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Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)
alaScore 99

19 reviews

Dec, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Apple AirPods (3rd Generation). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and bass quality. The portability and design are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the size and comfort. Many are negative about the reliability and noise isolation.

sound, design, portability, bass quality, durability

price, noise isolation, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Review


Natural, rich bass depth and crisp, clear highs ; Hands-free Siri voice commands ; Water- and sweat-resistant design ; Wireless and MagSafe charging

In-ear fit can still be inconsistent, resulting in imbalanced stereo image ; Fit doesn’t feel secure enough for rigorous exercise ; No adjustable EQ

Apple’s third-generation AirPods provide notably better bass depth and are more rugged than their predecessor. Despite some improvements to how they fit and some neat sensor tricks, we still aren't wild about their open earbud design.

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Rado Minkov (

Apple AirPods 3 review: Spatial audio steals the show


The 3rd generation AirPods are here, with much smaller stems, great battery life and Apple's newest gimmick – spatial audio.

Portable package ; Good-looking earbuds with small stems ; Comfortable in-ear fit ; Great sound, especially with spatial audio ; IPX4 sweat and water resistance

No active noise cancelling

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Alex Bracetti (

Apple AirPods 3 review: Not quite Pro but still great


With solid upgrades to design, functionality, and sound, the AirPods 3 comes up slightly short of perfection. Find out why in our full Apple AirPods 3 review.

Adaptive EQ with well-balanced sound ; Spatial audio support ; Enhanced ergonomics ; Best-in-class controls ; Numerous high-end features ; Stellar iOS integration

No ANC or Transparency mode ; Open design lets in too much noise ; Unstable fit

You might question whether a pair of $179 wireless earbuds without ANC is worth the investment, especially since the AirPods Pro has been seen on sale for the same price. Well, that’s an argument we’ll be settling over the next few days when breaking...

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Ryan Waniata (

Apple AirPods 3 (3rd generation) Review


Apple's AirPods (3rd gen) offer real improvements, but pricing puts them in a tough spot.

Compact new design ; Upgraded battery and features ; Improved sound and great calling

No noise canceling ; Still no way to customize fit ; Upper register can sound tinny

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Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Benjamin Mayo (

Apple AirPods 3 not launching until Q3, says Ming-Chi Kuo


Despite a flurry of leaks surrounding next-gen AirPods in the last couple of weeks, Ming-Chi Kuo this morning said that new AirPods will not enter mass production until the third quarter of 2021, which means they won't be launching imminently. Many...

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Olivia Tambini (

Apple AirPods 3 review


The AirPods 3 are a worthy upgrade for iPhone users

Impressive spatial audio ; Easy to use ; Comfortable, subtle design

No active noise cancellation ; No interchangeable eartips ; Battery life could be longer

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) review: excellent sound from smart wireless earbuds


The AirPods (3rd Gen) offer a huge audio quality upgrade over the older version, but is the fit right for you?

Dynamic, detailed sound ; Great new design ; Improved battery life ; Outer-ear fit ideal for some…

…But the fit isn't for everyone ; Battery life still average overall ; Sound leaks in ; Smart features are only for iOS

The new AirPods (3rd Gen) sound excellent, and come packed with useful features. As an upgrade to the earlier AirPods, they're exactly what you'd hope for (as long as you don't prefer in-ear tips). But you need to be prepared to live with sound leaking...

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple AirPods 3 review


AirPods advance closer to the Pro model with redesign and stand-out spatial audio

Spatial audio support is a real bonus ; Balanced, clear and detailed sound ; Strong battery life

Beaten for transparency ; Still no on-bud volume adjustment ; Fit won't be for everyone

While better-sounding alternatives exist, the AirPods 3 are daily delights with a strong selling point in spatial audio

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Britta O'Boyle (

Apple AirPods (3rd generation) review: Third time's a charm


Should you opt for the middle-of-the-range AirPods (3rd generation) over their predecessors or top-of-the-range AirPods Pro? Here's our review.

Refreshed design ; Great sound quality ; Excellent convenience features ; Spatial Audio is very good ; Sweat and water resistant ; Good battery life

A little big for our ears ; No active noise-cancellation (ANC) tech

Sitting in the middle of Apple's wireless headphones portfolio, the 3rd Gen AirPods offer a great balance between features and price point, whilst also delivering a refreshed and water-resistant design and great sound quality.

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (

Apple AirPods 3 review: Simply sensational


A superb pair of open fit headphones, the third-generation AirPods are a huge step forwards from their predecessors

Superbly comfortable ; Great sound quality ; Spatial Audio support

Microphone not the greatest

If you travel a lot and value being able to listen to music in your own bubble, these aren’t the headphones for you. But you probably knew that already. The lack of ANC and any form of passive noise isolation means the AirPods 3 aren’t the greatest...

Nov, 2021

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