Most of us are wielding a smartphone device and a tablet in our daily lives now, but there are certain groups of consumers that are still without an easy way to consume content from family and friends. Perhaps it’s a grandparent or someone that isn’t as technologically savvy. A new product called Loop is hoping to fill that need in the market today. This retro-inspired iPad look-alike has a 10-inch IPS display that is designed to simplify communication and content consumption.

On the side is a knob and button interface that allows you to scroll through a variety of ‘channels’. This includes social channels like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram or a stream of photos supplied by your computer or another family member. In fact, someone can send images or video direct from the free smartphone app. It has a built-in microphone that makes browsing easier without the need to be intimately familiar with an operating system. Loop is powered by an internal four-hour battery, so you can take it on-the-go. It is currently available for $199 and would certainly make a fun Christmas present this year.

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Following an acrimonious exit from Beats a while back, co-creator Steven Lamar has returned with a new headphone venture in partnership with Atari. Its new GameOn headphones aim to bring the best of the gaming and audio worlds into one product. Generally, audio manufacturers aim to focus on one subset of listeners but this new ambitious product from ROAM is dismissing that trend. For maximum compatibility, Lamar and crew are going the traditional 3.5mm route that will give them access to gaming systems and a wide range of smartphones. Obviously, that leaves them out of the running for iPhone 7.

ROAM is using dual EQ system to attempt to satisfy audiophiles and gamers alike. Each mode is designed specially for a flat sound or a more booming presence, depending on your preferences. GameON uses a hybrid driver system that it claims will recreate a variety of genres with top-notch accuracy. The titanium exterior comes in Black or Rose Gold colorings with a matching in-line remote control. ROAM has opted to take its latest product to Indiegogo with a list price of $99. It is slated to ship to backers by the end of the year if all goes to plan. In the meantime, check out this exclusive 50% discount on Spigen’s new Lightning-connected headphones.

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Daily Steals is offering the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Mini 2500mAh in 4 color options for only $9.99 shipped. That’s $70 off the original list price, $25 less than Amazon and the lowest we’ve seen for it. With the 2500mAh rechargeable power capacity it provides twice the battery life to most smart phones. Rated 4/5 stars by over 100 Amazon shoppers.

In case you missed it, we have an exclusive 50% off discount on Spigen’s new Lightning-connected earbuds.

More accessory deals:


Spigen Dual Port USB Car Charger $3 w/ code LOTR9N8T (Reg. $9) | Amazon

  • Unifun 10400mAh Waterproof Power Bank $14 (Reg. $17) | Amazon
    • w/ code C82MGK8D
  • Mpow Lightning Cable $4 (Reg. $9) | Amazon
    • w/ code 5OIJ4SYW
  • Two Mpow Lightning Cables $8 (Reg. $10) | Amazon
    • w/ code HZ4AQL26
  • Aduro SURGE Slim Protector w/USB ports $15 (Reg. $40) | Amazon

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Target offers the TCL 55-inch 4K Smart Ultra HDTV with Roku built-in (model 55US5800) for $386.99 with in-store pick up. If you opt to have it shipped, you’ll have to pay $429.99 (which is the best price available otherwise and matched at Amazon). For comparison, it usually sells for $500 and today’s deal is the best price that we’ve seen. Don’t forget, you can save an extra 5% with REDcard.

TCL’s line of Roku-enabled 4K Ultra HDTVs are one of the best values on the market today. It might not be ideal for a robust home theater setup but its combination of features and price make it a home run in most applications. It has four HDMI 2.0 inputs, one USB port, 120Hz Clear Motion refresh rate and optical audio out. Over 325 Amazon customers have left a 4/5 star rating.

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In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering the Titanfall 2, Xbox One S white wireless controller with the Xbox Cinch Sac for $89.99 shipped. While you can still pre-order the game for just $47.99 shipped if you’re a Prime member, today’s deal is more than $20 in savings with the added value of the controller (even with the Prime pricing). “Get up to twice the wireless range compared to previous Xbox One Controllers (tested using the Xbox One S Console).Experience the enhanced comfort and feel of the new Xbox Wireless Controller”

Next up, we have some Nintendo deals. Amazon has Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam on Nintendo 3DS for $30 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $40, Amazon all-time low, matched at Walmart). Walmart also has Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U) in stock for $39.99 and Super Mario: 3D Land on Nintendo 3DS for $20. Both ship free in orders over $49 or can be picked-up in store.


Walmart is offeirng some interesting Xbox One S HDTV bundles today. You can grab the Battlefield 1 or Minecraft Xbox One S bundle with a Sceptre 43-inch 4K Ultra HD 2160p LED HDTV ($250 value), a Blu-ray and a PowerA Xbox controller for just $499 shipped ($580+ value).

Before you head below for today’s best iOS/Mac deals, here is the latest Free App of the Week, you’ll also want to check out our feature on the Best Console Game Releases for October and here’s our very first look at the brand new Nintendo Switch gaming console.

Ongoing game deals/promotions:

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Apple’s move to drop the 3.5mm headphone jacket with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus leaves you with 2 reasonable options for listening to music or taking calls: connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or directly through the Lightning port. There’s also that tiny 3.5mm to Lightning adapter, but that’s just messy. Even though Bluetooth has come a long way, it’s still finicky enough to be a real hassle at times (especially on low-end models). I prefer wired earbuds for ease of use (no doing the Bluetooth pair/re-pair dance) and super sound quality.

If Apple’s EarPods refuse to stay in your ears or you just need an extra pair of headphones for your travel bag, you should take a look at Spigen’s just announced in-ear Lightning headphones with remote and mic. They retail for $46.99, but we’ve partnered with Spigen to bring 9to5Toys readers an exclusive 50% launch day discount. Just enter coupon code STA8IZQH during checkout at Amazon to drop your final price to $23.50. Unlike the majority of budget Lightning headphones that have come before it, these are backed by an established and trusted company in Spigen. And at this price, you honestly can’t go wrong.

Spigen is also pushing out its new 24W/4.8A dual-port USB car charger live today. And again, we’ve managed to secure you an exclusive discount. This time coupon code LOTR9N8T will knock the price from $8.99 to just $2.99 (67% off). Pair it with some extra Lightning cables and you’ll be able to quickly charge your iPhone or iPad while on-the-go.

The headphones include free standard shipping and the car charger is Prime eligible.

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In today’s Daily Deals, we have from Best Buy the Dell Gaming 27-inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor with G-SYNC for $479.99 shipped. That’s $220 off the original list price, $160 less than Amazon and the lowest we can find for it. 

With sharp images and the 144Hz refresh rate, you can get “incredibly swift and responsive action with minimum input lag at an extremely rapid 1ms panel response time”. The QHD (2560×1440) resolution is close to two times sharper than Full HD. It has HDMI, Display Port and 4 USB inputs. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 300 Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:

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Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Refurb) $70 (Orig. $150) | A4C

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As a part of its Top Tech 20 Gift Guide for the holiday season, Best Buy is taking $100 off all 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi configurations in every color. For comparison, we’ve seen slightly stronger discounts on a model-by-model basis in new condition and $125 off in Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale. Today’s offer is the best available. Free shipping is available across the board.

Here’s a breakdown of pricing:

Apple’s latest iPad Pro features a 9.7-inch Retina display, A9X 64-bit chip, Touch ID, 802.11ac wireless, a four speaker design and up to ten hours of battery life. There is a 12MP iSight camera with 4K video on the back and 5MP FaceTime HD camera on the front. It is compatible with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard (which by the way, you can currently save 25% on via Best Buy’s impressive accessory sale).

In case you missed it, you can save up to 23% on iPad mini 4 and Air 2 at Target. Oh, and Best Buy announced its free shipping policy for the holiday season.

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Logitech has announced a partnership with Amazon today that brings Amazon’s popular Alexa virtual assistant to its Harmony platform. As part of the new feature, users of Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot can now use their voice to perform common functions relating to entertainment.

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Amazon is offering the brand new Echo Dot (2nd gen, in black or white) along with the Lutron Caseta Wireless Deluxe Smart Lighting Control Kit for $159.89 shipped. That’s nearly $30 off the cost of buying these items separately and the lowest we can find for this bundle. 

With this voice-controlled device that uses Alexa you can play music, control smart home devices, and even order a pizza from Domino’s (review). It has 802.11n dual-band wireless, Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm audio output. The Lutron Caseta system provides personalized control of your lights (review). Everything in this offer comes highly-rated at Amazon with 4+/5 stars.

If you just want the Echo Dot, Home Depot has it in black or white for only $49.99 shipped. But, if you add two to your cart, add a small filler item to get your total over $100 and use the code OCTOBERHD you’ll save an extra $10 off ($90 for both).

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5-Star Stuff (100% positive feedback from 1,400 in the last 12 months) via Amazon offers the ZeroLemon 10000mAh SolarJuice Dual-USB Port Solar Charger for $23.96 Prime shipped when promo code ORGTPG63 is applied during checkout. Today’s deal is 20% off the regular price and the best offer currently available.

Easily charge your smartphone or iPad with the power of the sun thanks to ZeroLemon’s SolarJuice power bank. It is capable of storing up to 10000mAh of power and it has dual USB ports (2.1A). It also has built-in LED lights. Over 600 Amazon customers have left a 4.1/5 star rating.

Today’s Top Green Deals:

  • GreenWorks Pro 80V 16-Inch Cordless String Trimmer: $149 (Reg. $210) | Amazon
  • Philips Hue Starter Kit w/ 2 LED Bulbs + 2nd Gen. Echo Dot: $100 (Reg. $120) | Best Buy
  • Oak Leaf 5/6-inch 14W 4000K Recessed LED Retrofit Lighting: $9 (Reg. $12) | Amazon

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We’ve shared a number of electric bikes here on 9to5Toys in the last year, particularly noting the variety of designs that are currently available to consumers. Another option has hit the market, or Kickstarter rather, with a foldable frame and small footprint. Tern’s new Vektron eBike uses a Bosch motor that provides up to 250W of extra electric power. The 49-pound two-wheeler comes in at just 16 x 33 x 25-inches when completely folded up.


A 400Wh battery provides between 40 to 80 miles on a single charge depending on your speed. There are four different power modes to choose from that can serve up to 250% of the power from a typical human. It tops at 20mph thanks to its lightweight and aerodynamic design that is made for riders as little as five feet tall. Tern is using Kickstarter to fund its latest creation but it already has an impressive network of 125 dealers in the United States. A pledge of $3,100 will deliver a Vektron eBike in April if all goes to plan.

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