Pre-order new AMD Ryzen 7 processors

AMD’s new big bet on processors is now available for pre-ordering, the new Ryzen 7 are scheduled to ship in March, with pre-orders accepted today. Don’t forget coupon BIGTHANKS ($8.62 off) good until 2/23/17 at 3am ET.

+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler for $329
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor for $399
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor & Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, Black Bundle for $496
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor for $499
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle for $499
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle for $569
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Processor & ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard Bundle for $669
+ price above is before coupon

PRE-ORDER CYBERTRON PCs with RYZEN 7

Following the processors are of course the computers, a total of sixteen new Cybertron desktops and bundles of different kinds are now available for pre-order at Amazon with prices ranging from $850 to $3300. The release estimate is the same as the processors, March 2nd (2017).

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).

40% off select items at Dell Refurbished with coupon

If you are interested in off-lease refurbished computers, Dell Refurbished (formerly Dell Financial Services)i is offering 40% off select computer items (excludes Clearance items and 7010 Desktops) with free ground shipping when you use coupon code PRESIDENT2017 until Monday 2/20/2017 at 11:59pm central time. You can buy as many eligible items as you like. Dell Refurbished offers a 100-day warranty on most of these (check individual listings as usual to be sure).

23.6″ Acer K242HQL 1920×1080 monitor for $80

Back to the Trending ebay deals, if you need a bang for the buck 1080p computer monitor with connectivity versatility, the NewEgg eBay store is offering the new condition 23.6-inch Acer K242HQL 1920×1080 TN computer monitor for $80 with free shipping with a limit of up to five units per customer. Per the listing there (see also the product description pictures) this has VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, making a good candidate for devices old and new.

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.

Google Chromecast (2nd gen) with 3-mo HBO Now trial for $25 w/FS

To the Trending eBay Deals we return where the official Google eBay store is offering the new condition second generation Google Chromecast (non-4K) for $25 with free shipping and a 3-month free trial to HBO Now. Limit five units per customer, but the HBO trials are not stackable on the same account or same device. The HBO Now trials are good for new subscribers on new devices only.

The second generation model came out in 2015, see fund-raising Wikipedia to untangle the various Chromecast versions. You can now send (okay, “cast” or whatever word du jour Google is using these days) a lot of things using it, so many ways to digitally flick your photography and videography to the nearest (bigger) screen.

Speaking of HBO, if you are part of the Amazon Prime/Instant-Video ecosystem, you can now sign-up for an HBO subscription through Amazon Instant Video. It comes with a 30-day free trial.

New Apple Sales at B&H: Desktop, iMac, Laptops

These are not daily deals, but B&H Photo has launched a new wave of Apple sales:

+ Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016) (4 options, $2400 to $2800) plus $100 B&H gift card and Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color All-in-One printer
+ Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro Late 2016 (14 options, $1400 to $2500; some get B&H gift cards)

+ Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013), two options, $2800 or $3700
+ Apple 21.5″ iMacs (12 options; $1400 to $1419)
+ Apple 27″ iMacs (21 options; $1200 to $7904)

+ Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ & 15.4″ w/ Retina (21 options; $1180 to $2550)
+ Apple 13.3 MacBook Air (5 options; $900 to $1400)
+ Apple 12″ MacBook (12 options; $1200 to $1750)

+ Apple 12.9″ iPad Pro (10 options; $729 to $1097)
+ Apple 9.7″ iPad Pro (6 options; $580 to $880)

(ENDED) Anker PowerCore 10000 for $18 (external power bank)

This offer expired… One of the day-long Gold Box deals of the day is a sale on Anker products headlined by this Anker PowerCore 10000 a 10,000mAh External Battery Bank for $18. This is optimized for “smallness of size”. It includes a microUSB cable and travel pouch. Limit up to 30 per item per customer. Offer ends by 3am ET on Friday.

Wacom Intuos Photo Pen and Touch digital photo editing tablet (Small; CTH490PK) for $81 (limit 5)

The “Small” Wacom Intuos Photo Pen and Touch digital photo editing tablet (model CTH490PK) is currently on sale for $81 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. Limit up to five per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so there’s no ticking clock on the price.

It is the usual “market driven” price which means it can change in the next millisecond or stay like that for the next 50,000 years. Most of the times it’s somewhere in-between 🙂 #ExpertAnalysis

(ENDED) Apple MacBook Pro 13″, Intel i5 2.0GHz, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, W/3 Yr Applecare for $1500

This daily deal expired… The current Adorama daily deal, good until 12pm ET on Friday (or earlier if sold out) is the new condition Apple MacBook Pro 13″, Intel i5 2.0GHz, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, with 3-Year Applecare (Intel Iris, 2560 x 1600, etc) for $1500 with free shipping…

For more action check the Adorama Cyber Week Specials and Clearance and Sales pages…

Prime Benefit: Three New Sample Boxes

And now something fun! If you are an Amazon Prime member, Cyber Monday has more utilitarian benefits for you as well. Amazon launched a new trio of sample boxes. You buy the sample box at the listed price, and a week later you receive a credit in the same amount to spend on a future purchase of similar items (from a predetermined list; the shopping cart will tell you whether an item qualifies). Of camera & photo interest, these can be handy if you are a roar warrior or if you want more supplies at the studio and use as needed.

(ENDED) 40% to 50% off Dell Refurbished Computers (ends Tue 9am CT)

This coupon promotion expired…

Dell Refurbished, aka Dell Financial Services, offering many refurbished computers off-lease and through other sources, is having a Cyber Monday coupon promotion until Tuesday at 9am Central time. Coupon code SAVECYBER50 gets you 50% off Dell laptops or desktops, while coupon code SAVECYBER40 gets you 40% off everything else. I don’t know if Workstations (Desktop or Mobile) qualify for the 50% coupon, but they do qualify for the 40% off for sure since it covers everything in the store. You can buy as many items as you like and you get free S&H.

First Year of Feedly PRO for $45

If you like to read a lot of online content via RSS and want a power user tool, and want to support the independent developers, Feedly PRO is having a Black Friday sale as well, you can get your first year of PRO for $45 instead of $65. After the first year, the annual fee is $65. You can also switch to month-to-month or downgrade to the free tier (losing some of the power user features), or cancel it.

Signing up is easy. Create an account, verify your email, and then it will take you to your Feedly page. From there, you will see a Black Friday offer at the top right corner. Click on that, enter credit card info, and that’s it, $45 later you are upgraded to PRO for one year.

Feedly finally has its own login system, you can sign up using an email address and password like any other website. Or login using 3rd-party services (eg Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc).

PS: I do not know when exactly the Black Friday promotion expires.

PS2: back when I was doing the “news cycle” non-stop camera news style blog, Feedly was an invaluable tool. I don’t think I would be able to do it without something like this. Which is why I am mentioning this in case some of you need a tool like this to keep up with different topics.

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 🙂 Some may point out that Apple had a cylindrical PC, so Samsung was compelled to do so as well 🙂

Monoprice Computer Monitor sale w/coupon

The Monoprice coupon EARLYBF (15% off most items) which ends on Sunday night (11/20/16) includes the following computer monitors (prices mentioned below are after the coupon discount)

+ 24-inch 1080p 144Hz LED Gaming Display for $179

+ 27-inch LED Backlit WQHD (2560×1440) Monitor for $269

+ 28-inch UHD Select Series Matte 4K 60Hz 5ms Monitor for $349

+ 27-inch IPS-ZERO-G Slim Monitor for $279

Speaking of computer-y things, good until 1:15am ET on Sunday you can get this Windows 10 Surface competitor, the Huawei MateBook W19 2-in-1 for $839 (Core m5, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage, 12″ 2160 x 1440; Stylus and Keyboard NOT included)

(ENDED) Dell E2416Hm 24″ Full HD LED Monitor for $100

This daily deal expired… On the utilitarian computer monitor front, the Adorama daily deal good until 11:59am ET on Friday 11/11/16 is the new condition Dell E2416Hm 24″ Full HD LED Monitor offered for $100 with free shipping and handling. This is 1920 x 1080 IPS, with VGA and Display Port inputs.

Speaking of Adorama, good until 11/12/16 they offer the new condition HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 Wireless All-in-One Thermal Inkjet Printer for $100 with free shipping ~ which is nice since printers cannot exactly fit into a flat rate box 🙂

Apple Mac PRO and iMac Closeout Sale (2015, 2014, 2013 models): $400 to $1700 with 60+ options

If you are a fan of Mac PROs (the cylindrical desktops) and iMac (all in ones), Adorama has a while-supplies-last type of a Closeout Sale featuring models from 2015, 2014 and 2013, with prices ranging from $400 to $1700. As of the time of writing, there are 21 cylindrical Mac PROs, and 41 iMacs.

Speaking of Adorama, they refreshed their general clearance page, now with 3170+ items featured. You can filter it using the various options on the left hand side over there, and adjust the volume and style of information presented using the bar in the main content column over there.

(ENDED) Thursday: ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3X Optical) + ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Watch for $300

The day is over and so is this bundle… If you are a fan of real optical zoom lenses on smartphones, the ASUS Zenfone Zoom (3X optical zoom lens; 5.5″, 4GB RAM, unlocked, USA warranty, 64GB storage, microSD, Android 5.0) is bundled with the ASUS ZenWatch 2 Android Wear Smartwatch at NewEgg for $300 with free shipping as one of their Thursday daily deals…

The Zoom ZenFone on its own goes for $250 at Amazon which itself appears to be a sale of sorts since Amazon has a limit of three per customer.

Pre-order brand new MacBook Pro Laptops

In today’s live-streamed announcement, Apple finally revealed their new generation of MacBook Pro laptops, with their brand new “Touch Bar” technology. They are available in 13.3″ and 15.4″ sizes, with prices ranging from $1500 to $2800 and they are available for pre-orders at B&H Photo and MacMall and other authorized Apple dealers.

PS: I forgot about this event, so I wasn’t able to live-tweet it.

(ENDED) 50% off Refurbished Dell Precision Workstations

This 24-hour coupon expired… If you are a fan of Dell’s Precision workstations (desktops and laptops), and refurbished computers, for 24 hours only, the Dell Refurbished Store is offering 50% off any Dell Precision Laptop or Desktop Workstation with coupon code PRECISION50 and free shipping. The promotion runs from 10/25/2016 at 9am Central until 10/26/2016 at 9am Central.

Heads Up: Duracell Rewards offer returns 10/23

If you are a fan of single-use batteries, the Duracell brand, and the Office Depot / Office Max Rewards program, we have good news for you! The 1c Duracell Rewards promotion returns for the week of October 23-29 in 2016 at their stores. The offer may also be available online but we’ll know that for certain on Sunday when their Rewards page is updated.

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(SOLD OUT) Hasselblad True Zoom Camera for Moto Z and Z Play drops to $200 [or FREE purchased with Moto Z phone for $700]

As of 10/11/16 AM re-check, this is sold out and cannot be ordered for $200. This often happens temporarily when Amazon runs out and pulls their own listing until a later time… Other 3rd-party sellers have it for $250+ but they are not eligible for the promotion…

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Pre-order new Pixel Phones [updated with more options]

Google generated some waves in multiple dimensions with today’s Google-centric Made-by-Google announcement (raw video stream which I was live-tweeting at high speed). One of those waves was a new flagship “made by HTC for Google” Pixel phone duo. Already this phone got reviewed by DxoMark which gave it the highest camera score ever for a smartphone camera.

The said phones are now available for pre-orders. If you prefer to go through a carrier, it is available through Verizon Wireless only which is running a trade-in credit promotion.

If you prefer an unlocked no-contracts no-obligations phone or to prefer the other carriers, you can purchase it from the Google Store (not to be confused with the Google Play Store) or through Project Fi. Yes, it is Project Fi compatible! They offer financing as well (through Symphony Bank) and for a limited time, you can get a free Daydream View VR headset for FREE ($79 value).

Prices are flagship prices here, the 5-inch model goes for $650 (32GB storage) while the 5.5-inch model goes for $770 (32GB). If you prefer the 128GB model is an extra $100 for each model. If you are used to Nexus pricing, it’s a bit of a sticker shock 🙂

UPDATE: Best Buy is offering pre-orders for the Verizon Wireless versions with a free $100 Best Buy Gift Card and a free Chromecast.

UPDATE #2: if you purchase the Unlocked Pixels, you can activate them with Republic Wireless using their budget-friendly BYOD plans (if you don’t need a lot of cellular data).