Apple AirPods Pro 2 review - excellent for both indoors and out, better if you have an iPhone

The noise-cancellation is great for blocking out the indoor trainer; as is the Adaptive Transparency for allowing in the sounds of road traffic

Male cyclist holding a Apple AirPods Pro 2 earbud, while the other earbud is on a table
(Image credit: Andy Turner)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Quality earbuds with a good battery life, as well as being quick to charge. The sound quality is superb, whilst the noise cancellation and transparency mode are useful features in a range of environments. That said, some of the features are lost for non-iPhone users.

Reasons to buy
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    Works with ‘find my’ app

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    Great sound quality

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    Bluetooth range is superb

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    Fast charging

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    Noise-cancellation and Adaptive Transparency both work great

Reasons to avoid
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    The competition has even better battery life

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    Works best with Apple devices

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    No fast charging plug supplied

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Headphones for cycling can be split into two quite distinct camps: earbuds and bone conduction. Typically, bone conduction headphones are better for enabling a greater awareness of your surroundings, as they don’t block up your ear canal and they allow ambient noise in.

On the other hand, bone conduction headphones tend to be quieter and deliver less of a rich sound than the earbud design - which generally represent the best option for riding indoors, as with noise cancellation they can really help block out the noise of an indoor trainer. 

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