Today's Dealmaster is marked by the return of the best price we've seen for Apple's combination of AirPods and Qi wireless charging case, which is now at $ 150 on Amazon. For reference, Apple's MSRP for this configuration is $ 199, though it typically costs $ 169 on Amazon. The wireless charging case usually costs around $ 70 alone. Either way, even though we've seen this price a few times before, we haven't seen this configuration drop lower.
The AirPods are a known size at this point. So you probably already know if you want a couple. Apple's real wireless earbuds still don't sound as good as most other headphones in this price range, and their unsealed design still doesn't fit in everyone's ears. But they're still easy to use and connect to other Apple devices, and they're extremely light. If you're already using a wireless charger for an iPhone, refilling the headphones with the Qi charging case can be less of a problem, although we wouldn't necessarily call it essential. This model comes with Apple's H1 radio chip for a more stable radio connection and Siri hands-free support.
One caveat is that Apple is reportedly working on a new AirPod pair that might come out next year with a design similar to the AirPods Pro, which we consider a superior pair across the board. If you are in no hurry, it may be best to wait. But if you're an iPhone owner who wants a new wireless charging headset today, this is a good deal.
We also have other offers, including multiple discounts on Nintendo Switch games and accessories, a range of price reductions for Amazon Echo devices, offers for Samsung SSDs, and more. Check out the full overview below.
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Top 10 offers of the day
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Offers for laptops and desktop PCs
- Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop – 1.1 GHz Intel Core i5-1030NG7, 13.3 inch 2560 x 1600, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Magic Keyboard for $ 1,199.99 on Amazon (typically $ 1,270).
- Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition Gaming Desktop – AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $ 1,179.99 at Dell (use code: 50OFF699 – typically $ 1,379).
- Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Mini Desktop PC – Intel Core i5-8265U, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD for $ 399 at Lenovo (use code: HOTNANODEAL – usually $ 600).
- WD Easystore (4TB) external desktop hard drive for $ 79.99 Best Buy (usually $ 130).
- Samsung T7 (500 GB) external portable SSD for $ 89.99 on Amazon (usually $ 105).
- Samsung 970 Evo Plus (500 GB) M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $ 99.99 at Amazon (usually $ 120).
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Offers for video games
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- Smart speaker Amazon Echo Plus (2nd generation) + Smart LED lamp Philips Hue White Ambiance for $ 79.99 on Amazon (usually $ 130).
- Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display for $ 59.99 at Amazon (usually $ 70).
- Smart display from Amazon Echo Show (2nd generation) + Smart LED lamp from Philips Hue White Ambiance for $ 179.99 at Amazon (usually $ 215).
- Apple AirPods real wireless earbuds + wireless charging case for $ 149.98 on Amazon (usually $ 169).
- Apple Watch Series 3 (38 mm) Smartwatch for $ 169 at Amazon (usually $ 185).
- 11-inch Apple iPad Pro tablet (1 TB, 1st generation) for $ 954.69 on Amazon (typically $ 1,180).
- Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth noise canceling headphones for $ 278 at Amazon (usually $ 330).
- V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for $ 99.99 at Amazon (usually $ 150).
- Tribit XFree Go Bluetooth headphones for $ 21.99 at Amazon (Clip $ 3 coupon – usually $ 33).
- Beats Solo3 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones for $ 159 at Amazon (usually $ 185).
- Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth noise canceling headphones for $ 49.99 at Amazon (Clip $ 10 coupon – usually $ 60).
- Sonos Play: 1 (refurbished) wireless home speaker for $ 99 at Sonos (usually $ 150).
- TP-Link Kasa HS200 Smart Wi-Fi light switch for $ 16.99 at Amazon (usually $ 20).
- TP-Link Kasa HS103 (3-pack) Wi-Fi Smart Plug for $ 24.99 at Amazon (usually $ 31).
- Eufy RoboVac 12 robot vacuum cleaner for $ 179.99 on Amazon (usually $ 230).
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Accessories and various offers
- RavPower RP-PC058 Qi wireless charger – 10W Galaxy / 7.5W iPhone for $ 12.24 at RavPower (use code: PICK50 – usually $ 24).
- HooToo HT-UC001B USB-C-Hub – 100 W USB-C-PD, 3x USB-A, HDMI (4K at 30 Hz), SD for $ 17.99 at Amazon (Clip $ 2 coupon – usually $ 30).
- Anker PowerPort Cube USB power strip – 3x AC, 3x USB-A for $ 16.99 at Amazon (Clip 15% voucher – usually $ 20).
- Philips alarm clock HF3520 alarm clock + light for $ 89.57 at Amazon (usually $ 120).
- Amazon Music Unlimited 3-month membership for free at Amazon (usually $ 30).
- SanDisk iXpand (32 GB) Lightning flash drive for iPhone and iPad for $ 19.99 at Amazon (usually $ 23).
- Brydge 10.2 keyboard for 10.2-inch Apple iPad for $ 99.95 at Amazon (Clip $ 30 coupon – usually $ 130).