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Beats Fit Pro
November 5, 2021
Earbud: 30 x 24 x 19 cm
Case: 62 x 62 x 29 cm
The Beats Fit Pro is another headset in Beats’ stable of Android and iPhone-friendly earphones. With the buds’ funky wing tips, you might have trouble getting them to fit properly, but Beats preempts this with an intuitive ear tip fit test. You get other premium features out of these earbuds, like active noise canceling (ANC), onboard button controls, and automatic ear detection.
Let’s dig into all there is to love about these oddly shaped Beats and all that might hold you back from buying a pair.
About this Beats Fit Pro review
- We tested the Beats Fit Pro for two weeks with firmware version 4B54 and iOS version 15.1. SoundGuys purchased the unit for this review.
- This review was updated on November 6, 2023, to address some changes in formatting and recommend the Jabra Elite 8 Active as an alternative choice.
iPhone owners who want compact workout earbuds that fit well and blend into any environment should look into a pair of Fit Pro earbuds. Equipped with the H1 chip, you can access Siri, use personalized Spatial Audio, and more when connected to an iPhone. Android users can also use the Beats Fit Pro, as these workout earbuds work nearly as well on Android as they do on iOS. Athletes of all stripes are bound to enjoy all the Fit Pro offers, from its secure ear wings to the enjoyable bass emphasis.
What’s it like to use Beats Fit Pro?
The Beats Fit Pro includes a funny-looking pair of earbuds with tapered, angled wing tips and rounded housings. Despite the odd profile, the Fit Pro is very comfortable to wear, at least for fairly short periods of time. After you twist and “lock” the earbuds in place, make sure to push the attached wing tip under your antihelix for a solid hold.
A lowercase “b” decorates the outside of each earbud and serves as a button for you to control media and calls (more on that later). The underbelly of each bud houses a couple of magnets and a skin-detection sensor to facilitate automatic ear detection. This works just the same as the AirPods (3rd generation) sensor and yields a more responsive auto-play/pause experience.
Each earbud has an angled nozzle you can attach any one of three ear tips to. Finding the right ear tip will provide a secure, comfortable fit and yield the best possible sound quality. While the Beats Fit Pro fits securely in my ears, I get uncomfortable after the 90-minute mark because the housing’s contours place pressure against my outer ears.
A lowercase “b” marks the clamshell-style charging case’s fiddly lid. When you open the case, you may notice there’s plenty of lateral play with the lid. While it hasn’t presented an issue during our review, it’s something to observe over time. Remarkably, Beats outfitted the case with a USB-C input rather than Apple’s Lightning input. Magnets keep the case shut, but there’s a 50-50 chance it will pop open and eject the earbuds if you drop it on the ground.
How do you control the Beats Fit Pro?
Unlike the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) and Apple AirPods Pro, you interact with a button on each Beats Fit Pro bud to control playback and incoming calls. By default, the press-and-hold command toggles through listening modes, but you can change this within the Beats app or iOS Settings app so it adjusts the volume instead.
|INPUT (either bud)||ACTION|
- Play/pause music
- Answer/end call
- Answer a second incoming call, place first on hold
- With two active calls, this alternates between calls
- Next track
- Send call audio from earbuds to phone
- Previous track
Press and hold
- Toggle listening modes (ANC, off, Transparency)
- Increase or decrease volume
- Reject incoming call
"Hey Siri" (iOS/iPad OS only)
- Change volume
- Request directions
- Playback control
- Receive messages and more
Automatic ear detection
- Remove one bud: pause music, resume when inserted
- Remove both earbuds: pause music, won't resume when reinserted
Is the Beats Fit Pro good for working out?
Yes, the Fit Pro earbuds have an IPX4 water-resistance rating and an ergonomic shape to keep them in place no matter your workout regimen. When worn properly, the Beats Fit Pro stays in place when I fall off an indoor bouldering wall or bike over neglected potholes. The Beats Fit Pro lacks a dust-resistant rating, so chalk up your hands while using the earbuds at your own risk.
Should you download the Beats app?
If you have an Android phone, you should download the Beats app. This app offers a clear interface that allows you to perform adjustments previously relegated to the Apple ecosystem. You can toggle listening modes, dictate the press-and-hold command, see earbud and case battery life at a glance, and update the firmware within the app. There’s even an ear tip fit test, as well as the option to toggle automatic ear detection on and off.
Upon opening the Beats Fit Pro packaging, Beats prompts Android owners to download the Beats app for a streamlined pairing process. When you press the pairing button on the case after downloading the app, a pop-up card appears on your phone and prompts you to confirm a connection between the two devices.
The Beats Fit Pro is great for listeners who use both Android and iOS devices.
With an iPhone, there’s no need to download the Beats app since you get all the same functions within the iOS Settings app. Due to the H1 chip integration, you get Spatial Audio, Apple’s version of virtual three-dimensional sound. Like the AirPods Pro (1st gen) and AirPods Pro (2nd gen), your iPhone must photograph your ears for Spatial Audio personalization to work.
How does the Beats Fit Pro connect?
With the Beats Fit Pro, you can choose from two Bluetooth codecs: SBC and AAC. Coincidentally, these are the only two codecs that iPhones support. This is where Beats’ egalitarian approach to Android and iOS wavers a bit since AAC’s performance can vary across Android hardware. Offering aptX would have made it a truly OS-agnostic pair of earbuds, but we can cross our fingers for that down the line.
The Beats Fit Pro uses Bluetooth 5.0, so it won’t support LE Audio and the LC3 codec when it becomes available. However, the Beats Fit Pro stays connected to either iOS or Android devices faithfully whether I’m working inside or biking outside.
How long does the battery last on the Beats Fit Pro?
Officially, the Beats Fit Pro can last up to 6 hours with ANC on, and you get an extra three charge cycles (18 hours) from the case for a combined battery life of 24 hours. Our standardized battery test showed this to be pretty accurate, yielding a result of 6 hours and 22 minutes with ANC on. When you place the earbuds in the case for just 5 minutes, you’re rewarded with 60 minutes of playback, a feature I’m often grateful for.
There’s only one way to recharge the case, and that’s with a USB-C cable. Beats provide a comically short USB-C-to-USB-C cable, so you may want to opt for another one if you have it around the house. There’s no wireless charging with the Fit Pro case, and you don’t get battery optimization on iOS.
Is the Beats Fit Pro noise canceling any good?
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The Beats Fit Pro noise canceling quiets some bass and midrange frequencies, but not to the same degree as Bose headphones might. Beats use adaptive ANC, so it calibrates the intensity in real-time. The Beats Fit Pro does enough to hush the sound of the train outside my window—but not so much when I’m on the train.
To get the best possible active noise canceling performance, you need to get a good fit. While frequent SoundGuys visitors may be familiar with this concept of isolation, the layperson may not be—that’s where the ear tip fit test comes into play. This gives you feedback on your selected ear tips, ensuring that you choose the best ones for your ear canals. Once you create a good seal with the ear tips, you’ll notice incidental sounds become much quieter, and your music sounds better. This is a very good thing as it allows you to enjoy your music without the temptation of increasing the volume to dangerous levels.
How does the Beats Fit Pro sound?
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The Beats Fit Pro favors bass notes but to a bearable degree. You get plenty of bass emphasis, which is typical of workout earbuds. Beats keep the treble emphasis pretty consumer-friendly, so you can still hear flutes, violins, and hi-hats amid bassier segments. This kind of frequency response does best with pop, hip-hop, and rap music, and it’s no coincidence that these are the most popular workout music genres.
Lows, mids, and highs
With the Beats Fit Pro, the bassline in the song Los Ageless by St. Vincent sounds louder than it does with something like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. This is great for exercise but can be a bit much when listening casually at home. The lyrics, “How could anybody have you?” become difficult to hear at around 2:05, above the kick drum, right-channel synth, and ambient background noise. However, a lack of clarity like this is no stranger to Beats headphones, and bass emphasis is not as egregious here as it is with some of its other headsets.
Can you use the Beats Fit Pro for phone calls?
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The Beats Fit Pro is an okay pair of earbuds for phone calls, but it leaves plenty of room for improvement. Callers on the other end of the line will hear pretty much everything going on around you. Still, if you have a handful of personal calls to get through or more lax conference calls, the Fit Pro will serve you just fine.
Beats Fit Pro microphone demo (Ideal conditions):
Beats Fit Pro microphone demo (Office conditions):
Beats Fit Pro microphone demo (Windy conditions):
How does the microphone sound to you?
Should you buy the Beats Fit Pro?
The Beats Fit Pro is another step in the right direction for Beats and Apple: it fits well and has a pleasant bass-boosted sound. If you get a good set and avoid the ANC issues that we’ve run into, you’ll get a headset that works as well on Android as it does on iOS (save for spatial audio). The automatic play/pause that works this well is quite impressive, and the fast charging is handy for forgetful athletes. Anyone who wants a stylish pair of compact earbuds will be perfectly happy with this pair of Beats.
Still, all isn’t perfect with the Fit Pro. You’ll have to set aside $199 for these earphones, which is more expensive than the AirPods Pro in some instances and certainly more expensive than competing workout earbuds. Oh, and the noise canceling issue is big, though it doesn’t appear to happen universally. Ultimately, the Beats Fit Pro is here to serve those who alternate between iOS and Android devices and is another way for Beats to diversify its target demographic.
How does the Beats Fit Pro compare to the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)?
The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) and Beats Fit Pro have very similar noise canceling, but the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) costs significantly more; you can get Apple’s buds for $199 at Amazon. When you spend that extra cash, you get a more pleasant, consistent frequency response, a more comfortable fit, swipe controls, and an IPX4 rating for the buds and case. Unlike the Fit Pro’s case, the new AirPods Pro’s case has a built-in speaker and lanyard loop. The case also debuts Apple’s U1 chip, which lets you locate it precisely through the Find My app.
The Beats Fit Pro and AirPods Pro (2nd generation) also diverge regarding sound quality, with the Fit Pro having an appropriately more bass-heavy response than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation). Both sets of earphones use Apple’s Adaptive EQ technology, which automatically adjusts the low and midrange frequencies for consistent audio quality no matter your environment.
When you update your iPhone to iOS 16 or later, you can set up personalized Spatial Audio on the Beats Fit Pro just as you can with the latest AirPods Pro. Both sets of earbuds are very good, and Apple and Beats products typically go on promotion for less than their original retail price throughout the year. If you must get a pair of Beats or Apple earbuds, we recommend waiting for a sale.
What should you get instead of the Beats Fit Pro?
iPhone owners who aren’t quite sold on the Beats Fit Pro should invest in the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) instead, which costs $199 at Amazon. The second-gen AirPods Pro has many of the same features as the Beats Fit Pro, like spatial audio, an IPX4 rating, an ear tip fit test, and onboard controls. Unlike the Fit Pro, you get a stemmed earbud, and the AirPods Pro doesn’t have an app that works with Android.
Alternatively, the Beats Powerbeats Pro has a workout-friendly design with ear hooks that secure around the back of each ear and costs $159 at Amazon. Battery life is much more impressive with the Powerbeats Pro, clocking in at 10 hours 52 minutes. You forgo the fancy software features and USB-C input with these larger Beats, though.
The next obvious option for Beats fans who want something a bit smaller is the Beats Studio Buds. This pair of buds retails for $99 at Amazon. You miss out on some things like spatial audio and stabilizing wing tips, but on the whole, the Fit Pro is much like the Studio Buds with a slightly different shape. It’s a good compromise between Beats and the AirPods Pro.
If you want a pair of dedicated workout earbuds that work just as well on Android as it does on iOS, look into the Jabra Elite 8 Active. These are incredibly durable earbuds with an IP68 rating combined with an IP54-rated case. They are very secure and don’t require over-ear hooks or stabilizers and, therefore, fit into office settings well. Functionally, you get niceties like Dolby Atmos, in-ear detection, and sidetone when making calls. You can pick them up for $199 at Jabra.
Frequently asked questions about the Beats Fit Pro
Not currently, no. Though the product page lists “Beats headphones,” only the Fit Pro and Studio Pro are mentioned by name.
Hi there! We have not experienced any buzzing in either earbud with ANC on or off. However, this is a fairly common issue among ANC earbuds, particularly cheaper options. We recommend a hard reset to fix this issue. If that doesn’t do the trick, reaching out to customer service is always an option. This problem may be covered under the warranty.
No, you don’t need to download the Beats app in order to pair the Beats Fit Pro to your device. However, you will want to download the Android app in order to access firmware updates and customize your listening experience. If you have an iPhone, the Beats Fit Pro will immediately integrate into your iPhone via the Settings app.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has noticeably better noise canceling than the Beats Fit Pro, but this comes at a higher price (). Like the Fit Pro case, the Bose QC Earbuds II case does not support wireless charging; it’s USB-C only, no matter which wireless earbuds you get. Bose’s default sound signature is also a bit wonky relative to the Beats Fit Pro.
Many users reported that sometimes the ANC will stop working out of the clear blue sky. This highlights the biggest drawback to the Beats Fit Pro: Apple.
While Apple is well-regarded in design, some of its choices are downright user-hostile. In this case, it’s the fact that Apple depreciated the Beats Updater app—and didn’t replace it with anything. If you need to update these earphones past their initial factory version (4B58) to the newest iteration (4B65), it’ll come whenever it comes, but only if you have the Beats app on your Android device or an iOS device. If you only have a PC… well… best of luck to you. We attempted the update with a new Mac, a MacBook Pro, several iPhones, a Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and an ASUS laptop, and it was about then that we threw in the towel for a bit.
No. The earbuds feature a transparency mode, but that won’t offer the degree of amplification of specific frequencies or level of customization to your needs you get with real hearing aids. It also lacks the additional software features of over-the-counter hearing aids. Basically, it’d be a very poor substitute for a device tailored to help with your hearing.