Beats Powerbeats Pro hit one of the lowest prices we've seen: $177 – CNET

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Another chance to save $50 on the Powerbeats Pro.

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Everyone’s always talking about AirPods (and AirPods Pro), but let’s not forget Apple’s “other” true-wireless earbuds, the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Although they don’t often dip below their $250 list price, and almost never go below their occasional $200 sale price, Nationwide Distributors via Google Shopping is offering the Beats Powerbeats Pro for $177.29 when you apply promo code UKMHJX. Note that there are two promo codes available on the checkout page, but use this one — the other code (which I won’t mention by name so as not to confuse you) tops out at $10 off. 

The Powerbeats Pro are designed with athletic users in mind, relying on over-the-ear hooks and noise-isolating rubber ear tips. Those hooks make it all but impossible for the ‘buds to come loose, even during the bounciest of exercises. Plus, they’re sweatproof; AirPods are not.

Read more: Best noise-canceling true wireless earbuds of 2020  

Meanwhile, that noise-isolating design helps give the Powerbeats an audio-quality advantage over AirPods: “Richer, cleaner sound with bass that’s not only much bigger but tighter,” according to David Carnoy’s Powerbeats Pro review.

The case is a bit on the large side, though, and it doesn’t charge wirelessly. Even so, the Powerbeats Pro easily scored a spot on our list of the best sport headphones for 2020 — and that was based on the $250 price tag. If you’ve been eyeballing these but cringing at the price, here’s your chance to cut the cringe factor by more than $70.

Pro tip: Want to save even more? Best Buy currently has the Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Beats Powerbeats Pro for $149.99 (though I’ve seen them as low as $119.99, so watch for future discounts if you’re not in a hurry). Although you’re sacrificing some warranty — these are covered for 90 days instead of one year — you’re also saving quite a bit more money.

What do you think? Good deal at this price or still far too expensive?

This article was published previously. It has been updated with a lower price. 

Note: Originally published last year. Updated to reflect changes in availability.

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