Apple’s over-ear AirPods Max are $30 less than usual at Amazon and Best Buy today. Normally $549, each color option is $520 (Best Buy has most, but not all, colors at this price). Are they worth buying, even at this slightly more affordable price? If you’re a discerning shopper looking for unparalleled design and build quality, as well as great sound quality and ease of use, then they may be worth your while.
This price is hundreds more than Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and Bose’s Noise Canceling Headphones 700, both of which will serve most people well. However, my colleague Chris Welch notes in his review that the AirPods Max are hard to beat on the small details that can make a big difference in everyday use. Things like the comfort, intuitive Digital Crown controls, easy device switching, and spatial audio give them the nod to other options.
If you’re looking to spend a lot less than the cost of the AirPods Max today, we’ve got other deals to show you, like this one on the Shure Digital Condenser Microphone that connects via USB or Lightning for Apple products. It’s available for almost half off at Guitar Center for $55 (normally $100). This is the Motiv MV5, which is listed on the site as the previous generation model. It offers real-time audio monitoring with its 3.5mm jack and can connect to PC, macOS, Android and iOS devices that use the Lightning port.
If you’re still gaming on a PS4, the Back Button Attachment for your DualShock 4 controller might be of interest. Originally $30, it’is only $15 at Target. The accessory attaches to the bottom and offers two paddle buttons that can be assigned to activate any button on the controller. For example, if you find it annoying to click R3, assign it to one of the paddles. Or maybe it’s where you want one of the arrows on the D-pad to be delegated.
Fitbit’s Charge 4 fitness tracker has dropped to $100 at Amazon and Best Buy (originally $150). This model is suitable for people who want extensive tracking without a larger, more expensive smartwatch. It has built-in GPS for tracking walks, runs, and bike rides, as well as a heart rate monitor and support for contactless payments. Both the black and maroon models are discounted at Amazon and they include small and large tires in the box.