Thunderbolt Stories July 4, 2016


If you’ve been holding out for a new standalone desktop display from Apple, you’re either going to take news of the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued as a sign of good things to come, or as a cue to finally purchase a new 4K or 5K display from someone else. For most, especially considering Apple itself is recommending you purchase a third-party display, the latter option is going to be the more likely.

While Apple didn’t recommend any specific third-party alternatives during its discontinuation announcement of the Thunderbolt display last week, we’ve done the work for you and put together our top picks for the best 4K & 5K displays for Mac available to buy right now.

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Thunderbolt Stories September 21, 2015

Today only, as part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy is offering Apple’s 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (MJLQ2LL/A) for $1,699.99 shipped. That’s nearly $300 under the regular listing, matching our previous mention on this configuration and the best we can find. Those with access to a valid .EDU email address can score an extra $50 off today’s deal, bringing the total down to $1649.99 shipped.

Along with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, this model has an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. You can also expect a 720p FaceTime HD camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, dual display and video mirroring, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports and more.

Use your savings to protect your new MacBook with AppleCare for $299 (Reg. $349) at Amazon.

If you’re looking for something a little smaller and less expensive, we still have a great deal on the newest version 13-inch MacBook Pro with 8 GB of RAM for $1,279.99 shipped.

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Thunderbolt Stories June 22, 2015

Amazon offers the WD My Passport Pro 2TB portable RAID storage with integrated Thunderbolt cable for $199.99 shipped, which is $100 (33%) less than its regular price and by far the best deal we’ve ever seen. Most retailers are charging between $270-$290 for it.

This is not your average external hard drive used for making the occasional Time Machine backup. With features like an integrated Thunderbolt cable, RAID 0/1 or JBOD setup and speeds of up to 233MB/s, it’s geared towards professionals who are constantly on the move. The entire drive is powered via Thunderbolt (no AC adapter needed) and is protected by an anodized aluminum enclosure. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars from 103 Amazon reviewers. expand full story

Thunderbolt Stories December 31, 2014

expiredBelkin 30% off sitewide: iPad Air 2 keyboard case $91, Thunderbolt 2 dock $210, WeMo Light switch $35, more

Belkin offers 30% off sitewide with coupon code SHINEON30. Even better, all orders placed today will qualify for free shipping, which is a big deal since Belkin usually only waives shipping costs for orders of $50 or more.

All in-stock (non preorder) items qualify for this discount. That’s also notable because past sitewide Belkin promotions typically excluded all newly released products.

Here are our top picks:

Thunderbolt Stories November 21, 2014

expiredMonitors: Dell 27″ widescreen $480 (orig. $800), LG 34″ UHD w/ Thunderbolt/HDMI $880 (orig. $1300), more

Update (11/21 11:30am):

As part of its Black November sale today, Newegg has a number of discounted monitors available from Dell, HP and LG. First up we have the 27-inch Dell UltraSharp IPS-Panel HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor (U2713HM) for $499.99. But using code EMCWWHW25 drops the total down to $479.99 shipped. That’s $220 under the original listing, $120 below the average selling price, and the best price we can find.

It features landscape and portrait modes, a 2560×1440 WQHD resolution, and D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity. It has received a 4.2/5 star rating from over 400 Amazon customers and comes with a limited 3 year warranty.

If you’re looking for something even bigger, Newegg has the 34-inch LG Electronics LED-Lit Monitor w/ built-in speakers (34UM94-P) for $999.99. But using code EMCWWHW43 will drop the total down to $879.99 shipped. That’s $420 under the average selling price, $119 below Amazon and the best price we can find. Its Ultra QHD (3440×1440) resolution allows users “to multitask or watch multiple inputs at once,” and features HDMI, Display Port, USB 3.0, and dual Thunderbolt 2 inputs. It has received a 4.3/5 star rating from 64 Amazon customers.

Lastly, you can pick up the HP Pavilion 23xi 23-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor for $134.99 shipped using code EMCWWHW42 in the cart. That’s $115 under the original listing, $15 below Amazon and the best price we can find on this 4.3/5 star rated monitor. More features on the listing page.

Thunderbolt Stories October 24, 2014

Transcend just introduced a new line of portable external drives exclusively for the Mac. The StoreJet series for Mac includes the SJM100 Portable Hard Drive, the SJM300 Portable Hard Drive, and finally the SJM500 Portable Solid State Drive.

They all offer an big storage space and fastdata transfer speeds. Also, all three models are natively formatted in HFS+ and fully support Time Machine, allowing users to simply plug and play.

With advanced Thunderbolt technology, both the SJM300 portable hard drive and SJM500 portable SSD deliver unparalleled interface transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s. For universal connectivity, both models are also equipped with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (SJM500 with UASP support for even higher transfer rates), providing 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0.

All models carry Transcend’s three-year limited warranty and are available now from Amazon. Full press release follows: expand full story

Thunderbolt Stories October 9, 2014


Save 20% on your entire order from the Belkin online store with coupon code BELKINFALL20 (case sensitive) at checkout. What’s more, all orders of $50 or more will ship free. During our deal research we were unable to find any products that were excluded from this promo, even Belkin’s newest Mac accessories and WeMo home automation products seem to be fair game.

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Thunderbolt Stories May 20, 2014

Update (5/26 11:00am): For 4-hours only, take 26% off sitewide at Belkin with coupon code MEMORIAL26 at checkout. Use this discount to get the Thunderbolt Express dock w/ Thunderbolt cable for $170.19 shipped.


Belkin offers 20% sitewide when you enter coupon code EARTHDAY20 at checkout. This promotion includes full-priced and sale items. All orders of $50 or more are eligible for free US ground shipping. it’s also worth noting that Belkin has a generous 90-day return policy in case you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase.

Applying the aforementioned coupon (EARTHDAY20) to the following products yields some of the best prices we have ever seen.

Browse the rest of Belkin’s product catalog including iPad keyboard cases, surge protectors, and more. Remember, this coupon will work on nearly any product Belkin sells. Please note that Belkin is planning a Memorial Day 26% sitewide sale for 4 hours only (8am – Noon PST), so you can wait until then but keep in mind quantities are limited for sale items (Thunderbolt dock and AC router).

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Thunderbolt Stories April 1, 2014

PCM offers nearly 15% off the new WD My Passport Pro portable RAID storage drives. Just released last week at Macworld, it houses two 2.5-inch internal drives, which can be easily configured as RAID 0 for increased performance or RAID 1 for data redundancy. The built-in Thunderbolt cable pushes up to 233 MB/s.

WD My Passport Pro 2TB: $256.99 + shipping (Reg. $300) WD My Passport Pro 4TB: $368.49 + shipping (Reg. $430)

Each applicable discount will be applied once the drive of your choice is added to the shopping cart. All other retailers are currently charging full price for both models. Please note that shipping times may vary since it is so new, which isn’t unique to PCM as Amazon is currently listing a 2-4 week delay. Place your order today and lock in the discounted rate.

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Thunderbolt Stories February 3, 2014

expiredWD 3TB My Book desktop hard drive for Mac: $100 shipped (Reg. $130)

Amazon is offering the 3TB WD My Book external hard drive for $100 shipped. That’s $70 off the original listing, $30 off most trusted retailer’s regular prices, the best current price we can find on a new model, and within $10 of the best priced 3TB external we’ve seen from a brand name. Along with the 3TB of storage you get USB 3.0 connectivity and it works great with your Mac and Time Machine right out of the box.

This drive has received a 4.4/5 star review among Amazon customers. If you’re in the market for a portable drive that handle a bit of a beating, you can use your savings here on a $120 manufacturer refurbished LaCie Rugged USB 3.0, Thunderbolt drive at MacMall (lowest on the refurb. Thunderbolt model).

WD 3TB My Book external hard drive: $100 (Reg. $129)

Thunderbolt Stories January 22, 2014

Thunderbolt Enclosures: D3 Dual-bay + USB: $222, ThunderDUO Dual Bay: $244 (Reg. up to $350) + $9 shipping

Monoprice has a couple of Thunderbolt enclosures on sale right now between $60 and $100 off right now. You can grab the Thunder D3 Dual-bay Thunderbolt + USB 3.0 enclosure in silver for just $222 + $9 shipping. That’s nearly $50 off Amazon’s price and the lowest we’ve seen these go for since Black Friday. It supports two 2.5-inch SSD or HDD’s that can be from 20GB to 2TB in capacity (4TB total) and comes with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports for maximum flexibility. This package ships with a USB cable and a power cable, although it can be bus powered via Thunderbolt or USB.

Monoprice also has the ThunderDUO Dual Bay Thunderbolt enclosure in silver for $244 + $9 shipping. That’s the lowest price we can find. This enclosure comes with the same features as the previously mentioned model, minus the USB support. It also comes with a Thunderbolt cable instead of USB.

We have some nice SSD deals today that work great with these enclosures from 120GBs all the way up to 1TB with as much as $100 in savings.

Thunderbolt Stories December 31, 2013

expiredSeagate GoFlex 1TB UltraPortable External Hard Drive for Mac+Thunderbolt Adapter $118 (Reg. $279)

BuyDig via ebay is offering the SeaGate GoFlex 1TB UltraPortable External Hard Drive for Mac with a Thunderbolt Adapter for only $118. That’s $168 off the list price and the lowest price we’ve seen for this combo. Amazon sells it for $144 and their customers gave it a solid 4/5 stars and left great reviews.The Seagate 1 TB hard drive’s 20x speed of USB 2.0 and 12x speed of FireWire 800 helps transfer high-definition movies and other heavy files within seconds. Take full advantage of your Mac computer’s Time Machine software and automatically save and easily recover up-to-date copies of everything on your Mac.

With your savings on the Seagate today you can grab a thunderbolt cable from Amazon.

Thunderbolt Stories December 26, 2013

expiredBelkin Thunderbolt Express Dock $199 shipped (Reg. $299)

While supplies last, Belkin is offering its Thunderbolt Express Dock for $199 with free shipping. That’s a temporary price drop of $100 and easily the best price we’ve ever seen. It is one of the easiest ways to bring a plethora of connectivity options to your Apple computer. Rated 3.5 stars by Amazon reviewers where it costs $235.

Make sure to pick up a Thunderbolt cable with your savings as one is not included with the dock.

The discount will be automatically applied during checkout.

The Belkin Thunderbolt™ Express Dock is an easy, powerful way to take advantage of Thunderbolt™ technology. The Thunderbolt™ Express Dock lets you use a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, including FireWire, Ethernet, USB, and daisy chaining multiple Thunderbolt™ devices.

Thunderbolt Stories November 21, 2013

Amazon has the Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB internal Solid State Drive for $560 with free shipping. (too much? Grab a 500GB for $299.99 with free shipping) Today’s deal represents a savings of 34% off retail and the best price ever by $11. With sequential read/write speeds of  540 MB / 520 MB, this SSD is one of the best ways to dramatically increase the performance of your Mac or PC.

seagate-thunderbolt-ssd-9to5toys Another option is to pop this drive into a Thunderbolt sled to create an external SSD solution for a total of $648, which features a nearly identical performance to standard Thunderbolt drives but carriers almost a 40% savings.

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Thunderbolt Stories August 28, 2013

Cowboom, a Best Buy affiliate, is selling a brand new Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB External Raid Hard Drive for $350 with free shipping. That’s a total savings of 42% off the list price and $90 below the next lowest price. As a further price comparison, Newegg is charging full MSRP at $600.

Thunderbolt technology provides unparalleled transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s with the ability to be daisy chained with other Thunderbolt-enabled devices. For even more performance you can opt to setup this system as RAID 0 for speed or RAID 1 for data protection. This particular My Book even has user-replaceable drives to minimize potential downtime and increase storage flexibility. Amazon reviewers rate it four out of five stars.

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Thunderbolt Stories June 28, 2013

MacMall is offering some solid deals on manufacturer refurbished LaCie Thunderbolt drives today. You can pick up the 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt refurb for $139.99 with free shipping. This drive goes for as much as $219 new from most trusted retailers and is up to $40 off the next best refurb. price. MacMall also has the 3TB LaCie d2 Thunderbolt Series refurb for $189.99 with free shipping. This 3TB d2 Thunderbolt is listed for as much as $300 new and is up to $100 lower than other refurb prices. More specs below the fold:

1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt refurb: $140 (Reg. $200 new) 3TB LaCie d2 Thunderbolt Series refurb: $190 (Reg. $289 new)

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Thunderbolt Stories June 12, 2013

MacMall is offering the early 2013 Retina 13″ MacBook Pro 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 with 8GB RAM and 256GB flash storage for $1599.99 shipped. This is $200 off Apple’s $1800 price tag and $30 less than Amazon, you can check out the current best prices on other Retina models here. You can also pick yourself up a copy of Parallels Desktop 8 for free along with your Retina purchase ($50 – $80 value). More specs below the fold:

Early 2013: 13.3″ MacBook Pro with Retina display, dual-core Intel Core i7 2.9GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB flash storage (Z0N41LL/A): $1599.99 (reg. $1800) – Current lowest price

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Thunderbolt Stories May 22, 2013

Today Philips unleashed 3 new HD monitors, one geared towards the home-user and two for business.

The Philips Brilliance 29” UltraWide Monitor is made with consumers in mind as it sports built-in stereo speakers, a 21:9 aspect ratio and an incredible 2560 x 1080 resolution for F400048347-FLP-global-001amazing image clarity.  Even more impressive, the Philips Brilliance UltraWide Monitor supports simultaneous multiple inputs. For example, you can have live TV on one side on the screen and your laptop desktop on the other half to help take multitasking to the next level.  Input interfaces include Dual link DVI, Display Port, universal HDMI connector, or optional Thunderbolt.

The Philips Brilliance UltraWide Monitor is available now from Amazon for $682, 3% below the retail of $700.

The two enterprise monitors Philips released are the P-line 27” Quad HD Monitor ($899) and P-line 29” UltraWide Monitor ($799). The focus on these is image quality and flexible connectivity options. expand full story

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