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Blair Altland

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Blair is a deal master builder at 9to5Toys. He specializes in LEGO review, electric vehicle coverage and general tech deals. Contact him at Blair@9to5mac.com.

 

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This is it, the final stretch before Black Friday 2017 finally arrives. And with less than a week until the most highly-anticipated shopping day of the year we’ve already rounded up the best deals out there from Amazon, Apple, Google and more, but a few last ads have trickled out as well. Today we’ll be turning our attention to what Menards plans to offer come Friday. Head below for the full scan, along with details on doorbusters, hours and more.

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Samsung’s 28-inch 4K QLED Monitor hits new Amazon all-time low at $330 (34% off)

Amazon is currently offering the Samsung UH750 28-inch 4K Quantum Dot Monitor for $329.99 shipped. Matched at B&H and Newegg. That’s good for $170 off the going rate, drops to a new all-time low at Amazon and is the best offer we’re seeing. Rated 4/5 stars

Bathe your home in ambient light w/ the $114 Philips Hue HomeKit Starter Kit (Reg. $150)

Amazon is offering the Philips Hue 3rd Generation A19 White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit for $113.99 shipped. That’s good for 24% off the going rate, saves you $36 from Best Buy’s price and is the best offer available. Today’s deal is $26 less than our previous mention and a new Amazon all-time low. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

November 17

First Alert Z-Wave Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Alarm hits all-time low at $33

Amazon offers the First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Alarm for $33.02 shipped. That’s good for $11 off the regular going rate at Lowe’s, is $1 less than our last mention and a match of the Amazon all-time low. It carries a 4.1/5 star rating from 400 customers. 

We’ve made it to the final stretch before all of Black Friday 2017’s deals land next week. And if our coverage of ads from Amazon, Best Buy and other major retailers didn’t get you super excited about the most important shopping day of the year, then our roundups of more noteworthy discounts will hopefully do the trick. So far we’ve dug through all the deals and offered the Best of Black Friday 2017 on products from Amazon, Apple, Google as well as various smart home devices, streaming media players and of course, HDTVs. Now we’re turning our attention towards home audio, so be sure to head below and check out our top picks.

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Have Alexa turn on the heat w/ Sensi’s Smart Thermostat + $10 GC for $89 (Reg. $129)

Emerson Thermostats via Newegg offers its Sensi Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat and a $10 Newegg Gift Card for $89 shipped. Matched at Amazon and Home Depot, although you won’t lock in the additional gift card. That’s good for $40 off the going rate, is a match of our previous mention as well as lowest we’ve seen it go for. It carries a 4.1/5 star rating from over 3,500 Amazon shoppers where it is a #1 best seller.

Linksys AC1600 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi Router drops to $50 shipped (50% off)

Today only, Best Buy is offering the Linksys AC1600 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi Router for $49.99 shipped. That’s good for $50 off the going rate, matches our previous mention and is the lowest offer available. Over 400 customers have left a 4.3/5 star rating.

Let this $130 robotic vacuum handle the chores throughout the holidays (Reg. $180)

Ecovacs Robotics (99% positive feedback) via Amazon is discounting its DEEBOT N78 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner down to $129.59 shipped when code PNI4ODXT is applied at checkout. That’s good for $50 off the going rate, beats our previous mention by $5 and is a new all-time low at Amazon. Over 1,200 shoppers have left a 4.1/5 stars

Get $75 worth of Starbucks gift card stocking stuffers for $65 at Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club is offering a 5-pack of $15 Starbucks gift cards for $65 shipped. That’s good for $10 off the normal rate you’d find just about anywhere else and we basically never see cash discounts on Starbucks cards, making today’s deal even more noteworthy. If you’re looking to pick up stocking stuffers for the coffee-drinkers in your life, this is a great way to save some money along the way.

Your MacBook deserves the HP Envy 27-inch 4K USB-C Monitor at $350 (30% off)

BuyDig is offering the HP ENVY 27-inch 4K USB-C Monitor for $349.99 shipped when applying code c11710154586 at checkout. That’s good for $150 off the going rate, saves you an additional $70 from Best Buy’s current sale price and is the lowest we’re seeing. It carries a 4.7/5 star rating, largely agreeing with our hands-on review.

November 16

Pick up the QNAP 4-Bay NAS to store all your movies & photos at $355 (Reg. $420)

Woot is currently offering the QNAP TS-431X 2GB Series 4-Bay NAS for $349.99 + $5 shipping. That’s good for $65 off the going rate at Amazon and Newegg and is the lowest offer we’re currently seeing. Today’s deal also matches the Amazon all-time low. Rated 4.2/5 stars from Amazon customers.

Smart speakers and the digital assistants that reside in them offer a wide array of features, but are often leveraged for controlling the devices in our smart homes. That’s the basis behind Olie at least, an Alexa-enabled smart lamp launching via Indiegogo. With voice control leading the way, Olie also packs Qi wireless charging and more into its aluminum build.

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Missing the HDMI & USB ports on your MacBook Pro? Get AUKEY’s $30 USB-C hub

AUKEY Direct via Amazon offers its USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI, 4 USB 3.0 Ports and charging port for $29.74 shipped when code AUKEYHUB is applied at checkout. That’s good for $5 off the going rate and discounts the price to a new Amazon all-time low. Over 350 shoppers have left a 4/5 star rating.   

expiredGet the Logitech MK570 Comfort Wave Keyboard and Mouse for $35, today only

Today only, Best Buy’s eBay store is offering the Logitech MK570 Comfort Wave Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse for $34.99 shipped. Also available direct. That’s good for 50% off the MSRP, is a match of our previous mention and the lowest we can currently find for it. Rated 4.6/5 stars by almost 1,300 Best Buy shoppers.

Vantrue X3 Wi-Fi 1440p Dash Cam with wide angle lens drops to $110 (Reg. $160)

Vantrue via Amazon offers its X3 Wi-Fi 1440p Dash Cam with 170° Wide Angle Lens and night vision for $109.99 shipped when code Q8NLXF5J is applied at checkout. That’s good for $50 off the regular going rate and drops the price down to a new Amazon all-time low. As an Amazon #1 best-seller, it carries a 4.5/5 star rating

Control up to 8 devices w/ the $50 Logitech Harmony 700 Universal Remote (Reg. $120)

Best Buy via eBay is offering the Logitech Harmony 700 8-Device Universal Remote for $49.99 shipped. Also available directly from Best Buy. That’s good for $70 off the going rate, beats our previous mention by $20 and is the best offer currently available. Over 1,500 customers have left a 4.4/5 star rating.

Score the Asus 27-inch 1080p Monitor with 2 HDMI inputs for $150 shipped (Reg. $230)

Best Buy’s official eBay storefront is offering the Asus VZ279H 27-inch 1080p Monitor in icicle gold for $149.99 shipped. Also available direct. That’s good for $80 off the going rate, saves you $50 compared to Newegg’s sale price and is the lowest offer we’ve tracked. It carries a 4.8/5 star rating.

Cord-cutters rejoice: Best Buy has HDHomeRun Digital TV Tuners up to 25% off from $75

Best Buy is currently discounting a selection of the HDHomeRun Digital TV tuners by up to 25%. Our top pick from the sale is the CONNECT Dual OTA tuner which has dropped down to $74.99 shipped. That’s good for $25 off the going rate, is within $5 of our previous mention and $3 under the Amazon all-time low. Over 100 customers have left a 4.5/5 star rating. Head below to see what else Best Buy has to offer cord-cutters.

APC’s $60 650VA UPS keeps your gear online even when the power’s out (20% off)

Best Buy’s official eBay store is offering the APC Back-UPS 650VA Battery Back-Up System for $59.99 shipped. Also available direct. That’s good for 20% off the going rate as well as at Staples and is the best offer available. Over 700 Best Buy shoppers have left a 4.6/5 star rating.

November 15

LEGO has been bolstering its line of collectable figures over the past year, with notable characters from Star Wars sharing in the love as of late. Following last month’s release of Finn and Captain Phasma, LEGO is introducing two new characters. Now with the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise just a month away, Rey and Kylo Ren join the BrickHeadz lineup.

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