home : hot deals & information involving: electronics Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- 15% Off $25 Select Items, Code: PLAYFUL15
Code PLAYFUL15 gives 15% off when buying at least $25 worth of stuff from eligible sellers.
Scroll down to near the bottom of their page to see a list of eligible sellers.
Sellers include GNC, Dell, Adidas, and Electronic Express.
To use the code:
Add at least $25 to your cart, or press "Buy Now" on a single item priced above $25.
Must be sold by a seller on the list.
On the payment page, choose "PayPal" as the payment method.
Do not pay yet.
Further down the page, enter code PLAYFUL15 in the Promo Code box to get 15% off.
When the discount appears, you may commit the order and pay.
Adidas is an eligible seller, with deals that include:
- Fire TV Stick for $30
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $30.
Plugs into a TV's HDMI port, and streams Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Music, Hulu, HBO Now, Sling TV, and others.
Note that Amazon and Google do not play nice with each other.
If you want to run streaming video owned by Google, such as YouTube and YouTube TV, consider a $35Google Chromecast or a $40 Roku.
A Chromecast works directly from more apps with a "Cast" button that appears.
A Roku has the most flexibility, supporting both Amazon and Google apps.
We chose Chromecast over Amazon and Roku for its performance.
Videos load faster than Roku, and quality seems better.
It also works great with the YouTube TV app, which we chose over Playstation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu TV, and Sling TV.
However the Amazon Fire Stick does have voice-operation built-in, a nice feature.
To get voice-control that with a Google Chromecast, we had to buy a Google Home.
One more thing to note, Net Neutrality rules expire today in the US, allowing service providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to block and slow access to services that compete with their interests, like video streaming services.
Changes will be slow for them to implement, but how people access digital content will eventually be determined by contracts with the cable companies, versus the Net Neutrality way of consumers paying for sufficient bandwidth/speed to access the Internet.
The new normal means websites and streaming services could be slowed or blocked from homes, explicitly allowing cable monopolies to prioritize content that pays them.
This sounds confusing, but think of it like your post office slowing or refusing to deliver mail from certain businesses even though they paid the same postage as another.
Unlike FedEx, UPS, or any courier service who can compete with the post office, there is no alternative Internet access for most homes in the US.
Since there's no competition for the majority of Americans, people who see their video streaming services degrade will have less freedom of choice.
We fear that less competition will lead to higher prices and worse service for consumers accessing video streaming services.
Through tonight, Rakuten is offering the TCL 55C807 55-inch 4K 2160p TV with HDR & Roku for $400 when applying code EE80 in the cart.
Click the coupon under the $480 price to see the details.
Normally sells for $500.
Compare its value with the TCL 55S405 model which sells for $380 at Best Buy, Newegg, PC Richard, and Amazon (some stores may not charge sales tax for you).
The only significant difference between the cheaper 55S405 and the 55C807 is a slightly better display capable of Dolby Vision HDR, versus just regular HDR10.
We love our 55S405, and feel the HDR alone was a huge upgrade over a standard 1080p display, regardless of playing video that is 4K, 1080p, or 720p.
- Insignia 32" 720p TV with Roku for $140
Insignia 32-inch 720p TV with Roku for $140 today.
The built-in Roku means you can control the TV from a Roku app and stream TV and movies over wifi.
For a similar deal, IKEA stores sell similar rechargeable batteries and charger for about the same price.
Some bloggers, (this one and this one) say the IKEA batteries perform just as good as the highly-rated Panasonic Eneloop.
- APC 125VA UPS for $20
APC Back-UPS BGE90M 125VA UPS for $20.
This uninterruptible power supply keeps small electronics running during a power outage, such as a fish tank's filter, an Internet router, or a DVR.
- Yamaha RX-V583BL A/V Receiver for $320 (expired)
Yamaha RX-V583BL 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver for $320 today.
Normally about $400.
This model supports 1080p and 4K video passthrough, 7.2-Channel speakers, and 115-watt speaker output.
This receiver also supports "Zone B", useful to power a second room or outdoor patio.
Unlike a regular receiver's "Zone 2" feature, Yamaha's "Zone B" is capable of copying digital audio to the second room without any conversion or second source.
- Travel Surge Protector for $19
Travel surge protector with 4 USB charging ports for $19.
Includes international adapters for UK, AU, and EU.
Light weight at about 1 pound, and not too big at 8 inches in length and 3.5 inches in depth.
Similar surge protectors sell for about the same price, but don't include international adapters.
- 16 AA Rechargeable Batteries for $25 (expired)
16-pack of Panasonic Eneloop AA 2000mAh Rechargeable NiMH Batteries for $25 today ($1.57 each).
They normally sell a 8-pack for $19 ($2.38 each).
The Eneloop batteries are some of the best quality rechargeable batteries.