Pixel 2, Note 8: Buy 1 Get 1 Half-Off at VZW

Two of the top tier smartphones camera-wise are participating in an Android promotion at Verizon Wireless. It is a “Buy One, Get One for Half Off’ for the Pixel 2 or 2 XL, the Galaxy Note 8 or Samsung S8 or S8+, the Moto Z2 Force, the ASUS Zenfone AR, and more.

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL phones have a trade-in promotion on them as well, up to 50% off with qualifying trade.

As usual with cellphone carrier offers, make sure you read and understand all the terms, conditions and restrictions of their service. They have a long way to go to make their websites consumer-friendly.

Dell Black Friday Doorbusters begin Wednesday 11am ET

Get ready! The Dell Black Friday Doorbusters begin today (Wednesday 11/15/17) at 11am eastern!

According to the teasers, among the featured items they will have:

+ Inspiron 15 3000 for $200 (Celeron, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6″ HD)
+ Dell 27 Gaming Monitor model S2716DG for $400
+ Dell Essential Backpack 15 for $15
+ supplies are limited on the doorbusters, so YMMV

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(NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED) Heads Up: lots of Dell computers go live at Amazon Gold Box on Thursday at 3am ET

UPDATE 11/16/17 at 9am ET I’m not sure what happened to these. They are nowhere to be found. I didn’t save the individually links of the laptops for forensic analysis… Unfortunately these type of alerts are only as good as the Gold Box Lightning Deals Upcoming schedule is accurate…

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4-Day Computer Sale at B&H Photo

B&H Photo just launched a 4-Day Computer Sale featuring a variety of laptops and desktops and AiOs. You can use the various product type and price range tabs up top (over there) to filter them by your interest. You can also filter by brand on the right hand side. This is based on a desktop. The page layout may be different on mobile or laptop. More on these tomorrow… For more B&H offers, check their Featured Deals

In-Stock Alert: Firefox 57 (Windows) blazing fast browser

We have an in-stock alert of a different kind! Version 57 of Firefox for Windows is now out, and it’s a blazer. This time for real! This was a long-planned version to de-slugfest-ify Firefox and it’s working so far. Very noticeable difference in speed! Only issue is that the “New Tab” page is pre-populated with crap, but you can quickly remove them by clicking on the Settings Wheel (from the New Tab page) and unclicking the five things that are defaulted on).

More details on the new release via Techmeme including a profile of the new developments at C|Net.

LG 27″ Full HD IPS Dual HDMI Gaming Monitor for $148

More eBayLandia action, the official BuyDig eBay store is offering the new condition LG 27″ Full HD IPS Dual HDMI Gaming Monitor, model 27MP59HT-P, for $148 with free shipping. Limit up to three units per buyer. Over 680 units have been sold so far from this listing. This is 1080p with HDMI and VGA inputs.

More monitor action, BuyDig directly is offering the new condition 29-inch LG UltraWide Freesync IPS LED Monitor (2017 Model 29UM59A-P, 2560×1080) for $200 after coupon code c1178118222 until 11/20/17.

Also at BuyDig, good until 11/15/17, coupon code BCD71071 gets you the Samsung 28″ 16:9 UH750 QLED 4K Ultra HD Monitor for $389.

Then to Adorama’s eBay store we go where they have a couple of monitor offers as well:

+ Acer 24″ K242HL BD 1080p Full HD Widescreen LED Display for $99

+ Dell S2718H 27″ Infinity Edge Full HD IPS LED Monitor for $210

Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016) with two Extras for $1799

B&H Photo has launched an Apple laptop doorbuster with two models participating, each one going for $1799, each one getting a free 1-yaer Microsoft Office 365 subscription and JBL headphones. They are:

+ Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray)

+ Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Silver)

+ 16GB RAM, 256GB PCie SSD, 2880 x 1800 Retina, AMD Radeon Pro 450 GPU (2GB GDDR5), 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports, etc

For more action, check the latest B&H featured sales.

PSA: Samsung Chromebook PRO and PLUS dropping to $450 and $350 next week

I mentioned these earlier in the week in the Chromebook posts, but we have an update on them today!

The official Samsung Black Friday Ad has been revealed and it in they reveal that starting on Saturday their Samsung Chromebook PRO (Intel) will drop to $450 and their PLUS (custom OP1 ARM for ChromeOS) will drop to $350. Both comes with an S-Pen stylus, touchscreen, 360 degree, two USB-C ports (no full size USB), Google Play integration, 3:2 aspect ratio, microoSD card, etc.

So this is the price to meet or beat right now! This give us five more days to research it and decide whether to jump in or not. I am definitely tempted! Both my Chromebook and Android tablet belong in a technology history museum, so this could replace both devices, and would let me do more serious blogging work on the go, not just lightweight stuff.

PS: one lesser known feature of ChromeOS is that you can login to multiple Google accounts at the same time, without having to logout and login over and over. You can even move Windows between the two accounts. Handy if you have work and personal accounts and/or multiple people in the same household using the computer interchangeably (eg during TV binging marathons). See Help page for details.

Dell Refurbished coupons: 50% select Optiplex/Latitude, 40% most in-stock items

Good until Monday night, we have another round of coupons at Dell Refurbished, with free US shipping. Coupons cannot be combined with other offers, and do not work on clearance items.

+ 40% off any Dell item in stock (excludes E5440 models) with coupon DELL40DEAL

+ 50% off Dell OptiPlex 9020 Desktops with Coupon Code: DELL9020DEAL

+ 50% off Dell Latitude E7240 Laptops with Coupon code: DELL7240DEAL

SERVER COUPONS until WEDN PM

Might as well put all the Dell Refurbished coupons in one page. The coupons below are Servers and run until Wednesday 11/15/17 at 11:59pm central as follows:

+ 50% off Dell PowerEdge R620 Servers with Coupon code: DELL50R620

+ 40% off Dell PowerEdge R630 Servers with Coupon code: DELL40R630

+ 35% off Dell PowerEdge R720 with Coupon code: DELL35R720

+ 30% off any Dell Server with Coupon code: DELL30SERVER

+ clearance excluded; free US shipping

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 for $430

With Android camera and photography apps picking up in features and usability, a “ChromeDroid” (Chrome OS laptop with Google Play Android app support) may be an option for some photographers in some situations. Which brings us to a sale, the new condition ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 is down to $430 with free shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon itself with up to three units per customer.

This is competing with the Samsung Chromebook PRO which also uses the Intel m3-6Y30 processor, but the Samsung goes for $500 and comes with and supports an S-Pen stylus. The ASUS does not come with or support a specialty stylus (you can use a general purpose touchscreen stylus but those are nowhere near as accurate or useful as digitizer technology like the S-Pen, or Surface Pen or Apple Pencil or Wacoms).

Speaking of which, as of the time of writing, all four options of the ChromeOS flagship, the Google Pixelbook are now in-stock and shipping by Amazon itself. The 128GB option goes for $1000, while the 256GB goes for $1200. The Stylus costs $99 more, available as a bundle on that page or can be purchased separately.

Pre-order new Surface Book 2 in 13.5″ and 15″ screen sizes

Microsoft has unveiled their brand new “Surface Book 2″ 2-in-1 laptops with screens of 13.5″ and 15”. Prices start at $1500 for the 13.5″ and $2500 for the 15″ and top at $3000 and $3300 respectively. Pre-orders are accepted as follows with a November 16 release estimate (next Thursday):

+ 13.5″ Surface 2 Book at Microsoft Store and Amazon itself and Adorama and B&H Photo

+ 15″ Surface 2 Book at Microsoft Store and Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama

There are three product lines now. The Surface tablets, the Surface Books (2-in-1s) and the Surface Laptops. Surface Phone where are you? 🙂

In-stock now: Google Pixebook for $999

The $999 Pixelbook is now in-stock and ready to ship at Amazon by Amazon itself with up to three of them per customer at this time. This is the entry-point with 8GB RAM and Intel i5 and 128GB on-board storage.

The stylus is available for purchase separately, and it is in-stock for $99.

Adorama’s Apple 2-Day Sale with iMac Retina 5K, MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, iPad PROs

Adorama has launched a limited time Apple 2-Day Sales Event featuring a trio of iMacs (Retina 5K), a trio of Apple MacBookPROs with Touch Bar, a quartet of iPad PROs (two of each screen size), along with the Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Apple TV 4K 🙂 A total of fourteen products are participating in this limited time sale!

PS: with Thanksgiving / Black Friday happening early this year [the second earliest calendar wise], things are happening faster than I can breathe. Already a bunch of Black Friday ads dropped today which I will digest as well. If only I was IBM’s Watson and I could spawn 1,000 background threads to do everything at once 🙂

Out Now: Microsoft Xbox One X Gaming Console for $500

Microsoft fired another one in the War of the Ecosystems with their brand new $500 Microsoft Xbox One X Gaming Console which is now available for purchase from various retailers as follows:

+ Amazon itself (November 12)
+ limit 1 per customer

+ GameStop website
+ also available $573 Launch Bundle (3-mo Xbox Live GOLD, Xbox Wireless Controller, Surge Protector)

+ Microsoft Store (online) (limit 1 per customer)
+ by 11/30/17 says the page
+ store pickup not available but may be available at some of their B&M stores

+ B&H Photo (November 27)

NOTE: check the shopping cart of each retailer for the most accurate estimate, as things can go crazy with highly anticipated new releases.

Now shipping: Google Pixelbook

If you are a fan of the Google Pixelbook, they have began shipping! The i5, 8 GB RAM, 256GB option is in-stock and shipping by Amazon itself for $1199, while the i5, 8 GB RAM, 128GB option is in the mysterious “Ships when available in 1-2 days” condition for $999.

A stylus is not included. It is available for $99 on its own [in-stock; limit 3], or in bundles with the stylus which are +$100 than the Pixelbook on its own.

This is obviously a premium device as a ChromeDroid flagship, but if you prefer a more bang-for-the-buck approach, the Samsung Chromebook PRO goes for $500 and a stylus is included.

Speaking of Samsung, we have the first “Amazon itself” token discount of the Galaxy Note 8 (unlocked, USA warranty) for $937~ instead of $950. The important thing here is that the discounting process has began, not that a $13 discount will sway millions to buy it 🙂

Dell Refurb coupons: 50% off select Latitude, Optiplex models; 40% many items

Friday is here and with it it brings a new round of coupons at Dell Refurbished (specializes in reselling off-lease Dell computers). The coupons are good until Monday night (11/6/17) and cannot be used on clearance items or combined with other offers. Free US ground shipping.

+ 50% off any Dell Latitude E6430 Laptop with Coupon code: SAVE50E6430

+ 50% off any Dell OptiPlex 7010 Desktop with Coupon code: SAVE50DT7010

+ 40% off any Dell item in stock (excludes Clearance items and E5440 models) with Coupon code: SAVE40ANY

Monoprice Doorbusters: 27″ Ultra HD Monitor for $300, 3D Printer, etc

It’s doorbuster time at Monoprice, with the following offers::

+ Monoprice 27 inch 4K ActiveHDR Desktop Monitor for $300 (ends 11/6/17)
++ 3840 x 2160p @60Hz, VESA, remote control, two HDMI, two DisplayPort with AMD FreeSync
++ 16 page user manual in PDF file

+ Maker Ultimate 3D Printer (MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System) for $550 with Free Shipping using coupon code ULTIPRINT (ends 11/7)

+ 3D Printing Pen with Low Temp Safe Mode for $15 with Free Shipping (ends 11/6)

+ Monoprice Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer for $140 with Free Shipping! (exp 11/6)

+ Free Standard US Shipping on Select HDMI Cables (exp 11/30)
+ CORRECTED LINK!

+ All Holiday Lights Free Shipping on Orders $50+ (ends 12/31)

+ recertified AOC Monitor 24″ IPS Panel Full HD for $88 with free shipping
+ model I2476VWMm, 1920×1080 5ms HDMI/VGA/MHL/Audio out/Vesa 100
+ this is a daily deal, won’t last as long as the offers above

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15.4″ MacBook PRO specials (4 options), 15% off Apple Care at B&H

A quartet of 15.4 inch MacBook PRO laptops are on sale at B&H Photo, along with 15% off in Apple Care. The four discounted MacBook PROs are:

+ MLW82LL/A or MLH42LL/A for $2099
+ MLH32LL/A or MLW72LL/A for $1899
+ late 2016 models

Refurbished Dell Latitude E5440 Laptops for $249 w/free S&H

If you are a fan of refurbished Dell computers, Dell Refurbished is offering all in-stock Dell Latitude E5440 Laptops for $249 with free ground shipping. Coupons cannot be used on them. Offer expires 11/20/2017 at 11:59 PM central.

Speaking of Dell Refurbished, their 50% off $500+ orders coupon promotion expires Tuesday night.

Sunday: certified refurbished Apple MacBook Sale ($800 to $1400; six options)

One of the main Gold Box deals of the day at Amazon is a sale of half a dozen certified refurbished Apple MacBooks with prices ranging from $800 to $1400. These are sold by Woot with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible) and come with a 90 day warranty. Sale ends on Monday at 3am ET or earlier if any of them sell out.

Speaking of the Gold Box, another offer buzzing in there is a combo meal, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote + Echo DOT, together for $70. Limit one per customer as a discounted combo.

In-Stock Now: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Factory Unlocked USA version) for $950

Flagship time! Hide your wallets! The new condition factory-unlocked USA version with USA warranty of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone flagship with dual OIS back cameras, in the Orchid Gray color scheme, is, as of the time of writing, in-stock and ready to ship to your front door for $950 at Amazon by Amazon itself. The other color (“Midnight Black”) is only in-stock by 3rd-party sellers.

It is very important when buying phones at Amazon to pay attention to the seller of record and the listing, and also double-check to verify. It is chaos and disorder when it comes to the 3rd-party sellers over there 🙂

But that’s not all. If “Orchid Gray” is not your thing, and you are comfortable with International Variants (not the US model with US warranty but compatible with some GSM carriers – check carrier and frequencies before buying), the “Maple Gold” is in-stock for $950 at B&H Photo, while the “Midnight Black” goes for $1000. These are International versions!

The US versions are not yet in-stock at B&H Photo. B&H Photo will begin accepting orders again Saturday night, so they won’t sell out, giving you time to research the phones 🙂

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Refurbished Dell Latitude E5540 laptops for $279 to $299

Dell Refurbished is back with a new longer-running sale (not a coupon). They are offering refurbished Dell Latitude E5440 Laptops for either $279 or $299 with free ground shipping. This is a while supplies last type of an offer. Coupons cannot be used on this offer. Expires to 11/20/17 at 11:59pm central.

50% off Precision M4700 Laptop or T3610 Desktop [ends 11pm CT]

This is a 12 hour flash sale, ending on Tuesday 10/24/2017 at 11PM central time! Coupon code SMARTDEAL50 gets you 50% off any Precision M4700 Laptop or T3610 Desktop with free ground shipping. Clearance items are excluded as usual.

$100 off Meural Canvas until 10/31/17

Good until 10/31/17, coupon code 100OFFPO gets you $100 off the Meural Canvas at Adorama. This is a 27″ IPS canvas-style 1080p display (29 x 19 x 1.6″), with 2GB RAM, quad core ARM Cortex A17 that can display images of your own or from a library. It has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz). It works portrait or landscape.

Prices are $595 for two of the options and $695 for the third BEFORE coupon. They come with a 1-year Meural Library membership (library of images). You can control it with a website, or their app, or …wave your hand per the product description.

This is the first time I’ve heard of this, so I know nothing Jon Snow!

Essential Phone drops to $500

The semi-modular (has a 360 degree camera optional accessory among others) Essential Phone is now down another $100 in the white color scheme, you can get it in new condition, factory unlocked, with USA warranty for $500 at Amazon by Amazon itself. This started out at $700. This is the brain child of Android creator Andy Rubin.

UPDATE: the Black Moon color scheme is now down to $500 as well…

Meanwhile the Galaxy Note 8 remains in the all-encompassing “TOOS” status.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (US version) TOOS at Amazon

The US version with US warranty, factory unlocked, of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 flagship smartphone with its dual OIS back cameras, in the Orchid Gray color scheme is now at the all-encompassing “Temporarily out of stock” status at Amazon, sold and shipped by Amazon itself. This is a step in the right direction (over Pre-Order status without a date) but still not a concrete date. But it’s getting there!

Meanwhile the B&H Photo listings remain in “New Item – Coming Soon” condition. Note that the B&H page has a mix of North American and International variants, so make sure you are looking at the correct model you are interested in.

Speaking of flagships, the Essential Phone is now down to $599 (from $699) in both color schemes, in the new condition factory unlocked with USA warranty model.

BANG FOR THE BUCK ALTERNATIVE

This if you want an uber flagship smartphone. If not, for the same price, you can buy 3-4 units of the Moto G5 Plus with “all carrier” support (the Big Four in the US market) for $240 with Prime Lockscreen Ads or for $300 Factory Unlocked. Note [no pun intended] that the $185/$235 model is with 2GB RAM / 32GB storage, while this $240/$300 model is with 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. The extra RAM is more important, especially if you plan on keeping/using the phone throughout its lifecycle, since apps get more and more bloated as time goes by (even if you don’t upgrade to a newer OS version).

34-inch LG 34UM60-P IPS WFHD (2560 x 1080) Freestyle monitor for $260 [limit 3]

Monitors are a window into your photography’s soul. Pretentious statement or not? We do not know but what we do know is that the eBay Deals have a sale on the new condition 34-inch LG 34UM60-P IPS WFHD (2560 x 1080) Ultrawide Freesync Monitor for $260 with free shipping by Buydig’s eBay store.

BuyDIG is an authorized LG dealer. This is a 2017 model with a full warranty. Limit up to three per customer during this sale. You have to do the “add to cart” thing to see the price, but you don’t need to login or sign-u for an account. Over 1900 units have been sold so far from this particular eBay listing.

This has 21:9 aspect ratio, AMD FreeSync technology, game mode, sRBG over 99 percent, 8bits (6bit+FRC), 16.7M color depth, HDMI and DisplayPort, Split Screen 2.0, and more.

Dell Refurbished: $500 off $1000+ or $350 off $700+, or $200 off $400

Good until Monday 10/23/17 at 11:59pm central time, Dell Refurbished, a Dell specialty website that focuses on re-selling off-lease Dell computer gear to the general public has the following four new coupons. Free US ground shipping. Coupons do not work with clearance items and cannot be combined with other offers:

+ $500 off any item priced $1,000 & up using Coupon Code: FALL$500DEAL

+ $350 off any item priced $700 – $999 using Coupon Code: FALL$350DEAL

+ $200 off any item priced $400 – $699 using Coupon Code: FALL$200DEAL

+ $125 off any item priced $300 – $399 using Coupon Code: FALL$125DEAL

Moto X4 with Prime Lockscreen Offers for $330

If you don’t want to pay Samsung and Apple and iGoogle nearly four figures for their latest flagships, but still want to get a solid smartphone, the fourth generation of the Moto X is rolling out for $400. But if you are a Prime member and don’t object to seeing Lockscreen Offers and Ads, Amazon is offering this model for $70 less, you can get the Lenovorola Moto X4 for $330 in either color scheme. Limit one per color per customer. It will come out October 26 (2017).

This is an all-carrier phone, it works with all four major US carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon), which will likely (other things equal) help with its resale value as long as most phones sold are not all-carrier phones.

Of photography interest, it has dual rear cameras and microSD slot and IP68 water resistant. With 3GB RAM and Snapdragon 630 and 32GB on-board and 5.2″ 1080p screen.

Refurbished Dell Latitude E5430 laptops for $199 each

This is a weeklong sale without coupons (and not eligible for coupons) at Dell Refurbished, the Section 31 of the Dell website that resells off-lease computers with 100-day warranty. Good until 10/24/17 at 11:59pm central time, you can get any available Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop for $199 with free ground shipping while supplies last. Coupons are not valid on this offer.

The LG V30 and V30+ are out!

LG’s approach to their flagship smartphone cameras has been bright lenses and wider than telephoto. Their new LG V30 and V30+ duo is now out in the US market with various options at various carriers. The unlocked versions are coming later in the year. As part of the launch, LG and Google have a special promotion through participating carriers that gets you a FREE Daydream View VR Headset and a second year warranty.

+ at Verizon Wireless, you get a $200 prepaid VISA gift card along with the Daydream
+ price is $840 outright or $35/month on a 24-month plan on approved credit with 0% APR

+ at T-Mobile the price is $800 or the equivalent with an installment plan
+ but they offer $500 back in a prepaid Mastercard if you buy TWO LG V30s when you add a line, pay with an Installment Plan and such. There’s also an optional offer for a free LG G Pad X2 tablet

+ at AT&T they offer it $27/mo on an installment plan OAC or $810 outright

+ at US Cellular they offer a $20/month on a 30-month installment plan or $800 outright

+ at Sprint they offer a 2-for-1 “Sprint Flex” offer with an installment plan and such. Note that “Sprint Flex” is a lease program, not a purchase program
+ Sprint offers the V30+ which has more on-board memory

The FREE Google DayDream promotion and second year warranty comes from LG and Google and is redeemed through the LG launch promotion page. The other offers are through each particular carrier.

As usual when dealing with carriers, make sure you understand all the terms, restrictions, traps, and conditions of their offers. They have a long way to go towards offering more transparent and consumer-friendly plans and services.

Pre-order 15.6″ Diet Bezel ASUS VivoBook F510UA for $499

This is a new “diet bezel” pre-order laptop that is generating a lot of traction at Amazon, it is currently the #1 among New Releases. It is the 15.6″ ASUS VivoBook F510UA Windows 10 laptop with a pre-order price of $499. No shipping estimate yet. Its full name is F510UA-AH51.

Its claim to fame is the “diet bezel” (not a professional term). Per the product description, this has a 0.3″ NanoEdge bezel and a 80% screen-to-body ratio. It is 0.8″ thick, it is physically 14.2″ wide but with a 15.6″ diagonal full HD display.

Other specs include 8GB DDR4 RAM, Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (8th generation; ranks a very respectable #373 at cpubenchmark.net for a $500 laptop), 1TB HDD (5400rpm), Intel UHD 620 graphics, SD card reader, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1) ports, 802.11ac, 3.7 lbs weight, fingerprint sensor, etc.

No optical drive, no touchscreen. There is no mention of Bluetooth in the product description. This is brand new, there are no reviews yet.

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Pre-order new iPX8 waterproof 7-inch Kindle Oasis e-reader with Audible for $250+

If you like to read everywhere you go, or you spend a lot of time in various shooting locations waiting and you want to make the most of the downtime, you may be interested in a brand new waterproof Kindle Oasis e-book reader with Audible (audiobook) support!

The new waterproof Oasis is available for pre-ordering starting at $250 from Amazon directly. This is a 7-inch 300 ppi screen, iPX8 waterproofness (2 meters, 60 minutes), with physical page turn buttons, bluetooth support, etc.

UPDATE: you can see the various options in the search results if you don’t want to play with the “Customize” button.

The default $250 model comes with 8GB of on-board storage (an increase from the previous models), Wifi-only, with Special Offers. Options that cost extra:

  • You can instead get 32GB of on-board storage (if you want to load it up with audiobooks) for +$30
  • you can remove the Special Offers for +$20 [you can remove these later as well for a one-time fee; they are not that bad unless you hate ads]
  • get the Wifi + Cellular for +$50; free cellular data for e-book purposes
  • you can select the various options using the Customize button on the product page

This is so tempting 🙂 Please feel free to send me one as part of our just-launched Secret Santa 🙂

24 Hour Monitor Sale at NewEgg (60+ options; $30 to $999)

If you are looking for a computer monitor, NewEGG is running a 24 hour Monitor sale with 62 options available at the moment. Some of the offers require the use of a promo code (promo codes are shown over there; may require an email address as it is common with some NewEGG offerings).

Some are refurbished. Some are offered by 3rd-party sellers. Check individual listing for all the details. Prices range from $30 to $999.

Toshiba Laptop Backpack/Messenger + Two Sleeves + USB Hub + Card Reader + Laptop Lock for $27 w/free S&H [updated]

To the eBay Deals we go with a three-item bundle doorbuster that is also coupon eligible. This Toshiba Bags and Computer Accessories bundle goes for $27 with free standard shipping.

This coupon expired: Enter coupon code PCOLUMBUS2017 before 10/10/17 11am ET, and the price drops to $23.68 with free shipping.

The bundle consists of three different sets of things. Option #1 is a laptop backpack or messenger bag. Option #2 (everyone gets all four of these) is a set of accessories (sleeve, card reader, USB hub, laptop lock). Option #3 is a choice among laptop sleeves. You will get your choice from each option. The picture over there changes as you adjust your settings. Zoom in on the pictures to see a close-up of what your bundle will include!

So $24 gets you a laptop backpack/messenger, two sleeves (one you select, the other comes with the Accessories bundle that everyone gets), a USB hub, card reader and laptop lock. Here’s a picture of this set with the backpack selected (instead of messenger bag):

PS: if you have eBay Bucks or any other eBay/PayPal coupons or store-credits or gift cards, don’t forget to apply them as well!

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Pre-order new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones crash-landed at the very top of the Dxomark Mobile Rankings with a score of 98, topping the camera modules of the latest iPhones and Galaxies [iPhone X not measured yet since it’s not released yet]. Check further down the DxoMark page if you want to see the bar-chart and pros/cons summary.

These new phones are now available for pre-ordering at the official Google Store and also at Project Fi and also at Verizon Wireless with an optional trade-in promotion up to $300.

Prices are $649 (64GB) and $749 (128GB) for the Pixel 2, and $850 (64GB) and $950 (128GB) for the Pixel 2 XL.

All of these early pre-orders qualify for a free “Google Home Mini” (the new donut shaped one, priced $49 brand new).

PS: speaking of smartphones, the previous generation Sony XZ (unlocked, USA warranty, 32GB) is on sale for $350 in two different colors by Amazon herself.

Google Pixel Book invades Amazon

One of the brand new Google products announced yesterday [you can re-live our live-tweeting of the event if you have already finished reading the Yellow Pages] is now available for purchase at one of Google’s current bitter frenemy rivals, Amazon! The two i5 versions of the Google Pixel Book (2017) are available for pre-ordering for $999 (i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) or for $1199 for the 256GB storage version. Amazon’s release date estimate for these is October 31st.

The third model is not available for pre-order yet, not even at the Google Store where it reveals the price of the i7 model (16GB RAM, 512GB storage), it is $1649. That’s $650 more than the base model.

Note that the PixelBook Pen is NOT included with the devices. You have to purchase it separately for $99.

Needless to say, you can get a better value with other ChromeOS devices [eg Samsung Chromebook PRO for $500] or Windows laptops, this is more of a prestige flagship in the world of Chrome OS and ChromeDroid. During the keynote they showed someone using the Adobe Lightroom Android app on this to do their lightrooming.

CRACKPOT THEORY

Another interesting thing that could potentially have Google go head to head with Samsung in 2018 or beyond: the development of the stylus pen for the PixelBook could also make its way into the Pixel smartphone line.

So perhaps the Pixel Ultra “meeting” that was teased by Google employees during the Keynote is actually this: a Pixel phone with a PixelBook Pen, a direct competitor to the Galaxy Note 8 line! Or that “Ultra” could have been a sly shot at the “iPhone X”.

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Pre-order new Google Pixel Book starting at $999

If you missed our live-tweeting of the Google Pixel 2017 event, you can relive it with a Twitter thread. Some of the products revealed are already available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo as follows:

+ Google PixelBook for $999 (i5, 8GB, 128GB) or $1200 (256GB)
+ the i7 is not priced yet, so it cannot be pre-ordered

+ Google Home Mini for $49

+ the Google Home MAX is not available for pre-ordering yet

Dell Outlet Coupon: 15% off XPS Desktops, XPS 13 Laptops, Etc

The official Dell Home Outlet store has a new round of promotions running until 10/9/17 at 11:59pm ET. You can see all the offers at the aforelinked page, here’s some of them:

+ 15% off Dell XPS 13 laptops with coupon code: 300XPSL
+ 15% off Dell XPS desktops coupon code: 400XPSD
+ 12% off Dell XPS 15 laptops with coupon code: XPS15956012
+ 13% off Dell Outlet refurbished monitors with coupon code: monitor13
+ 15% off Dell Outlet Inspiron gaming laptops with coupon code: Ingamingl15
+ 10% off Dell Outlet Alienware desktops with coupon code: 2Alienwd10
+ all these work on the Dell Home Outlet store

These coupons can only be used on the Dell Home Outlet store, not other Dell websites/stores.

Dell Refurbished October 2017 coupons (25% to 35% off)

Dell Refurbished’s 50% off $500+ coupons expire Monday night, but there’s more Dell Refurbished action! They have launched their October 2017 coupons that run until 10/31/17 as follows:

+ 25% off any Dell Latitude E7250 or E7450 Laptop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL1

+ 30% off any Dell Precision M4700 or M4800 Laptop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL2

+ 30% off any Dell Latitude E6330 or E6540 Laptop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL3

+ 35% off any Dell OptiPlex 3020 or 9020 Desktop with Coupon Code: OCTDEAL4

+ Clearance items are excluded
+ free ground shipping

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In-Stock Again: Essential Phone (Unlocked) for $699

It’s in-stock again in limited quantities, the new condition factory-unlocked with USA warranty, in the “Black Moon” color scheme of the Essential Phone by Andy Rubin, at its starting price of $699 at Amazon by Amazon itself. This has a dual camera, and a semi-modular system.