While Cyber Monday deals are in full swing, 5 On Your Side offers some great gift options for the gadget gurus in your life.
According to Consumer Reports, one of the hottest new additions to the wireless headphone category is Apple AirPods Pro — Apple’s first noise-canceling, truly wireless headphones.
Priced at $260, they come with three earpiece sizes, an upgrade from the one-size-fits-all original AirPods.
Researchers at Consumer Reports said the AirPods Pro deliver excellent active noise reduction and “very good” sound quality. However, because they’re brand new, don’t expect steep discounts on theAirPods Pro just yet.
Shoppers looking for a similar but more affordable wireless option can check out Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air headphones, a Consumer Reports Best Buy priced around $80. They’re not noise-canceling, but experts say they deliver “very good” sound quality and are a good choice for the more critical listener.
For shoppers with an early tech adopter who are willing to splurge, Consumer Reports recommends the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone, priced around $2,000.
Although it struggled with durability problems early on, the Fold did well enough in tests to become a recommended smartphone.
It scored “Very Good” or “Excellent” in every category, including camera quality, ease of use and battery life, which is 31 hours on a single charge.
If you’re looking for a good gift and a good deal, you can get an Apple Watch Series 3 starting at around $200.
It’s not Apple’s latest model, but Consumer Reports tests it rated “Excellent” for ease of use, ease of pairing and readability in both bright and low light. It’s also a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
Experts expect at least some of the items will go on sale during the holiday season. It’s always a good idea to check WRAL SmartShopper or the social media sites of your favorite retailers for special promotions.