How are these only $ 22? How?!

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I've tried a lot of cheap earbuds that sounded good when listening to music but fell short on calls – zoom, voice, and more. If this is your priority, please note the following: For a limited time and while supplies last, the Mpow M9 true wireless earbuds are only $ 21.99 When you cut out the $ 5 coupon on the side and then apply the coupon code CODE9987 at checkout.

Mpow? This time around this is a brand that I know. It's been around for years and there are some of the better low-end audio products that I've tried. (CNET's David Carnoy is a huge fan of the company's X3, which was on their list the best noise-canceling earbuds under $ 50.)

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The M9 doesn't offer traditional active noise cancellation features, although you get passive noise cancellation through the silicone earbuds (which, like most, need to sit snugly in your ear canals). Rather, it uses "ambient noise cancellation" with four microphones specifically designed to improve the audio quality of calls. It does this by reducing background noise and improving speech recognition.

How well does it actually work? I did a few informal tests and went outside on a particularly windy day. The people I spoke to said it sounded like I was inside; They couldn't make out any wind noise. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I just want to point out that the M9 has an average user rating of 4.6 stars – from over 4,000 buyers.

Other notable features include a USB-C charging case, IPX8 water resistance, touch controls, and support for single earbud mode. Better still, Mpow offers a two-year warranty on the M9, which is pretty unusual. Only one requirement: you must register the product on their website within 15 days of purchase.

All in all, this is what I consider a stupid business. $ 22. Bonkers.

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Stuck at home? Do Your Work on Dell's Refurbished 23-inch All-in-One Desktop for $ 360 (Update: Sold Out)

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The photo suggests otherwise, but the Dell OptiPlex 9030 comes with a wired mouse and keyboard. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Before you pour money into a new laptop, ask yourself if you really need that machine to be mobile. If it is going to spend all of its time on a desk anyway, consider a desktop – especially an all-in-one desktop that packs the entire system right into the monitor.

Like this one: Only today and while stocks last, Woot has them Refurbished 23-inch all-in-one desktop Dell Optiplex 9030 for $ 360. That's a pretty amazing price considering the specs.

The system runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM (expandable) and a 256 GB solid-state drive. It also has a whopping eight USB ports (six of which are USB 3.0), a headphone jack, a 2 megapixel webcam and – nostalgia alarm! – a DVD-ROM drive.

The full HD display can be tilted and swiveled on its height-adjustable stand, and it can even be rotated 90 degrees for portrait-format computers. The keyboard and mouse are wired, unfortunately, but you can certainly swap them out for wireless components if you prefer.

The icing on the cake: The system offers a 180-day guarantee, not the usual 90-day guarantee. The only real thing I can find here: the integrated Intel graphics subsystem, which doesn't do much for gaming.

That being said, this seems like a solid desktop for a cheap price.

This article was previously published.


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