iPad Air, iPad Mini and QuietComfort 45 from Bose – Ars Technica

Enlarge / The 6th generation iPad mini.

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If you’re traveling soon, today’s dealmaster can save you a tidy sum on some trusty travel companions. Bose’s super-comfortable QuietComfort 45 noise canceling headphones are currently on sale for $280 ($330), while Apple’s two most recommended iPads, the iPad Air (10.9-inch, 64 GB) and iPad Mini (8.3-inch, 64 GB), retail for $500 ($560) and $300 ($400), respectively. Both iPad deals match the lowest prices we’ve tracked for these models. Keep in mind that you will receive the discount at checkout on Amazon’s iPad Air deal.

Apple iPad Air, 10.9-inch 64GB for $500 ($560)

Apple’s iPads are the best tablets money can buy, and the latest iPad Air is the best for most people. In our review, we noted that, in addition to the nice screen for media consumption, the M1 processor also gives it more power than it ever has when you need to get some work done. It’s also a well-equipped video calling device, using a 12MP front-facing camera with Apple’s Center Stage technology to digitally help you keep the focus on video. Combine this with compatibility with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, and it becomes harder to justify spending hundreds more on an iPad Pro.

The 2022 iPad Air with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Enlarge / The 2022 iPad Air with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

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Apple iPad Mini, 8.3-inch 64GB for $300 ($400)

The iPad Mini fills a similar role for its price, and at $100 off the regular price, that value only increases. It uses USB-C for charging, supports the latest Apple Pencil, and has Touch ID built into the power button. It doesn’t have a matching Magic Keyboard, but you can always pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard. As we note in our review, it does a good job mimicking a mini version of the latest iPads and their latest features. Keep in mind that an 8.3-inch screen can be a bit cramped for multitasking or hours of work. Otherwise, it’s a great device for consuming media, sketching, or taking notes.

Bose QuietComfort 45 Noise Canceling Headphones for $280 ($330)

Bose’s QuietComfort 45 are the most comfortable noise canceling headphones we’ve tried. They also do a commendable job of keeping noise out. Apple’s pricier AirPods Max may have best-in-class noise cancellation, but if comfort is paramount then the QC 45s are worth a look. They suit larger ears better and have a more neutral sound signature, but they lack an EQ tool to make adjustments. The QC 45 also features more reliable physical playback controls compared to touch controls commonly found on other headphones in this class. A full charge will get you about 20 hours of listening time, which should be enough for almost any trip.

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