Friday is here and with it we have two new coupons at Dell Refurbished, their website that sells off-lease Dell computers. Free ground shipping. The coupon EXCLUDED clearance items. Offer ends Monday 6/26/17 at 11:59pm central time.
50% off any Dell Laptop or Desktop priced $399 or more with Coupon Code DELL50$399UP
35% off any item priced $398 or lesswith Coupon Code: DELL35$398DOWN
If you appreciate lightweight SSD-only yet powerful enough Ultrabooks, hide your wallet because the new ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe laptop, with the more boring name of UX490UA-XS74-BL, and the wallet-crying price of $1699 is now in-stock and ready to ship at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit one) and at Adorama.
You get 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14″ 1080p Corning Glass 5 screen, Kaby lake Intel Core i7-7500U Processor 2.7 GHz (Turbo to 3.5 GHz), Windows 10 PRO, fingerprint sensor, 2.4 lbs, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports (supports dual 4K displays), LiPo battery, etc.
Or you can buy ten Chromebooks and use them in parallel, just make sure the Cylons don’t break into your Ten-Chromebook Network! 🙂
Since we mentioned Apple Macbooks earlier on, the fairness doctrine dictates that we must needs also mention Windows, so to Adorama we head to where one of the hot Dell laptops is on sale, the Dell XPS 13.3″ Quad HD+ InfinityEdge Touch Notebook goes for $1099 with free shipping for a limited time. This is model XPS9360-4841SLV with the Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3″ UltraSharp QHD+ resolution (3200×1800), SD card reader, Win 10 Home, etc.
This is among the many current Adorama specials.
This is not a coupon promotion but an old fashioned sale. Good until 6/26/2017, 11:59 PM CST, Dell Refurbished (Dell’s business unit that focuses on reselling off-lease computers) is having a sale on Dell Latitude E5430 Laptops with prices starting at $179, and many under $229. The price you see is the price you pay and they are not eligible for additional coupon discounts. Free ground US shipping.
If you are not tempted by the upcoming iMac PRO, and you instead prefer the cylindrical UFO Nac PRO desktops, B&H Photo has the Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013) on sale for a limited time for $1999 with free expedited shipping. This is model ME253LL/A with 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core and 12GB RAM and 256GB PCIe and Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (2 x 2GB) and Six Thunderbolt 2 Ports, and support for up to three 4K displays, and more…
For more action, check the B&H Photo Featured Sales…
One of the deals created by the Monoprice Monday-only 20% off coupon BIG20 is that you can get the new condition
Monoprice 28-inch UHD Premium Series Matte 4K 60Hz 5ms Monitor for $280 with free standard USA shipping. The price before the coupon is $350.
It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 14 customer reviews, and it has 22 questions with 37 answers. Keep in mind the Q&A is peer-driven, so the answers are only as good as the answerers (it should be a new word by now!).
Specs include 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz (UHD), 300cd/m2, Adobe RGB, 5ms Tr+Tf (response time), Antiglare matte, 170° left/right, 160° up/down, various connectors (VGA, dual-link DVI-D, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI), VESA, etc. A 22-page PDF user manual is available over there if you want to read through it to get a better feel for it. This is a direct link to PDF (opens PDF file).
Monoprice is expanding into various other product categories. It’s not just cables anymore. This is a practical kit BUT of photography interest, there are enough pieces you could actually dedicate it as a photography prop (and never use it, so it looks nice and shiny). It is the Pure Outdoor Coffee and Tea Set for $20 with free standard US Shipping when you use Promo Code BIG20 on 6/19/17. Price before coupon is $25.
A carrying case with padded inserts is included, which you can repurpose for camera accessories 🙂
On the technology front, the black color scheme of the Google WiFi Router is on sale for $100 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself. This is not a lightning deal. The shipping estimate is June 24 (2017).
Speaking of Amazon and tech, they are offering the 27-inch Acer H277HU kmipuz IPS monitor for $300 with free shipping with a 1-4 weeks shipping estimate. It has WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution, HDMI, USB-C, DP, 2x3W speakers and more.
The modular LG G5 was not greeted as a liberator by the smartphone reviewer industrial complex, but of photography interest, this has a dedicated camera controls add-on module, and said module, the LG CAM Plus, is included for FREE with the LG G5 which in itself is on sale for $288 with free expedited shipping in the Titan color scheme, unlocked with US warranty, with no contractual/carrier obligations at B&H Photo. The other colors go for more and do not include the LG CAM Plus module.
Amazon itself also has it for $288 (limit three per customer) but does NOT include the LG CAM Plus for free.
Yesterday we mentioned a Chromebook, so the Fairness Doctrine requires that we must mention a Windows device within 24 hours. Which is convenient because today the brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop (actual laptop with screen glued to the keyboard) has began shipping at various authorized dealers including the official Microsoft Online Store and B&H Photo and various at Amazon.
Some options may not be available in-stock at every retailer. Prices start at $999 (i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB, HD 620), then go to $1299 (i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB, HD 620), then $1599 (i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB, HD 640), and $2199 (i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB, HD 640). The Platinum color has all four configurations. The other three colors are only the i5/256. A cellular model is coming later in the year.
NOTE: this comes with “Windows 10 S” out of the box, but you have until December 31 in 2017 for a FREE upgrade to “Windows 10 PRO”. This is officially mentioned in the Surface Laptop specs [under the “Software” box]. Once you go Windows 10 PRO however, you cannot switch back to Windows 10 S.
NOTE #2: No official Surface accessories are included, so if you want to use it with the Surface Pen, Dock, Dial, Mouse, you have to use your own or purchase them too.
The official Samsung eBay store (yes, almost everyone is on eBay these days), is offering the factory unlocked new condition Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Plus; the larger model), model SM-G955U, in the Midnight Black color scheme, with 64GB on-board storage, for $700 with free shipping and a Samsung USA warranty. Limit up to five per customer.
You own the phone and you can use it on any carrier, it is one of only a few smartphones that are what I call “uber carrier”, they work with all four major USA carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and their various MVNOs. There are many benefits to getting an unlocked no-contract phone, but historically Samsung has not been giving their previous unlocked flagship phones OS updates as fast as they did the carrier-branded ones. There’s only one unlocked color at the moment.
On the other hand, if you want an “uber carrier” phone without breaking the bank, B&H Photo comes to the rescue! They offer the Motorola Moto G (4th Generation) for $160 in the 2GB RAM / 16 GB storage) option, or for $200 you can get a better value/performance combo with the 4GB / 64 GB storage. RAM being the more important factor as you have a lot more flexibility in terms of multi-tasking and using big apps.
If you want to be a Playstation VR-o-game-ographer, the PlayStation VR is bundled with the Playstation 4 Camera, all together for $400 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three bundles per customer. This is not a lightning deal. The PS4 Camera goes for $40+ on its own.
Dell Refurbished has a new round of coupons on off-lease Dell computers that are sold through the Dell Refurbished website. Free ground shipping with these. Clearance items are excluded from the coupon discount.
+ 50% off any Dell Laptop or Desktop priced $500 & up using Coupon Code: SAVE50DELL
+ 40% off any Dell Laptop or Desktop priced $400 to $499 using Coupon Code: SAVE40DELL
+ 30% off any Dell Laptop or Desktop priced $300 to $399 using Coupon Code: SAVE30DELL
If you are interested in getting a MacBook, you are in luck, B&H Photo is currently running a MacBook Sale featuring 102 different options. Prices ranges from $899 to $3999. No coupons needed.
For more action, check their OPTIC 2017 sales (ending soon) and their latest Featured Sales..
Running until 6/12/2017 at 11:59 PM CST, coupon code SAVE40R620 gets you 40% off any Dell PowerEdge R620 Server with free ground shipping at the Dell Refurbished website. This is site specializes in reselling off-lease Dell computers. Their former name was “Dell Financial Services” ~ which they still use interchangeably as you can see on their website 🙂
Today’s 2.5 hour Apple Keynote at the 2017 World Wide Developer’s Conference ended but you can watch/rewatch it (and even watch it along with my live-trolling live-tweeting). One of the new things it brought us was a new 10.5 inch iPad PRO with faster everything, Pencil compatibility, iOS 11, dedicated tablet features, proper File Manager app, more multi-tasking, etc. Prices start at $650 for the new 10.5″ model.
But if you are of the Android persuasion, they have a discount to counter, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (with the S-Pen included as standard) is bundled the Samsung Keyboard Cover, all together for $562 by Amazon itself.
The following Dell Refurbished coupons (Dell’s service that specializes on off-lease computer gear) are good until June 30 (2017) as follows:
+ 40% off any Dell OptiPlex 9010 Desktop with coupon code JUNEDEAL4
+ 40% off any Dell Latitude E6330 Laptop with Coupon Code JUNEDEAL3
+ 35% off any Dell Latitude E7440 Laptop with Coupon Code JUNEDEAL2
+ Clearance items are excluded
+ free ground shipping
If you are a boldly going early adopter, the Samsung Chromebook PRO is orderable again for $550 at Amazon by Amazon itself. It had returned a few days ago but then quickly became un-orderable again. But as of the time of writing, this is orderable again in the all-encompassing “temporarily out of stock” status.
The difference between this and the $436 PLUS model is that the PRO has an Intel processor versus ARM of the PLUS.
More details on what caused the delays and their plans for the future of the ChromeOS + Android marriage can be found in this Google I/O 2017 Verge post. It turns out the delays were a mix of software and hardware:
“The Chromebook Pro hardware itself needed to be redesigned. Issues with the thermals and antennas meant some things had to get shifted around. Google itself handles the software stack, so it needed to tweak that software as Samsung tweaked the hardware.”
Of photography interest is the combination of the S-Pen (for retouching and such), touchscreen, combination of Android and ChromeOS apps and options, a 3:2 QHD screen (if you prefer to work in this aspect ratio), and such.
Note however that it may take a few weeks/months before everything gels as Android apps are in Beta. On the plus side, it is on a six week update cycle, so fixes will definitely come faster than they do with Android phones.
If I wasn’t a poor blogger I would scoop this up 🙂 Please feel free to send me one 🙂
A new 5-day weekend coupon has been launched, Coupon Code PROUD40DELL gets you 40% off any item (excluding clearance) at Dell Refurbished (Dell’s website that resells off-lease computers). Free ground shipping. Unlimited items on order. Offer expires on Tuesday 5/30/2017 at 11:59pm central.
With so many power hungry devices these days, multiple portable power banks/chargers can be handy. If you don’t need a device that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, you can get a better bang for the buck, partly because of the additional technology, partly because Qualcomm is very licensing-hungry.
Which brings us to the RAVPower 12000 mAh Dual 2.4A Output offered for $16 with coupon code 12000AMZ. The coupon is good for one unit. Additional units are $17.59 each. For additional combined purchase discounts, check under the “Special offers and product promotions” section on the product page.
Microsoft’s Panay said no new Surfaces a few weeks ago during the Microsoft Educational event, but that was then, this is now! Microsoft is taking a page of the iPad marketing book, and is releasing a new Surface tablet that simply has the name “Surface PRO”, not Surface 5 PRO. So it will probably become the “Surface PRO (2017)” model. Details and specs organized nicely at Techmeme.
The new Surface PRO is now available for pre-order at the official Microsoft store with prices starting at $800 and topping out at $2700. RAM options range from 4GB to 16GB, on-board storage ranges from 128GB to 1TB, processors range from m3 to i7. However, not all combinations are available, there are six pre-configurated models at the moment.
These will begin shipping in June 15 (2017). They are eligible for the 10% Academic discounts for people who qualify per Microsoft’s terms (there’s a link there to find out if you qualify ~ requires login).
If you are a fan of Cellular 4G LTE on your Surface devices, there is some hope! 4G LTE models are coming in the future. Dates and prices will be revealed in the future. Patience is a 2G virtue for this 4G LTE device 🙂
NOTE: the Surface PEN is NOT included with this new model (the 2017 model, aka the 5th generation).
For a limited time, B&H Photo is offering the new condition factory-unlocked black color scheme of the ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML for $180 with free expedited shipping and a free 10050 mAh ASUS portable power bank. This has a 3x optical zoom (4-11mm f/2.7-4.8), GSM compatibility, 32GB on-board storage, 5.5″ 1080p LCD, etc… For more action, check their Featured Sales…
The Duracell Batteries Penny (+ Sales Tax) After Rewards promotion is back at Office Depot and Office Max stores. You can find the offer online at their Rewards page and in-store in their Weekly circular ad. The terms are as before, you can buy one or two 16-packs of Duracell single-use AA or AAA Coopertop batteries, and get back the purchase price (minus one penny) in Rewards a few weeks later. The Sales Tax amount is NOT included in the Rewards amount. Rewards do not roll over, so don’t pay with rewards if you expect to get rewards on the offer. These Rewards will arrive separately from their monthly rewards (a good thing because regular monthly rewards are only issued in $10 increments). Offer runs Sunday 5/21 until the close of business on Saturday 5/27/17.
This coupon expired…
The Dell Refurbished store (specialize in off-lease computers) has a new promotion, coupon code SAVE7010NOW gets you 50% off any Dell OptiPlex 7010 Desktop excluding clearance items. Free ground shipping. Prices at $145 after coupon. The coupon code expires 5/21/2017, 11:59 PM CST.
If you are a fan of the Amazon ecosystem, you can now place pre-orders for brand new Elements 4K HDTVs with Fire TV built-in (aka Fire TV editions) in 43, 50, 55, and 65 inch sizes, with prices ranging from $450 to $900. Many of them also have a bundle with a free HDTV antenna. The Sound Bar bundles go for more. The shipping estimate is mid-June 2017. Detailed pictures of the TV and remove further down the product pages.
Of photography interest, FireTV has a handful of photo-related apps, including Smugmug, VLC, and a variety of gateway apps by 3rd-parties that offer access to Flickr, Google Photos, OneDrive, file managers, along other mirror/casting apps.
If you want a factory unlocked smartphone with a USA warranty and GSM compatibility AND like the idea of having optional add-on modules (like the Hasselblad True Zoom camera), the Motorola Moto Z smartphone is on sale for $500 with free shipping at B&H Photo (with free B&H photo/video kit), and by Amazon itself.
On the other hand, if you want to pay a lot less AND want a phone that works with all four major US carriers, B&H Photo is offering the new condition 64GB Moto G4 PLUS with a free B&H photo/video kit for $220 with free shipping. This is available in black or white. The 64GB version also has 4GB of RAM, while the 16GB version has 2GB of RAM, so keep that in mind.
UPDATE: speaking of smartphones, the brand new HTC U11 with its 12mp Ultrapixels and a 90 DXoMark score is now available for pre-order at Amazon by Amazon itself.
If you are a fan of the Amazon DASH buttons, this is a three-step money maker deal. Amazon has a Mother’s Day promotion that lets you buy up to three Dash buttons for $2 EACH. After you receive and configure the DASH buttons, AND you place your first order with that particular DASH button, you will receive a $5 credit per DASH button in your Amazon account.
This post became a long and winding mess, more after the jump 🙂
Continue reading “Dash Buttons 3-Step Money Maker Deal: Buy for $2, Place First Order with Dash Button, Get $5 Store Credit for Future purchase (limit 3)”
For Apple fans, Adorama is offering the Apple MacBook Pro 15″ with Touch Bar (model Z0SH-MLH4230 Z) with Intel i7 2.9GHz 16GB RAM, 1TB Flash Store, 2880 x 1800 resolution, and 3 Year AppleCare included for $3499 with free expedited shipping. This is a limited time offer.
For more Adorama action, check their One Day Sale.
Speaking of smartphones, the brand new factory unlocked ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone with 2.3x optical zoom is now in-stock and shipping by Amazon itself. It is powered by the Snapdragon S625, with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot, 5.5″ touchscreen, dual SIM, 5000 mah battery (with reverse charging), etc.
If you much prefer to get the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships factory unlocked, with Samsung USA warranty and in new condition, there are now in-stock and shipping in limited quantities at the Samsung USA website. The S8 goes for $725 while the S8+ goes for $825.
It is also available for purchase through Samsung Financing on 24-month installment plans with 0% APR on approved credit.
They are also shipping from B&H Photo. The S8 goes for $800 while the S8+ goes for $900.
NOTE that with previous models (eg Galaxy S7), Samsung did not prioritize updates for the unlocked phones. For example, the S7 only just now is getting Nougat (7.0, not even the latest).
If you are part of the Amazon ecosystem, their brand new “Amazon Echo Show”, the one with a 7-inch touchscreen built-in, is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $230.
But if you are sold on the Echo/Alexa ecosystem, you can pre-order two of them and use coupon code SHOW2PACK to get $100 off. So it is $460 – $100 = $360. Essentially it is a “Buy One, Get a Second one for $130 more”.
The shipping estimate is late June 2017.
Speaking of Amazon, they are offering the Lord of the Rings: Theatrical Trilogy on BluRay for $10 total (three movies). Limit three sets per customer.
PS: I am trying to figure out how to do the on-going Amazon deals without having a daily bloat appended to the end of the Lightning Deals post. I am leaning towards having a separate permapost (done in the fashion of the Stock Status Tracker that gets frequently updated). Please feel free to opine on this in the comments or use the online contact form or le twitter.
If you are a fan of DisplayPort computer monitors that don’t break the bank, Adorama has launched a flash sale on the 24-inch Dell E2416HM for $100 with free shipping. This 1080p monitor has DisplayPort and VGA connectors.
And if you want to immerse yourself in DIY deal hunting at Adorama, check:
This daily deal expired…
Ending by 2:45am ET on Sunday, the iBUYPOWER AM500G Gaming Desktop is on sale for $959 with free shipping by Amazon itself. The price before the sale was $1139 last night when I posted the lightning deals schedule. Specs summary: Intel i7-6700 Quad Core 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 24X DVD, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB, Wi-Fi USB Adapter, Windows 10 Home 64-Bit. It is 13% claimed as of 9:29pm ET.
Smartphones are embracing dual lenses but single-lens optical zoom remains a rarity. If you are interested in single-lens optical zoom smartphones,the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML, 32GB, Android, Unlocked, Black) comes with a 4-11mm f/2.7-4.8 optical zoom lens with Hoya OIS (28-84mm eq) is bundled with a FREE Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Running Watch (Large, Black/Blue), all together going for $200 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is a limited time offer (I do not know when it expires).
No coupon, no rebate. The free item will be included automatically while this offer is running. When the offer expires, you will not see the free Garmin mentioned on the page (see screenshot below). This is factory unlocked and works with compatible GSM carriers (check bands and forums and such). This is one of a few Intel Atom powered smartphones.
Today’s Microsoft big event launched “Windows 10 S” (Windows RT reborn in the shadow of ChromeOS), and a brand new Surface Laptop that comes with Windows 10 S out of the box (but upgreable to Windows 10 PRO for $$$). The Surface Laptop is going after the MacBooks, with prices starting at $999 and pre-orders and custom configurations available at the official Microsoft Store. It is expected to begin shipping mid-June 2017.
Customization is in the processor (i5 or i7), RAM (4GB to 16GB), on-board storage (128GB to 512GB SSD), graphics card (Intel HD 620 or Iris Plus 640) and color (four options). Some of the options are interlinked, so you can’t get every combination. It is also compatible with some of the Surface accessories, making it more of a system play if you are already part of the Surface ecosystem (Surface Dial, Surface Dock, etc).
The screen is a 13.5-inch with 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI) resolution, a 3:2, with Gorilla Glass. It is compatible with the Surface Pen, however a Surface Pen is NOT included, despite the $1000 starting price 🙁 It has a full size USB 3.0 port, but not SD card reader built-in. With a renewed focus on education, it will be interesting to see whether Adobe and other photo/imaging software companies will be more motivated to put more of their software in the Windows store. Battery life promises up to 14.5 hours of video playback. It can connect to a 4K monitor using the built-in Mini Display Port.
So there are some things going for it in terms of photography-related use. It’s obviously not a mobile workstation, but for people who need a sleek and modern-looking laptop with a long battery life and access to the Surface ecosystem, this might be of interest (as long as the software options work out for your needs).
If you need some semi-funny (maybe) entertainment, I was live-tweeting / live-trolling the announcement on Twitter 🙂
This 48-hour coupon ended, but another coupon is coming on Monday…
48 is the magic number! The Dell Refurbished store is a specialty part of Dell that resellers computers and hardware that came off leases. And for 48 hours, until Sunday 9am Central time, coupon code DELL48HOURS gets you 48% off at the Dell Refurbished website. Clearance items are excluded from the coupon discount. Free ground shipping is included. Coupon expires Sunday at 9am central time.
If you like to buy unlocked smartphones with USA warranty and also want to dabble into smartwatches, B&H Photo is bundling the new condition LG G6 (USA warranty, unlocked version) with the LG Watch Style for $650. The phone on its own goes for $600. The watch on its own goes for $250. All these are pre-orders.
On the other hand if you are comfortable with carrier phones and want to commit to 24 months of Sprint service, you can get it for $14.75 per month on 24 monthly installments through Sprint, on approved credit. This comes to just over $350 for the phone, but you are committing to 24 months on their Unlimited Freedom plan.
If you defy conventional wisdom and prefer the previous flagship, the LG G5, the one with the modules, including the camera module, you can get it unlocked with a USA warranty for $330 at B&H Photo. Or for $20 less you can get the AT&T models unlocked, but they have an AT&T logo on the back of the phone. IS a $20 discount enough for you to stare at the AT&T logo? (you can always hide it in a non-clear case).
As usual with all these, be sure to double check compatibility with the cellular networks you plan to use them with.
Now you can take photography to the next (lower) level with the new Amazon Echo Look device. It is like an Echo, but with a camera! It has built-LED lighting and a standard tripod socket, along with AI that evaluates your fashion (bad enough we have to deal with the humans, now machines will be trolling our fashion choices). The price is $200 at Amazon’s website but you cannot pre-order it yet. It is by invitation only at the moment, so request an invitation if interested.
I requested an invitation for blog-testing purposes, and I almost immediately got an automated email from Amazon with this body of text: