Black Friday sales have just ended and Amazon has already many attractive deals ready for Cyber Monday. If you are a regular follower of this blog, you already know that you can count on us selecting the best deals out there and presenting them to you in a way that should help you quickly decide which are worth your money and which are not.
Best Cyber Monday 2016 Deals On Amazon
|Acer||Acer Chromebook R 13||399|
|Nest||Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation||219.99|
|Asus||Asus ZenFone Zoom||199|
|Amazon||Amazon Fire TV||89.99|
|SanDisk||SanDisk 128 GB Class 10 micro SD Memory Card||44.9|
Acer Chromebook R 13 Convertible ($349.99, SAVE $50)
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is arguably the hottest Chromebook of this year. It almost seems like Acer has taken a hint from Asus and its ZenBook line of premium, aluminum laptops that put heavy emphasis on good looks. This 13-incher is light, slim, sleek, and convertible: everything a casual user or a busy student might want from a laptop.
Actually, the Chromebook R 13 goes beyond everything. Its Full HD display uses IPS technology for wide viewing angles and accurate color representation. If your eyesight is exceptionally great, you could use the native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, or you can increase the scaling to make everything larger and more legible.
The screen sits on a hinge that supports 360-degree rotation, allowing you to choose from 4 different modes: notebook, display, tent, and tablet. This way, you can write an essay or create a PowerPoint presentation just like you would on a laptop with a traditional hinge, then switch to the tent mode to show it off to your classmates or colleagues, and, finally, turn the laptop into a tablet to watch your favorite YouTube show as a reward.
Until recently, Chromebooks were confined mostly to Chrome, the popular web browser, but that’s no longer the case. Google has been rolling out updates for popular Chromebooks, including the Acer Chromebook R 13. “I received the Chromebook on the 5th. I have had 2 updates since that time, and have been able to install and use Google Play Store in Stable mode,” said K. Jennings on November 13, 2016, in an Amazon review. In other words, after you turn on your new R 13 and install all updates, you will be able to access all Play Store apps just like you can on your Android smartphone or tablet.
Asus ZenFone Zoom Unlocked Phone, 64GB (U.S. Warranty) ($199, SAVE $200)
Asus makes attractive smartphones with premium specifications that rarely ever fail to receive raving reviews from tech reviewers. Unfortunately, as all high-end products do, they often cost more than you might be willing to pay. Well, that won’t be true at all on Cyber Monday. Amazon has cut $200 from the original price of the 64 GB version Asus ZenFone Zoom smartphone, making it one of the best current smartphone deals.
Things look fairly regular on the front side: a sharp 5.5-inch IPS full HD display protected by the Gorilla Glass 4 technology, 5 MP camera, and very narrow bezels that give the device a decisively premium look. But look at the back and you’ll discover the world’s thinnest camera with 3X optical zoom and an innovative 10-element lens from HOYA. Indeed, a dream-come-true for all avid mobile photographers.
Internals of the Asus ZenFone Zoom are equally impressive: an Intel 2.3GHz Quad Core processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Zoom’s PowerVR 6430 graphics-processing unit is perfect for playing the latest Android games, and the phone’s large battery helps you stay in the game for several hours. Overall, a great smartphone with virtually no flaws—at a ridiculously attractive price.
Amazon Fire TV ($74.99, SAVE $15)
If you still haven’t turned your HDTV into a smart entertainment hub, now is a great chance for you to do so. Amazon is offering their Fire TV for just $74.99, a small price for a huge bag of fun. The Fire TV is a 4K-ready gateway to over 7,000 apps and games, 300,000 TV episodes, and countless songs from your favorite artists.
The small, black box hides a powerful quad-core processor, dedicated graphics engine, and 2 GB of memory, resulting in over 75% more processing power over the previous generation. With Fire TV’s highly efficient HEVC video encoding, you can enjoy high-definition content without clogging up your internet connection.
Built directly into the Fire TV is Alexa Voice Remote, the brain behind Amazon Echo. You can simply tell her the name of the show you would like to watch, and she will instantly put it on. Want to skip a cringeworthy scene? Just say, “Alexa, fast forward a minute.”
Last but not least, you can cast video from your Android smartphone with the Fire TV, and you can also enhance your Fire TV experience by installing the Fire TV Remote App on your smartphone to use it instead of the regular remote that’s included with the Fire TV.
Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation) – Works with Amazon Alexa ($199, SAVE $50)
Learning thermostats from Nest have been a popular way how to enter the world of connected smart-home gadgets. This sleek device quietly monitors your temperature preferences, learning what temperature you prefer at any given time of the day. It can display the current temperature on its bright screen, which automatically lights up as you walk across the room.
Because Nest knows how to make you comfortable in the most energy-efficient manner, it can save you an average of 10-12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. You can control it remotely via Nest’s Android app. The app lets you adjust the temperature, see your energy usage, view and edit your thermostat schedule, get extreme temperature alerts, and much more. You can also connect it with other Nest smart gadgets, such as Nest Protect or Nest Cam.
SanDisk 128 GB Class 10 micro SD Memory Card ($29.99, SAVE $50)
Amazon has partnered with SanDisk, an American manufacturer of flash memory products, to produce a microSD card that’s guaranteed to be compatible with all Amazon devices, such as the Fire Tablet and Fire TV. Of course, it will also work with just about any other tablets, smartphones, cameras or computers that uses a 128 GB microSD card.
It usually retails for $79.99, but you can get it for just $29.99 on Cyber Monday. As a Class 10 card, its performance is more than sufficient for full HD video playback and recording. 128 GB of storage space lets you store approximately 45,600 photos or 260 SD or 130 HD movies or 32,000 songs, depending on their quality.