Top Tech Deals
The past year or so has seen a welcome deluge of Wi-Fi router innovation, and Portal seems to be one of the best newcomers in the space, particularly for smaller dwellings in congested, urban environments.
Portal includes app-based configuration, nine internal antennas, and mesh capabilities if you buy more than one...table stakes these days for a good router. But while almost all home Wi-Fi routers limit you to a small number of public channels over 5GHz, Portal also opens up four “DFS” channels that are typically reserved for military use and commercial radar.
The law allows home routers to use these DFS channels, but they must shift off of them for a set amount of time whenever they detect active radar to avoid interference. Portal does just this, and moves all of your devices off of the busy channel in the background automatically, and shifts them back on when it’s safe. That means that most of the time, these channels are practically empty, so you won’t have to worry about interference from your neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks. This Digital Trends review has a thorough explanation of the technology, if you’re curious.
Portal retails for $200, and has sold for around $150 for the last few months, but for a limited time, you can try it out for $126 with promo code KINJAWIN. I bought this thing earlier this year, and absolutely love it.
The Echo Dot is probably the best smart home device ever made, and if you’ve been waiting for a deal to scatter them all around your home, Amazon’s passing them out for just $40, today only. Father’s Day is on the horizon, and these make great gifts for nearly everyone.
And in case you missed it earlier this week, refurbs are also marked down to $38 right now, if you really want to pinch your pennies.
If you have any $75+ items on your shopping list, you can save $15 today by buying them through eBay. Just use promo code PREMEMDAY15 at checkout (in conjunction with selecting PayPal as your payment method) to get the discount.
Unfortunately, this deal excludes gift cards, money, and, uh, real estate, but otherwise, go nuts. Just note that this deal is only valid until 11PM ET tonight.
We’ve featured deals on Bluetooth receivers, and deals on Bluetooth transmitters, but this little gadget is actually both. So on the one hand, you could plug it into an old MP3 player or TV to add wireless transmitting capabilities, and then with a flick of a switch, plug it into your car’s AUX jack, a pair of headphones, or an old iHome to add Bluetooth receiving. Very versatile!
If you love inky blacks and vibrant colors, and who doesn’t, this curved OLED LG TV is down to $1694 today with a free included sound bar (with code SMEQL7070517), which is an insanely good deal.
As you’d expect from any high-end TV these days, that gets you a 4K panel and Dolby Vision HDR, but OLED technology means the blacks will be far richer, and the colors more vibrant than any LCD-based screen you can buy. It’ll still cost you, but your eyes will tell you it was worth it.
Ringke’s running another massive $4 phone case sale, and you can find all of the deals here.
Logitech’s Harmony Elite is basically the grand poobah of TV remotes, with the ability to control up to 15 different devices, a capacitive touchscreen, the ability to build programs that control multiple devices with one touch, and a lot more.
My favorite feature though? The included Harmony Hub that turns your smartphones, Echoes, and Google Homes into fully-functional remotes; perfect for when you’ve inevitably lost the actual remote in the couch cushions. $263's a pretty penny, but it’s the best price Amazon’s ever offered.
For a limited time, you can grab the PowerCore II 20000 for $34, the best price we’ve ever seen. In addition to a fresh new design, the PowerCore II includes three high speed USB charging ports with a whopping 30W shared between them, plus dual 10W microUSB inputs, allowing you to recharge the entire brick twice as quickly.
We own so many mobile devices now, it only makes sense for surge protectors and power strips to include USB ports in addition to AC outlets. This $19 charger from iClever includes six of each, so you should never be short a place to plug in.
If you missed out on yesterday’s Anker vertical mouse deal, today we have an even more affordable alternative from Velocifire. $13 gets you an ergonomic design, three different DPI levels, and forward/back buttons.
If for whatever reason you prefer a wired mouse, you can save on this model as well.
We know you guys like Velcro cable ties, but if you’re interested in a different option for keeping your wires organized, these neoprene zip-up sleeves are another great option. $11 gets you four 20" sleeves, each of which includes a buckle that allows you to attach them together.
Yi makes your favorite budget action cam, and right now its 4K sibling is just $170 with the code YISPROFF. I got a chance to test this guy out on the rapids of the Hudson River and let me tell you, it’s a lot of bang for its buck. So if you’ve got champagne taste but a beer budget, this is the action cam for you.
It’s a little bit larger in size than the GoPro, but by only a little more than half an inch. It can shoot that coveted 4k at 30fps or 720p at 240fps, which is kind of astounding for an under-$200 cam. Plus, the listed battery life on the Yi is 2 hours, compared to the 1.5 hours on the GoPro.
It’s officially beach season, and if you want to keep your phones protected from the surf and sand, you can get a two-pack of Mpow dry bags for just $7 today with promo code F75VF8GY.
You don’t need to sell a kidney to afford noise-cancelling Bluetooth earbuds; these 4 star-rated Cowin E-7s are just $39 right now, or $31 off with promo code K8WP23JH.
They might not have the brand recognition of Sony or Bose, but these headphones pack in 30 hours of battery life, the ability to use them in wired mode if the battery dies, and yes, active noise cancellation that reviewers say works really well.
Top Home Deals
Alright, this is just smart. This rolling pin features a removable ring system that allows you to roll out dough to a specific and consistent thickness, and at $12, it’s never been cheaper.
At $82 (with promo code 5Z7N427L), this is 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 Instant Pot, it does seem to have some pretty solid reviews.
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.
If your current vacuum isn’t getting the job done, you can upgrade to this highly-rated Hoover WindTunnel 3 for just $97, today only. It’s a little more than you’d expect to pay for a basic stick vacuum, but this one includes some extra attachments like a pivoting dusting tool, pet Turbo tool, telescoping extension wand and crevice tool.
Amazon typically lists this model around $120-$190, and $97 is an all-time low. Just be sure to grab it before it gets cleaned out.
While supplies last, Amazon will sell you a 10.5"pan for $14, within a penny of its all-time low price. Not bad considering it should last the rest of your life, as long as you take good care of it.
The airline-safe Gerber Shard incorporates six different tools into a single piece of metal the size of a key, and you can slide it onto your keychain for $5 today. It’s been slightly cheaper a few times in the past, but typically as an Amazon Add-On Item, meaning it would only ship as part of a larger order. Today though, it’s the ultimate Prime-eligible impulse buy.
I bought this last time it was on sale, and used it as my primary box tape cutter during a cross-country move. It was really impressive!
No matter how great your wiper blades are, they’ll work better with a fresh coat of Rain-X on your windshield. If you have anything else you want to order today, add a bottle to your cart for an all-time low $3 as part of Amazon’s Add-On Item program.
If you’ve ever spent more than 5 seconds sorting through your mismatched food containers to find the right lid, it’s time to throw them all out and upgrade to the uber-popular Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid system.
These containers come in six different sizes, and yet you only have to deal with three different lids, making it much easier to find the right one. The 42 piece set is on sale for $20 today on Amazon. We’ve seen better prices in the past, but this set has been selling for around $24 pretty consistently this year, so you’re saving about $4.
Sugru is right up there with binder clips and the Raspberry Pi in Lifehacker’s pantheon of must-have gear, and you can stock up today with eight multicolor packs from Amazon for just $13, the best price we’ve seen so far this year.
Our readers have bought thousands of outdoor motion-sensing spotlights over the past few years, and today, we have great deals on a few unique models.
OxyLED’s OxySol is notable for having not one, but two motion detectors, giving it a massive 210 degree field of view. Obviously, its utility will depend on where you mount it, but it would be ideal on the corner of your home. Get it for just $10 with promo code 1OXYSL07.
Alternatively, you could opt for Mpow’s new spotlights, which can be aimed in any direction you want, and include a supplemental solar panel that can be mounted over four feet away from the light itself (which also has a small solar panel built into the top). Get one for $24 with code BJE6KIG4, or two for $42 with code UXSYV5A6.
We’ll probably be a Russian colony soon, so you might as well start assimilating to the culture by buying a dash cam. This one from Aukey includes a 1080p Sony sensor and 170 degree field of view, two different mounting options, and capacitors that are rated to work in temperatures from -4°F to 149°F.
If your tires are about due for a replacement, Discount Tire Direct is offering up to $100 in Visa gift card rebates (in addition to any manufacturer rebates) when you order four new tires, plus an additional $100 if you order wheels as well, plus an extra $60 on each if you use a Discount Tire credit card. Just enter your make and model, click the options to see tires on promotion, and you’ll see the rebate amount (either $25, $75, or $100) on the right hand side.
Top Lifestyle Deals
Take your mind off the status of the world around you and go climb a mountain. And if you need to replace your hiking shoes, or just need an excuse to get another pair, Amazon’s one-day, up to 40% off sale on select hiking shoes is your excuse. Boots and shoes from Salamon, Merrell, and more are all included in the sale, but this deal only lasts until the wolf howls at midnight.
Whether you wear TOMS for the ease of never having to tie your shoes or just dig the style, this is one deal you should take advantage of. Right now, use the code 15EXTRA and take an extra 15% off all sale styles, including accessories like sunglasses and bags. Plus, they’ve come a long way from just simple, canvas slip-ons. Now you have a real reason to throw out your old, gross ones.
Be prepared for the upcoming season with Uniqlo’s Memorial Day Sale. Get tees for $6, shorts for $20, and a couple swim suits thrown in there as well. Both men’s and women’s styles are included, but these will go fast, so you’d better stock up now.
The classic BlenderBottle is great for mixing everything from pancake batter to protein shakes, and the 32 oz. model is a no-brainer purchase at this price (albeit as an Add-On Item).
What better way to get ready for the better weather than discounted Under Armour gear? This sale is full of practically every style you can think of, with styles for both men and women. From the classic Under Armour long-sleeves to training shoes to their Threadborne microthread technology, this gear is perfect for running outside in the warmer months.
Nordstrom has two large sales each year: The Anniversary Sale and The Half-Yearly Sale. Well, today is about halfway through the year, so Nordstrom is taking up to 40% off a boatload of styles. It’ll take time to look through all the stuff, so maybe pencil it in as a meeting at work or something.
Memorial Day is basically the unofficial start of summer, so it’s time to prepare now. Amazon is marking down a ton of Speedo styles (and not just the banana hammocks) to as low as $10, for men, women, and kids. If you have a beach trip planned for this weekend, or any time this summer, this is where you want to stock up.
This $14 camping hammock can fold up to fit in a bag, so you can take it to your favorite
Pokémon gyms parks and enjoy the outdoors. It even comes with carabiners and ropes, but you’ll need a set of tree straps to connect it to trunks.
The weather is actually nice, and Mountain Hardwear has the apparel and gear for you to enjoy it. Take an 25% off select items as part of their Memorial Day sale. Go climb a mountain or hike a trail. Or just look like you do those things while walking the dog.
The price of these popular Bowflex adjustable dumbbells has been yo-yoing for weeks, but generally speaking, any time they’ve dipped below $200, they’ve sold out fairly quickly. So if you missed out on the last few opportunities, Amazon’s spotting you another chance today.
Top Media Deals
If you still haven’t tried Spotify Premium, you can get three months for just $1 for a limited time. That’s three months of no ads, better sound quality, offline listening, and full mobile access. Best buck you’ll ever spend.
Note: Only first time Premium subscribers are eligible for this offer.
Top Gaming Deals
Amazon’s back at it again with a ton of great deals on Logitech PC peripherals, today only.
Most Logitech Gold Boxes focus either on gaming gear or general purpose peripherals, but today’s is a great mix of both. For example, gamers will appreciate the G13 gameboard and G403 Prodigy gaming mouse, but everyone can make use of an affordable speaker system, the popular G920 webcam, and the Anywhere 2 and Master mice.
Those highlights are just the tip of the deal iceberg though, so head over to Amazon to find all of the discounted gear.
Humble’s Indie Bundle 18 is still going strong, but they’re piling onto your Steam backlog with the launch of the Humble GameOn Bundle, which includes the likes of Grim Fandango Remastered, Her Story, The Stanley Parable, and even Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, just for starters. As always, a portion of the proceeds will go to charity, and you’ll have to meet certain price thresholds to unlock some games.
As a compulsive fidgeter, I’ve tried both fidget cubes and fidget spinners, and there’s frankly no comparison; cubes are far superior. Why limit yourself to spinning when you can roll, click, press, flick, and rub, all on one device? There are two different colors available for $5, just note that they have different promo codes.