Apple AirPods: nice, but crazy-expensive, and not good at blocking outside noise. That's why we're constantly on the lookout for . One of our top picks of 2019: The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air, which at $80 are half the price of AirPods and, to some ears, even better sounding.
Now they're even cheaper: For a limited time, and while supplies last, The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air is $49.99 with promo code CnetLA02. That's for the white model only. The black one is still $79. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
As you can see, the Liberty Air are kissing cousins to the AirPods, but with one key difference: The former employ noise-isolating rubber ear tips, which create an in-ear seal that also improves bass response. Not everybody likes (or prefers) that kind of design, but if you do, these are "an excellent alternative to the AirPods [at] half the price."
That's from David Carnoy's, which you'll definitely want to read. I also recommend watching Lexy Savvides' . Both of these folks were pretty taken with Anker's take on true-wireless earbuds.
One thing to note, however: Anker just introduced. For $100 you get better battery life, a charging case that supports both USB-C and Qi charging, AptX support and various other improvements. It goes on sale in October.
Of course, it may be a while before we see the Air 2 drop anywhere near $50. If you want a widely liked AirPods alternative right now, for a very reasonable price, hop on this deal.
This post was previously published last month and has been updated with new pricing and availability info.
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