Block out the world with these noise-canceling wireless headphones for $40
Normally $70, these over-the-ear 'phones have a 30-hour battery. Plus: Add a DVD burner to your PC for $13, and score a Chromebook for $100!
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If you've never tried noise-canceling headphones, and you frequent noisy environments like planes, trains and offices, I think you're in for a treat. It's not a full-on cone of silence, but it does greatly reduce certain ambient sounds. The result is a much more peaceful listening experience, in part because you don't have to crank the music volume to compete with all that outside noise.
These are over-the-ear headphones, with thick, cushy earcups that swivel independently from the headband to ensure the best fit. They fold up for easier transport and come with a zippered hard-shell carrying case.
They rely on Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity -- though I can't find any indication of whether you can pair two devices or just one -- but also have a removable cord if you prefer to get wired, or the battery dies.
Speaking of which, TaoTronics says it's good for up to 30 hours of play time, which is pretty impressive.
Also impressive: The 'phones earned a 4.6-star average rating from nearly 200 buyers, and both Fakespot and ReviewMeta indicate those reviews to be mostly legit.
Bonus deal: Chances are good the last computer you bought didn't include a CD/DVD drive, and chances are even better the next one won't. So what happens when you need to read some old discs or even write some new ones?
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