Author: Lucas Coll


10 must-have portable tech gadgets you can score for cheap right now

Electronics are getting smaller and smaller[1], and we all seem to have our own special portable tech gadgets that we never leave home without. You probably already have a smartphone with you just about everywhere you go, but if you’re in the market for some new portable tech, we’ve rounded up a handful of great palm-sized devices.

Below are our top 10 favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a pair of wireless headphones to a new smartwatch[2]. Even better: All of these gadgets are currently on sale on Amazon at deep discounts of up to 81 percent off.

mosDART 16GB Flash Drive[3] ($10)

There’s no such thing as having too much storage space. Long gone are the days when a 500MB hard drive was considered impressive. Digital storage continues to get smaller and more efficient, and SD cards and USB flash cards are wonderful things to have if you’re frequently moving data between devices or workstations. The mosDart 16GB Flash Drive[4] is a stellar alternative to those easy-to-lose SD cards.

The mosDart 16GB Flash Drive can be yours for just $10 on Amazon after a 38 percent discount shaves $6 off the normal price.


Cube Item Finder[6] ($25)

The one major drawback with portable tech is that these tiny gadgets can easily get lost. If you need some help keeping tabs on the small stuff, the Cube item finder[7] is just the ticket. Compared to similar item finders like Tile, the Cube is a diminutive 1.5 inches long on all sides and is just 0.2 inches thick. Simply attach it to any of your gadgets use the Cube Tracker app to locate it virtually anywhere. Even without the app, you can still find nearby items by remotely making the Cube vibrate, flash, or ring.

The Cube item finder is available on Amazon for a $35 discount, bringing this handy tracking device down to just $25.


Nexgadget 4K Mini Action Camera[9] ($46)

Most action cams are already pretty small but this palm-sized one from Nexgadget[10] takes portability to the next level. Even more impressive than its size, however, is the Nexgadget camera’s recording capabilities: This action cam can shoot video in crispy 4K Ultra HD at 30 frames per second or in 1080p Full HD at 60fps, while its 170 wide-angle lens makes sure you’re not missing any of the action in front of you. The camera’s housing is waterproof, dust-proof, and shock-proof as well, and the camera comes with a variety of mounting kits so you can take it on all of your adventures.

You can score the Nexgadget 4K mini action cam for just $46 from Amazon for a savings of $84.


Regality USB Rechargeable Lighter[12] ($20)

Need a light? Electric lighters like this one from Regality[13] put a whole new spin on traditional designs. Fluid lighters can be messy and run out of fuel quickly (the famous Zippo[14], while an all-American classic, is notorious for this), not to mention that lighter fluid and butane canisters are an extra expense. The Regality lighter, on the other hand, uses an internal rechargeable battery to project a windproof electric arc instead of a flame. The design is environmentally friendly and delivers up to 300 lights on a single charge. When it needs more juice, simply plug it in and power it up via the included USB charging cable. No wicks, flints, fluid, or gases to fuss around with.

A 41 percent discount takes $14 off the price of the Regality lighter on Amazon, meaning you can have this unique device for just $20.


Pebble Time Smartwatch[16] ($69)

This portable tech gadget isn’t something you put in your pocket – in fact, it’s something you can wear all day. The Pebble Time[17] is an attractive and affordable entry-level smartwatch that syncs with your Android or iOS device and send notifications and incoming messages right to your wrist. The device’s built-in mic lets you reply without even pulling out your phone. The vibrant LED e-paper display is always on and is easy on the eyes. You can choose from thousands of downloadable watch faces to suit your style as well.

Pebble is no longer producing wearables (but worry not, Pebble fans — Rebble has you covered[18]), so this is a solid chance to score a deal on one if prices on the other top smartwatches[19] give you sticker shock. A new Pebble Time can be yours for as low as $69 on Amazon while supplies last, giving you a discount of $81.


Senso Bluetooth Headphones[21] ($30)

A good pair of Bluetooth headphones[22] is invaluable if you’re frequently on the move and don’t want to be without your music and other entertainment. But many pairs of wireless earbuds feature clunky receivers or housings that sit on your neck, making them too big to carry in your pocket. In contrast, the compact Senso Bluetooth headphones[23] fit comfortably behind your ears without any unnecessary bulk.

These headphones feature a nano-coated surface that is resistant to sweat and water, making them a great choice for outdoors and sporting activities. The Senso wireless Bluetooth headphones are available on Amazon for $30, giving you a 82 percent savings of $140.


Dofly 3,400mAh Mini Power Bank[25] ($12)

Power banks are great little devices to have with you when you’re out and about, allowing you to give your portable tech a power boost without having to hunt around for the nearest outlet or USB port. The Dofly mini power bank[26] takes this portability to the next level with its pocket-friendly size and 3,400mAh internal battery[27]. The included lanyard also does double duty as a handy Micro USB charging cable.

The pocket-sized Dofly mini power bank won’t fully charge your devices multiple times over, but the 3,400mAh battery is sufficient for full or near-full charges for most smartphones. This handy portable charger can be had for $12 on Amazon after a 67 percent discount of $24.


Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh power bank[29] ($26)

If the palm-sized Dofly charger whets your appetite for portable tech but you want something with a bit more juice, the Anker PowerCore[30] is another excellent pocket-friendly power bank. Its 10,000mAh battery can charge your phone multiple times, but the PowerCore is barely larger in length and width than a credit card.

Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology optimizes charging speed for different devices, ensuring that you’re not waiting around too long for your gadgets to recharge when you need a boost in a pinch. A 48 percent discount of $24 knocks the Anker PowerCore down to just $26 on Amazon.


RIF6 Cube Portable Projector[32] ($211)

When it comes to mini video projectors[33], you’d be hard-pressed to find one more portable than the Cube from RIF6[34]. This little LED projector measures roughly 2 inches long on each side but can project an image as wide as 120 inches at 50 lumens. Multiple inputs include a MicroSD slot for stored media, along with an HDMI port for full 1080p HD support. The Cube also comes with a handy remote control, as well as a sturdy tripod, giving you virtually everything you need for an ultra-compact HD video setup.

A 19 percent discount drops the RIF6 Cube down to $211 on Amazon, providing a nice savings of $89.


More deals

Looking for more great deals on portable tech and other electronics? Check out our deals page[36] to score some extra savings on our favorite gadgets.

Update: Added the mosDart USB flash drive. Removed expired offers and updated pricing.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and choose what we cover carefully and independently. If you find a better price for a product listed here, or want to suggest one of your own, email us at[37].

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Save $799 on an Apple laptop with these deals on refurbished MacBook Pros

There is no denying that new Apple hardware can cause sticker shock for many. There’s also no denying that these products remain popular for a variety of reasons: They’re well-made, intuitively designed, have great software, and they simply work well. You don’t have to shell out a small fortune to enjoy Apple stuff if you’re deal-savvy, however, and buying professionally refurbished tech is easily the best way to score deep discounts on big-ticket items like laptops.

For a very short time, NeweggFlash is offering a deal on recertified MacBook Pro notebooks[1], so if you’ve been eyeballing an Apple laptop, now is your chance. Three different models are available, and they all feature a 13.3-inch HD display with a widescreen resolution of 1,280 x 800, 4GB of RAM, and Apple’s classic brushed aluminum finish that is as durable as it is attractive (not to mention fingerprint-resistant).

Although these are slightly older models, the laptops still boast great specs for work and general use including Intel i5 dual-core CPUs that deliver between 2.4 and 2.5GHz of juice, which, along with the 4GB of RAM, provide plenty of power for daily tasks like streaming, photo and video editing, and light gaming. All three machines also come with Mac OS X 10, Apple’s sleek and intuitive[2] operating system.

As far as internal storage, you can choose between a 500GB rotary hard drive or a 120GB solid state drive depending on whether or not you need more space for your files and software or prefer the snappier speeds of the SSD[3]. Each laptop has a built-in FaceTime HD webcam as well.

Newegg has the refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro available for as little as $500 with free shipping[4], giving you up to a 62 percent discount of $799 off of its normal sticker price of $1,299. This is a limited-time flash sale, so this deal is only available through Saturday, September 23, or while supplies last. Unlike some other used items, these MacBooks are professionally inspected, cleaned, tested, and recertified, and all are fully covered by a 90-day warranty.


Looking for more great deals on computers, Apple gadgets, and other electronics? Check out our deals page to score some extra savings on our favorite tech.[6][7]

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and choose what we cover carefully and independently. If you find a better price for a product listed here, or want to suggest one of your own, email us at[8].

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Affordable action cameras: Our 6 favorite budget-friendly GoPro alternatives

GoPro makes some of our favorite action cameras[1] on the market today. and has set the standard for what to look for when it comes to these rugged devices. Buying a GoPro will set you back quite a bit, but it’s thankfully not the only name in town anymore — a number of manufacturers have entered this burgeoning market with their own high-quality, low-cost action cams.

Summer might be winding down but there’s still plenty of time ahead for outdoor adventures, and cool and colorful fall weather is perfect for heading outside to enjoy Mother Nature. If you’re ready to jump on the action cam bandwagon[2] but don’t want to shell out hundreds for something like the high-end Hero 5 Black[3], then we’ve picked out some excellent alternatives – including some 4K models – that won’t break the bank.

Yi 4K action camera[4]

Affordable action cameras

Kicking off our roundup of action cameras is this excellent wearable from Yi Technology. Yi is a true competitor with GoPro, and the company recently beat out GoPro[5] for a contract for Google’s ongoing VR project. This action cam is capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second or 1080p at 120fps for true HD video quality[6]. A 155-degree wide-angle lens captures all the action, while the 2.19-inch full-color touchscreen shows you everything as it happens. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity make it simple to sync the unit with your mobile device so you can manage your footage with the Yi Action App.

This 4K action cam from Yi is currently on sale on Amazon for a $59 discount, bringing the price down to just $190[7]. You can also take 25 percent off of Yi action camera accessories[8] with a limited-time coupon that can be redeemed on the Amazon product page.


Yuntab 1080p action camera[10]

Affordable action cameras

If you’re seeking a super-affordable action cam, Yuntab has you covered. Although you’re not likely to find a 4K unit at this price, Yuntab’s camera still boasts impressive features with its 1080p video recording capability, 120-degree wide-angle lens, and vibrant 2-inch LCD display. The Yuntab action cam also utilizes a 5-megapixel sensor for shooting still and time-lapse photography. Included with the device is a durable protective case that is waterproof at up to 100 feet, which makes the Yuntab perfect for all of your underwater adventures.

At just $25 on Amazon[11] after a $12 discount, the Yuntab 1080p cam is the perfect choice for those who want to dip their feet into the world of action cameras without spending an arm and a leg.


Sony HDR-AZ1VR 1080p action cam with live view remote watch[13]

Affordable action cameras

Sony has also gotten into the action cam game in recent years, and its lineup of wearable video recorders[14] offers a unique and not-too-expensive alternative to traditional designs. The HDR-AZ1VR is purpose-built for mounting to a variety of outdoor equipment, from helmets to bikess. Unlike other action cameras that feature a built-in touch display, this Sony model comes with a live view remote that straps to your wrist, giving you a heads-up display and control hub so you don’t have to fiddle with the camera wherever its mounted. The HDV-AZ1VR also shoots video in crisp 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps, and utilizes a 12MP sensor for still photography.

A tidy savings of $180 brings the Sony HDR-AZ1VR 1080p action cam with live view remote watch down to $179 on B&H[15].


Ricoh WG-M2 4K action camera[17]

Affordable action cameras

We featured the Ricoh WG-M2 in our roundup of the best action cameras,[18] and it was our top pick for users who want a camera that’s tough as nails right out of the box. Unlike other units that require cases for waterproofing and additional shock protection, the WG-M2’s housing already has all of that built right in and is ready for whatever you throw at it. It’s waterproof at depths of up to 65 feet, protected against drops from up to 6.5 feet, and is resistant to cold at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Its video capabilities are also impressive — the MG-M2 can capture 4K footage at 30fps or 1080p footage at 60fps.

The Ricoh MG-M2 normally costs $300, but you can score this tough 4K action camera for just $240 on Amazon[19] right now after a 20 percent discount knocks $60 off of the price.


Samsung Gear 360 VR camera[21]

Affordable action cameras

Those who want to record videos for use with a VR headset[22] should look into 360-degree action cameras, and for the price, the first-generation Samsung Gear 360[23] is a tough act to beat. This camera features a unique wide-angle lens capable of recording crisp 4K video in 360 degrees or taking still landscape photographs at 180 degrees with its impressive 30-megapixel image sensor. The Gear 360 is roughly the size of a tennis ball, making it easy to bring along with you pretty much anywhere. The included tripod doubles as both a stand for taking static videos, as well as a convenient handle for when you want to hold it and capture the action around you.

At just $109 from Amazon[24], the Samsung Gear 360 is a great way to start shooting VR videos and gives you a huge savings of $241, or 69 percent, off of its retail price.


Fitfort 4K action camera[26]

Affordable action cameras

Camera technology is only getting smaller and more affordable, and you no longer have to pay out the nose for 4K video-recording capability. Case in point is the Fitfort action camera. Its specs aren’t quite as impressive as the 4K Yi action cam, but the Fitfort is still no slouch. This little unit records 4K video at 25fps or 1080p footage at 60fps, and boasts a 12MP image sensor for photographs. Its super-wide 170-degree wide-angle lens ensures that this camera doesn’t miss anything, and the device comes with a handy pocket remote, padded storage case, and protective housing that is waterproof at up to 100 feet. It also features Wi-Fi for use with its companion iOS and Android smartphone apps.

The Fitfort action camera is already affordable at its normal price at $101, especially for a unit with 4K capability, but you can snag it for an even cheaper $64 from Amazon[27] and enjoy a $37 discount.



Looking for more great deals on outdoor gadgets and other electronics? Check out our deals page[29] to score some extra savings on our favorite tech.


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A dozen dynamite back-to-school deals to get you ready for a new year of college

School is — thankfully — still about a month away, but it’s never too early to start scoping out deals. Summer sales are the perfect way to stock up on dorm gear, study essentials, and other student-friendly gadgets ahead of the end-of-season retail rush. For the next few weeks, we’ll be regularly hunting down and some of the best back-to-school deals so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute.

Study essentials

Back to school deals

From compact notebooks to Alexa-enabled smart hubs like the Echo Dot[1], modern tech provides myriad ways to help us work and study. Here are some great back-to-school deals on gadgets essential for studying, including some of our own favorites:

  • Apple Mac and Beats[2]: Get a pair of Beats wireless headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college. Apple also has education pricing available to eligible students.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8[3]: A good phone can make all the difference, whether you’re studying on the go or keeping in contact with your study group. Save $150 off a Samsung Galaxy S8 and take off an additional $150 with select trade-ins.
  • Up to 30 percent off refurbished Apple products[4]: Looking for the perfect Apple product without the Apple price? Get up to 30 percent off Apple certified refurbished products, along with a one-year warranty.
  • Samsung Chromebook[5]: Chromebooks[6] are affordable and lightweight laptops that are perfect for schoolwork. Many of them are quite small, but the 11.6-inch  Samsung Chromebook hits the sweet spot in both size and price at just $157 after a $33 discount on Amazon.
  • Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh power bank[7]: Power banks are must-have items when you’re frequently on the move, and Anker makes some of the best[8]. The pocket-sized 10,000mAh PowerCore is perfect for everyday travels and comes in at $26 for a savings of $24.

Dorm deals

Back to school deals

Whether you’re a university veteran or getting ready to experience the joys of campus living for the first time, we’ve picked out a handful of back-to-school deals on dorm essentials that will make it easy to settle into a new year of student life.

  • Certified refurbished Roku Premiere+[9]: The Roku Premiere+ is our favorite streaming device[10], but if the $90 to 100 price tag for a new unit seems a little steep, you can score a refurbished one for just $60 and save a cool 40 bucks.
  • Keurig K55 single-serve coffee maker[11]: Overslept and don’t have time for the drip-maker or French press? The Keurig K55 single-serve coffee maker delivers a hot cup at the press of a button in about a minute. A $40 discount brings the K55 down to $80 on Amazon.
  • Holife handheld vacuum[12]: We featured the awesome Holife hand vac in our recent vacuum cleaner roundup[13]. It’s the perfect dorm room companion and a sweet deal, too. A 61 percent discount of $86 means you can snag the Holife handheld vacuum for just $54.
  • Cartman 39-piece tool kit[14]: A good set of tools is an absolute necessity when you’re living on your own. This 39-piece tool kit from Cartman gives you just about everything you need for minor fixes and other small projects, and can be yours for $16 after a $14 savings.

Just for fun

Back to school deals

Student life involves a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. When it’s time to kick back with some gaming or head outdoors to get some sun, these back-to-school deals on toys and other recreational gadgets are perfect for unwinding with your buds.


Looking for more great back-to-school deals and discounts on other electronics? Check out our deals page[15] to score some extra savings on our favorite tech.

Update: Added Yi M1 Mirorless Camera, removed expired offers, and updated pricing.


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For a limited time, take $76 off the beefy Netgear Nighthawk X4 router

A solid Wi-Fi router[1] is necessary to ensure stable wireless connections as well as to guarantee that you are getting the data speeds you are paying for[2]. If you are using the router supplied by your ISP, then not only are you likely paying monthly rental equipment fees, but your internet might be suffering from a speed bottleneck. A powerful router like the Netgear Nighthawk X4[3], currently on sale from Amazon, can greatly improve your home Wi-Fi and save you from paying additional monthly fees.

The dual-band Netgear Nighthawk X4 utilizes AC2350 Wi-Fi, meaning that it delivers a combined throughput[4] of 2,350 Mbps across two bands: 600 Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band for light tasks like Netgear Nighthawk X4web browsing and 1,750 Mbps on the 5.0GHz band for data-heavy jobs like streaming and online gaming. For a comparison, most ISP-supplied Wi-Fi routers only offer between 150 and 600 Mbps of total throughput, which can bottleneck your internet[5] and prevent you from enjoying the speeds that you should be getting. Even worse is that rental fees for this equipment generally come in at $10 per month, while these basic routers themselves normally only cost $20 to $40.

Along with a beefy throughput, the Nighthawk X4 features other modern wireless technologies such as MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple input/multiple output)[6]. This breaks up your bandwidth into multiple dedicated streams so that your network is not getting bogged down when multiple clients are connected and using the internet at the same time.

Further enhancing the router’s speed is its dedicated 1.4GHz dual-core CPU. This, combined with the aforementioned features, provide smooth performance during gaming and 4K video streaming where lag and stuttering can ruin your online experience.

The Netgear Nighthawk X4 is a high-end router[7] with a price tag to match: This unit normally comes in at $220 but is currently on sale on Amazon for $180. For a limited time, however, you can take another 20 percent off with a redeemable coupon, knocking the price down to a low $144[8] and saving you a total of $76. Simply redeem the offer on the Amazon product page or enter the code “SIGGRAPH20” at checkout to receive this special discounted price.


Looking for more great deals on networking tools and other electronics? Check out our deals page[10] to score some extra savings on our favorite tech.


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