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Blair Altland


Blair is a deal master builder at 9to5Toys. Having joined the team at the beginning of 2017, Blair has gone on to specialize in LEGO coverage and review, smart home tech and more. Contact them for review opportunities and more at Blair@9to5mac.com.


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Bring Samsung’s SmartThings Motion Sensor to your Zigbee setup: $20 (Reg. $25)

Amazon offers the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor for $19.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders over $25. Normally selling for $25 at Best Buy as well as directly from Samsung, that’s good for a 20% savings and matches our previous mention for the Amazon low. Supporting Zigbee connectivity, Samsung’s motion sensor can expand a variety of systems like its in-house SmartThings platform, as well as other hubs boasting one of the technologies. Alongside its motion sensing capabilities, it can also monitor temperature. The SmartThings Motion Sensor is a great addition to help bolster your smart home’s security, as well as trigger scenes. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 160 customers. More below.

Tidy up your EDC with Cocoon’s GRID-IT! Organizer at an Amazon low of $12.50

Amazon is currently offering the Cocoon GRID-IT! Wrap Accessory Organizer in red for $12.49 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Normally selling for $20, today’s offer is good for a nearly 38% discount and marks a new Amazon all-time low. For comparison, you’ll find other colors selling for $24 still at Amazon. This accessory organizer is comprised of a variety of woven elastic straps which hold everything from cables and chargers to power banks and more in place. If your everyday carry suffers from a mess of cords and other gear, then adding this will go a long ways to keeping your on-the-go kit nice and tidy. Rated 4+ stars from over 55% of customers.

Outfit your gaming rig with Acer’s 35-inch UltraWide Monitor at $200 off, more

Amazon is currently offering the Acer Predator Z35P 35-inch UltraWide Curved 1440p Gaming Monitor for $699.99 shipped. Also at Newegg. Usually selling for $900, today’s offer is good for a 22% discount, only the second time we’ve seen it at this price, and marks a new 2019 low. Centered around its UltraWide curved design, this monitor packs a 1440p NVIDIA G-Sync panel with 144Hz refresh rate. And with 35-inches of screen real estate, you’ll have plenty of room for handling tasks throughout the day or gaming it up at night. Connect it to your gaming rig via the built-in HDMI or DisplayPort inputs. Rated 3.9/5 stars from over 350 customers. Head below for more.

Ahead of the HBO premiere, Watchmen drops to $6 at ComiXology + more from $1

ComiXology is ending the week by kicking off a notable up to 88% off sale on various DC graphic novels and single issue comics from under $1. While it’s hard to go wrong with any of the discounted reads, one standout is the updated 2019 edition of Watchmen at $5.99.  Normally selling for $17, today’s offer is good for a 65% discount. While this is the first offer on this version, we’ve seen other digital copies of the New York Times best-selling novel go for as low as $5 in the past. With HBO’s Watchmen series officially debuting this weekend, now is a great time to read up on the classic. And since the show will be a direct sequel to this comic, diving into this 415-page novel will help prime you for what to expect. Head below for additional comic deals.

APC’s Wall Pivot-Plug Surge Protector is an essential desk upgrade at $22

Amazon currently offers the APC Wall Pivot-Plug Surge Protector for $22.06 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Normally selling for $27, today’s offer comes within $1 of the all-time low and marks the second-best price we’ve ever seen. Featuring four wall outlets, APC’s surge protector can defend against power influxes with a 1080-Joule energy rating. There’s also dual 2.4A USB ports for refueling smartphones and the like, making this a capable option for incorporating into your desk setup or behind a nightstand. Over 515 customers have left a 4.3/5 star rating. Head below for more. 

Laser navigation headlines Neato’s $199 Botvac D3 Pro Robot Vacuum (50% off)

Walmart offers the Neato Robotics Botvac D3 Pro App-Controlled Robot Vacuum for $199 shipped. Having originally retailed for $500, we’ve more recently been tracking it for $400 at Amazon. That’s good for a 50% discount, is $101 under our previous mention, and the best we’ve seen in 2019. Neato Robotics’ D3 Pro comes packed with features that make cleaning even easier for you. With a 60-minute runtime, the D3 Pro also features the company’s LaserSmart navigation system. Plus, it touts Alexa, Assistant, and IFTTT control alongside its smartphone companion app. With 940 Amazon customers having left a review, it carries a 4+ star rating from 62% of them.

Earlier this morning, we got a first look at the new Amazon Toys List for 2019, which was unsurprisingly dominated by the likes of LEGO. With a glimpse at what to expect from the company as the upcoming shopping event approaches, we’re now turning our attention to predict various promotions and deals from LEGO come Black Friday. Head below for a look on where to lock-in the best discounts, how to score exclusive sets, and more come Thanksgiving week.

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Save $250 on the JBL Link 500 Google Assistant Speaker, now on sale for $150

Harman’s official eBay storefront offers the JBL Link 500 Google Assistant Speaker for $149.99 shipped. Normally selling for $400, like you’ll find at Best Buy, that’s good for an over 60% discount, is $50 under the previous price cuts, and marks a new all-time low. For comparison, you’ll pay $450 direct from JBL. Helmed by the inclusion of built-in Google Assistant, this smart speaker will be able to command your smart home, answer questions, and so much more. Thanks to four 15W internal speakers and dual high-performance transducers, Link 500 should sound great, too. JBL notes that it can “fill large rooms with amazing stereo sound, deep bass, and clear highs.” Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Patozon (99% positive all-time feedback from 235,000+) via Amazon offers the Mpow Bluetooth Receiver for $9.99 Prime shipped when code MPOWBH129A has been applied at checkout. Usually selling for $16, that’s good for a neatly 38% discount, is $3 under the last offer we tracked and a new low. Whether you’re looking to equip an older car with Bluetooth capabilities or add some wireless connectivity to a pair of speakers, this receiver is a notable option. It features a compact design and has a built-in battery good for up to 15 hours of continuous playback per charge. Over 2,600 customers have left a 4.3/5 star rating.

More smartphone accessories: 

Deals still live from yesterday:

  • nonda 4-Ft. ZUS Super Duper Lightning Cable: $20 (Reg. $25) | Amazon  
  • Aukey 0.7-Ft. USB-C Cable 2-Pack: $6 (Reg. $9) | Amazon
    • w/ code CSAUC65H     
  • AmazonBasics 40W 4-Port USB Wall Charger: $15 (Reg. $20) | Amazon 
  • Aukey B40 Bluetooth Sports Earbuds: $18 (Reg. $30) | Amazon
    • w/ code SH9B4JUG

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Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR UHDTV has Roku and Apple TV support $230 (Reg. $300)

Walmart currently offers the Hisense 50-inch 4K HDR Roku UHDTV (50R6040E) for $229.99 shipped. Usually selling for $300, today’s offer is $50 under the sale price at Best Buy and marks the best offer we’ve seen to date. Centered around a 50-inch 4K HDR panel, Hisense’s UDHTV is the affordable home theater upgrade you’ve been waiting for. Plus, it packs Roku smart functionality, allowing you to watch content from Netflix, Hulu, and more. As of this week, that now includes the Apple TV app. Ports enter in the form of three HDMI as well as a USB input. Rated 4.6/5 stars from over 400 customers. Head below for more.

Just $9.50 lets you add Aukey’s 4-Port USB-C Hub to a Mac or iPad Pro (46% off)

Aukey Direct via Amazon is currently offering its Ultra Slim Four-Port USB-C Hub for $9.59 Prime shipped once you’ve applied code 9D5BGREE at checkout. Usually selling for $15, right now it’s discounted to $12 for Prime members. Today’s offer knocks an extra $2.50 off, saving you a total of 46% and dropping the price to a new all-time low. Featuring four USB 3.1 ports, this hub will work with various MacBooks or an iPad Pro right out of the box. It allows you to connect some new peripherals to your machine, as well as hook up a hard drive thanks to 5Gb/s transfer rates. Over 450 customers have left a 4.2/5 star rating.

Klipsch’s Reference Sound Bar down to $240 for the first time (Up to 60% off)

Amazon offers the Klipsch Reference Bluetooth RSB-11 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer for $239.99 shipped when clipping the on-page coupon. Having just dropped from $600, today’s offer beats the current sale price at Best Buy by $160 and is $60 under the previous all-time low. With six individually-driven speakers, Klipsch’s sound bar uses Dolby Digital and aptX audio-coding for “lossless, high-quality music streaming.” It also touts a wireless subwoofer for added bass. In terms of I/O, you’re looking at three 4K HDR passthrough-enabled HDMI ports, as well as mini jack and optical. Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 690 shoppers. More below.

Score Google Pixel 3 XL from $440 (28% off), plus OG Pixel from $113 and more

Woot is currently discounting a selection of Google Pixel Android Smartphones with deals starting at $113 Prime shipped. Delivery will run you $6 otherwise. Headlining the sale is the GSM Unlocked Pixel 3 XL 128GB in Not Pink for $489.99. Down from its usual $680 price tag, like you’ll find at Amazon, that’s good for a 28% discount and is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on this storage tier. You’ll also be able to grab the 64GB version for $439.99, down from $599. Now that the latest handset from Google is out, grabbing the previous generation is a notable way to score extra value. Here you’ll get a 6.3-inch 1440p display powered by a Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core CPU. Rated 4.6/5 stars and you can dive into our hands-on review for an in-depth look. Head below for more details on the Pixel 3 XL as well as additional deals in the sale.

October 17

HORI Nintendo Switch AlumiCase drops to a low at $17 (Reg. $25), more from $13

Amazon is currently offering the HORI Nintendo Switch AlumiCase Metal Vault Case for $16.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Typically you’d pay $25, like you’ll find at Walmart right now, with today’s price cut saving you 32%. It beats our previous mention by $1 and matches the Amazon all-time low. Carrying an official seal of approval from Nintendo, this case rocks a tough brushed metal exterior that has a sleek gunmetal finish. On the inside, you’ll find themed padding to keep your console safe as well as game card storage. Rated 4.5/5 stars. Hit the jump for more from $13.

Snag Motorola’s unlocked Moto Z4 Android Smartphone while its 50% off: $250

Best Buy offers the unlocked Motorola Moto Z4 128GB Android Smartphone for $249.99 shipped. Usually selling for $500 direct from Motorola, that’s good for a 50% discount, ties the all-time low and is only the second notable price cut. For comparison, the last sale was offered in the form of bill credits rather than a straight cash discount. Featuring a 6.4-inch Max Vision display with built-in fingerprint sensor, Moto Z4 is powered by an octa-core processor and comes backed with 128GB of on-board storage. You’ll also find a 48MP camera, USB-C charging port and compatibility for the 5G Moto mod. Rated 4.2/5 stars from over 140 shoppers. Learn more in our announcement coverage.

Track weight, BMI, more with Etekcity’s Bluetooth HealthKit Smart Scale at $20

Amazon currently offers the Etekcity Bluetooth HealthKit Smart Scale for $19.98 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Normally selling for $25, that’s good for a 20% discount, comes within $4 of the all-time low from July and ties the second-best offer we’ve seen otherwise. Rocking support for Apple Health, Fitbit, and more, Etekcity’s Bluetooth smart scale can do more than just measure weight. It’ll also track body fat, BMI, muscle mass, and several other stats. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 1,100 customers.

Illuminate your front yard with the Philips Hue Calla Pathway Light at $128

Amazon currently offers the Philips Hue Calla White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Pathway Light Base Kit for $127.99 shipped. Usually selling for $150, like you’ll find at Best Buy and direct from Hue, today’s price cut marks the second best discount we’ve seen all-time and is the lowest offer since May. As one of the first outdoor lights in the Philips Hue ecosystem, Calla enters as a pathway lamp featuring full color output and a snazzy design. Of course, it works with HomeKit as well as Alexa, Assistant, and a variety of other systems thanks to the required Hue Bridge. Included here is a power supply as well as the lamp itself. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Onkyo’s 7.1-Ch. system adds surround sound to your home theater: $265 (38% off)

Onkyo’s official Newegg store offers its SKS-HT870 7.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System for $265 shipped. Usually selling for $425 right now at Amazon, today’s offer saves you 38%, is $5 under the previous 2019 low and is the best we’ve seen in years. Onkyo’s 7.1-channel home theater system features four satellites, two floor-standing speakers, a center module and subwoofer. It’s said to offer a full-bodied surround-sound experience and will surely turn movie night into more of a spectacle. Over 650 customers haver left a 4.5/5 star rating at Amazon. More details below.

The clock is ticking until all of 2019’s Black Friday deals start rolling in, and we’re already diving into our expectations for the year’s shopping extravaganza. Following our looks into what Apple and Google may have planned, we’re turning our attention to the smart home world. With notable discounts on everything from Philips Hue to Arlo cameras and more, you’ll want to head below for a look at all of our smart home Black Friday predictions for 2019.

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Belkin takes 25% off iPhone charging docks, cables and more starting at $5

Belkin has just kicked off its latest promotion, this time taking 25% off its entire collection of cables, wireless chargers, and screen protectors starting at $5 when code BETTER25 has been applied at checkout. Reviews are solid here and free shipping is available across the board. Amongst all of the discounts, one standout falls to BOOSTUP Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch at $119.99 shipped. Normally selling for $160, today’s price cut saves you $40 and is one of the first times we’ve seen this Apple Store-exclusive on sale. Featuring a 7.5W Qi charger, this stand also incorporates an Apple Watch charging puck for refueling your wearable. The entire package is wrapped up in a stylish black or white design and there’s a 2.4A USB port on the back. Head below for more top picks from Belkin’s charging sale.

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