home : hot deals & information involving: electronics Thursday, December 13, 2018
- Samsung 49" 1080p TV for $270
Samsung 49-inch 1080p Smart TV for $270 when applying code EMCSERER3 in the cart.
Normally sells for about $390.
If you can afford another $80, the TCL 49" 4K TV with HDR and Roku is still the best large-screen TV value on the market, in our opinion.
We paid $380 for it last December, and still love the crisp display with HDR (YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix 4K content), the 60Hz refresh rate for smooth sports watching (some YouTube TV channels broadcast 1080p60), and the built-in Roku (control the TV with the Roku app on a mobile device).
For example, buying a $100 blender would give $20 off when choosing to pay with AmEx points.
Points apply about 0.7¢/point, so paying for the entire $100 order would be about 12,000 points (value of $80 in points).
To use, pick an American Express card during checkout, then under the payment method click Points.
Then, 20% off should apply to the entire order.
Nvidia TV Streaming Player with Game Controller for $136 after automatic discount.
This is an Android player with a powerful graphics controller and CPU, so it streams 1080p and 4K videos quickly, and runs apps (like YouTube and YouTube TV) very well, and plays Android games on the TV.
Not every product sold at Target.com qualifies for the 15% discount.
If the text "Today Only, Save 15% Off" appears under a product's price, then the discount will apply.
Google and Apple products will not work with the discount.
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).
3-Pack of TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug for $30 with code EMCEERS227 .
Add the bundle to the cart for $36, then apply coupon EMCEERS227 in the cart.
Normally sells for about $14 to $20 each (at least $40 for 3).
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.
- 4-Pack Philips LED Smart Light Bulbs $40
Works with Echo and Google Home smart speakers for voice control.
Requires a Philips Hue router (also called a Smart Bridge), and comes with a Hue Starter Kit.
- More Black Friday Deals
Amazon continues its Black Friday sale with more deals today.
Call it Cyber Monday, or whatever, it is still Black Friday to us.
If you have an American Express Card that accrues points,
activate 20% AmEx Points Credit
then pay for your order with points (could be a hot deal if buying an expensive item like a TV or cookware set).
Yorepek 17" Laptop Backpack for $35.24 for Black, $37.50 for Red or Blue.
This is a
We own the black version, and it's one of the best laptop bags we ever had.
It has a lot of compartments that can hold just about everything- laptop, ipad, charger, ID, headphones, water bottle, sweater, and more.
We carry it to work and use as a carry-on bag while traveling (it fits under an airline seat).
Only the 17" version is on sale, and normally sells for at least $50.
White Noise Adaptive Sound+Sleep Machine
Used this for 3 years (in 2010 to 2012) when living next to a city construction site, and it helped us sleep uninterrupted.
While playing white noise, it gently adapts its pitch & volume when it hears noise.
$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.
- Sharp 65" 4K TV with HDR & Roku $450
Sharp is one of our least favorite TV brands, with many customer reporting faulty screens.
Even though it's a well-known and affordable brand, we recommend others, even the lesser-known brands like TCL.
Although this is still a deal worth mentioning, a Sharp 65-inch 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $450, which is about half the price of most other 65-inch TVs.
Consider purchasing an extended warranty option though, just in case this screen dies like others have experienced.
- 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.
Best Buy has not been deal-friendly much over the last few weeks, but today there are a few deals to talk about:
Insignia Smart Alarm Clock & Speaker with Google Assistant for $20.
Normally about $40.
It works just like a Google Home but shaped like an alarm clock.
The reviews are mostly positive, especially the sound quality, but some reviewers complained about the wrong time being displayed on the unit.
With little or no tech support available, returning the unit may be the only option if you have that problem.
Insignia 6-Quart Pressure Cooker for $40.
Most pressure cookers, like an Instant Pot, sell for at least $75.
They cook meals much quicker than any other way, including potatoes, soup, or brown rice in 30 minutes (instead of 90 minutes on the stove or oven), and frozen salmon in 5 minutes (instead of having to thaw first).
- 48-Pack of AA Batteries $7
Best deal on AA batteries in a while.
The previous deal was $7.50 for a 48-pack.
For an even better deal, choose "Easy Replenish" for $6.29.
You will have to remember to cancel after your order ships, otherwise the Easy Replenish will automatically re-order more batteries for you after a specified time has elapsed.
- TCL 55" 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $361
Electronics Express has the best deal on the TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K (2160p) TV with HDR and Roku.
Price is $380 with free shipping, and no sales tax for customers outside of Tennessee and Alabama.
Also, coupon code 5OFFPROMO applies 5% off (apply in the shopping cart).
We owned this TV since December, and love a few things about it:
It's one of the best prices available for a 55-inch TV today.
This was our upgrade from a 1080p TV, and the HDR made the colors appear more life-like.
Roku remote included, and the TV can be fully controlled by the Roku app (including power on/off).
Beware that Electronics Express does have a few negative reviews from customers who bought from their retail store, but we heard few problems with online orders.
They sell a lot through Amazon and Ebay, and usually have great prices.
- LG 55" 4K TV and $100 Gift for $500
LG 55-inch 2160p 4K TV with HDR for $500 with free shipping.
A free $100 Dell Promo eGift card is automatically added to the cart, and delivered by email a few weeks after purchase.
The free $100 "Promo" eGift card can be used toward anything at Dell.com (computers, monitors, TVs, accessories, etc.) within 90 days from delivery.
The TV normally sells for about $500 without a free gift card.
Even if your home does not have 4K (2160p) players, the HDR benefit is a noticeable upgrade from a 1080p TV since blacks look actually black and colors look more vivid.
They are also selling a
Vizio 55-inch 4K TV with HDR for $500 and includes a free $150 Dell Promo eGift Card.
To see other TV deals, click here.
In the middle of the page, look for the "Filter by Category" dropdown menu, and choose "TV & Home Theater Deals."
Note that TV prices could rise in about 6 months (some say by Christmas), so now may be a good time to consider upgrading an old 1080p TV to 4K with HDR.
Although the impact of tariffs will seem to hit clothing, shoes, and furniture sooner than electronics, experts seem to believe all household goods will ultimately hit US consumers' wallets in the near future.
- 2-Pack Insignia Speakers with Google Assistant $50, With Battery $70
Insignia Voice Smart Bluetooth Speaker & Alarm Clock with Google Assistant.
It works like the Google Home but in alarm clock form.
Plays streaming music, tells the news & weather, and controls smart devices in the home.
The price is $40 for the regular one, or $150 for the portable one.
Don't worry, the price will change:
Add one to the cart.
View the cart, and change the quantity to 2
The total price changes to $50 for the regular model, or $70 for the portable.
Those are for 2.
Shipping is free.
At $25 each (or $35 each for the portable), this is cheaper than 2 Google Home Minis at $39 each.
The reviews of the Insignia speakers are mostly positive.
Reading the reviews, people love the sound quality, the Google Assistant, and the clock on the front.
However, some reviews complain about the wrong time being displayed, and little support available to help.
As one reviewer said, "hold on to your receipt in case you can't get the time to set properly and need to return the unit."