home : hot deals & information involving: electronics Wednesday, January 16, 2019
- TCL 65" 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $800
TCL surprised us with high quality screens when they started offering large screen 4K TVs with HDR.
They also have built-in Roku that supports 4K and HDR, and the single Roku remote (and the Roku app) can fully control the TV.
This model, 65R615, is selling for $800.
Normally, a 65-inch TV with HDR and Roku would sell for at least $850.
- Roku Streaming Stick for $34, Sling $35 Credit
Roku Streaming Stick is one of the best streaming media players on the market, and Walmart is offering it for $34.
That is the normal price, but the Walmart package includes a free $35 credit toward Sling TV and a 30-day free trial of Showtime.
We have one of these Roku Streaming Sticks, and chose it because:
The included Roku remote controls the TV power on/off and volume.
So, no need for the TV remote.
Roku plays nice with both Google's and Amazon's streaming services, so
Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and YouTube TV all work.
Had we chose Google's Chromecast or Amazon's Fire Stick, this TV would not play the competing companies' services (ie. Fire Stick will not play YouTube without using a hack).
If your TV is 4K, and does not already have streaming capabilities built-in, Walmart is also selling a 4K Roku Streaming Stick for $49.
Samsung 860 Pro 256GB SSD for $84 with code SAVE20 .
Compatible with hardware encryption if your PC laptop has "full-disk encryption" or "hard drive encryption", a password that can be set in the BIOS.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SD Card for $14.68 with code SAVE20 .
One of the fastest SD cards on the market.
So, it is capable of recording 4K ultra HD video, rapidly stores SLR raw camera photos, and copies to a computer much faster than a regular SD card.
To apply the coupon, start the checkout.
When you get to the payment screen, apply code SAVE20
Our OBi202 has worked great in an office for 2 years, without any issues.
We like it because:
Call quality is superior to mobile/call phones.
All calls (incoming and outgoing) within the US and Canada are free with Google Voice. International calling rates are fairly cheap, too.
Using Google Voice, incoming calls can ring both the home phone and cell phone at the same time, provide call screening features, and has online voicemail playback.
You can assign yourself a new phone number with Google Voice, or port over a phone number you already use.
Emergency 911 calls do not work with free Google Voice.
They do offer E911 service through Anveo which has an annual fee.
We paid the fee, because having quick access to emergency calling can be worth the cost.
Does not have a bettery backup during a power outage, so the OBi202 will stop working during a power outage.
You can invest in a UPS (uninterruptible power supply), giving battery backup.
- 10,000mAh Portable Battery Charger for $16
Samsung 10,000 Portable Battery Charger for $16 with free shipping.
Can fully charge a dead phone's battery at least 2 times (3 times for iPhones), and can charge 2 devices at once.
Similar portable battery chargers with 2 USB charging ports normally sell for $25 and up.
- Samsung 49" 1080p TV for $270
Samsung 49-inch 1080p Smart TV for $270 when applying code EMCSERER3 in the cart.
Normally sells for about $390.
If you can afford another $80, the TCL 49" 4K TV with HDR and Roku is still the best large-screen TV value on the market, in our opinion.
We paid $380 for it last December, and still love the crisp display with HDR (YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix 4K content), the 60Hz refresh rate for smooth sports watching (some YouTube TV channels broadcast 1080p60), and the built-in Roku (control the TV with the Roku app on a mobile device).
For example, buying a $100 blender would give $20 off when choosing to pay with AmEx points.
Points apply about 0.7¢/point, so paying for the entire $100 order would be about 12,000 points (value of $80 in points).
To use, pick an American Express card during checkout, then under the payment method click Points.
Then, 20% off should apply to the entire order.
Nvidia TV Streaming Player with Game Controller for $136 after automatic discount.
This is an Android player with a powerful graphics controller and CPU, so it streams 1080p and 4K videos quickly, and runs apps (like YouTube and YouTube TV) very well, and plays Android games on the TV.
Not every product sold at Target.com qualifies for the 15% discount.
If the text "Today Only, Save 15% Off" appears under a product's price, then the discount will apply.
Google and Apple products will not work with the discount.
Instant Pot LUX60V3 6-Quart Pressure Cooker for $50.
Normally at least $75.
We love our Instant Pot because it makes delicious rice, potatoes, soup, and salmon in far less time than other methods.
Plus, it's easy to clean.
Google for Instant Pot Recipes to find lots of recipe sites.
Instant Pot 3-Quart Pressure Cooker for $51 when clicking the $8.99 coupon under the price.
Same price as the above 6-Quart but smaller and takes up less space (easier to store).
3-Pack of TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug for $30 with code EMCEERS227 .
Add the bundle to the cart for $36, then apply coupon EMCEERS227 in the cart.
Normally sells for about $14 to $20 each (at least $40 for 3).
Also, get $10 off a $35+ order when creating a brand new Walmart.com account and applying code ELLEN10 during checkout, but only applies to certain items.
Some deals still available, until they sell out:
Computers and Electronics
Google Home Mini + Chromecast for $45.
Normally, both together would sell for about $75.
The Mini is a smart speaker, and can help control a Chromecast especially when streaming videos on YouTube, YouTube TV, or NetFlix.
Using your voice, say "Hey Google" then you can say things like, "play The Piano Guys on the TV", and "fast-forward the TV 2½ minutes".
Google Chromecast Audio for $15.
Rarely ever priced under $29.
Streams music and audiobooks to speakers (or an A/V Receiver) via 3.5mm audio cable, and can be controlled by most music apps including Pandora, YouTube Music, and others.
- 4-Pack Philips LED Smart Light Bulbs $40
Works with Echo and Google Home smart speakers for voice control.
Requires a Philips Hue router (also called a Smart Bridge), and comes with a Hue Starter Kit.
- More Black Friday Deals
Amazon continues its Black Friday sale with more deals today.
Call it Cyber Monday, or whatever, it is still Black Friday to us.
If you have an American Express Card that accrues points,
activate 20% AmEx Points Credit
then pay for your order with points (could be a hot deal if buying an expensive item like a TV or cookware set).
Yorepek 17" Laptop Backpack for $35.24 for Black, $37.50 for Red or Blue.
This is a
We own the black version, and it's one of the best laptop bags we ever had.
It has a lot of compartments that can hold just about everything- laptop, ipad, charger, ID, headphones, water bottle, sweater, and more.
We carry it to work and use as a carry-on bag while traveling (it fits under an airline seat).
Only the 17" version is on sale, and normally sells for at least $50.
White Noise Adaptive Sound+Sleep Machine
Used this for 3 years (in 2010 to 2012) when living next to a city construction site, and it helped us sleep uninterrupted.
While playing white noise, it gently adapts its pitch & volume when it hears noise.
$100 Apple iTunes & App Store Gift Card
for $80 with code ITUNES20 .
Select $100 and enter the recipient's email address, add one to the cart, and apply code ITUNES20 during checkout to get it for $80.
Asus 15.6" Portable Monitor, USB3.0
Normally about $140.
This one requires a USB3.0 port on your laptop (not compatible with MacBook).
Weighs 1.76 pounds (about half the weight of a modern laptop), and includes a 3-year warranty.
2-Pack of TP-Link Wifi Light Switches
for $45 ($22.50 each).
Control lights from anywhere with an app, or with your voice by talking to an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
This model is compatible with 3-way switch wiring, rare to find with smart light switches.
- RED HOT!
- Black Friday Sale
Hundreds of deals on PC/Laptops, components, tech peripherals, and electronics at Newegg.com, including:
Obihai OBi202 2-Line Voice-over-IP Adapter for $45 with code EMCEERP29 .
This sets up a home or office phone for free (when using free Google Voice) with up to 2 phone lines.
We used the OBi202 for a couple years now, with no issues, and it rarely ever priced under $70.
- Sharp 65" 4K TV with HDR & Roku $450
Sharp is one of our least favorite TV brands, with many customer reporting faulty screens.
Even though it's a well-known and affordable brand, we recommend others, even the lesser-known brands like TCL.
Although this is still a deal worth mentioning, a Sharp 65-inch 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $450, which is about half the price of most other 65-inch TVs.
Consider purchasing an extended warranty option though, just in case this screen dies like others have experienced.
- Deals Today
Best Buy posted a bunch of hot deals today.
They are calling it their "Early Black Friday Sale" although the deals around Thanksgiving will likely be better, these are amazing prices available today.
TCL 55-inch 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $350.
It's been about $380 for a year, and still one of the best values on the market today.
Ours has been working great for about a year so far, and the HDR alone was a big upgrade from a 1080p TV.
Same deal at Target.com and at Amazon.
Best Buy has not been deal-friendly much over the last few weeks, but today there are a few deals to talk about:
Insignia Smart Alarm Clock & Speaker with Google Assistant for $20.
Normally about $40.
It works just like a Google Home but shaped like an alarm clock.
The reviews are mostly positive, especially the sound quality, but some reviewers complained about the wrong time being displayed on the unit.
With little or no tech support available, returning the unit may be the only option if you have that problem.
Insignia 6-Quart Pressure Cooker for $40.
Most pressure cookers, like an Instant Pot, sell for at least $75.
They cook meals much quicker than any other way, including potatoes, soup, or brown rice in 30 minutes (instead of 90 minutes on the stove or oven), and frozen salmon in 5 minutes (instead of having to thaw first).