Mother's Day 2020 was one of the most unusual and spectacular celebrations of my life. Confined to a modest corner in an ever-growing city for weeks on end, desperate to find new ways to entertain ourselves during the lockdown, I had begun biking for the first time in years. That morning, before gearing up for my daily ride, I walked into to find a beautiful surprise lying on the kitchen table: a gorgeous pair of running shoes and a box containing Apple's newly released Airpods Pro.
No, YOU shut up!
As it turns out, my teenaged daughter and boyfriend of fourish years thought I might enjoy mentally checking out, and boy, were they ever right. Unfortunately, they didn't give much thought to how I would handle such a great gift because I haven't been heard a word either of them has said since.
The first thing I noticed after putting them in my ears was the fantastic the noise-canceling element. When fully immersed, you can barely hear the slightest disturbance from across the room; this includes non-stop chip chomping on Taco Tuesday. Even if I'm using my Airpods in transparency mode—an outstanding feature that lets me know when to slow down to cars rushing by—the things that used to annoy me are now barely detectable (think muffled squealing from ten feet away). I imagine this is how my 83-year-old father feels when I call him on Sundays complaining about things that don't apply to him.
Another impressive characteristic of the Airpods Pro is how the tapered and vented silicone tips expand and mold when you slide them into your ears. Snug as a bug, but even so, after flying downhill and hitting a bump, one of them fell out, landed on the cement, and rolled to the side of the curb. Other than a few scratches, everything has been working fine, but I did jump on Amazon that day and get myself a magnetic strap leash for $10, so it doesn't happen again (it hasn't).
As far as audio is concerned, these water-resistant beauties are every bit as good (if not better) than Bose SoundSport, and a hella more useful than the Bose QuietComfort 35 I was using previously. (Sorry, Bose. I'm still a fan.). If you don't believe me, ask my dad. I called the old man while blazing uphill near the railroad tracks one day, and he thought I was at home in my office.
So, why am I telling you all of this? No, Apple isn't paying me to brag about their products, but I noticed that Amazon had them on sale for $219.95 (regularly $249) and thought that might be worth sharing. Click the link below for full description and specs. Be sure to visit KILLAH SWAG ARCHIVES for more great content!