Apple’s third-generation AirPods are on sale for their best of the year

by The Insights

Happy Saturday dear readers! In case you didn’t already know, Mother’s Day is next weekend, which means you have about a week to pick up a gift if you were planning on doing so. We’ve rounded up a wide range of choices in our Mother’s Day gift guide, but if you want a quick suggestion, Apple’s third-generation AirPods are on sale again at Amazon and Best Buy for $149.99, almost matching their best price yet.

In many ways, Apple’s latest pair of headphones are tailor-made for iPhone users. The third-generation headphones offer automatic device switching, spatial head-tracking audio, and deeper Find My integration than the previous model, helping you better pinpoint their location if you lose them. They also sound better than the second-gen model, offer IPX4 water resistance, and are still a great pair of headphones for making phone calls despite having shorter stems, which gives them a more subtle look even though they are still the most recognizable pair of headphones. in existence.

Read our AirPods (Third Generation) review.

Apple’s third-generation AirPods have a new design and sound significantly better than their predecessors. They also add new features such as head tracking for spatial audio.

If you own a PS5, you owe it to yourself to claim any games still offered through the PlayStation Plus Collection – a premium perk that Sony plans to phase out on May 9. And if you’re not currently a PS Plus member, you can get 12 months PS Plus Essential level for $48.49 (about $12 off) at Eneba when you use offer code USMore before 7 a.m. ET on May 8.

The PS Plus Collection was Sony’s way of quickly increasing the number of launch titles for the PS5 and showcasing the console’s backwards compatibility. It was also a small sample of what was to come with the new PS Plus Extra and Premium tiers, allowing PS5 owners to play God of the war (2018), transmitted by blood, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and a bunch of PS4 hits without having to shell out the extra cash. Now Sony is removing the initial perk, so it’s best to pick up all 19 games while you still can.

Luckily, if you claim these games with the basic Essential plan, you’ll still have them saved to your account, even if your subscription expires and you resubscribe later. The biggest barrier to entry is that you have to claim them on a PS5 console – however, you can play them on a PS4 after you do.

A PlayStation Plus Essential membership allows PlayStation 4 and PS5 owners to play games online, download free monthly titles, use cloud saves, and enjoy PS Store discounts.

Next week is Google I/O, and while we can’t guarantee Google won’t announce a new pair of wireless headphones at its big developer event on Wednesday, we doubt it. This means that now is the best time to buy a pair of Google Pixel Buds Prowhich are on sale at Woot for Edge readers for $149.99 ($50 off) with offer code PIXBUDSVERGE.

Google’s high-end headphones are to Pixel phones what AirPods are to iPhones. They offer solid sound, multipoint Bluetooth support and up to seven hours of battery life with active noise cancellation enabled, along with a comfortable fit and a few Pixel-specific features. These include easy access to controls through your phone’s native settings pane and spatial head-tracking audio, the latter allowing for a virtual surround sound experience regardless of the orientation of your head. Not every feature is a slam-dunk – the transparency mode, in particular, could use some work – but they’re still the best pair of headphones you can buy if you’re a Pixel owner.

Read our Pixel Buds Pro review.
Google's Pixel Buds Pro earphones, in lemongrass yellow, rest at the foot of their white charging case on a table.Google's Pixel Buds Pro earphones, in lemongrass yellow, rest at the foot of their white charging case on a table.

Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are the company’s first headphones to include active noise cancellation. They combine impressive sound, great battery life and good comfort, all without the connection problems of previous models. Right away, Edge readers can buy them from Wellbots for just $149.99 with promo code PIXBUDSVERGE.

There are plenty of iPads out there these days, but only one gives you that tablet experience in a portable size that’s perfect for reading. THE ipad mini is that iPad, and the latest model is currently at its all-time low of $399.99 ($100 off) at Amazon and Target in the 64GB Wi-Fi configuration. Alternatively, if you need more space, the 256GB model is discounted at Amazon for $539.99 ($110 off), a price you’ll see at checkout.

The 8.9-inch screen and overall design of the tablet means it’s essentially a shrunken iPad Air – and that’s perfectly fine. It’s comfortable to hold on the couch or at your desk for long periods of time, making it ideal for reading a variety of articles, comics, manga, books, and more. Dedicated e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle may have a slight edge due to their anti-glare screens, sure, but the Mini is also a tablet you can use to do other things. Plus, pairing it with a second-generation Apple Pencil — which is also on sale for just $89 ($40 off) at Amazon right now — offers a nice note-taking experience.

Read our review of the iPad Mini (2021).

Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger edge-to-edge display. It also has a faster processor, USB-C support, and a top-mounted power button that functions as a Touch ID sensor.

A few more discounts to start your weekend off right

  • Let’s face it: we all know how spotty Wi-Fi can be. Fortunately, if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to add an Ethernet outlet to a wireless room or boost your network connection in a small area, TP-Link RE315 Wi-Fi Extender dropped to $31.99 ($18 off) at Amazon, which is almost its best price yet.
  • 8Bitdo Ultimate C 2.4g Wireless Controller, which will launch on May 31, is now available for pre-order on Amazon for $29.99. It’s essentially a barebones version of the Ultimate 2.4G controller that lacks customization, however, it still works with Windows and Android – as well as the Steam Deck – and comes in a pair of lovely pastel colors.
  • Case-Mate Fuel Charger still matches its lowest price yet on Amazon, where you can nab it in a frosted white for $16.60 (about $13 off). The portable charger delivers up to 30 watts of power via USB-C and features a collapsible plug that allows for easy storage, however, it’s the old-school transparent design that really seals the deal (with no set of words).
  • Nomadic is offering a selection of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus cases at 20% off until June 1. What else, Edge subscribers can enjoy an additional 20% off when they enter the promo code YARD14 at checkout, which means you can grab one of Nomad’s deluxe modern leather cases right now starting at just $32.
  • Silobrilliant adaptation of the novels of the same name by Hugh Howey, officially lands on Apple TV Plus. Luckily, if you’re not already a subscriber to Apple’s premium streaming service, Best Buy is offering new and returning subscribers a three-month subscription for free. All you have to do is follow the instructions provided after making your purchase. Read our Silo review.

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