home : hot deals & information involving: electronics Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- APC 125VA UPS for $20
APC Back-UPS BGE90M 125VA UPS for $20.
This uninterruptible power supply keeps small electronics running during a power outage, such as a fish tank's filter, an Internet router, or a DVR.
- Yamaha RX-V583BL A/V Receiver for $320 (expired)
Yamaha RX-V583BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver for $320 today.
Normally about $400.
This model supports 1080p and 4K video passthrough, 7.2-Channel speakers, and 115-watt speaker output.
This receiver also supports "Zone B", useful to power a second room or outdoor patio.
Unlike a regular receiver's "Zone 2" feature, Yamaha's "Zone B" is capable of copying digital audio to the second room without any conversion or second source.
- Travel Surge Protector for $19
Travel surge protector with 4 USB charging ports for $19.
Includes international adapters for UK, AU, and EU.
Light weight at about 1 pound, and not too big at 8 inches in length and 3.5 inches in depth.
Similar surge protectors sell for about the same price, but don't include international adapters.
- 16 AA Rechargeable Batteries for $25 (expired)
16-pack of Panasonic Eneloop AA 2000mAh Rechargeable NiMH Batteries for $25 today ($1.57 each).
They normally sell a 8-pack for $19 ($2.38 each).
The Eneloop batteries are some of the best quality rechargeable batteries.
- American Express Cardmembers: Fire 7 Tablet $20, Fire 8 HD Tablet $30, Fire 8 HD Kids for $60
If you have an American Express card that earns points, you can redeem your points and get an Amazon Fire tablet at a discount.
- 25% Off a Costco Purchase, Code: SHOPCOSTCO25
Get 25% off your next Costco order through Google Express by applying code SHOPCOSTCO25 at checkout.
Limit one per customer.
This is best for Costco members, but also available for non-Costco members with a 5% surcharge.
The 25% off is limited to a $40 maximum discount.
So, a $160 order would give the maximum $40 off.
SanDisk Cruzer Glide 256GB USB Flash Drive for $30 after coupon.
Beware, this drive is incredibly slow.
Good for backup storage and extra storage when you need it, but will take a long time to copy files to/from this drive.
- 10% Off of TVs with In-Store Pickup
Target is offering 10% off when buying a TV on the list and selecting in-store pickup.
You would need space in your vehicle large enough to bring the TV home, something to consider when buying a 42-inch or larger TV.
- 2-Pack Power+USB Outlets for $15
Two-pack of Dynex Wall Outlets with 2 built-in USB charging ports for $15.
Note, this provides 2.4A of power output combined across both USB charging ports.
Since tablets, such as iPads, consume 2.4A of power when charging, you cannot charge a phone at the same time as a tablet.
There are other power+USB charging outlets that can charge a tablet and a phone at the same time, such as this one.
An electrician is required to install & replace electrical outlets like that.
A regular USB charger is a cheaper & easier alternative, like this one.
Use the Google Express app, available on Apple devices and on Android devices.
Google Express shops Walmart, Costco, Fry's, Target, and many other stores in one place.
Free shipping applies to $25 or $35 orders, depending on the store.
Add item(s) to your cart.
Tap the "Promo Code" section and enter code APPFEB20 to get 20% off (max $20 off).
Toshiba 55-inch 1080p TV for $300 today.
Even though most stores are replacing 1080p TVs with 4K, this is still a great value since most TV broadcasts do 1080p or lesser quality.
Does not have Chromecast built-in, but you can add it for $35.
Toshiba 50-inch 4K TV with Chromecast for $300.
Chromecast lets you send video from most apps to your TV.
For example, click the "cast" button when playing videos from the YouTube, CBS, or NetFlix app on your mobile device.
In our opinion, the 55-inch 1080p screen is a better value for the extra 5 inches in size.
Most viewers seated 10-feet from the TV will not see a difference between 1080p and 4K, especially when watching TV shows and streaming movies which are 1080p & less.
We believe HDR, or high dynamic range, is the biggest reason to get a 4K TV.
An HDR TV will show brighter colors and deeper blacks, producing an image that looks stunning.
The above Toshiba 4K TV does not have true HDR, but a fake HDR according to AVS Forum.
So, we believe there is little reason to sacrifice screen size for better pixel resolution when the real benefits, the HDR, will not even be present with the Toshiba 4K TV.
- 4-Outlet Wifi Smart Power Strip for $23
Houzetek Wifi Smart Power Strip in White (with 4 power outlets) for $39.05, and code GMQQ9 changes the price to $23 with free shipping.
Set up each of the 4 power outlets a name to provide voice-control through an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
They also provide a app called "eFamilyCloud" which has mostly positive reviews on Apple and Android.
The product itself has some positive reviews, and the seller, Gamiss, also has positive reviews.
However, some people report the Wifi connection occasionally drops, and only letters are allowed in the home's Wifi SSID.
So, the product's cheap design may cause frustration for some people.
2-Pack of Conico Wifi Smart Power Plugs for $19.50 when applying code IMEZ9PZB during checkout.
You can power on/off lights (or anything plugged into the outlets) with an app, or using your voice with an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
2-Pack of LED Tectical Flashlights for $10 when applying code 4EWCIZXU during checkout.
Note, batteries are NOT included, and each uses 3 AAA batteries or 1 18650 rechargeable battery.
Hot Glue Gun Kit for $14.40 with code MF938VKF .
Includes 30 hot glue gun sticks, and meant for minor household repairs, DIY projects, arts & crafts, card making, etc.
USB to Serial-ATA Hard Drive Docking Station for $12 when appling code 74V4LB7K in the cart.
Plug and unplug any 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive to your computer anytime, providing extra storage for backups.
- TCL 49" 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $290
Electronic Express is selling a TCL 49-inch 4K TV (model 49S405) with HDR support and a built-in Roku with 4K streaming for $340, and coupon code SAVE15 applies $50 off.
Enter the coupon during checkout, on the payment screen.
You must sign up for a free Rakuten account to apply the coupon (guest checkout will not apply the discount).
Shipping is free.
This TV is the smaller version of the TCL 55S405 posted several times over the last couple months.
We own that model, an amazing value for the price.
Brights are brighter, and blacks are almost entirely black.
No gray tint when the TV is powered on, like most 1080p TVs have.
Even if you have no 4K (2160p) content, the HDR will produce a sharper image than a 1080p TV.
Here's an HDR explanation.
Built-in Roku with 4K support, lots of Roku apps available directly on the TV.
Also, the TV can be controlled entirely through the Roku app, including power on/off and TV settings.
Very thin design, with sleek edges.
Bad things about the TV:
The plastic edges feel flimsy.
Feels like the TV could break if bent during unboxing or moving.
So, keep the original box and packaging if you plan on moving sometime.
The HDR will not bad as good as $600+ TVs, but it's still quite impressive and is one of the only 55-inch TVs in the sub-$400 price range with HDR.
Roku built-in to the TV (full 4K and HDR support).
Run Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO, Vudu, and any Roku app directly on your TV.
With HDR, brights look brighter and darks look darker for a more realistic look.
This video demonstrates the upgrade from 1080p to 4K, with HDR being the real difference maker.
For more info on HDR, here's an article,and a video.
SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive from Costco for $32 with coupon.
Beware, this drive is incredibly slow, and meant for storing photos, videos, and music files. Not recommended for everyday use, for presentations, or any situation where you need quick access to files.
- Samsung 55" Curved 4K TV and $200 Gift for $700
Samsung (UN55MU6500F) 55-inch Curved 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR for $700, and includes a free $200 Dell Promo eGift Card.
This TV normally sells for about $700 by itself.