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.
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.
While some people might decry the act of running while blaring tunes, claiming it distracts you from the objectively arduous task at hand (that is, flinging your body through space at speed for miles on end), I wholeheartedly disagree. Whether you're jogging, lifting, skating, or just spending a lot more time indoors due to increasingly restrictive government mandates, you're gonna want some headphones to keep the party going in your head. To that end, Apple-owned audio company Beats now has a new version of its workout-focused Powerbeats headphones, a sort of little brother to the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro. At $149, the Powerbeats won't outshine the pricier Pro model, but it does make for a decent pair of headphones at a fair price if you can get over some potential dealbreakers. The new Powerbeats, which look more streamlined compared to the $199 Powerbeats released in 2016, are in-ear headphones with adjustable rubber hooks that loop around the back of the ear.
The science is clear: working out while listening to music improves both your performance and your recovery. Whether your favorite music to run or lift weights to is Metallica, the Weeknd, or Taylor Swift (no judgment here), you're going to push yourself harder, and recover faster if you get yourself in the right mindset. The problem, of course, is getting those headphones to stay on your head. Voilá: we give you the TREBLAB X3 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds with Earhooks, for just $51.19 – that's 35% off the normal $99 price tag, plus an additional 20% off when you use the coupon code HOLIDAY20. But let's not allow ourselves to get distracted with the price tag now – it's time to discuss these killer headphones some more.
When Beats released the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro last year, it was a kind of dream product for Beats fans. Except for the downside of its bulky charging case, the Powerbeats Pro were essentially AirPods on steroids, with richer, more dynamic sound and better battery life -- and they stayed in your ears more securely, particularly during athletic activities. Now Beats is going retro on us and bringing back the standard "wired/wireless" Powerbeats. These are basically the Powerbeats Pro but there's a cord between the buds, which are still wireless to the phone. They run $150, or $100 less than the list price of the Powerbeats Pro.