April 5, 2009

From the Toys section: Today only, Amazon has the Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer for $70.  That’s 65% off of list price with free shipping.  The miniscule printer gets 4.5 star reviews by Amazon’s customers and is currently in stock.

Amazon.com Product Description
Ideal for both home and office use, the affordable Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer features a space-saving, ergonomic design that won’t take up valuable workspace, and prints up to 23 pages per minute at a high-quality resolution. This efficient, hi-performance printer will give your work and personal documents a polished finish colleagues and friends are sure to envy.

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The Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer offers:

  • Fast, 23 pages-per-minute performance.
  • High-quality (2400 x 600 resolution) prints.
  • Space-saving design.

The HL-2140 is simple to operate with clearly labeled buttons.

The paper tray has a capacity of 250 sheets.

Versatile and Professional
This monochrome laser printer not only warms up in less than 10 seconds and prints up to 23 pages per minute to give you near-instant access to important reports, documents, and annual family letters when you need them, it also includes a manual bypass feeder for professional printing on envelopes and letterhead. The high-quality resolution (up to 2400 x 600 dpi) of this black-and-white laser printer will give you professional results with each job while saving you printing costs. The printer also includes 8 MB of memory, and a 250-sheet capacity tray that can conveniently accommodate both standard and legal paper.

Ergonomic and Energy Efficient
The Brother HL-2140 14.5-by-14.2-by-6.7-inch design is compact enough to free up valuable work space on your desk or shelf. The unit’s efficient design also features a toner save mode for extended toner life as well as a sleep mode. Easy to set up and a breeze to use, this printer is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems, and includes an animated user-friendly tutorial to help answer common support and maintenance questions.

Environmentally Friendly Design
For added peace of mind, this machine is Energy Star compliant, which means it helps save the environment while saving you money. (Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy promoting energy efficiency).

This personal laser printer is backed by a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

What’s in the Box
HL-2140 laser printer, starter toner cartridge, DR360 drum unit and instruction kit.

Product Description
The HL-2140 is an affordable, monochrome laser printer. Perfect for home or home office use, it features fast printing at up to 23ppm, HQ resolution (up to 2400 x 600 dpi) for high-quality output, and a Toner Save mode to extend toner life. In addition, the printer¿s space-saving design will maximize your desk or shelf space. The HL-2140 provides flexible paper handling via an enclosed 250-sheet capacity tray and a manual by-pass slot for printing envelopes and letterhead. It also offers 8MB of memory standard along with compatibility for both Windows and Mac, and a one year limited warranty.

Product Description
Perfect for home or home office use, the HL-2140 is an affordable, monochrome laser printer. It features fast printing at up to 23 pages per minute, high-quality output, flexible paper handling via an enclosed 250-sheet capacity tray and a manual by-pass slot for printing envelopes and letterhead. In addition, the printer’s space-saving design will help maximize your desk or shelf space. Paper Handling Input capacity – Up to 250 sheets input Tray Single-sheet manual bypass Multi-purpose Tray Output Paper Capacity – Up to 100 sheets GDI Emulation Supported Paper Sizes – Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, Folio, Envelopes (COM 10, DL, C5, Monarch) Supported Media Type – Plain, Bond, Labels, and Transparency Supported Media Weight – Main Tray 16 to 28 pounds; Multi-purpose Tray 16 to 43 pounds Recommended monthly volume – 250 to 2,000 pages Supported operating systems – Windows Vista/XP/XP Pro x64/2000/ Server 2003/2003 x64, Mac OS X 10.2.4 or greater and Linux Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, Debian System Requirements – CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, USB port and USB cable Approximate Unit Dimensions – 14.5(W) x 14.2(D) x 6.7(H) Approximate Unit Weight – 15.0 pounds

April 2, 2009

From the toys section:

Amazon is having a 56% off special on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500K 10.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom.  It ships for free and is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this 5x wide angle lens.  Silver is available for $1 more.

Throw in an 8GB SDHC Memory card for $15 including shipping.

Manufacturer Description
The Lumix DMC-FX500 is Panasonic’s first digital camera with a 3-inch touch-screen LCD, and also features a 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica DC lens, 5x optical zoom and 10.1-megapixel resolution. With a dual control system using both touch-screen and joystick operation, the ability to record high-definition video and advanced Intelligent Auto technologies, the FX500 packs both innovative features and intuitive design.

The FX500 has a hybrid control system that combines joystick control with touch-screen operation, so users can make fine adjustments by touch, using their finger, or the included Lumix stylus-pen. In manual exposure mode, adjustments can be made using the on-screen sliders to adjust aperture and shutter speeds. You can also set the auto focus and exposure in frames by simply touching the subject, on screen, while recording. In playback mode, a new Easy Organization menu allows for photos to be selected and viewed by scrolling through the thumbnails located below the main window. Then, users can edit the titles using an on-screen keyboard.

Plus, with an ultra-wide-angle, 25mm lens, the FX500 can capture almost double the photo area at the same shooting distance compared with a conventional 35mm lens. Also new is Auto Focus (AF) tracking, a feature that tracks the photo subject even if it moves after the AF is set — especially helpful for catching active children or pets.

Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is an advanced system of technologies that engage automatically, so the user does not have to change any settings. Maximizing the iA mode, users can go a step further and easily set auto focus and exposure by simply touching the screen. This kind of quick, easy operation is made possible with the touch-screen technology.

Additional Features

Intelligent Exposure: To help correct photos from being under- or over-exposed, the FX500 instantly analyzes the framed image and adjusts the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash.
Digital Red-eye Correction: Helps eliminate the red-eye problem that sometimes results when taking flash shots at the night. Incorporated into the built-in flash, the camera emits a small preliminary flash before the main flash, detects red-eye and digitally corrects it.
MEGA O.I.S.: Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.
Intelligent ISO: Determines if the photo subject is moving and changes the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly.
Intelligent Scene Selector: Senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and automatically selects the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode.
Face Detection: Detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. Detecting up to 15 faces, Panasonic’s Face Detection can even track a face if the subject is moving.
Continuous AF: Maintains focus on the subject even without the user pressing a shutter button halfway, thus minimizing the AF time.
Other features include the ability to take1280 x 720p HD video content and still photos with a 16:9 aspect ratio, perfect for viewing on an HDTV. In addition, the FX500 incorporates the Venus Engine IV processor, featuring more advanced digital signal processing technology for taking even higher-quality images. The fdsa proprietary Venus Engine IV also heightens the detection accuracy and corrective features in both MEGA O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO Control.

Product Description
10.1 MegaPixel / 5x Zoom / 3.0" LCD Touchscreen / HD Movie / Picture Adjustment


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March 26, 2009

AI found Apple unceremoniously selling 8GB kits for its newer model 15-inch Unibody MacBook Pros (not the older 2.5GHz model).  It is the same kit as they sell for the 17-inch unibody Macbooks and it is the same price.  $1200.  If you have to ask…

Not to worry though, hardcore RAM fiends, OWC has the same kit for a paltry $719. Amazon has it for just over $1000.

This RAM upgrade is also compatible with the "Early 2009" iMacs.


From the Toys section:

Amazon has Crucial 2GB 667 Mhz CT25664AC667 DDR2 200-Pin SODIMM Laptop Memory on sale for $19 with fee shipping.  This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on this memory, let alone from a name brand like Crucial and a retailer like Amazon.  This memory can be used in Intel Mac Minis, iMac and most pre-Unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros.  Check here for a compatibility list.  Double check that your system is compatible before buying.


It also works in many models of the popular ASUS EEE PCs.


March 25, 2009

Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.  You want this camera.  The Canon EOS Rebel T1i which was rumored for awhile, leaked by CNet yesterday and revealed this morning by Canon contains $1500 50D‘s sensor and 5D-Mark-II-like 1080p video capture (only 20 frames per second with mono sound – boo!) yet only retails for $899.  It also comes in the smaller Rebel casing so you can fit it in your purse European carry-all. 

Official press release
Reviews: Gizmodo, Engadget, CNet, DPReview

You can keep hitting refresh on Amazon’s page until they get stock.



As the video-on-demand industry continues to mature, more and more "mashups" are being drawn out.  Today’s is a big one.  In an upcoming update, Tivo will now incorporate Blockbuster’s online video store into its players.  With a fairly substantial base of hardware installations, this is a big win for Blockbuster who has been behind the curve with competitors like Netflix, Amazon and Apple innovating at a much faster clip. 

Speaking of Apple, Blockbuster laid this one out there:

"You will see us in a large number of other devices going forward," said Kevin Lewis, senior vice president of digital entertainment at Blockbuster, who added that the company also plans to makes its system available to Apple Inc’s products. "We need to be in the normal places that consumers want to watch movies," he said.

Although a AppleTV with Blockbuster would be great for consumers, this would seem to be a direct competitor to Apple’s movie/video sales business and wouldn’t really seem to be a good idea for Apple on the surface.   It is thought that Apple subsidizes the cost of the AppleTV somewhat with video sales.

Blockbuster might just be implying that there is a web interface to the Blockbuster service just like Amazon and Netflix have.



March 23, 2009

OK, file this into the "would be nice to have" or "making lemonade out of lemons" but Apple, this weekend, discontinued its mildly popular Bluetooth headset.  Bad news?  Maybe not.

We also know that the new iPhone version 3.0 software includes support for A2DP stereo Bluetooth.  So do current models of iPod touch and iPhone.  What better way for Apple to tout its new functionality than to introduce a "world’s XXXXXest" stereo Bluetooth headset?  June-Julyish?

Until now, if you’ve wanted stereo Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPod you had to buy a third party adapter.  There are also lots of A2DP Stereo Bluetooth heasets available out there now if you want to hedge your bets..

Yeah we know other phones have had A2DP funtionality for awhile…but it will be better this time, right?

March 22, 2009

From the toys section:

(Update: Deal OVERJump on this $75 Toshiba)Today only, Amazon.com offers the Iomega eGo 320GB FireWire / USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive in Alpine White, model no. 34419, for $79.99 with free shipping ($0.25/GB). That’s tied with a February deal (which also required a rebate) and the lowest total price we could find for this drive in this color. It features Drop Guard, which protects it from falls of up to 51", and both FireWire and USB 2.0 connectivity. 

Or, Step up to the USB-only Toshiba 500GB Portable External Hard Drive for $102, also with free shipping.


March 18, 2009

A Quick deal from the Toys section:

TigerDirect via Amazon.com offers the Boston Acoustics MM220 Slim Computer Speakers in Midnight for $44.99. With free shipping, it’s $15 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we’ve seen. This 2-piece system features 80 watts of output, 1/2" tweeters, headphone jack, and more.

Also of note this week :

Amazon.com offers the Sling Media SlingCatcher Digital Media Receiver, model no. SC100-100, for $162.61. (Add it to your cart to get this price.) With free shipping, that’s $3 under our mention from last month and the lowest total price we’ve seen. This device allows you to stream content from your TV to your computer, and vice versa. It features wireless, Ethernet and USB connectivity, as well as standard and HD AV outputs including HDMI, S-video, component, and composite video, and both analog and digital audio.



March 15, 2009

We’ve noticed a few HD TV deals populating the 9to5Mac Toys section this weekend.   Here’s a recap:

Amazon.com offers the Samsung Touch of Color 58" 1080p Widescreen Plasma HD Television, model no. PN-58A650, for $2,254 with free shipping. It ties our mention from a week ago for the lowest total price we could find by $14. Features include a 1920×1080 (1080p) native resolution, 1,000,000 dynamic contrast ratio, integrated ATSC (HD), NTSC, and QAM tuners, four HDMI inputs, and VGA, component, and other video inputs.


Electronics Expo via Amazon.com offers the Sony BRAVIA XBR 52" 240Hz 1080p LCD HD Television, model no. KDL-52XBR7, for $2,588.74. (You may have to choose Electronics Expo in "More Buying Choices" on the right.) With free shipping, that’s $39 under our mention from a week ago and the lowest total price we could find. Unlike most LCD TVs we’ve listed, this model features a 240Hz refresh rate, purportedly producing more life-like picture motion. Other features include a native resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p), 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, 8ms response time, ATSC (HD), NTSC, and QAM tuners, four HDMI inputs, and VGA, component, and other video inputs.


Amazon.com still offers the Toshiba REGZA 1080p 52" Widescreen LCD HD Television, model no. 52RV535U, for $1,199.98 with free shipping. That’s tied with last week’s mention and the lowest total price we could find by $140. Features include a 1920×1080 (1080p) native resolution, ATSC (HD), NTSC, and QAM tuners, four HDMI inputs, and VGA, component, and other video inputs.


Sears offers the Samsung 50" 720p Widescreen Plasma HD Television, model no. PN50A450, for $799.88. Shipping adds $65, or opt for in-store pickup. Even with shipping, that’s $14 under last month’s mention and the lowest total price we could find. Sales tax is added where applicable. It features a native resolution of 1365×768, 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ATSC (HD), NTSC, and QAM tuners, three HDMI inputs, and VGA, component, and other video inputs.


OfficeMax offers the Envision AOC 26" 720p Widescreen LCD HD Television, model no. L26W761, for $299.99. With free shipping, that’s $30 under our mention three weeks ago and the lowest total price we’ve seen. Sales tax is added where applicable. It features a native resolution of 1366×768, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m² brightness, ATSC/QAM tuner, 8ms response time, one HDMI input, and component, VGA, and RCA video inputs.


Fry’s Electronics offers the Samsung 52" 1080p Widescreen LCD HD Television, model no. LN-52A550, for $1,298.98 with free shipping. That ties a deal from two weeks ago for the lowest total price we’ve seen for any Samsung 52" 1080p LCD HDTV. Sales tax is added where applicable. The TV features a native resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p), 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ATSC (HD) and Clear QAM tuners, 5ms response time, three HDMI 1.3 inputs, and VGA, component, and other video inputs.


newegg.com offers the Hanns-G 28" Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. HG-281DPB, for $359.99. Coupon code "LCD31230" knocks it to $329.99. With free shipping, it’s $20 below our mention from earlier this month and the lowest total price we could find. A true monitor (not a TV called a "monitor"), this LCD features a 1920×1200 native resolution, 3ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m² brightness, and both HDMI (with HDCP) and VGA inputs. Coupon expires March 15.





March 14, 2009

From the Toys section:

If you’ve been Jonesin’ for the biggest available consumer hard drive, Platinum Micro thru Amazon is now selling the Western Digital 2TB SATA Caviar Green SATA hard drive with 32MB of cache for $329

You are paying a significant premium for having the biggest consumer hard drive on the planet, however.  If you are willing to drop down to 1.5TB, you can have 3/4 of the storage for much less than half that price ($129).


March 10, 2009

Update: Expired

From the Toys section:

Today only, Amazon.com offers the Canon Laser Faxphone L80 Fax Machine / Laser Printer for $95 with free shipping. That’s an $83 overnight drop and the lowest total price we could find. Features include 6 ppm, 600 dpi, 350-page fax memory, and more.



March 8, 2009

From the Toys section, we’ve got a few little products at never before seen prices:


Amazon.com offers the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. 0A38016, for $87.99 with free shipping ($0.09/GB). (newegg.com charges the same.) That ties our mention from a week ago as the lowest total price we could find, this time by $9. It features a 16MB cache, runs at 7200 rpm, and meets Energy Star 4.0 specifications established by the EPA.



A 1GB MP3 player that doubles as some emergency storage, a FM radio and a high speed SD card reader for $12.  You can even record voice or FM radio with it?!  All for under $15 including shipping.  It gets 4 out of 5 stars from 23 people so it can’t be THAT big a PoS.

We’ve found a Car/Home AC/DC iPod/iPhone charging unit/USB Adapter for $2 plus $2.98 shipping or free with $25 purchase.

Not sure of the quality of this one but a 1.5 inch digital picture frame on a keychain by Colby for $9.68 plus free shipping for orders over $25.  16MB of storage will hold about 60 128×128 thumbnails.  The software is Windows only.  Give this to someone you hate, you cheap bastard!


Easily the baddest Netbook out there, the Intel Atom N280 equipped EEE 1000HE Laptop which is hackintosh – able) hits all of the sweetspots.  It could also be the best Hackintosh around.  It is $25 off at $374.  Use that savings to buy 2GB of OCZ RAM (see deals below or click here).



Also we’ve found a super high end Plantronics Discovery Bluetooth headset for a 1/2 off  $77.






March 3, 2009


Take a break from the Apple updates and check out the latest 9to5mac.com/toys deal:

 This is a Gold Box deal and will only last as long as supplies are available.



March 2, 2009

Both Amazon ($387 for 1TB) and the Apple refurb store are selling Time Capsules at steep discounts this week.  Apple doesn’t usually discount its current products nearly as sharply as this.  So why is Apple chopping prices?  Is it the economy? 

We think they are going to see a bit of an upgrade this month.  Sure, the 1.5TB/750GB point makes sense, especially with drives at up to 2TB starting to hit store shelves.  But we’ve heard there might be some more to it than just that.  Our sources informed us a few months ago that Apple was experimenting with caching Apple software updates on the Time Machine devices.  That would not only save some bandwidth (your whole office/family would only need it to be downloaded once), it would also make the updating process much much quicker on each client machine because the download would be local.

Software Update caching has been available on Leopard and Tiger server for years but this kind of easy setup/low cost of entry would put the software update caching in many more hands.  There is nothing to indicate that current Time Capsules wouldn’t be able to add this type of functionality with a firmware update.


February 28, 2009

Judging by your comments on our previous Hackintosh posts, you aren’t going to like this one, one…little….bit.  CNet writer David Carnoy insists that Apple needs to roll out a Netbook or bad things will happen.  These things include: everyone on the planet will install OSX on a Dell Mini 9, Apple is going to lose marketshare, and Apple customers will defect. 

While we certainly fall into this group, except we are rolling our Hackintosh with an HP Mini — soon to be an ASUS 1000HE, Carnoy is certainly falling on deaf ears in Cupertino.  That is not to say Apple lost a sale of a MacBook or iPhone (we have both), it is just that Microsoft lost a sale of XP.  More and more, it seems we aren’t alone here.  Yes, the market has spoken…loudly.  People want a small laptop Mac and when we say small, we don’t mean "impossibly thin but with traditional footprint – starting at $1800".

Do you really think Apple cares about the rocketing Netbook segment?  The bad news for you Apple/Netbook fans is that they don’t.  They don’t follow market pressures.  To quote El Jobso:

"There are some customers [Netbook demographic] which we chose not to serve.  We don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not let us ship that. But we can continue to deliver greater and greater value to those customers that we choose to serve. And there’s a lot of them."

This isn’t some new thing with Apple either.  People have been clamoring for a ‘normal Mac desktop’ for years.  You know, something like a Mini with a 3.5" hard drive and the ability to open ‘er up and add some RAM and upgrade the HDD without using a putty knife –  for $400.  Yes, of course, if Apple had done this, they would have sold millions and gobbled up marketshare – and at the same time slightly cannibalized their high margin Pro, Mini and iMac lines.  They would have also attracted more developers to the Mac platform and saved a whole lot of money on lawyer bills fighting Psystar as well. But it isn’t to be.

So Apple’s answer to the Netbook?  They are watching this very closely for now, but if you need something in the next few months, buy an iPhone…or a MacBook.  Obviously there is a huge gap between there that the netbooks fits happily into.

The larger issue is: Apple doesn’t do ‘normal’ or ‘status quo’.  They just don’t.  Everything they do has to be different in some way.  It has to be revolutionary. 

Some say it is their DNA, others say it is their CEO – we think it might be something more rational like their insistence on +30% margins.  Either way, regardless of what you want, you aren’t going to get a Mac Netbook.  If you want one, go get a ASUS and get to work and slap some Apple stickers on there to make yourself feel better.  You might be able to upgrade the MacOS on it later, you might be stuck with Leopard for the rest of its life.  That doesn’t seem too bad considering the operating system you are lifting off of there is likely going to be Microsoft Windows XP – which is like six years old already.  Especially when you consider that if you get 3-6 years out of a Netbook, you will be very lucky.

That’s not to say Apple won’t release some insanely cool portable device in the near future.  In fact, we expect to see an Apple portable device based on an ARM Cortex processor by WWDC.  But this thing won’t be a Netbook, at least in the traditional sense.  It will be different and of course be revolutionary.  It will be impossibly xxxx and amazingly xxxx. And you will want that too.



From the Toys section:

Amazon.com offers the Apple Time Capsule 1TB, model no. MB277LL/A, for $387.92 with free shipping. (Add it to your cart to see this price.) That’s a $21 under our mention from earlier this month and the lowest total price we’ve seen. Apple’s Time Capsule is an 802.11n Wi-Fi base station with a built-in hard drive. That is a whopping/suspicious $112 off of a normally stable retail price of $499.

Of note, the 500GB version, model no. MB276LL/A, is also available for $259.31 with free shipping.  That is $40 off of retail.

A little rumor information as well: We’ve heard that Apple has been working on Software Update caching in future firmware updates to the Time Capsule. 

Finally, if you are just looking for a USB hard drive, Dell has a 1.5TB Seagate for $112 and Newegg has a 1TB model for $75 after $20 rebate.


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