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Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016)

Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016)
alaScore 89

2164 reviews

Apr, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2164 reviews of Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The comfort and sound also get good reviews, whereas there are some less positive comments about the price.

usability, sound, comfort, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Apple AirPods (1st Gen, 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Bragi's 'Headphone' takes on Apple's AirPods


Bragi's back with another pair of all wireless earbuds, and they're definitely worth a look.

Nov, 2016

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Apple The bottom line: Our quick verdict on Apple's AirPods


With Apple kissing the standard headphone jack goodbye, it's hoping people will buy these completely wireless earbuds instead. They're elegant in some ways, with a simple pairing process and good voice-call quality. It's too bad that Apple otherwise...

Dead-simple to set up ; Siri and calls work very well ; Solid battery life

Controls aren't flexible enough ; Mediocre audio quality ; EarPods-inspired design isn't for everyone

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (

Apple AirPods review


Rock-solid wireless reliability, range ; Solid battery life ; Fast, compact charging case ; Independent earbud operation ; Replacement parts available

Not suitable for fitness activity ; Average sound quality ; Expensive replacement parts

Apple’s AirPods are among the best completely wire-free earbuds available today. Their flawlessly stable wireless connection and range alone still puts them ahead of much of the competition. That said, they are no longer the kings of the court in terms...

Expert review by : Vanessa Hand Orellana, (

AirPods vs. Powerbeats Pro: The best wireless earphones are…


We tested out the second-gen AirPods alongside Apple's new wireless Powerbeats Pro. Here's what we liked and didn't like from each one.

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age


Apple's AirPods still aren't perfect, but a series of small software upgrades have made them better.

The ultra-lightweight Apple AirPods are fully wireless headphones that offer a reliable wireless connection, effortless pairing with Apple devices, decent sonics and good call quality. The included compact charging case quickly charges the buds. You...

Will fit more securely in some ears than others. Their open design allows for a lot of ambient noise to leak in. Similarly priced wireless models deliver better sound. And yes, they still look kinda dorky.

Look past their offbeat design and you'll find that Apple AirPods' compact size and high convenience factor are a winning combination.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : David Pierce (



Apple's new wireless headphones aren't for the iPhone 7. They're for Siri.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

Apple AirPods


The Apple AirPods feel like a big step for wireless in-ear audio—but it's more about innovations and features and less about audio performance.

Clear audio performance. Seamlessly pairs with multiple iOS devices on the same iCloud account. Carrying case doubles as backup battery.

Lack of ear canal seal means less bass response and potential ear-to-ear stereo image discrepancies. Limited onboard controls virtually require you to use Siri. In-ear fit could be more secure.

Most of the hand-wringing over the lack of a headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is misdirected—wireless audio is clearly the direction of the future. But it remains to be seen how the world will respond to this new breed of cable-free earphones. As far as...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Apple AirPods Review


Wireless headphones have been ripe for a reboot for years now, but no contenders for the crown have divided opinion quite like Apple's AirPods. Revealed alongside the iPhone 7, the fully-wireless earbuds were intended to salve the pain of losing the...

Pairing and connecting process is best-in-class ; Solid battery life ; Convenience and speed of charging case ; Lightweight and comfortable

Reliance on Siri ; Third-party music apps lack deep control Apple Music enjoys ; No "Find my AirPods" tracking system ; Audio quality on par with free EarPods

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney, Jean-Christophe Lamontag (

Apple AirPods Wireless HEADPHONES


The Apple AirPods are decent-sounding truly wireless earbuds with a sturdy and stylish design. They're compact, breathable and more stable than the making them a suitable option for sports. However, getting a tight fit may vary from person to person....

Great build quality. ; Amazingly portable design. ; Stable fit.

Poor noise isolation. ; Limited control scheme. ; Bass delivery varies significantly across users.

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Joe M. (

Apple AirPods Review


At Apple's September keynote event that took place a few months ago, there were a few controversial announcements that took place. The iPhone 7's familiar design and the removal of its 3.5mm headphone jack caused for quite a bit of uproar, and along...

Minimalistic design ; Comfortable to wear ; Ridiculously easy pairing process ; Gesture controls work well ; Audio is clear and surprisingly punchy ; Battery life is incredible for headphones this small ; Price is competitive against similar gadgets

One-size-fits-all design won’t fit everyone’s ears perfectly ; Limited gesture controls

Apple’s AirPods certainly may be one of the more controversial products that the company released this year, but after spending some good quality time with them, they just might be one of my favorite gadgets of 2016.

Dec, 2016

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