Small States Review – Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveaway

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Back in January, San Francisco-based bag and accessory maker WaterField Designs announced its Bolt Briefcase. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to put the Bolt through its paces. Designed to be a professional alternative to the leather briefcases of old, this bag is for travelers and techies in need of a solution for multiple occasions.

Head below for our hands-on impressions and to learn how you could win this Bolt Briefcase.

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Daily Deals: Vizio 24″ Razor HDTV $100, Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard $90, Insignia Bluetooth wall speaker $23, more

Every morning we search for the best Daily Deals using our Daily Deal finder tool and have them here for you at 9am ET/6am PT.

Vizio 24” Razor LED HDTV $99.99 (orig. $187.99) | Dell Vizio 24”  Razor LED TV
Logitech Harmony Smart Wireless Keyboard $89.99 (orig. $149.99) | Best Buy Logitech - Harmony Smart Wireless Keyboard
Insignia Plug-In Bluetooth wall speaker $22.99 (orig. $29.99) | Best Buy Insignia Plug-In Bluetooth wall speaker
TOCCs iPhone Telephoto Lens with 8x Optical Magnification, Magnetic Attachment, Tripod and Holster Case
QVS 6000mAh Dual USB Battery Power Bank $12.95 (orig. $29.95) | B&H QVS 6000mAh Dual USB Battery Power Bank (White)
Sphero Limited Edition 2.0 refurb with Nubby Cover $68 + $5 shipping (orig. $140) | Meh Sphero Limited Edition 2.0 (Refurbished) with Nubby Cover

iRobot Roomba 560 Automatic Robotic Vacuum refurb $199.99 + $5 shipping | Woot

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Acesori Powerstick 2600mAh Portable Power Bank, Assorted Colors $6.99 (orig. $29.99) | Staples Acesori Powerstick 2600mAh Portable Power Bank, Assorted Colors
iLuv Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand $20.52 (orig. $59.99) | Walmart Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speaker Stand

All these items are on sale until midnight only. So we will continue to curate the best deals we can find from our Daily Deal finder and have them on the site at 9am ET/6am PT.

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Mad Catz brings console style gaming to Android devices with the L.Y.N.X.3

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Mad Catz is adding to its line of popular gaming controllers, but this time its put a focus on Android devices. The L.Y.N.X.Mobile Wireless Controller is a “highly-compact mobile game controller” that can collapse for travel and has a full-range of controls that you’d expect from a full-sized console. 

Head below for full details, pricing and availability.

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Incase Maki Canvas Jacket iPad 2/3/4 case $10 shipped (Reg. $40)

Incase is offering its Canvas Maki Jacket case for iPad 2/3/4 for $39.95, but using code AFF227 in the cart will drop your total down to $9.95 shipped. That’s $30 under the regular listing and matching the best price we have seen on the black model. As for the other colors, we rarely see them all available for this low at the same time, but you will find some of the more eccentric color combinations for as low as $5 Prime shipped on Amazon.

Need something else from Incase? Use coupon code AFF151 to save 15% sitewide.

Features:

  • Complete protection for your iPad
  • Converts into a stand with viewing and working/typing angles
  • Durable cotton canvas construction
  • Dimensions: .88″ x 7.75″ x 10.75″

While reviews are somewhat scarce, many of the Maki jackets have received positive ratings on Amazon. More discounted iPad/iPhone accessories still alive:

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Free Xbox Live Gold Games for March: Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider + Bioshock Infinite

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Each month, Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold and Sony’s PlayStation Plus services give away a handful of free games to subscribers, adding value to each company’s multi-console online gaming service. Microsoft has already announced its free games for March, but Sony’s run into unexpected delays, so we’ll update this post when the PlayStation games are announced.

This will be a great month for Xbox Live Gold members. Microsoft is giving away the 2D action-platformer Rayman Legends (normally $40) to Xbox One players all month long. From March 1 to the 15th, Xbox 360 players get the phenomenal 3D adventure game Tomb Raider (reg. $20) — topic of one of our Gaming For Couples articles — then the incredible first-person shooter Bioshock Infinite (normally $30) from the 16th to the 31st. A one-year Xbox Live Gold membership is normally $60, but there’s a “Limited Time Offer” direct from Microsoft: $39.99. Given the value of games given away each month, and the other benefits it offers (other discounted games, online multiplayer), Xbox Live Gold is now a no-brainer purchase for Xbox owners.

Full descriptions of this month’s titles are below.

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Home: Vitamix 5200 blender (refurb) $247 (orig. $449), Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot $120 (orig. $200), more

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Update (2/27 4:15pm): Newegg via eBay is also offering the iRobot Roomba 790 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets & Allergies for $429.99 shipped (orig. $700, lowest we’ve seen)

Vitamix is offering the certified refurbished Vitamix 5200 Series Blender (in black, grey, silver, red or white) for $329, but using code 07-0103-01-01 in the cart will drop your total down to $246.47 shipped plus $25 shipping. That’s around $225 under Amazon’s bloated listing and the best refurbished price we can find on this model.

While certainly an expensive investment for a blender, as you know from our Kitchen Tech feature, these are very high quality machines that tend to last a lifetime. Not to mention the 5 year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee they ship with. And according to the company: “the title Vitamix Certified Reconditioned machine must be earned.”

This model has a 2 peak horsepower/ ball-bearing motor that is “built to last a lifetime” and will chop up just about anything you put inside of it with ease. It has received a 4.6/5 star rating from over 300 Amazon customers.

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Newegg via eBay Daily Deals is once again offering the iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot for $119.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $30 below Amazon and matching the best price we’ve seen on this model.

It features up to 3 hours of runtime on a single charge, a North Star Navigation System “to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along a room perimeter” and whisper-quiet operation. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from nearly 200 Amazon customers and comes with the standard iRobot warranty.

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Games/Apps: Fight Pad for Wii U $20, Transistor & Machinarium for Mac 50% off, freebies, more

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Update (2/27 12:15pm):

In today’s best game/app deals, Buy via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Wii U 32GB Black Deluxe Set w/ Super Mario 3D World & Nintendo Land for $259.99 shipped. That’s $40 or more of the average selling price/Amazon, and the best price we’ve seen since limited Black Friday deals with gift cards attached. While you’ll still find Smash Bros. on Wii U and Hyrule Warriors for $49 each, you can also pickup the officially licensed, Yoshi themed PDP Wired Fight Pad for Wii U for $19.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $25, current low)

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Transistor: $10 (Reg. $20), BioShock Infinite: $10 (Reg. $30)Machinarium: $5 (Reg. $10)LEGO Star Wars Saga: $10 (Reg. $20), NFL Quarterback 15: FREE (Reg. $1), and much more:

Ongoing game deals/promotions:

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Brooklyn-based Grado Labs updates its line of in-ears with “improved bass and frequency response”

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After a complete re-vamp of its line of over-ear headphones, Grado Labs has announced that its popular in-ears have received the same treatment. The GR8e and GR10e are follow-ups to its previous generation cans designed for on-the-go listening. For this Brooklyn-based headphones manufacturer, this is just another step in its legendary story.

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Radically upgrade your PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Wii U hard drive for $100 or less

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The prices of high-capacity hard drives have dropped so much recently that it makes sense to upgrade everything from desktop computers to laptops and game consoles. For iMacs, Mac Pros and MacBooks, my strong recommendation has been Solid State Drives (SSDs), which combine increasingly attractive capacities with super-fast speeds, but for game consoles, traditional hard disks are the right choice. Nintendo actively warns Wii U owners against using SSDs, while Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 provide little reason to prefer them.

Why the difference? Unlike Macs, where solid state drives deliver huge speed increases across OS X and apps, game consoles tend to achieve only modestly better loading times with SSDs — a few seconds here or there. Traditional hard drives also deliver much higher storage capacities, fixing an obvious issue with game consoles where 40-50GB patch downloads are becoming the new normal. A 500GB PlayStation 4 arrives with only around 400GB of free space, versus 360GB on a 500GB Xbox One, and a mere 25GB on a 32GB Wii U. Whether you’re updating Halo or downloading DLC for Mario Kart 8, you’re eating up a big chunk of your hard drive’s space.

What are the best hard drives for your console? Most of my top picks are currently available for $100 or less, and I tend to focus on great value for the dollar rather than cheap picks that will break quickly. I’ll run through the options below.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Sale: up to 80% off more than 60 iOS and Android book apps/collections

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Oceanhouse Media as kicked off its annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Sale offering as many 60+ book apps for up to 80% off across the App Store, Google Play, Amazon and the Nook marketplace. You’ll also find deals on subscriptions inside the Dr. Seuss Treasury app which includes up to 55 books in one as well as on collections/app bundles (iOS only).

This deal is set to run from now through March 9th, coinciding with Dr. Suess’s Birthday and Read Across America Day on March 2nd. Head below for a complete break down of all the available deals: Read more

Speck 50% off sitewide sale: MacBook cases starting at $25, iPhone 6/Plus cases from $17, more

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Speck is knocking off half the purchase price of every item that they sell through the end of the month. You can grab cases for your iPhone 6 and iPad, Android device or MacBook at a pretty nice discount. This is one of the better discounts that we’ve seen from Speck on its MacBook accessories, in the past only taking off $10 or so.

Speck even has free shipping on all orders (returns too), making this deal pretty much a no-brainer. Note: Discount is applied at checkout, maximum five products.

We recently reviewed the CandyShell Grip and Inked iPhone 6 Plus cases and found them both to offer exceptional protection. In fact, we think so highly of Speck, that our Jeremy Horwitz included them as one of his must-have cases from the holiday season. You can pick up the iPhone 6 CandyShell Grip today for $17.47 or the the larger iPhone 6 Plus model for $19.97.

Additional standout deals from this sale include:

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We also have discounts on Ringke iPhone 6 cases as well from yesterday.

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