Dan DeSilva

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May 25

Amazon has the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth on sale for $119.97, but when you ‘clip’ the on-page coupon your final price will drop to just $99.97 shipped. That’s $50 below its regular price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen. Not only does it beam real-time feedback on your brush habits to your iOS or Android device, but it also features a pressure sensor and 6 unique modes to help keep your pearly whites shining. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from more than 1,500 Amazon reviewers.

Not ready to bring Bluetooth connectivity to your morning routine? Oral-B’s best-selling Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush is still a solid choice, especially while it’s on sale for $40 Prime shipped or get the perfectly capable Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush base model for under $20. 

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May 24

Amazon is now taking 20% off Samsung’s SmartThings home automation lineup. Today’s sale marks the return of all-time low prices we saw a few months ago.

The 2nd generation SmartThings Hub (rated 3.3 out of 5 stars) comes in at just $79 shipped, which is a fresh savings of $20. This gadget acts as your home’s brain, allowing you to control and monitor a variety of SmartThings sensors and outlets, plus compatible devices from D-Link, Philips, Kwikset, ecobee and others. You can buy the complete SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for $119 shipped (Reg. $249).

As part of Amazon’s current offer, SmartThings add-ons are available for as low as $23.99 Prime shipped.

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Bose headphones and speakers are notorious for hardly ever going on sale. But right now Amazon has marked the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II down to $179 with free shipping, which is a fresh 10% discount and one of the lowest overall prices we’ve seen.

I bought this speaker as a present for my dad’s birthday about 6-months ago and he still raves about it every time I see him. Don’t trust my dad’s ears? We were so impressed with the original SoundLink Mini that we went as far as calling it the best sounding Bluetooth speaker ever.  The second generation model built on that greatness by adding microUSB charging and improving battery life (now 10 hours). We’re not the only ones who love this speaker. More than 1,600 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.7 out of 5 stars.

More Bose price drops at Amazon:

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May 22

The king of multi-room audio systems just became more affordable. Amazon is now offering a free gift card (up to $50) with the purchase of any SONOS product. Today’s sale is particularly noteworthy since SONOS speakers and home theater components are rarely discounted.

Our top pick is the SONOS PLAY:5 with a $50 Amazon gift card for $499 shipped (effective price for speaker $449). It’s the latest creation to come out of SONOS with a completely redesigned internal speaker system. It has six “smartly synchronized” drivers that work in conjunction with Trueplay for a sound “that’s true to the music.”

Like the rest of SONOS’ speaker lineup, it is controlled via the free iOS/Android app that provides access to Spotify, Pandora, and many more including Apple Music. On the back, you’ll find a 3.5mm input, which is perfect for streaming alternative sources like a turntable.

All deals are also available via SONOS, Best Buy and Crutchfield.

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May 20

Amazon is slashing prices for dozens of CamelBak products down to the lowest we’ve seen this year, including some of the most popular Hydration Packs. Today’s sale is a great opportunity to refresh your cycling or hiking gear ahead of summer.

Our favorite deal from the bunch is the CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack for $35.99 (Reg. $49). Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. It’s rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 274 Amazon reviewers.

Other top deals include:

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Since today is National Streaming Day, I thought it’d be a good chance to share my story of how I finally cut the cord. To start, I would say that cutting the cord isn’t terribly easy. There are a variety of different services and devices to carefully consider. If you’re looking for a quick-fix then keep overpaying your cable company each month, full-time streaming likely isn’t for you.

Everyone’s TV watching habits and preferences are different so there isn’t a one-size fits all approach to cutting the cord, but hopefully my experiences will help you finally kick your money-grubbing cable provider to the curb…

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May 18

Amazon offers mophie’s juice pack reserve iPhone 6/s battery case in Black, Pink or Purple for $39.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. It typically sells for $60 and today’s deal is the lowest price we’ve tracked by more than $10. You could easily find a lower-priced or higher-powered iPhone battery case on Amazon, but none of them will come from a more trusted company.

The 1840mAh lightweight juice pack reserve adds only .3-inches and less than 3-ounces to your iPhone, while providing protection and more than 60% extra battery. Keep in mind that Apple’s Smart Battery Case costs $99 and only has a slightly larger battery (1877mAh). Rated 4 out of 5 stars from more than 50 Amazon reviewers.

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May 13

That dusty power strip under your desk you bought a few years ago from Walmart’s bargain bin is barely getting the job done. It’s time to buy one that can actually protect and charge all of your gear. Even if you originally picked up a high-end option, there’s a good chance it needs to be replaced if you want to keep your electronics safe.

We’ve rounded up the best, most powerful office and travel surge protectors with USB ports on the market. Continue on for a look at which models made the cut…

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May 12

Yapper Wireless Store (98.8% feedback rating from 27,857 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.60GHz/8GB/256GB (model MMGG2LL/A) for $999.99 with free shipping. That’s $199.01 below its regular price and the first discount we’ve seen on this model since it was released less than a month ago. Other features include a 1440 by 900 LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 720p FaceTime HD Camera, two USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 2, SDXC card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and dual microphones.

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May 11

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May 9

Update (5/10 12:00pm): ElectronicsValley via eBay Daily Deals has another Mac laptop on sale – Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (newest model) 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB: $1,039.99 shipped (Reg. $1,299). As a further price comparison, Apple charges $1,099 for it in refurbished condition.

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.6% feedback rating from 26,762 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (model MF840LL/A) for $1,199.99 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $299.01 less than retail, $69.01 below Apple’s asking price for it in refurbished condition and a match for the best direct (non-EDU) discount we’ve ever tracked. This powerful MacBook Pro features a 13.3-inch 2560 by 1600 Retina display, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, SDXC card slot, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual microphones.

Use your savings to buy AppleCare: $215.25 shipped (Reg. $249) via Amazon.

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May 6

You can pick up low-priced Lightning cables pretty much any day of the week, but premium options aren’t on sale nearly as frequently. However, Anker has launched a new offer for its 3-ft reinforced PowerLine Lightning cables. When you apply coupon code BK3S7CNN during checkout, the White, Black, Space Gray, Blue and Red cables will drop from $9.99 to just $7.99 each. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49.

I’ve been using the 10-ft version for more than 6-months and appreciate how solid its Lightning connector feels compared to Apple’s offering. The added durability comes from its use of kevlar fiber, dual-layer sheathing and reinforced stress points. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,278 Amazon reviewers.

Looking to charge your Android smartphone/tablet or Bluetooth speaker? Anker’s 3-ft braided micro USB cable in Silver is on sale for $3.99 Prime shipped with coupon code B8CU432Q (Reg. $6).

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