When I got my Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Noise-Cancelling Headphones a few months ago during a Lazada sale, it changed my world. Stepping into the train with those headphones felt uncomfortable at first. That’s because people were giving me weird looks. Perhaps it is the sheer size of it over my relatively small Asian head. Eventually, I got used to it.

The sound quality is exactly what I’m looking for, so it’s to me my perfect headphones. If you like me to do a review for it, pm me.

Fast forward a few months later, Apple unveiled the AirPods Pro. Within weeks, many tech reviewers quickly posted rave reviews about how it’s easily one of the best noise-cancelling earbuds in the market. As an i-Sheep (Yes, I’m admitting to it.), I added it to my cart and I got myself a pair.

The AirPods Pro was great and the initial experience was delightful. When I first put the AirPods Pro on, it felt like 90 per cent of the noise in my surrounding got sucked out of the earbuds. It worked exactly as advertised. The feeling was incredible. I even wore it regularly for my runs.

But it hurt when wearing it for say a good 40 minutes.

While many raves about how comfortable the earbuds can snuggly tug into their ears, my left ear seems to be anti-AirPods Pro. I always have to adjust it multiple times to get it in the most optimal position to make sure that I have a pain-free experience. Unfortunately, this is not the deal-breaker. The following is.

I’m not sure if it’s due to a defect, my AirPods Pro seems to have lost its ability to purge noise out of the earbuds. I am able to hear the words coming out from fellow commuters’ mouths clearly and the loud moving sound of the train. At first, I thought to myself, “just crank up the volume.” However, that’s not the point.

The reason why I got myself noise-cancelling audio peripherals is that I don’t want to increase the volume of my music as in the long run, they might damage my ears. So cranking up the volume just doesn’t make sense it.

Hence, a week ago, I decided to put down my AirPods Pro and brought my Bose QC 35 along with me for a change, and I’m not looking back. The headphones provide an excellent seal to prevent noise from entering into my ears and with the noise-cancelling function, I am able to enjoy my music without the need to combat noise by increasing the volume of my music.

It’s definitely unfair of me to compare the AirPods Pro with the Bose QC 35. I get it. But all I’m trying to say here is that if you have both noise-cancelling headphones and an AirPods Pro, don’t give up on the former. It’s still the one to use.

As for my AirPods Pro, I’ll use them for my workouts bearing in mind that my left ear has a time limit to how long I should use the earbuds for.

Let me know what you think.

P.S I did try the other ear tips that came with the AirPods Pro and ensure the settings are right on my phone before making this conclusion. :)
Mark Ko

Mark Ko

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