Everyone's always talking about AirPods, but let's not forget Apple's "other" true-wireless earbuds, the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Although they don't often dip below their $250 list price, Amazon is once again offering the Beats Powerbeats Pro for $199.95. You can also find them at Best Buy for the same price. They're available in your choice of four colors: black, ivory, moss and navy.
The Powerbeats Pro are designed with athletic users in mind, relying on over-the-ear hooks and noise-isolating rubber ear tips. Those hooks make it all but impossible for the 'buds to come loose, even during the bounciest of exercises. Plus, they're sweatproof; AirPods are not.
Meanwhile, that noise-isolating design helps give the Powerbeats an audio-quality advantage over AirPods: "Richer, cleaner sound with bass that's not only much bigger but tighter," according to David Carnoy's.
The case is a bit on the large side, though, and it doesn't charge wirelessly. Even so, the Powerbeats Pro easily scored a spot on our list of the best sport headphones for 2020 -- and that was based on the $250 price tag. If you've been eyeballing these but cringing at the price, here's your chance to cut the cringe factor by 20%.
Pro tip: Want to save even more? Best Buy currently has the Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Beats Powerbeats Pro for $149.99 (though they were recently on sale for even less -- just $119.99 -- so watch for future discounts if you're not in a hurry). Although you're sacrificing some warranty (these are covered for 90 days instead of one year), you're also saving quite a bit more money.
What do you think? Good deal at this price or still far too expensive?
Note: Originally published last year. Updated to reflect changes in availability.
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