TOP TECH DEALS
If you spend $25 on products shipped and sold by Amazon.com today, you can add a bag of their Sweet ‘n’ Cheesy popcorn for free. I’ve got nothing else to add, it’s free popcorn, people.
eBay’s running another of its wide-ranging sales today, taking 20% off orders of $25+ (maximum $50 discount) from nearly $75 major sellers. You can head over here to see all of the eligible sellers and items, but some highlights include Klymit, Worx, eBags, and Hoover, not to mention a bunch of electronics sellers. Just be sure to use code PCOLUMBUS2017 at checkout to get the deal.
MassDrop has had some truly insane discounts on high-end TVs lately, but today, they’re taking $300 off a more mid-range 55" model from Samsung.
Unlike the last deal, the UN55MU8000 doesn’t have Quantum Dots, but reviews around the web still say it has terrific black levels and solid HDR performance. It’s currently listed for about $1200 on Amazon, and was available for a brief period for about $1100, but MassDrop has it for just $900 today, easily the best price we’ve seen.
Belkin and Apple finally started shipping a dongle that lets you use wired headphones and charge your iPhone 7, 8, or X at the same time. The problem, it’s $35, and it’s entirely too large for the role it serves. Luckily, Amazon recently started making their own; it’s $5 cheaper right now, and much, much sleeker.
There are probably thousands of Apple Watch charging stands out there, but basically every one I’ve seen shares the same problem: They slide all over your nightstand when you try to pull the watch off its magnetic charger, let alone if you bump it with your hand while you’re sleeping.
Aukey solved that problem in the most stupidly simple way: A suction cup. It’s a little thing, but you’ll appreciate it every night, and what’s $7 to someone who spent hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch?
Note: This doesn’t include any actual charging hardware: Like most Apple Watch charging stands, it’s basically just housing for the included charger.
Half the stuff you plug in these days probably plugs into a USB port, so it makes sense for your power strips to include some, in addition to AC outlets. This $29 power strip from Aukey includes six of the former (including one Quick Charge 3.0 port) and eight of the latter, so you can charge everything.
Whether you’re storing videos, photos, music, or even console games, $60 is a great price for a 2TB portable hard drive.
Your laptop is one of the most expensive things you own, and it deserves to be treated as such. Rather than throwing it roughshod into your bag, slip it into one of PicasoLabs’ beautiful, hand-stitched leather sleeves, now on sale for the first time ever.
There are several options available, and prices will vary depending on the size of your laptop. They’re all designed specifically for various MacBook models, but compare measurements, and you could probably find one to fit your Windows Ultrabook as well. No matter which one you choose, you’ll save 15% at checkout with that promo code. Needless to say, these also make a great gift.
Corsair’s K-series mechanical keyboards are some of your favorites for gaming, and for general use as well, and the
popular K70 is down to $90 today with brown switches, or $88 with linear reds, both the lowest prices of the year.
Update: The Brown model is sold out.
The Corsair K70's aluminum chassis lends the keyboard a premium feel, and its key-by-key customizable backlighting is just plain cool. If you don’t already know what kind of key switches you like, Lifehacker has a great explainer to help you understand the difference. This is the keyboard I use every day, and I absolutely love it.
If you have a small PC case and/or a small budget, but still want to play new PC games at reasonably good settings, the NVIDIA GTX 1060 is the graphics card for you. Get ZOTAC’s 3GB version for $195 on Amazon, within about $10 of an all-time low.
Klipsch’s ProMedia 2.1 speaker system is the only three-time winner in Kinja Co-Op history, and MassDrop has it for $120 right now, or $30 less than Amazon. If you’re still using, say, your laptop’s built-in speakers, I can’t express how huge this upgrade will be.
These Mackie CR3 reference monitors almost always sell for $100 on Amazon, and even at that price are frequently the top-sellers in the “Studio Audio Monitors” category. But if you buy them from Adorama today with promo code OCTOBER17, you’ll get them for $69. Nice.
Here’s a no-brainer deal to help you get ready for holiday shopping. Just reload your Amazon gift card balance for the first time by $100 or more, and get a bonus $10 added to your account. You can’t argue with free money.
For all the fine print, click here.
Anker’s PowerPort Speed 1 is basically Anker’s take on Apple’s 29W USB-C charger that comes bundled with the 12" MacBook. They’re both small bricks with a single USB-C port, power throughput is almost identical (the Anker ekes out one extra watt), and they’ll both charge that 12" MacBook at full speed, or your Nintendo Switch when it’s in portable mode. And if you own an iPhone 8 or are planning to buy an iPhone X, it’ll also give those the fastest possible charging speeds, if you pony up for a USB-C to Lightning cable).
You probably see where I’m going with this, but there is one big difference: Price! The Apple charger will set you back $49, while the Anker is on sale for just $22, down from it usual $26.
If you travel with any regularity, this versatile little gadget may just be your new best friend. They call it the RAVPower FileHub Plus, but that name doesn’t do it justice, because it’s really three gadgets in one:
- Travel Router: Turn any ethernet jack you find into a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can still come in handy at certain hotels and conventions.
- 6,000mAh USB Battery Pack: Keep your phone and tablet charged during a long day away from any power outlets.
- File Hub: Transfer files and wirelessly stream content from an SD card, hard drive, or flash drive to all of your devices. Imagine loading a cheap SD card up with movies for a long trip, instead of, say, buying a more expensive iPad with extra local storage.
Anker’s PowerLine and PowerLine+ cables were already our readers’ favorite charging cables, but the new PowerLine II line is even stronger, comes with a hassle-free lifetime warranty, and is a few bucks off on Amazon today.
We wrote more about the cables over on Gear, but the long and short of it is that between the extreme durability and the lifetime warranty, it’s quite possible that this will be the last Lightning cables you ever have to buy. The 6' model is the one on sale this week in black.
VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.
NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!
TOP HOME DEALS
One of the biggest Amazon trends of 2017 has been the influx of affordable massage gear, almost as if the populace as a whole is stressed out about something. Hmm.
Today only in Amazon’s Gold Box, five different massaging products are on sale for great low prices. If you buy all five and use them at the same time, I’m pretty sure you’ll transcend this Earthly plane and achieve real peace.
The holidays are coming up, and you want to show the neighborhood that you’re not a fun-hating Scrooge. The problem: You’re very busy and/or lazy, and putting up actual decorations is just too much work.
Enter projector lights. These really took hold in the form of red and green laser lights around Christmas over the past few years, but now, they work for all the major holidays, and some minor ones too. Just attach one of the 15 removable face plates in front of the projector, and you’ll cover the front of your house with witches, snow flakes, sleds, falling leaves, or even clowns if you’re a sadist. Just use code 2A4TNTC3 to save 25% on this model.
Vacuuming is simultaneously the worst chore, and the chore most easily pawned off to a robot. How convenient!
While it lacks the brand recognition of a Roomba, and we can’t personally vouch for them like we can for the Eufy RoboVac 11, this ECOVACS vacuum has solid reviews, and are insanely affordable today at $135 with promo code FVIHGUYX. That’s a match for a Gold Box deal from July, and one of the best prices we’ve seen on any robotic vacuum.
Most of us know letting wine breath will make it taste better. This $8 aerator will speed up the process by mixing in air as your pour.
I have one of these at home and it honestly makes a noticeable difference, normally taking out the initial harsh acidic taste of some wines.
Everyone ought to own a good old fashioned Swiss Army Knife, and the Huntsman II model is down to one of its best prices of the year right now. This would also make a great stocking stuffer, if you’re the type to plan ahead for such things.
BioLite, maker of our favorite camping stoves and lighting, is back with a FirePit we’ve been psyched about since we saw it in action back in December. Their Kickstarter launched today and is already... on fire.
Update: BioLite is running low on $199 preorder bonuses with the free solar cover (only about 500 left as of October 6), so get yours while you can.
The BioLite FirePit is easy to transport, minimizes smoke, is see-through for maximum fire viewing, uses wood or charcoal, and doubles as a hibachi grill. The secret here is an advanced circulation system that’s powered by a removable battery pack (which you can plug your phone into, natch), but unlike some of BioLite’s other products, the flames won’t recharge that battery themselves.
That said, Kickstarter preorders include a solar cover for free that will recharge the battery when the pit isn’t in use, but about a third of the units available at the $199 level are already gone, so don’t let this one smolder.
Some of your favorite food storage containers are 15% off today, putting them within a couple of bucks of their all-time low price. They’re glass so they’re less likely to stain or hold odors, but don’t take my word for it - here’s what you like about them:
Easy to clean, great size selection, very sturdy. - thethinwhiteduke
Far and away the best as they will never stain or crack and the lids are replaceable and inexpensive. Tons of different sizes and shapes. I’ve replaced almost all of my old plastic crap except for a few even smaller ones that go in the kids lunch boxes. - Dar
I have what I believe to be the oldest version of this product, purchased ~23 years ago at Costco. The sets (I bought 2) included two sizes of rectangular containers, small bowls, and two sizes of small round, all with blue lids. The have held up perfectly with only the replacement of two lids on the larger bowls. Glass is the perfect storage material but don’t microwave with the lids snapped on tight DAMHIKT. Excellent product and worth many times what I paid. - Bodger
At $64 (with promo code DTTLUEVT), this is one of the most affordable sous-vide circulator we’ve ever seen. And while it doesn’t come from a brand you’ve heard of like Anova or Chef Steps, its handful of reviews seem solid. At this price, I think it’s worth rolling the dice.
If you aren’t familiar with sous-vide, Lifehacker has a great explainer of the process here. Spoiler alert: it’s incredible easy, and the results are perfect every time.
Your stick vacuum won’t do you any good on shelves, in small closets, or in your car, but a small hand vacuum can make up the difference. This 20V Pivot vacuum runs on a lithium battery, and as the name suggest, its head pivots to help you reach every nook and cranny, including the awkward spaces under your car seats.
If excessive noise or utter silence makes it difficult for you to doze off, this white noise machine might be the key to a better night’s sleep.
Marpac’s Dohm-DS boasts a 4.3 star average on over 11,000 reviews (!!!), and Amazon’s offering a 10% off coupon on the tan model today. Not the best deal we’ve ever seen, but it is the lowest price we’ve seen in a couple of months, and you can’t put a price on better sleep.
Note: 10% discount will be taken at checkout.
Buying headlight bulbs for your car before you need them will save you an inconvenient (and if it’s at night or raining, potentially illegal) trip to the auto parts store, and with this $5 Amazon coupon, you might as well stock up.
Philips CrystalVision bulbs are the brightest bulbs offered and come in tons of different sizes to fit most vehicles. Just note that you won’t see the $5 discount until checkout, and don’t forget to do a little Googling to make sure you’re getting the right set.
It’s a little over 3 weeks until Halloween, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to pass out to the trick-or-treaters (or keep for yourself). Amazon is offering a whole pillow case-full of coupons on Halloween candy, so might as well stock up now. The discount won’t show up you check out, but all of these prices are about as low as they go.
If you think you’ll have guests coming in for the holidays, they won’t mind sleeping on this raised queen air mattress from Intex, complete with built-in pump. It doesn’t include a never-flat pump like some other deals we’ve seen, but for $40, it’s still a great value.
If you live in a city with Amazon Prime Now, but haven’t yet tried it, you can save $10 on your first order with promo code 10PRIMENOW.
All you have to do is build a cart with at least $20 worth of eligible goods from Amazon, and enter that code at checkout to get the deal. I’ve literally built Prime Now orders in the past that consisted of nothing but ice cream and junk food, but they recently added a selection of healthier stuff from Whole Foods as well, so you should have no trouble taking advantage.
Just remember that this deal is only available in cities with Prime Now service, and only first time Prime Now customers are eligible.
These $13 gloves let you grab a hot pan out of the oven, pull meat right off a grill, or even turn logs in an active campfire without getting burned, like some kind of superhero. We’ve seen silicone barbecue gloves for less than this in the past, but these are rated for much higher temperatures, and should be more flexible as well.
I was in the camp of people who felt like essential oils and aromatherapy diffusers were glorified Glade plug-ins. And they are to some extent, but the fact you can use natural essential oils to create the scent, rather than whatever Glade uses, is a real game changer. This 12-pack of essential oils is on sale today for just $13 with promo code KINJASA5.
The peppermint and eucalyptus scents can help with migraines, the lavender can help calm you and make you sleepy, and the orange scents are useful for cleaning. So $13 isn’t bad when you consider all the different ways you can use it.
Grab a diffuser if don’t have one yet too.
Kitchen scales are a necessity, especially if you do any baking. This one has a nice modern look and easy-to-clean glass top. Today, you can buy it for just $12 (with code 99YBRXW4) and weigh in on your own.
Anker’s home goods brand, Eufy, put its uber-popular copper string lights back on sale today for $10 today, the best price we’ve seen since April. This particular set doesn’t include a remote, but at this price, it’s a fine option for indoor or outdoor decorating.
TOP LIFESTYLE DEALS
Yes, it’s already happening again. Nordstrom Rack has brought back their Clear the Rack sale and it’s full (and I mean FULL) of really incredible deals. Designer clothing, brands you’ve never heard of, everything in clearance an extra 25% off. This lasts through Monday, so you have a nice, long weekend to pick up some discounts.
I never full appreciated quality running shoes until I had a pair. It was night-and-day for my knees and shins. If you want to invest in a good, casual running shoe, but don’t want to drop too much money, head over to Joe’s New Balance Outlet. Right now, you can grab these New Balance 420v3 Running Shoes for just $40, plus free shipping, when you use the code KINJA420.