Amazon just dropped their price on Seagate Backup Plus Hard drives to $249.99 for 8TB Model (STDT8000100) and $199.99 for 6TB, the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on these very large USB storage. The prices are the lowest we can find by as much as $50. These external hard drives with a unique blue underside for advanced cooling get 4.2/5 star ratings from Amazon reviewers and feature fast USB 3 bus, 1 year warranty and Mac and Windows compatibility.
Note Amazon also drops the price of the just released Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 model STEB5000100 (pictured above)to $133.99 shipped. That’s the lowest we could find and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on a 5TB external USB hard drive at Amazon.
The Bose Soundlink Mini is the best-sounding Bluetooth speaker of its size to my ears and I’ve tested quite a few. The sound is simply unbelievable and Amazon’s reviewers confirm my experience.
But it had some drawbacks in convenience that others like JBL and Ultimate Ears were able to capitalize on to make more “Well rounded” speakers. Bose had a proprietary AC charger, it couldn’t be used as a speakerphone, its battery life was mediocre and it also could only pair with one device at a time.
We knew something was up last month when Bose dropped the price of the Soundlink Mini to $179 across the board and today we find out that our gripes above have been addressed with the Soundlink Mini II.
What’s new? We got just about everything we wanted and frankly expected when Bose released the smaller feature rich $129 Soundlink Color. Bose now lets you charge with the standard MicroUSB plug. That means you can use USB computer ports and plugs, external batteries and a whole ecosystem of products you already have to keep the Soundlink Mini II charged. Paradoxically, you won’t need to charge it as often because it now has an almost double-sized battery and playing time now rated at a more premium 10 hours. It will continue to have a charger stand which I found very convenient in the previous model.
The Mini II also now has a mic, allowing you to make speakerphone calls. I haven’t tried it (review is on the way) but I imagine Bose has taken great care to eliminate echo and blow out its noise canceling technologies with this product. I really can’t wait.
Bluetooth pairing has also improved with it remembering 8 devices and actually pairing two at the same time. Also voice commands help with the pairing process.
Finally Bose has added some cosmetic touches including an updated beveled accent and a micro-perforated steel grille (though no mention of water resistance/proofing). I didn’t really ask for these but will take them.
This is guaranteed a winner with pre-orders starting today at Bose.com for the same $199 price point and shipping from authorized retailers on June 21st. Prices on the original Mini stood firm during its whole run so there seems to be little reason to wait on this one, unless you want to get our review which we hope to have up by the time they go on sale.
Remaining gripes are few but there is no USB out to charge your phone like the JBL Charge II and the form factor isn’t quite as convenient as the Charge II or UE Boom (cup holder form factor FTW). Also water resistance again like the Boom or JBL Charge would be a cherry on top. The tradeoff is of course sound which we know the Bose Soundlink Mini IIwill blow the others “out of the water” (Son, that’s a water proofing joke).
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Amazon offers the Kingtop 5500 DPI Optical Gaming USB Mouse with 7 Button Side Control 5 Respiring LED for $12.99 shipped. Coupon code X5Q42ZJM drops it 30% more to just $9.09 with free Prime shipping. That’s the lowest price gaming mouse we’ve seen and although we’re not extremely familiar in the Kingtop brand, it gets very impressive 4.6/5 star reviews from Amazon reviewers. This Mac/PC gaming mouse features many programmable buttons, braided cord and ergonomic design and comes with a 30 money back guarantee and a 1 year warranty. expand full story
Amazon offers the popular and well-rated Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard for $12.99 Prime shipped. The very portable keyboard works with any Bluetooth enabled device including iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, Chrome/Android devices and Windows PCs. Available in
Apple Aluminum style and black, it gets 4.4/5 star ratings and lasts for 3 months on 2 AAA batteries, (pick up a few here)
- Cross Compatible: Works with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows, with shortcut keys for all four systems.
- Lightweight & Compact: A third smaller than traditional clunky keyboards and as light as a billiard ball (6.7oz).
- Comfortable Keys: Type quietly and effortlessly on comfortable, low-profile keys.
- Low Power Consumption: Lasts over three months (based on two hours use per day) with power-saving mode and space for two AAA batteries (not included).
- What You Get: Anker Bluetooth Ultra Slim Bluetooth Keyboard, welcome guide, our fan-favorite 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
The reason the price is so low is that Anker just released a new smaller microUSB rechargeable model which is only $19.99, still a great deal, especially when you consider the price of replacing batteries. expand full story
Add some extra battery life to your older iPhone 5 or 5s with this highly-rated MFi case from EasyAAC for $14.99 Prime shipped. As smartphones age, their battery loses some capacity. You can add that capacity and more with this 2400mAh battery case. It comes in 5 different iPhone matching colors and includes a handy kickstand on the back. Features:
- Certified by Apple’s MFi program, so there?s no need to worry about compatibility or safety issues.
- 2400 mAh capacity doubles the battery life of an iPhone 5/5s.
- Comes with two differently colored attachable frames so you can choose the style to match your mood. Also features an integrated kick stand made of aluminium alloy and includes an audio jack extender so you can easily enjoy music and videos.
- Environmentally-friendly grade-A lithium-polymer battery that comes with smart overvoltage and overcurrent protection; is cetified by CE, FCC, and RoHS; and has no possibility of exploding.
- Features an LED indicator that shows the battery level as well as a power button that allows you to decide when to charge your iPhone. Also comes with a 12-month warranty plus lifetime technical support.
If you are looking for a name Brand, grab a Mophie Helium for $30.
Update: Skiva’s collection of MFi Certified Battery Cases for iPhone 5s/5c/5 are also 25% off on Amazon (as low as $20) with coupon code GOWWM3DK.
Today’s best Apple Certified Lightning cable deal at Amazon is the
F-color Apple MFi Certified 6 Feet/1.83Meter Extra Long Lightning Charge and Data Sync Cable with Tangle-free Woven Jacket and Premium 8 pin connector for $12.99 coupon code 6HRFFOEN drops it all the way down to $8.99 with free Prime shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on a colorful 6′ braided Lightning cable blessed with Apple’s MFi rating. It also has a full 1 year warranty and get an unbelievable 5/5 stars from a limited number of Amazon reviewers. This is a no brainer for a cable twice as long as Apple’s at half the price with some fancy colors and braided strength. (Blue, Green or Orange are all eligible). These go fast so make a move.
If you don’t need any fancy, You can save a few bucks with the Apple Certified SGM 3-foot MFi Lightning cable for $9.99 – code 74FT6PSA drops it to $6.99 shipped. It comes in Black or white.
Amazon offers the Lexar High-Performance MicroSDXC 633x 128GB UHS-I/U3 (Up to 95MB/s Read) w/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card for $85.80 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on this ultra high speed SD card which can record 4K video from GoPros and other sports/camcorders. It gets impressive 4.7/5 star reviews from Amazon reviewers and can also be used with an SD Card adapter to add storage to any SD-enabled Mac or in many Android phones. It also includes a small but speedy USB 3 adapter for near universal access.