home : hot deals & information involving: electronics Friday, August 22, 2014last update: 1:30pm (CDT)
- Vizio 60" LED-backlit LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV & $250 Card for $850
Dell.com is selling a Vizio 60-inch (E600i-B3 model) LED-backlit LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $850, same price that other online stores sell it for.
Dell is including a free $250 eGift Card with the order, and an additional year of warranty coverage.
To get the deal, add one to the cart.
View the cart, and it should say "Receive a $250 Dell PROMO eGift Card with this purchase" as one of the line items.
Be sure the eGift Card shows in the cart, because they can remove this promotion at any time.
They also include a free additional year of warranty coverage, for a total of 2 years of coverage on this TV.
When you complete the purchase, your eGift Card will arrive by email within 20 days.
The $250 value can be applied toward anything at Dell.com (computers, TVs, accessories, games, etc).
Beware that the eGift Card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so the $250 credit should be used before you lose it.
- Samsung 50" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV & $200 Card for $548
Samsung (UN50EH5000) 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $548, which is about $50 less than what most other stores sell it for.
Add one to the cart, and a $200 eGift Card should automatically appear for free.
Be sure the free $200 card appears in the cart, because they can remove this promotion anytime.
The $200 gift card will arrive by email in 20 days. You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com. The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so be aware you will have limited time to use it before you lose it.
Good reviews on this TV.
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.
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).
- Seiki 22" Old-looking 1080p HDTV for $100
This is a deal because the price is $70 to $120 less than what everyone else sells it for (including sellers on Ebay), and it has positive reviews.
The old-look can be a really cool feature in a room, however paying $100 is just a fair (not great) price for a 22-inch HDTV.
- LG 50" Plasma 720p HDTV & $200 Gift Card for $399
LG 50-inch (PB560B) 720p Plasma 600Hz HDTV for $399 with free shipping.
When added to the cart, a free $200 eGift Card should automatically appear.
Be sure the $200 free gift card appears, because Dell could cancel this promotion at any time.
After buying the TV, your $200 "eGift Card" should arrive by email in 20 days. You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com. The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so be aware you will have limited time to use it before you lose it.
- Refurbished Kindle Paperwhite for $85
The Kindle Paperwhite usually goes for over $100.
They are selling a refurbished (previously returned, then fixed) Kindle Paperwhite today for $85.
Includes a full one-year warranty, the same warranty offered on the regular non-refurbished one.
The Kindle Paperwhite has a touch screen, and a better interface than the original Kindle.
The Paperwhite has a front-lit screen, so you can read in the dark without producing harmful eyestrain that a tablet or phone's back-lit screen can do.
However, keep in mind the original Kindle is still available for $69 and is a fantastic e-reader for books.
We are very happy with ours.
It does not have a built-in light, so it will require light to read at night, however it is still a great value at $69.
- Vizio 23" 720p HDTV & $100 Gift Card for $178
Add a Vizio 23-inch E231i-B1 720p LED-backlit LCD HDTV to your cart for $178.
View the cart, and you should see a $100 Promo eGift Card.
The gift card is free.
After buying the TV, your $100 gift card should arrive by email in 20 days.
You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com.
The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so you will have limited time to use it.
- Vizio SoundBar & Subwoofer for $230
Vizio S4251W-B4 5.1 SoundBar (with subwoofer) for $230 with free shipping for Costco members.
Non-Costco members add a 5% surcharge ($11.50 more).
It usually sells for around $300.
- 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.
- LG 60" Plasma 1080p HDTV & $150 Gift for $700
LG 60-inch Plasma 1080p 600Hz HDTV for $700.
Usually sells for around $900.
When you add it to the cart, a free $150 Dell eGift Card appears in the cart.
Be sure the free $150 gift card appears before beginning checkout.
The TV has positive reviews.
Plasma uses more energy and weighs more than a LED/LCD screen.
This one weighs nearly 100-pounds.
- LG 32" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $269
LG 32-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is currently priced at $269 through BuyDig.com's Ebay store.
Mostly positive reviews and usually sells for $100 more.
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).
Most receivers have 2 separate zones that require the second zone to work off of an analog audio source, but this is one of the few receivers that allows two speaker zones to work off of the same digital audio source.
It copies the digital source to both speaker zones, which can make it much easier to connect and use a second speaker zone than the way other receivers do it.
This receiver can be controlled by the Yamaha app on iTunes and Android, if connected to your home's ethernet port.
If you don't have an available Ethernet port near the Receiver, get something like a TrendNet TEW-687GA for $28 which bridges a single Ethernet port with a Wifi network, wirelessly connecting to your Wifi router.
- Zyxel X650 AC1200 Dual-Band Wifi Router $60
Half way down the page is a Zyxel X650 AC1200 Wifi Router for $60.
Usually goes for around $85.
Includes a 2-year warranty, does 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously, and has a 4-port gigabit switch.
According to the reviews, this router is meant for those who have networking knowledge.
The range is mediocre and the antennas cannot be upgraded, but could be a good alternative to a D-Link, Linksys, or DD-WRT compatible router.
- Samsung 22" 1080p and $50 Gift for $178
Samsung 22-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $178.
It is 1.7-inches thick (without stand).
Add one to the cart, and a free $50 Dell Promo eGift Card automatically appears in the cart.
- LG 42" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $391
LG (42LN5400) 42-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $391 from Paul's TV via Amazon, or Amazon direct for $400.
We still love our Changhong 50" TV for $400, but LG is a very popular brand with 120Hz refresh rate and good reviews.