- External USB CD/DVD Drive for $10 (expired: sold out)
Lite-On USB External CD/DVD Reader Drive for $30 with free shipping, and code
applies $20 off in the cart.
To enter the code, enter it in the Promo Code box in the shopping cart.
You may need to enter your email address first, before the Promo Code box can appear.
Most laptop computers do not have built-in CD/DVD drives.
This one should work with just about any laptop, desktop, or Windows tablet that has a USB port.
Google Voice Support is Back for OBi Devices:
According to the OBi Blog, Google Voice is now officially supported again on OBi devices.
This is a complete turnaround from earlier this year, when Google Voice officially removed support for XMPP-based devices, which the OBi devices used.
However, users of OBi devices with a Google Voice number probably noticed their service continued to work, even after the May 15 deadline.
Now there is no more worry of having to pay for home telephone service.
If you currently have an OBi device, or if you want to buy an OBi device, you can enjoy free incoming and outgoing calls within the US and Canada with a free Google Voice number.
The OBi devices plug in to your home router and your landline phones.
We use ours with a multi-handset cordless phone system, so every room has a cordless phone.
If you have a Google Voice number, you can program it to ring your home phone and your mobile phone at the same time.
This allows people to call one number to reach you by voice, regardless of whether you are available at home or on your mobile phone.
Also, if you answer a Google Voice call on your mobile phone, come home, then you can transfer the call to your home phone.
Beware that Google Voice landline phones cannot call 911.
You will need to use your mobile phone in case of emergency.
If you do want your home phone to make emergency calls, OBi does have service options on their OBiTalk.com website, but you will need to enable one of those services and pay a monthly fee.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
- Samsung 2.5" 1TB Laptop Hard Drive $55
Samsung 1TB Hard Drive, small 2.5" size, for $55 today.
This, and other laptop 1TB hard drives usually go for around $65.
It can go inside a laptop computer or inside a portable drive enclosure, like this enclosure for $9.90 with code AF0909EX1
- 5-Port USB Charger for $20
This is the same deal recently offered by Amazon, now available at Newegg today (for those who prefer Newegg over Amazon).
The Anker 40-watt 5-port USB charger, usually priced at $26, lets you charge up to 5 USB-powered devices at once.
It is powerful enough to charge up to 5 tablets at once, versus most USB charging ports can only charge 1 tablet at a time.
This could be very useful while traveling, when you have 1 power outlet and lots of devices to charge.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
- Portable 1TB USB Drive for $60
Seagate Expansion 1TB USB3.0 Portable Drive for $65, and code EMCPAPF55 applies $5 off.
Western Digital Black 2TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $120 with code EMCPAPH22 (6¢/GB).
If you are buying components for a server or computer that needs to be reliable (like a database server), the Western Digital "Black" series are some of the best drives in the consumer-grade class.
Includes a 5-year warranty.
- Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD for $200
Samsung 840-EVO Series 500GB Solid State Drive for $200 through Newegg's Ebay store (40¢/GB).
It usually goes for around $230, and the Samsung EVO-Series SSDs are rated some of the best on the market today.
- Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for $75
$85 with free shipping, and code EMCPBHD23 applies $10 off in the cart, making it $75 (3.8¢/GB).
Beware there are some negative reviews from people who received faulty drives.
It includes a 2 year warranty.
- 13,000mAh Battery Charger for $33, $25 after rebate
Rosewill Powerbank 13,000mAh Portable Mobile Device Charger for $40 with free shipping.
Coupon code AFNJ4197 applies $7 off, making it $33.
As it stands, $33 is a very good deal for a 13,000 mAh portable battery.
They also have a $8 mail-in rebate.
The device is rebranded by Rosewill, but the description says the battery is made by Samsung.
It provides two USB charging ports, a 2.1-amp port for charging mobile phones and tablets, and a 1-amp port for phones only.
An iPhone 5 has a 1,400mAh battery capacity and an iPad 4th Generation has a 11,560mAh battery capacity.
If you carry around a fully charged 13,000mAh battery pack, it should be able to fully charge an iPhone 5 around 9 times or fully charge an iPad 4 once.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
- Sandisk Cruzer Glide 128GB USB Flash Drive for $40
SanDisk 128GB Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive with 128-bit Encryption for $40 today (31¢/GB).
It usually goes for around $50.
Beware that it does have a lot of fair to poor reviews, as well as some positive ones.
The two biggest complaints are the encryption software and the speed of the drive.
Some people report that data can be written to the drive at around 5 megabytes per second, which means filling the drive's entire 128GB capacity can take around 7 hours.
Also beware that it uses software-based encryption, which adds a layer of personal security but can add hassle.
An encrypted flash drive would need the software installed on all computers that would access this drive.
That being said, it is difficult to find such a large 128GB capacity thumb drive at this price.
- Two Seagate 4TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drives $240
A pretty good deal for two (2) Seagate Expansion 4TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drives for $240 ($120 each).
They usually go for around $140 apiece.
These should drop to about $120 in a couple months, but if you want two of these now, two for $240 is a pretty good deal.
- 256GB SSD for $110 after rebate, Seagate 4TB Hard Drive $135
Plextor 256GB Solid State Drive for $135 (53¢/GB) and a $25 mail-in rebate is available.
The $25 rebate comes in the form of a Prepaid Card, spendable at any store that accepts major credit cards.
If you call the phone number on the back of the card, they will send you a $25 check instead.
- Asus RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wifi Router for $90
Asus RT-AC56U Dual-Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wifi AC1200 Router with 4-port gigabit switch for $110 with free shipping.
applies $20 off in the cart.
The reviews on Newegg and Amazon are a bit mixed.
Some people loved it, some people had poor experiences.
There appear to be more people who loved it than hated it, and at Newegg's price of about $20 less than what most other stores sell it for, this looks like a good deal.
The 2.4GHz wifi frequency works with all wifi devices, but can be a bit crowded if you live in an apartment/condo complex.
The 5GHz frequency is usually less crowded, and can give higher bandwidth to your mobile devices.
All new Apple devices like iPhones & iPads support 5GHz, as well as most laptop computers made within the last 5 years.
- Refurbished Toshiba Chromebook & $40 Rebate Card for $190 or $171
Toshiba CB35-A3120 13-inch Chromebook with Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of disk space, 100GB of online cloud storage, and Chrome OS for $190 with free shipping.
It is refurbished (not new).
A $40 Prepaid Card is available by mail-in rebate.
When added to the cart, apply coupon code VCO to get 10% off.
To get the 10% discount, you must use Visa Checkout.
A Visa card is not required, as you can pay with any major credit card.
It's a pretty good deal at $171 after discount, plus the $40 Prepaid Card rebate is a nice bonus.
It is refurbished with only a 90 day warranty, but it is a savings of over $120 from what it would normally cost.
It has a good review.
- Changhong 50" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV & $40 Rebate for $400
The Changhong 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is back on sale for under $400.
They are also offering a $40 Prepaid Card by mail-in rebate if you purchase it today.
This particular deal comes with 6 free HDMI cables.
However, beware these are very cheaply-made cables, and are susceptible to interference by nearby wires.
The cables could be fine, but you may get no signal because of interference from electrical wires near your TV.
We got 5 of these cables with a previous Changhong TV deal, and only 1 cable worked in our home.
Still nice Newegg gives free HDMI cables with this deal, and the cables may work great for you, but just don't be angry if your "free cables" wind up in the trash.
- Vehicle Power Inverter for $14
Rosewill 150-Watt Power Inverter for your car for $20, and code EMCYTZG788 applies $6 off in the cart.
Usually sells for around $20, and has very good reviews.
Provides one electrical outlet (for a laptop computer, TV, or gaming system) and a USB power port (for charging a mobile device).
Intel 530-Series 120GB Solid State Drive for $82 (68¢/GB).
This is the retail kit, which includes a 2.5-to-3.5-inch bracket, cables, and screws.
Some other 120GB SSD deals can be found for around $62, but some people may prefer an Intel SSD in their laptop computers for $20 more.
Intel is well-known for making some of the most reliable technology products on the market.
Mushkin 480GB SSD for $186 (39¢/GB).
This and other 480GB SSDs usually go for at least $220 (45¢/GB).
Samsung 840-EVO Series 120GB SSD for $75 with code EMCYTZG699 (63¢/GB).
A good price for one of the best quality SSDs on the market today.
Some other 120GB SSDs can be found for around $60, if you are on a limited budget.
- Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD for $400
Samsung 840-EVO Series 1TB (1000GB) Solid State Drive for $470, and code EMCPCHH232 applies $70 off in the cart.
It's a pretty good deal at 40¢ per GB.
It usually sells for at least $440.
- $60 Worth of Gift Cards for $53
If you add a $25 Newegg.com Gift Card to your cart, they will give you a free $5 Gift Card.
Limit 2, so if you change the quantity to 2, you get $10 of Gift Cards for free with your $50 worth of Gift Card purchase.
They will add $3 for shipping, but that still leaves you with $7 free.
This is a good deal if you are planning on buying something from Newegg in the future.
Be sure the free $5 gift card(s) appear in the cart for free, because they can cancel the promotion at any time.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
- Changhong 32" 720p HDTV & $50 Prepaid Card Rebate for $200
Changhong 32-inch 720p LED-backlit LCD HDTV for $200 at Newegg.
They are also offering a $50 Prepaid Card by mail-in rebate.
- IOGear Portable 11,000mAh Mobile Battery Pack for $25 after rebate
IOGear GearPower 11,000mAh Mobile Battery Power Station for $35 today, and a $10 mail-in rebate is available ($25 after rebate).
The $35 price is valid today only, and the rebate with the UPC must be mailed within 30 days from today.
If you plan on traveling, especially overseas, a mobile battery pack is very useful.
An iPhone 5 has a 1,400mAh battery, so you can fully charge an iPhone 5 seven times when the IOGear pack is fully charged.
With a battery pack, you can spend more of your day exploring with the piece of mind that your phone will have a charge, rather than spending time camping out near an available power outlet.
This IOGear battery pack has mostly good reviews.
We have used an Anker Astro E5 15,000mAh battery pack, and it worked great.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
- Western Digital Blue 1TB Hard Drive for $50 $50 with free shipping.
Usually sells for around $60.
- 14,000mAh Battery Charger for $34
This deal came up last month, and is back again for today.
The RAVPower 14,000mAh Portable Battery Pack for charging USB devices/phones for $34.
It has pretty good reviews, and could be very useful for someone who camps or travels on airplanes.
A 14,000mAh battery gives a lot of battery life for your portable devices.
An iPhone 5 has a 1,400mAh battery capacity and an iPad 4th Generation has a 11,560mAh battery capacity, so the fully charged 14,000mAh battery pack should be able to fully charge an iPhone 5 around 9 times and an iPad 4 once.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
- Seagate 3TB Hard Drive for $100, Samsung 250GB SSD for $131
Intel 530-Series 120GB SSD for $82 with code EMCYTZG645 (63¢/GB).
Samsung SSDs are our favorite for their great quality and price, but Intel claims to have the best quality SSDs and offers outstanding support.
- Refurbished RCA 5.1 Speaker System with Blu-Ray & $15 Rebate Card for $45
This deal is only for someone looking for the cheapest possible surroundsound system and Blu-Ray player.
Newegg is selling a refurbished (not new) RCA RTB10223 speaker package with 5 speakers, 1 subwoofer, and a surroundsound receiver with Blu-Ray player.
The receiver can also play Netflix, Vudu, and Pandora.
The purchase price is $45, and they are offering a $15 Prepaid Card by mail-in rebate if you purchase it by tomorrow and mail in the rebate form (with the cut-out UPC) within 30 days.
You are buying a refurbished item, meaning it had once been broken, fixed, and now re-sold to you.
Refurbished electronics, especially those with moving parts (Blu-Ray Player), have a higher likelihood of breaking sooner than new electronics.
This deal involves a rebate, meaning work for you to prepare & mail the documents in time, and meaning patience on your part to wait for your rebate card.
That being said, this could be a good deal for someone who needs cheap speakers.
- Samsung 840-Pro Series 512GB SSD for $360 (expired)
For today only, they are offering a Samsung 840-Series Pro 512GB Solid State Drive for $360 when added to the cart with coupon code EMCYTZG566 .
It usually sells for around $385.
Not a great price per GB (70¢/GB) since many 120GB and 240GB SSDs can be found for under 50¢/GB, but one of the better deals for an SSD with this capacity.
Netgear R6200-100PAS Dual-Band Wireless Router for $130 (regular price).
Apply code EMCPDHD44 in the cart, and a Motorola SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is added for free with the Netgear router.
The SB6141 Cable Modem usually goes for around $80 by itself.
The wifi router has pretty good reviews.
- Zotac Mini Barebonds PC for $180 (expired)
This deal is for someone looking for a tiny PC or home theater PC.
It is a Zotac Zbox-ID80-U Mini PC with Intel Atom D2700 Dual-Core 2.13GHz CPU, Nvidia Geforce GT520M, Wifi b/g/n, 4 USB ports, optical S/PDIF audio output port, gigabit ethernet port, and a memory card reader.
Includes a media remote control with USB IR receiver, and a VESA mounting bracket for physically mounting the PC on the back side of an HDTV.
It is a "barebones" PC, meaning it includes no memory, no hard drive or SSD, no keyboard, no mouse, and no operating system.
A Sandisk 64GB SSD goes for $39 today, or a 120GB SSD for $65.
You are on your own to get and install an operating system.
Windows 8 goes for $95, and many versions of Linux are freely available online.
No keyboard & mouse are included.
Spares are easy to scrounge, or get a wireless keyboard/trackpad combo like a Logitech K400 for around $25.
Optionally add a Bluetooth Adapter for $13, to give the PC the ability to communicate wirelessly with Bluetooth devices.
Use a free operating system, and your total cost for a fully functional home theater PC would be around $300.
If you are looking for a simple & slim PC for a public space (like a check-in computer at a receptionist's desk or a convenient PC in a hallway), this is a great deal.
Attach the PC to the back of a monitor, plug in a keyboard, and you have a convenient PC that is completely hidden behind a monitor.
As a Home Theater PC though, this deal is less attractive than it would have been a couple years ago.
A home theater PC gives you the ability to watch online videos, play movies stored on local storage, surf the web, and play games all from your sofa.
However it is a lot of work to set one up, and for the same (or cheaper) price, you can get similar things.
If you want to stream online videos, movies, and music, just get a Roku 3 for $85.
It is our favorite device for streaming media.
Also many HDTVs and Blu-Ray players already can do streaming media.
If playing movie files from local storage is important, get a WD TV Live for $80.
Rated one of the best devices for playing movie files from USB drives and networked hard drives.
If you use iTunes and Apple products a lot, try an Apple TV for $93, which can stream video, games, music, videos, and photos with easy integration with iOS devices using AirPlay.
If we were designing a home theater system, we would choose the devices above.
They don't do games like a home theater PC would, but console systems, desktop PCs, and tablets are great for that.
As we expected, the Changhong 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is back on sale for under $400 ($380, this time).
This is a great value for a 50-inch television.
We like ours, and most customers are happy with their purchase as well.
It costs about half of the price of 50-inch TVs you will find at Costco, Best Buy, and Amazon.
Some detailed specs are on the manufacturer's website.
Newegg has an unboxing video.
This particular deal comes with 6 free HDMI cables.
However, beware these are very cheaply-made cables, and are susceptible to interference.
HDMI is a digital signal, so it either works or does not work (there is no static when signals are weak), so you will know right away if the cables work for you.
We got 5 of these cables with a previous Changhong TV deal, and only 1 cable worked for us.
The cables themselves were fine, but their lack of sufficient shielding meant the free cables could not carry a 1080p digital signal when near any electrical interference sources, like electronics and other wires.
Still nice Newegg gives free HDMI cables with this deal, and they may work for you, but just don't be angry if your "free cables" wind up in the trash.
The picture quality of the TV is excellent for a bedroom TV.
As a living room TV, the picture quality is very good but certainly not as good as a Samsung 7000-series, 8000-series, or other big-name brand TV would be.
The Samsung 7000/8000 models go for $1000 to $2200 apiece, a huge jump in price over this Changhong.
In terms of value, the $1000+ and $2000+ TVs will probably not hold their value as well as this Changhong would.
If you bought a new $1200 TV today and tried to sell it in 2 years, you may get $600 or $800 for it (loss of at least $400).
Selling your $380 Changhong 50-inch TV may have a value of roughly $250 in 2 years (loss of $130 or so).
As portable devices become more popular alternatives to "TV" watching, and as better screen technology will be coming out in the next couple years, it is unclear how popular today's LED big-screen television technology will be in a few years.
One thing that is clear, they will drop in value the moment they arrive in your home.
Therefore, unless you really, really need to have nothing less than the superior image quality of a $1000+ TV, we would recommend a relatively inexpensive TV like this Changhong 50-inch.
If you want to mount it on a wall, we recommend this flat/tilt mount or this articulating arm bracket.
The Changhong TV's HDMI ports are on the side of the TV, so your HDMI cables may stick out the side.
If you want to hide your HDMI cables behind the TV, we used a HDMI Right Angle Port Saver which angles the HDMI cable upward instead of out the side of the TV.
There are other HDMI adapters too, that can angle your HDMI wires to fit your cable-hiding desires.
If you need help mounting a TV and hiding the HDMI & electrical wires inside your walls, consult a local electrician or handyman (Craigslist is full of them).