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Best Headphone Deals: Half-Off High-Quality Audeze Cans

Upgrade your listening experience with the week's best headphone deals. Score a solid-rated pair of NVX Bluetooth cans, a pair of refurb Audeze, and much more.

Hybrid Hype: Should You Buy a Dell Inspiron 2-in-1?

If you're looking for a machine that does double duty as a laptop or tablet, it makes sense to consider a 2-in-1. Check out our guide for a rundown of the affordable 2-in-1 PCs in Dell's Inspiron family, and see if they're right for you.

The Deal With Dell: Your Ultimate Guide to Inspiron Laptops

Dell's current Inspiron lineup belies its budget-oriented position in the market. Shoppers will find the Inspiron gives the Macs and Notebook 9s of the world a run for their money. Check out our guide for a rundown of the laptops in the inspired Inspiron family.

4 Things People Without Kids Should Buy During Back-to-School Sales

If you think back-to-school sales are only for parents, you might be missing out on some good deals. Here are four great back-to-school buys that people without kids should consider.

6 Hidden Costs of Being in a Wedding Party

Being a bridesmaid or groomsman is fun, but it sure can be expensive. So what exactly are you paying for? We outline the six biggest costs of being in a wedding and offer tips on how you can save on each.

More Power to You: 6 Alternatives to Apple's iPhone Battery Case

Apple's new battery pack case for its iPhone 6/6s has left some longtime Apple fans less than impressed. For those turned off by the case's shortcomings, we've rounded up six alternative battery extension options.

Black Friday 2015 Cheers & Jeers: What Store Had the Best Deals?

Before we can at last close the door on Black Friday 2015, we've got some amusing tidbits and major gripes to share. We polled the people in the trenches, DealNews' own writers and editors, and then consulted our deal records from the past week to come up with this year's list of Cheers and Jeers.

The Law of Diminishing Returns: 10 Items That Lose Value the More You Spend

Paying more doesn't always mean you get more. In many product categories, you're actually better off buying the cheaper version of an item. If you want to avoid diminishing returns on your next big purchase, we've rounded up 10 items that rarely provide a lot of added value over a certain price point.

Dell Home Black Friday Ad Analysis: Highly-Rated 60" 4K TV Hits New Price Low

Dell Home's 2015 Black Friday ad has arrived and we've just finished hand-picking the circular's top deals. From budget 2-in-1s to an Xbox One bundle that's perfectly in line with our predictions, these are the Dell deals you shouldn't miss.

What Did You Think About Amazon's Prime Day Sale?

Amazon has successfully garnered a lot of hype for its latest promotional event, but are any of the deals piquing your interest?

Bundled to Run: 8 Winter Workout Essentials

We've identified 8 pieces of clothing you'll need for outdoor winter exercise. Whether it's a balaclava to cover your face, or Merino wool base garments to wick away sweat, these items will keep you dry and warm in the coldest of conditions.

Best Cyber Week Headphones: 4 Sets Under $85, Gaming 'Phones With Fantastic Audio

There's no better way to tune out the world than to stuff your head between two portable speakers and crank the Nine Inch Nails (or Taylor Swift — no judgies!). Let us help you isolate yourself with these Cyber Week headphone deals that could save you hundreds of dollars.

Best Black Friday Electronics Ads: Discounted Wearables and Cheapest Dyson Ever

Don't have the money to splurge on a new TV? You can still save the holidays with these equally-desirable Black Friday gadgets from Amazon, Fitbit, and Keurig.

Rumor Roundup: A Price-Drop On Apple Beats Music? FF War? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Amazon, The Fantastic Four, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Don't Get Knee Defensive: 4 Better Travel Products for Comfort

"Knee Defender" briefly became one of the fastest-growing searches on Google this week, after the small, plastic product, which prevents airline seats from reclining, caused a fight midair. Knowing this, there are other ways to improve your comfort while traveling that won't bother those around you.

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Know Before You Make a Purchase

Shopping for a new laptop can be tough. What kind of processor is best? Should you go for an ultrabook or a hybrid? How much RAM do you need anyway? Fear not, we're here to help with our laptop buying guide.

Turntable Buying Guide: What to Look for in New & Used Record Players

We may be living in a digital world where you can hold thousands of albums in the palm of your hand, but an ever-increasing portion of the listening public is eschewing the convenience of MP3s for a seemingly anachronistic format: the vinyl record. If you're ready to go retro, make sure you know what to look for when buying a turntable.

Serious Luxury: 7 Insanely Expensive Things for Your Home

Everyone loves to think about what they would buy if they won the lottery. So we've rounded up the most expensive luxuries for the home that we could find — as well as normally-priced dishwashers, fridges, and tubs, just for comparison.

How to Build a Quality Home Entertainment Center on the Cheap

If there’s one area of modern life that’s almost as confounding as choosing a diet, it’s hunting for the right audio components to build a killer stereo system or home entertainment center. But if you stick to these six tips, you can put together a quality home entertainment center on the cheap.

Budget-Friendly Home Theater Systems for Every Kind of Media Consumer

With summer blockbusters on their way from the big screens to our home screens, there's no better time to improve your viewing and listening experiences in the living room. With today's technology advancements, there are plenty of home theater system options available that are sure to benefit your setup at a reasonable cost.

Music on the Run: How to Choose Headphones for an Active Lifestyle

Who doesn't workout better when paced by a good beat? Thankfully we live in the age of the MP3 player and the smartphone, so we're able to carry our music with us 24/7. Whether you need tunes for a run at the gym or jaunt around the yard on a riding mower, we've compiled some guidelines to help you pick the perfect pair of headphones for an active lifestyle.

A Techie's Top 5: A Gaming Editor Dishes on His Favorite Gadgets

Contributing Joystiq editor Mike Schramm was formerly a senior editor at WoW.com, and was one of the founding editors of Massively. Today, we're grateful to add Schramm to our ongoing series, a Techie's Top 5, to see what gadgets this gamer can't live without.

For Some, Nothing Beats Beats Headphones

Headphones and earbuds are our portal out of the present and into a world of music, podcasts, radio, and beyond. Dr. Dre, of all people, certainly knows that, and his line of Beats headphones have become ubiquitous with sound and style. Not sure which pair of Beats by Dre is right for you? Inside we look at the six latest models and discuss the pros and cons of each.

A Techie's Top 5: A MacRumors Editor's Favorite, Not-All-From-Apple Gadgets

We love to pick the brains of our favorite tech writers, to see what electronics they simply can't live without. This week, we spoke to MacRumors Editor, Marianne Schultz, about her five favorite gadgets — and despite her Apple allegiances, only one iDevice made the list!

5 Audio Deals: $10 Headphones, Discounts on Harmon Kardon, Klipsch, Haier

While we didn't see a whole lot of choice audio deals this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there have been a few standout deals. Fortunately those deals are still active and offer some of the lowest prices we've seen on headphones, receivers, and more.

A Techie's Top 5: Adam Thompson of Digitizd Calls Out His Favorite Gadgets

The reins of Digitizd, a tech news site that offers insight into the constantly changing Web 2.0 landscape, have passed from David Pierce to Adam Thompson. We sat down with Thompson to get the scoop on his five favorite gadgets, with an emphasis on affordability over high-end.

A Techie's Top 5: The Verge's David Pierce Calls Out His Favorite Gadgets

Aimed at discussing the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture, The Verge has earned its place in tech world. And The Verge's Senior Reviews Editor David Pierce is no stranger to gadgets. In this week's installment of the Techie Top 5, we get the scoop on his must-have electronics.

Running in the Dark: Ways to Be Safe and Maintain Visibility

With the days rapidly growing shorter, runners face some safety issues when hitting the pavement in the waning hours of sunlight. To make the most of a long, evening or early morning run, make sure to gear up and take precautions to ensure your safety.

A Techie's Top 5: CNET's Molly Wood Gives Us Her Favorite Gadgets

The fearless and fun Molly Wood, Executive Editor at CNET, paused during her hectic schedule (is it ever slow in techland?) to share her five must-have gadgets with us.

The Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo Is Back with 5 More of His Favorite Gadgets

Giz Wiz Dick DeBartolo is back with five more of his favorite gadgets. This week, he gives us the low-down on a must-have series of laptops, solar lights, and even a plush teddy bear speaker that dances as it plays music.

A Pro's Hi-Fi Must-Have Recording Studio Essentials

With experience as both a journalist and a musician, dealnews' Lou Carlozo weighs in his favorite audio gear that won't shatter your wallet.

From Jetpacks to Galaxys: The Tech Universe of Engadget's Darren Murph

While most of us scratch our heads as the big manufacturers foist countless digital goodies into the marketplace, intrepid journalists like Engadget's Darren Murph jump into the fray, ready to try, test, and pass judgment. Here are the top five gadgets he won't leave home without.