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.
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.
From time to time, audio companies collaborate with other brands on limited-edition headphones, speakers and gear. Master & Dynamic, for example, is perhaps the most prolific at this, but others do it too. Today, Beats revealed a collab with Tokyo based fashion brand Ambush in the form of a glow-in-the-dark version of its Powerbeats wireless earbuds. "I live in the middle of Shibuya and I am always inspired by how the city just glows at night time," Ambush co-founder and creative director Yoon Ahn explained. "I thought it would be really cool to design a product that could capture that same city energy when you're outside late at night listening to music."
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.