The Cheapskate's favorite Cyber Monday deals of 2017
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Today is a busy day, folks, so let’s jump straight to the highlights:
- It’s Cyber Monday! In case you missed it last week, learn how to (and pretty much every other day of the year). Likewise, many of my are still available.
- Later today (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET) I’ll be joining some CNET editors for the CNET Holiday Buyer’s Guide Live, where we’ll be talking all things tech and sharing some amazing deals.
In fact, I’m saving the best ones until the show. But in case you’re not able to tune in, allow me to share some other deals I think you’ll like:
3D Printer: OK, no more excuses — 3D printing is officially affordable. Starting at 12 p.m. PT, a very small quantity of Monoprice Mini Delta 3D printers will be available for $159.99. The good news: If you miss out, it’s not your last chance to get one at that price. The bad news: You’ll probably have to wait until April, which is when it’s expected to officially launch. On paper (no pun intended), it looks like a winner: heated print bed, auto bed-leveling, even an LCD screen.
Car gadget: Low tire pressure can lower your gas mileage, which costs you money. And a slow leak in a tire can create even more problems. Tech to the rescue! Cheapskate readers can get the Nonda Zus Smart Tire Safety Monitor for $79.19 shipped after applying promo code STSM7920 at checkout. (Though it may appear out of stock, you should see Nonda listed under “Other sellers on Amazon.”) Reg. price: $120.
This set of smart tire-sensors will notify you whenever a tire has an irregular pressure. Assuming you leverage it to keep your tires properly inflated, it could pay for itself by extending tire life, improving gas mileage, etc.
Home phone:Google Voice is free, but it’s hardly a replacement for your landline phone, right? Wrong: Just connect an Obihai box to your router and now you can use Google Voice with your home phone system. Said box normally runs $50, but Newegg currently has the Obihai OBi200 for $34.99 with promo code EMCBBCH26. (Act fast: These do tend to sell out.)
Hulu: Awkward new UI notwithstanding, Hulu is arguably the single best tool for cord-cutters — and don’t forget original programming such as the phenomenal, Emmy-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The limited-commercials plan normally runs $7.99 per month, but right now you can sign up for Hulu for just $5.99 per month (for the first year). The offer is good for new and returning customers only.
Laptop: The Microsoft Surface Book earned some pretty rave reviews when it debuted in 2015 — but, oh, the price. Cheap things come to those who wait: Always.Deals via eBay has the Surface Book 13.5-inch 2-in-1 Core i5 for $729.99, the lowest price to date.
This configuration originally ran about $1,500, and as of yesterday this same seller had it listed for $850. The system includes 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD — the latter a tad small, but easy enough to expand. Readif you want to learn more.
Lighter: Now this…this is cool. It’s a gooseneck lighter, but without a flame. And it’s on sale: Tacklife (via Amazon) has the ELY01 Electric Arc Rechargeable Lighter for $16.97. Regular price: $21.97.
True to its name, it creates a little Tesla coil-like arc you can use to light candles, grills, sparklers and whatever. And that arc is wind-proof, so it’s great for outdoors. (In your face, nature!) I already grabbed one of these; it’s neat as hell (and a great gift item).