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Wednesday 31 March

  • Free Lexmark Printer (14:49) - Tigerdirect has the Lexmark X1150 4800x1200 dpi 14ppm USB 2.0 All-In-One Printer free after $70 mail-in rebate. Rebate expires 4/3/04 so act quick if you want this....
  • Dell 20" LCD Monitor $749 (12:14) - Update: Last day for this deal! I recommended this LCD at $800 last week: comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick. It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote. Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable. Dell Small Business has this at 25% off: $749.25 (plus tax/shipping. Click the lin, search for "320-1578" and apply coupon code $4BZVGFGL15L2C ). Deal expires 3/31. Best price so far this year, may go another $50 lower by the summer....

Tuesday 30 March

  • Buy.com 48 HR Sale (12:08) - Buy.com is having a 48 hour sale. (ends 3/31) Some good deals are: Norton Systemworks 2004: $4.99 after rebates Gigafast 8 port ethernet switch: $19.99 Viking 256mb Secure Digital card: $44.99 after rebate Viking 256mb Compact Flash card: $33.29 after rebate Altec Lansing 221 PC speakers: $29.99...
  • Motorola V600 Cellphone (11:49) - The latest greatest cell phone is finally available for sale from AT&T Wireless. The Motorola V600 is small but packs a VGA resolution camera, bluetooth connectivity, MP3 ringtones and much more. Will be available online soon, but can be ordered now direct from AT&T wireless for $299 with a 2 year service contract....
  • Good Dell PC < $400 (11:40) - Here is the latest Dell "Outrageous Deal": Dell Small Business has a great deal at the moment: Dimension 4600 for $399 (after $150 rebate), not recommended for the latest 3D games but great for web browsing, document writing, blog creating etc. Click on the link, then on outrageous deal on the bottom right of the page. 2.8Ghz Pentium 4, 512mb memory, 80gb hard drive. These deals typically last about a week....

Monday 29 March

  • Xbox price cut (12:56) - CNN is reporting what a lot of people have expected for a while: The price of the Xbox game console is being cut to $149.99 next Tuesday....

Sunday 28 March

  • Wireless Bluetooth Desktop (14:32) - I just put together a PC for my living room that serves music, pictures etc to my TV. I needed a wireless keyboard and mouse but in the past I had problems with a regular wireless keyboard conflicting with my 802.11b network. I bought this bluetooth set and it works great, I can control the PC from anywhere in the house. Easy to setup and use... just make sure you are running XP. $76.99 with Free Shipping at Buy.com...

Saturday 27 March

  • Bluetooth Surround Sound Speakers (16:18) - Samsung will launch in May their Samsung HT-DB390 Wireless Home Theater System. Hmm, my birthday is in May :) The system is one of the first, if not the first that uses bluetooth for connecting wirelessly to the satellite speakers. (thanks I4U)...

Friday 26 March

  • Budget Digital Cameras (13:13) - http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/print/0,23102,3647496,00.html" target="_new">TechTV has an interesting article where they review 5 budget digital cameras that cost under $200 but offer 2 or 3 megapxel resolution, mostly with a 3x optical zoom lens. Olympus D-395 ($149.00 at Amazon.com) Fujifilm A210 ($159.88 at Amazon.com) Nikon Coolpix 2200 ($169.94 at Amazon.com) Kodak Easyshare CX6330 ($178.99 at Amazon.com) Gateway DC-T23 ($129.99 at Amazon.com)...

Thursday 25 March

  • Widescreen Laptop < $1000 (15:33) - I would love a nice widescreen laptop for watching movies on flights but until now its been difficult to justify the high prices. Tigerdirect has refurbished eMachine M5312 laptops with an AMD Mobile XP2400+ processor, 512MB memory, 60GB hard drive, DVD-CDRW Combo drive, 15.4" WXGA screen, 802.11g wireless and XP Home for an amazingly low $999.99....
  • External CD-RW (15:24) - Need a new CD burner? ComputerGeeks.com has a very fast Norcent EW520 USB2 external 52x24x52 for just $47.50 with promotional code GEEKEW520....
  • Sony 6:1 Surround Receiver (14:48) - It would be great to have a $2000 receiver but I think its a little pointless unless you have the latest greatest $10k+ home theater system. Most people will be more than happy with a receiver like this one: Sony STRDE895B Surround Receiver: $227.91 at onecall.com (with 1% pass program discount, sign up on their homepage)... regularly $399....

Wednesday 24 March

  • Polishing your iPod! (14:56) - Sound very freudian to me! iPodlounge reviews two different creams intended to restore your iPod to its factory fresh shinyness. My question is... do they keep the batteries going longer as well?...

Tuesday 23 March

  • New TV's Coming Soon (08:46) - I would love one of these: Sharp has just released their new 37-inch Aquos widescreen LCD monitor (available at Amazon.com for $5000): 1366x768 resolution, 12 differnet inputs, twin tuners etc. If that wasn't enough.... Sharp will be releasing a 45" Aquos LCD later this year, and LG have announced a 76" plasma TV....

Monday 22 March

  • Easy Wine Bottle Opener (09:23) - Don't struggle to open wine bottles, it really ruins the moment ;-) , I have used a gadget like this for a couple of years now and it makes opening wine bottles so easy. These used to cost well over $100 but now the Insta-Pull All Metal Gear Wine Opener is just $19.95 at Amazon.com....

Sunday 21 March

  • CeBIT Summary (13:51) - BBC News has a summary of some of the new gadgets on show at CeBIT in Germany: Fraunhofer has a 3D display that you can view without special glasses. VIA Technologies unveiled their nano-itx motherboard that crams a 1ghz processor, MPEG2/4 video, up to 1GB RAM, ethernet, USB2 and video-out into a 4.7 inch square motherboard. Expect to see this used in mew media centers and PVRs that are little bigger than a hard drive....
  • 1GB Compact Flash $152 (13:36) - I take a lot of photos and it is great to not have to worry about swapping card around, especially with a high mega-pixel digital camera. 1gb is 64 times the storage capacity of the card typically included when you buy a digital camera: Amazon has just lowered their price to the lowest I've ever seen: $152.04 (after $45 rebate exp 3/31). Rebate Form Link...

Saturday 20 March

  • Weber Gas Grill (07:25) - Its getting to the time of year when men's thoughts turn to standing outside grilling big lumps of meat. If you old grill is getting past it and you want the best new grill for your money check this out: The Weber 3290001 Genesis Gold C Stainless Steel Propane Gas Grill 29% off ($499.00) with free shipping at Amazon.com. By far the best price around on a great grill, positive reviews all around, great lifetime warrenty, cooks evenly 36000 BTUs....

Friday 19 March

  • $299.99 Basic Gateway PC (09:38) - Gateway Sb-310-a PC only $299.99 shipped after $50 rebate: 2.4ghz celeron, 128mb, 40gb, windows XP. Could be good for a 2nd PC or as a gift for a less tech savvy relative....
  • TigerDirect Sale (09:15) - TigerDirect has a 48-hr sale ending today, some good deals are: emachines 2.5ghz 256MB 40GB PC for $329.99 HP 2.66mhz 512mb 40gb 15.4" screen Laptop for $1199.99 DVD-RW burner for $49.99 Samsung 17" LCD monitor for $389.99 Click here for all the sale bargains (ends 3/19)...

Thursday 18 March

  • 20" Dell LCD Monitor $800 (14:08) - I use the older version of this monitor as my primary monitor and I love it!, comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick. It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote. Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable. Dell Small Business has this at 20% off: $799.20 (plus tax/shipping). Deal expires 3/24. Best price so far this year, may go another $100 lower by the summer....
  • Tivo Article (07:37) - PVRblog mentions an article in the NY Times about how Tivo changed people's lives. I have owned a Tivo since they came out in 1999 (upgrading to a new Tivo once and upgrading the hard drive twice in that time) and I really couldn't live without it. I never watch live TV, it just records the programs I like and whenever I feel like watching a program and can choose from about 100 hours of good comedy, drama, documentaries etc. Dell Home has a good price on the 80 hr series 2 Tivo at the moment: $299 - automatic 10% discount - $50 rebate (exp 3/31) = $219 with free shipping. If you add another cheap item you should be able to get another $25 off with one-day coupon code SB$JRXL$?5MVFT (exp 3/18) for a final price of $194. Rebate Link Update: Dell Home is down at 7.35am EST,...

Wednesday 17 March

  • Ipaq 1945 Pocket PC (17:28) - This is my current pick for best pocket pc without 802.11 wireless. It has bluetooth, 64mb memory, a color 240x320 pixel screen, and accepts SD, SDIO and MMC memory cards. Amazon has it for $267.99 with free shipping....
  • OLEDs soon in Toshiba Pocked PCs? (17:15) - At the CeBIT show in Germany Toshiba has been showing off a new 3.45" Organic LED (OLED), OLEDs dont need a backlight and are thinner and smaller than standard LEDs, 3.45" is the perfect size for a Pocket PC screen: end result should be is a thinner light Pocket PC with a longer battery life. (from Brighthand)...
  • New 50gb iPod Coming (17:04) - Engadget reports that a new iPod is coming soon from Apple. The word is 50gb hard drive, 2" color screen, video-out, photo viewing and a navigation wheel. No link to buy it yet.........
  • Basic Dell PC $349 (16:34) - Dell Small Business has a great deal at the moment: Dimension 2400 for $349 (after $200 rebate), not recommended for the latest 3D games but great for web browsing, document writing, blog creating etc. Click on the link, then on outrageous deal on the bottom right of the page. 2.66Ghz Pentium 4, 256mb memory, 80gb hard drive. Expires 3/17....

Tuesday 16 March

  • Camera Deals at Dell (07:35) - Dell Home has many cameras at 10% off at the moment, which is a good deal when combined with free shipping on $49 orders and a one-day $35 off $400 coupon code CKCNQ8GSLLN1T5: Canon PowerShot G5 5 MegaPixel : $504 Nikon Coolpix 5400 5.26-MP Digital Camera : $594 Sony DSC-F717 5.24 MegaPixel Digicam : $594 Olympus Camedia C-750 Ultra 10x Zoom 4 MegaPixel : $459 To find them click on this link and enter the model number and brand in the top right search box....

Monday 15 March

  • Hottest MP3 player around (12:01) - It's the iPod mini, right? Nope, It's the Creative Labs Nomad MuVoČ 4 GB MP3 Player, why? because it's similar to the mini in storage and size but its $50 cheaper. You can also crack it open and remove the 4GB CF microdrive to use in your digital camera etc, the drive alone sells for over $500. Amazon.com has the MuVoČ 4 GB for $200.99...
  • Alternative discount on iPod mini (11:45) - If you enjoy listening to spoken word books there is an even cheaper way to get the hot new iPod mini that the Target coupon I posted yesterday: Subscribe for a year to Audible.com at $14.95 a month and get a $100 off coupon for the iPod mini (or another from a large selection of MP3 players and Pocket PCs). Offer expires 3/31...
  • Race for the Cure (11:33) - Off topic for this blog but a good friend of mine is taking part in the Connecticut Race for the Cure on Saturday June 12th 2004. The race raises money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and funds research to finds a cure for breast cancer. I have donated $100 and ask that if you have saved money by using my site please go and donate something $1, $5, whatever you can spare. Thank you!....

Sunday 14 March

  • iPod Mini discounted (20:59) - Its the latest cool gotta have gadget, much smaller than the old iPod but can still store 4gb of data. Get it at target for $225 with 10% off coupon code TDAW2SAVETEN (exp 3/31)...
  • 256MB Jumpdrive (20:39) - Keep your personal files on this little gadget and transfer easily between home and work or college pcs or just keep your files safe if you share a computer with someone else. Best price I've seen this year: $44.99 at amazon.com (no rebate needed)....
  • Speedy Storage (17:00) - A fast hard drive makes a big difference when you are opening applications, starting games, etc. Serial ATA (SATA) is the new type of connector for hard drives and is typically more expensive but CompUSA has a 160gb SATA drive for $99.99 after $50 rebate. PDF Rebate Link...
  • 17" LCD Monitor - Under $300 (16:40) - I love LCD monitors, they take up so little space. I would be lost without my 20"/17" combo, email in one screen, web browser in the other. Here is a 17" monitor for less than the usual price of a 15" monitor! Kogi L7CH, $298.99 at Amazon.com after $60 rebate (regularly $549.99). Rebate Form Link...
  • 512 MB Compact Flash (11:51) - To go with your S400 Digital Elph you will need a good sized memory card, best deal at the moment is also at Amazon.com: Viking 512MB Compact Flash Card for $70 (after $30 rebate: rebate link). Update: Currently the #1 seller in electronics on Amazon, backordered 1-2 weeks...

Saturday 13 March

  • James Bond's Shaver of Choice (11:01) - No, it doesn't contain a secret camera, knife or gun but it is a damn close shave. $169.99 (47% off) at Amazon. But wait, there's more: free shipping, a hand vacumn for $1 extra, and a mail-in rebate for a free personal trimmer....
  • Human Powered Radio (07:00) - The world is a dangerous place, 9/11, 2 day power cuts in New York, terrorist attacks everywhere... in case something bad happens and you are without power here is the best human powered radio around: The Freeplay Summit $99.99 at Amazon.com. It receives the usual AM and FM as well as long wave and short wave, and is powered by a rechargable battery, solar power and a wind-up handle! (product found at Gizmodo)...

Friday 12 March

  • Help! My webcam is following me (12:03) - The Logitech Quickcam Orbit has face tracking software: perfect if you pace around while having online sex with random strangers. Available for $111.99 with free shipping from Amazon.com....
  • LOTR: Return of the Kings DVD (09:31) - This works out at under $2 per Oscar. 40% off on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King DVD at Buy.com. $17.99 with Free Shipping!...

Thursday 11 March

  • Gateway Connected DVD Player (17:26) - The ever useful engadget tells me Gateway updated their ADC-320 connected DVD player ($199.99) to support wireless 802.11g and streaming TV shows from a media center PC....
  • Canon S400 Digital Elph (11:41) - This is a great deal on my favorite small digital camera at Amazon.com: S400 Digital Elph for $318.99 , its small enough to fit in a pocket, purse or bag so go get it and never be without a camera again....
  • First Post - Welcome (10:12) - Welcome to Shiny Plastic, the aim here is to be a cross between gadget sites like Gizmodo and engadget and coupon sites....
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