Powerbeats Pro 'Unleashed' spot highlights sporting potential of wireless earphones

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in General Discussion edited April 15
Apple is promoting the Beats Powerbeats Pro with a new commercial on YouTube, using an array of celebrity athletes to show how the wireless earphones can be used without fear of being lost while working out or performing intensive activities.




Launched on April 3, the Powerbeats Pro are $249 wireless earphones under the Beats brand that offer practically everything that Apple's AirPods provide, but in a more fitness-friendly packaging. In its latest YouTube video for the Beats by Dre channel, Apple takes time to highlight just how suited to activity the audio accessories really are, due to how they hook around the ear.

Accompanied by Beck's "Saw Lightning," the minute-long video features a number of famous sports stars and athletes wearing Powerbeats Pro while working out. The video starts off with gymnastics, before moving through other sports including skateboarding, soccer, rock climbing, sprinting, and boxing, with the earphones staying in the center of the frame throughout most of the high-speed action.





The list of stars, as spelled out by Beats, and in order of appearance includes Simone Biles, Antony Joshua, Serena Williams, Lebron James, Eden Hazard, Owen Farrell, Ramla Ali, Zoe Smith, Ben Simmons, Odell Beckham Jr., Kevin Rolland, Leticia Bufoni, Miho Nonaka, Shaun White, Alex Morgan, Ruddy Trobillant, and Jasmine Perry.

Using the same H1 chip used in the AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro are claimed to offer superior cross-body Bluetooth connectivity and support for "Hey Siri" vocal prompts. Wearers can enjoy up to nine hours of usage per earbud, with more than 24 hours of combined playback using the built-in battery of the magnetic closure case, and a "Fast Fuel" facility can allow up to an hour and a half of charge to be accumulated in the earbuds after just five minutes of charging. .

Beats will be shipping Powerbeats Pro in the United States and 20 other countries in May for $249.95 in a choice of Black, Ivory, Moss, and Navy color options.

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  • Reply 1 of 13
    thttht Posts: 3,241member
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t see anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    edited April 15
  • Reply 2 of 13
    bonobobbonobob Posts: 189member
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t even anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    Wearing glasses with Powerbeats3 is a non-issue. I assume it will be the same with these.
  • Reply 3 of 13
    thttht Posts: 3,241member
    bonobob said:
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t [see] anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    Wearing glasses with Powerbeats3 is a non-issue. I assume it will be the same with these.
    It’s a non-issue for you or perhaps someone you know. It’s an issue for me. All the headphones have their pluses and minuses in terms of comfort for me. The ear hooks going around my ears can become intolerable versus in-ear or ear bud models. On-ear models heat my ears up too much. Around-the-ear can get pretty sweaty too.
    wlym
  • Reply 4 of 13
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,309member
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t see anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    The blurring is a by-product of footage shot at a normal speed (likely 29.97 or 30 FPS) instead of high-speed footage (such as 60 or 120 FPS). They should’ve shot it at a higher speed to rid the images of excess blurring. Also, it’s not image stabilization, it’s tracking. If they had tracked the Beats product AND had sufficiently high-speed imagery, there would be almost no blurring.
    edited April 15
  • Reply 5 of 13
    thttht Posts: 3,241member
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t see anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    The blurring is a by-product of footage shot at a normal speed (likely 29.97 or 30 FPS) instead of high-speed footage (such as 60 or 120 FPS). They should’ve shot it at a higher speed to rid the images of excess blurring. Also, it’s not image stabilization, it’s tracking. If they had tracked the Beats product AND had sufficiently high-speed imagery, there would be almost no blurring.
    I almost asked if they used iPhones to film all the video, but probably not.
  • Reply 6 of 13
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,309member
    tht said:
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t see anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    The blurring is a by-product of footage shot at a normal speed (likely 29.97 or 30 FPS) instead of high-speed footage (such as 60 or 120 FPS). They should’ve shot it at a higher speed to rid the images of excess blurring. Also, it’s not image stabilization, it’s tracking. If they had tracked the Beats product AND had sufficiently high-speed imagery, there would be almost no blurring.
    I almost asked if they used iPhones to film all the video, but probably not.
    I suppose it’s possible...
  • Reply 7 of 13
    AF_HittAF_Hitt Posts: 83member
    tht said:
    bonobob said:
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t [see] anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    Wearing glasses with Powerbeats3 is a non-issue. I assume it will be the same with these.
    It’s a non-issue for you or perhaps someone you know. It’s an issue for me. All the headphones have their pluses and minuses in terms of comfort for me. The ear hooks going around my ears can become intolerable versus in-ear or ear bud models. On-ear models heat my ears up too much. Around-the-ear can get pretty sweaty too.
    If you’re looking for good workout buds, you should look at the Jabra Elite 65t’s, I think you’d be impressed. Plus, they stay in the ears perfectly with no hook, so wearing them with glasses is a non-issue!
  • Reply 8 of 13
    stanhopestanhope Posts: 156member
    tht said:
    bonobob said:
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t [see] anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    Wearing glasses with Powerbeats3 is a non-issue. I assume it will be the same with these.
    It’s a non-issue for you or perhaps someone you know. It’s an issue for me. All the headphones have their pluses and minuses in terms of comfort for me. The ear hooks going around my ears can become intolerable versus in-ear or ear bud models. On-ear models heat my ears up too much. Around-the-ear can get pretty sweaty too.
    Rather a dainty thing 
  • Reply 9 of 13
    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 877member
    What they don’t tell you is that LeBron James hurt his knee in the commercial and then stayed in bed for 3 months. 
  • Reply 10 of 13
    prokipprokip Posts: 150member
    My Powerbeats3 are the best earpieces for sound quality that I have ever owned! And I still have my custom Ultimate Ears UE10s ($950) made by Jerry Harvey in 2005 before they were taken over by Logitech. I also own top-of-the-line Jerry Harvey Audio Layla ($2,800).  The Layla are incredible but the Powerbeats3 sound better.

    Sooo... can’t wait to get my hands on Powerbeats Pro! Will probably have some custom in-ear sleeves made to help with sound isolation.

    Thats my only gripe. The different tips supplied just don’t work for me unless I keep the earpieces pushed into my ears.
  • Reply 11 of 13
    jcs2305jcs2305 Posts: 788member
    tht said:
    bonobob said:
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t [see] anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    Wearing glasses with Powerbeats3 is a non-issue. I assume it will be the same with these.
    It’s a non-issue for you or perhaps someone you know. It’s an issue for me. All the headphones have their pluses and minuses in terms of comfort for me. The ear hooks going around my ears can become intolerable versus in-ear or ear bud models. On-ear models heat my ears up too much. Around-the-ear can get pretty sweaty too.
    I assumed the the person responding wears glasses and is saying they have no problems with the current Powerbeats3 with glasses, so these won't be an issue. I don't think it was meant as a who cares it isn't an issue?
  • Reply 12 of 13
    JayLimoJayLimo Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    I really, really, really, hope these are good. The Powerbeats 3 are absolute trash, literally the worst Apple product I have ever owned. They have a well deserved 2 star rating on Apple's store and for a long while it was 1 star. They can not handle virtually any sweat in most cases and frequently the Bluetooth fails, or the volume controls go out (permanently). Had and returned over 4 pair, went back to Powerbeats 2 (pre Apple model) and they work fine, for the most part. I'm one of the small percentage of people that have ears that can't hold the AirPods so hooks are a necessity for me. Hopefully they addressed the waterproofing issues with these.
  • Reply 13 of 13
    thttht Posts: 3,241member
    jcs2305 said:
    tht said:
    bonobob said:
    tht said:
    Some nice image stabilization, artifact centering and focusing in the video. Some of the videos may have been radially blurred on purpose?

    Didn’t [see] anybody wear glasses and the PowerBeats Pros though. ;) I may get a pair for the spouse though.
    Wearing glasses with Powerbeats3 is a non-issue. I assume it will be the same with these.
    It’s a non-issue for you or perhaps someone you know. It’s an issue for me. All the headphones have their pluses and minuses in terms of comfort for me. The ear hooks going around my ears can become intolerable versus in-ear or ear bud models. On-ear models heat my ears up too much. Around-the-ear can get pretty sweaty too.
    I assumed the the person responding wears glasses and is saying they have no problems with the current Powerbeats3 with glasses, so these won't be an issue. I don't think it was meant as a who cares it isn't an issue?
    No worries, if bonobob finds the PowerBeats Pro a non-issue while wearing glasses, more power to them.

    I can make use of these PowerBeats Pros too if I don’t wear my glasses. Something the spouse would like moreso. Can be placed in purse or bag, charged through existing Lightning cables. Easy to transfer among Apple devices. They are a good deal for the convenience. Doesn’t look pocketable though. We’re not picky about sound.

    I am picky about comfort. Waiting on a cordless version of Apple’s old in-ear headphones. Those had really soft and pliant silicone tips. Love those. If Apple shipped a cordless version of that, with both foam and silicone tips, instant buy.
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