3-Pack TP-Link HS100 Wifi Smart Plugs for $33.25 ($11.10 each) when applying coupon code SMARTNGY3 in the cart.
Normally $15 each or $27 for 2.
We have one connected to a surveillance camera that sometimes drops off Wifi, and needs to be power cycled.
Rather than climb a ladder to unplug and plug in the camera's power cable, the TP-Link app can cycle the power from a smartphone.
Other people use a Wifi smart plug to boil water in an electric kettle or make toast at a certain time in the morning.
Toshiba 1TB Portable USB Hard Drive for $45 with code EMCTWVT32 .
Useful for backing-up photos and videos, a portable USB hard drive powers itself with the included USB data cable and is about the size of an iPhone X.
Western Digital Black 1TB M.2 SSD Card for $200 with code EMCTWVT22 .
Expensive when compared with other M.2 SSD cards, but Western Digital's "Black" devices are known to be higher quality and are backed by a 5-year warranty.
Western Digital 10TB USB Desktop/External Hard Drive and 32GB USB Flash Drive for $160.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
Great for backing-up photos and movies.
It's about half the price of an internal 10TB hard drive.
Tech-savvy people can unscrew the case, pull out the drive, and install in a desktop computer for massive file storage.
Doing it may void the 2 year warranty, but would likely give a Helium-filled 10TB 5400rpm hard drive (according to this article and these Reddit users) at a price of 1.6¢ per GB).
Normally, a 10TB internal hard drive would cost at least $250.
Civilization 6 Gold Edition for PC/Mac/SteamOS for $36 when applying code EMCTVUV53 in the cart.
Also includes 3DMark Advanced Edition for free (3D graphics benchmark/test tool).
This is a better deal than buying directly from Steam at $40 for the Gold Edition.
Gold includes the game, the Rise and Fall Expansion (sells for $19 by itself) and 6 additional civilizations & scenario packs.
Also, Civilization 6 is available free to play for 1 day on Steam.
The "U3" means it can handle sustainable writes of at least 30 megabytes per second, which is required for recording 4K video up to 60 frames
per second or for taking a burst of RAW photos with an SLR camera.
However, some reviews of these PNY SD cards talk about data and performance loss, which makes me nervous about using in our SLR camera.
We used SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards in our SLR camera, and love it.
As long as you buy from a reputable seller (look for the actual seller on Amazon.com) and avoid counterfeit products, SanDisk is our recommended pick for high performance SD cards for SLR cameras.
- 120GB SSD for $18
Kingston 120GB Solid State Drive for $18 with 3-year warranty.
This and other similar 120GB SSDs have been on sale for $22 and under frequently over the last year, but $18 is about the cheapest we have seen.
According to the Kingston A400 Specs, this drive uses TLC based cells which are super fast, but lower in quality/longevity than MLC or 3D NAND.
So if you are buying a Solid State Drive for your work computer or laptop, we recommend spending a little more and avoiding TLC technology in your SSD.
- 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $130
Best Buy is selling a Western Digital EasyStore 8TB External/Desktop Hard Drive with USB interface for $130 today.
Comes with a 2-year warranty.
Normal price for an 8TB USB drive is about $150.
Recently, parents have asked us for suggestions on safe-keeping their kids' photos and videos.
While cloud services like Apple Cloud and Google Cloud offer convenience and cheap prices for safe-keeping a couple gigabytes of photos & videos, they can get very expensive when storing years worth.
At $10/mo for 2TB of storage, that's $120 per year to keep your photos and videos safe and accessible.
If you stop paying the fee, your precious memories could be lost forever.
At a one-time cost of $130, an 8TB USB hard drive can keep your memories safe.
To prevent loss when a hard drive dies, buy a second hard drive as a backup.
It is extremely rare for two hard drives to die at the same time.
Do not rely on burnt DVDs, which will lose their integrity in 5-10 years.
Flash drives also could suffer from a similar fate.
Optical discs, flash drives, and solid state media can suffer total data loss when parts fail, versus hard drives which use magnetic mechanisms and can usually be recovered when they die.
Do not rely on social media for safe-keeping your photos, since Facebook, Twitter, and others degrade photo quality during upload to save on space.
Degraded photos could look blurry when printed, even though they look as good as original when viewed on a mobile device.
So if Cloud services are getting too expensive, we recommend USB hard drives as the cheapest way for safe-keeping your memories.
A 3.5" hard drive installs inside a desktop computer, and a good value at 3.3¢ per GB.
Also, a couple SSD deals:
Samsung 860 EVO 250GB mSATA SSD for $60 with coupon code EMCXTUTV2 .
This is mSATA (not Serial-ATA and not M.2), used in some upgradable laptops and netbooks.
Even if your laptop uses 2.5" Serial-ATA, it may also have a mSATA slot.
This model also supports hardware encryption, and most stores sell it for at least $67.
- $30 Off $60 For Select Customers
If you subscribed to the Staples.com email list, check your inbox and spam folder for an email from Staples about a one-time-use $30 off $60 coupon code.
The email subject will be something like, "Your Exclusive $30 Off Coupon Has Arrived."
Apply the coupon by viewing the cart, and click "Add coupons" next to the "Checkout" button near on the right side of the page.
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