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Apple AirPods (2021) review

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Key features
  • In-ear
  • Wireless
Expert review

The Apple AirPods (2021) wireless earbuds are the third-generation model in this wildly popular range of wireless headphones. Apple has given them a design refresh, with shorter earpiece stems, longer battery life and ‘spatial audio’, which it claims gives an immersive, surround sound-like experience. But are they really worth the money, or are they overpriced? Our professional listening panel gives the definitive verdict in our full review.

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  • What are they?
  • How do they sound?
  • What are they like to live with?
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  • Should I buy them?
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Last checked by Which?

January 2022

First reviewed by Which?

November 2021

Released

October 2021

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