Black Friday (and a few sales before that) brought the second generation AirPods Pro with the new USB-C charging case to $190. After Cyber Week ended, the buds popped back up to the full price of $249, but now they've dropped again at Amazon. That's a dollar more than the lowest price they've hit. Apple didn't alter the buds themselves very much, aside from improving the dust resistance for them and the case. The main difference is the charging case, which now has a USB-C port instead of Lightning, just like the new iPhone 15.
The fact that Apple didn't change much about the buds themselves is not a bad thing. We gave the AirPods Pro a review score of 88 when they came out, praising the handy Siri integration and a transparancy mode that beats all the other buds out there. We also named them the best buds you can buy if you're an iPhone user in our buying guide to the best earbuds.
In addition to wired USB-C charging, you can also refill them wirelessly with a MagSafe charging pad. We found the mic pickup for calls to be slightly better than most earbuds we've tried, and noted that the buds deliver particularly good sound during FaceTime calls. As for battery, we got six hours and fifteen minutes on a charge, using a mix of ANC, transparency mode and calls, which is on par with other buds on the market. As for sound quality, it's a massive improvement over Apple's previous Pro buds. Even at low volume, the audio is clean and at regular levels, the sound is immersive and detailed.