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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Amazon discounts previous gen. Fire 7 Tablet to $40 (20% off) ahead of new version’s launch

Amazon offers the Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa and Special Offers for $39.99 shipped. Normally fetching $50, that’s good for a 20% discount and is the second best offer we’ve tracked this year. With a seven-inch display and 8GB of built-in storage alongside the ability to expand up to 256GB with a microSD card, the Fire 7 is an affordable yet capable tablet. It also features built-in Alexa to round out the experience and gives access to a suit of Amazon apps. It carries a 3.8/5 star rating from over 46,900 shoppers.

Pelican’s Mobile Protect Duffel Bag has a built-in MacBook pocket at $110 (All-time low, $56 off)

Amazon offers the Pelican MPD40 Mobile Protect Duffel Bag in Black or OD Green styles for $109.95 shipped. That’s good for a $56 discount from the going rate directly from Pelican, is $33 under the sale price at B&H and a new all-time low. Pelican’s Mobile Protect bag is comprised of a water-resistant and DWR-coated nylon outer shell and is filled with various internal compartments like a protective pocket meant for up to 15-inch laptops. It can hold up to 40 liters of gear and option for keeping your tech protected while traveling with compression-molded EVA impact zones. Rated 4.6/5 stars, much like the rest of Pelican’s gear.

Pair your Mac w/ Sabrent’s USB-C Dual 4K Display Dock at $119.50 (Reg. $190), more from $44

Store4PC (100% positive feedback) via Amazon offers the Sabrent DS-WSPD USB-C Dual 4K Docking Station for $119.69 shipped when checking out with code 37PJUO3N. Normally selling for $190, that’s good for a 37% discount and is one of the best prices we’ve tracked yet. One of the more unique aspects of this dock is that it can provide up to 60W of power to a connected computer over USB-C. It also touts four USB 3.0 ports, dual HDMI and DisplayPort inputs as well as Gigabit Ethernet. That makes a great option for even the most peripheral-heavy Mac setups and Sabrent’s dock can even drive two simultaneous 4K displays. Rated 4.3/5 stars. Head below for more.


Hydrapak’s Expedition 8-Liter Water Bottle features a collapsable design at $45 (25% off)

Amazon offers the Hydrapak Expedition 8-Liter Collapsable Water Bottle for $44.99 shipped. Taking 25% off the going rate direct from Hydrapak, today’s offer is one of the first price drops we’ve tracked and is a new all-time low. Made of a BPA-free material, Hydrapak’s Expedition Water Bottle can hold up to eight liters of water and features a collapsable design. That makes it ideal for camping and other outdoor excursions. Other Hydrapak products are well-reviewed at Amazon.

Add two of Amazon’s in-house Folding Sawhorses to your kit at a new low at $25 (30% off)

Amazon is currently offering a two-pack of its AmazonBasics 900-pound Folding Sawhorses for $24.99 Prime shipped. Normally selling for $36, today’s price drop takes over 30% off, beats our previous mention by $6 and marks a new all-time. These in-house Amazon sawhorses can support up to 900 pounds and feature a folding design to make storage more convenient. Both are also comprised of a lightweight, but durable plastic which allows the sawhorses to weigh just five pounds each. As a #1 best-seller, it carries a 4+ star rating from over 75% of customers.

Summon Google Assistant on-the-go w/ JBL’s Link 20 Smart Speaker at $50 (Cert. Refurb, Orig. $200)

JBL is currently offering its Link 20 Assistant-enabled Bluetooth Speaker in certified refurbished condition for $49.99 shipped. Originally selling for $200, we’ve more recently seen a new condition model fetch around $100 at retailers like Best Buy as well as JBL. That’s good for a 50% discount and is $37 under our previous mention. With up to ten hours of battery life on a single charge, Link 20 offers hands-free access to Google Assistant. Its internal audio array is said to offer rich stereo sound and a water-resistant design means you can rock out by the pool this summer. Rated 4.3/5 stars from over 280 customers. Includes a one-year JBL warranty and you can find out more below.

Tie your desk setup together w/ this highly-rated gaming mousepad at $8.50 Prime shipped

PECHAM US (99% positive lifetime feedback from 8,100+) via Amazon offers its Extended Gaming Mousepad for $8.35 Prime shipped when checking out with code 2Q9N3UCB. Normally selling for $12, today’s price cut saves you over 30% and is a few cents under our previous mention. It’s also the lowest offer we’ve seen to date. With plenty of room for your mouse as well as a full-sized keyboard, this gaming pad is a great way to tie your setup together. It also features a waterproof coating, a stitched frame to prevent fraying and more. Over 1,400 customers have left a 4.6/5 star rating. More below.

Circle with Disney manages your Wi-Fi’s content filtering, sets usage limits, more for $24 (56% off)

Amazon is currently offering the Circle with Disney Internet Filter and Monitor for $23.99 Prime shipped. Having originally retailed for $99, we’ve more recently seen it selling around $55 or so. Today’s offer brings it down an additional 56%, beats our previous mention by $16 and is a new Amazon all-time low. Circle brings comprehensive internet management and monitoring capabilities to help cut down on your kids’ internet usage. It works with just about any other Wi-Fi router and allows you to manage content, set time limits, and more. Rated 4+ stars from 64% of customers. 

Last year marked the ten year anniversary of LEGO’s crowdfunding Ideas platform. To continue the celebration into 2019, LEGO is reminiscing on the past decade of creations and opting to give fans a chance to vote on the next Ideas build in a new review. Included in this round’s builds you’ll find everything from a massive recreation of the International Space Station to the lovable Disney character Stitch and more. Head below for all of the details and to learn how you can cast your vote.

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Take up to 55% off speakers, outdoor gear and more in Monoprice’s Memorial Day sale

Monoprice has kicked off its Memorial Day sale, taking up to 55% off a selection of speakers, coolers, smart home gear and more. Deals start under $4 with free delivery for most of the discounted items. One standout for us is on the Pure Outdoor Emperor 160 Cooler at $399.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the going rate and a new all-time low. This cooler features a 160 liter capacity and can keep cold items cool for more than 130 hours or hot items warm for more than 150 hours. A durable construction makes it great for tailgating, camping and more. Rated 4.7/5 stars from over 230 customers. Shop the rest of the sale right here or head below for some additional top picks from the Monoprice Memorial Day sale.

Save $80 on JBL’s 306P 6-inch MkII Studio Monitors at $119 shipped, more

Amazon offers the JBL 306P MkII 6-inch 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor for $119 shipped. Also available at B&H. That’s good for an $80 discount and matches our previous mention for the all-time low. JBL’s Studio Monitors bring a wide dynamic sound range alongside a sleek design to your workstation. Thanks to JBL’s Image Control Waveguide technology, these speakers are also said to produce more accurate sound than the average monitor. Note: shipping is delayed right now at Amazon, though you can still lock in the discounted price. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 465 shoppers. More details below.

Bring durable USB 3.0 storage to your Mac w/ LaCie’s $120 Rugged Mini 4TB Hard Drive ($40 off)

Amazon is currently offering the LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB Portable Hard Drive for $119.99 shipped. You’ll also find it available at Adorama and B&H for the same price. That’s good for a $40 discount from the going rate and matches our previous mention for the Amazon low. Rocking a rugged form-factor that is shock, dust and water-resistant, LaCie’s Mini Hard Drive is ideal for adding to your bag. Plus with USB 3.0 connectivity, it also offers up to 130MBps transfer speeds. Rated 3.8/5 stars from over 1,290 shoppers.

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers its 10000mAh 18W USB-C Power Bank for $23.99 Prime shipped when code FI98CWBI has been applied at checkout. Normally selling for $30, that’s good for a 20% discount and is one of the best prices that we’ve seen. This power bank can refill an iPhone XS over three and a half times and sports an 18W power output for fast charging. Alongside its USB-C port, you’ll also find two USB-A ports. Plus, a slim design makes it ideal for taking on-the-go or with you while traveling. Just under 200 customers have left a 4.3/5 star rating.

More smartphone accessories:

  • Native Union MFi Charging Cables from $17.50 (Reg. $30) | Best Buy
  • Aukey Cube Power Strip w/ 3 USB ports: $19 (Reg. $26) | Amazon 
    • w/ code Z3W4ULD9
  • August’s 3rd Gen. Smart Lock hits new Amazon all-time low at $99 (Reg. $120+)
  • CHOETECH 10W Qi Car Charger Mount: $17 (Reg. $29) | Amazon
    • w/ on-page coupon + code CGQ547D5
  • SoundPEATS True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds: $22.50 (Reg. $30) | Amazon 
    • w/ on-page coupon + code S3SM57YQ
  • Aukey 20000mAh Power Bank: $27 (Reg. $34) | Amazon
    • w/ code 8VGHKSA2

Deals still live from yesterday:

  • Aukey USB-C PD Car Charger: $16 (Reg. $20) | Amazon
    • w/ code U6AJHIUX
  • Ainope Magnetic Phone Car Mount: $9.50 (Reg. $17) | Amazon
    • w/ code UZA5E9GX
  • Aukey Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: $22 (Reg. $40) | Amazon
    • w/ code 3RS2G62F

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Dell’s 27-inch Ultrathin 1440p Monitor touts USB-C connectivity, more at $359 (Reg. $600)

B&H is currently offering the Dell S2718D 27-inch Ultrathin 1440p Monitor for $359 shipped. Normally selling for $600 elsewhere like Best Buy, that’s good for a $241 discount and is the best price we’ve seen since the summer of 2018. Dell’s monitor comes equipped with a USB-C port, meaning a single cable can power your MacBook as well as drive the display. You’ll also find an HDMI input and USB 3.0 hub. Its 1440p panel is rounded out with a 75Hz refresh rate and thin bezels, making it a sleek option for your desk. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Just $330 gets you VIZIO’s 55-inch 4K HDR Smart UHDTV, now down to a new low (Reg. $500)

Walmart offers the VIZIO 55-inch 4K HDR Smart UHDTV (D55x-G1) for $329.99 shipped. Usually selling for $500, it’s currently marked down to $480 directly at VIZIO and is $18 under the previous discounts. Today’s price drop is a new all-time low. This HDTV’s 55-inch 4K HDR panel is its standout feature, though additions like smart TV app integration, voice control and full-array LED backlighting are sure to be appreciated in your home theater. Three HDMI inputs as well as a USB port round out the inclusions. Over 1,400 customers have left a 4.2/5 star rating. More details below.

Ditch your TV’s built-in speakers for the VIZIO 36-inch Bluetooth Sound Bar: $150 (New low, $30 off)

Amazon offers the VIZIO SB3621n-F8M 36-inch 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar for $149.99 shipped. That’s good for a $30 discount, is only the second notable price drop we’ve tracked and a new Amazon all-time low. This Amazon-exclusive Bluetooth sound bar features Dolby Digital and DTS Virtual: X overhead sound, alongside the ability to pump out up to 100 decibel audio. A wireless subwoofer enters the mix to bring additional bass to your HDTV, and is said to balance out the system’s sound mix. It carries a 4.2/5 star rating from over 400 customers.

May 20

X-Men fans can save up to 67% off a selection of Wolverine digital releases at ComiXology from $1

ComiXology is currently giving X-Men fans the chance to stock up on digital comics by taking up to 67% off its selection of best Wolverine graphic novels and issues starting under $1. One standout for us is on Wolverine: Ultimate Collection for $9.99. This 433-page novel collects the entirety of Greg Rucka’s 2003 series and details Logan’s conflicts with various arms dealers, human traffickers and other unsettling threats. Shop the rest of the sale right here or head below for some extra top picks.

expiredAPC’s 1000VA 10-Outlet UPS keeps your Wi-Fi running through power outages at $120 (20% off)

NeweggFlash is currently offering the APC 1000VA Ten-Outlet Sinewave BR1000MS UPS for $119.99 shipped when code NEFPBN69 has been applied at checkout. Normally selling for $149 at retailers like Amazon, B&H and Walmart, that saves you 20%, comes within $5 of our previous mention and is the second best we’ve seen this year. APC’s UPS is perfect for keeping your computer and other essentials online and can keep 50W devices powered for up to an hour. It also features USB-C and USB-A charging ports alongside the ten outlets. Rated 4.1/5 stars from 240 customers. 

Bring 85-Oz. of water on your next hike w/ CamelBak’s Crux Hydration Pack at $45 (25% off)

Amazon offers the CamelBak Classic Crux 85-Oz. Hydration Pack in a several colors for $44.99 shipped. Normally selling for $60 directly from CamelBak, that’s good for a 25% discount and drops the price down to a new low at Amazon. This hydration pack from CamelBak features a lightweight design and can hold 85 ounces of water. It’s a fantastic option to bring with you on hikes and other outdoor excursions and will ensure you stay hydrated while exploring the outdoors this summer. Rated 4+ stars from over 60% of customers. 

expiredGive your display a boost with the AmazonBasics Monitor Arm at $15.50 (New low, Reg. up to $40)

Amazon currently offers its AmazonBasics Single Monitor Arm for $15.56 Prime shipped. Usually selling for $40, it’s recently been dropping in price and is now down to a new Amazon all-time low. Today’s offer is $11 under our previous mention for comparison. This monitor stand clamps to your desk and allows you to adjust the height of a display within a seven-inch range. Not only does it free up your desk space, but elevating your monitor can also help relieve neck strain and more. Over 65% of customers have left a 4+ star rating.

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