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Best wireless Beats headphones


Like it or not, Beats headphones are some of the most popular headphones in the world. If you go by the sheer amount of dollars earned, even that might be an understatement. Since the company is a part of Apple and the iPhone hasn’t had a headphone jack since the iPhone 7, it makes sense that all of the Beats products went wireless. Whether you’re looking for yourself or looking to gift them to someone, it’s hard to know are the best wireless Beats. And because of the pricing, it’s not a decision you should take lightly. So we’ve made this list to help you figure out which wireless Beats products are better than the others, as well as a few technical things you should know before making your purchase.

Editor’s note: this list was updated on February 1, 2019, to include pertinent wireless information and price updates.

For most people, the best Beats headphones are the BeatsX

Hear me out here. Sure, it’s not a pair of over-ear headphones and it doesn’t have that same classic appeal that something like the Solo3 headphones does, but that’s kind of the point. The BeatsX was designed to be discreet and low-key, and also way more portable. The neckband is super flexible and easy to stash away in your pockets without worrying about any cables getting tangled up. The W1 chip makes pairing to Apple devices a breeze and if you have an Android it’s just like connecting to any other device. Plus, the multifunction button lets you access both Siri and the Google Assistant (depending on your device).

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The sound quality is both good and bad depending on what you’re looking for. You can tell by the emphasized low end and slight masking of vocals in the mids that these are in fact a pair of Beats headphones, but it’s nowhere near as bad as some of the other products in the company’s line-up. In fact, compared to some of its other products, the BeatsX sounds pretty good. When you pair that with a good pair of memory foam tips, you get a solid experience whether you’re in commuting or just lounging around the house. Unfortunately, battery life is not great and we were barely pushing six hours in our testing, but if you can deal with that, these are the best wireless Beats you can get (not to mention the cheapest).

If you’re a commuter take a look at the Beats Studio3 Wireless

If you commute a lot or find yourself on planes often, then you might want a good pair of active noise cancelling headphones. When it comes to Beats, that means the Studio3. These are a large pair of over-ear headphones that don’t only passively block outside noise, but also do so actively thanks to tiny microphones that help them pick up outside noise. We have a whole explainer on how active noise cancelling (ANC) works, so if you want to learn more make sure to check it out. Now while the Studio3 isn’t the best at ANC across the board, it’s currently the only Beats product with any kind of noise cancelling.

Beats Studio3 Wireless

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But besides that, they too feature the W1 chip for easy pairing to iOS devices along with roughly 20 hours of battery life with Bluetooth and ANC. This is reason alone to crown them as some of the best wireless Beats, and it’s more than enough for a flight to most places in the world, so you won’t have to worry about running out of juice mid-flight. That said, these do suffer from a pretty significant lag when watching videos so if you’re going to be watching on your next flight you might need to hardwire them in. Also, don’t expect great sound here. These are about as “Beats” as you can get, with an over-emphasized bass and a super loud output to help stuff it down your ears. It’s definitely a sound for a certain kind of person, but if that person is you then these will do the job nicely.

If you want the classic on-ear style, go with the Beats Solo3

If you want a classic Beats design and sound, go with the Beats Solo3 wireless. The Solo3 headphones are on-ears, which means that although they won’t provide the same seal that you’ll get with the Studio3 Wireless, they are a little smaller and easier to carry around with you. You can fold these down at the hinges and thanks to the nifty carabiner carrying case that they come with, easily attach it to your bag.

Beats Solo3 Wireless

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On the downside, these cans are somewhat uncomfortable due to the grippy plastic on the underside of the headband, so you won’t want to use these for long listening sessions. They do have a long battery life and provide around 30-40 hours of constant playback depending on volume. If you’re not a big fan of charging, these could easily last you a week or more of commuting. Of course, these also come with the W1 chip for easy pairing to Apple devices, and that signature Beats sound. Where the BeatsX had more of a subtle push to the low end, the Solo3 headphones lose all restraint and really push that bass to crazy levels. If that’s what you’re into, these won’t disappoint.

The best wireless Beats for the gym are the Powerbeats3

If you just want some ‘buds for the gym, then you should go with the Beats Powerbeats3. When it comes to exercising, one of the most important factors is how well a pair of earbuds fit. What good is great sound or cool features if the earbuds don’t stay in place in the first place? The Powerbeats3 come with over-ear hooks that help to keep them from falling off your ears during movement. Unfortunately, one weird aspect of these headphones is the lack of a true IPX rating. Beats claims that they’re sweat resistant and in all fairness, we didn’t have any issues during our “one year later” review of these, but it’s still worth mentioning.

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Besides that, you’ll get roughly 12 hours of constant playback which is more than enough for a couple of trips to the gym. Plus, if you happen to forget them one day just five minutes on the charger will give you enough juice for an hour of playback. Playback controls are easy to manage which is good, considering you’re most likely not going to want to keep reaching for your phone to change songs mid-workout.

Looking for something else? You might be interested in the RHA MA390 Wireless

RHA isn’t a company owned by Apple and it doesn’t make any Beats products; by default, it can’t make the best wireless Beats. However, if you don’t want to spend too much on BeatsX and want an alternative, then the MA390 Wireless is worth checking out. Not only because the ‘buds share a similar design with the same magnetic earbuds feature, but also because some of the features that are missing on the BeatsX are present here. These offer aptX and AAC support, so if you’re an Android user you can choose between the two. The frequency response also puts more of an emphasis on the mids rather than the lows, so if you’re not a big fan of the heavy thumping bass then these are for you.

RHA MA390 Wireless

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Keeping with the positive points these also offer an IPX4 rating, which is a waterproof rating that isn’t even shared by the Powerbeats3 that are made for fitness. On the downside, the battery life of the MA390 Wireless is a bit disappointing at just over six hours of constant playback, but that’s still more than the BeatsX had to offer. Sure, these aren’t a pair of Beats headphones. But if you want an alternative, these might surprise you even if they lack a W1 chip.

What you should know about the best wireless Beats

Why is the W1 chip so special?

By this point, you’re probably wondering what’s so great about the W1 chip that we keep mentioning and what does it do? Well sorry Android-users, but the W1 chip is Apple specific. It’s a chip that Apple designed in-house to help the newer wireless Beats products (and the AirPods) have fewer issues when connecting wirelessly. Its purpose is to provide some backup to the Bluetooth chipset already in the phone.

Apple’s W1 chip is found in its proprietary wireless products including wireless Beats headphones.

The W1 helps to maintain a more reliable connection, adds better power management so the headphones can last longer, and also makes the initial pairing process way easier by auto-detecting nearby devices with W1 chips and letting you connect to them quickly (with a sweet animation on your phone I might add). Of course, it isn’t going to suddenly make every pair of headphones with a W1 chip perfect, but it does help make not having a headphone jack a little less of a hassle.

Codecs and AAC

So what is a codec? A simple analogy is that it’s like a language. If two devices have the same language, they can communicate more effectively, which in turn allows for faster data transfer over Bluetooth resulting in better sound. Every Bluetooth device speaks the same baseline language called SBC, but there are a few that are better (including aptX Adaptive from Qualcomm that has the potential to be the best).

AAC underperforms on Android devices compared to other high-quality codecs. It’s supported by all wireless Beats, though, and performs well with iPhones.

Now, this is usually the part where we tell you all about the numerous codecs available and what the difference are (which you can read about here if you’re interested), but none of that matters here. If you’re using an iPhone the only codec you need to worry about is AAC because that’s the only one that Apple uses. The downside is that AAC isn’t the best, and you don’t have any other options if you have an iOS device or a newer pair of Beats headphones due to a long and annoying legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm.

Auditory masking and why some people don’t like Beats

If you speak to anyone who cares about audio (and even us sometimes), they’ll tell you that Beats products sound terrible. But then why do so many people like them? Well, some of it is marketing, but most of the reason is that not everyone enjoys a clear and crisp sound. Depending on your musical tastes, you might just want something with powerful bass. And if you’re commuting or surrounded by noise, lower notes are usually the hardest to hear. For people who are constantly on the go, having headphones that make the lower notes louder is exactly what they want; enter wireless Beats.

Various Comply memory foam ear tips. From left: comfort, sound isolation, and true wireless.

Emphasized bass comes with a few downsides, mainly due to the human ear. If you make one note louder than another, our brains tend to delete the lower one. This is called auditory masking. So if you wear headphones that make all of the lower notes louder, then you’re going to lose some quality elsewhere. This is why Beats headphones usually aren’t for audiophiles. If you want headphones so you can hear every little detail in your songs, then Beats isn’t for you. But if you’re just going to the gym and need some bass to help you power through it, then look no further.

But what about the AirPods?

Even though they aren’t technically a Beats product, the AirPods are still made by Apple and come with some of the features that makes Beats so exciting. Plus, they’re not as expensive as most of the Beats products. The downside is that they are true wireless earbuds, so the odds of losing one accidentally are pretty high. But if you can manage, they’re super convenient and have become surprisingly popular despite their weird design.

Why you should trust us

Wireless Beats or otherwise, we try and test as many audio products as possible to better inform you of a potential purchase.

Listening to and comparing as many headphones as possible is our day job. The SoundGuys team loves audio, but we also know that everyone has different preferences. Which is why we try to test objectively so that regardless of our personal preferences, you get the facts about which products are worth spending your money on. We also have years of experience in audio between us, with Chris even heading up audio testing on phones (as well as other things) over at our sibling site Android Authority. Make sure to check out our ethics policy as well if you’re interested.

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Walmart Cyber Monday 2020: Nintendo Switch Fortnite bundle, Beats headphones, robot vacuums and more – CNET


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Cyber Monday is upon us. If you’re still bargain hunting after Black Friday, you still have time to capitalize on the many deals still available. You’ll find discounts between now and Christmas, but this is the height of the shopping season.

It’s little surprise that Walmart’s Black Friday sale is continuing through cyber Monday. Yes, the XboxPS5AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but you can still get in on some great deals. Similarly, while the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle has been impossible to get hold of this shopping season, it was in stock early this morning at Walmart. While it promptly sold out, we’re hoping that it will be back. 

As for live deals, Walmart is offering price cuts on smart devices including Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential for just $25 and Google Nest Hub for $50. If your holiday shopping list includes a new TV, check out the Samsung 58-inch 4K TV for under $400. You can also get the Instant Pot Viva for just $49. 

The Beats Solo 3 are perennially popular wireless on-ear headphones thanks to the solid sound quality and the Apple W1 chip that makes pairing with iOS devices utterly painless. This $119 price, which kicks in today, ties for the lowest price ever.

The Google Nest Hub is almost half off, selling for a mere $50. It features a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support and far-field voice recognition so it can hear you from across the room. At Walmart, you’ll get a credit for the Vudu video service, too.

Just in time for the holidays, grab this Nintendo Switch bundle with a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (and three months of Nintendo Online) included in the box. Grab it while you can, it’s gonna sell out immediately.

Note: It did sell out immediately, but there have been a number of restocks over the weekend. Keep checking back if you have your eye on this bundle!

The AirPods Pro have been on a pricing seesaw for months, bouncing between full price and historic lows. They’ve been widely available for $190 to $200 recently, but this $169 is the lowest price we’ve ever seen. 

The deal is currently sold out at Walmart, but people can still find it at Amazon for just a dollar more.

Read our AirPods Pro review.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 is a smartwatch fitness band with all-around attractive styling, long battery life and excellent exercise and sleep tracking. It lacks built-in GPS, but if you usually carry your phone with you when you work out, this is a superb tracker. Read our Fitbit Versa 2 review.

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AirBuddy 2 gives Mac users more control over AirPods, Beats headphones


Apple has made improvements to the way Macs handle AirPods and Beats headphones of late but it still can’t hold a candle to the iOS experience. AirBuddy did a great job of bridging the gap and now AirBuddy 2 is here to do it even more comprehensively. And it adds some stuff you might not realize you wanted yet, too.

It’s that iOS-ification of the AirPods experience that is key to AirBuddy 2, but there’s more going on here than just easier device switching.

With AirBuddy, you can simply open your AirPods case next to your Mac and see the current status right away, just like how it works on your iPhone or iPad. With just a click you’ll be instantly connected and playing your Mac’s audio through your AirPods. Powerful gestures and automation allow you to connect and change listening mode, microphone input, and output volume, without ever having to open up System Preferences or the Bluetooth menu.

Opening AirBuddy 2 from the menu bar shows a list of all devices along with their battery level. Any AirPods – or Beats headphones, sure – in use will appear next to the device they’re connected to as well. What’s more, AirBuddy 2 can also handle the handing off of your Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, making it easier than ever to use multiple Macs with just one set of accessories.

If you’d like to share a Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, or Magic Trackpad with another Mac running AirBuddy, you can quickly transfer them with just a single click.

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Beats headphones on sale: Save up to 47% on Amazon


Select Beats headphones and earphones are on sale across Amazon as of Jan. 25:

OUR TOP PICK: — save $139.96

BEST FOR WORKOUTS: — save $89.96

BEST BUCKET PICK: — save $39.98

Apple was the subject of an impromptu Twitter roast last month when it dropped its very first over-ear headphones without “Beats by Dre” branding: the pricey, bulbous AirPods Max (which sold out almost immediately — joke’s on us).

In her official review of them for Mashable, tech guru Brenda Stolyar found the internet’s criticism of the AirPods Max was “mostly unfounded,” noting their “excellent audio quality, easy-to-use controls, and good battery life.” But that doesn’t change the fact their $550 price tag is straight-up “ridiculous,” she conceded (especially ~in these unprecedented times~).

For those of us who can’t afford to drop a whole stimmy on some new audio gear, feel free to do the opposite of Tim Cook and stick with that Beats name: The brand’s headphones and earphones offer great sound, easy wireless pairing, and top-tier noise-canceling capabilities (depending on the model) for $350 or less — and unlike Apple-branded products, they actually go on sale quite often. Here are a few that were enjoying discounts on Amazon at the time of writing:

to read Mashable’s review of the Beats Solo Pros.

Stellar noise cancellation is definitely the highlight of these on-ear headphones’ spec lineup — they’re even better than the AirPods Pro in that regard, said tech reporter Karissa Bell — though we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention their 22-hour battery life and nicely balanced sound. Note that their fit is on the tighter side to create a seal around your ears, so they might be uncomfortable depending on the shape of your noggin.

Normally $299.95, you can score a pair in Dark Blue for just $159.99 (or 47% off) — that’s their lowest-ever sale price on Amazon.

to read Mashable’s review of the Powerbeats Pros.

These Mashable’s Choice Award-winning earphones got a solid 4.25/5 rating from reporter Raymond Wong, who praised their snug fit, extra-long battery life, and physical controls. In fact, he thought they were “better than AirPods in every way except one” after taking them for a test run for his review. (His only hangup was their bulky charging case, which probably isn’t a dealbreaker for most of us.)

Beats dropped some new Powerbeats Pro colorways last spring, one of which is on sale on Amazon: Get them in Lava Red for $159.99, or 36% off their suggested retail price of $249.95. (That’s only $10 away from their all-time-low price, which they last hit in mid-January.)

One major advantage to buying wired headphones is that you never need to worry about their battery life (because they don’t have one). The cable on the Beats EPs has a built-in mic for conference calls; that combined with their fine-tuned acoustics and adjustable, durable design makes them a fantastic WFH pick.

Snag a pair on Amazon in Black for only $89.97, or 31% off their $129.95 MSRP.

The standard Powerbeats don’t sound quite as great as the Powerbeats Pros, but they outshine the newer model in one important category: battery life. (They offer almost double that of the Pros, if you’re not counting the extra juice you get from the latter’s charging case.) Their wired design could be a pro or con depending on your preferences — yes, it’s a little awkward, but it’s nice to have the earphones tethered together so you never lose one.

Walmart’s managed to match Amazon’s sale pricing on these bad boys: Get a pair for just $119 (down 21% from $149.95) in your choice of three colors — Black, Red, or White.

to read Mashable’s review of the Beats Solo3s.

Arguably the most stylish option in this group, the Mashable’s Choice Award-winning Beats Solo3s are some high-performance Bluetooth headphones with Apple’s W1 chip, which makes for effortless pairing and a virtually unrivaled battery life of up to 40 hours (plus a five-minute fast charging feature). 

Their Black variant is on sale on Amazon for a mere $135.13, which is 32% off their usual retail price of $199.95.

to read Mashable’s review of the Beats Studio3s.

The Beats Studio3s are yet another Mashable’s Choice Award-winner, combining class-leading Pure Adaptive Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology, real-time audio calibration, and up to 22 hours of battery life (with Fast Fuel charging for some quick juice) in one sleek, comfortable package.

Available in Defiant Black-Red, you can order a pair on sale on Amazon for just $251.99 — at 28% off their $349.95 MSRP, that’s their biggest discount *ever*.

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MediaTek gets Apple order for Beats headphones – GSMArena.com news


According to people familiar with the matter, MediaTek has entered Apple’s supply chain for headphones. Since Apple owns Beats and its headset factories, the company has chosen MediaTek to make some of the components for the headphones.

This is the first time MediaTek has entered Apple’s supply chain but it’s not clear which components the Taiwanese maker supplies.

Industry watchers believe that the first order will ship between February and March this year. Even since Apple discontinued including headphones inside the iPhone’s retail box, the company has been expanding its range of own-branded and Beats headphones.

The estimates are that Apple will ship around 200 million iPhones this year, most of them will need a pair of headphones and here’s where Beats’ portfolio comes into play.

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The best Beats headphones 2019: Which should you choose?


Beats headphones are some of the most recognisable tech around and are more popular than ever. Their signature bass-focused sound has remained a constant throughout the series’ development, too, making them the ideal partner to music libraries full of dance and hip-hop music.

With several pairs available to buy across all different fits though, whether over-ear, on-ear or in-ear, deciding which pair is best for you can be a bit tricky. Luckily for you, we’ve broken down all the pairs available today, covering their size, features and their all-important price.

Quick summary

There are eight pairs of Beats headphones available, comprising two pairs of over-ears, three pairs of on-ears and three pairs of in-ears.

  • Beats EP are on-ears and the cheapest Beats headphones connecting via wire. 
  • urBeats are conventional in-ear headphones.

Beats Studio 3 Wireless

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  • Headphone style: Over-ear
  • Connection: Bluetooth
  • Colours: Matte Black, Titanium, Gold, Gloss White, Gloss Black, Metallic Sky

The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are an over-ear headphone design that encapsulates your whole ear inside the ear cup. This design helps to block out external noises, although it’s aided further by active noise cancellation (ANC). This new ANC is different to previous iterations, in that it constantly adjusts its frequency to match the sound of your environment, making it more versatile.

The built-in rechargeable battery can last over 22 hours, and the lightweight build combined with the soft materials used will mean you’ll want to keep them on your head for as long as possible. There are controls on the headphones themselves to skip tracks, change volume and accept phone calls. 

The Beats Studio are not just one of the most iconic pairs of Beats headphones available, but one of the most iconic pairs of headphones full stop. Soundwise, they’re bassy (as you’d expect), but the entire nature of the audio profile seems to have shifted to make it more refined. They can go loud and hard, and the addition of active noise cancellation should only help focus you on the music. 

  • Read the full review: Beats Studio 3 Wireless review

Beats Solo 3 Wireless

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  • Headphone style: On-ear
  • Connection: Bluetooth with W1 chip
  • Colours: Gloss Black, Gloss White, Rose Gold, Black, Gold, Silver, Ultra Violet, (PRODUCT) Red

The Solo 3 Wireless were introduced around the same time as the iPhone 7 and come with Apple’s W1 wirless chip. It promises greater battery life, a greater Bluetooth range and improved connectivity options for iPhone users.

Touch-sensitive controls are present on the left ear cup for skipping tracks and changing volume. Beats claims up to 40 hours of life – and they do last so long – but naturally you can also plug in a 3.5mm cable for a wired connection to your phone. Or charge them up for five minutes to get three hours of playback time.

In terms of sound they’re very much a pair of Beats headphones, that means bass in your face. But they do bass very well. So if you’re after a powerful yet portable pair of headphones, the Solo 3s are for you. 

  • Read the full review: Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones review

Beats EP

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  • Headphone style: On-ear
  • Connection: Wired
  • Colours: Blue, White, Black, Red

The Beats EP represent one of the most affordable ways to get your ears on Beats headphones. They are an on-ear pair of headphones, and connect via a conventional cable, no Bluetooth wireless here. Beats says the EP headphones have been tuned to reproduce sound “the way it was meant to be heard”. 

They’re designed for portability and as such, have a lightweight, stainless steel frame and come with a carry pouch. The cable has a RemoteTalk unit which is compatible with iOS devices to take calls and control your music. 

They’re a stylish pair of headphones that will no doubt provide the signature, bass-heavy Beats sound and will be ideal for anyone looking for an affordable headphone upgrade for their phone. 

Beats Pro

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  • Headphone style: Over-ear
  • Connection: Wired
  • Colours: Infinite Black, White

The Beats Pro headphones are the company’s top of the range model and are used in recording studios by producers and artists alike. They don’t feature any amplification or noise cancellation as these would add extra frequencies into the sound. Their steel and aluminium build helps to provide a rigid frame to prevent vibrations. 

When they’re plugged into a music source, the other ear cup becomes an output, meaning someone else can plug their own headphones into yours to hear what you’re hearing.

The Beats Pro are an expensive pair of headphones, but unlike other pairs of Beats headphones, they don’t focus entirely on bass, instead delivering a much more balanced sound.

  • Read the full review: Beats Pro by Dr Dre (2012)

Beats X

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  • Headphones style: In-ear
  • Connection: Bluetooth wireless with W1 chip
  • Colours: Black, White, Grey, Blue

The Beats X headphones are wireless in-ears that have Apple’s W1 chip inside to help instantly connect to iOS devices and MacBooks. They’re not completely wireless like the Apple AirPods as they still have a neckband connecting the two earpieces, but this hosts the battery, power switch and remote control. When you’re not listening to music, you can leave the Beats X dangling around your neck, and the earpieces have magnets in them to connect together to they don’t flail about.

You get up to eight hours of battery life from a single charge, and they’re recharged using a Lightning cable, not Micro-USB. They benefit from Quick Charge technology too, which gives you two hours of life from just five minutes of charge time. The Bluetooth range of the Beats X is incredibly good, which is largely down to the W1 chip. 

They serve up a relatively bass-heavy sound, which is to be expected, and for the most part it doesn’t overly dominate the other frequencies. We did notice it could be a little too heavy with female vocals, but not enough to put us off listening. The Beats X are a great pair of wireless in-ear headphones, the combination of good sound quality and W1 Bluetooth connectivity, for an affordable price, makes them a great addition to your iPhone.

  • Read the full review: Beats X headphones 

Powerbeats 3 Wireless

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  • Headphone style: In-ear
  • Connection: Bluetooth wireless with W1 chip
  • Colours: Black, White, Flash Blue, Siren Red, Shock Yellow

Sports headphones need to stay snugly fit in your ears, provide a good sound quality to keep you motivated and be weather proof. Fortunately, the Powerbeats 3 Wireless tick all those boxes – although they’ve since been bettered by the true wireless Powerbeats Pro below. 

The Powerbeats 3 have an ear hook style fit, which makes sure they stay on your ears when you’re exercising and come with three pairs of ear tips to ensure a tight fit in your ears. The length of the neck cable can be adjusted so you don’t have any extra slack flailing about when you’re running and they’re waterproof, sweat proof and weather proof.

The W1 chip means they connect to your iPhone in an instant and the built-in battery lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge. The sound they produce is big and powerful, and of course, has plenty of bass. When it comes to workouts though, bass can be a good thing to keep you pumping. However they’re not going to be the best pair to use for everyday listening. 

The Powerbeats 3 Wireless are the ideal companion for workouts. Their wireless and lightweight design, W1 chip for longer battery life and a good Bluetooth range, and engaging sound will keep you going for longer. 

  • Read the full review: Powerbeats 3 Wireless review

Beats Powerbeats Pro

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  • Headphone style: In-ear
  • Connection: Bluetooth wireless with H1 chip
  • Colours: Black – available now – plus ivory, moss and navy available soon

For 2019, Beats has got rid of the wire from the Powerbeats 3, resulting in an even better pair of earphones that give you complete freedom when running or in the gym – they’re unashamedly workout-orientated with the distinctive earhooks, but can easily be used for general listening.

They’re based on the same technology as the Apple AirPods, but are instead sweatproof and waterproof. They’re extremely light in your ears and come in a charging case.

You get super sound across the spectrum, but you don’t feel like they’re pressing into your ear – you don’t have to get a complete seal. They’re not noise isolating, so don’t expect that. Battery life is brilliant with nine hours of constant listening, while you can charge them twice over again from the case. 

Read the full review: Beats Powerbeats Pro

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  • Headphone style: In-ear
  • Connection: 3.5mm wired
  • Colours: Black, Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Space Gray, Ultra Violet

The urBeats are a conventional pair of Beats in-ear headphones. The offer classic Beats design in a range of colours, and are wired with a 3.5mm headphone connector, so you can plug them into your phone.

The urBeats offer a cable mic for taking calls, as well as offering in-line controls. The delivery of the music is classically Beats, with plenty of bass. 

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Best Black Friday 2020 deals available now: $25 Crock-Pot, $250 TCL 4K smart TV, $260 Apple Watch and $120 Beats headphones – CNET


Welcome to Black Friday Whack-A-Mole, when early deals pop up and disappear and then (sometimes) pop up again. There’s also Black Friday Ring Toss, the game of hoping you land the deal millions of other shoppers also want. Example: The long-teased TCL 55-inch Roku TV for $148 hit Walmart earlier this week — only to be sold out just minutes later.

That particular deal might not make a reappearance, but rest assured others will. For instance, the next Walmart early Black Friday sale starts this Saturday, Nov. 14. The latest Best Buy early Black Friday sale is happening right now. And although Amazon recently put the brakes on discounted Echo devices, there’s no doubt those price cuts will be back.

The list below continues to feature some of our favorite early Black Friday deals. Below them, you can see some of the expired stuff, which we’re keeping here because we expect them to resurface. As always, keep this post bookmarked and check it often for updates!

Best early Black Friday deals available now

With standard AirPods on sale for an all-time-low $99 (see below), why spend almost double to get AirPods Pro? I’ll make the arguments for better fit and much better sound, but, really, it’s all about the noise canceling: These in-ear ‘buds block outside noise better than just about any other product on the market.

They’re also great for calls and offer an excellent transparency mode. Like to work out? The AirPods Pro are sweat-resistant; standard AirPods are not.

Pro tip: Use your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to get 5% back on this purchase, effectively bringing your price down to $184.30. Don’t have that card? If you’re a Prime subscriber, grab it and score a $100 Amazon gift card. That would shave the initial price down to just $94, then $89.30 after the 5% cash back.

Read our AirPods Pro review.

TCL is best known for its Roku TVs, and we like the Roku smart TV system better than the Android TV version in this television, but for this price you can just buy a Roku Streaming Stick Plus, attach it to this TV and still come out ahead. Aside from its smarts we expect this 4-Series TV to perform “good enough,” just like the Roku equivalent. 

Note that this was $50 cheaper last week, and therefore may be again — but for now it’s still a really solid deal on a 55-inch smart TV.

New for 2020, the Apple Watch SE is the middle child of the Apple Watch lineup. It’s got the same basic design as the Series 6, but lacks that model’s always-on display, ECG functionality and oxygen saturation measurements. The 40mm and 44mm models run $279 and $309 at the Apple Store, but the ongoing $49 price cut on some colors of the 44mm model is the first significant discount we’ve seen.

Read our Apple Watch SE review.

Looking for cheap storage? Amazon has slashed prices today on SanDisk storage products of all stripes. That 400GB MicroSD card for $60 would be a great Switch upgrade, for instance.

Kohl’s isn’t technically having a Black Friday sale, but we’re tossing this in because it’s a great deal on an item every kitchen needs. Score the beloved Crock-Pot for just $25.50 with promo code SAVE15. This model has lid clamps for easier travel.

Take note that shipping isn’t free, however, unless your cart hits $75. But you can pick it up in-store and bypass shipping altogether.

Not wild about the Android TV or Fire TV interface in that bargain TV you bought? No problem: Simply plug in your streamer of choice. The Roku Premiere offers nearly all the important modern-era goodies, like 4K streaming and HDR support, all wrapped in a simple, effective UI.

However, the remote lacks voice controls. If you want that feature, consider waiting for a Roku Streaming Stick Plus deal. That’s going to be available for the same price at Best Buy starting Nov. 22.

CNET hasn’t reviewed this version of the Roku Premiere, but check out the Premiere Plus review, which covers most of the important details.

Lenovo’s premium two-in-one, the Yoga C940, boasts a sturdy and sleek all-metal design and a touch display that can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. It includes an active pen and can also instantly wake from sleep, one of the phone-like features it received courtesy of Intel’s Project Athena.

This configuration features a 14-inch display with a 4K resolution powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with 32GB of superfast Optane memory. A similarly configured Yoga C40 on Lenovo’s site works out to $1,650, so this deal is even better than it looks. And it already looked good.

Read our Lenovo Yoga C940 review.

This Keurig is the perfect size to make delicious coffee from your K-Cups and still have plenty of counter space.

The Keurig K-Compact Coffee Maker will be on sale for $35 from Nov. 14 to 15. 

As we roll into winter, I’m already missing my garden — especially the herbs I grow to make homemade chermoula (my best discovery of 2019).

LED-powered indoor gardens to the rescue! There are lots of these on the market right now, some pretty pricey. This is an unusually good deal on the AeroGarden Harvest Elite Slim, which supports up to six seed pods and comes with a starter heirloom-salad seed kit.

Excited as we are for the $148 55-inch Roku TV that’s coming to Walmart later today, this is a pretty sweet deal as well.

As a general rule, we don’t like Amazon’s Fire TV as much as Roku because Fire TV menus push Amazon content too much and are more confusing in general. But this model does have a voice remote with Alexa, and the price is just amazing for a screen of this size.

This 55-inch TCL has a 4K UHD display with HDR. It’s equipped with our favorite smart TV interface, Roku, which you can control with the included voice remote. There are four HDMI inputs (including ARC) and dual-band Wi-Fi for smooth streaming. 

Amazon, Walmart, Costco and other stores were offering $99 AirPods, the lowest price on record, but for the moment that deal is gone. In its place: $194 AirPods Pro at Amazon (see above), also the lowest price on record.

Will $99 AirPods be back? [Shakes Magic 8-Ball.] All signs point to yes.

Read our AirPods review.

These days, a multicooker is an essential kitchen tool, like a toaster oven or microwave. This Instant Pot Viva can get you in the multicooker business for half price: $49 buys you a nine-in-one gadget that works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sous vide, cake maker and more. It has a 6-quart capacity and comes with 15 preset programs for recipes that include soups, beans, rice, ribs and eggs.

Normally $30, the new-for-2020 Fire Stick Lite continues to see a solid discount ahead of Black Friday. This entry-level streamer delivers 1080p video with HDR support (but not 4K). The big missing apps are HBO Max and Peacock (for now), but the Alexa-powered voice remote is top-notch.

Read our Fire TV Stick Lite review.

The Echo Show 8 is simply a larger version of the Echo Show 5, but that makes it a better candidate for the kitchen and other places you might prefer a bigger display. (It’s definitely preferable for video calls.) This matches the lowest price on record for this model.

Note that Amazon shows an in-stock date of Nov. 24, so head to Best Buy if you’d rather get this immediately.

Read our Echo Show 8 review.

You don’t have to spend hundreds to add some automation to your house cleaning. The Eufy RoboVac 25C can be controlled via a mobile app or by voice with Alexa and Google Home. It’s smart enough to differentiate between floors and carpet and can avoid stairs automatically. 

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What you need to know about Black Friday 2020

Black Friday 2020 is shaping up to be a very different kind of shopping experience than any holiday shopping weekend in recent memory. With ongoing inventory issues due to the extended global pandemic — not to mention the need for retailers to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees — it’s likely that there will be no throngs of expectant customers lining up for hours ahead of massive doorbuster sales.

In fact, a number of stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, ending a long-standing tradition of kicking off Black Friday sales before the turkey has had a chance to cool. These retailers have not yet announced plans for Friday, Nov. 27, but we’ll update this article as we learn more about their holiday hours. 

In addition, all of the retailers listed below require customers to wear face coverings. Unless their policies change between now and Thankskgiving, it’s reasonable to assume that face coverings will be required for Black Friday sales as well. 

Bookmark this post and check back often for more early and upcoming Black Friday deals!


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Sales for Oct. 19: Save on iPads, Epson printers, FitBits, Beats headphones, Keurigs, Echo Show, and more


Cancel all your weekend plans: It’s time to do some online shopping.

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Best Buy 3-day sale: deals on the iPhone, TVs, laptops, Beats headphones and more | TechRadar


Best Buy’s 3-day sale starts today, and the retailer is discounting a number of best-selling tech items, which include deals on TVs, phones, laptops, headphones, and more. You can score incredible deals from top brands like Apple, Samsung, Dell, and Amazon.

Best Buy’s top deals include discounts on Apple products like $250 in savings on the iPhone 11 lineup, a $200 price cut on the 13-inch MacBook Air, and the best-selling Powerbeats 3 earphones on sale for $89.99. If you’re looking for a 4K TV deal, Best Buy has the Samsung 55-inch smart TV on sale for $329.99 and the TCL 65-inch Roku TV on sale for $499.99. You can also get the Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 laptop on sale for $649.99.

Shop more offers below and keep in mind, Best Buy’s 3-day sale ends on Sunday at midnight, so you should take advantage of these fantastic deals while you can.

Best Buy deals:

iPhone 11 at Best Buy |
Best Buy is offering up to $250 off the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max with qualified activation from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. You must also trade-in a qualifying phone in-store at Best Buy.
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Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones:
For a limited time, you can score a $110 price cut on the Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones. The sweat-resistant earbuds provide an impressive 12 hours of battery life and feature a fast fuel 5-minute charge to give you one hour of playback when your battery is low.
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Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones:
You can get the best-selling Beats Studio 3 headphones on sale for $200 at Best Buy. That’s the best price we’ve found for the wireless headphones that include noise-canceling technology and are available in your color choice of grey or desert sand.
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Samsung 55-inch NU6900 Series Smart 4K UHD TV:
Get the best-selling Samsung 55-inch 4K TV on sale for just $329.99. The Ultra HD TV features smart capabilities so you can stream your favorite movies and TV shows from the home screen of your TV.
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TCL 65-inch 5 Series Smart 4K UHD Roku TV:
A fantastic price for a feature-rich big-screen TV, you can get the TCL 65-inch 4K TV on sale for $499.99. The smart TV has the Roku experience built in which allows you stream from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and more.
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Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Laptop:
The Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 laptop gets a $200 price cut at Best Buy. The versatile laptop features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display and packs 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U mobile processor.
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Apple MacBook Air:
You can save $200 on the 13.3-inch MacBook Air at Best Buy. The latest model laptop packs 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor.
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Apple MacBook Pro:
Get the 13-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $1,049.99 at Best Buy. The powerful laptop features a retina display with a touch bar and packs a quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 32GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
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