Wheter just starting school or need to prepare for another semester, students need headphones for everything from work to play. School is definitely going to look a little different this year for just about everyone with a healthy mix of in-class training and remote learning depending on where you live. No matter what's going on around you, though, you still need to be prepared. Outfit yourself with the best gear to get your work done no matter the circumstance. And one piece of gear you should always have on you is a pair of headphones. You might even need multiple pairs for different circumstances.
If you end up having to do some work in a public space like a cafe, you may need a solid pair of noise-canceling headphones. If you are moving around a lot, like traveling from classroom to classroom, you should have a pair of true wireless earbuds you can stick in your pocket when you don't need them. Sometimes you just need a simple pair of inexpensive wired headphones to plug into your laptop. We've got all the best headphones deals rounded up right here.
Best noise-canceling headphones deals
The great thing about noise-canceling headphones is that they usually do all the other things right, too, as far as sound quality and comfort and things like that go. The active noise-canceling tech is just icing on the cake and perfect for anyone who needs to block out ambient noise. The con for these headphones is that they are usually larger than your average headphones. While they often come with a carrying case for portability, they might not be as convenient as some other options.
Bose QC 35 II Bluetooth headphones | $50 off
Some of the best active noise-cancelling you can buy, especially at this price. Battery lasts up to 20 hours with Bluetooth and ANC active. ANC has 3 adjustable levels. This price is also available in Silver.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 hybrid headphones | $5 off
Hear only what you want to hear with active noise-cancelling that can reduce the ambient noise up to 90% with four mics. Anker's BassUp tech boosts those low frequencies, too. The battery life lasts for up to 40 hours on a single charge.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones | $72 off
These headphones came out around August last year, and they are Sony's best headphones yet, especially when it comes to active noise-cancelling. Of course Black Friday saw some huge price drops, but they are still worth it even at this price.
Best wireless headphones deals
Wireless enough that you don't have to plug them in, but not so wireless that the two pieces that go in your ears aren't connected. These headphones are portable, often have great sound, and usually fall on the budget side of affordable. You won't spend hundreds in this category, but you will get headphones that feel and sound great.
Sony WI-XB400 wireless Bluetooth headphones | $30 off
Use Quick Charge to get 60 minutes of playback for just a 10 minute charge. At full charge, the headphones can last for up to 15 hours. They have 12mm drivers for crisp sound with flexible, lightweight cables that you can work around. They also can provide hands-free calling with the mics and can access a compatible voice assistant.
Beats Flex Apple W1 wireless headphones | $5 off
Grab these headphones in Yuzu Yellow and Smoke Gray at this price. You'll get up to 12 hours of listening time on a single charge of the battery. The Apple W1 chip inside provides low latency connectivity. The magnetic earbuds are smart enough to pause the music when you remove the headphones. You can even wirelessly share what you're listening to to someone else using headphones with the W1 chip.
Beats Solo3 wireless headphones | $20 off
Beats' wireless Solo3 headphones have Apple's W1 chip and Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity. They last for up to 40 hours on a single charge and fast-charge turns 5 minutes into 3 hours of playback. They also fold up for travel.
Best true wireless earbuds deals
The next evolution of the wireless headphones. The true wireless earbuds finally get rid of the last pesky cord while still offering a ton of features, including everything from active noise-canceling to wireless charging to super long battery life.
Anker Soundcore Life P2 true wirelesss earbuds | $5 off
Has 40 hours of playtime, IPX7 water resistance, and one-step pairing with Push and Go technology. The Graphene drivers provide powerful sound along with Anker's BassUp tech for a little push from the lower frequencies. Use the built-in mics with noise cancellation to make or receive phone calls. These also go on sale quite often, so keep an eye out.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ true wireless earbuds | $30 off
Get 22 hours of sound with 11 hours on a single charge and another 11 from the charging case that can recharge wirelessly. Include an internal and two external mics for a clear, isolated voice. Works with Android and iOS.
Jabra Elite 75t true wireless earbuds | $30 off
The Jabra Elite 75t combine great sound, high-quality build, small size, and comfort into one rather affordable package. This price is even $20 lower than we saw them go on Cyber Monday with today's prices marking a new all-time low.
Apple AirPods Pro
Fits both the ANC and true wireless earbuds category. The most portable option in the active noise-cancelling section for sure. If you take advantage of Apple's Back-to-School Program you can get some unique savings that only apply to students.
Sennheiser Momentum 2 true wireless earbuds | $20 off
Has 7mm dynamic drivers and an ergonomic design for long-time comfort and powerful sound. Seven hours per earbud with a total of 28 hours from the charging case. AAC and aptX support in combo with Bluetooth 5.1 tech. Noise-cancelling mics.
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