Apple’s Beats Flex is basically a 2.0 version of the popular BeatsX, but for half the price. And now it’s even less: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the— the lowest price to date. Granted, that’s only $10 off, but this was already a surprisingly good deal at $50. Note that currently only the black and yellow colors are discounted.
Although true wireless earbuds are the hot item right now, not everyone wants to cut the cord. So-called neckband earphones like the Beats Flex offer two key advantages: They can dangle like a pendant when not in use, and you don’t have to worry about an earbud falling out and getting kicked into a sewer grate.
(True story: Once, while taking a walk, I managed to knock an AirPod out of my ear and into a snowbank. If I hadn’t seen exactly where it landed, I’d probably still be digging for it.)
I haven’t tried these myself, so I’ll turn you over to David Carnoy’s comprehensive. He liked the sound quality, call quality, battery life, USB-C charging and easy pairing with Apple devices. There’s also an Android app, so you don’t have to be an iPhone owner to enjoy these.
Less great: no carrying case, no IPX rating for water-resistance, no “wing tips” to help the ‘buds seat more securely in your ears.
Still, Carnoy concluded, “At $50 they’re worth considering, especially if you want Apple-friendly earbuds and don’t want to shell out more for AirPods.”
I’d say at $40 they’re even more consideration-worthy. Your thoughts?
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This thing is cool. It’s totally self-contained, zippering into its own carrying case when not in use. That’s most of the time, because the instructions say to wear it only 15 minutes a day.
To do so, you just position the pad around your lower back and then put the two straps around your knees. Presto: perfect posture, or at least that’s the claim.
Worth noting: You can get the Therapy version of this for just a few dollars more. It comes with a removable hot/cold insert that can help if you’re looking for pain relief.
First published earlier this month. Updated with new deal details.
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