WIRED Review of AirPods Pro 2nd Gen: The Amazon Prime Early Access Sale on Amazon, Microsoft, Razer and other tech giants
The recently released AirPods Pro 2nd Gen (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are already discounted. We gave them a top review, including a comfortable design, enhanced noise cancelation and improved charging case.
The Pro 2 will cost $249 like their predecessors, but you will save $10 if you order right now on Amazon. It is rare to see a brand-new Apple drop with any of the other styles, so it is best to grab a pair now.
Are you talking about another Amazon Prime Day sale? No, don’t call it Prime Day Part 2. The Prime Early Access Sale is called the Prime Early Access Sale. Whatever the name, the game is still the same and the WIRED team has sorted through all the deals. These are the top picks from companies such as Microsoft, Razer and more.
The WIRED Gear team is constantly testing products. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks. Crossed-out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. Check out our live blog to find the best Lightning Deals. You can get a one-year subscription to WIRED for $5.
The Dell G15: A powerhouse for mid-tier PC gaming at almost $300 off the price of $1000 off Surface Computers ($k$-$PC$)
Most people just need a laptop and the Surface Laptop range isn’t as sleek as the brand’s more design-forward sets. This is our pick for the best Surface for most people. Microsoft’s flagship laptop is now under $1,000 and offers 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. Even though there is a Surface hardware event this week, we could see a successor.
With the Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Steam Deck around, it’s easy to see why gaming laptops can look expensive. But if you want strong PC specs and a great display in a portable package, they remain the only option. This Dell G15 offers all this at almost $300 off. It packs in one of Intel’s latest gaming chips alongside 16 GB RAM, a 512-GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, which is an ideal combo for mid-tier PC gaming.
Many gaming laptops, even ones that you’d classify as entry-level, can creep over the $1,000 mark. Thankfully, this HP Victus is well under that. This model gets you an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD. And it’s all in an understated package that doesn’t scream “gamer.”
If you want a cheap laptop with some added flexibility, this 14-inch Pavilion machine from HP is an appealing option. The 11th-Gen Intel Core i5 is included with the sale’s discount. It’s great for productivity users such as students. The 360-hinge makes watching videos on this laptop a bit more comfortable too.
Chromebooks may be slated as devices for light web work, but there are plenty of folks who’ll want to push them hard. The IdeaPad Flex 5i is our top choice for a ChromeOS powerhouse. The Intel Core i3 and 8 GB of RAM are more than enough to get a lot of performance from a Chromebook, with options for lower-powered Celeron chips and often 4 GB RAM. The display has an anti- glare finish to block out reflections.
The Combo Touch from Logitech: The Lowest Price Comparison of All 11-inch iPad Pro Generations and the Best Cheap Phone Is the Google Pixel 6A
The Combo Touch from Logitech is compatible with a variety of 11-inch iPad Pro generations. It’s one of our favorite ways to get some light work done because it adds a keyboard and a trackpad. Not only is the case slim and the keys pleasing to type on, but the keyboard can also be removed when you don’t need it, keeping the iPad Pro’s supreme portability intact.
The 2022 iPad Air has an M1 processor, the same one that powers the iPad Pro and MacBook Air, making it the most powerful for the money. This is the lowest price we’ve seen yet.
It’s a good deal for most people, and they have the iPad. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen. The iPad has been updated by Apple over the past three years. A new model could be on sale on Black Friday.
Amazon recently debuted a new Fire HD 8, which is available for preorder, but if you’re in the market for a cheap tablet, this 2020 model is still a good deal. The travel-friendly size, combined with a reasonably powerful processor and USB-C, makes the Fire HD 8 series nearly as capable as its larger sibling. It’s portable enough to take with you anywhere, and its screen won’t torture your eyes when you watch Netflix. You can use our guide to install the Play Store, which will make it more capable than it is out of the box.
The Best Cheap Phone was chosen by WIRED and the best phone that hasn’t cost much is the GooglePixel 6A. The lowest deal we have seen is this one. Even when it isn’t on sale, the Pixel 6A is still an amazing value, with great performance, excellent cameras, and a nice display. If you are shopping for a new mobile device, this is the cheapest one you can find. The Pixel 6 Pro is also discounted to $649 ($250 off) if you want a bigger device and better cameras.
The lowest price we’ve ever seen is on the S22 Ultra. This device has an S Pen built in, so it’s great for doodling or writing notes. It also has a 10x optical zoom camera, which will allow you to take stunningly sharp pictures from far away.
It costs a fortune. But it folds! And believe it or not, that extra screen real estate really is nice. Android 12L also makes life on a bigger screen easier thanks to its improved multitasking. The battery life and screen quality are excellent, and there is no crease on the fold.
The smaller of Samsung’s folding phones, the Z Flip4 feels like a “normal” phone when it’s unfolded, but fold it up and it’ll slip into some small pockets. It’s almost like a StarTak, but with a real screen. The battery will get you through the day, but not much longer. This is the cheapest we have seen, if you are looking for a folding phone.
If you want to shop for a phone that is different from the others, you might want to check out this particular deal on the 128G OnePlus 10 Pro. Normally $799.99, Amazon has reduced the smartphone to $599.99, matching its lowest price yet. The 10 Pro does not beat away the competition but it does offer some impressive specifications that are at a low price point. While the camera array isn’t quite as powerful as those seen on flagship phones from Samsung or Apple, the 10 Pro still offers excellent performance thanks to its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and 8GB of RAM. There aren’t many Android phones that can match the overall performance of the OnePlus 10 Pro at this price, making it worth a look if your current phone is falling behind the curve. We’re giving you a review.
It does not come cheap but this is a very significant discount for the best TVs you can buy for bright rooms. This might be the move if you have a big family and a home with lots of windows. It also has a 120-Hz refresh rate for those who want to get the most out of their consoles.
This Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar allows you to get pretty immersive sound from a single unit, thanks to speakers that bounce sound off your walls and ceiling. Previously costing upwards of $300, this reduced price makes this speaker from one of our top-rated audio brands an intriguing proposition.
They aren’t much different than the previous one, but the Sony WH-1000XM5 is still our favorite noise-canceling headphones. The best feature of the WH-1000XM4 was that it provided active noise cancellation and improved the voice call quality. While the lack of new features is a bit disappointing, the Sony XM5s are a great choice for those looking for a premium pair of headphones.
If you’re after the best overall headphones, then stick with Sony. The noise cancellation and sound of the WH-1000XM5 is amazing, and they are very comfortable to wear.
EarFun has consistently held the top spot of our best budget earbuds rankings — they’re renowned for good sound, great battery life and decent noise cancellation for less than $80 — and with the EarFun Air Pro 3 on the horizon, that’s not looking to change anytime soon. The Air Pro 2 has already been compared to the best headphones of all time, but these are the first noise-canceling earbuds that offer LE Audio technology, which should allow for even better sound quality andBattery life. The best part? You can get all of this advanced audio for less than $60.
The Best SSDs Guide: The T7 Shield, Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch, and the Apple Watch Series 8
While the LaCie Rugged SSD ($496) is our top pick for a rugged drive in our Best Portable SSD guide, the T7 Shield is our favorite alternative, and it’s far cheaper right now. It’ll bat away dust and water with an IP65 rating and is rated to survive drops up to 9.8 feet. There are other sizes available too if you’d like to spend more or less.
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch is a feature-rich Wear OS alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Google’s new Pixel Watch that’s focused on fitness, and it’s on sale right now for $199.99 at Amazon and direct from Mobvoi. The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is a great value because it is the lowest price that it has ever been, and it is perfect for those who want activity tracking and workout features but don’t want to sacrifice any of their watches functions. If you opt for a more hardcore option, it means making tradeoffs.
The recently released Apple Watch Series 8 is our favorite watch, and it’s already on sale. The 41-mm version is on sale for $349. Most people will be fine with the new second-generation Watch SE, but this model includes an electrocardiogram, an always-on display, a skin temperature sensor for better period tracking, a more accurate heart-rate monitor, and the ability to measure blood oxygen levels. Additional recommendations can be found in the Best Apple Watch accessories guide.
The WIRED Project – Amazon Prime Day 2 – Is it still coming to an end? An update of the Amazon Prime EAS Deals
This useful label printer is in our guide and is a good way to save money on your shipping. This printer avoids the regular hassle of having to use ink, using heat instead. You should be able to find useful instructions to get the size of your label when you print just right.
Other stores have begun to offer competing deals that do not require a membership in Amazon’s Prime service. Here’s a list of merchants that may be getting in on the action.
Did you hear about another Amazon Prime Day sale? No, don’t call it Prime Day Part 2. This one has been dubbed the Prime Early Access Sale. Whatever the name, the game is always the same, and the WIRED team has examined all the deals to find the best one. We’re into Day 2 of the PEAS. and the discounts are still rolling in. Some of our top choices include: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft, and more.
The Best Prime Day Laptops Tech Deals: ObVus vs. Gram for High-Performance Multi-Core Workstations
In our Best Macbooks guide, we recommend this larger Pro version for its big and bright display and boosted battery life. It’s a powerful on- the-go powerhouse that’s great for editing and 3D work. It’s pleasingly reduced to just over $2000 in this Prime sale.
The M1 MacBook Air was a revelation. The new device brought Arm to Apple’s laptops and offered a fanless design, while still managing strong productivity performance. It is under $800.
We really like the AMD version (8/10, WIRED Recommends) of this laptop, and the Intel model offers much the same. With an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 8 GB of RAM, 512-GB SSD, and Thunderbolt 4, it’s a great productivity combo for hybrid workers or students. The display is crisp and bright.
This is one of LG’s latest and greatest laptops, sporting a shiny new 12th-gen Intel chip. The Best Laptops guide has a 16-inch version of this device. The Gram range is light and small enough to not be noticed in your bag. The rest of the specs include 16 GB of RAM and a 512-GB SSD, a strong combo for serious productivity.
ObVus gives a laptop stand that adds some height to your device, while also giving you a nice spot for your phone. It’ll accommodate between 10 and 17-inch laptops and is also pretty portable.
Killing two birds with one stone: an SSD in your dongle and an upgrade to Apple’s Small Tablet ($2050$ at the moment)
You might not have thought about the idea of including an SSD in your dongle, but it’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone. The main feature of the kit is its ability to add an M.2 sda drive for on-the-go storage.
Many MacBooks still feature a limited number of ports, and this is a great add-on to expand your connectivity horizons. You’ll find 2x USB-C ports, 2x USB-A ports, 1x HDMI port, 1x SD card slot, 1x MicroSD slot, and a Lightning (audio) port here, all for just $50 at the moment.
If you got used to more than one display while WFH-bound during the pandemic but are now required to be on the go once again, a slim portable monitor is a great option. This model (featured in our Work From Home guide) is a bit plasticky and the display is a little weak. But its reasonably priced, super compact, and has a convenient kickstand.
The price of the laptop is kept down by their sleek design. The Swift 3 comes with a high-end 11th Gen Core i7 chip, 8GB ofRAM, and a larger-than-normal 128-gigabyte storage drive. We were impressed by the battery life here too, as well as a good selection of ports.
The revamped iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) brought slim bezels and boosted performance to Apple’s small tablet. Touch ID, a front camera, and Apple’s Center Stage are available on the device.
WIRED: Best Amazon Prime Day Laptop Tv Phones Tech Deals 20222-2: The iPhone’s Favorite Cube
You can get a free $100 Amazon gift card if you purchase the same model of the device from a retailer for less than $600. We’ll give you a review shortly, but you can learn more about the device here, and then read our review for our thoughts.
The Apple 3-in-1 wireless charging device was the runner-up. It’s portable and convenient for topping up your devices on the go. It’s got a stylish look too.
Anker’s MagGo range is just delightful for MagSafe-compatible iPhone owners. You can convert a stand to prop up the iPhone when you use this, because the tiltable pad will charge your phone at the top. There is a small spot for charging AirPods.
Eric Ravenscraft is a reviewer for WIRED and he likes this cube very much. It is a simple way to expand your power options. The sockets and handy USB-A ports are extremely useful, and it’s all for under $20.
Amazon Prime Day Streaming Phones Tech Deals: An Review of Apple, Fire TV, and the TCL and TCL-Like Models
Our favorite entry-level device is a larger version of the TCL model. It has a number of offerings, including the freesync, debyle vision, and roku TV OS. We like the smaller model for its surprisingly deep contrast and easy-to-use remote.
We didn’t love the Fire TV Cube in our review (6/10, WIRED Recommends) but a lot of the criticisms were software-based, and if you are fully in the Alexa ecosystem, it’s the most powerful streamer you can get. It’s pretty, with smart parental controls and the addition of an Amazon device.
Apple’s latest streaming device scored a strong review (8/10, WIRED Recommends) from us. We rate it for its remote, useful user profiles, and the ability to search across all of your subscriptions. It remains a pricey streaming box option, and that’s why this discount is worth a look.
The A80J is similar to the X80J, but has an OLED screen. You can get the best out of your console with the onboard HD video board.
Review of Asus ROG Strix 30-series motherboards: RTX Z590-E, STRIX M.2 SSDs, and 5900X
The 2nd Gen Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) offer solid sound, speedy pairing, and, expectedly, easy-to-use voice controls. There are ear tips and fins to make sure that you get a snug fit. Adding convenience, the case has wireless charging in it.
We gave the Arctis Prime wired Headset a very good recommendation in our review. It’s one of our favorites, due to its comfortable ear cups, sleek look, and quality sound. Essential for gaming, it also has a crystal-clear microphone.
The 980-series M.2 solid-state drives are some of our favorites. They are quick and small, and offer a lot of storage space. One of the best gaming PC builds is the Pro version, which is quicker and more spacious.
The RTX 3090 Ti is still a very powerful card, even though it was replaced by the new RTX 4090. It’ll handle most of what you can throw at it, running games in 4K, hitting those silky-smooth 120 FPS framerates. With the 40-series announced and on its way, it’s a great time to buy high-end cards from the 30-series.
The Asus ROG Strix lineup of motherboards has been on the list of our favorite gaming PC components for a while now. They’re user-friendly, packed with all the right ports, and even feature some subtle lighting.
The STRIX Z590-E is slightly more expensive than the Prime Z590. It has almost all the same features, except the M.2 slots don’t feature the same level of high-end cooling materials you get on the Strix. Otherwise, this one is just as good a pick.
AMD’s 5900X processor is a super-fast choice for anyone doing heavy video editing or putting together an absolute monster of a gaming PC. It can handle anything you throw at it, without breaking a sweat.
The Amazon Prime Day Laptop-TV-phones techdeals: A kid-friendly 4th generation model with Alexa support, Amazon Kids+ and parental control
This is the largest version of the standing Echo Show before you get to the new picture-frame-like Show 15. As well as the 10-inch display, you get better audio and the screen can be turned on and off at will. This addition makes the top model a strong option for those who regularly use Alexa-supported devices for video calling or for following recipes.
The screen isn’t as large as it could be, but if you don’t have a lot of space and want to use a smart alarm clock, it’s still pretty good. Of course, you get Alexa support, allowing for speedy control of your smart tech. It’s also really cheap.
What more could you want from the features of the Amazon’s Echo Dot, it looks like a panda? This is a kid-friendly take on the 4th generation, coming with typical Alexa functionality, one year of Amazon Kids+, and a range of parental controls.
The 4th-gen model remains the best of all the options due to the lack of an upgrade for the standard Echo. It’s got great sound and, despite dwarfing the Echo Dot, remains a size that isn’t all that obtrusive. A strong addition to your Alexa-laden home, or for starting a new one.
Insta360: The Best Action Cameras and Smart Plugs for Video Doorbells, with an Application to Bluetooth Wireless Chargers & Headphones
We rated Insta360’s One RS (8/10, WIRED Recommends) highly in our review. We still rate the Hero series as our top action camera, but this one brings a dual-lens camera and interchangeable modifications to the party, which makes it the Best Action Camera.
This Blink video doorbell received an honorable mention in our Best Video Doorbell Cameras guide. It is one of the less expensive options around and it has a smart assistant in it. The bundle comes with an outdoor camera system for you to use outdoors.
It’s a cheap and cheerful smart plug, and that’s about the long and short of it. You can add timers and schedules as you please with it. The illusion that you are home when you are travelling or on a vacation is achieved by the use of the Alexa Guard.
The more comfortable design of the Buds 2 Pro, their wider soundstage and high-fi audio support made them the overall winner. But the AirPods Pro are certainly no slouch, and either set will suit you well.
The ANC is more good than the previous generation, but it is surprising how well it works. The windiest of boardwalks, the loudest of street corners and the most chaotic of households are no match for the noise suppression of these buds — you can hear next to nothing when it’s on, leaving you and your music or podcasts to yourselves.
The AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro both work with Qi wireless chargers, while the AirPods are also compatible with MagSafe and Apple Watch chargers. To charge the Buds correctly, you may have to line them up on your wireless charging device. Samsung’s earbuds ship with a USB-C cable whereas AirPods continue to ship with Lightning.
If you own a Galaxy or some other Android phone, you’ll have a much better experience with the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro since those are the devices the earbuds are designed to work with. For those who own an iPad, the AirPods Pro are a good fit. It is a bit disappointing, but what can you do?
The Studio Buds offer a comfortable fit but at a relatively low price, so it’s a budget friendly option. They don’t have the same seamless integration with Apple devices and lack wireless charging, but they are still able to charge over USB-C. The Studio Buds also have some of the best integration with Android-specific features among Beats devices, offering features like fast pairing and compatibility with Google’s “Find My” network. Our review is up for read.
The Beats Fit Pro earbuds have integrated wing tips that help keep them secure during runs and workouts. They have great sound, with the right amount of bass and kick to keep you motivated.
Deals for Diapers and PCs with the Dual Sense at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Turtle Beach (through the Xbox Game Pass)
It’s Monday before Christmas, so if you still have gifts to buy, you need to act fast. We will help you do that without overspending. Starting things off, Sony’s DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 and PC is once again on sale for around $49.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The best part of this deal is that every color of the Dual Sense is discounted, because you’re getting up to $25 off.
You can choose between the stock white, midnight black, cosmic red, nova pink, starlight blue, and even the most recent gray camouflage. Whether you’re going for a controller in a hue that vividly stands out or one that tactically blends in, you get all the niceties of the DualSense: excellent haptics, adaptive triggers that add tension to each pull in some games, and a built-in mic and headphone jack. Read our review.
The controller is also a Xbox deal. For the first time, Turtle Beach is selling its Recon Cloud controller at a steeply discounted price. This controller is unique, acting as a wired controller (akin to its Recon wired USB-C controller) for Xbox and PC along with built-in Bluetooth wireless for Android. It includes a phone mount to make playing games on the go a little easier. It is a great fit for anyone who has an Xbox Game Pass subscription to play over the internet.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headset, Nest Hub, and Home Smart Displays: A Review of My Mother’s Electronics for Baby Showers, Music, and Weather
While we couldn’t recommend these to anybody outside of the Apple ecosystem, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless could be a decent alternative if you want a pair of over-ear headphones for an Apple device but find the AirPods Max to be too expensive. The Beats Studio 3 are comfortable to wear, fold inward for easy stowing, and feature Apple’s last-gen W1 wireless chip, which still allows you to quickly connect and switch between Apple devices. The headphones built with the newer H1 chip lack hands-free voice support, unlike ones built with Apple’s newer chip. A Microusb port is used instead of the Lightning port.
The excellent smart display fromGoogle is currently on sale for less than $50 at Target and Best Buy. This $55 discount is a one-day deal at both retailers, and it’s a great value even though it isn’t as cheap as the $39 price we saw during Black Friday.
The new version of the Nest Hub gives anyone who loves seeing family pictures a great gift since they can use it to show photos from a shared album. The screen can automatically adjust its color temperature, allowing it to look almost as natural as a real picture frame. Of course, it comes with Google Assistant voice controls for controlling smart home accessories, calling up some music to play on its tiny (but decent-sounding) speaker, or getting the weather.
I bought a Nest Hub for my mother last year, and it was a hit. She is obviously her favorite son, and this could have played a small role. You can read our review.
What you don’t see: How to find the products that are relevant and useful for your home decor if you want to use them with a bang
CNN Underscored frequently highlights new product launches through announcement posts, in-depth reviews and comparative testing pieces. What you don’t see: We sometimes know about these new products weeks, even months, in advance, and we eagerly wait until they’re shoppable to share them with you.
The below products were selected from a pool of nearly 100 upcoming launches and come from brands that we trust, as well as being innovative and competitive when compared to products on the market. We think that these selections will push their categories forward and become a staple in your everyday life.
Tuft + Our editors are fond of using paw for their pet beds, perches and other accessories because they blend in with home decor. Now the brand is translating its chic, well-designed feline furniture into something more portable: The Porto cat carrier is the brand’s first foray into carriers, and it boasts tons of useful features in addition to good looks. Porto is airline compliant and can be slid over your rollerboard suitcase handle when it’s time for your feline companions to take to the skies, and for car travel, seatbelt clips ensure kitty is secure. All the while, your cat will be comfortable thanks to mesh windows and removable faux shearling bedding — you will be, too thanks to a padded shoulder strap. When you return home, the carrier can be collapsed to make it simpler to store.
LoadOut GoBox Collection and Legendary Classic Canteen, featuring Sijo, Joi and Hybrid Washed Baby Lines
When we tested the coolers and drinkware of the brand, they took the top honors in their categories, with a new line meant to keep you organized when you are outdoors. The LoadOut GoBox Collection is designed to protect any and all gear from the elements. Available in three sizes, the cases are dustproof, waterproof and built to withstand extreme impact — Yeti has always performed well in our own durability “drop tests” — so we think they’ll be a great option for adventurers at sea, at the campsite or just used as in your garage. And they’re thoughtfully made on the inside too: A removable caddy will allow you to keep smaller items in order, removable dividers will help keep everything in its place and a Pack Attic compartment (included in the GoBox 30 and 60) on the underside of the lid looks to provide an added layer of efficiency.
Stanley’s Quencher tumblers — specifically the massive 40-ounce Quencher H.20 Flowstate — are the water bottles of the moment on social media, renowned for their convenient handles, enormous size and slim base suited to car cup holders. The brand will be giving back with a vintage-inspired hydration accessory. The Legendary Classic Canteen will combine an old-school aesthetic with modern design elements like a handy strap and leakproof lid. It will launch in four colorways — hunter green, white, black and stainless steel — and while it’s no Quencher in terms of capacity, we think this stylish smaller, more portable option is one you’ll reach for time and again on days out and about.
The brand is famous for its ultra soft sheets and loungewear made from bamboo, and now it is expanding its bedroom offerings with its first ever quilt. The set of bamboo linen box quilt and shams will get softer every wash and work in all seasons. The box quilt pattern makes everything look casual cool with four colors: natural, white, light gray and charcoal.
We know that Sijo keeps us cool in the summer and now it is branching out to make it even better for little ones as well. Joi is Sijo’s new baby line, and will include a fitted crib sheet and coordinating sleep sack in delightful-yet-calming hues and patterns. Both will be made from sustainable, temperature-regulating materials that also happen to be super soft, and they’re made to grow with your child through multiple stages of development (and to be handed down to younger siblings).
The Opus Conical Burr Grinder: A High-Precision, Low-Scale, Anti-static & Volumetric Grinder
The maker of one of the best electric kettles we’ve tested is coming for your coffee beans with a completely revamped grinder. The Opus Conical Burr Grinder will have 41 precision settings — that’s more than any other coffee grinder we’ve previously tested — so whether you’re into espresso, drip, pour over, French press or cold brew, your beans will be just right. A volumetric dosing lid for measuring beans and timed auto-stop feature takes the guesswork out of your daily grind, while anti-static technology keeps the experience mess free. Pricewise, this grinder is on the splurge end of the spectrum, though it’s still less expensive than our current favorite Baratza grinder. It looks nice on your countertop, it is one of the niceest we have seen.
The PS5 owners can expect a hassle-free virtual reality gaming experience thanks to the improvements in the Playstation Virtual Reality 2. We were impressed with the features of the new Sony headset, which had richer displays, better eye tracking, and a simpler setup process. If you want a good game to get completely lost in, you will have no shortage of great titles such as Call of the Mountain, Resident Evil Village or Beat Saber.
The Cabeau Evolution S3 is the best travel pillow for a variety of reasons. It is supportive but soft enough to sleep on. It travels marvelously, as it compresses down to half its size. It boasts smart features like a flat back that rests flush against an airplane seat and an adjustable front neck clasp. Now, Cabeau’s newest neck pillow, TNE S3: The Neck’s Evolution, has all of these attributes, and one important new innovation: A chin strap that supports the head and prevents drooping, keeping your neck aligned while you snooze.
EarFun 2015: Diamond Encrusted Surface Headphones, the Pillow Talk Line, and Sound Quality in the AirPods Max
There was an entire week dedicated to diamonds. Yes, please. The brand is rewarding its fans with a collection of diamond-encrusted styles, including the Caviar ring, which features five carats of diamonds and is available in a stunning pair. Best of all, for this week only, all of the pieces are 15% off.
It is very easy to spot when you are looking at baggage claim, because the suitcases are lightweight and smooth to roll. The Carry-On and large carry-on versions of the case will include a front pocket, which will be included on the regular and expandable versions. The new zip adds at least three-fourths of an inch of extra expansion without taking up any space from the main packing area, and includes a phone and glasses pocket, a zipper pocket for your passport, and a full panel mesh.
Charlotte Tilbury is arguably the queen of viral products in the world of makeup, and that title will hold true with the brand’s latest release, an extension of the Pillow Talk line. The Pillow Talk blush has an ultra convenient built-in cushion, and is a liquid blush with a matt finish. Notable for its long-lasting, blurring effect and buildable, easy-to-blend coverage the blush is available in four peachy-pink shades — that are sure to sell out fast.
The sound quality in the AirPods Max is better than other noise-canceling headphones. The headphones pair perfectly with the other Apple devices and they sound amazing, even though the spatial audio feature allows for a moreimmersing experience in listening or watching compatible content. They also tout the best transparency mode of all the headphones on our list, and they boast incredible build quality thanks to a luxe design that opts for aluminum, steel, and fabric over plastic.
Marshall’s headphones are easy to use and have an unusual look. They have a battery life of up to 45 hours.
The original Surface Headphones have the same intuitive dial controls as their predecessors for volume and noise cancellation, but have better sound quality and battery life at a cheaper price.
While I commend how robust and customizable the Air Pro 3’s touch controls are, they aren’t as consistent as I’d like. EarFun’s buds were generally well-received by my taps, double taps and long presses, but there were times when they were too sensitive and I ended up skipping a song. I also noticed a slight delay between tapping the buds and getting a response from them. It’s not a dealbreaker, but the similar-costed Jabra Elite 3 also have more reliable physical buttons and the base AirPods are more accurate when it comes to responding to touch.
EarFun’s latest buds sound fantastic and are equally well-suited to my usual mix of loud punk and sad, slow rock. I could easily pick out each of Boygenius’ three vocalists as their voices swirled together during the emotional “Emily I’m Sorry,” and enjoyed plenty of bouncy bass and crisp guitars when jamming Paramore’s “This Is Why.” There was a noticeable boost in clarity and stereo separation when I went back to my AirPods Pro, but EarFun’s buds come admirably close for something that costs a fraction of their price.
Also, it’s a small nitpick, but I hate that the Air Pro 3 don’t automatically pause my music when I take them out of my ears (it won’t happen until they’re closed in the case). Nowadays, the most modern earbuds and the AirPods, are smart enough to do this, and it leads to multiple instances of music and podcasts playing when I don’t want them to.
You can probably ignore the Game Mode that is designed to reduce audio latency, it feels like a gimmick. I didn’t see a real change when playing Vampire Survivors, but it’s possible that serious Call of Duty or PUBG players will benefit from the purported boost. It was a bit funny that the Product Tutorial button only takes you to a instructions manual, but it still gives you quick access to help.
The Battery Lifetime of the Air Pro 3 Pods: A Big Step Up from the AirPods Pro 2 to Other Budget PodPods
I’ve always found EarFun’s buds to be some of the longest lasting around — at any price range — and that continues to be the case with the Air Pro 3. The rating of nine hours from the buds alone and 45 hours with the charging case is consistent with what I have been getting from the earbuds, so I typically enjoyed three to four straight days of heavy use before even getting a low battery warning. That’s a big leap from the AirPods Pro 2’s rating (six hours from the buds, 30 from the case), and lines up with my testing; I typically have to recharge my AirPods as frequently as every two to three days.
The same goes for the bulky charging case, which feels flimsy, takes up more pocket space than most of my other earbuds and accumulated quite a few scuffs and scratches after a few days on the road. This level of build quality is common among the budget buds I’ve tested, but it is worth noting that the Air Pro 3’s excellent, affordable audio comes at the expense of its aesthetics.