Feb 26, 2016: Today's Big Deals: Amazon $5 Credit, Newegg FREE Premier Membership, ZTE Zxon Pro Smartphone, Sandisk SSD, and Dewalt Heated Jacket
by Eric Song
Happy Friday, bargain hunters. I've created another list of my favorite deals just for you. Have fun with these and hopefully you'll be able to order them over the weekend.
I shop at Amazon more than any other online retailer, so Amazon credit is equivalent to cash for me. I use an Amazon Prime Store Card that gives me 5% cashback on all my Amazon purchases. When I reach the limit (and I often do), I use my Amazon Visa Credit Card that gives me 3% cashback. I also have an Amazon Prime Membership which gives me Free 2 Day Shipping. Usually these are the only sitewide discounts that are readily available. However, for the rest of this month, Amazon is also offering a BONUS $5 Amazon credit when you add $100 to your gift balance on your account. That's basically an extra 5% cashback to anyone with an Amazon account. This is a rare deal that only happens a few times per year, so if you are an Amazon regular like me, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn't be buying this.
I like to take down my computer and completely rebuild it annually, and I usually source my parts from Newegg. Other vendors may have deals on "general" electronics, but Newegg is the best if you're looking for computer components. Newegg sweeps that category in price, selection, quality, and customer service. If you're like me, you should be stoked that their Newegg Premium Membership is essentially FREE with this Groupon deal. Purchase a $50 Newegg Gift Card for $45 and get a 6-month membership, or a $100 Newegg Gift Card for $95 and get a 1-year membership. I got the 1yr membership since I can blow through $100 in a single order. The best perks of the membership are free 3-day shipping and no restocking fees (normally 15%). Make sure to apply 10% off Coupon: "ZIFF10" in cart.
If you're a hardcore phone hunter, you're probably aware of the infamous OnePlus 2 phone that you can only get by invite. It's a $600 phone with a $300 price tag. If that makes you drool, you'll want to check out the ZTE Max Pro. This phone is LOADED. It has a 5.5" 2560x1440 WQHD IPS display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core CPU with Adreno 430 GPU. You score best-in-class 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, with MicroSD expansion. The 13MP 4K @ 30fps video camera will replace your legacy point-and-shoot camera. And you get all of this new, unlocked, and warrantied. If I mentioned it was $324 you'd think I was talking nonsense, but it's even cheaper now - B&H Photo-Video throws in a $50 gift card with purchase. Best of all, you don't need to be on some stinky invite list.
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for $119.00
The benefits of solid state drives (SSDs) over hard drives are overwhelming - faster performance, lower power consumption, lower heat, and durability. But there are so many SSDs that it can be confusing trying to figure out what brand/model/size to get. I can give a general recommendation for the "average" user who wants me to do the research. For brand I would stick to the big three - Samsung, Sandisk, and Crucial. For model, I would recommend the Samsung EVO 850, Sandisk Ultra II, and Crucial MX200. There are faster variants, but you would be paying more for performance that you will never notice. For capacity, the 500GB capacity gives you the best "gigabyte per dollar" value. The SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD is currently the cheapest model available from Amazon for only $119.00.
Whether you work professionally in construction or you're simply a DIY homeowner who likes to work on the house, you know that it can be a real pain to work outside in the cold. You want to stay warm, but wearing an oversized parka can often impede your activity. It could even make your job hazardous, for example when you work with power tools, haul around heavy materials, or climb up and down ladders. DeWalt proposes a solution to this problem with their heated jacket. Instead of an overabundance of insulation, this jacket uses battery power to provide a steady heat. It runs on a 20V battery that can last for 3-5 hours on high and 9 hours on low. It tucks away in its own pocket so that it doesn't interfere with your work. The jacket lists for $410, but you can get it from eBay with a battery and charger for $99.99.