Are you excited to see family and friends next week for Thanksgiving? If you are the cook and want to try something new, I highly recommend spatchcocking your turkey. You can have an evenly cooked, golden brown turkey (without basting or frying) in about 90 minutes. I didn’t believe until I tried it, but everytime I cook one I become the hero of Thanksgiving. Check out this article on how to spatchcock a Turkey. Practice on a whole chicken this weekend if you want to try it first.
Deals are picking up before Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I’ve mentioned before that some of the best sales will be happening this week. They’ll be one offs that will go quick as retailers try to clear inventory before next year. Retailers take advantage of the massive hype around the two major sales days and quietly raise prices on products in combination with deep discounted gadgets. It is this week when you will quietly see fantastic deals.
Have slow or dead spots of Wi-Fi in your home? When you switch rooms, do you notice lag or buffering on your streaming music? Or do you have children who you are trying to protect from the crazy sites on the internet? Or limited their internet usage altogether?
Today’s sale is better than what you will get on Black Friday for next generation routers.
The Starry Station is a huge upgrade in current router technology. It takes less than five minutes to set up and will give you deeper security, while also giving you the ability to create parental controls for specific devices in your home. It also has a very strong signal for reaching to the far corners of your home. At $224, it still might seem pricey but consider it an investment in the internet service you already pay for. It’s also at a historic low price.
Next up is the single pack of the Luma Home Wi-Fi system. Remember Google’s announcement of its own next generation Wi-Fi system that it has yet to release? Luma’s system does the same thing and at $99 it is $30 cheaper than Google’s unreleased product. You can buy multiple Lumas to spread throughout your home to create a mesh network. Repeaters are a hassle and just don’t work as well. You won’t find a cheaper price on the Luma all year.
If you have large homes, or homes with thick walls, these systems are designed just for you. They work. I’ve been testing a wide range of these products and will have full reviews in the upcoming weeks.
You all have a wonderful day.
Featured deals of the day
Starry Station – Touchscreen WiFi Router – $224 at Amazon (save $76)
- The touchscreen router that makes fast WiFi easy to use and set up
- Fast, whole-home WiFi: Better gaming, streaming and surfing
- Fast home WiFi: Better gaming, streaming and surfing
- Easy WiFi Parental Controls: Block usage on certain devices with just one tap
- Never Wait On Hold: Request a call directly from the touchscreen or message via the app
- Automatic Updates: Overnight updates deliver new and improved product features
- Know Your Speed: Auto speed checks powered by speedtest.net let you know if you get the level of internet service you pay for
- Works with all internet providers, modems and service types (cable, DSL, fiber, etc.); WPA2 Encryption
Luma Home WiFi System (1 Pack) – $99.99 at Amazon (save $50)
- Get speed everywhere with the fastest WiFi in every corner of your home, on all of your devices, all at once
- Control your network with pause the internet, daily time limits and keep your kids out of harm’s way by setting content filter ratings (G, PG, PG-13, R, U)
- Lock down your home internet with enterprise-grade, cybersecurity that blocks hackers, malware and unknown devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Expansion capability allows you to add more Lumas at any time and automatic updates ensure your network is always getting smarter and stronger
- Integrated with Amazon Echo/Alexa and compatible with all WiFi capable devices
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II – $179.99 at Amazon (save $20)
Bose rarely puts the Soundlink Mini II speaker on sale. It’s one of the best sounding wireless speakers on the planet with Bose’ signature tuning. It has a deep woofer in back with drivers up front that give it a complete sound profile anyone would love. I bought one for my mom and she uses it everyday. At $20 off, this is the best price you will see all year.
- Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose sound anywhere
- Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud
- Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, so it’s super easy
- Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge
Nest Protect smoke & carbon monoxide alarm, Wired (2nd gen) – $94 at Amazon (save $6)
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It’s an odorless substance that slowly deprives you of oxygen and can make you violently sick or even kill you. Incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning sky rocket as the temperature drops. People turn on their heaters which haven’t been used all summer, and that’s when exhaust or malfunctions occur that increase the levels of CO.
The Nest Protect rarely goes on sale, just like all Nest products, so at a $6 savings, this deal is better than nothing. I wanted to list this deal because CO poisoning happens a lot more frequently than it should and a simple investment can protect you and your loved ones. The smaller the body the faster they are to poisoning.
KMASHI External 5000mAh Battery – $5.99 at Amazon with discount code AM8MQ8GY (save $5)
One of the most boring accessories to write about is battery packs. But they are almost as essential as our smartphones since many of us run out of power by the end of the day. KMASHI’s 5000mAh portable power bank is a solid choice of size versus power. It’s small enough to keep in a front pocket while having enough power to get most phones two full charges. That’s enough power to keep your phone going for three days if you start with a full battery on your smartphone. With the travel season starting in two weeks, you might want to grab this battery pack since it is just $5.99. If you need more power you can get the larger KMASHI 10000mAh sibling for $9.20 when you apply discount code 2C9Y8NG4 at checkout.
Amazon was the first to make a speaker for the smart home. The Amazon Echo Dot is the cheapest of the bunch and arguably the most versatile. While the Amazon Echo and Google Home are both all-in-one smart speakers, their speakers actually aren’t the best performers. The Echo Dot is a fraction of the price starting at $49.99, making it $80 cheaper than the Google Home and $120 cheaper than the Echo. You can connect it to your own speakers as long as they have a 3.5mm audio jack. Right now for the first time ever, Amazon is running a promotion where you can save $20 on a pack of three which makes it the exact same price as the Google Home. That means you can put an Echo Dot in your bedroom, office and kitchen. They will also make for fantastic gifts this holiday season.
It can set alarms, play music, news and audiobooks, control smart home products, and even order a pizza and an Uber taxi ride.
Philips 456194 Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit, 3 A19 Bulbs and 1 Bridge, 2nd Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa – $139.81 at Amazon (save $40)
- Starter kit includes 3 color LED light bulbs and a bridge that wirelessly connects up to 50 lights
- The bridge enables you to control your lights from your smart device via the Philips Hue App. Add Hue accessories or connect to Alexa to control your lights your way
- 2nd Generation starter kit comes with brighter bulbs (upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens) and more internal storage for lighting scenes.
- Works with Alexa for voice control. Also works with Apple HomeKit, Nest and SmartThings (hub required)
- Choose from 16 million colors and play with color. Sync your lights with your music, TV and games for an immersive effect
- Carrier freedom: Moto X Pure Edition is unlocked and works on all major networks
- 5.7″ Quad HD display + stereo sound: Immerse yourself in entertainment with a vivid, edge-to-edge display that’s enhanced by rich stereo sound.
- 21 MP camera: Take crystal-clear pictures and get great results in any light.
- TurboPower charging: Get the world’s fastest charging with TurboPower™ technology for up to 10 hours of use in just 15 minutes of charging.
- All-day battery: Power through the day without stopping to recharge.
- Advanced water protection: Never let spills, splashes, or rain stand in the way of using your phone.
- Pure Android™ experience: Android™ as it was intended—without unnecessary clutter from preloaded apps or software.
- Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5″ HD (720p) display ensure videos and games run smoothly and look great
- Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
- Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
- Shoot photos with an 8 MP camera in back and take selfies with a 5 MP camera in front.
- Includes 16 GB of internal storage plus add up to 128 GB more with a microSD card
- Includes a 2800 mAh battery, so you can go from morning to night without worrying about battery life
- Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
Samsung Gear S2 – Classic Platinum – $349.99 at Amazon (save $100)
- Timeless platinum plated case
- Matching 20mm genuine Leather Strap in Black (small and large included in box)
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi : 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHZ, Bluetooth : Bluetooth v4.1, Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP
- Intuitive circular interface and rotating bezel for easy navigation, Access to important notifications, texts, and updates at a glance
- Compatible with many Android smartphones Version 4.4 or greater
- Notifications at a glance: calendar events, text and emails, incoming calls, and more.
- Includes Pebble Health, a built-in activity and sleep tracker with daily reports and weekly insights.
- Water resistant to 30 meters
- Built-In microphone for voice notes and quick replies
- Choose from thousands of watch faces and apps in the Pebble App Store with more added every day. (Please note that sending replies works with AT&T iPhone accounts, and most major Android apps including SMS, Hangouts, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Whatapp and hundreds more. iOS voice features for other carriers will be available in a future software update.). WORKS WITH ANDRIOD 4.3 OR ABOVE
Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones – $18.99 at Amazon with discount code ABMWNBBG (save $5)
- HIGH FIDELITY STEREO SOUND: Featured with noise cancelling technology, our headset provides you high fidelity stereo music. Noise cancelling microphone further guarantees clear sound for hands-free calls.
- ULTRA LONG PLAYING TIME: Powerful rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours playing time.
- FOLDABLE & PORTABLE: Designed with portability and storage. An extra storage bag is offered for carrying convenience.
- BOTH WIRED and WIRELESS: By connected with an audio cable, the product can be used as wired headphone when the battery is powered off.
CHOETECH Sweatproof Sports Wireless Bluetooth V4.1 Earbuds – $22.99 at Amazon with discount code LMO5QHHR (save $16)
CHOETECH is a brand we regularly feature on AG for its great prices and high-quality products. Its latest sports earbuds are designed for sports use with an IPX5 sweatproof rating, and Bluetooth 4.1 to ensure a strong wireless signal. There’s also built in noise cancelling into the microphone which is a necessity if you plan on taking calls with the earbuds. At $22.99, the CHOETECH earbuds are a solid value for those who are not looking to spend copious amount of money on accessories.
CHOETECH Sweatproof Sport Wireless Bluetooth V4.1 Earbuds – $19.99 at Amazon with discount code RVOXL8OT (save $14)
- Latest Bluetooth V4.1 Technology: Features much lower power consumption, more stable signal transmission, clearer sound production. Built-in microphone, supports hands-free calling.
- Lightweight & Sweat-proof: Rare small headphones, more comfortable and less burden. IPX4 sweat-proof design, well suited for running, exercising or listening to music on the go.
- Comfortable & Stable Fit: Included eartips and ear hooks of different sizes to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for you.
Cables, chargers and other accessories
Coolest Cooler – $174.95 at Amazon (save $274)
The Coolest Cooler was one of the most popular crowdfunding campaign in recent history. I know it’s a bit cold to be thinking about this, but the discount is huge. This ice chest usually sells for over $400, but you get an entire party package with it.
- Ice chest
- Removable Bluetooth speaker
- Waterproof USB Charger
- LED internal lid
- Built-in bottle opener, with plates, a knife, corkscrew, removable cutting board.
iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – $274 at Amazon (save $100)
- iAdapt Navigation uses a full suite of sensors to navigate and adapt to your changing home
- 3-Stage Cleaning System agitates, brushes and suctions floors
- Conveniently schedule up to 7x per week, or just press CLEAN on the robot
- Automatically docks and recharges
- Automatically adjusts to all floor types – carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate & more
Spigen is one of our favorite cases makers for our smartphones. Not only do they look good, but they also feel comfortable while managing to give extreme protection. Almost all of Spigen’s cases are on sale today and are a great way to keep your devices protected from drops. The S7 and S7 edge are great phones, but being made out of mostly glass makes them prone to cracks in a fall. For those of you with the edge version, I highly recommend a case as the edges are a weak point in falls. My particular favorite Spigen case is the Rugged Armor with the carbon fiber design in the image above.
Caseology S7 and S7 edge cases – on sale at Amazon
Caseology is another case maker who offers great designs, protection and value. I reviewed several of its cases for the Note 7 and found them to be one of my favorite brands.
We love our Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones here at AndroidGuys. Most of us think, in our early impressions, that they are the best two Androids you can get. The only problem is their massive prices which start at $649. Regardless, it still is ridiculously fast, has the coolest launcher, and has one of the best cameras in a smartphone.
You need to protect your investment with a case. Right now, Spigen has a sale on most of its premium cases at Amazon. Spigen has been an industry leader in cases, and its Pixel examples are top notch too. My personal favorite of the Spigen cases is the Rugged Armor Carbon Fiber series case because it offers a solid look without being flashy with ultra strong protection. It’s on sale for $7 off.
- Different lengths and multiple colors usb cable available in a combination unit ensures your various use in different occasions, the best choice for your portable usage and for your family.
- Earth wire and foil shielding added to increase its durability and to further protect the wire from interference. And the sufficient copper wires ensure its fast charging at 2.4A/2.0A Max and high speed data sync up to 480Mbps.
- The special design of its reversible USB helps you plug into the USB port in the right way all the time. Ladder design makes it more beautiful and fitting well with most cases.
- Extended connector and the high quality nylon fabric jacket ensures extended protection of the nylon fiber to avoid easily coming out of the braided cover.
iOrange-E USB C to USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) 6.6 Ft Braided Cable – $9.99 at Amazon with discount code QGJP7CJ8 (save $3)
While we are on the topic of the Pixels, you might as well grab a few new USB C cables from i-Orange. The 6ft braided cable from iOrange is one of the most durable you can get with its nylon wrapping, and I use several around my house and office. This particular is my favorite because the ends are metal and the cable is wrapped in ballistic nylon which makes it incredibly tough. All of my i-Orange cables still look brand new even though they are six months old. At $9.99 these cables are an incredible value considering they will last longer than any device you currently own.
EasyAcc Gooseneck Smartphone and Tablet Mount – $16.79 at Amazon with discount code KB2O9GHE (save $4.20).
This mount is perfect for those who love to keep their tablets or smartphone hands free while at home or in the office. With a 1M long bendable goose neck, it can hold just about any device ranging in sizes from 4 to 10.6″. It has a large clamp that can squeeze onto desk, bed frames or other furniture to keep your devices where you want them.
There’s a good chance the charger in your car is a few years old. It’s time to upgrade with the AXGIO Quick charger which is on sale for $13.99. If you need to take advantage of fast charging speeds anywhere it will be in your car. You’ll also need the extra power to charge your device while using it for tasks such as GPS and wireless streaming. It’s one of the better options out there as it offers dual USB 3.0 ports where most chargers offer one. It can charge compatible devices such as the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge from 0-50% in less than 30 minutes.
KooPower Professional 58 in 1 Magnetic Screwdriver Bit Sets with 54 Precision Bits – $7.20 at Amazon with discount code DRIVER55 (save 55%)
- PERFECT FOR ELECTRONICS With these 54 screwdriver bits, you’ll be ready to repair smartphones, tablets, computers, video game consoles and more
- QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP The metal used in our screwdriver bit set is chrome vanadium alloy steel–an ultra durable material that can stand the test of time
- UV backlight, 12 LED ultra violet flashlight urine & scorpion detector torch to find stains on carpet, rugs or furniture material
- Pet detection: Puppy’s urine and other stains on the carpet or scorpion are easily visible to the human eye by a flash of this little gadget
- Find out fakes & fluorescent agent testing: This compact UV light can identify counterfeit money
Cymas Ultraviolet Flashlight,100 LED UV Blacklight – $15.99 at Amazon with discount code J2E4HPW9 (save $4)
- DURABLE & EASY TO USE: The UV Blacklight provides you with up to10,000 hours of use provides and the textured area with nice grip design for easy handy hold.
- SCORPION INSPECTION: This ultra-bright flashlight will make scorpions glow brilliantly, illuminating and revealing themselves to you with the power of black light. Detect scorpions from a few feet away, no need to get close to the pests.
- PET DETECTION: Puppy’s urine and other stains on the carpet or scorpion are easily visible to the human eye by a flash of our product!
- FIND OUT STAIN: This large UV flashlight with 100 UV LEDs can fetch much bigger area without losing the intensity of the UV light. Emits 395 nanometer wavelengths which makes stains and other bodily fluids fluoresce.