My husband bought headphones in MVideo, they were packed in mica. I chose the option with wireless charging (Qi), that is, Apple AirPods 2. The packaging, like all products of this company, is recognizable, with characteristic features: A sample of headphones is indicated on the reverse side:
As far as I understand, the option that is charged only from the wire (the first version), then they have a cable drawn on the box.
Everything is perfectly packed inside:
Initially, the headphones were wrapped in a film:
Of course, there is also a cable, since it is possible not always to have a wireless charger at hand:
But I have this cable intact, until it makes sense, and there are already used Apple wires in everyday life.
This accessory is produced, like almost all Apple products, in China:
Many people compare it with a floss case))) well, yes, I agree, there are similarities, but nevertheless it feels that the thing is expensive, it’s very pleasant to hold it in your hands (you just want to touch it and touch it), the accessory is quite heavy for its size (well, that’s right, they have a magnet inside, there is also a built-in battery for additional recharging at 398 mAh), plus in this version (in the second version) there is a plate for induction energy transfer inside, that is, there are metal / heavy elements around, and the plastic itself is dense , due to this, and weight (but of course not so much that it was hard to wear it)))
There is an indicator on the front (in the first version it is inside under the lid), which always lights up when you open the lid, thereby showing the charge level of the headphones when they are inside or the charge of the case (more precisely, its battery) if there are no headphones inside. If the green indicator is on, then the headphones (if they are inside) or the case (if there are no headphones in it) are sufficiently charged, otherwise the indicator will glow orange:
Its reverse side:
As you can see, there is a button here (in the case of the first generation it is located a little lower), by clicking on it you can find out the charge level without opening the cover, and it is also intended for forced pairing with other devices... To do this, you need to open the case with headphones, hold button until it flashes white:
and do a bluetooth search on the device to which you want to connect the headphones. Honestly, I only tried to pair them with a computer once, just for the sake of interest, they connect absolutely without problems:
But in the future I didn’t use it, only with a phone, since I have other headphones for the computer, Sony WI-C300. But I satisfied my curiosity, including that they should connect to Android without any problems.
There are magnets and contacts for charging inside the case and the headphones, the headphones are securely magnetized and even upside down they will not fall out of the case (although of course this is not such a nonsense, since even the cheapest wireless headphones from Aliexpress have exactly the same function):
Under the cover there will definitely be a serial number, which for Apple AirPods 2 headphones is A1938 (the first generation has A1602, although you can’t confuse it by its characteristic visual features - an indicator inside and a button on the back, which is located lower than the second version):
The headphones themselves: You can’t distinguish them from the headphones of the first version, but they can also be distinguished by serial numbers (indicated on the case of the headphones themselves), the second version has numbers A2032, A2031, the first generation of headphones have numbers A1523, A1722.
Also, in their structure, they are similar to wired Apple Earpods:
The leg is slightly thicker, as it has an additional built-in microphone. And in the ears they sit in the same way and the built-in speaker is also the same, that is, they have no difference in sound, they are both equally good. I met reviews where they mentioned that their sound is mediocre, then here I could argue, of course, if compared with some studio or professional headphones (although, to be honest, I very much doubt that such headphones are of the in-ear type), then of course the difference is possible and will be, but I can say with confidence that their sound is gorgeous! You just need to listen to high-quality recorded tracks, preferably from some official suppliers. Maybe it will help to dig deeper into the phone settings, that is, go to the equalizer and set the modes ... although I didn’t feel any difference,
I also heard that they are not loud enough ... they are loud enough, there is no doubt about it, they naturally have a limit, but this limit does not go beyond safety, I don’t think the manufacturer (and other manufacturers that produce quality products) will expose themselves and the user to any risk (for their part, litigation, on the other hand, that is, the user - "blood from the ears"). For me, for example, the sound is only a third added and it’s loud enough for me! Therefore, if someone is quiet, then again I will speak out - listen only to high-quality recorded music or video blocks. As for audiobooks, here you need to understand that although these headphones are in-ear, they are not vacuum (for this you still need to turn to the Pro version, which are), so you will hear extraneous noise. But this suits me quite well, since this factor does not cut you off from the outside world, it is far from safe.
About the very connection of the headphones to the phone, and specifically to the iPhone. Here, even the first connection - it takes 2 seconds. It is enough to open the cover of the headphone case when the phone is unlocked, a screen saver will appear on the screen that a new device has been found and ask for permission to connect, you agree and that's it, the iPhone remembers them and further use will be automatic - you take the headphones out of the case, insert them into your ears, they are instantly paired with a phone, no waiting, and put them in a case - they also turn off instantly. All this connection / disconnection occurs even when the phone is turned off / locked.
When the headphones are connected, a similar graphic icon is lit in the status bar of your phone, and when playing a track, the corresponding inscription will be displayed:
Also, in the future, as soon as you open the case with the phone unlocked, a splash screen with information about the charge level of your AirPods will immediately pop up on the screen:
Control. In the phone settings in the tabs with bluetooth, you will find a device with AirPods and adjust which earphone will be responsible for what (that is, you will double-click on one or another earphone, and they will execute the command). I am not an active user of either a phone or headphones, so Siri immediately dismissed it, although in fact it can be very convenient for you, I just left it on the right - switch the next track, and on the left - pause / start:
Nothing else to choose from:
Well, to answer the call or hang up, then double-click on any earpiece. If your phone is far away, but there is no clock to see who is calling, then in the Phone settings (- "Announcement of calls") you can specify that the name of the subscriber who is calling you is spoken in the headphones. You can’t add or decrease the sound with them, only with the help of Siri, the phone itself or using the Apple Watch, if any.
Charger. As I wrote above, it is convenient that in the second version, in addition to wired charging, there is also a function with wireless charging. It was the port itself that I used only once in all the time to make sure that it was working:
And so I charge using the existing Native Union Drop Qi charger:
But most often with the help of the IKEA RIGGAD table lamp, also equipped with a wireless platform, I have it at my workplace and always at hand:
Charges flawlessly, very fast. But in fact, if you have the first version of the headphones and you really really need such a case with wireless charging, then you can buy it separately, although the little thing is not cheap, and is there any point? Probably there is, if for some reason it broke or you lost it, but the headphones remained :)
Are the headphones falling out of your ears? This shape of the headphones is thought out for a reason, so few people don’t hold them, but if the wired interference is just a wire that makes the accessory heavier and pulls them down, plus it can catch here and there, then everything is great here, they sit perfectly , nothing pulls them down, you don’t have to try to attach them as conveniently as possible, put them in and go, even if one fits tighter and the other sticks out a little, then they are unlikely to fall out:
Even when I shake my head strongly, jump with a rope - they don’t fall out! Maybe if only the hair gets wrapped around them or caught on the headdress when you take it off ...
By convenience. In my case, as with wired Apple EarPods, everything is fine for about an hour, and then my ears hurt terribly, I want to take it out as soon as possible. But I don't really need them for much longer. It's all individual, my husband's daughter has exactly the same headphones and she can be with them for days and nothing. Nevertheless, they can hardly be called super-comfortable, here the Pro version, they say, is much better in this regard ... actually, I believe, since I like headphones with vacuum ear cushions much more in terms of convenience.
What other disadvantages do I see besides the fact that I can’t stay in them for a long time? Everything sticks to the case very strongly, it is clear that there are magnets, many write about some kind of metal dust, they even put special protective plates, but where does so much metal crumb come from? It seems to me that any speck of dust is charged with static electricity and therefore everything sticks, but this is probably a trifle - I rubbed it and that's it. Nevertheless, here is an example of how everything sticks to it, and moreover, I took this photo of a completely new product, that is, as I took it out of the package, while I was examining it, while I was shooting, the villi from clothes managed to stick to it (by clicking on the photo, you can enlarge and see picture in more detail):
Well, I won’t say that the headphones can be lost, it all depends on inattention / absent-mindedness, on some kind of accident and on carelessness (it can be rude, but this factor should not be ruled out). It is more difficult to lose when you are listening to music, as the headphones are designed in such a way that as soon as you take out even one earphone, the second one goes silent for a while, you can immediately determine that one has popped up. It’s much more difficult when you always wear headphones even when you don’t listen to music (well, for example, you are an active person and they often call you and you are constantly waiting), then yes, at some point you may not notice how it popped up, but, I repeat , this is some kind of extreme case, since they sit securely, well, for example, a strong wind, you have long hair that is wound up, pulled out the earpiece and it fell and you did not hear ...
The main disadvantage for me is that the appearance of the case is quickly lost ... And since I try to treat things with care, after buying the headphones I immediately thought about purchasing a protective case for it, I ordered it almost immediately (not counting the time that I had to sit and choose, because despite the abundance of this accessory, it is difficult to find a decent quality at an affordable price), but nevertheless, without a case, I had the headphones for a little more than a month, I wore them very, very carefully, that is, even in a separate pocket of my jacket, where there is nothing but them there was no more, and the houses were in a box separately from other little things, and nevertheless, I already noted some wear on the case (it is better seen when the photo is enlarged):
So, of course, it’s not particularly noticeable, the case is glossy, but traces are already visible at a certain angle of illumination ... At the moment, the headphones are in a case (the photo was taken before I put it on ...)
What other observations? Well, purely visual ... it seems to me that this model of headphones is more for the female contingent, well, or for young people. But just the Pro version sits and looks more universal, but in fact I won’t say that I understand headphone fashion :))). And now the question arises: why are AirPods not available in black? Although I know there are amateur companies that do a color upgrade (spray to order in any color, including logos), but most naturally prefer it as it is, referring to the fact that in a different color they are no longer Apple at all ...
Price. Despite the fact that it can be attributed to the Cons column (although everything is relative here, Apple products are a priori expensive, and there are headphones of this type that are much more expensive), but we were incredibly lucky with the purchase of data, since they cost us almost with 50% discount. How did it happen? Before that, in the MVideo store, my husband purchased some computer equipment, from which decent bonuses were accrued, but due to the write-off of these bonuses, such a big discount came out, that is, the initial price for the product was 14,990 rubles, but in the end they cost us 7692 rubles:
In general, I won’t dissemble, despite the fact that I can’t stay in them for a long time, I really like them, and especially the sound, the speed of pairing, that there are absolutely no problems with braking, stuttering, loss of communication (not counting, of course, going out of edge), how they sit securely (they don’t fall out for me, I do fitness with absolutely no problems), and most importantly - the absence of wires, it’s Very, very convenient, especially after Apple’s wired ones. Why especially? Because I noted that they get tangled much more readily than others, so I bought a leather collar for them to somehow pacify. Plus, holding them in your hands you feel how the thing is of high quality.
I see no reason not to recommend them, unless the price can stop ...
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