The Cyber Monday deals are already in full flow at Amazon, and this one simply cannot go ignored. The retail giant has discounted the Apple AirPods to just $109.99 – that's $50 off the RRP, $15 less than the previously discounted price, and quite frankly one of the cheapest prices we've ever seen them at.
They dropped to $99 very briefly in the build-up to Black Friday, but it seems $109.99 is the sticking point for the Cyber Monday sales – and we can't complain with that. In fact, they've made it into our pick of the best Cyber Monday headphones deals.
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Cyber Monday AirPods deals
AirPods 2 + Charging Case
$159 $109 at Amazon (save $40)
The 2nd-gen AirPods with wired charging case are now $40 off. It's rare they're discounted at all but in the Cyber Monday sales you can now grab this deal. And this deal is back in stock.View Deal
AirPods 2 + Wireless Charging
$199 $139 at Amazon (save $60)
Prefer to have the wireless charging case? You really should at this price. Save $60 on the RRP at Amazon on the 2nd-gen AirPods with wireless charger ahead of the official Cyber Monday AirPods deals.View Deal
AirPods Pro with noise canceling
$249 $199 at Staples (save $50)
Under review, we called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-canceling and balanced, easy-going sound". And at under $200, this is as cheap as we've seen them on sale.View Deal
It's not often we see Apple products discounted, especially with over a third off. So this deal comes as quite a treat.
The second-gen AirPods launched last year. They're not as advanced as the also discounted AirPods Pro, which add noise-cancelling to the mix, but they are a significant upgrade on the first-gen AirPods. They go louder, for a start, and the audio quality is much improved – they're subtler and more sophisticated then their predecessors, with more delicate low-level dynamic shifts. Theirs is a natural, neutral sonic balance, with no artificial bass boosting or treble enhancement. You feel as though you’re listening to music with little to no manipulation, which is something we appreciate hugely.
They're also technically excellent, with a flawless wireless connection and intuitive controls. Battery life is very healthy, too, squeezing five hours out of the earbuds and an extra 19 from the carry case, giving you a total run time of 24 hours. Want the wireless charging case instead of this wired one? They're $140 at Amazon.
AirPods are popular, of course, and quite rightly so. But they don't offer the best performance possible at this price. If your heart isn't set on AirPods, and you value sound quality as much as anything else, we'd urge you to check out the Cambridge Melomania 1 for $80 or, if you're after a sportier pair, the JBL Reflect Flow for $70. Both are class leaders at this level.
Got a bigger budget? The $168 multi-Award-winning Sony WF-1000XM3 are the ones for you.
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