Shipping Friday: Apple Tags for $29 (or 4pk for $99)

If you are part of the Apple ecosystem and want to tag your “frequently lost” or “frequently hard to find” items, we have good news for you! The Apple Tags are going to begin shipping on Friday April 30 in 2021!

You can buy a single tag for $29 at B&H Photo and at Amazon itself and at Adorama

If you want more of these, Apple is selling them as 4-packs for $99, that’s like paying $24.75 per tag. You can get the 4-packs at Adorama and at Amazon itself and at B&H Photo

BUT WAIT, there’s more! Apple is also making AirTag Loops in multiple colors for easier and more color-cordinated attachment. Each one goes for $29 to $39 depending on color (there’s even a PRODUCT RED). You can get these at B&H Photo and at Adorama and also by Amazon itself

PS: if you don’t want/need the official Apple Loops, as expected, various third-parties, MFi or not, have a variety of them, eg at NewEgg’s

13.3″ MacBook M1 Air for $899 {w/AppleCare+ for $1128}

The newly announced “Spring Loaded” Apple gear (M1 iMac, M1 iPad PRO) are going on pre-order at the end of the month, but if you must needs have M1 now, B&H Photo has a M1 MacBook Air on sale until Monday 4/26/21 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) as follows:

+ 13.3″ MacBook Air (late 2020, three color options) for $899
+ 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3″ 2560×1600 Retina IPS, 7-core, 16-neurals

+ and if you …care about Apple Care, you can get it bundled with AppleCare+ Protection for $1128, that’s a +$229 on the laptop alone

$30 to $50 e-GiftCards with pre-orders of new OnePlus Nord smartphones ($180 and $300)

The tech world works in mysterious ways. While the most recent OnePlus flagship series was not greeted as a liberator, OnePlus had a surprise hit with their Nord affordable line. And they have revealed two new models in the Nord line at Diet CES 2021…

For a limited time, if you pre-order them during this window, B&H Photo will include a $30 or $50 (depending on model) B&H Photo e-gift card. The offer is good while you see it mentioned at the B&H product page, look for something like this: “Includes Free: 1 item ($30.00 value)”

The Nord N100 (64GB) goes for $180 with the $30 B&H e-gift card included automatically by B&H. This phone has 4G LTE (no 5G, so you won’t regrow a tail), with 4GB RAM, SnapDrogon 460 with Adreno 610, 6.52″ (1600×720, 90Hz, IPS-type LCD, Gorilla 3) screen, USB-C, headphone jack, microSD slot, Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5, fingerprint, etc.

If you want higher specs, the 5G Nord N10 (128GB) goes for $300 with a $50 B&H e-gift card included automatically by B&H while this promotion is running. This has 6GB of RAM, SnapDrogon 690 with Adreno 619L, 6.49″ (2400×1080, 90Hz, 405ppi, Gorilla 3, IPS-type LCD) screen, USB-C, headphone jack, microSD, Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, etc…

NOTE: I don’t see NFC in the B&H specs of either at their aforelinked product pages, so this is something you may want to further look into if you want to use it for contactless payments and such… Under Q&A, for the Nord N10, a B&H staff member answered a customer-question saying this has NFC… But to be certain, be sure to google around multiple places, including the usually-reliable “phone arenas” and such…

Up to 40% off at the Best Buy Outlet

If you are a fan of the Best Buy way, they are currently having an “up to 40% off” sale on the Best Buy Outlet store, a mix of clearance and open-box items, and refurbished items, some of which come with their 6-month Geek-Nerd whatever-they-call-their-service warranty ~ check the listing details of individual products to determine that…

UPDATE: good until Saturday 10am ET, the Adorama dailies feature two items:

+ Manfrotto PIXI Evo 2 Section mini Tripod for $35

+ Gitup Git2 1080p Full HD Gyro Video Wi-Fi Action Camera, 60 fps, 170 Degree View Angle, 98′ Housing Waterproof, Pro Packaging for $65

Ends Tue PM: Apple M1 instant savings ($50 to $100 off, select options)

The M1 benchmarks and reviews and the sad state of Intel have made the current and future Apple M-series silicon computers a true non-hype breakthrough in the world of computing. Already there’s a 1140+ backer Patreon project by “marcan” to port Linux to the M1. Imagine Linux running on such a platform!

The M1X even-crazier performance rumors have cooled off some of the crazy demand for the first generation M1 computers, which mayhaps explain some of the surprise instant savings promotions…

Speaking of which, select M1 computers have an instant savings promotion running until Tuesday 12/22/20 at 11:59pm eastern at B&H Photo as follows:

+ 13.3″ MacBook PRO (Retina, 8GB, 256GB, Space Gray) for $1199
+ silver remains at $1299 starting price

+ Mac Mini (8GB, 256GB) for $639
+ a $60 off instant savings

+ Mac Mini (8GB, 512GB) for $849
+ a $50 off instant savings

+ as usual, keep in mind, shipment of high-demand items can be unpredictable and that’s before we consider the impact of COVIDalia

15% off select certified refurbished eBay items (248 options)

Good until 12/18/20 at 11:59pm pacific time, coupon code PURCHASECR15 gets you 15% off select participating certified refurbished products at the eBay website. As of the time of writing 248 items are participating in the coupon promotion… This is a “tech etc” type of an offer, I did not find any camera gear participating…

Black Friday only: NewEgg’s 24 hour e-newsletter offers

If you like your eggs new [HA!], NewEgg has launched a 24-hour Black Friday e-newsletter promotion. For items that have promo codes, it requires the “enter your email address” song and dance. Too many items to list here individually, so this is a DIY YMMV egg-y adventure…

NewEgg 24 hour Thursday BF Ultimate sale

Fans of the NewEgg way of doing things, they have launched their 24 hour Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) Ultimate BF sale with 98 pages of offers, with each page having 36 offers. These are slightly too many for me to digest before they expire, even if I do nothing else ๐Ÿ™‚ So it is a YMMV DIY adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

They have one page with digital cameras [they are probably all international models ~ double check if interested] and they have two pages of camera accessories (memory cards, Neewers, etc)…

Thursday: Huion Graphics Tablets (10 options, $28 to $560)

Wacom is the most famous but not the only one making graphics tablets. Hiding among the Thursday Amazon USA Gold Box deals du jour is a sale on ten Huion Graphics Tablets with prices ranging from $28 to $560, with six of the options being under $60.

In other deal du jour action, there’s this Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker going for $190 in nickel or $170 in charcoal. It averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 10,700+ customer reviews as of the time of writing…

NewEgg Black Friday is here!

If you are fond of the way of the NewEgg, their Black Friday is here with another round of techie products on offer. As of the time of writing they have 91 pages of offers over there. Slightly too many for my Celeron-brain multi-tasking to go through and summarize on the fly, so this is a YMMV DIY adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

B&H Tech Round-Up: 2TB Samsung SSD, 12TB MyBook, 12.9″ iPad PRO

And now some techie B&H Photo action! Expiring tonight (Thursday 11:59pm ET) is the new condition 12TB WD MyBook Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $212 with free US shipping. That’s under $20 per TB. “My Book” are powered desktop HDDs. Needless to say, you need a backup of that 12TB, it’s scary to leave so many eggs in a single basket without additional backup ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably don’t back it up on floppy disks or CD-Rs though ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of storage, the new trend is SSD storage instead of spinning hard disks, and if you’re into that, the 2TB Samsung T5 portable SSD is on sale for $230, while the 1TB goes for $130. As of the time of writing these average 4.8 out of 5 based on 830+ ratings over there.

Next up, iPads! One way to lower your “Apple Tax” is to go with the previous generation model. If you follow that philosophy, B&H Photo is offering the new condition 12.9″ iPad PRO (previous generation) with 64GB on-board and Wifi and 4G LTE (Verizon unlocked, can be used with T-Mo and Big T) for $799 with free US shipping…

For more action, check the on-going B&H Black Friday deals

B&H launches their Apple Black Friday deals!

Apple fans, unite and take over! B&H Photo has launched their Apple Black Friday deals for the season. New offers are also being added, so this is not a static list.

Products include the whole array of non-iPhone Apples, from Mac Minis, MacBooks (includes PRO and AIR), iMacs, Mac PRO [the big desktops], iPad of course (PRO, Air and “regular”, and Mini too), Apple TV streaming boxes, iWatches, and Airpods.

The Apple Silicon M1 laptops are available for pre-ordering but they are obviously not on sale. With benchmarks like that, sales may arrive in the next decade ๐Ÿ˜‰

15% off certified refurbished with eBay coupon [ends Tue PM]

Good until Tuesday 11/24/20 at 11:59pm pacific time, coupon code PICKCRTECH15 gets you 15% off select certified refurbished technology items on eBay. A total of 72 options are available as of the time of writing…

NewEgg launches Black Friday Sales Event

Those of you reading the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series may be familiar with the phrase “it’s always Black Friday under the sea”, and NewEgg applies a similar philosophy, it’s always Black Friday in November as they have launched their 2020 “BF Event Sale”. They have their usual assortment of tech-y and computer-y items…

Pre-order the new Apple Silicon M1 computers (ship next week)

And they are finally here! The all new Apple Silicon Mac computers. And they revealed a trio of them yesterday. No more profit-leakage to Intel. Apple keeps it all, and that’s why the prices are kept reasonable despite the big performance gains that were made in the Apple presentation…

The new M1 chip has 8 cores (four fast, four efficient), (up to) 8 GPU cores, 16 Neural cores, up to 16GB RAM, up to 2TB storage, better battery life, better security and on and on and on…

During this transition period, Apple is launching “Universal” apps, a name that didn’t go so well for Windows. Universal apps will have the binary code for both the Apple M1 apps and Intel apps in a single executable to make it easier for end-users. Non-M1 apps will use Apple’s Rosetta II emulator, which Apple claims can run faster than the original Intel Apples.

Of photography interest, Lightroom’s universal app is coming next month, while Photoshop’s universal binary is expected in 2021…

Speaking of apps, these M1 Macs can also run iOS (iPhone and iPad) apps out of the box since they are using similar underlying infrastructure…

And these are now available for pre-ordering in various configurations at B&H Photo with shipment expected to happen next week, which is when the new Mac OS “Big Sur” is expected to rollout…

+ Apple MacMinis starting at $699

+ Apple MacBook Airs starting at $999 ($899 for education)

+ 13.3″ MacBook PRO starting at $1299 ($1199 for education)

If you have 50 minutes to spare, you can watch the whole socially-distanced Apple presentation recorded at “The UFO” in Cupertino::California:

Not everyone is on the hype train though, Linus of “Linus Tech Tips” has a handful of objections…

34-inch Crystal PRO 1500R curved ultra-wide monitor for $250

And now an early “Black Friday” deal of the computer monitor kind from Monoprice. They are offering their new condition 34-inch Crystal PRO 1500R curved ultra-wide monitor for $250 with free US shipping for a limited time and up to five per customer at the sale price.

As of the time of writing this averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 13 customer reviews. It has 2560×1080, 21:9, AMD FreeSync, 75Hz (100Hz overclocked), height-adjustable stand, HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI inputs, Samsung’s VA panel technology, 75×75 VESA, 1-year PixelPerfect warranty, RGB 95%, NTSC 72%, DCI-P3 75%, Adobeยฎ RGB 74%, etc…

Meanwhile at the Tuesday Best Buy dailies they have the Case Logic Viso Camera Backpack (Large) going for $100, and twenty house-brand computer accessories on sale ~ among other things…

New iPad Air (4th generation, 2020) down to $559

The starting price of the new iPad Air (4th generation, 2020 model, 10.9″, Wifi-only, 64GB on-board) is $599 but for a limited time B&H Photo is offering the green color scheme for $559. This is not a leafy dark green, more of a soothing pastel pistachio-ice-cream green.

Interesting to note how the “storage steps” have gone with Apple. With this model, there are two steps, 64GB and 256GB and the difference is +$150 because now Apple considers the jump from 64GB to 128GB a “half stop” ($50), while the jump from 128GB to 256GB remains a “full stop” ($100).

The cellular option (4G LTE) is the usual +$130…

With Google and manufacturers ignoring Android tablets (Chromebooks are the new tablets seems to be good enough for Google these days) even Apple haters had and have been turning to iPads ๐Ÿ™‚

Pre-order Cricket Wireless Locked iPhone 12 and PRO with Amazon Billing and $100 drip-drop GC

If you are a big fan of both Cricket Wireless and Amazon, and you want the new iPhone 12*, and do not object to a CARRIER LOCKED phone, then keep on reading…

Cricket Wireless through Amazon is offering pre-orders of the new iPhone 12 regular for $829 (64GB), or $879 (128GB) or $979 (256GB) in many different colors including (PRODUCT RED).

They are also offering for pre-order the new iPhone 12 PRO for $999 (128GB) or $1099 (256GB) or $1299 (512GB) also in different colors but no (PRODUCT RED).

Now as I said this is CARRIER LOCKED (to Cricket Wireless) and you have to use $55/month Cricket “Unlimited” talk and data plan (Mexico and Canada included, with 15GB hotspot, Video streaming at SD quality, 4G LTE, no 5G).

This offer has a couple of twists:

  • your monthly payment to Cricket Wireless happens automatically through Amazon. Every month Amazon charges your credit/debit card and behind the scenes they pay Cricket Wireless on your behalf. No additional taxes on the $55 amount since it is a store value card (per the Amazon FAQs over there)
  • every month you remain on the plan you automatically earn a $4.17 Amazon Gift Card balance. If you stay for 24 months, it becomes a drip-drop total of $100 (24 x $4.17). $100 is the maximum you can earn in Amazon gift card balance through this promotion. On month #25 and later you earn nada gift card balance!
  • this is not a contract, you can terminate at any time, but this phone is locked to Cricket
  • there are FAQs and more details on this plan and terms and conditions further down the Amazon product page over there
  • I haven’t done this type of an offer before, so I don’t know how it works in practice

Pre-order the all new OnePlus 8T for $749 with FREEbie

It’s raining new smartphones left and right these days, and one such is the expected now-a-days “T version” of the current OnePlus model. So if all the options out there the OnePlus 8T is the one you want, it is now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo for $749 with free US shipping and during this promotional pre-ordering period you will also receive for FREE (automatically by B&H) the OnePlus Truly Wireless Earbuds. The 8T is available in two color options…

As a quick refresher, this uses the SnapDragon 865, 12GB RAM, four back cameras, one front camera, 6.5″ IPS touchscreen (20:9 2400 x 1080, HDR10+, 1100 nits, 120Hz, Gorilla Glass 3), dual SIM, 256GB UFS 3.1 on-board storage, North America variant with 5G, unlocked, Wifi 6 (aka 802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.1. However, no microSD, no headphone jack!

PSA: Chromebooks Getting Extended End Of Life deadline

Google is very “data creepy” (but it has plenty of competition from Facebook, Instagram, Ad Networks, Governments, etc). However, one of the good things it did the last few years is the launch of Chromebooks, easy to use and easy to maintain laptops and more recently moonlighting as Android kinda-tablets.

And while Google avoided the Android pitfall and Google was responsible for the OS updates, it placed OS update expiration dates on Chromebooks. Not on an individual Chromebook but on the platform. Let’s say your Chromebook is using the Celery 123U half-core processor. The Celery 123U launched in May 2015. You bought your Chromebook brand new in box from a retailer in May 2020. The OS updates expiration countdown does not start from May 2020 but May 2015. So even though you just bought a NIB laptop from an authorized retailer, the OS updates were already close to expiration.

After getting e-yelled at by many and mayhaps losing some big corporate and educational orders over this, Google increase the OS updates expiration date (“AUE” in Google speak) multiple times.

And now they have increased it once again per Android Central, so be sure to visit the official Google Support Auto Update Expiration Date page to check whether your current Chromebook(s) have been given a new lease on life. One of mine jumped from 2021 to 2023!

BUT that’s not all. Some of you frequent Chromebook users may have noticed something irritating the last few weeks. Instead of having one set of settings like it used to, the Chromebook now has separate ChromeOS and Chrome Browser settings. This was irritating and confusing. Why were they doing that?

Well the answer to that is related to AUE. Google’s Project LaCros will be splitting the Chrome browser from the ChromeOS, allowing older Chromebooks who no longer get the OS updates to be able to receive Chrome browser updates like a “normal” computer.

This also opens up an interesting question and food for thought for anti-monopoly hawks. Will Chromebooks also be opened up to other web browsers now that OS and the Browser will separate? Details at the OS News at 11 ๐Ÿ™‚

Woot Gar(b)age: GoPRO HERO8, Contixo Drones, Sony Stamina Plus, Etc

Woot has launched Garage Sale #60, and this installment, running until 10/24/20 at 11:59pm central [or earlier if they sell out ~ and they do sellout sometimes] has some potentially interesting items under the Electronics Garage inluding:

  • GoPro HERO8 Camera 2019 Special Bundle for $320
  • Contixo F18 2K Drone with UHD Camera FPV Live Video for $150 with 1-year warranty
  • also Contixo F22 for $127, and F24 for $216
  • 72-packs of Sony single-use Stamina Plus AA or AAA batteries for $20 per 72-pack
  • 12pk of Sony Stamina Plus single-use 9V for $19, and 24pk of C for $24 and 24pk of D for $34
  • Google Pixel 3 XL for $330
  • various international Samsung Galaxy phones (Note 20+, S20, S10+, N10 Lite, etc)

NewEgg Memorial Day Sale

NewEgg is having their own Memorial Day sale in their customary “newsletter style” format. A few of the offers require a promo code to be used. The promo code is shown next to the item, you don’t have to hunt and peck for it… This is a technology focused sale…

12.9″ iPad PRO (2018, 256GB, Wifi-only) for $899

If you are not tempted by the 2020 iPad PROs, for a limited time, B&H Photo is having a special offer on the new condition 12.9-inch iPad PRO (2018) (256GB, Wifi-only, Space Age Gray) for $899 with free US shipping… You also get a free 1-year subscription to Apple TV+ (as with most new i-device purchases)…

4X Google Play Points [ends Sun PM]

If you have been eyeing any camera and photography related for-pay Google Play apps, or any other for-pay Google Play apps, if you are participating in the free to join (and you can join immediately) Google Play Points rewards program, purchases made until Sunday night 5/24/20 earn you 4X rewards points instead of the usual 1X points. There’s no coupon code to enter. If you are participating in the rewards program you will earn the extra points automagically…

Pixel 3a drops to $279, 3a XL drops to $319

Rumors of the upcoming Pixel 4a smartphone are swirling across the universe, but if you don’t want to wait, B&H Photo is having a sale on the current generation, the Pixel 3a. The standard 3a model goes for $279 in various colors, while the larger Pixel 3a XL goes for $319…

Picking a phone these days is hard if you are not predisposed to particular brands or features (eg S-Pen). Let’s not forget the Pocophone F2 PRO is coming too starting at $500!

Pocophone F2 PRO smartphone (6/128GB version, pop-up selfie camera) for $500

If you hate notches or Selfie cameras, or you are very pro-privacy and don’t want the smartphone’s selfie camera to take unauthorized pictures, you may be interested in the brand new Xiaomi Pocophone F2 PRO smartphone. The selfie camera is a pop-up camera, nestled inside the body. It pops out in order to take a picture. And because of this, there’s no notch/holepunch or whatever that thing is called, the thing that ruins the serene surface of the front of the phone ๐Ÿ™‚

The 6GB RAM with 128GB storage (no microSD, but it has a 3.5mm headphone jack) version of the phone is already available for purchase for $500 in various colors at Gear Best which also has the 35-minute launch video, YouTube-embedded below for your phone-entertainment…

This has the Snapdragon 865 processor, Sony IMX686 1/1.7″ pixel-binning 64mp sensor on the main camera (of the five), UFS 3.1, liquid cooling technology, 4700 mAh battery, etc, etc, …

The 8GB with 256GB which has LPDDR5 (instead of LPDDR 4X) goes for $100 more…

13.3″ Apple MacBook PRO sale (2019 model, 7 options, $1099+)

If you are a fan of the 2019 13.3-inch Apple MacBook PROs, you are in luck because B&H Photo is running a limited time sale on them with prices ranging from $1099 to $1499. Specs start at i5 Quad, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Retina, Iris 655 graphics, and so forth…

Some of those offers are also available at Amazon

Wacom Intuos Pro PTH451 Pen & Touch Tablet for $130

If you are a fan of Wacom graphics tablets, B&H Photo is running a special promotion on the new condition PTH451 Intuos Pro Pen & Touch Tablet for $130 with free US shipping. This is the “Small” size (that’s the model name) and it is in the black color scheme… Some would argue this is a good entry-point into the Wacom way… As of the time of writing, it averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 260+ customer reviews…

40% off one in-stock item with Dell Refurbished coupon (ends Thur 9am CT)

Almost forgotten in the Year of the COVID is Earth Day 2020! But Dell Refurbished has not forgotten, coupon code EARTH4UDEAL gets you 40% off any in-stock item at the Dell Refurbished website. Free ground shipping is included. Clearance items are EXCLUDED. The coupon expires on 4/22/20 at 9am central time…

The coupon is only good at “Dell Refurbished”, formerly known as “Financial Services”. These specialize in re-selling off-lease (enterprise/corporate) Dell gear. With a warranty of course…

Google Pixel 4 for $500+, Pixel 4 XL for $600+

The ghosts of the Nexus phones are haunting the Pixel 4, but if you’ve read the reviews, pixel-peeped the sample pictures, and you are certain the Pixel 4* line is the one for you, for a limited time B&H Photo is having discounts on select Pixel 4 phones as follows:

+ Pixel 4: 64GB for $500, 128GB for $600

+ Pixel 4 XL: 64GB for $600, 128GB for $700

These are new condition, factory unlocked, with USA warranty. B&H includes a free case and Mint Mobile SIM card.

NOTE that the Pixel 4 phones do NOT have a headphone jack, and they do NOT have a microSD slot. But you can swim in the Google Clouds ๐Ÿ™‚

A lot of people consider the Pixel 4 to have the most pure camera, but not all agree. For example, it is currently at #19 in the DxoMark rankings which have two of the new Honor *30* phones in the Top 5. SPOILER ALERT: the #1 in the ranking is a …LEICA ๐Ÿ™‚

NOTE that the latest Huaweii P40* series of phones do NOT have Google Play because of the Huaweii embargo thing. If you look in the forums, there are various hacks that come and go, but come on, it’s 2020, who wants to hunt and peck hacks just so you can run basic apps on your phone?

I remember doing this ten years ago with a crappy Pandigital (?) tablet I got on sale at Radio Shaq. No way I would do this now, there are a gazillion other phones available. But that’s just me. Some people love the excitement of living on the Google Play Frontier ๐Ÿ™‚

Samsung Galaxy S20 for $800, S20+ for $1000 [with FREE 128GB microSD]

A limited time offer is running at B&H Photo on the new condition unlocked with USA warranty Samsung S20 and S20+ flagship series smartphones! And during this promotion, each one gets a free 128GB Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC card included by B&H.

The prices are as follows: the 128GB S20 goes for $800, while the 128GB S20+ (aka Plus) goes for $1000, while the 512GB of that goes for $1150.

Further down the list, and not getting the free 128GB microSD card you will find international Latin America versions of the S20 Ultra (the more expensive of this flagship trio) going for $1200. One clue as to the internationality is the “dual SIM” in the title. These come with a 1-year B&H warranty. NOTE that this has the Exynos chip, not the QualComm SnapDragon.

NOTE also that these are 5G phones, so you may accidentally intercept intergalactic planetary conversations ๐Ÿ™‚

STEM Education sale at B&H Photo (46 options)

B&H Photo is also running 46 STEM offers and with the current downtime, it’s for kids of all ages, not just actual students. Anyone willing to learn can learn in this decade! It includes products from DJI, AstroReality, MakeBlock, Sony and more… Orders placed now will ship 4/20/20…

$50 off on select 2020 iPad PRO tablets (11″ and 12.9″ options)

We have the first notable discounts on the 2020 iPad PROs! When they were announced, the storage jumps was the usual +$100 but now we have movement on the 256GB front, dropping $50 on the 12.9-inch model, making it $1049 in the “Space Gray” at B&H Photo, while the other color being $1069, while the 128GB options remain at around $999… The 512GB is around $1279, while the 1TB is at $1449 in the “Space Gray”.

If you are interested in the 11-inch 2020 iPad PRO, the 128GB version has dropped just $10~ down to $789, but the “Space Gray” of the 256GB version is down to $849 at B&H Photo, while the other color is at $879. Further up, the 512GB is $1049 only in the “Space Gray”, while the 1TB is $1249 again only in “Space Gray”.

If you are of the Apple persuasion, B&H has a number of other Apple promotions and offerings…

And per the Fairness Doctrine (TM) we must needs mention a competitor, Google has Work from Home Router offers, both their own “Google Wifi” routers and the Nest products…

And for students of all ages learning from home, they have created a new Home Schooling portal with related products and offerings…

Apple 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display (Early 2019) for $1099

If you are looking for a 2019 iMac with Retina, good until what was usually Tax Day, you can get the new condition Apple 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display (Early 2019) with free US shipping by B&H Photo…

This has the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400rpm, AMD Radeon Pro 555X (2GB GDDR5), with 21.5″ 4096 x 2304 IPS Retina 4K Display, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, 1-year warranty and such…

Pacific Image Prime Film XEs super edition Film Scanner for $379

It’s the #QuarantineLife these days and if one of your long procrastinated projects is film scanning, well, good for April 2020, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Pacific Image Prime Film XEs super edition Film Scanner for $379 with free US shipping…

Pre-order the new iPad PROs and the new Magically Magical and Amazingly Wonderful Keyboards

Leave it to Apple to launch a tablet keyboard that costs more than most non-Apple tablets in the market today. If that hasn’t scared you away, keep on reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Apple has just revealed the new generation of iPad PROs along with new MacBook Airs and Mac Minis! But the star of the show are the Magic Keyboards. They are really magic. The iPad levitate on the keyboard platform (well, except for the part of the iPad that is actually attached to the keyboard platform). The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch goes for $299, while the Magic for the 12.9-inch goes for $349. iOS updates are coming for some of the older iPad PROs to be able to use this new magically magical and amazingly wonderful device ๐Ÿ™‚

The new iPad PROs are available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo with the 11-inch starting at $799 (128GB) an the 12.9-inch starting at $999 (128GB). The storage jump from 128GB to 256GB is +$100, but the other two jumps (256 to 512, 512 to 1TB) are +$200 each, with the 1TB options being +$500 of the base option for each screen size. The LTE options is +$150. Finally the days of the 16GB and 32GB and 64GB are over ๐Ÿ™‚

Did I mention these new iPad PROs use USB-C? At Last, At Last, At Last ๐Ÿ™‚

In-Stock NOW: Google Pixel 3a for $299, 3a XL for $379

Per the Deals Fairness Doctrine (TM), since we’ve been posting iOS/Apple deals left and right, we must needs post something Android as well, and as fate would have it, Google’s brand new Pixel 3a models are now in-stock and shipping at B&H Photo! The Pixel 3a standard model goes for $299 while the XL model goes for $379.

Unlike the iPhones, the only option here is on the body color. The “3a” has a modest 5.6″ 18.5:9 OLED with Snapdragon 670, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Bluetooth 5.0, Android 9 and *GASP* a headphone jack ๐Ÿ™‚ The “3a XL” [they really need to work on the naming-numbering scheme] has a 6-inch screen. Free unlimited storage on Google Photos is included along with three years of OS and security updates.

UPDATE: per the “Post Saving Doctrine”, to save up on having an additional short post, B&H is also having a sale on various computer monitors as more and more people are working from home and may need more or better monitors…

The silver lining of the Corona-mandated “work from home” is an opportunity for many companies and individuals and cities and states to study work from home ideas and programs to further reduce traffic and congestion in places where it’s impossible not to be in a traffic jam always and forever and ever!

13.3″ MacBook Air (mid 2019) for $899 [128GB] or $999 [256GB]

If the barrage of new Apple products (the Early 2020 Generation) does not tempt you, B&H Photo is having a sale on the mid-2019 13.3″ MacBook Airs. The 128GB version goes for $899 while the 256GB version goes for $999. These are 13.3″ 2560 x 1600 Retina IPS Display with 8th generation Core i5 dual cores…

But if you are tempted by the new 2020 13-inch MacBook Air models, B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for the early 2020 model starting at $999 (i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB)…

And if you are a Mac Mini aficionado, they are accepting pre-orders on the early 2020 models starting at $799 (i3 Quad, 8GB, 256GB)…

72-Hour NewEgg sale

If you are trying to make a digital omelette, it is time to get some new eggs! NewEgg is having a 72 Hour Sale with their usual assortment of technology products. The sale ends on Friday at 11:50pm pacific. Items that have promo code offers mention so on the individual product pages and require an email in order to use the promo code.

Not sure why this practice, because you have to use an email anyone if you are going to buy them product. But what do I know? ๐Ÿ™‚

Wedn: 13″ MacBook Air (8/256, 2019) for $999 [Rylo Action Cam w/extras for $150]

One of the Best Buy dailies for Wednesday 2/26/20 is the Rylo (no relation to Kylo Ren, or Rey x Kylo shipping) 360 Action Camera, bundled with a FREE Rylo Adventure case and a Rylo shooting grip, all together now for $150 with free US shipping and/or free store-pickup or free ship-to-store…

Speaking of dailies, the headliner of the Amazon Gold Box dailies is the new condition 13-inch MacBook Air (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) going for $999 with free US shipping. Limit one per customer. This may sell out before the end of the day. As of the time of writing, the in-stock estimate has shifted to March 1st in 2020 [keep in mind February has 29 days this year]. This was released in the Summer of 2019, fifty years after the number in the “Summer of 69” [the Bryan Adams song], not to be confused with the “Summer of 42” [the movie, which came out a couple of years after 1969]…

Fastest VPN for $20 [lifetime, 5 simultaneous devices]

Stacksocial is having yet another round of promotions and among them is a discount on the Fastest VPN service. You pay $20 and get lifetime access with up to five simultaneous devices. It supports all kinds of OSes (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, etc] and device types [routers, Roku, etc]. You must redeem within 30 days of purchase. Returns can be made for store credit within 15 days of purchase. It says they are based in the Cayman Islands, so you can feel like a billionaire ๐Ÿ˜‰ It averages 4 and change out of 5 based on 1700+ ratings at Stacksocial…

15% off standing desks at Monoprice

Pixel-peeping requires a lot of computer time, but sitting in front of a computers for hours on end is not very good for one’s health. So alternatives are a must. One such are standing desks. And as fate would have it, Monoprice is having a 15% off standing desks sale. The price you see is the price you say. No coupon code needed.

PS: if you don’t want to buy a proper standing desk, there are many hacks, DIY and workarounds. It could be as simple as using a big kitchen towel as a stand for a small(er) laptop or tablet ๐Ÿ™‚

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960U, 512GB on-board) with FREE DeX, 256GB microSDXC for $750

If you prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 over the latest Note 10 for whatever reason (headphone jack, lower price, etc), B&H Photo is running a limited time promotion on Galaxy Note 9 bundles (model SM-N960U, 512GB on-board storage, S-Pen included of course, 1-year warranty) in three color schemes until 12/16/19 at 11:59pm ET for $750 with free US shipping. B&H is automatically including three freebies, two of which are very useful and/or resellable if not needed:

+ 256GB Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC [among microSD cards, I now prefer them over the other brands)

+ Samsung DeX Pad Dock

+ 3-month prepaid 12GB Mint Mobile SIM card with unlimited talk/text during that period

As usual, check the model name against your carrier(s) of choice to make sure it will work to your satisfaction…

Pre-order the new Mac PRO computer line-up

Just in time for the Holidays of 2019, Apple has updated the Mac PRO computer line-up and these new creative critters are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo along with a 32″ PRO Retina 6K display, along with assorted and related products and accessories. Apple is putting Xeon back in the tech-o-sphere radar? ๐Ÿ™‚

Google Pixel 3a for $299+, Pixel 4 for $599+ [Android]

The Nexus phones (and more importantly the Nexus mentality) are not coming back at Google any time soon, so for now, it’s the Pixels! And if you want the “pure Google Android experience” without breaking the banks, for a limited time the entry-point Pixel 3a is on sale for $299 for the standard edition and $379 for the XL, while the Pixel 4 goes for $599 (standard) and $699 (XL). Prices increase with more storage options…

The sale is at B&H Photo and Amazon and of course Google’s own online store

Last Call (ends Mon PM): iPad sales

Last call on the Apple-sanctioned iPad sales for Black Cyber Fri-Monday! A variety of iPad models (I’ve lost track now) are on sale going from the Mini to the 12.9-inch models. Find the latest offers at B&H Photo and Target and yes, Amazon itself (when interests intersect, Amazon and Apple become frenemies ~ one gets to sell more items, the other gets to boost their iPad sales and market share)…

Apple Mac Mini (late 2018 models) start at $699

The B&H Black Friday deals include a variety of Apple products on sale as well, including the Apple Mac Mini (late 2018 models) being on sale, with prices starting at $699 (i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) and climbing as the specs improve. A total of 23 options are available. You also get a 1-year FREE of the recently launched Apple TV streaming service…

Plan your B&H purchases for today ahead of time. B&H’s website will NOT be accepting orders between Friday at 4:15pm ET and Saturday 5:45pm eastern. Peruse their Black Friday deals before then to make sure you don’t miss out any potentially interesting/hot deal…

Pre-order new Pixel 4 and 4 XL and get a $100 Gift Card

If you are a fan of the Pixel smartphones, B&H Photo is running a limited time pre-order promotion on the just-announced Google Pixel 4 phones. They include a $100 B&H electronic gift card with pre-orders! There’s no coupon code, the e-gift card is included automatically with the pre-orders.

Depending on your viewport/screen, the free items may not be very visible. Look for the tiny text that says “Includes Free”. Also included is a 3-month prepaid Mint Mobile SIM card that’s why you may see “2 items ($160.00 value)” instead of just the $100 B&H e-gift card.

Prices for the Pixel 4 start at $799 (64GB) and jump to $899 for the 128GB option.

Prices for the Pixel 4 XL start at $899 (64GB) and jump to $999 for the 128GB option.

Estimated shipping date for the Pixel 4 models is October 22 in 2019. It’s a Oh So Orange Just Black and Clearly White Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also available for pre-ordering but not including a $100 B&H gift card are the new Pixelbook Go laptops. Scroll further down the listings to find the preorder options. For now they appear to have a “Ships to USA only” restriction. Prices start at $649 for the Intel m3 and increase as memory, storage and processor increase…

Saturday: refurbished iMacs, Air (also gaming sale)

IT’s a day of “Woot Plus” offerings at the Woot website. At the main Woot, it’s all about Apple products, featuring refurbished iMacs, Airs and PROs… And at “Computers”, they have a sale on various gaming accessories…

Dell 24 Hour Flash Sale: 10% off extra on computers

For fans of the Dell Way of Things, they are running a 24 hour flash sale that gets you an extra 10% off select participating computers. Check their website for details!