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Apple Watches, cast iron skillets, Furbo’s Pet Camera, and a discounted laptop lead off Wednesday’s best deals.

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BEST TECH DEALS

Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5 Inch Internal SSD | $65 | Amazon
Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5 Inch Internal SSD | $119 | Amazon
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It should be a crime for any computer to ship with a spinning hard drive. Why manufacturers continue to do so, despite the dropping prices of SSDs, astonishes me. But, of course, you can correct this wrong-doing.

SSDs are more reliable and much, much faster than the traditional (see: antiquated) HDD. Crucial’s 1TB model is marked down to an all-time low of $119 on Amazon and the smaller 500GB version is $65 (save more if you clip the coupon), so correct this manufacturer wrong right now.

You deserve better.


The release of the new Apple Watch Series 4 coincided with a price drop for the still-excellent Series 3. And today at Walmart, you can save even more.

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This deal is valid for both the 38mm ($229) and 42mm ($259) GPS models. Sadly, the cellular version isn’t on sale this time. And while those deals aren’t quite as good as the ones we saw on Cyber Monday, they’re still $50 less than Apple would charge you.


Wi-Fi Endoscope | $21 | Amazon | Promo code WSDQZLWV
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Look, I get it, you don’t think you need an endoscope. And you probably don’t! At least right now. But the day will come—it could be in a week, it could be in 10 years—where you need a snake-like camera to look down a drain, or in the recesses of a car engine, or inside your air conditioning ducts, and you’ll be glad you bought one for $21 with code WSDQZLWV.

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Dr. Meter’s Wi-Fi endoscope is a 720p camera with built-in LED headlights at the end of a five-meter, semi-rigid cable. At the other end of the cord is an included Wi-Fi module that that broadcasts live video to your phone or computer over, so you see what the camera sees. It also comes with three attachments (a hook, a magnet, and a mirror) that you can slip onto the end to peer around corners, or retrieve tiny items.

At this point, I feel like I should cover my bases and point out that this is not a medical device. Please, don’t put it inside yourself or anyone else. Otherwise, have fun. Thanks.


Anker PowerLine+ 6' Lightning Cable | $11 | Amazon | Promo code ANKCABLE. Multiple colors available.
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A really nice Lightning cable is an ideal stocking stuffer for the iPhone owners in your life, and they don’t get much nicer than Anker’s PowerLine+ cables. Wrapped in nylon and reinforced with kevlar, they’re basically unbreakable, and just feel really nice to use.

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For a limited time, get a 6' cable in the color of your choice for just $11 with promo code ANKCABLE, complete with an adjustable pouch that keeps it from getting tangled.


Lenovo IdeaPad 330s 15.6" Laptop (81F5006FUS) | $350 | Walmart
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You’d be forgiven if you automatically dismiss Lenovo notebook as a run-of-the-mill, garbage sub-$500 laptop, but you’d be mistaken. Amid all the vanilla specs (4GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, i5 processor, etc.) from this $350 unit is something pretty cool: Optane Memory.

Gizmodo’s written quite a bit about it. Here’s what Alex Cranz said about Intel’s tech:

Optane Memory ... is much cheaper—think $30 for a stick, and works in tandem with your storage drive, remembering commonly loaded files, like game textures or software libraries, and loading them faster than your storage drive alone ever could. In our tests the Optane memory paired with a traditional HDD, was two to three times faster than without the memory.

For the user (see: student) who only uses their laptop for browsing the web, Netflix and catfishing someone in Des Moines, this is a good, cheapass laptop.


Zero Grid Tech Dopp Kit | $15 | Amazon | Promo code 2CZGP7RB

What gift do you get for the gadget lover who already has everything? A bag to carry their gadgets, of course. The Zero Grid Electronics Travel Organizer is bursting with pockets, straps, and zippers to keep all of your tech gear organized and untangled while you’re on the road. Get it for an all-time low $15 today with code 2CZGP7RB.


MSI GV62 15.6" Gaming Laptop 15.6" Fortnite Bundle | $700 | Walmart
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Let me level with you for a second: I don’t know what “back bling” is. But apparently, you’ll get that plus a pickaxe, a glider and $20 in V-Bucks with your purchase of this souped-up, $700 MSI gaming laptop.

The 15.6-inch MSI GV62 8RE gaming laptop packs a GTX 1060 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, Intel Core i5-8300 processor, and 256GB SSD. Add that up, and you have a gaming PC ready take on whatever teenager thinks he’s good at Fortnite. (Or you can play Overwatch with me! I’m a tank main. Orisa is so good, don’t @ me.)

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If you can ignore the red-and-black, aggressive design, this is a solid companion to hunker down with during the inevitable winter storms.


Bonafide deals on Apple MacBooks are hard to find. Refurbished models tend to be the most consistent source for bargains, like this offer from Amazon. Priced at $820, this is $280 less than what’s on Apple’s Refurbished storefront.

These gold and rose gold, mid-2017 Apple notebooks offer 8GB of RAM, an M3 processor and 256GB of storage. But there are caveats: these Amazon renewed products (see: used) aren’t Apple-certified, may arrive with third-party accessories/packaging, and come with a paltry 90-day Woot Warranty.

If you’re in dire need of a MacBook, this is a steal.


Giant plugs that cover up half the outlets on your power strip should be outlawed, but until that day arrives, these short extension cords will have to do. $17 gets you a pack of 10, which should be enough for even the most advanced home theater setups.

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The deal doesn’t require a promo code this time around, but today’s price is about $2-$5 less than the usual going rate for this set, and a match for the last deal we posted.


2-Pack Nylon-Braided 90 Degree Lightning Cables | $13 | Amazon | Promo code AUK7XMAS

Given how many Lightning cables seem to wear out at the necks, it’s surprising that 90 degree cables aren’t more of a thing. You can grab two nylon braided cables for $13 from Aukey today with promo code AUK7XMAS, which would be a great price for two nylon-braided Lightning cables anyway, even without the unique connector.


Boogie Board 8.5" LCD Writing Tablet | $16 | Amazon
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Permanence is overrated. For evidence, go back and read what you wrote in your LiveJournal when you were 17. How hard does it make you cringe? You never have to feel that way again with the Boogie Board 8.5" LCD Writing Tablet. It allows you to endlessly write, rewrite, erase, and forget, and it’s way better for the environment than using a paper and pen. Just think of all the lists, reminders, and deep, dark secrets that you’ll be keeping out of landfills.


Green Monday TV Rollbacks | Walmart
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To celebrate Green Monday, Black Friday’s weird, procrastinating cousin, Walmart is lowering the price on a number of TVs. This includes the Ellen-approved, $380 55-inch 4K UHD HDR VIZIO TV.

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This Chromecast-enabled Vizio set offers a lot for that price, e.g. voice control, mobile app control and, most notable of all, full array backlighting.


iPad 32GB | $250 | Amazon
iPad 128GB | $350 | Amazon

Let’s face the facts; you don’t need the iPad Pro. The standard 2018 iPad is a terrific tablet for both consuming and creating media. (And it works with the Apple Pencil, the first non-Pro model to do so.)

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And right now you can get the Gold 32GB model for $250, the same price we saw (on and off) around Black Friday. The 128GB Gold is also on sale for $350.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet | $60 | Amazon
Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet | $100 | Amazon
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While today’s deals aren’t nearly as good as Black Friday, if you’re in the market for a cheap, serviceable tablet, that’s exactly how we’d describe the Amazon Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10. Are they as nice or as powerful as an iPad Pro? Of course not. But they’re nice-looking internet-connected screens that you can hold in your hand or set on the counter while you cook, which is all most of us need a tablet to be.

As fun as the rainbow effects of Philips Hue bulbs can be, white is also a color. This Philips Hue White A19 Dimmable LED Smart Bulb 4-Pack sticks with that, the most basic and useful of lighting colors. But if you want to add more unusual shades to your lighting design later on, you can totally do that.


Kindle Paperwhite (2018) | $100 | Amazon
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Basically every device Amazon makes was on sale for Black Friday, with one glaring exception: The new, waterproof, Bluetooth-equipped Kindle Paperwhite. So if you were holding out on a deal for all your pool and bathtub reading needs, your patience has been rewarded today with a $30 discount.


Amazon Fire TV | $25 | Amazon
Amazon Fire TV 4K | $35 | Amazon
Amazon Fire TV Cube | $70 | Amazon
Amazon Fire TV Recast 500GB | $190 | Amazon
Amazon Fire TV Recast 1TB | $230 | Amazon
Amazon Fire TV Recast 500GB + Antenna + Fire TV Stick 4K | $245 | Amazon
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Amazon has quietly come out with a pretty exciting lineup of Fire TV streaming gadgets over the past few months, and they all just went back on sale, either for their Black Friday prices, or very close to them.

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You can get a regular Fire TV Stick for $25, but it’s almost definitely worth spending $10 more to get the new version, which supports 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos audio.

Moving up the line, the Fire TV Cube is essentially a Fire TV 4K with an Echo Dot built in, allowing you to control your TV with your voice, totally hands-free. It’s also on sale for $70, or $50 off its original price.

But perhaps the most interesting device here is the new Fire TV Recast. This DVR is designed explicitly for cord cutters, and works with any OTA antenna. Rather than plugging straight into your TV, it broadcasts live or recorded shows over Wi-Fi to your Fire TV, an Amazon Echo Show, or any iOS or Android device, no matter where you are in the world. Both the two-tuner 500GB and four-tuner 1TB models are on sale (albeit for $10 more than Black Friday), and you can also save by buying a bundle that includes a Fire TV Stick 4K and an antenna.


Sharp 65" Class 4K Ultra HD TV | $480 | Walmart
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Go big or go home, that’s what I always say. And with this deal from Walmart, you can go home to a bigass TV for just $480.

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This internet-capable model features 4K HDR panel which is unlikely to top any list, but if size and budget are your only concerns, this is a worth a serious consideration. It can also work well as a spare TV for an extra room in your home.


RAVPower 6700mAh Battery Pack/Wall Charger Combo | $22 | Amazon | Promo code KINJAQFF

The Anker PowerCore Fusion is one of our biggest sellers ever, because it combines a USB wall charger and a portable battery pack into a single product. Now, RAVPower has their own alternative with a slightly larger 6700mAh battery inside, and you can grab it for just $22 with promo code KINJAQFF.

They sent me one to check out, and despite the larger battery inside, it’s barely bigger or heavier than the Anker, and would make a great holiday stocking stuffer.


Anker SoundCore 2 | $30 | Amazon

With its 24 hour battery life, impressive bass, and crystal clear sound quality, the Anker SoundCore has long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and its water-resistant successor is down to $30 today, or $10 less than usual.

The SoundCore 2 still includes dual drivers and that amazing 24 hour battery; the only real differences are a slightly tweaked design and the aforementioned water resistance. That means you can take it to the pool, the beach, or even the shower without fear.


Anker PowerPort Cube | $20 | Amazon
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We’ve seen power cubes with more ports and outlets from other manufacturers, but Anker’s take on the category has a few nice touches.

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While it leaves one side of the cube empty, it does come with adhesive pads that let you mount it on a wall or underneath a desk. It normally sells for $26, but you can get it for just $20 today — the cheapest it’s been.


Anker PowerCore 10000 Redux | $26 | Amazon
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Anker makes just about every capacity of PowerCore battery pack imaginable, but the company’s 10,000mAh packs have always been among their most popular. And now, just in time for the holidays, they squeezed that much juice into a shockingly small new package.

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The PowerCore 10000 Redux is only 4.1” x 2" x 1", and weighs only 6.6 ounces, making it the smallest 10,000mAh battery pack we’ve ever seen. And of course, Anker’s PowerIQ technology is built in, meaning you’ll get the fastest possible charging speed no matter what you plug in. There’s even a special trickle charge mode for low-draw devices like Bluetooth headphones, which often don’t draw enough power to keep USB battery packs “awake.”

The Redux only just came out, and retails for $34, but it’s marked down to $26 this week, making it a perfect stocking stuffer idea.


Samsung U3 32GB MicroSD Card | $6 | Amazon
Samsung U3 64GB MicroSD Card | $11 | Amazon
Samsung U3 128GB MicroSD Card | $20 | Amazon
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Samsung’s U3-rated microSD cards are some of the fastest and most popular options out there—I have the 128GB model in my own Nintendo Switch—and all four sizes are down to all-time low prices today on Amazon.

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The 32GB card is down to a laughably cheap $6, the 64GB just dropped to $11, and the 128GB went from $25 to $20.

If you need extra space for your action cam, smartphone, tablet, Switch, or anything else, these are extremely fast cards, and extremely good deals.


Private Internet Access Exclusive Deals
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VPNs have been in the news, and whether you want to get around video geoblocks, circumvent proxy filters, or just keep prying eyes out of your browsing data while using sketchy public Wi-Fi, reader-favorite Private Internet Access has a deal to fit your needs.

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Private Internet Access doesn’t do much in the way of discounting, but they offer exclusive pricing and packages just for our readers that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are your options, and what you’d pay if you bought the same plan elsewhere:

These deals are only for our readers, but we aren’t sure how long they’ll be available, so go ahead and sign up while you can.

BEST HOME DEALS

A bedroom is more than just a place to rest your head at night. Take yours to the next level with new bedding and bedroom furniture, thanks to today’s Amazon Gold Box. Bed frames, night stands, and bedroom sets are up for grabs in a variety of light and dark finishes, along with mattresses, comforters, and even blackout curtains — basically, everything you need to ensure a solid night of shut eye at prices that you won’t lose sleep over.


Progressive Prepworks Can Colander | $4 | Amazon
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First: Don’t @ me about canned meat being inferior or whatever, because nobody is under the delusion that preserved food is better than fresh. Sometimes you’re just hungry and in search of a quick/easy/convenient meal, and canned goods are one way to meet that need.

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Now, let’s talk about how annoying it can be to drain cans. Actually there’s not much to discuss there, because it’s just a small, inconvenient fact of life that everybody’s aware of. So I added the Progressive Prepworks Can Colander to my Amazon cart the instant I saw it, and I’m weirdly excited about the prospect of slightly easier food prep.

You’d pay at least a dollar more or have to deal with in-store pickup (or both) anywhere else, so while today’s price isn’t a huge discount, it’s still a good buy. Note that it’s designed to fit only certain cans, though, so don’t get too crazy with your plans.


AmazonBasics Six-Pack LED Light Bulbs | $11 | Amazon
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Amazon had the bright idea of making its own AmazonBasics LED light bulbs, and you can get six of them for just $11 right now. A lot of utility companies will also give you a rebate for buying LEDs, so they could end up being cheaper if you send in your receipt, or even free.

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They’re not smart, they don’t dim, and they definitely don’t change colors. But they do put out as much light as a 60W incandescent with only 10.5W of energy, so they will pay for themselves.



Christmas Decorations Gold Box | Amazon
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Look, life happens. It’s fine if you had a lot going on and your Christmas decorations still aren’t up. But you’re running out of time if you want to actually enjoy them. And if you haven’t even bought this year’s decor yet? Well, you have even less time to get that done, what with shipping and all.

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Luckily, The Fastest Shipper* has a Gold Box today full of lights, trees, and ornaments that represent a range of interests, along with figurines and other odds and ends. Make time to shop it if you don’t want to live like the Grinch this holiday season.

*This claim has not been investigated for accuracy, but Prime shipping is generally one of the quickest ways to get something delivered, in my experience.


5 for $60 Large Classic Jar or Tumbler Candles | Yankee Candle
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Even if your house is visually decorated for the holidays, you could be missing the all-important component of a seasonal scent. A peppermint, gingerbread, or pine fragrance wafting through the air can really take things to the next level.

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With Yankee Candle’s 5 for $60 Large Classic Jar or Tumbler Candles sale, you can stock up on scents for every room of the house. You’ll also be saving major scrilla — each candle is normally $30, so basically, you’re getting three for free. But you’ll need to do it soon, because this offer will be extinguished Friday.


Furbo Dog Camera | $135 | Amazon
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Dog parenting is a full-time job, and now, you can stay informed on what your fur babies are up to when you’re not around with this Furbo Dog Camera, back down to its Black Friday price of $135.

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Not only will this gadget allow you to use your smartphone to look in on your canine kids when you’re not home via full HD camera with night vision, but it will also let you interact with them. Toss your good doggo a treat if you feel like he needs a snack, or scold him thanks to two-way audio when you catch him gnawing on your shoes again. You can even get push notifications when your dog barks. After all, they grow up so fast.


Lodge 8" Cast Iron Skillet | $7 | Amazon
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The humble and inexpensive cast iron skillet is one of most important pieces of cooking gear you can own, and Lodge’s highly-rated 8” model is down to an all-time low $7 on Amazon, albeit as an add-on item. Obviously, this is too small to be your main skillet, but it’s great if you’re just cooking for yourself, or heating up some side dishes.


Pyrex Simply Store 28-Piece Set | $20 | Walmart
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I love Pyrex. Like, something deep within me is irrationally drawn to the beautiful combination of glass and lids in a rainbow of colors. I always have to fight the compulsion to buy it when I see a good deal, because I have enough — that’s what I keep telling myself, at least.

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But if you’re without (or if you just want more), you should really check out the 28-piece set currently on sale for $20 at Walmart. There’s honestly no better way to store your food than in glass, and just think of how nicely organized the inside of your fridge will look.


Tacklife Multimeter | $7 | Amazon | Promo code 8XFF7PBJ

You might not need a multimeter very often, but for $7 (with promo code 8XFF7PBJ), it’s not a bad idea to add one to your toolbox. It sure beats electrocuting yourself and dying horribl


Streamlight ProTac Flashlight | $27 | Amazon
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It’s always good to have a flashlight handy, lest you be overtaken by darkness at some inopportune moment. This $27 Streamlight ProTac flashlight is tactical flashlight you want to have on you for those “just in case” moments, and it just so happens to be down to it’s lowest price ever. A tactical model that boasts 350 lumens of brightness, this small but powerful light runs on either AA or CR123A batteries and features a helpful hat clip for hands-free navigating. It would be a bright idea to buy one today before this deal goes dark.


TaoTronics 33' 100 LED String Lights | $6 | Amazon | Promo code D6BJOPRM
TaoTronics 66' 200 LED String Lights | $8 | Amazon | Promo code 6DE797RE

Are your holiday decorations missing that certain something? Copper string lights make everything look more festive, and you can get a remote-controlled 33' strand for $6 with promo code D6BJOPRM, or a 66' strand for just $8 with code 6DE797RE. So go forth and make your house Instagram-ready.


Eufy RoboVac 11S | $149 | Amazon | Promo code KINJAT008
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Roombas get all the glory, but don’t let name recognition overshadow an excellent deal on an equally efficient, if not better, robotic vacuum. Anker’s slim Eufy RoboVac 11S is a favorite of our readers, and today, you can use promo code KINJAT008 to clean it out for just $149, the same price as Cyber Monday. The 11S is extremely quiet, extra slim for tight spaces, and it sucks up anything in its path with ease.