Wireless earbuds seem to be everywhere now, bulky wires gone the way of the audio port. That goes double for the new Powerbeats, the new Apple earbuds that are meant to be a sporty alternative to AirPods. But Powerbeats are fairly pricey, especially for folks unaccustomed to the jacked-up pricing of wireless listening tech. No wonder, because one look at Apple's official store reveals that the now vintage EarPods are $29.99 -- in comparison to the average $200 at which the Powerbeats currently retail. If you're a penny-pinching tech lover, that price difference is a steep premium to pay for a few moments as part of the tech "it" crowd.
Reports may have tipped Apple's hand last week, but it was really only a matter of time before the company made a true wireless option that carried the Beats name. And thanks to a hint in iOS code, we knew they'd look very similar to their corded, but still wireless, predecessor. There was little left to announce, and today, Beats officially revealed the Powerbeats Pro: the previously rumored pair of $250 true wireless earbuds. Indeed, the Powerbeats Pro has the same over-the-ear hook design as the Powerbeats 3 Apple and Beats debuted in 2016. Since these are designed for workouts and other activities, that hook helps keep the buds in place while you're moving around.
TL;DR: Best Buy is having a big sale on wireless earbuds, as of Aug. 11. In the Before Times, wireless earbuds were often billed as a must-have accessory for commuting and working out. But we're here to tell you there's no reason that convenience can't be carried over to your new socially-distant, stay-at-home lifestyle: Whether you're working/learning remotely, playing video games, cleaning, gardening, whatever, it's always nice to *not* have to worry about getting tangled up in cords. Conveniently, Best Buy has tons of wireless earbuds on sale for up to 40% off (including the Samsung Galaxy Buds, the Beats Powerbeats Pros, and the Sony WF-1000XM3s, three solid AirPods Pro alternatives). Click here to shop all of the deals, or keep scrolling to check out the select few that caught our eyes in order from lowest to highest discount.
Beats by Dre's Powerbeats earphones have been a mainstay in the wireless headphone genre for years, and things have only gotten more interesting since Apple took over. With the Powerbeats Pro, Beats stepped into the true wireless market alongside other fully wireless earbuds like Apple's own AirPods, offering impressive new features and the best sound from Beats earbuds yet. Enter the Powerbeats, which knock a full $100 off the price of their "Pro" sibling, while offering most of the same features. Unlike the Powerbeats Pro, the Powerbeats are connected by a small wire, similar to 2016's Powerbeats3, and other models. There are other differences too, so read on to get the goods on what's new in the latest Powerbeats, what's missing, and which pair is right for you.
As of this morning, you can get the latest Beats Powerbeats headphones online for $150. Ostensibly the fourth generation of Powerbeats (simply called "Powerbeats" this time), the headphones will look very familiar to those acquainted with Beats' fully wireless earbuds, the Powerbeats Pro. Unlike the Powerbeats Pro the new Powerbeats are wired, or "tethered" together with a cable that runs between the two hook-equipped'buds and behind your neck, similar to 2016's Powerbeats3. Otherwise, they are virtually exactly like the "Pro" version, which we're pretty fond of. The new $150 Powerbeats aren't "true wireless," which makes them more affordable.