The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The MagSafe Studio Buds Plus ($699.95$) wireless earbuds in black
The MagSafe Duo and MagSafe Battery Pack were immediately discontinued by Apple after the introduction of the iPhone 15, likely due to their use of Lightning ports. I will happily dance on the grave of the MagSafe battery pack, but the Duo has some redeeming qualities. The superthin, foldable charger can wirelessly charge a MagSafe iPhone at the faster 15W speeds while simultaneously charging an Apple Watch. There are better two-in-one and three-in-one charging options out there, though many of the best ones cost around $150. If you don’t mind the Duo’s Lightning port or aren’t making the switch to a USB-C iPhone, you’d be hard-pressed to find another MagSafe multi-charger as small and travel-friendly as Apple’s flappy, abandoned pad.
I don’t know what’s going on with the Beats Studio Buds Plus, but they keep getting cheaper. Woot is now selling the latest Beats wireless earbuds in black for just $99.95 ($70 off). The only catch I can come up with here is that they’re not available in the cool see-through design, but just being limited to black isn’t so bad when you’re getting a good pair of noise-canceling earbuds that launched only a couple of months back for a mere Benjamin.
The earbuds also feature transparency mode, which lets you hear the sounds around you in case you want to stay aware of your environment. Up to 11 hours of playback on a single charge and up to 39 hours with the case should be offered by the Buds Pro when noise cancellation is turned off. The buds also come equipped with six HD mics, clear voice technology for calls, and IP54 dust and water resistance.
CMF Boosts Nothing Phones with the Buds Pro, Watch Pro, and a $349-cdot ($415)-$Noise
CMF’s Watch Pro is similarly priced at just $69. The smartwatch comes with a 1.96-inch OLED display with a 410 x 502 resolution, along with built-in GPS, custom watchfaces, and IP68 water resistance. There is a variety of health tracking features, letting you measure yourheart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, daily steps and various types of exercises.
CMF introduced a Power 65W GaN that comes with 2USB-C ports and one usb-a port. CMF says it’s compatible with an array of fast-charging protocols, including Samsung 9V2A, DCP, and Apple 2.4A. CMF claims the charger can juice up a Nothing Phone 2 to 50 percent in 25 minutes.
Nothing is a relatively young brand, but it has already launched a range of stylish products, including the second-generation Nothing phone, the Nothing Ear Stick, and the Nothing Ear 2. CMF, which is for color, material, and finish, was announced in August. The pricing of CMF’s Buds Pro and Watch Pro drastically undercuts the cost of Nothing’s products (its Ear 2 earbuds cost $149) and the market as a whole (the cheapest Apple Watch is $249), so questions remain about how well the devices will actually perform.
CMF’s trio of devices will be available through a “limited drop” at Nothing’s London-based store on September 30th. The company says they’ll be sold in more locations “later this month.”