This Underrated AirPods Pro 2 Upgrade Fixed My Biggest Complaint

I accepted that the original AirPods Pro didn’t work for me for a long time. But worse, I ended up convincing myself that everything The wireless earbuds didn’t work for me due to the poor feel of the first generation AirPods Pro in my ears. Yet with a small change, the AirPods Pro 2 might have solved the problem.

Or, should I say, an “extra small” change.

Among all the differences between AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods Pro, adding another tip size might seem like a minor one. The first AirPods Pro offered three wingtip sizes: large, medium and small. Now, the second generation model offers these options as well as a new additional small package.

Knowledge how to use airpods pro ear tip fit test, the small ear tips were found to be the right size to create the best seal in my ear. Having a good seal is essential for both active noise cancellation and effective audio performance.

While I didn’t notice any sound flaws on the original AirPods Pro, I had trouble keeping them in my ears. They felt uncomfortable after an hour or fell out of my ears long before. Running with AirPods Pro was such a letdown for me that I tested several other of the best running headphones over the course of a month.

So when I tell you that the extra ear tips on the AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) are a revelation, I mean it. I recently crossed the country for a work trip and chose to leave my Sony WH-1000XM5 at home to save space in my bag. Was it a gamble to only have the new AirPods Pro for entertainment on a 4-hour flight? Most likely. But it ended up paying off.

I wore the AirPods Pro with the extra little ear tips the entire trip, without once feeling any discomfort. Heck, I even fell asleep a bit with them still on. At no point did they budge either – there’s nothing more embarrassing than trying to retrieve a dropped earphone on a crowded plane, so I felt relieved.

Great sound and the convenience of a lanyard hook (here’s the $13 strap I got (opens in a new tab)) certainly elevated my overall impression of using the AirPods Pro 2 on the go. But my improved experience comes down to fit and security, both of which are made possible by a smaller ear tip.

Wireless headphones aren’t one size fits all

Last month I was sized up for a pair of custom wireless headphones. The process involved sound testing and molding for UE Fits, true wireless headphones that can mold to the shape of your ears with a warm light. The person assisting me on behalf of Ultimate Ears pointed out that not only were the insides of my ears particularly small, but they were also two different sizes.

A product like UE Fits might be a good choice for those struggling to find comfortable headphones. But it’s also good to pay attention to the variety of ear tips of the best wireless headphones from brands like Apple, Sony and Bose. Premium buds should come with a wide range of options to increase the chances of them being suitable for most consumers.

It’s not a spec I’ve always looked for, but after realizing how much it transformed my testing of the AirPods Pro (2nd Gen), you can bet it’s something I’ll keep an eye out for (or an ear) to move forward.

Next: I just tested the AirPods Pro 2 for workouts – and I was surprised.

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