B&H Tech Specials: MacBook Airs, 28″ ASUS 4K UHD for $450, 12-Core Apple Mac Pro Cylinder, LG Chromebase

We take yet another break from the Pre-Orders Madness with actual real tangible products with some of the latest non-camera specials from B&H Photo as follows (with free shipping):

+ Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Twelve-Core, Late 2013) for $8880

+ Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air Notebook Computer specials (four options, $1450 to $2200; also a 11.6″ for $1230)

+ ASUS PB287Q 28″ Widescreen WLED Backlit LCD 4K UHD Monitor for $449 (3840 x 2160, 157ppi, 10-bit CLUT, two HDMI 1.4, one DisplayPort 1.2, etc)

+ LG Chromebase 21.5″ All-in-One Desktop Computer for $259 (idea: a general purpose computer for clients and customers and visitors to keep them busy while waiting?)

+ this is just the tip of the iceberg, you can find many more, tech and camera and photo related at their Weekly Specials page

(ENDED) HUBSAN H107D+ FPV X4 Plus Quadcopter with FPV Camera for $130

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The B&H Daily Deal good until 11:59pm ET on Wednesday is the HUBSAN H107D+ FPV X4 Plus Quadcopter with FPV Camera offered for $130 with free shipping…

24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2415 Monitor with $100 Promo Credit for $332.50

If you are regular Dell Home shopper or do not mind making additional future purchases over there, they have a promotion on their 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2415 Monitor. You pay $332.49 with free shipping but you also receive a $100 promotional eGift Card by email, 2-3 weeks after your order ships. The promotional eGift Card must be spent within 90 days (unless the expiration date is prohibited by law). This $100 promo credit appears magically in your shopping cart after you add the monitor there. The offer ends 2/8/16 at 7am central.

This is a WUXGA 1920 x 1200 monitor, with 99% sRGB coverage at a deltaE under 3, 178 x 178 degree viewing angle, and can work in a multi-monitor setup. It has two HDMI (MHL) ports, a DisplayPort and a mini-DisplayPort. Also USB ports (one upstream, five downstream (one is a charging port)).

Now if you have no interest in using the $100 promo credit, and you just want the monitor, it currently goes for $280 at Amazon by Amazon herself. The reviews there are for multiple models, so be sure to look at the filtered list of its own reviews. A total of 284, unfortunately their system does not average the filtered results. At Dell’s it averages 4.2/5 based on 14 customer reviews.

Here’s a screenshot of what you should be seeing in the Dell shopping cart while this promotion is running:


Google LG Nexus 5X with $20 Gift Card for $300 (16GB) or $350 (32GB)

To the eBay Deals we go, where BuyDig’s eBay store is offering a nice deal for fans of Android purity who want to have the latest version (Android 6.0) with the new permissions system, and compatibility with the Google-Fi hybrid cellular-wifi service that refunds you any unused data. They include a $20 VISA gift card with either the 16GB Nexus 5X ($300; two color options) or the 32GB Nexus 5X ($350; one color option). No contracts!

This is a good way to use and test the latest versions of a variety of camera and photography Android apps but restrict them when they get too grabby with their permissions and data hoarding. Having said that, keep in mind that the new Permissions system is not perfect and it only gives us partial control. There is a very good write-up on it at the Ars Technica review.

128GB Surface 3 (Win10) + Corel AfterShot Pro 2 + Paintshop Pro X7 + BT Mouse for $480

Adorama has a limited time flash sale centered on the 128GB 10.8″ Surface 3 Windows 10 tablet (4GB RAM, Atom Ant X7, 1yr Office 365, 1920 x 1280 3:2 aspect ratio). For $480 with free shipping, you get that tablet, along with a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse, and the Corel Creativity Software Kit that includes Corel AfterShot Pro 2 and Paintshop Pro X7 among other Windows software titles. Not included: keyboard, S-Pen, touch cover.

(ENDED) 23.6″ Samsung LED-Lit 1920×1080 Monitor for $100

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Sunday: Apple 27″ iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013) for $1300

The Apple 27″ iMac Desktop Computer (Late 2013) model ME088LL/A (i5, 8GB, 1TB/7200rpm, NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M (1GB), 2560 x 1440) is on sale for $1300 with free expedited shipping and six months Parallels as the Daily Deal good until Sunday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out.

In other B&H specials, these might be of interest:

+ Free Next Day Shipping (limited time)
+ Gift Cards – B&H has e-mailable Gift Cards now
+ Last Minute Deals

(ENDED) Nexus 5X with $25 Gift Card for $300

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(ENDED) B&H Daily Deal: 15.4″ MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Mid 2014) for $1600

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(SOLD OUT) Unlocked 32GB Nexus 6 for $200 (64GB for $260)

Pure Android at a big discount won’t last long. As of a 4pm ET recheck, all four options are sold out and cannot be ordered…

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(ENDED) 24-inch Acer 1080p monitor (HDMI, VGA, DVI) for $100

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Free Gift Card and Corel Imaging Software with select Wacom Graphics Tablets ($70 to $200)

A total of eight different Wacom graphics tablets are participating in a free gift promotion at Adorama. You receive for free the Corel Creativity Software kit (which includes Aftershot Pro 2 and Paintshop Pro X8), along with an Adorama gift certificate ranging from $25 to $50 depending on the Wacom item. The $70 Wacoms get a $25 gift card. The $100 Wacoms get a $30 gift card. The $200 Wacom gets a $50 gift card. Not a bad percentage 🙂

(ENDED) Anker PowerCore 20100 (4.8A, PowerIQ, 2 ports) for $28

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Mac Savings at B&H (34 options)

More holiday action, B&H Photo has a Mac Savings Promotion featuring 34 different items, including one Mac Pro “It Came From Space” cylinder-desktop, various iMacs and MacBooks (Pro, Air, etc) and a few Minis too… For more B&H action, check their pre Black Friday sale

24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2412M (1920 x 1200) for $233

If you need that extra space on the vertical, in other words a 1920 x 1200 instead of a 1920 x 1080 (a lot more prevalent these days), the 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2412M is on sale for $233 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself. Features include IPS, VESA, physical adjustability (tilt, swivel, etc), DisplayPort, DVI-D, VGA, (no HDMI), USB 2.0 ports, etc. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 1200+ customer reviews and has nearly 400 questions answered by viewers like you.

PSA for Data Hungry Photographers: T-Mobile Unlimited plan price increases to $95 for new customers on Sunday

T-Mobile had a been Uncarrier event earlier in the week, but they lost of street cred today when news rolled out that they are increasing prices of their plans for new customers, something they conveniently forgot to mention during their big event. More carrier, than uncarrier move 🙂

Be that as it may be, their unlimited plan is going to increase from $80/mo to $95/mo for new customers starting on Sunday 11/15/15. Existing customers will continue to pay their current rates. So if you were interested in jumping aboard that plan, time if of the essence. More details and never-ending discussions in the comments at Android Central. Details on the current plans at the T-Mobile website (these will change around 11/15/15).

(ENDED) Zeiss 8×30 B T* Conquest Binocular for $350

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Free $25 VISA Gift Card with Wacom Graphics Tablet of $100+ regular price

Among the latest Staples coupons (page down to locate it, see screenshot crop below), you can receive a $25 prepaid VISA Gift Card when you buy a Wacom Intuos Graphics tablet with a regular price of $100 or more. The eligible tablets mention this promotion on their individual listings. Offer ends 11/14/15.

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In-stock nao: 128GB iPad Pro with 4G LTE for $1080

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro offers new possibilities for photographers. If you are one of the early iOS adopters, the 128GB version of the iPad Pro with Wifi and 4G LTE is now in-stock and ready to ship for $1080 at B&H Photo. The rest should start shipping in the next few days… If you are curious about it, today, just about every tech website has some kind of an iPad Pro review or opinion or round-up of the aforementioned…

(ENDED) Thur: Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Lavalier Digital Wireless Set (ME2 Lavalier) for $750

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Refurbished 13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro FD101LL/A w/1yr warranty for $780

It is November, so just about everything now is Black Friday or Cyber Monday or a Doorbuster, or a Black November, or Best Deals Ever. The hype is strong in November 🙂

If you are a fan of 13.3″ Macbook Pros, Groupon has a limited time doorbuster offer on the manufacturer refurbished Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ Laptop, model FD101LL/A, with a one year manufacturer warranty, for $780 with free shipping, and free returns, with a limit of five per customer. Spec summary: 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1280×800, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, DVD-RW SuperDrive, SDXC slot, Thunderbolt, Firewire 800, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, etc.

PS: now that Apple has a lightning connector for their iDevices, they literally have …Thunderbolt and Lightning. Very very frightening! [now that song is stuck in your heads!]

(ENDED) 27-inch Dell P2715Q 4K IPS monitor for $430

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New release: 27″ Monoprice 2560×1440 IPS for $340

For the early adopters, the action continues at the eBay Deals, where Monoprice is launching their brand new 27-inch Monoprice monitor (model 13808) for $340 with free shipping. This is sold by the Monoprice eBay store (limit 5) as the featured deal of the day over there.

It is a 27″ IPS 2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz (WQXGA), VGA, HDMI, and Dual Link DVI-D input, VESA, stand, built-in speakers, etc. It has no customer reviews yet, and it goes for $350 at Amazon and Monoprice’s own website.

Bang for the Buck USB Chargers and Power Banks (but no Quick Charge 2.0)

In this post, we round up some bang for the buck USB chargers and external power banks. The sale prices below are partly/mostly because these don’t support Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 2.0 technology that many of today’s flagship smartphones support. (this was supposed to be a short post, but it kept growing)…

+ Aukey 30W / 6A USB Travel Wall Charger (3 ports, folding, up to 2.4A per port but max total 6A, smart charging) for $8 (limit 30) with 18 month warranty

+ Aukey 5-Ports 40W / 8A Wall Charger with AlPower Tech for $10 (up to 2.4A per port but max total 8A), limit 30, with 18 month warranty

+ Aukey 21W 4.2A 2-Port USB Car Charger for $5 (limit 30) with 18 month warranty

+ Aukey 9.6A / 48W 4-Port USB Car Charger for $8 (up to 2.4A per port), limit 30, with 18 month warranty

+ Aibocn Power Bank 10000mAh External Battery (2 ports, 2A and 1A each) for $12 (limit 30, one year warranty)

+ Aukey 12000 mAh 3.4A Portable Power Bank (2 ports, up to 2.4A per port but max total 3.4A – in other words, one tablet, one phone) for $14 (limit 30) with 18 month warranty

+ KMASHI 10000mAh External Battery Power Bank for $14 (two ports, 2.1A and 1A each), limit 30

+ Anker PowerCore 15600 Portable Power Bank (2 ports, 4.8A total, up to 2.4A per port) for $23 with coupon VI2VAM27 and 18 month warranty

+ Aukey 3600 mAh external battery with MFI Certified Lightning Cable included for $5 after coupon code KJORYQYJ
+ consider this as “buy Certified MFI Lightning cable, get free 3600 mAh power bank”

+ Aukey 3600 mAh Portable External Battery Charger (up to 1.5A) for $6 (limit 30)

Flagship Pre-order: Surface Book with 1TB SSD for $3200

For early adopters who like to have the absolute flagship products, the official Microsoft Store is accepting pre-orders for the flagship Surface Book, the one with 1TB SSD and 16GB RAM and i7 processor and nVidia graphics and such. The pre-order price is flagship-y too, $3200, with a late January 2016 release estimate. In comparison, the 512GB SSD model goes for $2700 with a 7-8 weeks release estimate.

Of photography interest, the Surface Pen technology, the SSD, the 16GB RAM, the 1TB storage, the Core i7 processor, 3000 x 2000 resolution on a 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen, usable in laptop and tablet mode, and such.

34-inch Dell U3415W UltraSharp 21:9 Curved WQHD IPS Monitor for $630 after $70 MIR

More and more megapixels means bigger screens with higher resolution can make pixel-peeing a bit easier. Or something like that. Adorama is offering the 34-inch Dell U3415W UltraSharp Curved WQHD IPS Monitor for $630 after a $70 mail-in rebate (rebate details). This mail-in rebate can only be used at Adorama.

This monitor averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 130+ customer reviews at Amazon where it also has 88 questions answered by viewers like you.

The monitor has a 3440 x 1440 at 60Hz resolution (21:9 aspect ratio), 3yr warranties, 178° vertical / 172° horizontal, Color Gamut (typical): 91% (CIE1976), sRGB 99% (average Delta E of<3), 1.074 Billion colors, all kinds of ports, VESA, and such.

In-stock nao: some of the new iMac (Late 2015) models

In addition to the Sony a7s II becoming in-stock, a number of the new iMac (late 2015 models) configurations (but not all of them) are now in-stock and ready to ship. They are available at MacMall.com and at B&H Photo… Speaking of B&H Photo, also in-stock over there are many of the Apple iWatch models

X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 Color Management Kit for Photographers for $1200

The X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2 Color Management Kit for Photographers is currently on sale for $1200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Check the pictures and the “IN THE BOX” tab to see what comes with it… For more action, check the B&H Featured Deals page

27-Inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H for $470

We’ll have a “Monitor the Monitors” round-up later on, but in the meantime, if you are looking for a 27-inch QHD monitor, the 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H is on sale for $470 at Amazon by Amazon itself (limit 4; Prime members only) and Adorama and B&H Photo… It looks like a 3-way competitive price-match but I don’t have a CSI:Shopping Forensics team to figure out who “started it” first 🙂

Features include QHD 2560 x 1440, 178 degree, 99% sRGB with a deltaE <3, two HDMI (MHL) ports, DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0x ports (including a QC 1.2), VESA, 3yr warranty, etc. At Amazon, it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 390 customer reviews and has 67 answered questions by viewers shoppers like you.

10% off select Windows 10 devices (limited time)

Amazon is celebrating 10/10 by offering 10% off select Windows 10 devices (laptops, desktops, AiOs).

Crazy deal on seller-refurbished unlocked HTC One M8 for $165

The latest Trending eBay Deals have a crazy low price on the 2014 HTC flagship smartphone/cameraphone, the One M8, with a microSD card, so you can many and more pictures without worrying about filling up the on-board storage.

NOTE: this is seller-refurbished, so they have a higher risk than manufacturer refurbished, so if you are risk-averse or a bit of a perfectionist, you may want to avoid them or at least approach with caution.

It is the seller refurbished 32GB HTC One M8 (6525), the Verizon model with its GSM part unlocked for use with any GSM provider. Check the bands and frequencies to make sure it works on your carriers of choice if planning to use it for cellular. Limit five per buyer. Over 4000 units sold so far. Only the gray color scheme remains. The other colors sold out. The M8 is one of the devices scheduled to get upgraded to Android 6.0.

They also have a couple of seller-refurbished Galaxy models, the S4 for $100 and the S5 for $180, at the Trending eBay Deals. No more microSD card with the new Galaxy S6 and its contemporaries.

Monitor the Monitors: 34-inch LG Curved Ultra Wide IPS for $720 (and more)

If we have a “bag the bags” segment, how about starting a “monitor the monitors”? Because no bad pun is left behind here 🙂 Anyway, we have two Ultra Wide (21:9) LG monitors on sale at Adorama for a limited time as follows:

+ 34-inch LG Curved Ultra Wide IPS monitor, model 34UC87C-B, for $720 with free shipping
+ 3440 x 1440 (21:9 WQHD), SRGB Over 99%, 4-Screen Split, Dual Link Up
+ two HDMI, 1 DisplayPort. 2 USB 3.0 up, 1 USB 3.0 down, etc
+ ends by 10/22/15

+ 34-inch LG Ultra Wide IPS monitor, model 34UM57, 2560×1080, for $345 after $25 mail-in rebate
+ ends by 10/15/15

In-stock now: ASUS Desktop (i5 Skylake, 8GB, 1TB, Win10) for $430

If you are looking for a bang for the buck Windows 10 desktop computer, the ASUS M32CD is now in-stock and ready to ship for $430 with free shipping at Amazon by Amaozn itself, with a limit of five per customer. This has the all new Skylake Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD burner, HDMI and VGA, USB 3.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, card reader, keyboard, mouse, etc.

NOTE: some of the reviews are from earlier models, and maybe from an i3 Skylake model ($355, pre-order).

Pre-order the new Roku 4 for $130

With a lot of video, audio and pictures apps, the Roku box is a digital media box convergence device. Or something like that. Anyway, the newly announced Roku 4 that supports 4K video is now available for pre-order for $130 at the Roku website with an October 21st release estimate. It has USB input (for your own media) and microSD (for extra box storage). It supports USB images (JPEG, PNG) up to 4K (UHD).

Photography-related apps available for the Roku box include Flickr, Shutterfly, Smugmug, Dropbox, KelbyOne (one year free with purchase of select Canon DSLRs), Plex, and Phanfare.

Pre-order new Surface Book laptop and Surface Pro 4

Two fast-talking presenters with “personalities” injected some excitement and coolness to the new Microsoft products announced at a live event (video replays avaiable) on 10/6/15, perhaps trying to take advantage of peak-iOS and peak-Android. Of interest to digital creatives, both the new Surface Pro 4 and the bigger Surface Book laptop (which is also a tablet) has a stylus with 1024 pressure points. Meanwhile the new Lumia smartphones come with 20mp PureView cameras with OIS and Zeiss lenses. There are plenty of previews of all these online by now.

Some of the new products are now available for pre-order as follows:

+ Surface Book laptop/tablet at The Microsoft Store and Amazon by Amazon itself
++ prices go $1500 (i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) to $2700 (i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB, Nvidia GeForce) depending on specs

+ Surface Pro 4 at The Microsoft Store and Amazon by Amazon itself
++ prices go $900 (Core M, 4GB RAM, 128GB) to $2200 (i7e, 16GB RAM, 512GB) depending on specs

+ Lumia 950s not available for pre-order yet

(ENDED) Lenovo LT1423P ThinkVision 13.3″ HD+ LED-backlit IPS Wired Mobile Touch USB Monitor with Digitizer Pen for $205

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27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H QHD + $200 Promo Gift Card for $540

If you are looking for a new computer monitor and planning (or not objecting) to make additional future purchases at Dell Home, they have a nice deal on their 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H monitor. You pay $550, and for that you receive the computer monitor and 10-20 days later, you receive via e-mail a $200 promotional Dell Gift Card.

When you add the monitor to the shopping cart, the $200 promo gift card will be added automatically by the Dell website (annotated screenshot below).


The promotional gift card expires 90 days after it is sent (unless your State prohibits this practice, in which case, it will last longer). So strategically, it is a good idea to plan both this and the next purchase to spend the $200 promo gift card.

Main monitor specs: 2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz, IPS, Anti-Glare, 2 HDMI, DisplayPorts, no VGA, no DVI, USB ports (five down, one up), 178-degree viewing angles, 3yr warranty, etc. Averages 4.3/5 with 10 reviews at Dell’s and 4.5/5 with 360+ customer reviews at Amazon.

Offer ends on 10/5/2015 at 7am Central or earlier if sold out…

Now shipping: the new Amazon Fire tablets

The new Amazon Fire tablets announced a few weeks ago are now shipping as follows:

  • 10-inch Fire HD for $230
  • 8-inch Fire HD for $150
  • 7-inch Fire Kids Edition for $100
  • 7-inch Fire non-HD for $65 (without Special Offers)
  • the $50 model with Special Offers is back-ordered until late October
  • for the 7-inch non-HD non-Kids, coupon FIRE6PACK gets you 5 for the price of 6 (add six to the shopping cart, then enter coupon at checkout)
  • you can select storage options and With/Without Special Offers after you add to the Shopping Cart

13.3″ Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A for $920 with extras

For Apple fans, the 13.3″ Apple MacBook Air MJVE2LL/A (early 2015 model) is on sale as follows:

  • $920 with free software (Parallels or Lojack) at B&H Photo
  • $920 at Adorama (must be a VIP member; free to join)
  • $920 after a $25 MIR at MacMall
  • $943 by Amazon itself with optional 12-month no-interest financing if paid with Amazon Store card (must apply and qualify if not already a cardholder)
  • spec summary: i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB PCIe, HD 6000, 13.3″ 1440×900, etc

23-Inch Acer G236HL-Bbd 1080p monitor for $110 (limit 3)

On the bang for the buck computer monitors front, $110 gets you the new condition 23-Inch Acer G236HL-Bbd monitor (1920 x 1080) at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer.

NOTE this has VGA and DVI-D inputs. No HDMI, but there are DVI/HDMI adapters sold separately. No VESA mount support. This is part of a five monitor line-up that averages 4.3/5 based on 2200+ customer reviews. This particular monitor has 650+ customer reviews of its own. Unfortunately the Amazon page does not provide an average on the filtered review page, and due to time (and sanity) constraints I cannot go through 650+ reviews and average them 🙂

One Year Of Prime + unlockable GSM Fire Phone for $110 (refurb) or $130 (32GB) or $150 (64GB)

UPDATE 9/22/15: yet another option, the 32GB version (manufacturer refurbished, AT&T GSM version, unlocking code included) with One Year Prime for $110 with free shipping by QualityCellz (99.2%), with a limit of five per customer…

NOTE: if you are not already a Prime member already, for one day only (Friday 9/25/15), you can purchase a Prime membership for $67 as a new member. So if you don’t need this phone, $67 is definitely better.

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Computer Monitor Deals round-up: LG, Dell, ASUS, Acer, Samsung, Monoprice, etc

We spend a lot of time looking and working on our pictures on computer monitors. Here is a roundup of some of the latest computer monitor deals at various retailers. These are sorted by screen size, in ascending order:

+ 22-inch Dell Dual Monitor Bundle P2213 with MDS14 with bonus $125 Dell Promo eGift Card for $500 at Dell Home
+ includes two monitors and stand
+ Dell Promo eGift Card to be emailed 10-20 days after purchase
+ ends 9/21/2015 by 7am central

+ 24-inch Dell Ultrasharp Dual Monitor Bundle U2415 with MDS14 with bonus $200 Dell Promo eGift Card for $760 at Dell Home
+ includes two monitors and stand
+ Dell Promo eGift Card to be emailed 10-20 days after purchase
+ ends 9/21/2015 by 7am central

+ 27-inch LG Electronics 27MP57HT-P Widescreen IPS LED Monitor for $200 after $50 mail-in rebate at Adorama
+ rebate form in PDF file; expires by 9/30/15
+ 1920 x 1080, twp HDMI inputs, 4 Screen Split

+ 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2715H Quad HD IPS LED Monitor for $440 after promo code 10172015AA entered at checkout at Adorama
+ 2560×1440, 99% sRGB
+ two HDMI (MHL) ports, a DisplayPort, a mini-DisplayPort and USB 3.0 ports
+ expires 9/24/15

+ 28-inch Monoprice UHD Select Series Matte 4K 60Hz Monitor for $400 (product ID 13809) at Monoprice
+ new release
+ 4K UHD (3840 x 2160p) with 5K overdrive
+ DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, Dual-Link DVI-D, and VGA, HDMI-MHL
+ PixelPerfect Zero Dead Pixel Guarantee
+ new release special ends 9/30/15

+ 34-inch Dell U3415W UltraSharp Curved WQHD IPS Monitor for $700 after promo code 10172015AA at checkout at Adorama
+ 3440×1440, 21:9 aspect ratio
+ expires 9/24/15

+ seven computer monitor specials at NewEgg
+ promo codes can only be used to email subscribers (free to sign-up)
+ prices range $80 to $480
+ screen sizes 20-inch to 28-inch, Acer, ASUS, Dell, LG, Samsung, Spectre
+ expire by 9/23/15 (one has a mail-in rebate)

Pre-order new $50 7-inch Amazon tablet (buy 5, get 1 FREE with coupon), $100 4K Fire TV, and more [all come with microSD slots]

If you are part of the Amazon ecosystem, they just announced a bunch of new products which you can find nicely organized on their home page. Of bang for the buck interest, their new 7-inch 8GB Fire Tablet with Special Offers goes for $50. But you can get it for less. If you buy six of them, and enter coupon code FIRE6PACK in the shopping cart, you only pay for five of them ($250 instead of $300 – comes out to $42.67 per tablet). Beer is not the only thing sold in six packs 😉

UPDATE/NOTE: the $50 tablet only has a 90 day warranty. You can buy additional extended warranty for $10 (one year) or slightly $more$ for additional years.

Of photography interest, the new Fire TV with Alexa now supports 4K and has 2GB RAM, 8GB on-board and takes microSD cards (up to 128GB). [also available in a gamer’s bundle with controller for $140].

The other of photography potentially interesting item is their largest screen tablet yet, a 10-inch Fire HD (16GB on-board, microSD slot (up to 128GB), 1280 x 800, Special Offers) for $230.

Yes, a big victory for microSD fans today. All Amazon’s new tablets (7-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, Kids Edition) and their new 4K Fire TV take microSD cards (up to 128GB). Now if they could only convince stubborn Google 🙂

(SOLD OUT) Pre-order Skylake Win10 ASUS Desktop for $430: i5-6400, 8GB, 1TB, DVD-RW, HD 530 Integrated, etc

UPDATE 9/18/15: the Skylake i5 ASUS M32CD Desktop is no longer orderable and the Amazon Product page has no estimate on if/when this will come back…

Meanwhile, the other one mentioned in this post, the i3-4170 model remains available for pre-order for $355.

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27-inch ASUS PB278Q IPS Monitor (2560×1440, many inputs) for $400

Monitor action now, of the ASUS variety, and thankfully no mail-in rebate needed. It is the 27-inch ASUS PB278Q IPS computer monitor, with a 2560×1440 resolution, many inputs (HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort, VGA), 100% (sRGB), various adjustments (image and physical), and a boatload of cables included in the package. The connections are on the left side, not behind the monitor (you can see them in all their glory in picture #6 in the main gallery over there). It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 875 customer reviews and has nearly 400 questions answered over there. Limit four per customer.

Oops, I forgot the price and link. It goes for $400 at Amazon by Amazon itself 🙂

In-stock again: 32GB Motorola Nexus 6 for $350 (unlocked, no contract)

If you don’t want to wait for the Google New Nexus event in late September, the 32GB Nexus 6 is back in-stock for $350 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of three per customer. No contract, no carrier restrictions, this is Pure Nexus Android. The only phone so far (as far as I recall) eligible for Google’s Project Fi phone service.

Speaking of pure Android, the Nexus 9 tablet was on sale for $239~ (16GB) or $287~ (32GB) directly from HTC but as of the time of writing, all four combinations (two colors each) are out of stock.

Not out of stock at the HTC website is their RE action camera going for $100, available in four colors.

Speaking of HTC, you can get their flagship M9 phone for $487 with a $100 Google Play credit included. This is available as Unlocked, or as a Developer model, or in one of the four carrier various (Red, Blue, Yellow, Magenta networks). Each phone is available in different colors as well. Of photographer interest, it has a microSD slot, so you can take more pictures without having to micromanage limited on-board storage.

TIP: on the HTC website, you have to select all the options (storage, colors, etc) before they show the price and stock status.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (i3, 4GB, 64GB) with Corel Aftershot Pro 2 and Paintshop Pro X7 and other extras for $700

For a limited time only, Adorama is offering bundles of the 12″ Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Intel i3, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 2160 x 1440, full size USB 3.0 port, etc) for $700 (was $650 as Monday daily deal) with free shipping that automatically include these three free accessories:

  • Corel Creativity Software kit that includes Aftershot Pro 2 and Paintshop Pro X7
  • Wacom CS150K Bamboo stylus for mobile devices (not digitizer tech)
  • Microsoft Scuplt Bluetooth mouse

This bundle is available in two options:

Important Notes

  • Microsoft is likely to reveal the Surface 4 tablets in early October
  • other PC makers are planning Surface-like devices
  • for retouching/artists/creatives, note that the Surface 3 uses N-Trig technology, while the Surface 2 used Wacom’s. Check reviews and forums for more on the trade-offs of the two technologies and implementations

3 years of BlueHost Plus shared hosting service for $216 [prepaid in advance]

If you are looking for (shared) web hosting service, BlueHost is having a sale, which includes their Plus plan (unlimited websites) for $216 total when you prepay for three years (36 months). This comes out to $6/month but you don’t pay monthly. You prepay for the whole duration ($216 upfront) when you sign up. Once the 3yr promotion ends, you will pay the then-current rate (currently it is $10/month).

They also have the “Starter” plan for $126 total for 36 months (averages to $3.50 monthly) that only allows one website and has more limitations. It allows up to five sub-domains, so if you want to experiment/test things (new themes, new gallery plug-ins, etc) before you put them on the main site, you can use the sub-domains.

TIP: it is a good idea to keep your domain name at a different company from your webhosting company (even though this plan includes one free domain). This gives you more flexibility and choices.

NOTE: in recent months, things have taken an interesting twist in the world of budget web hosting. The Endurance International Group has purchased a lot of separate hosting companies, including Bluehost, Hostgator, Typepad, iPage, Fatcow and many more.

21.5″ Dell S2240M Monitor (1080p, VGA, DVI-D, IPS) for $100 {limit 4}

If you are looking for a smaller utilitarian computer monitor, the 21.5″ Dell S2240M Monitor (1920 x 1080, VGA, DVI-D, IPS, no HDMI) is currently on sale for $100 with free shipping with a limit of four per customer at Amazon by Amazon herself. It averages 4.6 out of 5 with 570+ customer reviews.

In-stock again: 64GB Nexus 6 (unlocked) for $400

If you are a fan of Pure Nexus Android and don’t want to wait to see what Google will reveal on September 29 (rumored two new LG and Huawei Nexus phones), the 64GB version of the unlocked no-contract Nexus 6, in either color, is back in-stock at Amazon by Amazon herself with a limit of three per color per customer. This is the first phone eligible for Google’s meta-MVNO Project Fi phone plan that refunds you unused data on a monthly basis.