AirPods 3 just hit their lowest price EVER – and you can still get them before Xmas

The new AirPods 3rd Gen get another price cut, making them more tempting than ever

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen held in hand
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The new AirPods 3 are among the best wireless earbuds of today, improving massively on sound quality and battery life compared to the older AirPods, while also adding the excellent 3D Spatial Audio of the AirPods Pro. But as I said in my full AirPods 3rd Gen review, the official price seemed a little high when so many of the best wireless earbuds are launching for less.

Well, the price quickly dropped a little at most retailers, and now it's fallen further, saving you £27 in total if you buy today from Amazon. Considering they only launched a couple of months ago, that's not bad at all – and Amazon's next-day delivery means you won't have any problem getting them in time for Xmas, if they're a gift.

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen: was £169, now £141.99 at Amazon

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen: was £169, now £141.99 at Amazon
Save £27 on Apple's newest earbuds, which offer great sound quality, 6 hours of battery life per charge (and 30 hours in the case), 3D Spatial Audio support for Dolby Atmos movies and music, Find My support so they're hard to lose, and auto-switching between Apple devices, plus the ability to share audio with other AirPods or Beats headphones.

This version of AirPods also has wireless charging built in (just like the AirPods Pro), making easier to keep topped up and ready to go effectively all the time.

They feature an 'outer-ear' fit, as opposed to an 'in-ear' fit – meaning they don't have a silicon ear tip to fit into the ear canal. Some people much prefer this approach, finding it more comfortable, and preferring that it doesn't isolate you from the outside world as much (making it ideal for the office, for example).

You don't get active noise cancellation here, which you do on some cheaper models – including the Beats Studio Buds, which support a lot of the same features as the AirPods 3, and are also a good call for a gift.

However, having reviewed both, I can tell you that the AirPods 3 offer notably better sound quality than the Beats when it comes to natural and expansive sound, meaning more detail.

They're a great upgrade for someone with the previous AirPods model, or for someone looking to get their first true wireless earbuds.

Matthew Bolton

Matt is T3's former AV and Smart Home Editor (UK), master of all things audiovisual, overseeing our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also covered smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable. Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair. Matt now works for our sister title TechRadar.