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Sony’s last-gen WH-1000XM3 cost less than ever at Best Buy

Down to $170 through Sunday — a true bargain

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

It’s sometimes easy to dismiss the previous generation of a product in favor of the latest version. In most cases, that’s smart to do, unless a deal is just too good to pass up. Case in point, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones that released in 2018 are down to their lowest price yet at Best Buy today and through Sunday. Originally $350 (but usually selling between $220-$270 most days), you can get them new in the black colorway for $170. Amazon was offering this price earlier today, but it appears to have sold out for the moment.

Compared to the 1000XM4 that released in 2020, the XM3s aren’t far behind. They are comparable in terms of sound quality, battery life, comfort, and with their noise cancellation effect. Though, the XM4 are unique in that they have an auto on / off playback sensor when you put on or take off the headphones, and they can connect with two Bluetooth sources simultaneously. We’ve seen that newer model go for as low as $250 during Prime Day recently, but you’d currently be able to buy two sets of XM3s at Best Buy to match the XM4’s price as it stands today.

A photo of the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones, the best noise-canceling headphones for most people.

Sony WH-1000XM3

  • $180
  • $350
  • 49% off

Sony’s previous-generation flagship noise-canceling headphones, the 1000XM3, have been outshined by the few extra features that their successor brings. But if all that you want is comfort, excellent sound, and a world-hushing noise cancellation effect, these are still worth getting for a deal.

Also part of Best Buy’s three-day “Black Friday in July” sale, MSI’s Sword 15 gaming laptop is a couple hundred dollars off its normal price. Normally $1,200, it’s $1,000 now. That’s not a bad deal for what specs are inside, including the Intel Core i7-11800H processor, Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and 8GB of RAM. It has a 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The sum of its components equal a solid midrange gaming laptop that should be capable of delivering playable frame rates in many games after some tweaking.

We featured a similar deal recently for the newly released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Nintendo Switch, but the cartridge version of the game is $9 off at Best Buy right now. Unfortunately, this deal doesn’t extend to the digital version, but the discount is nice if you were thinking about grabbing this game at your local Best Buy ahead of the weekend.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

  • $48
  • $60
  • 20% off

Last year, Nintendo remastered 2011’s Skyward Sword, and it looks and plays better on the Nintendo Switch than it ever did the Wii U. The new coat of paint helps cover some of the blemishes of the original release, and the remaster adds some additional control options for those who aren’t keen to revisit the Wii’s motion controls. Some other welcome improvements include autosaves, skippable dialogue, and optional tutorials that help to smooth over some of the pacing issues of the original.

Anyone who has played the original release won’t find many new wrinkles here, but this version outdoes the original in nearly every way, even if some of the flaws remain. This makes Skyward Sword HD the definitive way to experience this installment in the Zelda franchise. Read our review.

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