About the Author

Seth Weintraub

@llsethj

Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek sites.

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Seth Weintraub is an award-winning journalist and blogger who won back to back Neal Awards during his three plus years  covering Apple and Google at IDG’s Computerworld from 20072010.  Weintraub next covered all things Google for Fortune Magazine from 2010-2011 amassing a thick rolodex of Google contacts and love for Silicon Valley culture.

It turns out that his hobby 9to5Mac.com blog was always his favorite and in 2011 he went full time adding his Fortune Google followers to 9to5Google.com and adding the commerce component 9to5Toys.com gear and deals site. In 2013, Weintraub bought one of the Tesla’s first Model S EVs off the assembly line and so began his love affair with the Electric Vehicle and green energy which is now electrek.co.

From 1997-2007, Weintraub was a Global IT director and Web Developer for a number of companies with stints at multimedia and branding agencies in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and London before becoming a publisher/blogger.

Seth received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Multimedia and Creative Technology in 1997. In 2004, he received a Master’s from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water diver and spent over a year traveling to 60 cities in 23 countries. Whatever free time exists is now guaranteed to his lovely wife and two amazing sons.

More at About.me.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/AIM/Skype

November 24, 2016

Grab a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Certified refurb) Space Gray/Silver/Gold at Amazon for $549 shipped

If you are looking for the absolute lowest price on a 12.9-inch iPad, it is going to be hard to beat Amazon seller’s Certified Refurbished price of $549 shipped for all 3 colors. That’s $120 less than Apple charges for one of their refurbished units and one of the lowest price we’ve seen. Features:

  • This Certified Refurbished product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no signs of wear, by a specialized third-party seller approved by Amazon. The product is backed by a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic brown or white box. Accessories may be generic and not directly from the manufacturer.
  • 12.9″ Retina Display, 2732 x 2048 Resolution
  • 8 MP iSight Camera, Four-Speaker Audio
  • 32GB Capacity, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Apple iOS 9, Dual-Core A9X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics

If you are looking for a 9.7 iPad Pro, head over to Target’s Black Friday prices starting at $450 shipped.

Your last point and shoot? This great Canon ELPH 160 refurb 8x Camera w/8GB+Case Bundle: $50 shipped

We’re fully aware that most new flagship smartphones take shots almost as good as point and shoots (though nothing really replaces 8x glass). But that said, it is hard to pass up the chance to grab a highly rated Canon Point and shoot refurbbed by Canon for $49.99 shipped. Better yet it has a $50 bundle included which is a soft carrying case and 8GB SD Card. In total, that’s $100 off and the best price we’ve seen.

These are great for kids and parents, if you don’t want your photos to automatically be uploaded to Apple or Google (naughty!) or want a real 8x Glass Zoom with decent flash.

expiredSennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth NC Headphones $110 down to $290 shipped at Amazon

Honestly, if I wasn’t already in love with my Bose QC35’s, I’d be all over this Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones crazy sale at Amazon. These S550s have been on the market since July without a cent drop in price. Then all of a sudden, a few minutes ago, they dropped from $399.99 down $110 to $289.99 shipped. As you might expect they get solid 4.2/5 star reviews at Amazon. Features:

  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology in an ergonomically designed lightweight, comfortable and collapsible travel headset perfect for travel.
  • NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation ensures superior sound quality in every environment.
  • Intuitive user control and convenience thanks for voice prompts, touch controls, NFC pairing, smart pause and automatic on/off.
  • Triple microphone array delivers business class communications with exceptional vocal clarity.
  • Sennheiser sound signature quality with selective sound modes to enhance the listening experience.

November 21, 2016

Heard the news? Apple’s getting out of the router business but we’ve got some good news: T-Mobile is again offering its re-branded version of the ASUS (RT-AC68U) Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router with code WIFI40 at checkout for just $59 shipped. This is a top-tier $200 router for $59 people.

T-Mobile picked it as best for amazing Wifi Calls but it is great at nearly everything and hasn’t ever dipped anywhere close to under $100 (currently $147 at Amazon 4.2/5 star reviews). But the stars have aligned for a few short hours my friends and if you or a loved one needs a kick-ass router, now (like right now) is your time. expand full story

November 18, 2016

If you were waiting for Black Friday to swoop in on a $1000 70″ Vizio TV with Google Cast support, I’ve got some great news for you. Best Buy has knocked it below the $1000 Black Friday price to just $929.99 shipped. That’s an all time low by over $100 and the lowest price we’ve seen on a 70″ 4K TV. For those unfamiliar, 70-inches is almost 6 feet tall so this screen is bigger corner to corner than most humans are tall.

Oh and it gets very solid reviews (even at its usually higher price).

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November 17, 2016

Amazon and Best Buy’s official eBay storefront offer the Lenovo 21.5-inch 1080p LED Monitor (model LI2264D) for $79.99 shipped. (Also available direct from Best Buy). That’s good for $70 off the original MSRP, down $30 or more from the regular going rate and the lowest that we’ve seen by $5 on this 4.6/5 star rate display with almost no bezels.

Features include full 1080p resolutions at 75Hz and 178-degree viewing angles on the IPS display. HDMI and VGA inputs can be found on the back. It also has an “ultra-thin” design that’s perfect for multi-monitor setups. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

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November 14, 2016

November 13, 2016

expiredLenovo Chromebook L22 with 4GB RAM, Touch display, HD display/camera: $185 shipped

Today only, Woot via Amazon’s Gold Box has the Lenovo Chromebook N22 with 4GB RAM and touch-enabled display for $184.99 shipped (Reg. $300). This isn’t a barebones Chromebook by any means with 1.6GHz Intel Processor, 4GB RAM, HDMI out, 720P rotating camera, tough Lenovo shell, waterproof keyboard and touchpad and touch display.

The touch display is key as Android Apps are rolling out via the Google Play Store over the coming weeks and months. This is great for kids/grandparents or as a backup machine to the daily driver.

More on the N22 at Lenovo

November 12, 2016

expiredAmazon’s Gold Box has something for everyone: Ping Pong Table: $280, Dyson heater: $100, B+D Vac: $50

Amazon has a solid Gold Box today with a few stand out items on sale for the lowest prices we’ve seen. My favorite is the Joola competition grade table tennis table for $279.99 shipped. This gets incredible 4.7/5 star reviews from thousands of reviewers and folds away and can be wheeled around or can be set up for 1-person play. Features:

  • Competition-grade table tennis table and net set perfect for your home, office or community center
  • Sturdy 5/8 inch (15 mm) wood composite surface for a consistent ball bounce
  • Separate folding halves are convenient for easy setup, solo playback mode and compact storage
  • Dual locking devices and four locking casters per half provides additional safety during transport and storage
  • Quick and easy assembly: 20 minutes

Get yourself a 50-pack of balls for $13 and a 4-pack of paddles for $34

Next on my wishlist is the Amazon best seller Black and Decker 20V Lithium handheld vacuum cleaner for $50 shipped.  We’ve seen similar items for less but this is the top of the line in terms of power with a 20V lithium battery and pivoting head.

I also like the Dyson bladeless fan/heater in 3 colors for $199.99. It’s getting cold outside and you can save a lot of money in heating bills by isolating the heat with a nearby heater.

Amazon also offers Patio furniture, Kidkraft toys (dig in here for some neat stuff) and a biometric safe at all time low prices.

November 7, 2016

expiredIt’s getting cold outside but Amazon Gold Box has you covered w/up to 60% off Boots and Sweaters

It is time to gear up for winter with a big Gold Box from Amazon. First up, Kid’s, Men’s and Women’s sweaters from a number of famous makers are up to 60% off. There are a ton of top brands in here to choose from and just looking through all of these is making me feel warmer. This Izod Zip Fleece starts at $13 in a variety of colors.

The ladies out there will also appreciate this big selection of comfort boots up to 50% off. The Crocs boot (pictured above) starts at $38 but there are multiple different brands and styles under $50.

October 31, 2016

expiredHeadphone jackers: Amazon’s Gold Box today is unlocked (cert refurb) iPhone 6s in all sizes $420-$530 shipped

There are lots of reasons to pick up a certified refurbished unlocked iPhone 6s at a deep discount at Amazon. Saving a ton of money on what was until a month ago THE phone to have is top among them but in today’s day and age, can you really afford to go a day without a smartphone? This offer makes a great backup, development phone, parents/kids phone or burner.

Or maybe you just need that friggen headphone jack.

Pair it with T-Mobile’s unbelievable $30 unlimited data plan/SIM for pre-paid utopia.

Apple doesn’t generally sell refurbished iPhones directly to the public, instead offering them as replacements for broken iPhone trade-ins so these prices are hard to find at reputable Apple certified retailers.

Amazon GoldBoxes are one day only and these generally dry up as the day goes on so if you have your eyes on one of these beauties, by all means get in soon. 

October 27, 2016

It just started snowing out my window north of New York City and I’m freaking out about getting ready for winter. Luckily, I just happened upon a big Amazon sale on my favorite winter boots and this one is no joke.

Amazon has the Merrell Parkton Trekker Waterproof boots in both Black and Brown for $49.99 shipped. That’s about $70 off and the lowest price I’ve ever seen. I picked up both Brown and Black because you need to be able to accessorize, right guys?!

With your savings, pick up a 3 pack of thermal socks or a couple of Polar Extreme Insulated Thermal Hat for $15/ea at Daily Steals.

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October 24, 2016

expiredUnlocked Moto G (4th Gen) 16 GB, 5.5″ 1080P display Prime Exclusive: $120 shipped

Today’s Prime Access Gold Box is the unlocked Moto G 4th Gen w/2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a speedy 1.5Ghx Octo-core processor. I can say with a pretty solid level of confidence this is one of the best phones you can currently pick up for $120 shipped. Amazon does throw some offers/ads onto your lockscreen but that seems like an OK trade-off for taking $80 off the price of this highly-rated (review) and specced out phone

The display matches the specs of the iPhone 6/s/7 Plus line with 1080P resolution and 5.5-inch size. It has an SD card slot which means you can add 128GB of storage for just $40.

This also sounds like a great kids phone/backup phone/burner or something for the parents if your current phone is a flagship. I like this vs. an iPod Touch because of the SD card storage options, GPS, Emergency 911 calling and much better display and cameras.  Oh, and the $100 savings.

This is unlocked and works on all major  US Carriers and most abroad. The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes.

expiredThe best Desktop/Internet Backup/UPS you’ll find for $140 shipped: CyberPower Green

Today’s standout Amazon Gold Box is the CyberPower UPS 1500VA/900W UPS with 12 Outlets, 2 USB Ports and Coax/Phone protection. This is basically the best UPS you are going to find for anything near $139.99 Prime shipped. That’s the best we’ve seen this 4.6/5 star rated UPS priced by about $20 and $76 (35%) off of retail.

I like this one because tons of power –1500VA/900 Watts – enough to keep your desktop trucking through a power outage – with at least enough time to finish your work and save and shut down gracefully. Or put your Cable Modem and Wifi router on here and it will outlast your laptop battery during an outage.

This one stands out because of its patented Green Power UPS Bypass circuitry to save on energy costs by reducing energy consumption and heat buildup. Its Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) boost/buck technology delivers a consistent and clean AC power, protecting connected equipment and preventing costly business interruptions.

It also has USB ports, great for Logi Circle/Nest/Canary security cameras and other mission critical USB applications. The big feature list:

  • 1500VA/900 Watts UPS System – Protects PCs, workstations, and home entertainment systems. Prevents data loss and interruptions that can cause lost product configurations
  • Line interactive – Corrects brownouts and overvoltage without using the battery. Green Power UPS, reduces energy consumption up to 75%.
  • Multifunction LCD provides runtime in minutes, battery status, load level and other status information
  • 12 Outlets / USB Management Port / RJ45 Data line Surge Protection / 2 USB 2.1A (Shared) Charging Ports
  • Energy Star Qualified – Mini-Tower Form Factor – 5 Year Warranty

October 22, 2016

Here’s a no-brainer deal for Amazon Prime members who plan on buying stuff at Amazon for the holidays. Simply upload a photo to your Prime Photos account using this link. Then, come November the rewards start flowing.

Step 1: Upload a photo to Prime Photos. Sign in with your Amazon account and save a photo to your free unlimited storage account from Amazon Prime Step 2: Check your email. Look for discount codes in your inbox after November 3. Step 3: Apply codes at checkout. Get discounts on thousands of items sold by Amazon in PC, Camera, and Software. Use codes before December 3.

After November 3rd, you’ll get a $20 Credit for Computers and Tablets, $30 for Camera Credit and $10 for Software. If you don’t have Prime, now might be a good time to start with a 30-day trial.

Amazon Prints offers 50 4″x6″ Photo Prints Free when you: Click ‘get started’ and sign in. Select 4″x6″ prints. Upload your photos and add 50 to cart. At checkout, apply promo code OCT50PRINTS. 50 4″x6″ Photo Prints will be Free w/Free shipping.

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October 21, 2016

One of my favorite gadgets ever is the Amazon Echo Dot (review) which started shipping to pre-orders last night. Better yet, you can get one almost free with the purchase of various bundles which Amazon is offering. My favorite is the best-in-class sounding Bose Soundlink Mini + Echo Dot for $214. That means your Dot effectively costs you $15. The Soundlink Mini makes a great accessory for amplifying the Dot’s speaker.

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Other great bundles:

Oh and if you add 6 to your cart, Amazon will float you one for free with code DOT6PACK. Or add 12 and pay for just 10 with code DOT12PACK. Pretty good way to knock out Christmas shopping or the office holiday gifts. That’s 12 for $500 or less than $42/ea.

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October 17, 2016

expiredGold Box: Monster SanDisk storage sale: 200GB MicroSD: $59, 200GB Wireless: $68, much more

Amazon has a monster Gold Box offer from SanDisk today showing all time lows on their best storage products. There is truly something for everyone here.

Standouts are the SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD w/full sized adapter for $58.99 shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on a 200GB MicroSD card. It instantly turns any MicroSD-compatible Android phone into a 200+GB powerhouse of storage. It is also great w/90MB/s speed for GoPros, Raspberry Pis, cameras and with a little add on, can be a nice invisible 200GB of extra storage for your SD Card-enabled Mac or PC. These come with a full sized SD card adapter and get 4.5/5 star ratings.

Also available in 128GB version for $32.99 shipped and 64GB for $15.95 shipped. Or starting at $12.99 for full sized SD cards. (above)

If you want to add some external storage or transfer capabilities to your iOS iPhones, iPods or iPads, SanDisk has new form factor MFi iXpands in 32GB and 128GB for $30.58 and $71.95 shipped. 

For Micro-USB Android devices grab 64GB/128GB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drives for $14.99 or $25.99 shipped.

For Wifi Wireless storage, pick up the Connect Wireless Flash Drives in 128GB/200GB for $59.99/$68.39 shipped. These allow a few different devices share the same music, files, movies and photos at the same time. I put one of these in my car’s USB port and not only can I play the MP3 files in my car stereo but my kids get to watch a bunch of saved movies on their phones and tablets via wifi when we drive. The device stays charged via the USB port.

Finally, I’m going to do something I don’t normally do. Part of today’s Gold Box is a 128GB USB 2 Cruzer Drive for $27.99. But I’ve gone off the board and found the much smaller 128GB UltraFit USB 3 (meaning faster transfer rates) for less $27.76 shipped. Smaller, cheaper, faster = no brainer. 

Basically today’s Gold Box Prices are the lowest across a wide variety of storage platforms. If you think you might need digital storage any time soon, today’s the day. 

September 26, 2016

If you depend on your Internet and home wireless network (who doesn’t?!) you need to keep it up during a power outage, however long. APC, the leader is battery backup and surge protection, has some great deals in their Gold Box today.

If you need backup power to your desktop or more importantly your Cable/DSL/Fiber Modem and Wifi router,  the APC Battery Backup & Surge Protector (BE350G) – 350VA 6-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is $29.99 shipped. This is easily the lowest this gets with shipping and will keep your router and wireless network up during a power outage for over an hour (depending on power draw of your modem and router).

If you need to back up more devices and/or over a longer period of time, there is a 600VA version with 7 outlets and a USB charging port for $46.99, still a great deal. The big boy here is a 10-outlet 750VA is $60 shipped.

APC also offers a Dual USB power 5,000mAh pack for phones and tablets for $11.99 shipped. This is an average price for Cheap Chinese knockoffs but this has the APC name and warranty behind it

Finally, it is time to up your surge protector game with a rugged Workbench styled 8 outlet protection for $10.99 (make sure to order from Amazon using this link – it is backordered a week already) and a monster 11 outlet w/telephone and coax for $13.50. Both of these are no brainers if you need more protected outlets in the house or garage/barn.

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