To heck with refurbs. We know it's the easiest, cheapest way to get your hands on a new-to-you Mac, but sometimes you just want the new computer smell. Well, here are the best brand new device prices we could find this week. Plus the usual round up of slick accessories for your mobile devices.
Griffin's low-cost Bolts Talk won't break the bank if you need replacement earbuds. They even have a tiny mic and a button that lets you answer the phone, play/pause your music, or summon Siri. But the sound quality is underwhelming, and our test pair didn't last very long.
Hat tip for these goes to The Wirecutter, which is the best kind of gear site because instead of inundating you with review after review (like we do!), they just tell you what thing in each category is THE thing to buy. For cheap -- really cheap, sub-$10 -- earbuds, they recommend these, from cheap-stuff emporium Monoprice. And we were skeptical enough at their price that we had to order some for ourselves.
Last week we featured a whole lot of Mac minis to put some serious computing power in a small package into your hands. We're going a little bigger this time around on our refurbs, plus we've got some sweet accessories for your mobile devices. So come on inside where the living--and the shopping--is easy.
The way we listen to music has changed dramatically over the last decade. The rise of the MP3 and shrinking costs of storage mean that for the vast majority of us, our music collections live on a hard drive somewhere, rather than in crates or on shelves.
If Jony Ive designed a Bluetooth speaker, it might look like this. Then again, if Jony Ive designed a soup can, it might look like this. The HiddenRadio blends into its surroundings, with no visible buttons or controls. You twist it on its sturdy base to reveal the speaker, and control the volume the same way: more speaker showing means louder music, and you just twist it all the way closed to turn it off. It connects via Bluetooth 2.1 or a hidden aux-in jack, and we got the best results leaving the audio device at around 80 percent volume, and then fine-adjusting by twisting the HiddenRadio.
CES is the week's big news so hopefully all the new models mean price cuts coming our way on last year's everything. At least, that's how we roll when we're not early adopting. Meanwhile, as we all marvel at the latest and the greatest, here's some pretty great price cuts that will be sure to be a hit with your wallet.
If you do much multiplayer gaming, a good headset with microphone is pretty much a must. And if that gaming consists of shooters of the Call of Duty variety, a surround-sound headset can make the difference between the thrill of victory and the agony of being dominated by a hyperaggressive 12-year-old, thanks to the ability to pinpoint the direction of important sounds—sounds like, you know, shooting.
Happy Movember, mustache lovers. While we can't promise you that any of this week's hot hot deals are facial hair related, we can promise that this is a great time to be buying refurbs -- but then when isn't it a good time? And without any further ado, the deals.
After the intital sales glut and hub-bub at the stores, you just knew the price was going to have to fall on these cases. And lo and behold the price drops are a coming 'round. And that's not all, but you'll have to step inside our ball park to learn a little more.