Bring your mind back to mid-2010, when Bluetooth headphones were slowly but surely entering the tech world, you will probably remember the negative connotations associated with them. They sounded bad, were terribly retarded and cut at the slightest movement. But things have changed significantly since then, and you can’t go far without seeing someone with a pair of shiny white stem earbuds sticking out of their ears.
There’s really no denying that Apple led the way when it released its AirPods in 2016. It blew its competitors out of the water with the AirPods pro in 2019 and did it once again with its newly launched AirPods 3.
The latest line of earphones has a new range of amazing features that make them an improvement over the OG AirPods. They have a shorter stem, have longer battery life (six hours), and just like the AirPods Pro, they boast spatial audio and the tech giant’s adaptive equalization feature.
Despite being one of the most sought-after pairs of earphones, the brand new AirPods (was £ 169, now £ 159, Very.co.uk), the second generation of AirPods (was £ 119, now £ 109, Currys.co.uk) and AirPods pro (was £ 239, now £ 187.11, Amazon.co.uk) are all currently on sale, with their once jaw-dropping price tags that have been slashed.
We have reviewed all of the brand’s earphones and can testify for their performance. They are a worthy investment, and even more so when they are on offer. Read on to find out how you can secure a new pair of hi-fi earphones at an affordable price.
The best AirPods deals for September 2022 are:
Apple AirPods pro: Used to cost £ 239, now £ 173.88, Amazon.co.uk
In response to the one-size-fits-all issue with its predecessors, Apple has launched this pair of earphones. Mainly keeping the same design as the OG AirPods, our writer noted that they have a “high level of refinement” in our in-depth review of the AirPods pro. As for the high-end earbuds, these are “hard to find a lot of faults,” they said.
As for audio quality, they have a “warm and lovely sound, beautifully balanced throughout the register” and “adaptive equalization automatically tunes the low and mid frequencies to the shape of the ear, which activates longer”. Active noise cancellation is “impressive”, “shutting out most of the ambient noise and dampening any sound that passes”. With the money saved by such a high quality pair of headphones, we recommend that you close this deal as soon as possible.
Apple AirPods 3rd generation: used to cost £ 169, now £ 159, Very.co.uk
Third-generation AirPods may not have some of the features of AirPods pro, such as active noise cancellation, but they strike the perfect balance of comfort, functionality, and audio quality.
In our review of the AirPods 3, our tester noted that they were a “big step up from the second generation model”, adding that “the improved audio is evident, especially with the spatial audio and the new shape”. A deal on Apple’s newest AirPods is rare, so take advantage of this discount while you can.
Apple AirPods 2nd Generation: Used to cost £ 119, now £ 109, Currys.co.uk
Apple launched its first pair of wireless earbuds in 2016, shortly after removing the headphone jack from its iPhones. While they were initially ridiculed on the internet, they have won a place in our hearts, and second-generation earbuds are featured in our roundup of the best wireless earbuds.
Our writer noted that they are “some of the lightest earbuds you can find,” adding that “the design is unchanged from day one, but the improved electronics inside means that, like on the pro model, you can say, ‘Hey , Siri ‘to invoke the virtual assistant without even touching the earphones “.
Unlike the AirPods pro, there are no silicone earbuds or noise canceling technology. “Even so, the audio quality is very good, as is the call quality, which works even if you only use one headset,” praised our writer. Of course, these aren’t cheap, so it’s worth having them while they’re on sale.
Apple AirPods max: Was £ 549, now £ 449, Amazon.co.uk
This deal provides a 22% discount on Apple’s flagship over-ear headphones, the AirPods max. Introduced in late 2020, the AirPods max offer greater noise cancellation, better sound quality, and impressive spatial audio.
While the AirPods max are better than the AirPods pro earbuds, with our reviewer describing them as “an amazing achievement,” they are ultimately a different proposition and are not as portable as Apple’s earbuds.
Want to know more about Apple’s new pair of earphones? Go to our 3rd gen AirPods review