About the Author

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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Pair your MacBook with a new monitor from $119: Acer 34-inch $500 (25% off), more

Amazon offers the Acer XR342CK 34-inch Curved UltraWide QHD Monitor for $499.99 shipped. Matched direct from Acer. That’s good for a 25% discount from the going rate and is a new Amazon all-time low. For comparison, it still fetches $769 at B&H. Based around a 34-inch 1440p panel, this monitor also features DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI inputs alongside five USB 3.0 ports. Rated 4.1/5 stars from nearly 100 shoppers. 

Take your iPhoneography next level w/ Joby’s $25 GripTight ONE GorillaPod (20% off)

Amazon offers its Prime members the Joby GripTight ONE GorillaPod Flexible Tripod for $24.95 shipped. You’ll find it available at B&H and direct from Joby. That’s good for a 20% discount from the going rate at Target and is a new Amazon all-time low. This tripod is designed to work with just about any smartphone, action camera and more. So far reviews are light, but Joby’s other tripods are some of the highest-rated out there

Elevate two monitors with this dual arm spring mount for $39.50 shipped (Reg. $60)

HUANUO US (99% positive all-time feedback from 1,790+) via Amazon offers its Dual Arm Gas Spring Computer Monitor Stand for $39.59 shipped when code 2Z4UNQKH has been applied at checkout. That’s good for a $20 discount from the going rate and is one of the first notable price drops we’ve seen. This monitor mount clamps to your desk and each of its arms can hold up to a 27-inch display. It carries a 4.3/5 star rating.

Kinesis Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard falls to new Amazon low at $89 ($35 off), more

Amazon offers the Kinesis Freestyle2 Ergonomic Keyboard for $89 shipped. Also at Walmart. Normally selling for $125, it just recently dropped to $100, with today’s offer saving you an additional $10 and falling to a new Amazon low. This keyboard features an ergonomic, split design, which makes it so you won’t have to bend your wrists as much while you type. It carries a 4.1/5 star rating from over 200 shoppers. Head below for more.

Say goodbye to messy cables with this $10.50 Prime shipped waterproof organizer

Jelly Comb Direct (100% positive all-time feedback from 25,700+) via Amazon offers its Waterproof Cable Organizer for $10.49 Prime shipped when code FLLDDV9Y has been applied at checkout. Normally selling for $15, that saves you 30% and comes within $0.50 of our previous mention. I’ve carried a similar Jelly Comb organizer in my bag for years now and can’t recommend it enough to tame tangled cords. Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 160 customers.

AmazonBasics Nintendo 2DS XL Carrying Case bundle can be yours for just under $4

Amazon is currently offering its AmazonBasics Nintendo 2DS XL Carrying Case in turquoise bundled with three stylus and two screen Protectors for $3.84 as an add-on item. That means you’ll need to include it in orders over $25 to lock in the savings. Normally selling for closer to $11, it has been sliding in price over the past week or so. Today’s offer is a new all-time low at Amazon. This bundle protects your Nintendo handheld when on-the-go and is an essential at just $4. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

For LEGO shoppers, the holiday season began last Friday when we got a glimpse at the 2018 toy book. In fact, Black Friday is just over a month away. To make sure you’re ready for everything the biggest shopping event of the year has to offer, you’ll want to head below to prepare for LEGO Black Friday.

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Tidy up your shop with the AmazonBasics Tool Organizer for $7 Prime shipped

Amazon is currently offering its AmazonBasics Tool Organizer for $7.30 Prime shipped. Having just dropped from $18, we’ve seen it more recently sell for around $12 or so. Today’s offer is a new all-time low at Amazon, beating our previous August mention by $3. This is a cost-effective way to keep bolts and other small tools all in one place. It also just so happens to be a great option for organizing LEGO bricks as well. Rated 3.9/5 stars

Amazon offers its AmazonBasics 40W Four-Port USB Wall Charger for $16.50 Prime shipped. Normally selling for $20, today’s offer is the first notable price drop we’ve tracked and lowest we’ve seen it sell for at Amazon. This 40W charger features four USB ports which all sport 2.4A charging rates. It makes a convenient travel accessory and is also great for slimming down your nightstand setup and more. Over 185 shoppers have left a 4.3/5 star rating. If four USB won’t cut it, the 60W six-port version is on sale for $25 (Reg. $30).

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Samsung’s Dolby Atmos 3.1.2-Channel Soundbar hits Amazon low at $606 (40% off)

Amazon offers the Samsung HW-K850 3.1.2-Channel Dolby Atmos Soundbar for $606.27 shipped. That’s good for a $394 discount from the going rate at Best Buy and Crutchfield, beats the next lowest sale price at Samsung by $200 and is a new Amazon all-time low. While the standout feature here is Dolby Atmos support, it also includes dual HDMI ports, 4K passthrough, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more. It carries a 4.2/5 star rating from over 700 shoppers and you can learn more in our announcement coverage. Head below for more.

Kwikset Convert Lock is a must-have for Z-Wave smart homes at $104.50 (20% off), more

Amazon offers the Kwikset Convert Z-Wave Plus Lock in satin nickel (99140-102) for $104.65 shipped. Normally selling for closer to $130 at retailers like Home Depot, that’s good for a 20% discount. Today’s offer comes within $1 or so of the Amazon all-time low. This smart lock pairs well with the rest of your Z-Wave smart home and replaces the interior part of your deadbolt, meaning you won’t need to swap out all of your keys. Rated 4+ stars from 60% of shoppers. Head below for more.

Too many home theater remotes? Logitech’s $70 Harmony Touch controls 15 devices

Today only, Best Buy’s official eBay storefront offers the Logitech Harmony Touch 15-Device Universal Remote for $69.99 shipped. Also available as part of Best Buy’s Deals of the Day. While it originally fetched $250, you’ll more recently find this remote selling in the ballpark of $100. That saves you $30 and is the second lowest offer we’ve seen this year. This remote can command up to 15 different devices, making it a simple way to consolidate your home theater controls. Over 1,000 customers have left a 4.2/5 star rating.


WD’s easystore 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive returns to $80 shipped (20% off)

Best Buy’s official eBay storefront offers the WD easystore 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive for $79.99 shipped. Also available at Best Buy direct. That’s good for a 20% discount from the going rate and matches our previous mention. Similar 4TB desktop hard drives sell for $95 or so at Amazon. This 4TB hard drive is based around WD’s Black drive, a NAS-ready option known for its reliability. Rated 4.7/5 stars from over 2,000 shoppers.

LEGO’s City Advent Calendar packs 24 miniature builds at $22 (Reg. $30), more from $5

Amazon offers the LEGO City 2018 Advent Calendar for $21.97 Prime shipped. Normally selling for $30, that’s good for an over 25% discount and matches our previous mention for the Amazon all-time low. Last time it sold out fairly quickly and at $8 off it isn’t hard to see why. The LEGO Advent calendars are always extremely popular, so nows the perfect time to count down the holidays with 24 brick-built gifts. Check out our announcement coverage to see what is included or head below for more.

Bring Onkyo’s 5.2-Ch. Speaker System to your home theater at an Amazon low: $249 ($50 off)

Amazon offers the Onkyo HT-S3900 5.2-Channel Home Theater Package for $249 shipped. Also available at Best Buy and B&H. That’s good for a $50 discount from the going rate and matches the Amazon all-time low. This 5.2-channel sound system is based around a AV receiver with four HDMI inputs, HDR and 4K passthrough. If you’re looking to upgrade your home theater’s sound without spending a fortune, this is a solid multi-channel solution. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Brother’s AirPrint-enabled Inkjet Printer includes a year’s worth of ink for $150 (25% off)

Amazon offers the Brother Inkjet Duplex Printer (MFC-J995DW) with AirPrint for $149.99 shipped. Also available at Best Buy and Walmart for the same price. That’s good for a $50 discount from the going rate and matches the Amazon all-time low. This printer features a newly-designed ink storage tank that keeps it supplied for about a year before you’ll need to replenish it. Rated 3.8/5 stars from over 1,000 shoppers. 

Monoprice’s Black Friday Mini Sale discounts monitors, speakers and more

Monoprice has kicked off its Black Friday Mini Sale discounting a wide range of select products. Shipping fees varies per order. Amongst all the discounts, one standout for us is the Monoprice MP 28-inch 4K UHD Monitor at $219.99. That’s good for an $80 discount from the going rate and is one of the first price drops we’ve tracked on the monitor. It features dual HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a 4K panel and a 60Hz refresh rate. Reviews are still rolling in, but similar Monoprice displays carry 4+ star ratings. Complete your Mac setup by picking up a new HDMI cable at Amazon from $7. Head below for more top picks or shop the entire sale here.

Save on Canon photography gear starting at $80: Rebel T6 DSLR $310 (45% off), more

Woot is offering a selection of Canon DSLR cameras and lenses starting at $80 Prime shipped. Otherwise a $6 delivery fee will be added on. One standout for us is the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera paired with a 18-55mm Lens for $309.99. Normally selling for $549 at B&H, that’s good for a 45% discount and is one of the lowest offer we’ve seen. It features an 18MP sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and a three-inch screen. Rated 4.5/5 stars. Shop the entire sale here.

Score two Monoprice three-foot Shoe String MFi Lightning Cables for $12 (Reg. $30), more

Monoprice is currently offering three of its three-foot Shoe String MFi Lightning Cables for $12 shipped when code SHOE3 has been applied at checkout. Alternatively you can pick up a pair of six-foot cables for $10 with code SHOE2. These cables typically sell for $10 each, with the three-pack offer saving you $18 and the two-pack locking in a 50% discount. The cable’s flat braided design makes them tangle-free and more resistant to frays or breaks. So far they carry a 4.5/5 star rating and other Monoprice Lightning cables are highly-rated as well.

Like it or not, Black Friday 2018 is closing in fast. We’re already getting our first batch of ads, guides and more from big name retailers. Amongst the most popular retailers, Walmart is sure to draw in massive amounts of shoppers during the year’s largest shopping event. To beat crowds, you’ll want to plan ahead on how to best tackle all of your shopping. So be sure to head below get crash course on how to prepare for Walmart Black Friday.

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