August 12, 2015
July 30, 2015
You might notice that 9to5Toys has changed. Indeed so has the whole network. Long before the page size/speed and advertising controversies, we knew that we needed to rethink how we presented ourselves.
While we were one of the lightest and fastest sites in our field, our feature creep and advertisers were adding complexity and page load times, which is especially crucial on mobile – an ever expanding percentage of our growing audience.
We decided to start over… expand full story
July 24, 2015
Amazon offers the Etekcity 2-in-1 8GB Digital Audio Voice Recorder Pen for $12.98 Prime Shipped after $7 coupon code RECORDER at checkout. That’s a quarter of the retail price and $7 less than we can find it anywhere else. This 8GB USB stick records classes, lectures, meetings, interviews and voice on its 8GB of storage. It can also act as a USB stick for other media. Voice recording lasts 15 hours on a charge and it can hold 150 hours of audio total. It averages 4.9 out of 5 star reviews from a limited number of Amazon reviewers. expand full story
July 20, 2015
Amazon has the TRENDnet TPL-406E2K Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter Kit for $20 Prime shipped. That’s 62% under the original price, the lowest we’ve seen on this kit by $5 and one of the best prices we’ve seen on any Powerline option of this caliber. It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 300 customers.
Need some more speed? Grab a Gigabit speed version for $49.99 shipped after clipping a $10 coupon at checkout.
July 17, 2015
NewEgg offers the Fremo 3200 mAh Flashlight battery in lipstick form factor for $9.99 with free shipping. Once added to cart, you’ll also receive a 1.3 foot PQI MFi Lightning cable. That’s a great price on the battery alone and with a MFi Cable that usually retails around $10, a no-brainer purchase.
As a comparison, Amazon charges $14.99 for the Fremo Battery/flashlight and $7 for the MFi Lightning cable.
- 3200mAh Capacity with Grade A LG Li-ion Cell
- Advance power lock technology
- Real 5V/1A Output & 5V/1A Input
- 500+ recharge cycles
Update (7/17 9:15am): Spigen Inc. via Amazon offers its 3.3-foot Apple-certified MFi Lightning Cable for $5 shipped with coupon code SPIGENNL.
July 14, 2015
July 7, 2015
July 1, 2015
Update (7/2 11:55am): Amazon’s Gold Box deal has now expired. The iStick is currently priced at $19.99 + $2.54 shipping.
Update (7/1 3:50pm):
Amazon has discounted the Mpow Selfie Stick even further. It’s now just $10.50 Prime shipped.
Mpow gave me their iStick Selfie stick last month and I’ve used it with a number of phones big and small. On the small side, I’ve tried the Moto E and iPhone 4s without a case. But the stick expands so big that it can take small tablets like the Samsung Mega. It is strong enough to hold an iPhone 6 with a big battery case (see image, top). The fit is tight and it can be swung around pretty violently without losing its grip on your device.
More importantly, it is designed so that when the phone isn’t attached, it can flip around and fit in your pocket when the telescoping arm is closed (so maybe you CAN sneak it into Disney World!). This is the big differentiator.
The Bluetooth connectivity is easy to set up on both iOS and Android and it easily connects to multiple devices. Once connected, a thumb push on the button snaps a picture using the phone’s native camera or 3rd party camera app.
The iStick includes a wrist strap to help prevent droppage and has 3 different color microUSB charging ports if you want to differentiate.
The only downside? It is a selfie stick. Call it a Mono-pod if you can’t bear it.
Today only, Amazon’s Gold Box has the iStick for $13.99 Prime shipped which is such a good deal, you’ll want to buy one for everyone you know that wants to take selfies.
For other styles, check out our roundup of the best selfie sticks for your iPhone.
June 29, 2015
June 28, 2015
I’ve been using the Eton Scorpion II Model NSP101WXGR Rugged for over a month now. Eton specializes in making durable emergency weather radios and this is their new “everything portable model”. In the small package, it contains:
- A STRONG.5W LED flashlight. Lots of USB batteries contain LED flashlights now. This one is brighter than all of the others’ put together. It is a real flashlight as opposed to a pen/key light.
- Receives AM/FM/NOAA Weatherband radio. The radio is great with the antenna pulled out pulling in many stations. I don’t like the design of the buttons (would almost be impossible to navigate in the dark) and the speaker isn’t great. Overall a win though because you are trying not to die not hear the “midtones and lows”.
- The digital Tuner also has a clock which turns on any time you hit a button.
- It is super small, portable and rugged with a cool green tone design. I love the design and it is totally droppable and water resistant.
- 5V 1A USB output charges smartphones with a 800 mAh lithium battery. This isn’t huge but will give you a few hours in a crunch. Even more impressive, there are 3 ways to charge the battery: hand crank, Solar and MicroUSB. The solar isn’t going to keep your iPhone charged, but it will keep the device ready for when you need it in a window. The hand crank will charge your phone. Like a fishing reel, about 20 cranks will add a bar of battery to the device. I think you could probably operate the emergency radio on solar alone.
- Bottle opener – because just because the lights are out doesn’t mean you should stop the party.
So I see two use cases for this device. One is an emergency device that you keep at home in a window solar charged for when your power goes out. That’s where I used it.
However, with the carabiner and the ruggedness, I think i this is geared toward campers and cars where it can clip to your backpack and provide you with lights, radio and extra power (bottle opener) when you need it.
June 23, 2015
Amazon today announced that its Echo smart speaker is available for purchase for $179.99 shipped with delivery times extended out until mid-July (initial shipments to be delivered sooner). The original price was $199.99 but initial Prime testers got one for $99.99.
The Echo is the highly acclaimed “Siri in a speaker” that allows users to get information with only voice. iOS and Android apps allow you to configure Echo from your smartphone as well.
- Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more–instantly
- Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
- Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
- Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter
- 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
- Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
- Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more
- Also functions as a highly capable bluetooth speaker for all of your other gadgets.
June 15, 2015
June 14, 2015
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.
June 12, 2015
June 11, 2015