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.
In honor of the vacation schedules of our readers coming up with holidays and the summer vacation season, we've got some portable deals here. No desktops tying you down and inside, but everything light and ready to roll outside. So let's see what you can grab and go.
So Apple cut prices on their iMacs and put a little bit of spec bump into things, but what are you paying for and what are you getting for that money? We've got some of the standout items like Mac minis (get 'em while they're hot) and the usual assortment of slashed price laptops. But what can you get in a refurb iMac for the same price as the new iMac? Let's take a look.
The Mac minis are back. These little pint-sized wonders do magical things despite their tiny size, so if you're looking for the very lowest Mac buy-in point, this is the way to go. Granted, you gotta come up with the peripherals, but if you want a Mac and it's time to ditch your old machine, this is a nice way to go. But get 'em while they're hot. Meanwhile, with the iMacs seeing a good price drop on new models, there's not much in the refurb line that can compete in pricing, so hit up the store and grab a new one of those beauties.
A well-known presence in home audio for decades, Onkyo is aiming to make a name for itself in the world of iDevices with its specialized ES-CTI300 headphones — a set of cans that are a beautiful aesthetic complement to the likes of the iPhone 5s, but are more than just a pretty accessory. Showcasing Onkyo’s experience in audio fidelity as well as component design, they deliver a sound that will thrill all but the most diehard bass junkies, while iPhone and iPod owners will love the inline microphone and music controls.
Remember that recent rumor about Apple planning a new set of Lightning-capable earbuds that will output higher quality sound? Those plans were absent at WWDC 2014, but appear to be very much still in the cards.
With mostly refurbs, but one unopened model in this week's deals, we decided to keep it budget conscious. So all your Macs this week are under one thousand dollars. (Okay, there's one that's a couple bucks more, but it's still a sweet deal.) Whether you roll Air, Pro, mini, or iMac, we've got a deal for you. Plus, don't fret about your iOS gear, as we've got plenty of savings there too.
Music is a big part of Apple's contemporary success, and now it looks as though the Cupertino company is looking to expand its offerings in the field beyond iTunes and its own accessories. In fact,the Financial Times reports (via MacRumors) that Apple may be less than a week away from acquiring Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and streaming music service started by Dr. Drew and Jimmy Iovine.
Usually, we hit you up with tons and tons of refurb action, but sometimes you're looking at some serious deals on brand spanking new fresh out of the box Mac action and sometimes we've got just the ticket. Well, today is one of those sometimes. And we'll throw in a couple refurbs just for old time's sake. But take a deep whiff. Smell that? That's new Mac smell and there's nothing like it on earth.