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- Samsung 32" 720p HDTV & $75 Gift Card for $198
Samsung (UN32EH4003) 32-inch LED-backlit LCD 720p HDTV for $198 with free shipping.
When you add one to the cart, a free $75 Dell Promo eGift Card should automatically be included.
A Dell eGift Card will be emailed to you about 18 days after your purchase of the HDTV. The $75 can apply toward anything sold on Dell.com, and it will expire 90 days from the day you receive the email.
HDMI Cables for $2 to $20 with code DEC10 .
The ones rated with 28AWG shielding are more than adequate for any home use.
For professional and in-wall installation, a higher AWG rating may be worth the higher price.
In the cart, press "Apply Promotion" to enter the code.
Shipping for one or two cables should only cost about $3.
Shipments over a pound usually start at $7.
10% off code still works.
They are also offering free shipping on $75+ orders.
- Toshiba 50" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $400
Toshiba (50L1400U) 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p 60Hz HDTV for just under $400.
Add something else small, like a napkin for $2, then you will qualify to get $80 in Kohl's Cash back.
Kohl's Cash can be spent about a week after purchase at any Kohl's store or Kohls.com, and must be used by a certain day.
The reviews of the TV are very positive, and it usually sells for around $450.
Kingston 120GB SSD for $50 (42¢/GB).
Does not include screws, cables, or brackets for installing inside a desktop PC.
However, SSDs can replace a laptop's hard drive simply by following the laptop's drive removal instructions and swapping out the drives.
A hard drive to SSD upgrade is probably the best single upgrade you can make to a laptop computer to boost its performance.
Samsung 850 Pro-series 128GB SSD for $90 with code CMSALE241 plus $2 shipping for non-ShopRunner members.
While the 70¢/GB price is high, it is rated one of the best consumer-grade SSDs on the market today.
- LG 60" Plasma 1080p 600Hz HDTV & $200 Gift for $660
LG (60PB5600) 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $660.
Add one to the cart, and a free $200 Dell.com gift card should automatically appear (in red).
RAVPower FileHub Wifi SD Card Reader for $35.
This thing looks great for anyone with a digital camera, especially while traveling.
Plug in your Secure Digital (SD/SDHC/SDXC) memory card, and it lets you access the photos on the card through your wifi network from your computers, tablets, and phones.
NIX 12-inch High Resolution Digital Photo Frame & 4GB Memory for $88.
Unlike most other digital photo frames, this one has excellent reviews and has 4GB of internal memory (so you do not need to have an SD card inside the device).
Has SD card and USB sockets, is wall mountable, and turns itself on when it senses motion.
- 40" LCD 1080p HDTV for $180
Insignia 40-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $180 today.
It's a basic HDTV with decent viewing angle, 3-inches thick without stand, weighs 16 pounds, and has good reviews on BestBuy.com.
VideoSecu TV Wall Mount with Tilt for $25.
Free shipping on $35+ orders, or free for Amazon Prime members.
It is rated one of the best wall mounts for TVs 23 to 65 inches in size.
It comes with a bubble level, an HDMI cable, and plenty of screws.
- Samsung 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $1500 Samsung 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $1500.
This is Samsung's latest and last Plasma TV.
This 8500-series Plasma was released in 2013, and will likely be the last Plasma sold by Samsung.
This is a discontinued model, and once BestBuy's inventory sells out, it could be difficult to find them again.
This Samsung PN60F8500 has very positive reviews, weighs 90 pounds, includes 4 pairs of 3D active glasses, and uses a Plasma display instead of an LCD.
Manufacturers are phasing out their plasma screens because they are expensive to build, while LED-LCD TVs are becomming much cheaper.
The future of TV is OLED, however it will be at least a few more years before they become affordable.
Advantages of Plasma over LED-LCD:
Unlike LED/LCD which must maintain a constant bulb of light passing through the screen, Plasma can actually turn off individual pixels, producing true blacks.
Some newer LED-LCD TVs can produce black levels similar to Plasma, but until OLED becomes mainstream, there is no way to get black levels as good as a Plasma today.
600Hz refresh rate, which is great for watching sports and anything in motion.
LED-LCD screens have 60 to 240 Hz.
Better viewing angle than LED-LCD.
Disadvantages of Plasma:
Plasma consumes more electricity than LED-LCD.
Our guess is about 3 times as much electricity as a similarly-sized LED-LCD, but your actual power consumption may vary.
Plasma can generate a lot of heat, and usually have a built-in fan to regulate the temperature.
Plasma has a glass screen, and can be more prone to glare than a LED-LCD.
Do not face your plasma toward a light source or window, because the plasma's glass screen can act as a mirror.
It will reflect light in the same way as a touch-screen device like an iPad, iPhone, or Motorola Droid.
If you place your iPad or phone where you want your TV to be, and if you can see a glare, then your Plasma would produce the same glare.
Many plasmas, especially 2012 and earlier models, produce a slight "buzzing" sound when on.
The reviews of the Samsung say there is a slight buzz in this 2013 model, but it will be drown out by TV's sound at normal levels.
If you are looking for a great TV today for your living room or home theater, we recommend this TV.
- Yamaha RX-V475 A/V Receiver & Polk PSW10 Subwoofer $300
Yamaha RX-V475 Networked Audio/Video Receiver for $300, and if you add coupon EMCWWPF98 to the cart, a Polk Audio PSW10 10-inch Subwoofer will be added for free.
This is a good deal, since the Receiver usually goes for around $350, and the subwoofer for around $100.
Yamaha makes good quality receivers.
We have the RX-V575 powering 5.1 living room speakers and a pair of outdoor speakers, and it works well.
The RX-V475 can only power one room's stereo or surroundsound speakers, but otherwise has similar specs to the RX-V575 with 4 HDMI inputs, 2 optical & 2 coaxial inputs, and 115-watt output per channel.
- 4-port USB Wall Charger for $16
Anker 4-port USB Wall Charger for $21, and code EMCWWPF224 applies $5 off in the cart.
It usually sells for around $20.
It provides 4 ports of up to 2.4-amps per port, limited to 7.2-amps total.
That means it is powerful enough to charge up to 3 tablets at the same time.
Most other chargers are only powerful enough to charge 1 tablet at once, regardless of how many USB ports they provide.
It also supports 100-240 volt input, so you can carry this charger along with an international power plug adapter when traveling overseas, without worrying about the voltage difference.
This is last year's iPad Air model, and is not the new iPad Air 2 which has a faster processor which sells for $499 and up.
As a CNet article points out, the iPad Air 2 is not a big change from the 2013 iPad Air.
- Samsung 32" LED-backlit LCD 720p HDTV & $125 Gift for $218
Samsung 32-inch LED-backlit LCD 720p 60Hz HDTV for $218 with free shipping.
Add one to the cart, and a $125 Dell Promotional eGift Card should automatically appear for free.
A Dell eGift Card will be emailed to you about 18 days after your purchase of the HDTV.
It will expire 90 days from the day you receive the email.
Place it next to your bed, plug it in, turn it on, and it listens for ambient sounds such as street noise, construction, trains, car horns, noisy roommate, etc.
It does not spit out white noise, instead it plays your choice of rain, wind, waves, fireplace, etc., and adjusts the audio pitch to drown out noises it hears, effectively drowning out sounds.
It's a device we tried, and vouch that it works great and we recommend it for city apartments where noises can disrupt sleep.
Most stores sell it for around $75 to $90.
It is currently on sale for $70.
Changhong makes good quality screens, without the bells & whistles of other TVs (no 3D, no 240Hz, not ultra-slim, no built-in streaming media apps, no wifi, no webcam, etc).
We have the 50-inch, and believe it was an excellent value for the dollar.
The picture is not going to look as sharp as the newer Samsung models (like this one), but it does cost one-third the price for a similar screen size.
- Free Shipping on a $25+ Order
Monoprice has great deals on high quality A/V cables, HDMI switchers/splitters, and various A/V accessories.
Their shipping prices are reasonable, but for this weekend, shipping is free on any $25+ order.
If you are looking for HDMI cables or cables for your home or office, definitely look at Monoprice.
Example of some great deals:
HDMI Cables for $2 to $20, depending on cable length and shielding thickness.
For most people, Monoprice's HDMI cables with a 28AWG shielding rating are more than adequate for a picture perfect HDMI signal.
The lower the AWG rating, the thicker the cable.
Thick cables are heavy and harder to bend, and are really meant for very long distances and in-wall installations where thick shielding becomes important.
Otherwise, these 28AWG HDMI Cables for $2.03 to $5.15 are great quality and work for most people's needs.
Micro HDMI to HDMI Cables for $3.63 to $5.94.
Some newer laptop computers have a Micro-HDMI port, and you would need a cable like this to connect to your HDTV.
Changhong 40-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV with a free Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player and 2 HDMI cables.
The Chromecast is worth about $30 by itself.
Changhong, a Chinese company, makes good quality televisions.
They do not have the bells and whistles of other HDTVs like 3D and built-in apps, but the free Google Chromecast should give you some nice apps on the TV.
- Lightning Cable for $12
Anker 3-foot Lightning Cable for newer iPhones and iPads for $12.
Has better reviews than Amazon's own Lightning Cable that costs $1 less, and still costs less than Apple's cable.
We have one, and it works great.