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Trevor Daugherty


Trevor Daugherty is the Senior Editor of 9to5Toys. Since joining in 2014, he’s specialized in product reviews, exclusive discounts and 9to5’s New Toy of the Day. Contact him direct at trevor@9to5mac.com.

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Get eight Panasonic eneloop AA rechargeable batteries for $17 Prime shipped

Amazon offers the Panasonic 8-pack of eneloop AA Rechargeable Batteries for $17.14 Prime shipped. For comparison, this bundle sells for around $25 or more at Walmart and up to $22 elsewhere. Discounts are hard to find on Panasonic’s eneloop batteries, so you might as well jump into 2020 with some rechargeables. This bundle includes eight AA rechargeable batteries. I like to use this setup for keeping my Xbox One Elite controller running but it’s great for a number of applications. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

G-Shock has announced a few changes to its Mudmaster ultra-tough smartwatches for 2020, highlight by a new black-out colorway that’s sure to turn some heads. The Mudmaster lineup was first introduced last year with Bluetooth connectivity and a robust design. G-Shock is kicking off 2020 with a new colorway alongside other improvements that deliver one of the brand’s most intriguing wearables in recent memory. Full details on the new G-Shock Mudmaster can be found below, alongside pricing and availability information.

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Anker’s Powerhouse 200 Portable Generator is $255, more in today’s Green Deals

AnkerDirect via Amazon offers its Powerhouse 200 Portable Rechargeable Generator for $254.99 shipped. As a comparison, it typically goes for $300 and today’s deal is the second-best we’ve tracked to date. We loved it in our hands-on review, noting that it’s a powerhouse for camping, charging drones, and other activities. Ships with a 57600mAh internal battery and designated USB-C and A ports, plus DC and AC connectivity. Ideal if you need to power-up drones, your MacBook, and more while on-the-go. Rated 4.5/5 stars. More Green Deals can be found below.

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Sony’s popular A7 III mirrorless camera sees rare discounted bundles from $1,798

Various retailers are offering all-time low prices on Sony’s much-beloved A7 III Mirrorless Camera. You can pick up the body alone at Amazon for $1,798, which is a $200 savings and new all-time low there. B&H and BuyDig are offering the same price but sweetening with a handful of extra accessories, memory cards, and more, delivering an extra $200 or so worth of value. Free shipping is available for all. Additional offers can be found below. Sony A7 III delivers a full-frame mirrorless body capable of capturing 24MP still images and 4K video at 30fps. Another notable spec is Sony’s auto-focus system, which leverages 693 detection points to ensure that your photos and video always look sharp. Rated 4.5/5 stars. More after the jump.

Anker’s latest Amazon sale is headlined by its 30W PowerPort Atom III USB-C Wall Charger at $21.99 Prime shipped. You’d typically pay $35 for one of Anker’s latest wall chargers. We’ve seen it drop to $23 a few times before, with today’s deal delivering a new Amazon all-time low. I’ve been using this wall charger while traveling over the holidays and can say that its slimmed-down design makes it a great companion wherever adventures take you. Plus, 30W output is enough to power up the latest iPhones and iPads. It can even tackle a MacBook when not in use, but may struggle to keep up with higher-end machines. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Another standout is Anker’s new Nebula Apollo Mini Projector for $319.99 when the on-page coupon is clipped. That’s down from the usual $400 price tag and a new Amazon all-time low by $30. Amongst a number of notable features is AirPlay, which makes this projector compatible with Apple’s wireless beaming technology. You’ll also find one HDMI input and support for up to 100-inch projected images. Includes up to 4-hours of playback on a single charge. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

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Save on DEWALT, Ryobi, and Milwaukee tools from $17, today only at Home Depot

Today only, as part of its Special Buy of the Day, Home Depot is offering up to 55% off tools from Ryobi, DEWALT, Milwaukee, and more. Free shipping is available for all. Deals start at $17 with just about every DIY essential offered up today, including saws, drills, accessories, and more. Our top pick is Ryobi’s 18V 5-tool Cordless Combo Kit for $199. As a comparison, there’s nearly $500 worth of original value here, although we typically see this bundle sell for around $300. Today’s deal is $25 less than our previous mention. You’ll find everything here to jumpstart your DIY career, including a drill, nailer, two saws, flashlight, and a wall charger. You’ll also get two batteries, ensuring that there’s plenty of power for those weekend projects. Rated 4.7/5 stars. Jump into the rest of today’s sale here or head below for additional top picks.

Amazon’s Timbuk2 Gold Box delivers deals from $41: Backpacks, messengers, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 40% off Timbuk2 backpacks and accessories. The deals start at $41 with free shipping available for all. Our top pick is the Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack for $65. As a comparison, it originally sold for $129 but trends around $80 these days. This is the best price we’ve tracked at Amazon since last summer. Ample storage and organization highlight this backpack, which offers enough room to store a MacBook up to 15-inches in size. There are also dedicated slots for other tech, like an iPad, with 30-liters of total storage. One key feature here, Timbuk2 has designed this bag to count as a “personal item” when traveling on an airline, allowing you to bring along a carry-on bag as well. Rated 4.4/5 stars. More deals can be found below.

Arlo Ultra 4K security camera deals start at $190, today only (Reg. up to $300)

Today only, Woot offers the Arlo Ultra 4K 1-Camera Security System for $259.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members; otherwise, a $6 delivery fee will be applied. As a comparison, this bundle typically goes for $300 at retailers like Amazon where it’s never dropped below $295. As Arlo’s new high-end entry into the world of security cameras, the Ultra line offers 4K footage complete with HDR support. It sports a wire-free and weather-resistant design so that you can place them just about anywhere on your property. Other notable specs include “enhanced” night vision, noise-canceling technology, and auto-zoom. We found it to be more than suitable in our hands-on review as a top of the line option. Amazon customers have left a combined 3.9/5 star rating. More below.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 delivers the basics: $60 today only (Reg. $100)

Today only, as part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy is offering Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for Mac or PC at $59.99. As a comparison, it typically goes for $100 at retailers like Amazon and others. Today’s deal matches our previous mention, as well. Adobe Photoshop Elements takes the most popular features from the brand’s powerful software suite and packages them together in a more approachable (and affordable) offering. Made with entry-level photo editing in mind, Adobe delivers step-by-step guides that help make “incredible effects and creations with 55 guided edits.” Other features like automated edits, skin smoothing, and more all ensure that your pictures will be looking top-notch following a few changes. Best Buy customers have left a combined 4.7/5 star rating.

Amazon offers Apple AirPods 2 with charging case for $129 shipped. You’d typically pay $159 with today’s deal returning to the Amazon all-time low price. Upgrade to the same AirPods with a wireless charging case for $169 (Reg. $199). The second-generation AirPods offer support for “Hey, Siri” and include Apple’s upgraded H1 chip for fast wireless pairing. We loved them in our hands-on review.

Prefer a lower-cost alternative to Apple’s AirPods? Save nearly 50% and opt for Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air earbuds. You will miss out on deep iOS integration and “Hey, Siri” support, but there’s still a lot to like here. Check out my review for additional details.

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Wemo Mini smart plug offers HomeKit control for $17 Prime shipped

Amazon offers the WeMo Mini Smart Plug for $16.99 Prime shipped. As a comparison, it typically sells for $25 or more, today’s deal beats our previous mention by $3. With support for HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant, this smart plug is made for just about any setup. A slim design ensures that only one outlet is blocked at a time. Automatic scheduling helps cut down on energy vampires also keeping your lights and appliances on track throughout the day. Rated 3.7/5 stars. Head below for more.

January 19

Amazon offers the previous-generation 21-inch iMac 2.3GHz/8GB/1TB for $949.99 shipped. Originally $1,099, today’s deal is $150 off the regular going rate. We saw it drop to $900 once back in August, otherwise, it’s held steady at this price. The Apple iMac is a solid option for students or those not in need of the latest tech. It features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and ships with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.

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Echo Flex delivers Alexa in a small footprint for $20 Prime shipped

Amazon offers the Echo Flex mini smart speaker for $19.99 Prime shipped. That’s a 20% savings from the regular going rate and a match of the best price we’ve tracked. Amazon’s Echo Flex delivers Alexa in a small footprint, taking up just one outlet while offering access to an entire world of smart functionality. It also has a built-in USB port, so it can be leveraged for charging various devices as well. Echo Flex can also be used with Alexa’s Drop In feature, which makes it easy to communicate with other Echo speakers throughout your home. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

expiredBeats Solo Pro get first discount in multiple colors, now $250 shipped

Amazon offers the Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones in various colors for $249.99 shipped. Also at Target. That’s a $50 savings from the regular going rate and a new all-time low. The latest from Beats delivers active noise cancelation and up to 22-hours of listening time on a full charge. Notably, just 10-minutes on a charger can create up to 3-hours of listening time. Other notable features include a foldable design, Apple’s H1 chip for fast pairing, and more. We loved them in our hands-on review and Amazon customers largely agree.

Amazon offers Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air 128GB for $899.99 shipped. Final price reflected at checkout. As a comparison, that’s a $199 savings off the regular going rate and a match of the best we’ve seen outside of holiday mentions in recent months. Best Buy is currently charging full price.

The latest MacBook Air from Apple sports a 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, a dual-core 8th generation Intel i5 processor and 128GB of storage. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 12 hours of battery life round out the list of notable features.

Make good use of your savings and grab a USB-C hub. With four extra USB-A ports, this option from AmazonBasics is a great accessory to have in your arsenal. Ideal for connecting legacy devices and maximizing productivity.

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January 17

Enter the delightful world of sous vide: Breville Joule Cooker $160 (Reg. $200)

Amazon offers the Breville Joule Sous Vide 1100W Cooker in stainless steel and white for $159.96 shipped. That’s down from the regular $200 or greater price tag. Today’s deal matches previous Black Friday pricing as well. This sous vide cooker delivers up to 1100W of power and is both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible. I started dabbling in sous vide after receiving a cooker just over a year ago. It’s definitely a must-try for any foodie. Being able to easily start meals hours or days in advance is both easy and fun. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 1,200 Amazon customers.

Get two Lutron motion sensing light switches for $30, more in today’s Green Deals

Home Depot offers a two-pack of Lutron Maestro Motion Sensing Light Switches for $29.94 shipped. As a comparison, you’d typically pay $40 for this bundle. These switches automatically turn lights on and off, depending on occupancy. It’s an ideal way to cut down on unnecessary energy usage when no one is around. Rated 4.7/5 stars. More Green Deals can be found below.

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New details have emerged this week on Microsoft’s Xbox streaming platform as the preview service moves to a global audience to start 2020. Microsoft has long been playing around with Android devices as a medium for streaming full-on Xbox games, and now all Xbox insiders across the world are getting their first glimpse. This follows an initial beta process that rolled out late in 2019 to mostly positive reviews. Full details can be found below, including system requirements to fully take advantage of Xbox streaming to start in 2020.

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