If you're on the lookout for a reliable, entry-level pair of wireless earbuds, the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro should be on your radar. Launched in June 2022, they retail at $70 but are often on sale on Amazon or on the SoundPEATS website. As such, they're on the lower end of the price scale for wireless earbuds.
Release date: June 2022
Noise cancelling: Yes
Battery life: 6 hours (up to 24 with fully charged case)
Charging method: USB-C
Weight: 0.3 oz (case 1.3 oz)
The SoundPEATS Air3 Pro have three modes, including standout Active Noise Cancelation (ANC). For the price, the battery life and the sound quality are both very decent, so unless you're particularly picky about audio quality, chances are you'll be very satisfied with these earbuds. We had a few issues with the controls being hard to remember and accurately toggle, but overall, we feel confident recommending this model for most people.
We tested these earbuds alongside a variety of other models for a month, assessing their performance across different uses: professional calls, exercising, watching films, listening to music and podcasts. We took battery life, price, audio quality, ANC, ergonomics, design and features into account when we assessed them to make the best possible recommendation.
If after reading this review, you are still unsure about choosing the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro, then check out our guide to the best headphones to find something more suitable for your needs.
SoundPEATS Air3 Pro: Design
The SoundPEATS Air3 Pro look like fairly standard wireless earbuds: they come in matte black plastic with a SoundPEATS logo on the side of each earbud in a pleasant metallic purple color. The downside is they only come in this colorway, so anyone after a different color might be disappointed, but if you're not fussed, then the design is quite pleasing.
The buds come with three sizes of tips you can swap out to find the perfect fit for you. We found the smallest fit the best, and there is a large enough difference between the sizes of tips to ensure most people would find a good option.
In terms of the design of the earbuds themselves, at first we found them a bit uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, but this could be because we have relatively small ear canals. After some adjusting, we had no issue at all wearing them for most of the day without having to take any breaks.
The case is small and rectangular, also made of black matte plastic, and has two slots inside to fit the earbuds. When you open the case, a small light flashes to indicate the battery level of the charging case - red for low, orange for medium, and green for high. There is a mini USB charging port on the bottom of the case. When it is charging, the light inside the case turns orange.
You can control the earbuds by tapping the side of each one, on the SoundPEATS logo.
The controls break down as follows:
• Long press on the left earbud: change between ANC, normal mode, transparent mode
• Long press on the right earbud: next song
• Short press on the left earbud: volume down
• Short press on the right earbud: volume up
• Double tap on either earbud: pause/play
The controls definitely take some getting used to, as there's a lot to remember. Additionally, the surface you have to tap is relatively small, so adjustments can actually be quite hard to make. This is especially true if you are running or exercising, or if you're in a hurry or have your hands full. It's quite easy to accidentally double press on the earbuds and pause your music instead of adjusting the volume, for example.
SoundPEATS Air3 Pro: Performance
For the price, sound quality on the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro is really decent. We tried using them across a range of music genres and podcasts and films and found they fared well across the board.
It helps that the SoundPEATS app enables you to choose between nine EQ presets, meaning you can adjust the sound exactly as you please. We recommend doing so and toggling between the different options as you set up the earbuds so you can find the perfect set up for your needs.
We were very pleasantly surprised by the Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) mode on these earbuds. Turning it on really drowned out ambient noise, even in a noisy office or coffee shop, which really helped with concentration.
Likewise, "pass through" or "transparent" mode made a big difference and allowed sound to come through over the music we were playing. This is a great feature for running and exercising outside, when being aware of your surroundings is beneficial.
The Bluetooth range on these earbuds is also impressive for their price point. We found we could leave our phone in one room and keep listening to content while roaming around our (albeit small) flat with ease, without the connection dropping off. However, go more than 10 meters away, and you'll start experiencing issues - a range that's fairly standard for wireless earbuds.
The one letdown performance-wise is the voice call quality, which is average at best. By all means, you can still get through professional calls just fine, even in noisy settings, but the sound quality is a bit tinny and not the clearest, according to the people who had to listen to us.
SoundPEATS Air3 Pro: Battery life
SoundPEATS claims you can have up to 6 hours of single listening time with the Air3 Pro, which we found to be about right. Obviously, factors such as having ANC on or the sound turned on loud affected battery life, but we found you can get more than 5 hours of straight listening time on normal mode.
With the charging case providing another 3 full charges for the earbuds, the total listening time extends to about 24 hours, which is excellent considering the price point. Our testing showed you can indeed get three charges before you have to recharge your case, so the total listening time does tally up to over 20 hours.
While the charging case doesn't offer fast or wireless charging, we found it reaches full charge in under an hour, which is pretty convenient and will ensure you rarely ever have to go without earbuds.
SoundPEATS Air3 Pro: Price
The SoundPEATS Air3 Pro come in at the lower end of the wireless earbuds price scale. Considering they include several functions such as ANC and a Game Mode, as well as a decent battery life and reliable Bluetooth connection, the price is very reasonable.
It's worth noting they're not the most design or extravagant product, but for the price, you get a solid piece of kit that feels sturdy and durable for under $70. These earbuds are available to buy from Amazon.com and the SoundPEATS website.
SoundPEATS Air3 Pro: User reviews
At the time of writing, the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro scored 4.1 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com, from 249 ratings.
Positive reviews praised the Active Noise Cancellation and the battery life, especially considering the low price point, with one reviewer writing: "I really liked the noise cancelling feature. It's great for a low/mid tier earbud - completely blocked people's voices which was great for trying to get work done, but not so great for higher pitched frequencies - like doing dishes."
The more negative reviews criticized the quality of the sound profile and the earbuds' controls, stating "I wish the button was a tactile push button instead of a touch button. It's easy to accidentally press it when adjusting the position or simply taking them out of the charging case. If the shaft was longer, this probably wouldn't be a problem."
Should you buy the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro?
If you're looking for a decent pair of wireless earbuds for cheap, then the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro are an excellent choice. As long as you're not expecting bells and whistles and the highest sound quality, these earbuds are a reliable and sound choice for exercise, professional and personal purposes.
The Active Noise Cancellation is really quite impressive, and the battery life can keep up with most of a day of use thanks to the rechargeable case. For under $70, we think there's a lot to like here.
The only qualms we and other users had were with the sound quality, which is obviously not comparable to high-end (and more expensive) earbuds, and the slightly counter intuitive controls. Apart from that, the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro are a great choice if you're looking for a no-frills, solid pair of earbuds on a budget.
How we tested the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro
Here at Top Ten Reviews, we feel strongly about giving consumers the best buying advice. As such, we test every product thoroughly in order to give an accurate opinion of its quality.
We tested the SoundPEATS Air3 Pro over the course of a month, across a variety of scenarios and uses including exercising, professional calls, listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and music, as well as watching movies.
Our testing took into account the earbuds' battery life, sound quality, Bluetooth range, price point, design and usability. All of these factors were taken into account while rating the earbuds.