Starter Kit Stories March 27, 2016

expiredPhilips Friends of hue LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Reg. $130+)

Update (3/30 9:30am): Now also available from Best Buy via eBay.

Best Buy offers the Philips Friends of hue 12W LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. For comparison, this kit originally retailed for $200 and still goes for that much direct from Amazon. Today’s deal is a match of our previous mention from a month ago.

Get into Philip’s hue lighting system with this three-piece starter kit. This bundle includes two 12W six-foot LightStrips plus a hue bridge. Note: this is not the HomeKit compatible version, more information here. These strips are perfect for drawing attention to decor or lighting up a dim area of your home. Rated 4.3/5 stars by 1,255 Amazon customers. Shop the entire lineup of Philips Hue accessories for more lighting options.

Starter Kit Stories February 22, 2016

expiredLight up your home with the Philips Hue Starter Kit (3 bulbs) for $120 shipped (Orig. $200)

Staples offers the Philips Hue Starter Kit with 3 bulbs for $119.99 shipped. Today’s deal is a savings of $80 off the original MSRP, $24 off our previous mention, $20 less than Amazon, and the best current price available.

This kit includes everything needed to get started with Philips’ Hue Lighting System. You’ll find a Hue Bridge (previous generation), three A19 LED bulbs and an ethernet cable in the box. I’ve been using these lights for a few years now and have found them to be a fun way to change up any space. Although this is not the HomeKit-compatible version, Hue does have a free iOS and Android app that offers full control from your device. Over 1,200 Amazon customers have left a combined 4.3/5 star rating.

Starter Kit Stories January 14, 2016

expiredPhilips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Orig. $180)

Best Buy’s official eBay Store offers the Philips Friend of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. Also available direct from Best Buy. Today’s deal is a savings of $80 off the original price/Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current price that we can find.

Nearly 1,200 Amazon customers rate this lighting solution 4.3/5 stars. The Bloom Starter Kit includes two luminaire lights and a Philips Hue bridge that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi. These lights are capable of showing 16 million colors with custom automated schedules via iOS and Android apps. I’ve used Philips’ Hue for a few years now, this system is an ideal accompaniment to traditional lighting. The LED bulbs are more energy efficient and can be dimmed to your preference.

Philips offers a full line of Hue products that work in unison with the Bloom Luminaire lights. Just recently, Philips added HomeKit compatibility to its products with the addition of a special bridge.

Starter Kit Stories November 30, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Epson PowerLite Wireless 2600 Lumens 3LCD Projector $499, Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit $120, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Amazon the Epson PowerLite WXGA Wireless 2600 Lumens 3LCD Projector for $499 shipped. That’s $300 off the original list price and the lowest we’ve seen. It has up to 2600 lumens of color brightness and it allows for wireless projection from compatible laptops, cell phones and tablets. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.4/5 stars

More new deals for today:

Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit – Use your mobile device to take command of real robotic Supercars $120 (Orig. $150) | Amazon

Continue on for a roundup of our best deals:

Starter Kit Stories November 27, 2015

D-Link Powerline AV Mini Adapter Starter Kit $10 shipped (Reg. $34)

Newegg is offering the D-Link Powerline AV500 Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-309AV) for $33.99, but with the code EMCKKNV57 the price drops to $9.99 shipped. That’s $24 off the regular sale price and the lowest we can find. As a pricing comparison, Amazon currently charges $38 for it.

Features:

  • Extend your wired network to a hard to reach room using your existing electrical wiring
  • Fast Ethernet speeds – great for streaming video
  • Kit includes two PowerLine mini adapters to extend your network right out of the box
  • Simple connect button for easy setup and supports 128-bit AES Encryption
  • Up to 200Mbps for whole-home coverage
  • Compact and elegant design allows you to plug other devices into the outlet

Amazon shoppers gave it 4/5 stars.

Starter Kit Stories November 13, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Philips Friends of hue LightStrip Starter Kit $120, Optoma 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector $749, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Best Buy the Philips Friends of hue 120-Lumen, 12W LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit for $119.99 shipped. That’s $80 off the regular sale price/ Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we’ve seen. It delivers up to 80 percent energy savings and a long life of 20,000 hours (up to 18 years). You can get total control over your lighting from your smart phone or tablet – even when you’re away from home. Over 1,100 Amazon shoppers gave it 4.3/5 stars.

More new deals for today:

Optoma (HD37) 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector $749 (Orig. $2,000) | Amazon

Continue on for a roundup of our best deals:

Starter Kit Stories September 14, 2015

expiredBelkin WeMo iOS connected LED Lighting Starter Kit + extra bulb: $40 shipped ($75 value)

Belkin is taking 20% off its WeMo line of home automation products all week long when you enter coupon code SAVEWEMO at checkout. All orders qualify for free shipping.

Our favorite deal to hit during this promo is a terrific WeMo Lighting package. Add the Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Kit (2 WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, 1 WeMo Link) to your shopping cart for $49.99 and coupon code SAVEWEMO will drop your final price down to $39.99 shipped plus add an additional WeMo Smart LED Bulb to your order for free. The Starter Kit carries a regular price of $50 and the extra Bulb is worth $25, so the total value of this package is $75.

Belkin’s WeMo Lighting lets you control your lights from anywhere using the free WeMo iOS or Android app. You can dim, turn on/off, and create a custom schedule for your lighting setup. The included WeMo Link can connect to and control up to 50 WeMo Smart LED bulbs. Take a look at our recent review of several WeMo Lighting products to get a better idea of what the platform has to offer. Also, keep in mind that Belkin has pledged future support for HomeKit so WeMo users won’t be left behind when Apple’s home automation framework begins to really take off. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars from 323 Amazon reviewers.

Starter Kit Stories September 1, 2015

expiredD-Link PowerLine AV500 Mini Adapter Starter Kit: $20 shipped (Reg. $35+)

Newegg offers the D-Link (DHP309AV) PowerLine AV500 Mini Adapter Starter Kit for $33.99. Applying coupon code EMCAXAK58 drops the final price to $19.99 shipped. This is over 60% off the original listing but you’ll usually find it for around $35+ at retailers like Amazon. Today’s deal is $5 less than our previous mention and the best price we can find.

PowerLine adapters are an excellent alternative when a wireless network just won’t do the job. Living in an older home, I can attest to wireless routers not traveling to every corner of the house. PowerLine adapters allow users to leverage electrical circuitry to send internet signals. Simply plug one adapter in to an outlet near your modem or router and place another in your desired location. Plug an ethernet cable into each end and you’ll have an extended network.

This model features AV500 speeds, built-in status indicator lights and 128-bit AES Encryption. More details below. Rated 4/5 stars by over 200 Amazon customers.

Starter Kit Stories August 28, 2015

expiredPhilips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Reg. $180)

Best Buy, as a part of its Deal of the Day, offers the Philips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. Today’s deal is $80 off the original list price/Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the best current offering we can find.

Nearly 1,400 Amazon customers rate this lighting solution 4.2/5 stars. The Bloom Starter Kit includes two luminaire lights and a Philips Hue bridge that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi. These lights are capable of showing 16 million colors with custom automated schedules via iOS and Android apps. I’ve used Philips’ Hue for a few years now, this system is an ideal accompaniment to traditional lighting. The LED bulbs are more energy efficient and can be dimmed to your preference.

Philips offers a full line of Hue products that work in unison with the Bloom Luminaire lights. Apple’s HomeKit will be added via a firmware upgrade this fall alongside a recently announced Wireless Dimming Kit.

Starter Kit Stories August 21, 2015

ZyXEL AV1200 Powerline MIMO Adapter Starter Kit $60 shipped (Reg. $90+)

Newegg has the ZyXEL 1200 Mbps Powerline AV1200 Gigabit Adapter, Starter Kit – 2 Units (PLA5405KIT) for $89.99 shipped, but using code EMCAWNK26 in the cart drops it to $59.99 shipped. That’s more than $120 under the original listing, $24 below Amazon, and the lowest price we have featured.

Along with backwards compatibility with AV1 adapters and MIMO tech this kit features:

  • high-speed networking
  • Ideal for multimedia streaming
  • No additional wires or configuration required
  • Easy home network security setup
  • QoS enhances high-quality media streaming
  • Compliant with IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV technology
  • Multi-color LED indicates powerline network quality
  • Energy-saving feature offers efficient power management and cost savings

This kit is rated 4/5 stars from nearly 50 Amazon customers.

Starter Kit Stories July 16, 2015

expiredPhilips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit $100 shipped (Reg. $180)

Best Buy’s official eBay store is offering the Philips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit (259531) for $99.99 shipped (also matched as part of its Deals of the Day). That’s $80 under the regular price/Amazon and the best we can find.

This kit includes two Philips Friends of Hue Bloom lights, the Hue bridge (“control up to 50 connected luminaires/bulbs” with a single hub), bridge power adapter and an ethernet cable. Along with 16 million colors to choose from and dimming capabilities, these lights are fully controllable from your smartphones and tablets using the free companion apps.

This starter kit has a 4.2/5 star rating from just under 1,300 Amazon customers. You’ll also find the Philips 432682 Hue Personal Wireless Lighting BR30 Starter Pack for $174.99 shipped right now at Amazon, which is the lowest we’ve seen since November of last year. 

Makers of the indie Xbox game Chariot, have integrated Hue lighting systems so that they interact in real time with the game. You can see it in action below:

Starter Kit Stories May 20, 2015

NETGEAR Essentials Edition 500 Mbps Powerline Starter Kit $30 shipped (Orig. $45)

Newegg offers the NETGEAR Powerline 500 1-Port Essentials Edition Starter Kit (XAVB5221) for $39.99, but using code EMCASKX55 in the cart will drop your total down to $29.99 shipped. That’s about $15 under the original listing, $10 better than Amazon and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • Easy, plug-and-play setup
  • Data transfer rates up to 500 Mbps
  • Perfect for connecting HDTVs, HD setup boxes, HD/3D videos, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs
  • Extend broadband Internet and home network access to any power outlet
  • Pick-a-Plug LED identifies best outlet for optimal performance
  • Encrypts Powerline network connections with the touch of a button
  • Automatically powers down when not in use

This model has received a 4.3/5 star rating from over 170 Amazon customers.

More on the NETGEAR Powerline 500 1-Port Essentials Edition Starter Kit:

The NETGEAR Powerline 500, 1 Port – Essentials Edition extends your Internet access to any power outlet. With speeds up to 500Mbps, it’s perfect for connecting smart TVs and game consoles. It’s also ideal for streaming music and HD video…Set up in minutes, no need to configure or install software…Automatically powers down when not in use…Encrypts Powerline network connections with the touch of a button

Starter Kit Stories May 1, 2015

expiredThis highly-rated Raspberry Pi 2 Model B kit is perfect for getting into micro-computing $60 shipped (Reg. $70)

Micro-computing is becoming more mainstream as different projects and possibilities continue to develop out of Raspberry Pi, the business card sized single-board computer. A few months back the second generation was announced, including the opportunity for free a copy of Windows 10. We are just starting to notice some discounts on Raspberry Pi 2 Model B as production has caught up with demand.

Prestige Milano via Amazon offers the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B complete starter kit for $69.99. Coupon code RP2XBTEN cuts $10 off the price dropping the final total to $59.99 shipped.

If you’re interested in getting into micro-computing, this is an excellent place to start, we’ve included the individual values of each component as well. This kit includes the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (900MHz/1GB of RAM, $40+), a case ($5), an 8GB Kingston SD card ($10) that is pre-loaded with software and a power supply ($10). It also ships with a Wi-Fi dongle ($10), HDMI cable ($2) and a heatsink. That’s over $80 in value and basically everything needed to get your new Pi 2 system off the ground and running.

Amazon users rave about this kit, with over 1,500 customers rating it 4.6/5 stars. There are a number of ways to utilize this system, from setting up a media server to playing Minecraft. Amazon also has different cases available for a customizable look, as well as other accessories. The previous generation system is still available as well.

Starter Kit Stories April 30, 2015

Amazon is offering the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (EX2700) for $29.99 with free shipping for Prime members (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. That’s as much as 50% under the original listing, the best price we can find and within $1 of our previous mention. Today’s deal is matched at Newegg using code EMCARPA35 in the cart.

With speeds up to 300Mbps, dual antennas and an ethernet port, this little wall plug device will extend the network signal throughout your home or office. It is the best selling repeater/extender on Amazon and has received a 3.9/5 star rating from nearly 2,000 Amazon customers.

TP-LINK AV200 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (TL-PA2010KIT)-sale-01

Also, at Newegg you’ll find the TP-LINK AV200 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit (TL-PA2010KIT) for $28.99, but using code EMCARPA47 will drop your total down to $19.99 shipped. That’s nearly $10 below Amazon, matching our previous mention and the best price we can find. This highly rated Powerline kit can extend your network without needing to rely on a strong wireless signal with speeds of up to 200Mbps and a very simple plug-and-play installation. expand full story

Starter Kit Stories March 26, 2015

D-Link PowerLine AV200 Mini Adapter Starter Kit $20 shipped (orig. $40), more

Update (3/26 2:00pm): Newegg has the NETGEAR EX2700 N300 WiFi Range Extender Essentials Edition for $29 shipped using code EMCAPNT58 during check out. That’s the current best price and matching the lowest we’ve seen on this best seller.

Newegg has the D-Link PowerLine AV 200 Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-209AV) for $29.99, but using code EMCAPNT59 in the cart will drop your total down to $19.99 shipped. That’s 50% under the original listing, $10 better than Amazon, matching our previous mention, and the best price we can find.

Features:

  • Easily add Ethernet devices like computers, media players, and printers to your network
  • Speeds of up to 200Mbps – Ideal for multimedia streaming, video chatting, and web surfing
  • Easily expand your network with additional PowerLine adapters
  • Small form factor doesn’t block other wall outlet plugs
  • Quickly setup your PowerLine adapters with the push of a button

This model has received a 4.5 star rating from 8 Amazon customers.

If you would prefer an all wireless network or to combine your Powerline set-up with a router, Newegg also has the Linksys EA6200 Dual Band AC900 Smart Wi-Fi Router for $39.99 shipped using code EMCAPNT47 in the cart. That’s $20 below our previous mention and the best price we can find.

More on the D-Link PowerLine AV 200 Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-209AV):

The D-Link PowerLine AV 200 Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-209AV) delivers fast wired connectivity to the hard-to-reach areas of your home – perfect for everyday web activities like multimedia streaming, web surfing and video chatting.

Rather than using long and unsightly cables to get your devices online, the DHP-209AV instantly transforms your home’s existing electrical circuit into a stable wired network, making it quick and easy to connect computers, printers, and other Ethernet-enabled devices. The DHP-209AV is the ideal solution for getting connected in spaces like offices, bedrooms and other areas of your home that are remotely located from your router.

Starter Kit Stories March 12, 2015

Home: Francois et Mimi stainless steel french press $20 (Reg. $40), more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deal of the Day, Amazon is offering the FoodSaver Vacuum Food Sealer & Starter Kit (FSFSSL2222-P15) for $59.99 shipped.

Luzy’s Storage Place (4.8 stars over the past 12 months) via Amazon is offering the Francois et Mimi 34-Ounce Stainless Steel Double Wall French Coffee Press for $19.97 with free Prime shipping (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, the lowest it has ever been offered for on Amazon and the best price we can find by $18 or more.

This French press is completely made of brushed stainless feel, has a 1000ml or 34oz capacity, is dishwasher safe, and features a doubled walled design to keep liquids hot. It has received a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 120 Amazon customers.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best home deals including cookware, fans, knife sets and more:

Starter Kit Stories March 5, 2015

expiredZyXEL 1000Mbps AV2 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit $63 shipped (Reg. $87+)

Today only, Groupon is offering the ZyXEL 1000Mbps Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter Starter Kit (PLA5206KIT) for $69.99, but using code TRIPLE during checkout will drop your total down to $62.99 shipped. That’s as much as $77 under the original listing, $24 below Amazon and the lowest we can find on this particular kit. While certainly more expensive than many of the Powerline models we post, it also offers more than triple the speed.

This starter kit comes with two units and everything else you’ll need to get your Powerline network off the ground. It features:

  • Home Plug AV2 compliant with up to 1000 Mbps data transfer rates
  • 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES)
  • Perfect for connecting Smart TVs and on-line games
  • QoS ensures network quality for VoIP, IPTV & HD media streaming
  • Single push-and-secure button for simple, fast security setup
  • Multi-color LED indicates power line network quality

The PLA5206KIT comes with a two-year warranty from ZyXEL and has received a 3.7/5 star rating from 24 Amazon customers.

More on the ZyXEL 1000 Mbps Powerline AV2 Gigabit Adapter Starter Kit:

This set of adapters uses your home’s existing power circuitry to provide multiple rooms with high-speed Ethernet access, saving you the hassle of installing new wires.

Plug in and Connect Once one adapter is connected to your home’s Internet router, all you need to do is plug the other into an electrical outlet to get high-speed Ethernet access. No additional wiring, drilling in walls, or construction of foil-wrapped Internet towers around your house is required.

Prioritized Speed The compact adapters keep connected devices streaming and loading at lightning-quick speed without lag thanks to their 1,000Mbps data-transfer rate. They’re also equipped with a Quality of Service function that prioritizes streaming high-quality multimedia, such as HD video.

Starter Kit Stories February 10, 2015

Toy Fair 2015 has already had a big product announcement and it hasn’t even began yet. Anki, makers of smartphone connected toy racing cars, has announced its latest model with the OVERDRIVE. Built upon the success of the previous generation DRIVE, this newest model has fresh features and a large selection of expansion track options.

Head below for a video trailer, release date and pricing.

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