Windows PC Stories July 3, 2015

expiredLogitech MX Master Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

Amazon offers the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse for $86.99 shipped. That’s a savings of 13% off the regular price and the first meaningful discount that we’ve seen on this product.

Logitech’s Master MX Wireless Mouse is a follow-up to its popular MX model. The accessory maker touts this mouse as one of the best wireless options on the market. It has an ergonomic design that is made for resting your whole hand on the device and has assignable buttons that can activate mac specific features like Exposé or can be set to launch applications. The Master MX also has a smart speed-adaptive scroll wheel that automatically adjusts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling. It can connect to your Mac or PC via Bluetooth or with Logitech’s Unifying USB dongle.

Rated 3.9/5 stars. We also recently reviewed the portable version of the MX Master and found it to be a great alternative for mobile users.

Windows PC Stories June 30, 2015

Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 2 wireless mouse was met with much fanfare and excitement following its release earlier this month. Power users have long sung the praises of Logitech’s Anywhere and Master MX wireless devices, so the ultra-portable follow-up was a much anticipated release.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent some time with the Anywhere 2, putting it through its paces. Head below for our thoughts and a final verdict on a recommendation for your setup. expand full story

Windows PC Stories June 1, 2015

It feels like a dream come true: LEGO has finally released its own version of Minecraft. That’s right, you are now able to build and customize an entire world with glorious (virtual) plastic bricks. But this isn’t just a carbon-copy of Mojang’s wildly-popular game, it is without a doubt a LEGO game, right down to the customizable avatar. Head below to find out how you can dive into LEGO Worlds… expand full story

Windows PC Stories March 24, 2015

BuyDig offers the Canon MG2520 all-in-one Inkjet Printer + Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 (Mac/Windows) for $49.99 shipped. Note: price is reflected when product is added to cart. The printer alone typically goes for $30+ at retailers such as Amazon, while Photoshop Elements 12 is listed at $78. The original value of this bundle is $170, today’s deal brings significant savings even if you are only interested in the software. Adobe Elements 12 is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows, it is bundled as a disc in this deal.

If you are looking for a quality alternative to Apple’s new Photo app, Photoshop Elements 12 offers all of the same editing tools with some higher end features as well. Elements 12 is a full photo editing solution with built-in organization, image correction tools and other features such as panorama stitching and Adobe Revel for accessing your work while on the go.

The included Canon MG2520 prints in color using a hybrid inkjet system that prints up to eight pages a minute.

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Windows PC Stories February 27, 2015

Mad Catz is adding to its line of popular gaming controllers, but this time its put a focus on Android devices. The L.Y.N.X.Mobile Wireless Controller is a “highly-compact mobile game controller” that can collapse for travel and has a full-range of controls that you’d expect from a full-sized console. 

Head below for full details, pricing and availability.

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Windows PC Stories February 25, 2015

Microsoft announces free Office 365 for students and teachers worldwide, includes at home downloads of software

Good news coming down the pipeline for students and teachers this week: Microsoft has announced that they will be offering a free Office 365 subscription to anyone, worldwide, with an eligible email address. This includes a 1TB OneDrive allotment and free download of Microsoft Office software on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices (iOS, Android and Windows). Previously, this was offered in the United States but has since expanded to the rest of the world.

A personal subscription typically retails for $9.99/month or $99/year, so this has some nice savings potential. This is big news on the iOS side of things, previously a subscription was required to get the full benefits of the app, something that has been much discussed since its initial release.

To check your eligibility (or your child’s), head over to the student account page, likewise for teachers. After entering your school provided email address, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details on finalizing your subscription and download links to grab the software. The main requirement is for your educational institution to have previously purchased Microsoft Office, if you are a user at school then you’ll likely be eligible for this deal.

Not eligible for free Office 365? Qualifying tablets from Best Buy now include a Office 365 subscription or you can grab via this HP Stream deal from Microsoft. Dropbox users still have the opportunity to add quite a bit of OneDrive storage for free.

We’ve also rounded up the best student discounts on electronics, food, games and more.

Windows PC Stories February 9, 2015

expiredCanon Wireless Printer w/ AirPrint + Lightroom 5 or Photoshop/Premiere Elements 12 $88 shipped ($238 value)

BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals offers the Canon MG6620 Wireless All-in-One Printer (white or black) w AirPrint + Adobe Lightroom 5 or Photoshop/Premiere Elements 12 for $87.99 shipped. This package deal is a $238+ value, as this Canon printer goes for $88+ alone at retailers such as Amazon, Lightroom 5 originally retailed for $150 and Photoshop Elements/Premiere 12 was $150. Today’s deal beats our previous post by $5.

This highly-rated AirPrint-enabled Inkjet can print from iOS devices, as well as Android phones with NFC built-in. Additionally, it is capable of scanning, copying and duplex printing, and has memory card slots as well as a 3-inch LCD display.

Adobe Lightroom 5 is a photo management software that organizes and provides the tools to edit your photos. Key features include an advanced healing brush, radial gradient, location-based organization and selective adjustment brushes. Adobe Photoshop Elements offers basic photo management and editing features while Elements is a video editing suite. Both software options for this bundle are available for Mac OS X or Windows PC.

Windows PC Stories February 3, 2015

expiredSamsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

Newegg via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for $99.99 shipped. This is a savings of 33% off the regular price, $50 better than Amazon’s current offering and the lowest that we can currently find it. This hard drive is rated 4.5/5 stars by 42 Amazon customers.

Features of the Samsung D3 Station include 4TB of storage, auto-backup and USB 3.0 connectivity. Additionally, this hard drive is backed by a three-year warranty from Samsung.

Windows PC Stories January 27, 2015

expiredSamsung 2.5-inch EVO Internal SSDs: 840 500GB $180, 850 250GB $120, more

Amazon offers the Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5-inch internal solid state drive for $174.99 shipped, match at Newegg via eBay. This is the lowest price that Amazon has ever sold it for and the lowest that we can currently find it. This product is rated 4.7/5 by nearly 1,500 customers and is the best-selling SSD at Amazon.

Features:

  • Sequential Write: 300/500MB/s – Sequential Read: 550MB/s
  • Incorporate Micron’s new 90 Series 16nm 128GB NAND
  • Performance at all capacities represents a significant improvement over M500
  • Every MX100 includes a download of Acronis True Image 2014 OEM Edition PC backup and recovery

Windows PC Stories January 26, 2015

Nikon D3300 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit (refurb) + Adobe Lightroom 5 $400 shipped ($800 value)

Beach Camera via eBay Daily Deals offers the refurbished Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18-55mm lens kit + Adobe Lightroom (Mac/PC) for $399.99 shipped. This represents a total value of $800 in new condition, as the Nikon D3300 originally went for $650 and Adobe Lightroom 5 retails for $150. This is a match of the lowest price that we could find the D3300 for in refurbished condition, $97 better than Amazon’s listing in new condition, and a tie for the lowest that we’ve seen it go for (a deal that did not include Lightroom 5).

The D3300 features a 24.2 MP sensor and full 1080p HD video recording capabilities, plus a 3-inch LCD display. This deal includes a 18-55mm lens kit, shoulder strap and a rechargeable battery and charger. This highly-rated camera is refurbished by Nikon and comes with a 90-day warranty from Nikon. Additionally, the Nikon D3300 is the #1 best-selling DSLR at Amazon.

Adobe Lightroom 5 for Mac OS X or Windows PC is a full-service suite for organizing, editing and publishing digital photos. Advanced editing tools include healing brushes, gradient adjustments, smart previews and selective adjustment brushes. Adobe Lightroom 5 is rated 4.5/5 stars by 469 Amazon customers.

Windows PC Stories January 23, 2015

Apogee’s new Groove portable amp uses four DACs to match different headphones

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Your personal music collection is one of the most, well personal, things that many of us have in our lives. Everyone has different tastes and likes to listen in their own way. What many consumers do not realize is that they are typically not hearing the music as it was intended. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) before, but today we are seeing a new option that packs everything a DAC offers into a smaller, portable package.

Apogee, makers of recording industry leading microphones, audio interfaces and more, has announced the newest addition to its line of products with the portable USB Groove DAC and headphone amp for Mac and Windows PC. It comes packed with intriguing features and will launch with a special edition model you’ll certainly want to see.

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Windows PC Stories January 19, 2015

expiredLogitech K480 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and iPad/iPhone stand $30 w/ in-store pick up (Reg. $50)

Office Depot/Max offers the Logitech K480 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and iPad/iPhone stand in black for $29.99 with in-store pick up. This is a savings of 40% off the regular price, $20 better than Amazon and the lowest that we’ve seen it go for. Over at Amazon this Bluetooth keyboard is rated 4.3/5 stars by over 200 customers.

With its unique built-in device stand, the K480 provides a home for your iPad and iPhone while also serving as a keyboard for all your Bluetooth devices. Users can utilize the keyboard for multiple devices with the Easy Switch, which changes the keyboard from one device to another allowing for input on all your Bluetooth-enabled gadgets.

Windows PC Stories January 16, 2015

expiredNikon D5200 24MP DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm lens (refurb) + Adobe Lightroom $420 (orig. $1,270 value)

Beach Camera via eBay Daily Deals offers the manufacturer refurbished Nikon D5200 24MP DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm lens + Adobe Lightroom 5 for Mac or PC for $419.99 shipped. This is an original value of over $1,270 in new condition, $227 better than Amazon’s current listing in new condition for the camera and the lowest that we’ve ever seen it go for. This DSLR is currently rated 4.6/5 stars by 351 Amazon customers. Nikon manufacturer refurbished cameras carry a 90-day warranty.

It features a 24.1 megapixel sensor, 3-inch display, and has full 1080p video and HDR photo capabilities.

Digital Photography Review positively noted the Nikon D5200:

The D5200 is a solid performer that, while geared towards beginning DSLR users from an operational standpoint, shares many specifications with more expensive enthusiast offerings. It combines excellent image quality and impressive high ISO performance with an articulated screen and video capabilities that hold appeal for video shooters with a post-production workflow.

Lightroom 5 currently retails for $147 at Amazon and is rated 4.5/5 stars by 456 users. Available for both Mac OS X and Windows, Lightroom 5 is designed to edit and organize your digital photos.

Windows PC Stories January 9, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box: Save up to 65% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software, Mac version $80 (Reg. $200)

As a part of its Gold Box deal of the day, Amazon is taking up to 65% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software for Mac and Windows. The standout deal of the lot is Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 at $79.99 shipped. This software is available as either a digital download or boxed version. This is the lowest that we can currently find it by nearly $50 from a reputable dealer and beats our previous mention by $20.

Although it has received average ratings from users, we found Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 to be a very useful piece of software, dubbing it the “best speech recognition app”. It can accurately transcribe an audio file from a single speaker’s voice via podcast or recording, and features a variety of improvements over the previous version. With Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 you now have full text control when writing e-mails via Gmail, control over your Gmail inbox within Safari and Firefox, as well as better dictation accuracy in Apple Pages.

Additionally, Dragon Home and Premium for Windows are available as a part of this Gold Box sale, starting at $34.99 shipped.

Head below the fold to learn more about Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 or visit their official website.

Windows PC Stories January 6, 2015

expiredWD Black2 Dual Drive 2.5″ 120GB Solid State Drive + 1TB Hard Drive Kit $120 shipped (Reg. $180+)

Newegg offers the WD Black2 Dual Drive (WD1001X06XDTL) 2.5″ 120 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive kit for $149.99. Coupon code ESCAKAS25 brings the final price down to $119.99 shipped. That’s a savings of $60+ off the regular price, $30 better than Amazon and the lowest that we’ve seen it go for.

This dual hard drive combination pairs a SSD with a traditional mechanical hard drive, allowing for data to be stored in either location depending on the needs of the user. Much like a fusion drive from Apple, this setup in theory offers flexibility that other solutions do not. This hard drive includes a five year warranty and a SATA to USB cable. At this time, it appears the drive is only supported on Windows machines.

At Amazon, this storage solution is rated 3.8/5 stars by over 100 users.

Full description from WD below.

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