Instead of battling the crowds at the stores that are open later today or heading out at midnight to stand in lines at your local stores, why don’t you surf on over to LogicBuy and check out all their great deals? Some are for in-store sale prices, which will help you plan your battles when you head out. Other are online deals, so you won’t even have to button your pants back up while you shop.
Settle in to your comfy chair, grab a drink, and start shopping at LogicBuy.
From all of us here at The Gadgeteer to all of you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving day. Even if you’re not located here in the US, don’t like turkey (I’m looking at you Janet) or pumpkin pie (with Cool Whip), please take some time today to count your blessings and give thanks to all the good things and people in your life. I’m thankful for everyone at The Gadgeteer, my friends and family. I’m so incredibly lucky for everything in my life and that includes all of you who come to this site to share our love of gadgets!
This is rather expensive for a USB car charging station, but could it be any cuter? The R2D2 USB Car Charger from ThinkGeek sits beside you in a drink holder; his arms adjust so that he will fit in most holders. Plug him into your car’s power outlet, and he’ll be able to charge two devices simultaneously in his two 2.1A USB jacks. He’s only 5.5″ tall and 3.5″ wide at the widest point; he has a 2″ diameter base to fit in a cup holder and a 36″ long cable to reach the power outlet. He’s cute enough just sitting there, but ThinkGeek upped the cuteness factor with a lighted, rotating dome and by making him beep and whistle when your attached device begins to charge – or you can press a button to animate him anytime you want to converse with him. R2D2 is $49.99 and is available exclusively from ThinkGeek. (I’m not the most devoted Star Wars fan, but I’m dying for an R2D2 USB charger for my car. My passengers can just hold their own drinks!)
When it comes to activity trackers and pedometers, Fitbit is at the top of the list in brand recognition and popularity. They’ve been around for several years and their fitness products continue to evolve and improve. Earlier this year, they came out with their first wrist worn device – the Fitbit Flex. Now six months later, they are offering another wrist worn tracker – the Fitbit Force. Almost identical in functionality to the Flex, the Force offers two notable features that the Flex lacks. It can count the number of floors you’ve climbed and it has an OLED display. Are these additions worth a $30 premium over the Flex? Let’s find out. [click to continue…]
LogicBuy’s Deal for Wednesday is the 23″ Dell Inspiron 23 Touch all-in-one PC for $799.99. Features:
- 4th-gen Core i3-4000M 2.4GHz Dual-core CPU
- 6GB RAM
- 1TB hard drive, 8-in-1 card reader
- Intel HM87 express chipset
- 1080p resolution, multi-touch display
- Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
- Four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI in, HDMI out
- Full HD webcam with mic
- 2-year Enhanced Support
- Windows 8
$999.99 – $200 coupon code = $799.99 with free shipping.
This deal expires December 2, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBuy home page for other deals.
Who reading this doesn’t have a cell/smart phone? With mobile technology today, I would venture to guess a lot of our readers have done away with an old-fashioned line (landline or VOIP) in favor of cellular service. But, what if you have both a cell phone and a line service, or what if you just don’t like to carry your cell phone with you everywhere you go throughout the house? The Panasonic model KX-TG9541 Cordless Phone with Link-to-Cell can solve your home phone dilemmas. [click to continue…]
Tokyoflash Japan has recently introduced some new watches with wooden cases and bands. Their newest offering, the Kisai Polygon Wooden Watch, has a dark sandalwood case and a leather band. The face is available in blue or mirror. The watch displays the time and date on the “always on” LCD display; it also has an alarm mode. As always, Tokyoflash Japan is offering this watch at a reduced price of $109 for the first 48 hours of sale; the price will increase after Thursday, November 28th at 11:00AM, Japan time.
Tuesday’s pre-Black Friday Deal of the Day is the configurable 15.6″ Dell Inspiron 15 (3537) Core i5 “Haswell” laptop, starting at $449.99. Features:
- 1.6GHz Dual-core CPU
- 6GB RAM
- 750GB hard drive, 8-in-1 card reader, DVD burner
- Two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI v1.4a output
- Waves MaxxAudio 4
- 1MP webcam with mic
$749.99 – $250 instant savings – $50 coupon code = $449.99 with free shipping.
This deal expires November 26, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBuy home page for other Black Friday deals.
The Slate Mobile AirDesk is a new Kickstarter project that just launched yesterday and has already surpassed the funding goal of $6500. It is made in Tempe, Arizona from a solid block of hand sanded bamboo. A grid of holes has been drilled through the block to help with air flow and heat dissipation. There is a special slot for your phone or tablet and a built in mouse pad. It’s lightweight, sturdy and looks very nice. I think I need one… My primary computer at home is a 3 year old 13″ Macbook Air. I love it because it’s lightweight while still having a nice sized screen and keyboard. I use the MBA on my lap while sitting on the couch way more than I do on my desk in Gadgeteer HQ (my basement office). When I use the MBA on my lap, I don’t have the advantage of being able to use a mouse with it. The trackpad on the MBA works fine for most of what I do on a daily basis, but when I’m editing photos for reviews and news posts, a mouse makes things so much easier. So, when I’m editing photos, I usually do it in the office with my laptop on the desk while Jeanne is sitting alone on the couch with her Macbook Pro. The Slate lapdesk looks like it could be a perfect thing to prevent Jeanne from being lonely. I’m all about loneliness prevention. A minimum pledge of $88 will reserve one Slate, with shipping due in time for Christmas.
Portable music has been a hit, especially since Sony first developed their Walkman players and then Apple introduced their iPods. But usually these portable players require wired headphones for you to enjoy your music, or you had to plug them in to huge speakers to fill the room with music. Kitsound‘s Hive Wireless Speaker solves the problem by providing the best sounding wireless speakers in a portable size.
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We’re about to enter the holiday season, and what can make the holidays even more enjoyable? Music! The generous folks at Audioengine have offered to give one lucky Gadgeteer reader a set of their premium A2+ Powered Desktop Speakers that will make your favorite holiday tunes sound great! We also have a second place prize of a Damson Twist Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker, so you have 2 chances to win. Check out the full contest details after the break. [click to continue…]
Happy Hour Timepieces celebrate happy hour, with each of their watches highlighting the 5 hour marker. The Ish, for example has a slightly frosted mineral crystal that’s only clear “where it matters most”. Instead of traditional hands, it marks the hours and minutes with their Splash graphic. The screw-back case is made of brushed or black IP stainless steel; it has a calf-skin strap in black or orange. The face is 42mm in diameter, and the crown has an enamel Happy Hour logo. The strap has the patented Happy Hour buckle that can be used as a bottle opener. The Ish sells for $149.99. Other models start at $79.99.
If you need to take good pictures for items you sell on eBay or say, review for a website, you need a well-lighted, clutter-free spot for taking pictures. There are folding studios for just this sort of work, but many of them need a large flat space to set them up, and most of them don’t come with any lighting. The Foldio, a current Kickstarter project, is designed for photographing small items when you are cramped for “studio” space. It’s designed to be perfect for use with a smartphone. The Foldio is made of laminated, water-resistant paper that folds down to fit in your desk drawer or gear bag. It opens up and assembles with neodymium magnets into a small, 10.2″ X 10.2″ X 10.2″ cube with a battery-powered LED lighting strip inside, so you always have good, consistent lighting for photography. A pledge of $34 gets you a Foldio studio; $43 gets you the Foldio and seven colorful, washable background sheets. Funding continues through Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 11:05am EST. Pledges have already far exceeded the funding goal. Shipping is planned for February 2014.
LogicBuy’s Deal for Monday is the configurable Dell XPS 8700 4th-gen Intel Core i7 desktop with Windows 8, starting at $699.99. Features:
- 8GB RAM
- 1TB hard drive, 19-in-1 card reader, DVD burner
- 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 635 graphics
- Intel Z87 Express chipset
- 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Six USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, four USB 2.0 ports
- Keyboard and mouse
- 7.1-channel Audio with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
- McAfee LiveSafe 12 Month Subscription
$924.99 – $225 instant savings = $699.99 with free shipping.
This deal expires November 27, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBuy home page for other deals.
The Fitbug Orb is a relatively inexpensive activity tracker that not only helps you track your steps and aerobic activity, but it can also track your sleep and comes with a digital coach named KiK who gives you a little kick when you you need some inspiration to get moving. Let’s see if the Fitbug Orb is the right gadget to help get you off the couch.
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As our society becomes more and more mobile – and wireless – headphone makers are stepping up and providing consumers with choices. Some of those choices are a new breed of Bluetooth headphones that provide a freedom that could only be imagined just a few years ago. Velodyne – famous for subwoofers – now offers the vFree On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Let’s rephrase that: Velodyne has come from nowhere and exploded with almost too many headphone choices with the vFree being just one. Their current selection is quite impressive. After reviewing the nice vPulse earphones and the massive vTrue headphones, I was anxious to see what Velodyne could do with Bluetooth. I was wondering if the audio quality would be typical Bluetooth (and all that implies). I was curious if the famous Velodyne bass would be there. I was … well, you get the picture.
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How many credit cards, debit cards, membership cards and gift cards are crammed into your wallet? If your answer is more than 2, the Coin card could reduce your total number of cards down to just one. Coin looks like a regular credit card and can be swiped used and swiped just like a regular card. But that’s where the similarity ends. You can program Coin with your smartphone to hold the data of up to 8 of your existing cards. Then using the button and small LCD built into the card, you just choose the card you want to use and then swipe it. Done. It even alerts you if you accidentally walk away from it. Coin features 128 bit security and is designed to last for 2 years under normal usage and does not need to be recharged. However, once the battery dies you will need to replace your Coin. You can pre-order one right now for $50, which is a 50% discount over the normal price of $100. Availability is set for the summer of 2014 and you’ll be charged immediately upon pre-ordering. It’s an interesting idea, but I’m not sure about being charged now and having to wait close to a year before receiving it. What do you guys think?
Got your Bluetooth speaker yet? Here’s another entry in the field, and it’s from Sherwood. The EXM-50 does everything you’d expect from a Bluetooth speaker, plus it has apps for iOS and Android to control the device and is claimed to be resistant to spraying water. Being new to the US market, we get to play with it first. [click to continue…]
As a current MINI Cooper owner, I was excited to receive an email this morning with details about the new 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop. This new model has more power under the bonnet and so much new tech that it’s insane. The new Twin Power turbo engine allows you to go from 0 to 60mph 2.3 seconds faster than the current Cooper Hardtop. My 2013 MINI Cooper S Hardtop isn’t a slouch when it comes to acceleration, so an improvement of more than 2 seconds sounds crazy – but in a good way. It offers 3 driving modes: sport mode, green fuel-efficient mode and a mid-mode that merges sport and green modes into the best of both worlds.
Engine updates are cool, but where the new MINI goes from there is kind of mind blowing. First of all, it has a full color Head Up Display (HUD) that shows speed, navigation and other important info right on your windshield, where your eyes can easily see it without looking away from the road. It also offers parking assistance with automatic parallel parking. You supply the gas and brakes and it uses ultra sonic sensors to guide the car hands-free into the parking spot. Not impressed yet? Ok, how about an LED light ring around the main gauge on the dash that changes color in response to your engine speed, driving mode, audio volume, climate control or interior lighting. Still not wowed? If this optional GPS feature doesn’t get your gadgeteer juices flowing, you must be dead. The 2014 MINI Cooper’s built in GPS can talk to your transmission. It pinpoints your location, analyzes intersections and curves in the road ahead and then relays the data to your MINI’s computer to pre-select gear changes for optimal performance. Whoa. Mind blown. Is my current MINI looking a little boring in comparison? Not at all. I love my MINI. But wow, I can’t wait to test drive the new one!
If you have a Verizon LTE enabled tablet but find that you use WiFi more than the LTE option, you can save yourself some money and use Verizon’s new pre-paid $5/day plan. Five dollars provides 24 hours of LTE data access with 300 megabytes of data. If you run out of data before the 24hrs is up, it’s not a problem, an additional $5 purchase will get you another 300mb bucket. If you find 1 day and 300mb is just not enough, you can always opt for one of Verizon’s new monthly pre-paid plans that start at $20 a month for 1GB and go up to $80 a month for 10GB. I have have been paying $10 a month for an iPad mini tablet on my Share Everything plan which shares 2GB of data with my phone. Since I don’t travel often and am almost always near WiFi, I find I’m rarely using the LTE option. I might turn it off and go with this $5/day plan whenever the need arises.
Oh boy, it’s YAPBSR (yet another portable Bluetooth speaker review)! Hey don’t press the back button yet, this particular little speaker has a lot going for it. It’s the UE MINI BOOM and it’s made by Ultimate Ears (owned by Logitech), who make some of the best in-ear headphones on the market. When a notable headphone maker branches out into speakers, it’s worth taking a look. So let’s go.
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