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Here’s why I think Apple fans should get these earbuds instead of AirPods

Published Mar 8th, 2024 7:43AM EST
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AirPods are awesome. I use AirPods Pro myself sometimes, and I’ve been using them regularly for years. There are also so many great AirPods deals available right now, so it’s not a bad time to pick up a pair if you’ve been thinking about it. But if you’re looking for the best possible value on Apple headphones right now, you should check out Beats earbuds instead.

Here’s a perfect example: Check out Beats Studio Buds instead of entry-level AirPods. They’re both priced at around $100 at the moment, yet the Beats model gives you sound isolation thanks to silicon ear tips, deeper bass, and even active noise cancellation. Or, you can opt for Beats Studio+, which comes in that badass transparent colorway. There are other options too, plus great-sounding over-ear headphones that cost waaaaaay less than AirPods Max. Yet you still get all the awesome integration features with iPhones and iPads since Beats are still made by Apple.

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I personally use Apple AirPods Pro every day. I have Apple’s AirPods Pro ANC earbuds, and they’re still going strong after several years.

I like AirPods Pro well enough, and the noise cancelling feature is great. But I almost never use them to listen to music. Instead, I use them for phone calls, zoom meetings, and a few other things.

Truth be told, the sound quality of AirPods Pro really isn’t that impressive, in my opinion. For $249, they should have much fuller sound and better bass response. That’s why I ditched my AirPods Pro for these awesome Bowers & Wilkins earbuds when it comes to music, but they’re way more expensive than Beats. Also, many iPhone users out there prefer to stick with an Apple product for the cool.

If you agree and you want Apple earbuds that crank up the bass, definitely take advantage of Amazon’s big sale on Beats earbuds.

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Prices start at $99.95 for the Beats Studio Buds, which are wonderfully compact earbuds with no stems.

That’s about the same price as entry-level AirPods while they’re discounted, but Beats Studio Buds are so much better. The sound quality is improved, the silicon ear tips provide sound isolation, and you also get active noise cancelling in Beats Studio Buds. I would never choose entry-level AirPods over these impressive ANC Beats.

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If you want a big upgrade, newer Beats Fit Pro earbuds are also on sale. They’re normally $200, but Amazon is offering them in every colorway for just $159.95.

Beats Fit Pro feature a comfortable new design and Apple’s H1 wireless chip. You also get up to 24 hours of listening time, including the charging case.

Or, if you prefer an ear hook design, you can get Powerbeats Pro instead for $20 more. They retail for $250, so that’s a nice big discount. Personally, however, I would highly recommend the newer Beats Fit Pro model over Powerbeats Pro. I’ve tried both, and I think the newer model is a big improvement.

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Those are all great deals, but you’ll save even more if you want the latest and greatest new headphones and earbuds from Beats.

Beats Studio Buds+ are the best earphones that have ever been released by the company. You can read all about them in our Beats Studio Buds+ review. They offer excellent sound quality, battery life you won’t believe, and a comfortable fit. Plus, the transparent colorway is awesome!

These sleek earbuds retail for $170, but Amazon is offering Beats Studio Buds+ for just $129.95 right now, thanks to a new discount. That’s the best price I’ve seen since the holidays last year.

Or, if you want the best new over-ear headphones that Beats makes, look no further than the Beats Studio Pro headphones. They retail for $349.99, but you can save $120 if you pick up a pair on sale for $199.95.

Read our Beats Studio Pro headphones review to learn more about Beats’ newest and most impressive over-ear noise cancelling headphones.

Maren Estrada Deals Editor

Maren Estrada has been the Editor of BGR Deals since it launched in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience testing more than 1,500 products, and reviewing a wide range of consumer electronics including mobile devices, smart home products, computers, and home appliances.

Previously, she was a leading consultant specializing in copywriting, product development, and new product launches.