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Update, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. PT: We’re seeing prices fluctuate at some retailers, but Walmart still has the AirPods 2 for $79 at the time of this writing. Original story appears below.
With the release of the AirPods Pro 2, Apple’s AirPods lineup has a lot to offer, but don’t overlook the AirPods 2 just because they aren’t the most cutting-edge model currently available. If you’re on a limited budget, but need some wireless earbuds with impressive specs, the AirPods 2 are still a good option.
Apple reduced the cost of the second-gen AirPods from $159 to $129 recently. But with Black Friday behind us and Cyber Monday deals rolling in, many retailers have already released a slew of new, and right now at Amazon, the price of the Apple AirPods 2 at Amazon has been slashed to just $79 for a limited time, and Walmart is matching the sale today. This is even cheaper than the discounts available at Target and Best Buy currently which have them priced at $10 and $20 more respectively.
The AirPods 2 come equipped with the same H1 chip as the AirPods 3 and offer the same quick connectivity and support hands-free Siri access. You’ll also get up to five hours of playback on a single charge, with up to 24 hours total with the charging case, which is included. These AirPods also provide up to 3 hours of talk time.
Note, however, that this model contains the standard lightning charging case and not the wireless charging case. These headphones also lack the spatial audio feature that the newer models boast, so if you’re looking for the best sound, it may be worth the cost to get a more upgraded version. However, for the average listener, these are a solid option that is hard to beat with a price this low (and they make a great gift, too).
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