Google doles out free $20 Play credits to Chromecast owners

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Update (12/8 1:00pm): Target has Chromecast for $22.99. Redeem Google’s latest promo (below) to drop its effective price down to $2.99.

Google has just launched a new offer that extends a free $20 Google Play credit to anyone who purchases a Chromecast by December 21. According to the offer details, only Chromecasts purchased between December 7 and December 21 will be eligible for the free credit, but we were able to take advantage of it on our previously purchased Chromecasts.

You can check if you’re eligible for this promo by pointing your Chrome browser to chromecast.com/offers. The credit expires on January 31, 2016 and can be used on movies, music, apps, and other media. However, it can’t be used towards the purchase of any hardware. Only open to US residents.

Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy are all promoting this offer for new Chromecast buyers.

At this point Google is pretty much paying you to own a Chromecast. Just recently, we’ve seen Google hand out free moviesHulu Plus and Play subscriptions.

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Storage: SanDisk iXpand 32GB iPhone/iPad Lightning flash drive $60, more

iXpand-sandisk-flash-driveBest Buy is selling the SanDisk iXpand 32GB Lightning flash drive for $59.99 with free shipping, which is a discount of $20 and the same price the 16GB model is currently selling for.

Use this newly released MFi flash drive to backup, transfer, and view photos or videos from your iPhone, iPad, PC, or Mac. Great for traveling when you suddenly can’t snap anymore pictures because you ran out of space on your iPhone. Also, load it up with videos (WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV) to take your favorite TV shows/movies mobile without eating up all of your iPhone or iPad’s internal storage.

More storage deals:

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Bluetooth speakers: UE MINI BOOM $70, BOOM $170, JBL Charge 2 $130 shipped ($20-$30 off)

Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker:Speakerphone-sale-01Amazon has the Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker/Speakerphone in multiple colors (black, orange and black/red) for $69.99 shipped (also at Best Buy in additional colors). That’s more than $30 or 30% off the regular price tag, the best we’ve seen by $5 brand new with these kinds of color options and the lowest price we can find.

It features a wireless streaming from from up to 50-ft away, a lithium-ion battery with up to 10 hours of playback, a built-in speaker phone and “ jaw-dropping sound with crystal clear highs and deep bass.” These mini speakers have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 730 Amazon customers.

We also spotted the larger Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $169.99 shipped ($30 off) at both Amazon and Best Buy (colors vary at both). While we have seen them dip lower, especially with bulk packaging and refurbished models, this is matching the best new price around. It also has a 50-ft streaming range, NFC, 15 hours of playback, as well as a water and stain resistant costing. For more details on both the BOOM and the MINI head over to our full review of both models. The BOOM also has great reviews with a 4.6/5 star rating from over 1,300 customers.

jbl-charge-2-portable-bluetooth-speaker-blackNot interested in UE BOOMs? We also have one of our favorite speakers of the year on sale today, the JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black, for $129.99 shipped from Amazon and Best Buy (matching the the best we can find).

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Acer 13.3-inch Chromebook 2.1GHz/2GB/16GB: $200 shipped (orig. $300)

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Amazon has the recently released 13-inch Acer Chromebook (CB5-311-T9B0) for $199.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the original price tag, $50 or more under the average selling price from a trusted retailer and the best price we’ve found on this model since it released just over two months ago in late September.

To make the deal even sweeter, Google is offering 1TB of free Google Drive storage ($10/month for a total value of $240) with the purchase of any Chromebook (from an authorized reseller) right now. The offer is eligible on Chromebook purchases from now through December 31, 2014 and can be redeemed here.

The CB5-311 has a 13-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, 11 hours of battery life, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage all running on a NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core 2.1 GHz Processor. It also has an SD card reader, 802.11AC Wi-Fi featuring MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.0, built-In HD webcam, and USB/HDMI connectivity. More specs below.

This model has so far received a 4.1/5 star rating from 50 Amazon customers. You can check out more great Chromebook options to pair up with the free 1TB Google Drive storage in our previous roundup.

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Several Logitech gaming accessories, keyboards, and mice are recipients of big price drops

logitech-gaming-headset-mouseLogitech is the go-to brand for most gamers when it comes to headsets, keyboards, mice, and other peripherals. They are well-rated and stylish, but the only problem is they don’t come cheap. However, we’ve noticed that Amazon has started to discount a wide variety of Logitech accessories. Not all are gaming related, but most are.

Here are the top deals we sniffed out for you:

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Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Desktop HDD $70 (Reg. $120), more

seagate-backup-plus-5tb-blackUpdate (12/4 9:00am): Looking to go portable? Amazon has the WD 2TB Elements USB 3.0 HDD for $74.99 shipped (orig. $130). Also available at B&H.

Newegg is offering the Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDT2000100) for $99.99. But using code EMCWHPF45 drop your total down to $69.99 shipped. That’s $50 off the original listing, $19 under Amazon, matching our previous mention and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • Massive capacity to help protect your files
  • Free Mobile Backup App
  • Apple Time Machine compatible.
  • Transfers files quickly with USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Use between PC and Mac computers without reformatting

It has received a 4.1/5 star rating from over 460 Amazon customers. If you’re looking for a portable option, we also ave the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive for only $79.99 shipped right now.

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Get three months of Spotify Premium for $0.99 ($30 value)

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Spotify is offering three months of its Premium service for $.99, which will last you well through the holiday season and most of winter! This is deal is specifically for United States users that have not subscribed to the Premium service in the past, at any point. Premium service would usually run $30 for three months, to redeem simply visit Spotify’s homepage and follow the instructions to pick up this deal.

Despite its recent struggles with some artists, Spotify is still at the top when it comes to streaming the largest library of music across multiple devices and platforms. Students can still pick up a pretty nice deal on Spotify, as well.

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup $80 shipped (orig. $140)

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto BackupAdorama via eBay has the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive for only $79.99 shipped. That’s $60 off the list price, $20 less than Amazon, and the lowest we could find.

This external hard drive is bus powered and it lets you transfer data at speeds up to 5 GB/s. You also have the option to backup data to both the drive and the cloud via Dropbox.

Over 5,000 Amazon shoppers gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and left great reviews.

We also found the WD 3TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive for a low $88 shipped from B&H.

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Apple iPad mini Smart Covers as low as $16 w/ free in-store pickup from Best Buy (Reg. $39)

apple-ipad-mini-smart-cover-redDid you pick up an iPad mini during Black Friday? Snap an Apple Smart Cover on it for $15.99 (pink, light/dark gray), $19.99 (green, red) or $24.99 for blue. All of these options will work with iPad mini 2/3.

Each of these Smart Covers carries an original price of $39. You can easily find lower-quality Smart Cover replicas, but I’d recommend spending a couple extra bucks to ensure that you get the real thing. Free shipping on orders of $35+, otherwise just opt for free in-store pickup.
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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in black $124 shipped (orig. $400), more

Best Buy has the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in black for $149.99. But by adding two inexpensive cases (like these) to your cart with the speaker, your price will drop to $120.76 for the Onyx. With the $3.20 for the cases, you get a total of $123.96 shipped. That’s $276 under the original listing, $76 better than Amazon and the lowest price we can find.

It features Bluetooth connectivity, up to 5 hours of wireless play time, a 60hz-20khz frequency response range, 3/4” Mylar tweeters and 2 passive radiators to “create a rich cross-spectrum soundscape.” It has received a 4.6/5 star rating from over 170 Amazon customers.

Amazon also has the FUGOO Style Portable Bluetooth Surround Sound Speaker in silver with speakerphone functionality for $139.99 shipped (Reg. $200, lowest we’ve seen). Be sure to check out today’s Daily Deals for more speaker options.

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Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch (current gen) 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB $750 shipped (Reg. $899)

Mac Book Air-128GB-MD711LL:B-sale-01Blutek (99.3% Positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals is offering the 11.6-inch Apple MacBook Air with 128GB of storage (MD711LL/B) for $749.99 shipped. That’s $149 under the regular price and $30 below the best deal we saw in this year’s Black Friday sales. It’s also $19 less than Apple’s current asking price for a refurb.

This is a current gen model with the following specs:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (Haswell)
  • 4GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 128GB Flash Storage
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual USB 3.0 Ports, One Thunderbolt Port
  • 720p FaceTime HD Camera

If you’re looking to go Retina then check out this current generation 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (MGX72LL/A) for $1,099.99 shipped (Reg. $1,299). That’s $50 above our Black Friday pricing, but only NJ buyers will be charged sales tax at the time of purchase.
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