Beats Fit Pro: Solid ANC
PC Magazine|December 2021
A bass-heavy alternative to the AirPods Pro
TIM GIDEON

After releasing the relatively affordable Studio Buds ($149.99) earlier this year, Beats is back with a new pair of noise-cancelling true wireless earphones, the Beats Fit Pro. Aptly named, the focus here is on in-ear fit security, with built-in earfins made of a pliable material that truly helps create a more secure seal in your ear. They’re also armed with active noise cancellation (ANC), and since Beats is owned by Apple, you get the company’s H1 chip, which enables features including Spatial Audio with head tracking, Adaptive EQ, hands-free Siri, and one-touch iOS pairing. The sonic performance is classic Beats, with intense bass, boosted highs, and a scooped-out midrange. The ANC is better than average, with effective low-frequency noise elimination. For the price, there’s plenty to like, but the Beats Fit Pro faces stiff competition from Apple’s own AirPods Pro as well as models from Bose, Jabra, and Sony.

A FOCUS ON FIT

Available in black, gray, lavender, or white, the Fit Pro’s chunky earpieces are housed in a rounded charging case of the same color, with the Beats logo prominently displayed on both the case and earpieces. It’s a bit curious that you get only three pairs of eartips (in small, medium, and large), which is more or less standard— but plenty of pairs ship with more fit options, and these in-ears are actually called the Fit Pro. That said, the fit is exceptionally secure. The earfins do an excellent job of stabilizing the in-ear seal, despite being built into the actual earpieces (most fins are removable and replaceable, often offered in different sizes).

The on-ear controls are simple buttons that are easy to operate without comprising the in-ear fit. A single tap on the Beats logo on the outer panels of either ear controls playback and call management, while a double tap skips forward a track, three taps navigates back a track, and a long press enables or disables ANC. In the Bluetooth settings menu, you can assign volume to be controlled by a long press instead, in which the left ear lowers the volume and the right ear raises it.

Beats Fit Pro

CONS

Powerful audio with robust bass and bright highs. Secure in-ear fit. Solid noise cancellation. Hands-free Siri.

CONS

No user-adjustable EQ. Merely average water resistance rating.

BOTTOM LINE

The true wireless Beats Fit Pro earphones deliver deep bass and crisp highs with above-average noise cancellation in a modestly water-resistant design with a super-secure fit.

Also in the Bluetooth settings menu—located in the de facto app for the Fit Pro—you can use the Ear Tip Fit test to make sure you have an ideal in-ear seal. You can adjust mic settings (for example, automatically switching to whichever earpiece is in or using only the left or right ear) and enable or disable automatic ear detection. In the music menu, you can switch through various EQ presets (as well as Lossless Audio playback and automatic Dolby Atmos playback), and in the Siri menu, you can enable or disable “Hey Siri” for handsfree voice commands. You can also use Apple’s Find My feature to locate missing earbuds. Because they use the H1 chip, the earphones also support one-touch pairing with iOS devices.

For Android users, the Beats app comes with some features that you find natively in iOS, including the earfit test, listening-mode controls, and firmware updates. What’s missing on Android is support for Spatial Audio with head tracking, hands-free Siri, Find My compatibility, audio sharing, and automatic switching between paired sound sources.

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