Beats Studio Buds Drop Back to $120 at Multiple Retailers (Save $30)
Apple's more colorful and Android-friendly line of wireless earbuds are on sale.
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The Beats Studio Buds include some of the best features of Apple's AirPods with a few compelling tweaks. The $150 model includes active noise cancellation technology and lets you quickly pair to iPhones and Android phones. The icing on the cake? They actually sound a bit better than the AirPods Pro, in our opinion. But right now, the Beats Studio Buds are down to $120 at Amazon and Best Buy. That's $30 off the Apple Store price, and about $60 less than the current sale price of the AirPods Pro. The only time we've seen these cheaper was during Black Friday.
So why get the Studio Buds over the AirPods Pro? In addition to the sound quality and similar noise-canceling offerings, including a transparency mode, the Studio Buds come in red and black so you're not just stuck with AirPod white. They're also a better match for Android owners, thanks to solid Android app support and USB-C charging. The biggest thing you're giving up versus the AirPods is the lack of iCloud pairing -- that is, automatic syncing and switching with all of your Apple devices.