Logitech Z130 computer speakers $13 (Reg. $25)

Logitech-Z130-speakersAmazon offers the Logitech Z130 computer speakers for $12.99 with free Prime (free trial) shipping. As a pricing comparison, these highly-rated speakers typically sell for around $25 at most major retailers, and the next lowest price we are currently able to find is $17 at B&HAlso available at Best Buy.

  • Rich and strong stereo sound with 5 watts of power
  • Compact, low-profile design ideal for desks with limited space
  • Convenient on-speaker volume and power controls, headphone jack, plus 3.5mm jack input for your MP3, DVD or CD player
  • Simple setup – connects to your laptop or desktop with a standard 3.5mm plug.Works with Windows and Mac OS

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Amazon celebrates its Appstore’s 3rd birthday with 2 weeks of deals

amazon-appstore-birthday-deal The US Amazon Appstore will turn 3 this Saturday, March 22nd, and to commemorative this occasion, Amazon will launch a 2-week gift giving campaign for its customers. Beginning this week, Amazon will slash up to 60% off “some of the most popular titles in the store.”

The discounts will also extend to in-app purchases:

As an added bonus, for a limited time, customers who buy in-app items within select titles including Asphalt 8, Animal Voyage, Kingdoms of Camelot, The Hobbit, Sonic Dash, World at Arms and Despicable Me: Minion Rush will receive 50% back on the purchase price in the form of Amazon Coins.

Remember, Amazon Coins can now be used by all Android devices and are a great way to save up to 10% on future app purchases.

There isn’t a main splash page promoting the celebration but you can kill some time at work today by playing with the confetti that Amazon is making rain down on the Appstore.

Nexus 7 Android tablet (2nd gen) 32GB WiFi + LTE $300 shipped (Reg. $349)

nexus-7-tabletBest Buy offers the second generation 32GB Nexus 7 Android tablet with WiFi and 4G LTE (unlocked) connectivity for $299.99 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $49 below retail and the best price ever by $20.

Now thinner, lighter, and faster — Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7” tablet screen. With dual-band Wi-Fi and optional 4G LTE, you can stay connected wherever you are.

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Griffin Technology 20% off sitewide sale: Save on iPad/iPhone cases, Lightning cables, more

griffin-merchant-caseUpdate (3/21 11:45am): Griffin is once again taking 20% off everything. Use the new code GRIFFIN20 to save all weekend long.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Griffin Technology is having a one day 20% off sitewide sale. Griffin makes specialized accessories for your gadgets including Apple/Android cases, Mac cases and laptop stands, Lightning cables (MFi), equipment for professional music production and even cool toys such as an iOS controlled attacking race car and a monster truck. Use coupon code GREEN20 at checkout to get these savings. All items ship free. Sale ends Tuesday. Below are some of our favorite deals:

iPhone Merchant Case + Square Reader: The first official iPhone case designed to protect your iPhone while accepting payments with a Square credit card reader (included). $15.99 (Reg. $20)

CinemaSeat for iPad Air: This case you strap it onto the headrest in the car to allow passengers to watch movies in the car. It has quick easy access to the ports and controls. $32 (Reg. $40)

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Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $469 (Reg. $850), 500GB $255 (Reg. $350)

samsung-evo-ssd-dealUpdate (3/18 8:00am): Amazon matches Adorama at $469 for the 1TB.
Update (3/17 1:20pm): 
Amazon drops it all the way down to $433.99 with free shipping, which is the best price ever by $35.

Adorama Camera offers the Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive for $469. It’s just $0.99 more at Amazon, which is a better deal for Prime members (free trial) since it includes free 2-day delivery. Both prices include free standard shipping for all buyers. That’s $381 under list, $41 better than the average street price, and the best deal we have ever seen by $11. 

The entire 840 EVO Series lineup scores a near-perfect 4.8/5 stars from 1,512 Amazon reviewers. Features of this particular drive include:

  • Highest-quality components and engineering from the #1 memory manufacturer
  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption
  • No moving parts means no hard drive spin ups, no noise and superior data protection
  • An innovative lightweight design that allows you to work smarter and play longer.
  • Sequential Read Speed 540 MB / Sequential Write Speed 520 MB / Random Read Speed 98K IOPS / Random Write Speed 90K IOPS

The Crucial M500 960GB SSD is also on sale for $439.99, which is just $5 more than its lowest recorded price. You can also grab the 500GB 840 EVO Series for $255 shipped (Reg. $350)
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Samsung 32″ 1080p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV $300 shipped (Reg. $500)

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Amazon offers the Samsung UN32EH5300 32″ 1080p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV for $299.99 with free shipping. That’s $200 below retail and within $5 of the best price we have ever seen. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 2,222 Amazon reviewers and it’s the #1 best seller in the LCD TV category.

With this Smart HDTV, Smart Content provides new ways to explore and locate your favorite shows, movies, games, and more. A full web browser with WiFi built-in and innovative apps made for TV, along with Signature Services, enhances your enjoyment. AllShare Play allows you to stream content from other devices and enjoy it on the big screen…

And for those of you who could use a bigger screen and don’t need smart functionality..

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Free year of ShopRunner ($79 value), while all Prime members can use a workaround to avoid price increase

ShopRunner-freeShopRunner is a service similar to Amazon Prime that charges a yearly membership fee that grants free 2-day shipping. The big difference is that ShopRunner works with dozens of online retailers including Neiman Marcus, MacMall, Toys R Us, TigerDirect.com, and others. For a limited time, current Amazon Prime members can get a free year of ShopRunner ($79 value) by using this special promo link. Only available to new members (*cough* or new emails). Don’t forget to cancel auto-renew if you do not plan to re-up after your free year. Note: The T&C of the promo state that you must submit proof of Prime membership within 24 hours of signing up. (Updated)

How to submit proof of Amazon Prime membership:

2. Log in if necessary
3. Click on “View printable receipt”
4. Copy the full receipt.
5. Open a new email addressed to DoneWithPrime@ShopRunner.com
Paste the receipt into the body of the email and hit send.
Make sure to send it from your ShopRunner registered email address.
6. Paste the receipt into the body of the email and hit send.

Yesterday’s big news was that Amazon is going to increase the yearly fee for regular and student Prime by 25%. New members have until next week to activate a trial and lock in the lower rates ($39 for students, $79 for regular), while current members can only do this if their membership is up for renewal before 4/17.

Luckily, LifeHacker discovered a workaround that they say will allow all current members (regardless of renewal date) to lock in the lower rates for one more year:

1. Disable auto-renew on your Prime account. Update: It seems like Amazon might have temporarily removed the option to cancel your membership online. If you’re having trouble, you can still follow the rest of the steps and cancel your auto-renewal at a later date, either when the option is restored or through customer service.
2. Purchase a gift subscription here for $79
3. Set it to deliver to your own email address on the day that your current year of Prime lapses.

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Sony RDPM7IPN portable Lightning speaker dock for iPhone/iPod $60 shipped (Reg. $80), more

Sony RDPM7IPN Lightning iPhon-iPod-Portable-speaker-dock-sale-01Amazon has the Sony RDPM7IPN Lightning iPhone/iPod Portable speaker dock for $60 shipped right now. That’s $20 off the regular price and matching the lowest we’ve seen this model go for. It is compatible with Lightning equipped iPhone and iPod models, and will act as both a portable speaker (w/ 10 hour battery life) and a charging station. It comes with a remote and an aux input for external audio sources.

The Sony RDPM7IPN has received a 4.3/5 star rating among Amazon customers.

If it’s a Bluetooth speaker you’re after, Groupon has the Acoustic Research wireless Bluetooth speaker in black for $55 shipped (Reg. $120). This matches the all time low on this model and beats Amazon’s current listing by more than $10 where it has received a 4.2/5 star rating. For more great Lightning speaker/charger options and other higher end accessories the Harman Audio online store has some great options from JBL, Harman/Kardon, and AKG.

Sony RDPM7IPN Portable Lightning speaker dock for iPhone/iPod: $60 shipped (Reg. $80)

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Headphones: Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr (Refurb.) $180 shipped (Reg. $250)

beats-mixr-headphone-dealThe official Beats by Dr. Dre refurbished eBay store offers the Mixr headphones for $179.95 with free shipping, which is $80 below the retail price for a new pair. Features include rotating ear cups, a flexible housing/headband built to withstand the rigors of DJ life, and industrial strength sound. Available in white or black. Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

beats-dre-refurb-ebay-storeIf you are in the market for any other audio gear be sure to browse the entire refurbished store as many of their most popular speakers and headphones are available at deeply discounted rates. All of these items include a 30-day warranty from Beats.

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Amazon announces rate increases for regular ($99/yr) and Student Prime ($49/yr) memberships

amazon-prime-price-increase-2014Update (3/13 8:30 am): Amazon is now boldly owning the increases with an announcement on its homepage (above).

Effective April 17th, Amazon Prime annual membership rates will increase for the first time ever. Regular accounts will jump from $79 to $99 and Student accounts will go from $39 to $49.

The announcement quietly trickled out as an email to some members and can be found tucked away in a Prime help document. Rumors of a potential rate increase have been swirling since Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak broached on the subject during an earnings call in January. If you’re a current member and up for renewal be sure to re-up before the rates increase on 4/17! New members can start a 30-day free trial within the next 7 days to secure the lower rate. (smart move).
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Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 $129 ($100 off)

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black & Photoshop Lightroom 5BuyDig is offering the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $229. The coupon code: POSTPRODUCTION100 drops it to only $129 shipped. That’s half what you would expect to pay for either item. Amazon sells them separately for $115 for the WD Hard Drive and $120 for Lightroom 5.

The WD Hard Drive features USB 3.0 connectivity, automatic and cloud backup, password protection and hardware encryption and a 3-year limited warranty from Western Digital.

Adobe Lightroom 5 lets you easily share on Facebook, and Flickr, or in books, web galleries, prints, slide shows, and more. “Lightroom makes it easy with timesaving tools for sharing your work with friends, family, and clients.”

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HP SlateBook x2 tablet w/ keyboard dock station: $395 shipped (Reg. $480)

HP SlateBook x2 tablet-sale-HP-01HP is offering the HP SlateBook x2 tablet and keyboard dock for $395 shipped using code LOGICBUY15HP during checkout. That’s $85 off the regular price, $45 better than Amazon’s current price, and the best we’ve seen by $10.

The 10.1-inch SlateBook features Android 4.2, 2GB of RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1920 x 1200 display all powered by 1.8GHz quad core Nvidia Tegra processor. This deal also comes along with the full QWERTY keyboard docking station with additional USB ports as well.

HP SlateBook x2 tablet and keyboard dock: $395 shipped (Reg. $480)

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Lexar 32GB JumpDrive $15 (Reg. $33), PNY 128GB $49 shipped (Reg. $70)

Lexar 32GB JumpDrive USB 3.0 Flash DriveBuyDig has the Lexar 32GB JumpDrive USB 3.0 Flash Drive for only $14.99 shipped (price drops in cart from $19.99). That’s 55% off the list price, $9 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen. With it, you can store and transfer content faster with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology. Also, it has a retractable connector with convenient thumb slide, and of course both PC and Mac compatible.

PNY Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 PenIf you’re looking for even more storage than that, Amazon has the PNY 128GB Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Pen Drive (P-FD128TBOP-GE) for a low $48.99 shipped. That’s $21 off the list price and the best current price we could find. It was a few dollars less yesterday but that deal is now sold out. It features fast USB 3.0 technology and of course both PC and Mac compatible.  Read more

MacMall has two models of the new Mac Pro in-stock and ready to ship

MacMall has two models of the elusive new Mac Pro in stock and ready to ship. The updated Mac Pro has been hotly anticipated for years and as such most early-adopters have been steamrolled by estimated shipping times up to several months.

As of right now, MacMall has the following models available to ship today:

  • MD878LL/A $3,994.00: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2.
  • Z0P8-3.5-16-1TB-D500 custom configured $4,794.00: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, 1TB PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2. Update (3/12 5:50 pm): This model is now sold out and will not ship until April.

Apple is currently quoting an estimated ship time of April for the aforementioned models.

If you need any other Apple gear be sure to check out MacMall’s St. Patrick’s Day blowout.

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Select OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s $25 (Reg. $100)

OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Case for iPhone 5 - Retail Packaging - Realtree Max 4:Green

UPDATE: Amazon raised the price on the Neon case

Amazon has dropped the prices on select OtterBox Armor Series Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s to only $24.99 (free shipping with Prime). That’s 75% off the list price and a match to our previous mention for the lowest price we’ve seen. Today’s offer includes the Realtree Max 4 and the Neon cases (pictured above).

OtterBox considers the Armor Series its “toughest case ever built.” It boasts protection against a 10′ drop on concrete, dust, two tons of crushing pressure and complete water submersion.

The Armor Series is also available for the iPhone 4/4s at the same low price.

If Amazon isn’t carrying the specific color combination you’re looking for it’s worth checking out Otterbox.com as they are currently offering 50% off the Armor series.

*Note: Touch ID will not work on the iPhone 5s with this case

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