support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops . Bluetooth multipoint is useful because you can be on one call and not miss notifications from another device.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) also have this function. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) too have a control panel on them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) also have voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you when the battery is low, and it's time to recharge the device.
Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or placing them in your pockets without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.