$150 Gift Card and Gear VR Controller with Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ pre-orders

Sam’s Club is offering two freebies when you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. You have to follow the steps and the deadlines and requirements of each promotion. Freebie #1 is “Gear VR with Controller” to be sent to you later on by mail. You have to submit your information after purchase at the Samsung promotions website, and then they will mail you the Gear VR. Freebie #2 is a $150 Sam’s Club gift card. To redeem this, you must pick-up and activate your phone at a Sam’s Club store between April 21-30 in 2017. Activations are free April 21-23. Check their website for more details.

34-inch Samsung SE790 Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor for $600

While surfing around eBay, trendy at the Trending eBay Deals, the BuyDig ebay store is back with the new condition 34-inch Samsung SE790 Curved Ultra Wide WQHD display offered for $600 with free shipping. Limit five per customer. This has 3440 x 1440 resolution, and various connection options (zoom in on gallery picture #4 to see them).

Samsung 360 Gear VR camera for $190

On the VRography front (okay, VR cameras), the new condition Samsung 360 Gear VR camera is on sale for $190 with free shipping and free returns at Groupon Goods. The sale ends 2/24/17. This ships in two business days. Groupon is trying to improve their shipping speeds, which is a must in the era of Prime and Doordash and Google Express πŸ™‚

Refurbished Samsung S29E790C Ultra Wide Curved WFHD LED backlit Monitor for $310

If you are a bit of an adventurous shopper, and your world view is wide and slightly curved, there is currently the certified refurbished 29-inch Ultra Wide Curved Samsung S29E790C WFHD LED-backlit Monitor is offered for $310 with free shipping by Woot with the order fulfilled by Amazon. It only has three customer reviews, one is happy, one is happy but the first one was a dead-on-arrival, and the third got the wrong power cord. So there is some risk here. If you are risk averse and start fuming at the thought of having to return/exchange something, you may want to skip it.

The monitor has 2560 x 1080 resolution (21:9), Picture in Picture, HDMI, DisplayPort, VESA, etc. Gallery picture #6 shows the connections on the back but it’s a small picture. Zooming in, it looks like there are three, maybe the two are the HDMI (I’m only guessing).

Samsung Gear 360 VR camera for $226

The new condition USA warranty version of the Samsung Gear 360 VR camera is currently on sale for $226 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to three units per customer. This price is for Prime-members only at this point in time.

PS: I turned in-browser spell-checking back on again, so random misspellings should be cut down. I turned it off because the browser spell-checking can get jumpy spell-checking the long lightning deals posts (which are full of non-words, such as “href”). On the other hand, the two keyboard approach (mechanical in front for most of the text typing; and the previously mentioned Logitech G105 for macros, keypad, and night light) appears to have significantly improved the typing/writing aspects of doing this πŸ™‚ The danger of this is falling into the mechanical keyboard addiction ~ I suppose I could start a mechanical keyboard blog if that happens πŸ™‚

PS: all fixed-lens cameras that are not camera-cameras are now under the Other Cameras category (action cameras, smartphones, VR cameras, 360 cameras, drones, etc).

Pre-order new Samsung Chromebook Plus for $450

If you live at the intersection of ChromeOS, Google Play and like to use a digitizer pen for your photography (and other hand-input) needs, Samsung’s new “ChromeDroid” Chromebooks have been unleashed at CES 2017, and right now you can pre-order the Samsung Chromebook Plus (model XE513C24-K01US) for $450 at Amazon by Amazon itself. The release estimate is mid-February 2017.

This has some pretty good specs (considering it is not running Windows), 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 resolution, 4GB RAM, 360-degree hinge, digitizer pen included, two USB-C ports, microSD slot, and such. I would have liked to see more RAM and full SD and USB slots but I suppose there’s only so many things they can stuff in a thinner device and a $450 price.

The $450 model is using an ARM processor. The “Pro” model will use an Intel Core m3 processor but details on that will come in the future.

Starts Thursday 3am ET: 128GB Samsung EVO microSDXC for $24.88

In a rare Amazon Gold Box teaser that shows the actual sale price before it goes live, it reveals that starting at 3am ET on Thursday, the 128GB Samsung 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (model MB-ME128DA/AM) will be on sale for $24.88 instead of its current price of $40. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $49+ order. I do not know how long it will last after it goes live. Timezone in the teaser below is pacific time:


UPDATE: Speaking of microSDXC cards, the 64GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA) is on sale for $15 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of one per customer.

Speaking of Samsung, their 64GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ43-064G-GAM46) is on sale for $13, while the 32GB goes for $8. The usual Amazon free shipping terms apply (Prime or $49+). These are the tiny flash drives, great for laptops or PCs or media players and streaming boxes.

In-Stock Alert: Samsung’s Dalek ArtPC Pulse Desktop computers

It’s the attack of the Samsung Daleks! Their brand new cylindrical PCs that are also omni-directional speakers are now in-stock and ready to ship at Amazon by Amazon itself. There are two preset configurations, the i5 model (8GB, 256GB SSD, Radeon RX460) goes for $1200, while the i7 model (16GB, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Radeon RX460) goes for $1600. From a distance, the various input ports on the side look like a built-in remote control πŸ™‚ Some may point out that Apple had a cylindrical PC, so Samsung was compelled to do so as well πŸ™‚

128GB Samsung BAR USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $30

If you like your USB flash drives to have metal casing and a keyring (because Samsung), the 128GB Samsung BAR USB 3.0 Flash Drive, model MUF-128BA/AM, is on sale for $30 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit three per customer; usual S&H terms) and Beach Camera on eBay (no limits) and NewEgg Business (no limits)… The 64GB goes for $18…

On the other hand, if you prefer the really small USB flash drives that you can attach to a laptop or other devices and they won’t stick out like a sore thumb, the 128GB Samsung Fit USB 3.0 Flash drive (model MUF-128BB/AM) is on sale for $28.50 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit three) and Adorama and B&H Photo and NewEgg.

128GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit for $36.50

Sometimes Samsung forgets to turn off the copy machine during product design that they end up copying the name too. Case in point, Sandisk calls their tiny USB flash drives Ultra Fit, so Samsung felt compelled to calls their “Fit” too πŸ™‚

Joking aside, there is a sale, the 128GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit, model MUF-128BB/AM, with Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proofness and a 5-year warranty is on sale for $36.50 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer (usual shipping terms), along with NewEgg (limit 20; free S&H) and if they run out, it goes for $29 with free shipping at Adorama.

These can be really handy when you don’t want the flash drives to protrude, eg laptops, front of desktops, media players, phone/tablet USB-OTG connections, etc. On the other hand, these are easier to lose because of their size πŸ™‚

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (GC200; 21x optical; Android) for $295

To the galaxy of eBay Deals we return, where the legendary Legend Micro store (I can’t help all these bad puns) is offering the manufacturer refurbished Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (GC200) Android camera with 21x optical zoom for $295 with free shipping and a 90 day warranty.

1TB Samsung Portable SSD T3 portable USB 3.1 External HDD with $100 Promo eGift Card for $400

On the high speed storage front, Dell Home is offering the 1TB Samsung Portable SSD T3 portable USB 3.1 Gen1 external hard drive for $400 alogn with a $100 Dell promotional eGift Card automatically added to your shopping cart when you add the SSD to your cart. No coupon is needed. The eGift Card magically appears in your shopping cart while this promotion is running. The promo egift card will be emailed to you 10-20 days after your order ships and must be used up within 90 days after receipt. That’s why it’s a promotional gift card versus a conventional gift card. Offer ends 7/4/2016 6:59am Dell time or earlier if sold out.

In comparison, this goes for $370 at Amazon by Amazon itself but without a promotional gift card.

Storage Round-Up: 4TB for $105, 32GB Flash Drive for $5.50, new Green Samsung microSDXCs, Etc

In this post we round up some storage-related offers, all in one post to keep things relatively organized. Here we go:

+ 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive for $105 with free shipping by NewEgg’s eBay store (limit 5)

+ PNY Metal AttachΓ© 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $5.50 (limit 5; Temporarily Out Of Stock) by Amazon itself

+ … and now to the other end of the performance spectrum…
+ 128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO CZ88 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (model SDCZ88-128G-G46) for $56~ by Amazon itself

+ 120GB Silicon Power S55 2.5″ 7mm SATA III Internal SSD (model SP120GBSS3S55S25) for $32 (not a Lightning Deal)

+ new Green Samsung microSD cards with full size adapters, limit 3 per size
+ 32GB for $10, 64GB for $20, 128GB for $40
+ this is a brand new release

+ Google Chromecast (latest model) for $30 with free shipping with a limit of five by Google’s eBay store ~ YES, they opened an eBay store!

64GB Samsung PRO+ UHS-I U3 SDXC for $40 w/free S&H [or 32GB for $25 w/free S&H]

B&H Photo has a Samsung Memory Card sale featuring 13 items. Of mainstream digital camera interest, the 64GB PRO+ UHS-I U3 SDXC goes for $40, while the 32GB goes for $25. Free shipping for these two cards. They have a variety of microSD cards on sale as well going from 16GB to 128GB. The SD cards are in the third row over there. Offer ends 6/4/16.

64GB Samsung or Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit for $18 each [updated]

If you are looking for tiny USB 3.0 flash drives, the 64GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit, model MUF-64BB/AM, is currently on sale for $18 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of 30 per customer. This is not a lightning. These are small enough they can be handy for laptops without increasing the “air space” a laptop occupies. They are the usual “proof” (Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof) with a five year warranty. Currently the 64GB version “defeats” the other two options in its own line.

UPDATE: it looks like we have an inter-company price-match because the 64GB version of Sandisk’s own line-up is also on sale for $18. In-fact Sandisk has two options, the Newest Version and the Previous Version.

64GB Samsung EVO element-proof microSDXC w/adapter for $18 (limit 3)

If you have some of the newer smaller cameras that take microSD cards or use other non-camera cameras (smartphones, action cams, etc), and like the idea of element-proofness in memory cards (Water proof, Temperature Proof, X-Ray proof, Magnetic proof), the 64GB Samsung EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC Card with full size SD Adapter (up to 48/MB/s, model MB-MP64DA/AM) is on sale again for $18~ with a limit of three per customer at Amazon by Amazon itself. A marketplace seller (fulfilled by Amazon) has it for $0.55 less for the more adventurous shoppers. This currently “defeats” all the other options in its own line-up (16GB to 128GB). Note that the prices of this change very often, probably a combination of market-driven price-changes, price-matches, and things like that.

Free shipping if you are a Prime member, or with a order of $49+. Or if your order contains $25+ in books. More details on Amazon’s new free super saver shipping terms.

UPDATE: while we are talking microSDXC cards, the 128GB PNY microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1, model P-SDUX128U160G-GE, is on sale for $35 at B&H Photo (no limits) and Amazon itself (limit 3). Neither has unconditional free shipping. B&H has free shipping with a $49+ order, Amazon with a $49+ order (or if you have $25+ in Books OR if you are a Prime member). Maybe I need to create a free shipping flowchart graphic πŸ™‚ [actually this sounds like a good idea!]

Pre-order new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Since we are in the pre-order spirit, here’s the new flagship duo of the Samsung line-up, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, now with bigger pixels, fewer megapixels, wider aperture, the return of the microSD card, IPX 68 water resistant, and more advanced auto focusing. It is now available for pre-order:

+ T-Mobile offers include 1-year of Netflix

+ Verizon Wireless offers

+ Sprint offers with various transfer offers and “Buy One Get One Half Off”

+ AT&T Offers include a cross-promotion for Direct TV customers for unlimited data

+ Samsung is running a pre-order promotion when you buy from authorized dealers (such as the above) that gets you a VR kit and in-game currency.
+ summary of the terms and conditions

If you prefer unlocked with no contract, there are no prices or pre-order options yet but the new phones have product pages ready at B&H Photo which is always a good sign.

Amazon doesn’t have the phones yet, but there have dozens upon dozens of S7 and S7 Edge phone cases available.

As usual, if you are buying through a carrier with a contract or an installment plan or frequent-upgrade plans, be sure to check the terms and conditions and restrictions and fees and such.

Lowepro Transit Sling 150 AW for $35 w/free S&H

Bag action now, the Lowepro Transit Sling 150 AW (Slate Grey) is on sale for a limited time for $35 with free shipping and handling at B&H Photo… While there, you can find the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 Anti-Theft Camera Shoulder Bag (Black) on sale for $79 with free expedited shipping… And for Samsung NX20/NX1000 camera owners, the official Samsung Semi-Hard Case, model ED-PCC9N20B, is on sale for $9. Free shipping IF your order total is $49 or more…

UPDATE: Speaking of Lowepro, the Lowepro Scope Travel 200 AW, Dark Olive is on sale for $30 with free shipping at Adorama.

Samsung NX1 with 16-50mm f2-2.8 S OIS & Battery Grip & Extra Battery & Audio Technica Camera-Mount Mic for $2200

The Samsung NX system did not hitch a meteoric ride on the popularity of the Galaxy phones, but on the other hand, it’s still around, which may have been the “tide lifts all boats” impact of the Galaxy phones. Regardless, the current Samsung NX1 body only goes for $1100 at authorized dealers with some offering 4% promotional rewards ($44~) such as B&H Photo and others while retaining the same $1100 price offer a free Audio-Technica AT8024 mic (Adorama; the mic goes for $250 on its own).

On the other hand, if one is looking for a “serious kit”, the NX1 is bundled with the 16-50mm f2-2.8 S ED OIS lens for $2200 with 4% promotional rewards ($88~) at B&H Photo.

But if you want a better bang for the buck power-user deal, at Adorama you still pay $2200 for the NX1 with 16-50mm f2-2.8 S OIS but instead of the 4% promotional rewards, you get the Samsung ED-VGNX01 Vertical Battery Grip, an additional Samsung battery, and the Audio-Technica AT8024 camera-mount mic. So that’s three additional items instead of $88~ to be used in future purchases.

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy 2 Android Compact-Zoom (21x) for $179

eBay is running a curated refurbished Camera Sale (55 options) and among the offers there is the manufacturer refurbished with a 90 day warranty Samsung Galaxy 2 Android Camera, model EK-GC200ZWAXAR, with a 21x optical zoom, offered for $179 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer by eBay seller “Northwest Outdoor” (98.8%).

PS: if you want to research it, you may want to google a combination of its name and model number, because Galaxy is mostly associated with their blockbuster smartphones.

Buy 120GB Samsung 850 SSD ($70 to $73), Get FREE Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate download

If you are looking for a 120GB SSD and you happen to be a gamer as well, Adorama has a special promotion for two 120GB Samsung 850 EVO Internal SSD drives. Buy one, and get the “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” game as a download. The download code is redeemable through UPlay. The game is not physically included with the Samsung SSD. The following SSDs are eligible, with free shipping:

+ 120GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $70
+ 120GB Samsung 850 Evo Series MZ-M5E120BW mSATA Internal Solid State Drive for $73

64GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo for $23 (both microUSB and full USB connectors)

If you are looking for a more versatile USB flash drive that you can use both with your full-size USB port devices and also your micro-USB port devices, the 64GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo (MUF-64CB/AM) is on sale for $23 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of 30 per customer. One side is a micro-USB connector, the other side is a full size USB connector. The storage is in the middle. It has the usual “proofness” Samsung loves to have in its storage products: Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof with a 5-year warranty

PS: on the micro-USB end, make sure your phone/tablet/device supports USB Host (OTG) both in hardware and in software if you are buying it to be used with a particular phone/tablet/device.

64GB Samsung EVO+ SDXC for $19+ (32GB for $11+)

Samsung has yet another memory card line, the EVO+. These are element-proof just like the EVO line, but prioritize Read Speed (up to 80MB/s) over Write speed (up to 20MB/sec). On the other hand, the EVO cards can go up to 48MB/sec (Read or Write). The sale prices depend on how many you want to buy.

On the 64GB front, if you only want one, you can get it for $22 with free shipping at B&H Photo. If you want exactly two, you can get them for $20 with free shipping at Adorama, or if you want three or more, you can get them for $19 each with free S&H at Adorama.

On the 32GB front, if you only want one, you can get it for $12 with free shipping by Adorama on Amazon and B&H Photo. If you buy three or more, you can get them for $11 with free shipping at Adorama.

The Volume Discounts at Adorama are automatically applied based on the quantity in your shopping cart. If you are not familiar with the Adorama website, this is how you can tell if an item is eligible for Volume Discounts (annotated screenshot crop right below):


If you are not interested in the red EVO+, the orange EVOs are on similar prices, but without the volume discounts: the 32GB for $12, and the 64GB for $23.

B&H Android Sale: Panasonic CM1 for $450, Nexus 5x with $20 GC for $330, and more

Meanwhile, the theme of the latest B&H Days of Deals group sale is a Smartphone Sale featuring various phones and accessories, including the Panasonic CM1 Android-Camera with 1″ sensor for $450, the Nexus 5X bundled with a $20 B&H Gift Card Card for $330 (16GB) or $380 (32GB), along with models from Samsung (eg 32GB Galaxy S6 for $480), ASUS, LG, Sony, Blu, ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei. The sale also includes accessories such as olloClip add-on lens bundles and cameraphone-holders.

128GB Samsung and PNY microSDXC cards for $40 ea

And now we resume our countdown to the madness, posting deals here, while in parallel updating the Black Friday Ads breakdown. We start with a few 128GB microSD memory card sales, of interest for phones, tablets, and some of the newer smaller digital cameras and action cameras that take microSD instead of full-size SD. The Samsungs come with a full-size SD adapter. Both PNY and Samsung are of the element-proof variety.

+ 128GB Samsung EVO microSDXC for $40 (limit 3)
+ 128GB PNY microSDXC for $40
+ 64GB Samsung EVO Class 10 MicroSDXC for $17 (limit 3)
+ 128GB Corsair USB 3.0 Slider Flash drive for $38 (limit 5) or 64GB for $20 (limit 3)

UPDATE: oops, I forgot to add this one to the list, the 200GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC is on sale for $100 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 5) and also at Adorama. It comes with a full SD adapter. Interesting that they went from 128GB to 200GB instead of 256GB.

Samsung PRO, PRO+, EVO, EVO+ microSD and SD memory sale

A total of 25 Samsung SD and microSD memory cards in the PRO* and EVO* designations are on sale at Adorama with storage capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. Samsung is color-coding their different kinds, so you get black (PRO+) and grey (PRO) and orange (EVO) and red (EVO+). Shockingly none of them are named Galaxy (yet) πŸ™‚ Offer ends 12/5/15 or earlier for any that sell out.

Samsung NX1 with 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS and Audio Technica Microphone for $1400

For a limited time only, Adorama has a Samsung NX1 bundle that includes the Samsung NX1 with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 Power Zoom OIS lens and the Audio-Technica AT8024 Stereo/Mono Camera-Mount Microphone, all together for $1400. It is temporarily on backorder but you can place an order if you like the price/combo… The Mic on its own goes for $250, so if you don’t need it, you should be able to trade/sell it for triple figures.

Canon 5D Mark III body only + 40-inch Samsung UN40EH5000 HDTV for $2500

The Canon 5D Mark III body only DSLR goes for $2500 at authorized dealers (as seen in this week’s 35mmFF Price Charts). For the same price, Adorama has bundled the 5D Mark III body only with a 40-inch Samsung HDTV for the same price of $2500. No coupons, no rebates… The TV is the UN40EH5000 which goes for $280 on its own…

This offer is also good for the 5D Mark III with 24-105 + 40″ HDTV for $3100.

5TB Samsung D3 Station USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive for $110

Off to the eBay Deals again, this time we have a store-your-megapixels offer, NewEgg’s eBay store is offering the new condition 5TB Samsung D3 Station USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive, model STSHX-D501TDB, for $110 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer. Over 2600 units got sold so far from this particular listing.

Speaking of storage, Amazon itself is offering the 1TB Seagate Desktop Internal HDD (SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive, model ST1000DM003) for $42.50 with free shipping with a limit of two per customer. Of this line-up, the 3TB currently has the bang for the buck, but if you only need 1TB…

Speaking of storage, don’t forget one of the Tuesday daily deals at Amazon is a sale on Sony SD*, microSD* and USB flash drives.

UPDATE: one more storage item, the Seagate 8TB (4 x 2TB) STBP8000100 4-Bay NAS Server is on sale for $500 with free shipping at B&H Photo.

Samsung NX30 w/18-55 (with LR5 included) for $400

B&H Photo is celebrating the 1-Year Anniversary of their Deal Zone and celebrate this, they have a 2-day sale on 58 different products, including the new condition black Samsung NX30 with 18-55 f3.5-5.6 OIS for $400 with free expedited shipping… One of the standard items included by Samsung with this is Lightroom 5… These sales end by the end of day on Tuesday 11/10/15…

64GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo for $23

Samsung is back with yet another new product, this time they are dipping into the world of two-input USB 3.0 flash drives. One side is full-size USB, the other side is micro-USB, so you can use the same storage in computers and phones/tablets alike. A quick way to transfer files if you don’t want to setup over-the-air connections between your devices. The phone/tablets must needs support USB OTG (OTG = On The Go, USB Host). This requires both the necessary hardware and the necessary support from the phone’s software/firmware. Check the interwebs if you are not certain whether your phone can support this.

To cut a long story short, this 64GB Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo, model MUF-64CB/AM, is on sale for $23 at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of 20 per customer. The usual free shipping terms apply (free for Prime or with $35+ order). This is so new, it has no customer reviews yet. As with many Samsung flash storage products, it is marked as Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof with a 5-year warranty.

PS: I haven’t used this one, so I don’t know if it’s possible to connect both devices at the same time. I previously used one from another company (I can’t find it right now to test this), but I think you have to connect the devices one at a time, but I could be wrong.