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Stephen Hall

@hallstephenj

Stephen is Managing Editor at 9to5Google. You can find more of his current work on the flip side at 9to5Mac, as well as at 9to5Toys and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Google+. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephen j (at) protonmail (dot) com.

 

Stephen Hall's Favorite Gear

April 14

Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Stephen Hall, 9to5Google’s Managing Editor.

For my first few years working at home, I spent countless hours sitting at a cheap desk hunched over in front of a laptop. As many who have been in those shoes can probably attest, this isn’t exactly the most friendly to your health — mentally nor physically. So with my new home office I decided to spruce things up a bit and build my entire setup around the idea that it’s possible to work in front a computer all day and not feel terrible at 5 o’clock — and hopefully, stay healthier in the long-term as well.

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March 27

This month, I decided to finally graduate from the backpack I’ve been using since starting college. As I was considering what my needs really are now that college is mostly out of the way, I decided to look for something that would accommodate a laptop as its primary purpose. But I really didn’t need much more than that. One of a few options I landed on was the Muzetto Leather from Waterfield…

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June 15, 2017

expiredSamsung’s 12-inch 4GB Chromebook Plus as low as $341 shipped (Reg. $449)

Best Buy currently offers via eBay the Samsung 12.3-inch Chromebook Plus 2GHz/4GB/32GB SSD for $341 shipped. Note that this is an open-box item. The Chromebook Plus was one of this year’s highly-anticipated releases, and we highly recommended it in our review at 9to5Google. Today’s open-box deal is an all-time low. Rated 4.4/5 stars by 373 Best Buy customers.

The Chromebook Plus has a list price of $449, and can also be found new on Amazon and Best Buy for $379 shipped.

expiredLG V20 64GB GSM 4G Android Smartphone Unlocked: $400 (Reg. $800)

Today only, B&H Photo Video offers the LG V20 64GB Android smartphone unlocked in titan or silver for $399.99 shipped. That’s $400 off the phone’s list price, and the lowest we’ve seen. It has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, Android 7.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a metal design with a removable back…

May 1, 2017

Sony Xperia X 32GB 4G Android Smartphone (unlocked) for $250 shipped (Reg. $300+)

Amazon offers the Sony Xperia X 32GB Unlocked Android Smartphone for $249.99 shipped. That’s a $50 savings off the original price, $20 less than our previous mention and the best offer that we’ve seen. Note: currently backordered five days. This product is rated 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

April 24, 2017

Nextbit Robin cloud-powered 32GB Android Smartphone $140 (Orig. $400)

Yapper-wireless via eBay (97.8% positive feedback from 36,905 customers) has the Nextbit Robin Android smartphone in two colors for just $139.99 shipped. That’s a full $26 off the list price of $400 and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the phone…

April 21, 2017

LG G6 64GB GSM 4G Android Smartphone (unlocked): $580 shipped (Reg. $700+)

Update: Unfortunately, it looks like the LTE bands on this model are pretty limited. It has bands 2, 4, and 12, so it should work fine with T-Mobile’s LTE in the US. It’s missing AT&T’s primary band 17, as well as the newer band 66, however, so it will likely be crippled on AT&T.

Never-msrp (99.8% positive feedback from 71,00 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers the LG G6 international model H870DS 64GB (factory unlocked) for $579.99 shipped. That’s more than $100 off the current going price for the US 32GB model, and the lowest price we’ve seen for a brand new LG G6. It has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, Android 7.0 Marshmallow, a 13-megapixel dual-camera, and more.

February 20, 2017

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Today only, B&H Photo Video offers the LG V20 64GB Android smartphone unlocked in titan or silver for $499.99 shipped. That’s $300 off the phone’s price, and the lowest price we’ve seen for LG’s secondary flagship from last year. It has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, Android 7.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a metal design with a removable back…

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February 16, 2017

Qualitycellz (99.4% positive feedback from 120,00 buyers) via eBay offers the LG G5 32GB Android smartphone unlocked in gold or silver for $299.99 shipped. That’s $100 off the current going price, $350 less than retail, and $50 less than the previous all-time low. It has a 5.3-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a mostly-metal modular design…

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February 14, 2017

expiredSnag a Moto Mod-compatible Moto Z Play refurb (unlocked) for just $205 ($245 off new)

If you’re looking for a phone that’s compatible with Moto Mods on the cheap, this might be the one for you. Best Buy offers a Geek Squad refurbished Moto Z Play in 32GB capacity for $205 shipped, which is a whopping $245 off the price you would pay if you bought a new one from Amazon.

February 6, 2017

B&H knocks the unlocked 64GB Moto Z down to $450 w/ freebies (Reg. $600, Tax NY only)

B&H offers the Moto Z (unlocked) 64GB Android Smartphone for $450 shipped, which is $150 less than its regular going price of $600 and the lowest we’ve seen for the unlocked 64GB model. This listing even includes B&H’s smartphone photo bundle, a Spieltek VR headset, and a B&H $25 Gift Card. The phone is also available from Amazon for the same price, although you get the benefit of only having to pay tax at time of purchase in New York state if you order via B&H…

January 24, 2017

expiredHonor 6X pre-order w/ free VR headset, battery, headphones: $250 shipped ($445 value, tax NY only)

If you’re considering Huawei’s Honor 6X as a budget option, this might be the best deal you’ll find on the phone for a while. B&H offers a pre-order of the Honor 6X for $250 shipped (tax only in NY, and it should be shipping soon, since other retailers are already shipping) with a free pair of headphones, a VR headset, and a battery pack. Those freebies add up to a value of $195, which is notable considering the phone is only $250 to start with…

January 2, 2017

Get great smartphone sound at a low price w/ ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini for $200 (Reg. $300)

If you’re looking for a smartphone at a budget price with great-sounding dual front-facing speakers, you should check out the ZTE Axon 7 Mini 4G LTE 32GB Memory Smartphone (unlocked) in Ion Gold for $199.99 shipped at Best Buy. Also at Newegg in Gray. That’s the lowest price we could find and a match for the lowest price we’ve seen for this phone that was just announced a few months ago

December 27, 2016

expiredLG G5 w/ 32GB GSM 4G LTE for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T: $350 shipped (Reg. $580+)

Best Buy offers the LG G5 32GB smartphone for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T in a variety of colors for $349.99 shipped. That’s $230-$270 off the list price, and $50 less than than the previous all-time low for an unlocked model. It has a 5.3-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel camera, and a mostly-metal modular design…

December 21, 2016

1byone via Amazon offers its HDTV Antennas in 25 mile, 35 mile, and 50 mile ranges for up to 58% off list price, starting at just $10 Prime shipped (Reg. $20) for the 25 mile model. You can get the 35 mile model for $14, and the 50 mile model is actually cheaper than the 40 mile right now for $24. All of these offers are shipped free with Amazon Prime and are all-time lows on Amazon or matching previous all-time lows…

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Get Harman/kardon’s Onyx Mini Portable Wireless Speaker for $70 shipped (Orig. $200)

Best Buy’s Official eBay Store offers the Harman/kardon Onyx Mini Portable Wireless Speaker in Gray, Black, or Blue for $70 shipped, which is $30 less than our previous mention and the lowest price we could find. Also available direct. Walmart currently offers the speaker for $150, while BREED via Amazon has it listed at $113. You can also save an additional $6 by going with an open-box Gray or Black model for $64 shipped.

November 28, 2016

expiredAmazon knocks the unlocked 64GB Moto Z down to $500 for a limited time (Reg. $700)

As part of its Gold Box deals for today, Amazon offers the Moto Z (unlocked) 64GB Android Smartphone for $500 shipped, which is $200 less than its retail price of $700 and the lowest we’ve seen for the unlocked 64GB model by itself. Buying the functionally-identical 32GB Droid version of the phone from Verizon costs $26 per month, or $624 when purchased outright

expiredMoto G4 Play for Verizon is just $35 at Best Buy, works great without a data plan (Reg. $85)

Best Buy offers the Moto G4 Play 4G LTE 16GB Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless Prepaid for $35 shipped, which is $50 off its retail price and the lowest price we’ve seen. This deal is especially great if you plan to use the phone on Verizon, since the unlocked version of the G4 Play is available at Amazon without ads for $130, and with ads for $100

November 26, 2016

Get the fitness tracking Moto 360 Sport smartwatch for just $100 shipped (Reg. $180)

MobilePros1 (97.8% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals offers the second generation Motorola Moto 360 Sport 45mm in white for $99.99 shipped. That’s $25 less than our most recent mention, from two months ago, $80 less than Amazon’s offer, and the lowest we’ve seen for this fitness tracking smartwatch from Motorola in new condition…

November 25, 2016

expiredYI 4K Action Cam is a great GoPro contender, down to $210 shipped

Update: The Black Friday deal at $200 is now expired, but it’s still available for $210.

If you’re looking to get an action camera but want to consider your non-GoPro options before you jump on one, you should check out the YI 4K. For Black Friday, Amazon has the YI 4K Action Camera (US Edition) in Night Black, Rose Golden, and White Pearl for $209.99 shipped, which is $40 less than its retail price of $250 and the lowest we could find…

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