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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 are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions 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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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Apple AirPods


Apple AirPods review: Are Apple's wireless headphones any good, or is your money better spent elsewhere? We take an in-depth look.

Strong Bluetooth connection ; Great battery life ; W1 chip is the future of wireless headphones

Sound quality not much better than average ; Don't fit in all ear types ; Design isn't for everyone

Ultimately, the Apple AirPods make me excited for what Apple can achieve for future versions, as the first attempt falls short in some important areas.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Olivia Tambini (

Apple AirPods review


Can the original Apple earbuds still compete with the upgraded AirPods (2019)?

Battery life is exceptional Sound is great Pairing is quick and easy

One-size-fits-all design No in-line remote Controversial looks

The Apple AirPods are still a perfectly respectable pair of true wireless earbuds – even now that the upgraded AirPods (2019) have replaced them. With decent sound quality and seamless device pairing, all you have to worry about is if they fit your...

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Dan Grabham (

Apple AirPods review: the true wireless earbuds that kickstarted a revolution for sonic youth


We've updated our original review to bring you our long-term AirPods verdict

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple AirPods review


Not the ultimate in sound quality, but Apple leads the way in wireless headphone tech...

Tiny and light ; Pure wirelessness ; Weighty, balanced sound ; Good fit for most ears ; Clever case that carries extra charge

Lack detail and dynamic subtlety ; Siri isn’t a good substitute for buttons ; Attention-grabbing design, and not in a good way

The Apple AirPods are true next-generation wireless headphones, but sadly they are only of average sound quality

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple AirPods review: Wire-free future or design disaster?


The simplicity of connectivity, automated cross-device use via iCloud, and automatic stop/start controls based on whether one or both AirPods are in

Easy to connect ; Work instantly across the Apple eco-system ; Carry case is the charger ; Sound isolation for calls and Siri control

Design will polarise opinion ; Lose the charging case you're stuffed ; Expensive ; No audio upgrade compared to EarPods ; Can fall out

The simplicity of connectivity, automated cross-device use via iCloud, and automatic stop/start controls based on whether one or both AirPods are in your ears is a glimpse into the future of wireless headphones. In these regards Apple is setting the...

May, 2019

Expert review by : Bryan M. Wolfe (

Apple AirPods Pro vs Beats Powerbeats Pro: which one should you buy?


In this comparison, we look at the AirPods Pro vs PowerBeats Pro. Is the AirPods Pro 2 the one to get our should you revisit Beats?

Mar, 2024

Expert review by : David Court (

Apple AirPods review: Strange to look at, but these buds deliver


Apple's AirPods may look strange, but they're an interesting shake-up in what you expect from wireless audio

So there's definitely room for improvement, but this is far from the dud product that many predicted from early press shots. Apple has evidently given a lot of thought to sidestepping the typical pitfalls of wireless earbuds, and the result is a pair...

Jul, 2019

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Apple AirPods review


A new dawn for wireless headphones

Brilliant, transformative wireless tech ; Very decent sound ; Awesomely neat, battery-boosting carry case ; Amazingly lightweight, compact and comfortable for those with average ears

Non-adjustable size and shape means they won’t fit everyone ; Attention-grabbing design, and generally not in a good way ; Easily lost and expensive to replace ; Siri isn’t yet a good replacement for buttons

They make you look daft and are in some ways ahead of their time, but tech-wise the AirPods are undeniably awesome

Dec, 2016

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The AirPods are wireless headphones made by Apple, designed to work seamlessly with the iPhone 7. Apple took its sweet time between announcing them alongside the iPhone 7 launch and finally releasing them three months later, but are they worth the wait...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Holly Pyne (

Apple AirPods review


Find out how Apple's AirPods fare as we put them to the test.

Set-up with Apple products takes seconds ; Comfortable fit ; Sweat resistant

No active noise cancellation ; Average battery life ; Leak sound

If you don't own an iPhone, iPad or another Apple device, the

Apr, 2021