Projectors are really cool. Point one at any wall just about
anywhere and you've got yourself a home theater.
Of course, you'll need to connect a laptop or DVD player.
You'll need to position everything close to an AC outlet for power.
Oh, and don't forget about speakers. Maybe I should have said,
projectors are really cool--once you get past all the
Wouldn't it be great, then, to have a projector with
everything you need built right in? Like this one: Staples has the
3M Streaming Projector for $159.99 shipped
(plus sales tax in most states). That's just about half the $299
The Streaming Projector is compact enough to fit in the palm
of your hand, yet it's like a self-contained home theater. It runs
on a rechargeable battery, so you don't need a nearby outlet.
All mobile chargers are created more or less equal, right?
Wrong. Some lack the juice to charge larger devices like
e-readers and tablets. Some make you juggle a bunch of different
cords and tips, a huge hassle. And some will barely top off your
smartphone more than once.
Blast L180X conquers all those problems, and then some. But is
it the best mobile charger you can buy?
Regular Savings.com readers know that I'm a fan of the MyCharge Peak 6000, which
features, among other things, built-in connectors for two common
ports: Apple 30-pin and microUSB.
About a year ago I told you about PowerBag, a really cool line of backpacks,
briefcases, and messenger bags that have built-in batteries for
charging your mobile devices.
The MyCharge Peak 6000 is like a PowerBag--without the bag. It's a
lightweight, portable power pack that can charge and recharge just
about anything you travel with: smartphone, e-reader, tablet,
Bluetooth speaker, and so on.
Though it weights just half a pound (8.5 ounces, to be exact), the
Peak 6000 packs a 6,000mAh battery--much larger than you what you
find in a lot of portable chargers.
Apple just took the wraps off the heavily rumored iPad
Mini. As I expected, it starts not at $249 or even $299, but
$329. The big question: Is it worth the money?
That's a tricky question to answer when you factor in
competing tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Barnes &
Noble Nook HD, and Google Nexus--all of which start at $199.
For many buyers, especially those looking for a tablet to go
under the tree, that's too big a difference to ignore. Heck, the
original Kindle Fire currently sells for just $159, literally less
than half the price of a Mini.
That said, I think Apple's new baby offers enough added value
to warrant its higher price. Here are five reasons why I think the
iPad Mini is a good deal:
1. Bigger Screen
The Mini has a 7.9-inch screen. The Fire, Nook, and Nexus all
Doing your holiday shopping online can save you plenty of headaches and stress during the crazy shopping season. Knowing the very best days to shop for a particular item can also save you plenty of cash. If you're familiar with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers slash prices, you may have also heard of Cyber Monday, the online version.
But online deals are available on other days as well, if you know what day of the week you should be looking.
On Tuesday, Apple announced the new iPhone 4S
in a humble ceremony, with little fanfare from the press. Nonplussed,
the blogosphere instead focused on more pressing issues, such as the
rate of new job creation. It was a day like any other.