Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

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In late 2012 Apple released a super slim unibody iMac. Its tapered 5mm design is simply an engineering feat and is most definitely worth gawking at. The front is free from ports, which creates an ultra clean look, but comes at the expense of functionality. It’s a first world problem, I know, but it can be a real nuisance having to crane your neck to plug in a USB cable. Luckily a couple accessory makers have tackled this issue by moving the iMac’s USB ports to its front panel.

One deal we’re currently featuring solves this problem for just $6.17 Prime shipped, while another new product adds even more functionality but at a higher price point… Read more

Apogee’s new Groove portable amp uses four DACs to match different headphones

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Your personal music collection is one of the most, well personal, things that many of us have in our lives. Everyone has different tastes and likes to listen in their own way. What many consumers do not realize is that they are typically not hearing the music as it was intended. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) before, but today we are seeing a new option that packs everything a DAC offers into a smaller, portable package.

Apogee, makers of recording industry leading microphones, audio interfaces and more, has announced the newest addition to its line of products with the portable USB Groove DAC and headphone amp for Mac and Windows PC. It comes packed with intriguing features and will launch with a special edition model you’ll certainly want to see.

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The best student discounts: save at Apple, Best Buy, J.Crew and dozens of other national retailers

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Life as a student can be a struggle, from trying to keep up with your classes to working at a part-time job. Don’t forget about your girlfriend or those student loans weighing over your head as well. The good news: we’re here to help put a couple bucks back in your pocket so you don’t have to settle for cheap beer this weekend…

9to5Toys has scoured the internet looking for some of the best discounts available to students and rounded them up. Below we’ve got details on potential savings at Apple, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and more. You probably had no idea that you’ve been missing out on those discounted burritos.

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The iMacompanion is the front USB Port your iMac deserves

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Update (1/23 11:46am): the discount code available in this post has now expired.

If you are an iMac user you like nice things. Reaching around to the back of your iMac every time you want to plug in a USB object is not nice. Sure there are options out there. You could drop $15 on a wrap around cord or buy a nice aluminum USB 3 hub (this nice Satechi 7 port is $40 or Powered Anker is $44 or many others have existed for awhile).

If you want something that looks like it came from Apple however, check out the iMacompanion. It is a single USB 3 port that carries the power and speed of the iMac’s USB 3 (also USB 2 compatible for older models) to the base of your iMac. It has a flat USB cord that will snake under your iMac and to the back USB port. All the instructions you need are in the following graphic and a 15% off offer follows:

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The big thing here is the quality: the housing is 100% aluminum and it is designed to fit perfectly onto your iMac. Wiplabs is giving 9to5Toys readers a 15% discount when bought through Amazon using code 9to5Toys at checkout which knocks it down to $34 with $4.50 shipping (offer is good for a week)

HP ENVY 32-Inch LED-Lit Quad-HD Monitor w/Beats Audio: $433 shipped (orig. $600)

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Amazon has the HP ENVY 32-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor Quad-HD for only $432.18. That’s over $160 off the regular price and the lowest Amazon has ever sold it for.

It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution on a wide-viewing angle screen (that’s the same resolution you would get on a 27-inch iMac) and HP claims that you get “vibrant detail from practically any position.” You also get the “best sounding, richest audio” available from a monitor with Beats audio. You can connect with MHL, HDMI or Display Port, with optimized upscaling for great mobile streaming.

It received 4.4/5 stars and impressive reviews from Amazon customers. Read more

MacMall’s Black Friday sale features savings of up to 86% on the largest selection of Macs, iPads, more

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Update (11/26 2:00pm): MacMall’s Black Friday 60 Hour Sale is now live.

Update (11/26 2:00am): We have added the entire MacMall Black Friday ad.

MacMall is a shopping mecca for Apple fans looking to save some money. With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up, there’s no doubt many of you have been waiting to get a peek at MacMall’s Black Friday plans. Well, we’ve finally got our hands on them and we can’t wait to share them with you.

MacMall offers deals on by far the largest selection of Apple products we’ve seen from any retailer this holiday season. Stores like Best Buy only stock standard configuration Macs, but MacMall carries high-end and custom configuration models. Also, keep in mind that MacMall only charges tax at the time of purchase for buyers in nine states (CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, NC, NY, TN, and WI).

That being said, here are all of the deals that MacMall is planning to kick off tomorrow, Wednesday 26th at 12:01 PM PST: Read more

Apple iMac 21.5-Inch Desktop Current Gen: $1100 shipped (Reg. $1299), Mac mini ($100 off)

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Update (7/28 7:28 AM)  The Mac Minis at Best Buy have dropped another $10 since last Friday making it a savings of $110 off the list price.

Update (7/25 2:38 PM): Best Buy offers the Apple Mac mini with 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive for $499.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the list price and the current lowest we can find. The higher-end model is also available at a $100 discount.

Bluetek USA via eBay is offering the newest iMac (ME086LL/A) 21.5″ Desktop for only $1,099.99 shipped. That’s $200 off Apple’s retail price and $179 less than Amazon’s current listing.

This iMac features a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Processor with 6MB L3 cache. It has a 1TB (5400-rpm) Hard Drive, 8 GB (Two 4 GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 Memory, and a 21.5-inch (Diagonal) LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology; 1920-by-1080 Resolution. It also comes with Mac OS X Mavericks already installed. Read more

Take $150 off MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy with .edu email

best-buy-macbook-imac-college-dealFolks with a valid .edu email address can sign up to receive a special promo code that will extend a $150 discount to all MacBooks and iMac computers. Apple’s student discounts start at $50 on low-end configurations, which makes Best Buy’s promo nearly three times as valuable for some models. It includes in-stock MacBook Air, Retina, and Pro models and all standard configuration iMac desktop computers.

If you don’t have access to a .edu email address you should check out Adorama and MacMall’s President’s Day Sale for the best Mac prices from authorized dealers.

Also, Best Buy is still offering $50 off all iPad mini Retina models and $20 off the first generation iPad mini.
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Apple Computer Deals: Apple MacBook Air $100 off ($150 for .edu emails), iMac $160 off

apple-macbook-air-deal-9to5toysYou’re in luck if you still need to cross a Mac off your Holiday shopping list. As part of its 4-day Nick of Time Sale, Best Buy is discounting a variety of Air and iMac computers. All 11 and 13″ standard configuration MacBook Airs are available with a $100 discount or $150 if you have access to a .edu email address. You can also save $160 on every 21 and 27″ iMac desktop imac-dealcomputer.

Better yet, pick up a MacBook Air and iMac to create the ultimate power/portability Apple setup. Both deals are currently the best discounts available for their respective computers but are not the best we’ve ever seen.

Don’t forget both Macs omit an optical drive so be sure to pick up an Apple SuperDrive at its best price ever. Apple’s newest Time Capsule is also on sale if you need a backup/wireless solution.
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Best Buy’s Black Friday Mac Deals: Retina MacBook Pro up to $200 off, iMac $150 off, MacBook Air $150 off

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Best Buy is taking up to $200 of the Mac of your choice as part of its Black Friday festivities. Deals include the new Haswell Retina MacBook Pros, iMac desktop computers, and MacBook Airs. All Macs ship free. In total there are 10 Macs available at a discounted rate. For a larger selection of customized Macs and even previous generations, head over to the MacMall Black Friday sale.

Retina MacBook Pros:
13″ (ME864LL/A)
 128GB storage/4GB RAM $1,099.99 (Reg. $1,299)
15″ (ME294LL/A) 512GB storage/16GB RAM $2,449.99 (Reg. $2,599.99)
15″ (ME293LL/A )128GB storage/4GB RAM $1,849.99 (Reg. $1,999.99) – Also at Amazon

iMacs:
27″ (ME088LL/A)
 1TB HD/8GB RAM $1,649.99 (Reg. $1,799.99)
21.5″ (ME086LL/A) 1TB HD/8GB RAM $1,099.99 (Reg. $1,299.99)
21.5″ (ME087LL/A) 1TB HD/8GBRAM/NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M $1,349.99 (Reg. $1,499.99)

MacBook Airs:
11″ (MD711LL/A)
 128GB storage/4GB RAM $849.99 (Reg. $999.99)
11″ (MD712LL/A) 256GB storage/4GB RAM $1,049.99 (Reg. $1,199.99)
13″ (MD760LL/A) 128GB storage/4GB RAM $949.99 (Reg. $1,099.99)
13″ (MD761LL/A) 256GB storage/4GB RAM $1,149.99 (Reg. $1,299.99)

Best Buy Black Friday Early Access: iMac $200 off, iPod Touch (5th gen) 32GB $50 off, more

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Best Buy is at it again offering several of its scheduled Black Friday deals a couple days early. This time you can save on iMacs, iPods, HDTVs, and more. Deals end tonight at 11:59pm CST. Coupons must be entered at the payment page during checkout. Head below to check out our favorite picks:

Apple is now shipping new iMacs, but savvy buyers should hold off just a bit longer

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Apple quietly updated their entire iMac lineup yesterday and they are pretty much the only game in town currently shipping the new desktop computers. This spells trouble for savvy buyers looking for a deal. It will take a week or so for authorized resellers (Best Buy, Newegg, B&H, etc) to stock each iMac model and only then will we start to see any sort of appreciable discount. It should be noted that MacMall is currently showing a $5 discount across the board but they are not specifying ship times. Amazon is also offering preorders.

Authorized resellers typically offer the best deals thanks to potential tax savings (at the time of purchase) and a higher propensity to offer discounts as way to be competitive. We saw $50 discounts only a month after the new Haswell MacBook Airs were released, so it shouldn’t be too long until the new iMacs see a price drop.

If you simply hold of purchasing a new iMac it is best to go directly through Apple and use any discounts that may apply to you (education, military, corporate, etc). If you are planning to add AppleCare to your new iMac be sure to grab it from an authorized reseller as their prices typically trump Apple direct.