Dan DeSilva

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Amazon is discounting two of the most popular ultra-tough iPhone cases on the market. Both deals ship free for Prime members and as part of $49+ orders.

First, Amazon has the OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 6/s Case for $19.99 in multiple colors. That’s a savings of at least $10 compared to its average going rate. This rugged case features “triple-layer protection” thanks to its polycarbonate shell, silicone slipcover and built-in screen protector. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,235 Amazon reviewers.

Next, the LifeProof FRĒ Waterproof iPhone 6/s Case is down to $39.99 in multiple colors. As a price comparison, it retails for $80 and regularly sells for $50 or more. Today’s deal is the lowest we’ve seen on Amazon by about $6. It offers complete protection for your iPhone, while still providing access to all buttons, ports and features. More than 1,100 Amazon reviewers rate it 3.9 out of 5 stars.

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Update (5/2 6:25pm): Most colors are now backordered at Amazon, but still available at the discounted price (you must select Amazon as the seller). Best Buy shows the deal as in-stock.

Amazon offers the UE Roll Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in multiple colors for $49.99 with free shipping. As a price comparison, it originally sold for $100 but has readily been available for $70 since early this year. Today’s deal is the lowest price we have ever seen. Also available via Best Buy. In addition to being waterproof, it also features a Bluetooth range of up to 65-ft, an attachable bungee cord and smart functionality via a mobile app. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from nearly 400 Amazon reviewers.

After spending some time with this speaker for a review, we had no problems including it on last year’s best of list. Here’s what stood out to us:

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Best Buy is now discounting several of Apple’s latest products. The best deal from the bunch is iPad mini 4 starting at $299 with free shipping, which is a savings of $100. That same discount has been extended to all Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. If you can afford the $100 upcharge, we’d recommend going with 64GB of storage since most people will find 16GB limiting due to the size of Retina-optimized apps and HD content. Use your savings to buy this highly-rated Smart-Shell Case with auto sleep/wake for just $10.95 Prime shipped.

You can also save $50-$100 on Apple Watch. We’ve definitely seen stronger deals in the past, but this is currently your best option if you need one in time for Mother’s Day. That discount will easily cover a couple extra third-party bands.

The all-new 4th generation Apple TV has received a $25 discount. That drops the 32GB model down to $124.99 and the 64GB model down to $174.99. For a look at the best accessories for your new streaming player, click here.

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May 1

Amazon has handed out a 20% discount to its already unbelievably affordable 7-inch Fire tablet, bringing the price down to just $39.99 Prime shipped. Outside of last year’s Black Friday sale, today’s deal is a match for the lowest we’ve seen. It’s not going to beat an iPad or most Android tablets in terms of performance, but there’s no doubt it offers a tremendous value (even at full price). Also available at Best Buy and Staples.

This Fire OS tablet features a 7-inch IPS display, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), plus rear and front-facing cameras. It has access to all the major apps like Netflix, Facebook, HBO Now, Pandora, Hulu and others (including tons of exclusive freebies!). Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from more than 46,000 Amazon reviewers. And yes, all of the new colors are eligible for today’s discount.

Use your savings to stuff an extra 32GB in your new Fire tablet with this SanDisk microSD card for $10.59 Prime shipped.

Amazon is also currently discounting its Fire TV streaming media player.

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April 29

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.6% feedback rating from 26,550 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (model MJLQ2LL/A) for $1,599.99 with free shipping. That’s $399.01 less than retail and although it’s been slightly lower, today’s deal is a match for the best we’ve seen this year. As a further price comparison, Apple is currently charging $1,699 for it in refurbished condition.

Other features include a 2880-by-1800 Retina display, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, SDXC card slot, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual microphones.


If you’re afraid that 256GB won’t be enough room, you could always pop an extra 64GB-256GB in this Mac with one of Transcend’s JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards. Prices range from $35 to $155. Your savings would easily cover that added cost. Or if you’re looking for external storage, Transcend’s high-performance Portable Thunderbolt Drives are currently on sale.

And in case you missed it… Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro just received a big $300 discount and the 256GB 11-inch MacBook Air can be had for as low as $850 (Reg. $1,099). Both size iMac models are also on sale right now.

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April 28

Anker recently released a new high-powered, versatile charger that will likely make its way to the top of everyone’s must-have MacBook and iPad Pro accessories list. The 60W PowerPort+ 5 features one USB-C port with Power Delivery that is capable of pushing 29W (full speed) to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and four standard USB ports for charging an iPhone, iPad and other devices at up to 2.4A per port. Here’s a look at how you can take advantage of all that power…

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April 27

BREED (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 98.6% feedback rating from 117,905 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in Gold, Silver or Space Gray for $819.99 with free shipping. That’s $259.01 below retail and the best price we’ve tracked by $40. What’s more, today’s deal is only $21 more than Apple charges for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model. It features a 2732-by-2048 (264 ppi) display, 64-bit A9X chip, M9 coprocessor and four speaker audio.

Use your savings to pick up a Smart Keyboard or Apple Pencil while they’re still on sale.

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April 26

Amazon is currently taking up to 55% off a range of Command hooks, hangers, refill strips and more. From hanging a painting to organizing that nest of cables behind your entertainment center, these handy products can help you finally get organized.

A top pick from this sale is the Command Round Cord Clips (10-clip, 4-pack) for $25.85 Prime shipped. That’s more than $13 below list, about $5 better than the going rate and the lowest we’ve seen in over a year. These clips will keep your cables organized and out of the way without leaving any residue behind.

More discounted Command products:

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Amazon is currently discounting a variety of high-end Transcend storage solutions for Mac laptops and desktops. There are a couple different style options, each of which offers a unique way to increase your Mac’s available storage. Continue on for a breakdown of all the deals…

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April 24

Amazon is currently offering significant discounts on Anova’s Sous Vide Immersion Circulators. The Bluetooth model is now priced at $159 shipped (down from $179) and the Bluetooth + Wi-Fi model is just $169 shipped – or less with Subscribe & Save – (down from $199). Both models were slightly less expensive last week at Target, but that sale only lasted a few hours before selling out. Both deals represent the best current prices we can find. What’s more, the higher-end model has never been priced lower on Amazon.

Cooking with an immersion circulator (also referred to as sous vide) results in some of the juiciest and flavorful meats you will ever taste. Anova’s Precision Cookers work with your iPhone or Android device and receive glowing reviews.

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Presto EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener: $18 Prime shipped (Reg. $26+) | Amazon

Brother P-touch Easy Hand-Held Label Maker (PT-H100): $4.99 (Reg. $20+)Amazon add-on item

More home deals:

  • Black & Decker 12-Inch Battery-Powered 3-in-1 Mower: $96 (Reg. $150) | Amazon
  • Earthwise 20-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower: $225 (Reg. $250+) | eBay
  • Black & Decker 13 Amp 20 in. Electric Lawn Mower (Refurb): $115 (Orig. $200) | eBay
  • Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker: $79 (Reg. $85+) | Amazon
  • 80-Count Glad Tall Kitchen Quick-Tie Trash Bags: $5.99 (Reg. $10)  | Staples

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Amazon offers the Beats Pill+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black with Lightning charging for $166.03 with free shipping. As a price comparison, it carries a list price of $230 and typically sells for $200. We saw it drop a bit lower last year during the holidays, but prices have remained steady since then.

This Apple-designed speaker features a USB port to power iPhones and iPads, plus a Lightning port to re-charge its internal battery (super convenient!). With the iOS and Android mobile app you can take advantage of DJ mode and other smart features. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 124 Amazon reviewers.

There’s no shortage of Beats deals right now. Best Buy has Solo2 Headphones for $90, Pill 2.0 for $120 and Studio Headphones from $150.

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April 21

SanDisk has announced an updated version of its iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad with integrated Lightning connector. Along with a more compact design, it also received a significant speed boost thanks to the addition of USB 3.0 connectivity.

The new iXpand Flash Drive can instantly add up to 128GB of removable storage to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. That added space can be an absolute lifesaver if you need to free up room to install an over-the-air update or record 4K video…

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April 20

Amazon offers the Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus in Black for $21.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. As a price comparison, it carries a list price of $29.99 and typically sells for around $28. Today’s deal is the lowest we’ve ever seen by a few dollars. This stylus features a Precision Disc tip so you can write and sketch with “ballpoint accuracy,” as well as a carrying clip. What’s more, it works with most capacitive touchscreen devices including iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, plus a range of Android smartphones and tablets. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 662 Amazon reviewers.

If you’re looking to go all-out on a stylus, Apple Pencil is still on sale.

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April 14

April 13

Getting started with Philips smart lighting is typically a pricey endeavor, but today Amazon has the Hue Lux Starter Kit (first generation) for just $55.99 with free shipping. As a price comparison, it originally sold for $80 and has never been priced lower on Amazon. The newer HomeKit compatible version is currently $79.99. This first gen. Starter Kit includes two soft white LED bulbs and wireless bridge. With this setup you’ll be able to control your lights from anywhere, subtly be alerted to important notifications and more. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from 338 Amazon reviewers.

Amazon also has the Hue White and Color Starter Kit (first generation) for $134.99 shipped, which is only a few dollars more than the lowest we’ve seen.

Use your savings to expand your Philips Hue setup with these discounted bundles.

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April 12

Update (4/13 10:00am): Walmart has lowered its price to $449.99 with free shipping (discount shown in cart).

Amazon offers the Samsung 48-inch Smart 4K UHDTV (model UN48JU6400) for $499.99 with free shipping. As a price comparison, today’s deal is $300 below its regular price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen. Walmart also has it on sale for the same price. This premium TV is decked out with connectivity options and high-performance specs, including three HDMI ports, two USB ports, built-in Wi-Fi, 120CMR, a quad-core processor and UHD upscaling. For a full breakdown of features, click here. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from 256 Amazon reviewers.

Take a look at our most recent HDTV roundup for even more deals.

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