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Beats Studio Buds Plus vs Beats Fit Pro

Good for anywhere except the studio.
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Published onMarch 26, 2024

Beats Studio Buds Plus
MSRP: $169.95
6.9
Positives
Battery life
USB-C fast charge
Portability
Platform compatibility
Negatives
Limited app function
Price
Physical buttons
Beats Fit Pro
MSRP: $199.99
7.7
Positives
Android and iOS compatibility
In-app ear tip fit test
Noise cancelling/Transparency
IPX4 rating
USB-C case with fast charging
Negatives
Price
Fairly large case
Known ANC and update issues

The newly updated Beats roster now hosts headphones and wireless earbuds like the Beats Studio Buds Plus and the Beats Fit Pro. With a mild price difference, let’s break them down to see which one you should get.

Editor’s note: this article was updated on March 26, 2024, to answer an additional FAQ, adjust formatting, and ensure the timeliness of the information within.

What’s it like to use the Beats Studio Buds Plus compared to the Beats Fit Pro?

A hand holds the The Beats Studio Buds Plus case.
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Jumping on the translucence trend, the Beats Studio Buds Plus also comes in ivory and black.

The Beats Studio Buds Plus are an update to the Beats Studio Buds, improving in several areas — except for price. They work like a conventional set of ANC wireless earbuds, with a small case and Google Fast Pair. There’s nothing in the manner of ear stabilizers, and the buds use buttons rather than touch panels to enter commands.

The earbuds are comfortable for long stretches and weigh only 5g each. So long as you can jive with the buttons and the possibility of pushing them in deeper with each press, they rank high for comfort. To keep the bud in place, we suggest holding the bud with your thumb and another finger while a third finger presses the button.

The Beats Fit Pro noise canceling true wireless earbuds in the open case and next to the two extra pairs of ear tips, all of which are in the purple variant.
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The Beats Fit Pro case is larger but weighs about the same.

If you have difficulty finding earbuds that stay in place, the Beats Fit Pro might do the trick. These ship with non-removable stabilizers that flex to fit your ear’s shape. This feature could make a difference for athletes by effortlessly keeping those buds in. Remember that while the stabilizers aid in locking the Fit Pro in, they apply pressure to the ears.

Like the Studio Buds Plus, the Fit Pro has an IPX4 rating. Both pairs utilize buttons to enter commands. The Fit Pro buds weigh the same as the Studio Buds Plus at 5g each. Both sets ship with three sets of silicone ear tips, but only the Fit Pro has an ear tip fit test in the app, in-ear detection, and features head-tracked spatial audio.

A woman wears the Beats Fit Pro noise canceling true wireless earbuds in purple.
Lil Katz / SoundGuys
The Fit Pro earbuds don’t protrude much.

Their cases differ because the Beats Fit Pro clamshell case has a flat bottom, while the Studio Buds Plus case resembles a rounded Apple AirPods-style case. Lastly, the Beats Fit Pro comes in seven colors and an additional three in the earth-toned Kim Kardashian Fit Pro model ($179 at Amazon).

How do you control the Beats Studio Buds Plus and Beats Fit Pro?

The Beats Studio Buds Plus earbuds outside of the open case.
Lil Katz / SoundGuys
These should pair almost instantly.

The Beats Studio Buds Plus uses buttons rather than touch controls. You risk jamming the buds in when pressing, but they are shaped so you can hold them in place with an index finger and thumb while pressing with your middle finger. However, that’s less convenient than touch controls, especially if you’re rushed.

In the app, you can reallocate press-and-hold from noise canceling to volume control, but you can’t have both. With iOS, you have hands-free Siri on the Studio Buds Plus too.

INPUTACTION
One press
Play / pause, accept / end call
Two presses
Track forward / Switch call to phone
Three presses
Track backward
Press and hold
ANC / Transparency mode
"Hey Siri"
Change volume, request directions, playback control, receive messages, and more

Similarly, the Beats Fit Pro has buttons where the “b” logo resides. By default, the controls don’t have direct noise cancelation and ambient mode control. You’ll have to access it in the app (or in the iOS Settings app). However, You do have direct volume access, which the Studio Buds Plus does not offer by default. Still, like the Studio Buds Plus, you can use Siri hands-free on iOS.

INPUT (either bud)ACTION
One click
- Play/pause music
- Answer/end call
- Answer a second incoming call, place first on hold
- With two active calls, this alternates between calls
Two clicks
- Next track
- Send call audio from earbuds to phone
Three clicks
- 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

Should you use Beats Studio Buds Plus or Beats Fit Pro apps?

The Beats Fit Pro noise canceling true wireless earbuds in the open charging case and next to a Samsung Galaxy S10e with the Beats app open. The app has a purple tint to it, presumably to match the earphones.
Lil Katz / SoundGuys
The app recognizes the color of your Fit Pro and matches the background accordingly.

If you have an iPhone (or other iOS device), you’ll find the control for both Beats earbuds in Bluetooth Settings. Press the “i” symbol next to the connected device. You don’t need to install an app on those devices.

In the last couple of years, Beats has expanded to include better support for Android with the Beats app. It works for the Studio Buds Plus and Fit Pro. The iOS and Android experiences are minimal, but they have listening modes, Find My, and some command reallocation. One difference is that the Fit Pro has an ear tip fit test for finding the correct size.

How do the Beats Studio Buds Plus and Beats Fit Pro connect?

The Beats Studio Buds Plus next to a phone, while connecting.
Lil Katz / SoundGuys
Fast pairing takes much of the inconvenience away from pairing manually.

Considering that Beats is a subsidiary of Apple, it’s no surprise that both use the same basic AAC and SBC Bluetooth codec selection. The Studio Buds Plus uses Google Fast Pair and Bluetooth 5.3, so they could take advantage of LE Audio down the line. If you have an Android device, the Beats Studio Buds Plus have an Audio Switch for automatic device switching between Android and Chromebook devices. Interestingly, if using iOS, you’ll need to switch devices manually.

In contrast, the Beats Fit Pro uses Bluetooth 5.0. Unlike the Studio Buds Plus, the Fit Pro includes the Apple H1 chip for seamless device switching in the Apple ecosystem while using the same iCloud account. Which is better for you will depend on your device. Despite lacking an H1 chip on the Studio Buds Plus, they connect quickly.

Is battery life better on the Beats Studio Buds Plus or Beats Fit Pro?

The Beats Studio Buds Plus and its USB-C charge port.
Christian Thomas / SoundGuys
Wisely, both the Beats Studio Buds Plus and Fit Pro charge via USB-C.

According to our standardized battery testing, the Beats Studio Buds Plus reaches an impressive 8 hours and 22 minutes of playback with ANC on. That’s exactly two hours more than the 6 hours, 22 minutes battery life of the Beats Fit Pro under the same conditions. What’s more, the charging case on the Studio Buds Plus holds an impressive 28 (or so) hours compared to the roughly 18 hours of juice the Fit Pro case stores.

Otherwise, the specs are the same for both: USB-C and no wireless charging. Fast charging the Studio Buds Plus and Fit Pro for 5 minutes yields an hour of playback.

Do the Beats Studio Buds Plus or Beats Fit Pro block noise better?

A chart compares the combined isolation and active noise canceling of the Beats Studio Buds Pro and the Beats Fit Pro.
These are competitive with each other.

The Beats Studio Buds Plus and Beats Fit Pro offer similar passive isolation, with the Studio Buds Plus blocking noises a little better. With that said, the ANC on the Fit Pro removes low-pitched environmental noise better than the Studio Buds Plus.

The upshot of excellent noise canceling is that you don’t need your audio playback as loud to overcome environmental noise. This helps to preserve your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss.

Do the Beats Studio Buds Plus sound better than the Beats Fit Pro?

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If you thought how they sound would determine whether the Beats Studio Buds Plus or Beats Fit Pro are for you, there are only minor differences. Beats has clearly defined its house sound for its buds. The only significant difference between the Studio Buds Plus and Fit Pro is above 10kHz, where the Studio Buds Plus produces more output. You’ll get more harmonic content above 10kHz on the Studio Buds Plus.

Comparing both to our headphone preference curve, there’s a reasonable amount of bass and a somewhat scooped upper bass and lower mid-range. These produce a consumer-oriented frequency response that’s great for casual listening, commuting, and working out.

Do the Beats Studio Buds Plus or Beats Fit Pro have a better microphone?

Frankly, microphone performance isn’t the primary strength of the Beats Studio Buds Plus and Beats Fit Pro, but voices sound slightly more natural on the Studio Buds Plus. Both tend to pick up noises in the vicinity of the mics. However, they likely will do fine for the occasional call. Take a listen below.

Beats Studio Buds Plus microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

Beats Fit Pro microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

Beats Studio Buds Plus microphone demo (Office conditions):

Beats Fit Pro microphone demo (Office conditions):

Which microphone sounds better?

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Beats Studio Buds Plus vs Beats Fit Pro: Price and availability

A person wearing the Beats Studio Buds Plus.
Lil Katz / SoundGuys
If you like more discreet branding, these can look more subtle.

The Beats Studio Buds Plus retails for $169 at Amazon, and you can get the Beats Fit Pro for $159 at Amazon. Prices may vary depending on the retailer.

Should you get the Beats Studio Buds Plus or Beats Fit Pro?

A woman's hand pockets the Beats Fit Pro noise canceling true wireless earbuds case which is in the color purple.
Lil Katz / SoundGuys
The Fit Pro case fits well enough into a small pocket.

When considering the various categories to compare the Beats Studio Buds Plus and Beats Fit Pro, they stack up close to evenly across the board, down to the earbud weight. The most vital differences boil down to fit and battery life. The Fit Pro uses stabilizers, and the Studio Buds Plus has significantly better battery life.

While the Fit Pro certainly makes more sense on paper as your new running buddy, it’s possible that the Studio Buds Plus could fit your ears just fine. More to the point, how much you need a set of earbuds for exercising versus everyday use should determine the better pick.

The Beats Studio Buds Plus rests on a plant.
These make a good office and about town companion.

The Studio Buds Plus might last you longer because of their greater battery life. Otherwise, the experience will come down to your particulars. For example, if you use Android, the Studio Buds Plus supports Audio Switch for Android, whereas the Fit Pro uses the H1 chip for Apple device switching. If your environment hums with low-frequency noises, then the Beats Fit Pro can filter more of that.

The pair you should grab is the one that makes sense for your activities because they are functionally similar. Consider the Studio Buds Plus feels more comfortable, but the Fit Pro locks in a fit even if your ears are hard to fit.

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Beats Studio Buds Plus
Beats Studio Buds Plus
Lightweight, compact, and translucent design
Android-friendly features through Beats app
Longer battery life than before
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Beats Fit Pro
20%off
Beats Fit Pro
Good fit and stabilizing ear wings
Android and iOS compatible
In-app ear tip fit test
ANC and transparency

Frequently asked questions

If we compare the Beats Studio Buds Plus and Beats Fit Pro to the Apple AirPods (3rd generation), the Beats both sound better than AirPods. However, compared with the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), the AirPods Pro more closely follows our headphone preference curve, particularly in the high bass and low mids. They’re rather similar otherwise.

Studio Buds Plus offers longer battery life and is more affordable, with a focus on basic functionality. Fit Pro, slightly pricier, is designed for active use with ear stabilizers and superior noise canceling capabilities.

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