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Blair Altland


Blair is a deal master builder at 9to5Toys. Having joined the team at the beginning of 2017, Blair has gone on to specialize in LEGO coverage and review, smart home tech and more. Contact them for review opportunities and more at Blair@9to5mac.com.


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To promote social distancing, Amazon has kicked off its latest offer, which is currently giving shoppers a free $5 credit when you spend $20 on eBooks. In order to take advantage of the promotion, you’ll need to head over to this landing page and activate the offer, then shop Amazon’s selection of digital media. Luckily, today Amazon also has a sale on select eBooks as part of its Gold Box. There you’ll find a collection of top reads from famed author CS Lewis priced from $1.99 and up. Most of the titles typically fetch $10 or so, with today’s batch of deals amounting to 80% in savings. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to dive into, The Chronicles of Narnia is certainly worth your time. Just about everything in the sale carries 4.7+ star ratings from hundreds, if not thousands of readers. More below. 

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A new low awaits on Logitech’s G604 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse at $70 (30% off)

Amazon is offering the Logitech G604 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse for $69.99 shipped. Also at Best Buy. Typically selling for $100, today’s offer saves you 30%, beats our previous mention by $10, and marks a new all-time low. As one of the latest additions to Logitech’s gaming peripheral stable, the G604 mouse comes equipped with a Hero 16K sensor that’s said to offer extremely accurate tracking as well as 15 programable buttons. Based around the brand’s Lightspeed connectivity, you won’t have to worry about a cable getting in the way of your gameplay and can enjoy low-latency performance. Plus, battery life clocks in at 240-hours on a single AA, or up to 5-months of use when in Bluetooth mode. With 345 customers having left a review, it carries a 4.2/5 star rating. You can also swing by our announcement coverage for additional details.

Snag a pair of Amazon’s Echo Show 8 Alexa-enabled displays for $130 (Save 50%)

Amazon is currently offering a 2-pack of its Echo Show 8 Smart Display for $129.99 shipped when adding both to your cart and applying code SHOW82PACK at checkout. Also at Best Buy. Normally you’d pay $260 for the pair, with today’s offer saving you 50%, beating the value of our previous mention by $20, and marking one fo the best prices we’ve seen to date. Sporting an 8-inch HD display, Echo Show 8 bring all of the Alexa features you’ve come to know and love to a unique form-factor. Not only will you be able to have Amazon’s voice assistant command smart home accessories, answer questions and the like, but also pull up camera feeds, watch videos, and more. It’s perfect for adding to your kitchen as a virtual sous chef, or elsewhere in your home. Over 26,000 customers have left a 4.6/5 star rating. Head below for more. 

Score PowerA’s wireless Enhanced Pokémon Switch controller for $35 (30% off)

Amazon offers the PowerA Nintendo Switch Pokémon Enhanced Wireless Controller for $34.99 shipped. Typically fetching $50, today’s offer saves you 30%, beats the lowest we’ve seen prior by $8, and marks a new all-time low. PowerA’s pro-style Switch controller carries an official seal of approval from Nintendo. It features a gold colorway complete with some Pikachu silhouette decals to polish off the Pokémon-themed design. Other notable inclusions are Bluetooth compatibility, motion controls, and 30-hours of usage on a single set of batteries. If you’re in the market for a more traditional gamepad for Switch, this is a much more affordable option compared to Nintendo’s own Pro Controller. It carries a 4.6/5 star rating from nearly 1,500 customers.

Now’s the perfect time to save $100 on the Cubii Pro desk elliptical at $249

Today only, Woot offers the Cubii Pro Bluetooth Under Desk Elliptical for $249 shipped. Normally selling for $349, like you’ll find at Amazon right now, today’s offer is good for a $100 discount, matches our previous mention, and is the lowest we’ve seen in several months. Cubii’s elliptical machine fits underneath your desk and is a great way to step up your at-home fitness regimen. With all of us spending more time indoors than ever, now is a great time to score the workout accessory for your at-home office, or just as a discrete way to get some exercise. It pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth and can sync data over to HealthKit, Fitbit and more. Over 825 customers have left a 4.3/5 star rating.

Twelve South TimePorter uniquely charges your Apple Watch at $40.50 (Save 20%)

Amazon is currently offering the Twelve South TimePorter Portable Apple Watch Charger for $40.61 shipped. Down from $50, today’s offer saves you nearly 20%, beats our previous mention by $2, and is the best price we’ve tracked in several months. Twelve South’s TimePorter aims to make refueling your Apple wearable on the go a breeze thanks to its all-in-one design. Centered around a carry case, this accessory opens to stow Watch bands, charging cords, and more. A cutout on the top holds a power puck in place for charging at night. Over 210 customers have left a 4.2/5 star rating.

The Bose official eBay storefront is currently offering its Active Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones for $279.95 shipped in factory renewed condition. Usually selling for $399 in new condition at Amazon and other retailers, today’s offer saves you over 30%, is $20 under the lowest we’ve seen prior, and the best discount to date. These headphones continue the lineage of Bose’s excellent ANC cans and follow up the wildly-popular QC35 SII’s. Alongside their ability to filter out ambient sounds, the Bose Headphones 700 come equipped with built-in Alexa and Assistant control, up to 20-hours of playback per charge, and a lightweight stainless steel headband. Over 4,200 customers at Amazon have agreed upon a 4.4/5 star rating. Bose includes the warranty with these renewed headphones as its new products.  expand full story

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Bring home NETGEAR’s Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender at $195 (Save 22%), more

Newegg is currently offering the NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Range Extender (EAX80) for $194.99 shipped. Also available at Amazon, though it’s currently back-ordered. Typically selling for $250, today’s offer is good for a 22% discount, beats our previous mention by $25, and marks a new all-time low. If you’ve been looking to take advantage of the latest in networking since Wi-Fi 6 hit the scene but don’t want to completely overhaul an existing setup, this range extender will do the trick. It brings 802.11ax support into the mix, providing an additional 500-square feet of coverage to your network alongside support for up to 30 extra devices. There’s also four Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well. Over 7,400 customers have left a 4.1/5 star rating. More details below.

Skagen’s new Connected Falster 3 sees first price cut to $206.50 (Save 30%)

Amazon is currently offering the Skagen Connected Falster 3 Smartwatch with Leather Band for $206.50 shipped. Other styles are available for a few dollars more. Usually selling for $295, today’s offer marks one of the very first discounts we’ve seen, saves you 30%, and drops the price to a new all-time low. Powered by Wear OS, Skagen’s latest smartwatch comes equipped with a multi-day battery life, heart rate tracking, and built-in GPS. You’ll of course find the usual suite of fitness tracking features. A circular touchscreen display sits within a stainless steel housing and pairs with a leather band for a stylish look. Having just been unveiled at CES, reviews are still rolling in. So far it carries a 3.8/5 star rating and you can take a look at our announcement coverage for additional information.

Samsung 75-inch 4K AirPlay 2 TV brings the cinema experience home at $450 off

BuyDig is currently offering the Samsung 75-inch Smart 4K HDR UHDTV (UN75RU8000FXZA) for $1,049.01 shipped when code SWE26 has been applied at checkout. Price will be shown on final confirmation page. Having originally retailed for $2,200, we’ve more recently been seeing it go for $1,500 at Samsung. Today’s offer saves you over 30%, beats Best Buy’s competing offer by $194, and marks a new all-time low. Centered around a 75-inch 4K HDR panel, this UHDTV comes equipped with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility, as well as Chromecast integration. Access to all of your favorite streaming services provides plenty of entertainment, as well. Plus, there’s five HDMI ports as well as two USB slots. Over 610 customers have left a 4.6/5 star rating.

Pioneer’s 7.2-Ch. A/V Receiver rocks AirPlay 2 + Dolby Atmos: $264 ($205 off)

Newegg is currently offering the Pioneer VSX-934 7.2-Channel AirPlay 2 AV Receiver for $264 shipped when applying code 93XPH36 at checkout. Normally selling for $479, like you’ll currently find at B&H, it just dropped to $329 and is now down the extra $55. Today’s offer beats our previous mention by $13 and marks a new low. Pioneer’s AV Receiver comes equipped with six HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, 4K HDR pass-through, and more. AirPlay 2 support steals the show in terms of wireless connectivity, but this model can also integrate into Sonos setups. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos audio as well, which rounds out the package. Rated 3.9/5 stars. More details below.

An all-time low brings the Philips Hue Color Bluetooth Bulb to $42 (Reg. $50)

Amazon currently offers the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 LED Smart Bulb with Bluetooth for $42 shipped. Usually selling for $50, like you’ll find at Best Buy, today’s offer matches our previous mention for the Amazon all-time low. Featuring the same multicolor lighting Philips Hue is known for, the brand’s latest bulb brings Bluetooth connectivity into the mix alongside the usual inclusion of Zigbee. Having your choice between the two connectivity options means you can use the bulb by itself, or pair with with a hub and the rest of the Hue ecosystem down the road. You’ll even find HomeKit control as well as Alexa and Assistant compatibility. Rated 4.6/5 stars from over 5,000 customers. Learn more in our announcement coverage. Head below for more.

Stow your MacBook in Samsonite’s $106.50 Classic Leather Backpack (Save $64)

Amazon is currently offering the Samsonite Classic Leather Backpack in brown for $106.50 shipped. Usually selling for $170, like you’ll find at Best Buy as well as direct from Samsonite, today’s offer saves you 38% and marks a new Amazon all-time low. With a dedicated MacBook sleeve, this backpack can hold up to 15-inch machines. There’s a front organizer pocket as well, offering plenty of room for accessories and more with interior compartments and a mesh zip section. Samsonite has wrapped the entire bag in a genuine leather for a stylish look. Rated 4.9/5 stars.

Nike’s collection of self-lacing sneakers is getting a new addition, as the brand celebrates over three decades of its Air Max sneaker lineup. The new Adapt Auto Max looks to combine the personalized fit of Nike’s Adapt technology with the support design of its popular Air Max shoes. Complete with upgraded LED lighting options and more, these may very well be the most comfortable, yet feature-packed kicks on the market. Head below for a closer look.

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HORI’s Switch Split Pad Pro Controller hits Amazon low at $40.50 (Reg. $50), more

Amazon is currently offering the HORI Nintendo Switch Split Pad Pro Controller for $40.54 shipped. Usually selling for $50, today’s offer saves you nearly 20%, is the second-best overall, and a new Amazon low. For comparison, we’ve seen it sell for less once before at Rakuten. Whether you’re spending all this time at home exploring Animal Crossing or diving into another Switch title, HORI’s Split Pad Pro can help make your gaming session more enjoyable. Pairing a unique Joy-Con-like design with more ergonomic form-factor, these gamepads offer a full-sized controller experience in handheld mode. There’s the usual controller layout you’d expect, but with some added switches, assignable buttons, and more. Over 2,400 customers have left a 4.6/5 star rating, largely agreeing with our hands-on review.

Today only, as part of its DealZone, B&H is offering the Anker Roav VIVA Alexa-enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger for $17.99 shipped. Usually selling for $29 at Amazon, today’s offer is good for a 38% discount, beats our previous mention by $4, and is the best we’ve seen in over a year. The star of Anker’s Roav VIVA is its built-in Alexa capabilities. When used with your smartphone, you’ll be able to summon navigation directions and more. It can also power up your devices while on the road thanks to two 2.4A USB ports. While road trips and the like may be out of the question now, this will be one car upgrade you’ll be glad you went for, especially at the price. With over 2,200 customers having left a review, over 55% have agreed on a 4+ star rating.

More smartphone accessories:

  • Arlo Q offers 1080p feeds and more in a tidy security camera: $106 (Reg. $130+)
  • Samsung 2-in-1 Qi Charger Power Bank: $38 (Reg. $50) | Amazon 
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds fall to a new all-time low at $80 (Save $50)
  • Aukey 60W USB-C D Charger: $25 (Reg. $35) | Amazon
    • w/ on-page coupon + YNAXCW33 
  • Ditch your keys and save 22% on August’s 3rd-Gen. Smart Lock at $100
  • Case-Mate iPhone 11 Pro Max Case: $18 (Reg. $30) | Amazon 

Deals still live from yesterday:

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Expand your storage pool with WD’s My Book 10TB USB 3.0 Drive: $160 (20% off)

Newegg currently offers the WD My Book 10TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive for $159.99 shipped when code EMCDEFN35 has been applied at checkout. Normally selling for $200 at Amazon and B&H, that’s good for a 20% discount, matches our previous mention, and is the lowest we’ve seen in over 9-months. For comparison, other 10TB drives sell for $190 or so at Amazon. While 10TB of storage may seem like a lot, this USB 3.0 drive is a perfect option for keeping files backed up well into the future. It’s a notable option for setting up a Time Machine or adding extra storage to a media server. I can personally vouch for the My Book lineup, after having used several of these for my home server needs. Rated 4.2/5 stars from over 3,400 customers. More below.

Razer Orbweaver ChromaKeypad hits all-time low at $75 (38% off), more from $50

Amazon is currently offering the Razer Orbweaver Chroma Gaming Keypad for $74.99 shipped at Amazon. Normally selling for $120, today’s offer is good for a 38% discount, beats our previous mention by $5, and is a new all-time low. Razer’s keypad features 20 programmable keys backed by mechanical switches. An eight-way directional thumbpad is built-in as well, offering console players a more natural gamepad-like experience. Everything can be tailored to your liking, amplifying your gaming session with customizable actions. And living up to the Chroma naming, it features individually programmable backlit keys for some added flair. Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 2,200 customers. More deals below from $50.

Samsung Galaxy Buds fall to a new all-time low at $80 (Save $50)

B&H currently offers the first-generation Samsung Galaxy Buds for $79.99 shipped. Usually selling for $130, like you’ll find at Best Buy, today’s offer saves you $50, beats Amazon’s current price cut by $28, and is $20 under the all-time low there. This is also the lowest offer we’ve seen to date. Samsung’s pair of Bluetooth earbuds bring a truly wireless form factor to your Galaxy smartphone and more. You’ll get around 6-hours of audio playback on a single charge, which bumps up to 12 when paired with the charging case. Other standout features include AKG drivers, a splash-resistant design, and more. Over 13,000 customers have left a 4.3/5 star rating, and you can learn more in our hands-on review.

Ditch your keys and save 22% on August’s 3rd-Gen. Smart Lock at $100

Amazon is currently offering the August third-generation Smart Lock in Dark Gray for $100 shipped. Down from its nearly $130 going rate, like you’ll find at Home Depot, today’s offer saves you over 22%, the best price in over a month, and in line with previous discounts throughout 2020 so far. This smart lock allows you to ditch the keys from your everyday carry and rely on smartphone control instead. You’ll also be able to send out temporary access to guests, and expanding the system with August Connect down the line yields Alexa and Assistant integration, as well as a whole host of other smart home functionality. Over 2,400 customers have left a 4.2/5 star rating. More details below.

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