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

wd-my-passport-pro-2tb-thunderbolt-raidAmazon 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's StoreJet for Mac Series

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

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