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Simon Walsh

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Simon Walsh is an Editor at 9to5Toys. He worked at Apple for over 5 years. When he is not writing for 9to5Toys, he is running his bed & breakfast or trading stocks. Get to know him more by following him on Twitter.

January 19

Samsonite’s Mighty Wheeled Backpack totes a 15-inch MacBook and a whole lot more: $60 (Reg. $80)

Samsonite’s official eBay storefront is offering its Mighty Wheeled Backpack for $59.99 shipped. That’s $20 off what it’s fetching on Amazon, beats the current sale price at eBags, and is the lowest we’ve tracked. This is made to fit most 15.6-inch laptops, making it a great choice for all current generation MacBooks. Its inline skate wheels will make toting your gear a cinch when maneuvering through airports and parking lots. Reviews are still rolling in, but Samsonite gear is highly-rated on Amazon.

January 18

expiredNail down this RIDGID 18V 5-Tool Combo at its lowest price yet: $249 (25% off, today only)

Today only, Home Depot is offering the RIDGID 18-Volt 5-Tool Combo Kit (R9633SBN) for $249 shipped. That’s $85 off what its been fetching there and is the lowest price we have tracked. With a drill/driver, impact driver, impact wrench, angle grinder, torch light, two batteries, and more, this combo equips you with the goodies necessary to knock out a slew of projects. All of the tools are backed by RIDGID’s lifetime service agreement, meaning they’ll take care of batteries that fail and any labor necessary to keep your tools up and running. Rated 4.9/5 stars.

Amazon is offering the iPhone 6 32GB in Space Grey for $99.99 shipped. That’s 33% off the typical rate for this listing and is just $1 more than our last mention. It is locked to Total Wireless pre-paid service, making it great for existing subscribers and new subscribers alike. Also a fantastic option for those on the lookout for a low-cost alternative to an iPod Touch. iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch Retina display, Touch ID, 8-megapixel camera, and more. expand full story

Metroid Prime, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Mario Sunshine are just a few titles on a long list of nostalgic GameCube releases that immediately came to mind when I saw this epic Nintendo Switch dock mod posted on Reddit.

At first glance, you might think that Reddit user Littlewolf128 simply cut a chunk of the GameCube out and placed his Nintendo Switch inside. As it turns out, the OP went to great lengths to ensure that even the original gamecube controller ports function after the surgery. expand full story

Grab a burner ZTE ZMax One Smartphone w/ 1-year of Tracfone service for $60 ($185 value)

Tracfone via eBay Daily Deals is offering the ZTE ZMax One Smartphone with 1 Year of Service for $59.99 shipped. That’s good for a combined value of $185 when factoring in that 1 year of service fetches $125 and the phone itself fetches $60. Today’s deal is the best we’ve seen for this bundle. The included service includes 1,500 minutes, text messages, and MBs of data that will not expire for a full year, making it a great burner or backup phone to keep on hand. Reviews are light on this phone, but ZTE devices are well-rated on Amazon.

Keep bikes and furniture in tip-top shape w/ this highly-rated 26-pc. Hex Key Set: $7.50 (50% off)

ATL US (99% lifetime positive feedback) via Amazon is offering the Tacklife 26-pc. Hex Key Set for $7.48 shipped when coupon code P6GBSRIX has been applied during checkout. That’s $7 off the typical rate there and beats the lowest price we have tracked by $3. Whenever I think of hex keys, my mind always ventures to tuning up my bike, but they have a lot more uses than just that since many pieces of furniture use hex-compatible screws. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Keep your MacBook and iPad safe w/ an Incase City Commuter Backpack: $58 (over 40% off)

Daily Steals is offering the Incase City Commuter Backpack for $57.99 shipped when coupon code INCASE2OFF has been applied during checkout. That’s $42 off what third-parties are charging at Amazon, $100 off retailers like B&H or Adorama, and is the lowest price we’ve tracked. This stylish backpack has room for a 15-inch MacBook Pro, iPad, and more. I’ve owned several Incase products over the years and have always found the quality to be top notch. Reviews are still rolling in, but Incase backpacks are highly-rated.

This Samsonite 5-pc. Luggage Set is $79 shipped ($40 off), 3-pc. Omni Spinner: $159

BuyDig via Rakuten is offering the Samsonite 5-pc. Nested Luggage Set for $79.20 shipped when coupon code BAGS20 has been applied during checkout. Note: You will need to be logged in to a free Rakuten account to use this code. That’s about $40 off the going rate offered by third-party sellers on Amazon and is within a few bucks of its all-time low. With 5 uniquely-sized bags, you’ll always have the perfect fit for every trip. The larger bags have inline skate wheels, allowing you to easily traverse through airports and parking lots. Rated 4/5 stars.

Insignia’s 39-inch 1080p Fire TV sets a new low at $150 (Reg. $230+), more from $266

Best Buy is offering the Insignia 39-inch 1080p Fire TV for $149.99 shipped. That’s $80 off what it is at Amazon and beats the lowest price we have tracked for it by $20. With FireOS baked in, this TV saves you $40 off what a Fire TV Stick runs and frees up one of those precious HDMI ports. It even comes with an Alexa Voice Remote that Amazon only recently began including with its 1080p stick. Inputs include 3x HDMI, USB, Ethernet, and more. Rated 4.1/5 stars. After the jump, we have even more TVs on sale.

January 17

Stream 4K HDR content from Netflix w/ the Roku Premiere for a mere $33 shipped (20% off)

Wholesale Connection via Rakuten is offering the Roku Premiere 4K Streamer for $32.99 shipped when coupon code WC6 has been applied during checkout. Note: You will need to be logged in to a free Rakuten account to use this code. That’s about $7 off the going rate found at retailers like Amazon and beats the lowest price we have tracked there by the same amount. I have several Roku devices throughout my home and really find its interface quite intuitive to use. Performance has been snappy and it has all the popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Plex. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Upgrade your TV’s audio w/ a TaoTronics 34-inch Bluetooth Sound Bar: $58 shipped (Reg. $80)

Sunvalley Brands (99% lifetime positive feedback) via Amazon is offering the TaoTronics 34-inch 2.0-Channel Sound Bar for $57.79 shipped. That’s $22 off what it’s been fetching there and beats the lowest price we have seen by $2. With support for Bluetooth, AUX, optical, and more, this sound bar should connect easily with your existing gear. Rated 4+ stars from over 65% of reviewers.

Nikon took the wraps off two new COOLPIX cameras earlier today. Dating back to the company’s first COOLPIX in 1997, Nikon has had plenty of time to create a recognized and trusted lineup for consumers. Its latest releases will join the A Series and B Series cameras and have model numbers of A1000 and B600.

While both cameras pack incredible zoom, the B600 is the clear winner in this department with 60x optical compared to the A1000’s 35x. Folks who opt for the A1000 will have a more compact form-factor that makes it easier to carry or stuff in a bag. expand full story

This Garmin GPS helps banish clutter w/ its built-in Dash Cam: $109 (Refurb, Orig. $300)

BuyDig is offering the refurbished Garmin 50LMT DriveAssist GPS with Built-In Dash Cam for $109 shipped when clipping on-page coupon or using code CLARA during checkout. That’s $40 off the going rate on Amazon and beats our previous mention by $1. This GPS lets you free your car of clutter while offering directions and a dash cam in one compact unit. It sports a 5-inch screen and comes with lifetime map updates. Customers receive a 1-year warranty with their purchase. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Treat yourself to Microsoft’s Special Edition Sport White Controller for $42 (Reg. up to $70)

SNG Trading via Rakuten is offering the Microsoft Xbox One Special Edition Sport White Wireless Controller for $42.26 shipped when coupon code SNG7X has been applied during checkout. Note: You will need to be logged in to a free Rakuten account to use this code. This controller fetches up to $70 at several retailers like Best Buy, but can be had for around $55 at Amazon. Today’s deal beats the Amazon all-time low by $6. This controller features a gorgeous design that makes it stand out from the standard options that most folks have. Its rubberized diamond grip aims to help you play your best. Rated 4.2/5 stars. Have a look at our release coverage of this slick controller to learn more.

Take Anker’s Nebula Mars II Projector anywhere for a new low of $360 shipped ($110 off)

AnkerDirect via Amazon is offering its Nebula Mars II Portable Projector for $359.99 shipped when coupon code MARSCNET has been applied during checkout. That’s $110 off the typical rate there and beats the lowest price we have tracked by $2. With 720p output and 4-hour battery life, this portable projector knocks the socks off of many others in this price range. Watching YouTube, Netflix, and more is easy as pie since it runs Android. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Boost the speed, capacity, & reliability of a console, PC, or Mac w/ ADATA’s 2TB SSD for $200, more

ADATA via Rakuten is offering its SU800 2TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive for $199.74 shipped when coupon code AD35 has been applied during checkout. Note: You will need to be logged in to a free Rakuten account to use this code. That’s $50 off the going rate found at retailers like Amazon and beats the lowest price we have tracked by $4. I added an SSD to my PS4 a while back and my friends have been envious of the reduced load times that I experience ever since. If you’re not a console gamer, you can also add it to your PC or Mac. Rated 4.3/5 stars. Head below to find more SSDs included in this sale.

January 16

Get to work with a Bosch 34-piece Drill/Drive Bit Set for $6 at Amazon (40% off)

Amazon is offering the Bosch 34-pc. Drill/Drive Bit Set for $5.93 as an add-on item. This means that you’ll need to check out with $25 in your cart to qualify for this price. That’s 40% off the going rate found at retailers like Home Depot and is a match for the lowest price we have tracked. With a wide variety of drill and driver bits, this set has the necessities for most projects. It comes with a carrying case that makes it super simple to tote around. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

The Yale Assure Smart Lock lets you trade in your key for a passcode: $165 (Reg. $200)

BuyDig is offering the Yale Assure Lock SL Smart Lock for $165 shipped. That’s about $35 off the going rate at Amazon and is the best price we can find right now. This slim deadbolt packs a touchscreen and Z-Wave integration that allows it to work with SmartThings and Wink. It has room for 25 custom codes, allowing you provide easy-to-remember digits for family members or anyone else that you’d like. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

The Playmobil Enemy Airboat Set comes w/ explorers, dinosaurs, and more: $21.50 (Reg. $35)

Amazon is offering the PLAYMOBIL Enemy Airboat with Raptor Building Set for $21.56 shipped. Matched at Walmart when you opt for in-store pickup or check out with $35 in your cart. That’s $13 off the going rate found at retailers like Target and is a match for the lowest price we have tracked. This kit comes with a boat, two explorers, two dinosaurs, a removable cage, grappling hook, and more. The boat actually floats and can even be upgraded with an underwater motor. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

I love home automation. For so long I have bought a thing or two here and there to expand my smart home, but up to this point the high-cost of HomeKit-enabled accessories has kept me from going all-in on light bulbs and switches.

When I made the switch to using Alexa as my primary voice assistant, one of the deciding factors was how inexpensive it is to buy Alexa gear compared to competitors that support Apple HomeKit. Head below for a look at which lighting products I’m using to illuminate my home. expand full story

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