Dan DeSilva

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April 11

If you’re dealing with frequent Wi-Fi dropouts and slowdowns, it’s probably time to upgrade your home network. Right now Amazon offers a discounted bundle that includes TP-Link’s Archer C7 AC1750 Dual-Band AC Gigabit Wireless Router and DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem for just $109.99 shipped. If you were to buy these two items at their current prices it would cost you at least $145. Today’s deal matches the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this bundle. The router features dual USB ports, Guest Network access and 1.75Gbps of total available bandwidth. What’s more, the included cable modem is compatible with most major Internet Service Providers and should save you money in the long run. Both of these items receive high marks from Amazon reviewers.

Just looking for a new router? Amazon has the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router one sale for $109.99 shipped. It regularly sells for $120-140 and has only been priced lower on Amazon one time. More than 2,000 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.3 out of 5 stars.

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April 10

Philips Hue smart lighting products are wildly popular for their ease of use and expansive feature sets. Outside of holiday promotions and one-off sales, the latest hue products rarely drop in price. However, Amazon has just discounted a range of Philips Hue bulbs and other accessories. If you’re looking to get started with Hue or extend your current setup, you’ll be able to save a good amount with this sale. Continue on for the full breakdown…

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April 8


Update (4/10 2:00pm): Currently backordered, but still available at the discounted price.

Amazon offers a 2-pack of Mr. Beams Wireless Motion-Sensing LED Lights (model MB522) for $16.43. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. Today’s deal is about $5 less than the going rate and the lowest price we’ve ever tracked. Use these battery-powered lights to increase safety and convenience inside or outside of your home. Motion detection and light coverage of more than 120-square feet help to illuminate dark stairways, hallways, closets and more. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from nearly 900 Amazon reviewers.

More Mr. Beams deals:

  • Wireless LED Remote Control Spotlight with Motion Sensor: $21 (Reg. $40)
  • 4-Pack Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight: $39 (Reg. $46)

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Amazon offers Audio Technica’s ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones for $49 with free shipping. That’s $50 less than retail, $20 below their typical selling price and a match for the best deal we’ve ever seen. These collapsible headphones are rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 728 Amazon reviewers and feature:

  • Advanced build quality and engineering
  • 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Tuned for enhanced detail, with excellent mid-range definition
  • Collapsible for space-saving portability
  • Designed to excel for studio tracking, mixing, and field recording

Jump up to the Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones and FiiO A3 amp for $130 shipped ($180+ value).

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April 7

April 6

Update (4/7 2:45pm): The Vornado 660 deal has expired.

Amazon is now discounting several top-tier fans to help you beat the heat this summer. The sale includes more than a dozen well-rated fans, all of which ship free for Prime members or on orders of at least $49. Our favorite deal from the lot is the Vornado 660 Whole Room Air Circulator for $82.44 shipped. That’s nearly $18 less than its regular price and among the best deals we’ve ever seen. Its deep-pitched blades are capable of moving air up to 100-feet and it features 4 speed settings with push-button controls. More than 1,000 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars.

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April 5


April 4

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.6% feedback rating from 25,860 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 shipped. That’s $399.01 less than retail and a match for the best deal we’ve ever seen. 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.

Use your savings to gain some peace-of-mind by protecting your new Mac with AppleCare, currently on sale for $273 shipped (Reg. $349) via Amazon.

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Amazon is now taking $15 (up to 15%) off a trio of Fire TV products. At just $84.99 with free shipping, the standard Fire TV with Voice Remote represents the best overall savings. The Fire TV Gaming Edition includes a Game Controller, two games and a 32GB microSD card for $124.99 shipped (Reg. $140). The last option bundles Fire TV with an AmazonBasics HDTV Antenna for $94.99 shipped (Reg. $110).

Amazon’s Fire TV streaming media player features 4K Ultra HD support, a quad-core processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi,  2GB of memory and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable to 128GB). Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from nearly 9,000 Amazon reviewers.

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April 2

Update (4/12 5:00pm): This promo now works with Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard. Use the method below to get it for as low as $127.20 (Reg. $149).

AT&T is extending a 20% discount to orders that include 3 accessories (cases, chargers, screen protectors, more). Even if you aren’t in the market to buy a bunch of accessories, you can leverage this offer to score rare savings on some of Apple’s latest gear.

For example, the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard drops to $143.20 shipped when you include two $5 screen protectors in your order. That’s more than $25 off the retail price of just the keyboard. Using the same strategy will get you Apple Pencil for $87.20 shipped (Reg. $99) and big savings on other expensive gadgets like Fitbit activity trackers. Note: You do not need to be an AT&T subscriber to purchase accessories from the mobile carrier’s online store. Savings will be automatically applied to qualifying orders during checkout. To browse the entire sale, click here.

While you’re at AT&T, you might as well pick up an OtterBox Defender Series NFL Team iPhone 6 Case while they’re on sale for just $10.

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April 1

Now through the end of June, Walmart is knocking $100 off Apple’s just-released 4-inch iPhone SE. The discount comes in the form of a bill credit for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint subscribers. However, anyone on T-Mobile won’t be able to take advantage of this promotion. iPhone SE typically sells for $399 off-contract, so the bill credit is effectively a 25% discount. Don’t be fooled by its small form factor. iPhone SE can keep up with iPhone 6s in many ways, including camera quality and overall speed. More first impressions can be found below.

Walmart is extending the same offer to iPhone 6/plus, 6s/Plus and upping the discount to $150 on Galaxy S6/7. All deals are only available in-store.

Believe it or not, Walmart isn’t the first retailer to discount Apple’s latest smartphone. T-Mobile is currently running a buy one, get one half off promo and Best Buy is handing out free $50 gift cards.

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Your Amazon Prime purchase options have always been pretty straightforward: new accounts are eligible for a free trial, students get a 50% discount and all other members pay $99 per year. Sure, there have been some rare instances when Amazon discounted the yearly fee, but historically, you either paid full-price for a year or you didn’t get Prime access. But that’s all changed since Sprint announced a new way for its customers to pay for Prime…

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March 29

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.5% feedback rating from 25,693 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 21-inch iMac with Retina 4K iMac 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB (model MK452LL/A) for $1,299.99 shipped. As a price comparison, it retails for $1,499 and most authorized dealers currently have it priced at $1,399. Today’s deal is one of the only significant price drops we’ve seen for this model.

Features include a 4096-by-2304 resolution, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, SDXC card slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It ships with Apple’s recently-released Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.

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March 28

Amazon’s Echo ($180), Dot ($90) and Tap ($130) devices get their smarts from the Alexa Voice Service. Not only can Alexa make day-to-day tasks more convenient, but we found it to be nothing short of life-changing. For those of you who are unwilling to shell out the $90+ or who love to tinker with technology, Amazon has shared an official GitHub guide for building your own Alexa-enabled device.

You’ll need a model B Raspberry Pi 2 ($37), microSD card ($13), USB microphone ($3) and a couple other small items to get started. This project also requires a USB keyboard and mouse, plus an HDMI monitor, but hopefully you already have those pieces.

The instructions are very thorough so anyone with basic programming skills should be able to work through it. The only glaring downside to building your own Echo is that it doesn’t include the always-listening feature. Ready to tackle this project? Click here for Amazon’s official walkthrough.

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Amazon is currently taking 20% off several Samsung SmartThings devices. If you’re just getting into home automation, you’ll want to start with the 2nd generation SmartThings Hub for $79 with free shipping. It typically sells for $99 and has never been priced lower. This gadget acts as your home’s brain, allowing you to control and monitor a range of SmartThings sensors and outlets, plus compatible devices from other brands including D-Link, Philips, Kwikset, ecobee and Cree. More than 500 Amazon reviewers rate it 3.3 out of 5 stars.

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Amazon is currently discounting a variety of SanDisk mobile storage solutions including USB flash drives and SD memory cards. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. Our favorite deal from the lot is the SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC card with adapter for $17.99. As a price comparison, it typically sells for $23-$25 and was most recently priced at $20. Today’s deal is a match for the lowest we’ve seen. Use it to put 64GB of speedy storage in your Android smartphone/tablet, GoPro action camera or even your MacBook (using this ingenious adapter). Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from more than 6,000 Amazon reviewers.

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