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Apple’s latest AirPods are currently cheaper than they were on Black Friday

Apple’s latest AirPods are currently cheaper than they were on Black Friday


Sadly, they won’t arrive until after the holidays

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Apple’s second-gen AirPods are just $89.99 right now at Amazon.
Apple’s second-gen AirPods are just $89.99 right now at Amazon.
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Apple’s AirPods are always a popular gift, but they can be expensive, regardless of which model you opt for. Thankfully, you can currently nab the entry-level model for less than $100, making them a great present for friends and family if you don’t mind waiting until after the holidays.

Right now, Amazon is selling Apple’s second-gen AirPods with delayed shipping for $89.99, matching their lowest price to date. It’s also less than what we saw them for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when they were selling for around $110. The last-gen earbuds may be older and lack the wireless charging case found on the more expensive configuration, but they still offer great wireless performance, reliable battery life, and excellent ease of use, making them a terrific pick for Apple users shopping on a budget. Read our full review.

Of course, if you prefer the newer third-gen buds, which offer IPX4 water resistance and MagSafe charging compatibility, they’ve also plunged to their lowest price to date. Normally $179, Apple’s third-gen AirPods are currently on sale at Amazon for $139.99, which is the price we saw them going for on Black Friday. Just keep in mind that they may not ship until after Christmas, meaning they’d likely make for a belated gift. Read our full review.

Apple AirPods in front of Audeze MX4

These AirPods are Apple’s second generation of true wireless earbuds and the cheapest model in the AirPods lineup.

AirPods (third-gen)

$17922% off

Similar in appearance to their sleeker sibling, the AirPods Pro, the latest entry-level AirPods boast a new charging case and shorter stems. They’re also water resistant, unlike the 2019 model, and sport better battery life.

Speaking of all-time lows, if you’re on the hunt for a great, lightweight laptop that’s under $1,000, Amazon is currently selling Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 at its lowest price ever. Regularly $999.99, right now you can pick up the 13.5-inch configuration for $877.79, a $122 discount. To get this deal, you need to select the model that comes with a 256GB SSD, an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core CPU, and 8GB of RAM.

Note this is the smaller, less powerful version of the 15-inch model that comes with the Ryzen 7 4980U chip we tested, which we praised for its excellent battery life and performance. Nonetheless, it’s still a good laptop with a mid-tier processor that’s fine for streaming shows, using social media, and carrying out other everyday tasks. Read our full review.

The Surface Laptop 4 15-inch open on a picnic table with a pink apartment building in the background. The screen displays sand dunes with a blue sky.

The 2021 Surface Laptop 4 offers excellent performance, better chips, and solid battery life.

Shifting away from laptops to e-readers, Amazon’s kid-friendly Kindle Paperwhite makes for a great holiday gift both children and parents will love. It’s a fun way to get a child into reading that’s ad-free and comes with parental controls, and right now it’s selling at its second-best price to date.

Typically $159.99, Amazon is currently selling the new Kindle Paperwhite Kids, which comes with a bigger display and a USB-C port, for $119.99 in all colorways and designs. That’s just $5 more than the price we saw on Black Friday. The waterproof e-reader, released only a few months ago, also comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids Plus, which provides access to thousands of kid-friendly books as well as hundreds of Audible audiobooks. Amazon is also throwing in a two-year warranty, so if it breaks, you can return it and the company will replace it for free. Read our full 2021 Kindle Paperwhite review.


Amazon’s kid-friendly Paperwhite is the same as the standard Paperwhite, but it’s ad-free and comes with the added benefits of a two-year hardware protection plan, one year of Amazon Kids Plus, and a choice of three kid-friendly covers.

As we get closer to the holidays, several retailers are selling discounted gaming-related gift cards that can come in handy whether you’re looking for a present or you just want to save some money. Now through December 17th, Costco members can buy a $50 digital Nintendo eShop gift card for $39.99 or a $100 digital Xbox gift card for $79.99, the latter of which can be applied toward both current and next-gen titles.

Nintendo Switch with OLED screen

This discounted digital gift card can save you money on Nintendo eShop purchases, which are accessible via the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite.

An image showing an Xbox Series X against a black background

With an Xbox gift card, you can purchase Xbox games, downloadable content, and more from the Microsoft Store on your console or PC. You can buy a card for as low as $10.

If you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly gifts you can still get before the holidays, today’s discount on the new Roku Express 4K Plus may be worth a look. Typically $39.99, the streaming stick is going for $24 at Amazon, which is an all-time low and $5 less than the Black Friday price. In comparison to its predecessor, the Roku Premiere, the entry-level 4K streamer comes with a faster processor and increased internal storage. It also offers support for HDR10 Plus and AirPlay 2, while sporting features like dual-band Wi-Fi and the ability to attach a Micro-USB-to-ethernet adapter if you’d prefer a wired connection.


The Roku Express 4K Plus replaces the Roku Premiere as Roku’s entry-level 4K player. It sports a faster processor as well as support for HDR10 Plus.

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