Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
Even at $190, Apple's 'buds are hardly cheap -- but CNET's AirPods Pro review explains why they might be worth the money. Among the more obvious reasons: the great sound, the stellar active noise canceling and the wireless charging case.
On the other hand, if it's just certain features you want, be sure to check out these AirPods Pro alternatives that cost less. You can learn more about those options in a recent episode of The Cheapskate Show podcast, embedded below.
If you're not into ANC or you don't like earbuds with silicone tips -- the kind that need a snug in-ear seal -- Amazon is currently offering standard AirPods for $129, which is $30 off the regular price. (We've seen it as low as $120 in recent weeks, however, so you might want to wait for that deal to come around again.)