ColorWare Customized Apple AirPods 3 – 3rd Generation [Review]

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The AirPods 3 is priced at $179 (74,106 NGN) if you were to buy it directly from Apple, but if you wanted a custom version from ColorWare, it is priced starting at $319 (132,066 NGN) and will go up to $369 (152,766 NGN) if you were to customize the case as well.

Back in early 2019, rumours were circulating that Apple would launch black AirPods or the second generation of the popular wireless buds would be available in matte black. Instead, Apple went ahead and unveiled the The Apple iPhone 13 Has Landed. Here’s What You Need to Know – upgraded with noise-cancelling, silicone ear tips and sweat and water-resistant build. They are truly great, portable wireless buds. Unfortunately, AirPods Pro are only available in gloss white.

With iPhones and Apple Watches being available in a wide range of colours, it makes sense for Apple to launch black AirPods, yet it hasn’t happened yet, and since the Pro version launched, rumours of black options have subsided. The good news is you don’t have to settle for gloss white if you don’t want to. Here’s where you can find custom black AirPods and AirPods Pro:

Buy Black AirPods

For twenty years, Colorware has been offering unique customisation options for a wide variety of tech products. From PlayStation to Xbox, iPhones to MacBook, Colorware custom skins, paint jobs and branding can personalise your favourite products to suit your style. And yes, this includes the option of authentic black AirPods.

To score those desirable black buds, head over to the Colorware webpage via the link below, select Airpods, a wireless charging case or standard, then find gloss black or matte black on the colour palate. Of course, the colours are not limited to black. You can select between basically every gloss and matte colour you can think of and can even select different colours for each bud and charging case if you desire. There are also options to match colours with the Things I Learned From Wearing Apple Airpods. Whatever you choose, you’ll end up with a unique pair of buds.

Alternatively, Colorware also has authentic Apple AirPods Pro in black – matte or gloss – your choice, and other colours too. The upgraded version are the only in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. This listening experience can be customised with 3 different sized tips to form an exceptional seal in your ear. This also raises the bar for the comfort and listening experience, as it’s no longer one size fits all. The compact, magnetic charging case which quickly charges the buds giving them a 24-hour battery life.

AirPods 3rd Gen have a whole new contoured design with force sensor control and a shorter stem. Adaptive EQ automatically tunes music to your ear. AirPods 3rd Gen come with 6 hours of listening time and a wireless charging case that is MagSafe compatible. Spice up your AirPods 3rd Gen with some color! Customize these awesome little headphones with your favorite color. You can choose whether or not to have the charging case painted, you can even choose 2 different colors for each AirPod! Either way you’ll have a unique pair!

Brief Specs

  • Apple AirPods 3rd Gen
  • 3nd Generation (Model: MME73AM/A)
  • Powered by the Apple H1 headphone chip
  • Voice-activated Siri access
  • More than 24-hour battery life with Wireless Charging Case
  • ColorWare Warranty
  • Paint Samples
  • CAUTION: The body’s sweat and oils can range from neutral to moderately acidic. Sweat and oils that are more acidic may cause damage to the paint and finish of your ColorWare customized Apple AirPods over time.

Quick Look

Active Noise Cancellation – MEDIUM

Transparency mode – N/A

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking – AVAILABLE

Sweat and water resistant – AVAILABLE



Up to 6 hours of listening time on one charge – AVAILABLE

Up to 30 hours of listening time with charging case – AVAILABLE

Automatic switching –AVAILABLE

Personalized engraving – AVAILABLE

MagSafe Charging Case – AVAILABLE

Audio Technology

—Active Noise Cancellation unavailable

—Transparency mode unavailable

Adaptive EQ available

Custom high-excursion Apple driver available

Custom high dynamic range amplifier available

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking available

Vent system for pressure equalization unavailable


Skin-detect sensor available

Motion-detecting accelerometer available

Speech-detecting accelerometer available

Force sensor available


Dual beamforming microphones
Inward-facing microphone


H1 headphone chip


Press once to play, pause, or answer a phone call

Press twice to skip forward

Press three times to skip back

Press and hold for Siri

Say “Hey Siri” to do things like play a song, make a call, or get directions

Size and Weight

Height: 1.21 inches (30.79 mm)
Width: 0.72 inch (18.26 mm)
Depth: 0.76 inch (19.21 mm)
Weight: 0.15 ounce (4.28 grams)

MagSafe Charging Case

Height: 1.83 inches (46.40 mm)
Width: 2.14 inches (54.40 mm)
Depth: 0.84 inch (21.38 mm)
Weight: 1.34 ounces (37.91 grams)


Up to 6 hours of listening time with a single charge (up to 5 hours with spatial audio enabled)

Up to 4 hours of talk time with a single charge

AirPods with MagSafe Charging Case

Up to 30 hours of listening time

Up to 20 hours of talk time

5 minutes in the case provides around 1 hour of listening time or around 1 hour of talk time

Sweat and Water Resistance

Sweat and water resistant (IPX4)


Bluetooth 5.0

In the Box

  1. AirPods
  2. MagSafe Charging Case
  3. Lightning to USB-C Cable
  4. Documentation


Live Listen audio

Headphone levels

Headphone Accommodations

System Requirements

iPhone and iPod touch models with the latest version of iOS

iPad models with the latest version of iPadOS

Apple Watch models with the latest version of watchOS

Mac models with the latest version of macOS

Apple TV models with the latest version of tvOS


iPhone Models

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)

iPad Models

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4

iPod Models

  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Apple Watch Models

  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 1

Mac Models

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015–2017)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012–Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012–2017)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018–2020)
  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012–Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012–Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012–2020)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012–2019)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, two ports)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, four ports)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012–2017)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2012–Late 2013)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015–2019)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014–2020)
  • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012–Late 2018)
  • Mac mini (M1, 2020)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013–2019)

Apple TV Models

  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV HD
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