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Missed Prime Day? Grab the Beats Flex headphones for $39

Though they do have a wire between their buds, the Beats Flex are the best budget Apple headphones and are currently $11 off at Amazon, in all colors.

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Kobo e-books and audiobooks.
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Apple's Beats Flex work with Android phones but feature hands-free Siri for iOS users.

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Apple recently released its new Beats Studio Buds. I liked them, but they're $150, and not everybody wants to spend $150 on a pair of headphones. If you're in that camp, the Beats Flex may be your best budget option when it comes to Apple earbuds, though they're "wired-wireless" headphones. They list for $50 but are now down to $39 on Amazon. That's the same price they were during Prime Day and matches their lowest price. While that's only an $11 discount, I thought they were already a good value at $50. 

The good news is they sound better than both the original BeatsX (which launched with a list price of $150) and standard AirPods. They also work well for making calls and have better battery life than their predecessor. The bad news? Their design is passé in a world now dominated by true-wireless earbuds. However, some people like having a cord between the buds so they can leave them dangling around their neck when not in use. And anybody who's lost an AirPod can attest to that one big design advantage of a neckband-style wireless headphone. Read my full Beats Flex review here.

Watch this: Beats Flex: Better sound than AirPods for less (but that damn wire!)

First published earlier this year. Updated with new deal details.

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