Beats headphones are now part of the Apple family, but are they worth a purchase? This second iteration of the Beats Studio Wireless (2014) headphones is completely redesigned inside and out. The new look is certainly not as eye-catching as before, but we prefer the subtler appearance.
As everyone who reads these columns more than once knows that we like to focus on refurbs that aren't too old. Picking a Mac that's 2 years old gets you a decent enough machine, but everyone prefers brand-spanking new. This week, we're excited because there are some MacBook Airs in here from THIS YEAR. That's pretty doggone new, and all our others are less than 1 year old, so these are some pretty sweet refurbs in action.
Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we'll let you know what to do if your Mac's audio is playing through its speakers when you're trying to use headphones.
Now that Apple has finally acquired Beats Electronics and all the hurdles have been cleared, Apple users are finally starting to experience the benefits. If you've been wanting to get your hands on Dr. Dre's pricey headphones but have been scared off by the price, for instance, take heart — you can now save 10 percent when you purchase a pair.
The official Beats store breathed its last only a few days ago as an independent storefront; all that exists now is a flashy facade that redirects you to Apple's own store when you attempt to make a purchase. Today, however, Apple restored some of Beats' former prominence by granting Dr. Dre's brand its own section on the Apple Online Store.
There may be spec bumps and price drops on the MacBook Pros just out at the Apple Store, but it's never a bad time to look into Apple-certified refurbs. Clean, reliable, and cheaper than what you'd pay for the very latest processor upgrade, it's a great way to save a ton of cash. And if you're looking for the cheapest Mac around, we think we have you covered in our Really Darn Cheap segment.
Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.
We've got some sweet deals for you on refurb Macs, which is a great way to go when you want to save a bundle but still get great hardware. And if you need headphones, earbuds, or cases, we've got a bit of that action for you as well. So let's start spending money to save money, shall we?
Mad Catz’s F.R.E.Q. M purports to be a gaming device — which the longtime peripheral maker is known for producing — but it’s actually a rather versatile all-purpose headset for iOS (or Mac) users. The foldable cans pump out great stereo sound with music and movies as well as they do with games, and the built-in mic means you can take calls with decently clear back-and-forth audio without having to shed the headset. But all of that functionality comes at a rather steep price — one that makes for a tougher sell than expected.
Summer's in full swing now, and we've got deals on everything from portables to good old-fashioned desktop units. Act quickly, and you'll even save a few bucks of some peripherals to enhance your enjoyment of each. Pick up a few and save the rest of your cash for a few days in the sun.