home : hot deals & information involving: computer hardware Friday, January 4, 2019
- 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
Viewsonic 32" 1920x1080 IPS Monitor for $150.
Note, the 1920x1080 resolution is not great for a monitor of this size, so small text may be harder to read than a monitor with better resolution.
However it's plenty good enough for general use and as a common-area general-use monitor.
- Intel 545s 512GB SSD for $55
Newegg is selling an Intel 545s 512GB Solid State Drive for $55 through their Ebay store.
Most 512GB SSDs sell for between $60 and $80, but Intel makes some of the best quality SSDs on the market today (along with Samsung, in our opinion).
This model also has hardware AES 256-bit encryption, compatible with any laptop that has full-disk encryption or hard drive encryption in its BIOS, ensuring data stays safe if the laptop is stolen.
- OBi200 Voice-Over-IP Adapter $34, Other Deals Obihai OBi200 Voice-Over-IP Adapter for $50, and apply coupon code EMCEERV52 in the cart to get $16 off.
Easy to set up with a free Google Voice phone number, and gives free phone calls within the US and Canada.
Plug in any standard home telephone, like a cordless phone system, and forget about paying monthly fees to the phone or cable company.
One downside is 911 emergency calling does not work on this device, however you can add Anveo E911 for $20 for the first year, $18/year thereafter, or just rely on your cell phone for emergency calls.
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).
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.
$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.
- 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.