Tech deal alert

This is what I am thinking. I have a mac for most of the pics and everything. I only need what I use everyday. I checked and I have a ton of space free on my wimpy current ipad.

For audio lovers on here, the Massdrop X Sennheiser HD 6XX open back headphones that I love so much are down to $199 (I got them at $230, $279 list). They’re basically identical to the well-known HD650. Note: these are not a great option if you typically listen with people around: “open-back” means anyone around gets to enjoy your music. :slight_smile:

Fair warning: at 300 ohm they need reasonably powerful headphone-out, so best to check their huge list of user comments/reviews to see if your audio player of choice is mentioned.

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Seems like there are some sweet Black Friday deals for our U.S. members. $500 for a Samsung Tab 8 Plus that also gives you a $150 certificate on accessories in the same transaction directly from Samaung. If they can get their dang website to work.

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That is darn near hopeless…

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$1399.99 - BuyDig on eBay - Surface Pro 9 Core i7 with 256GB SSD and 16GB RAM + Black Signature Type Cover + Slim Pen 2 + 2-Year Accidental Damage Protection Plan

Platinum:

Forest:

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Costco is also having a deal on the Pro 9. Copied from Reddit:

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Test…err, Best Buy has a Black Friday sale on the Asus ROG Flow X13, a thin and light laptop with GPU and Stylus (where you can use a Surface stylus if you want). Normally $1,499, it’s now $999

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Wait… is that a reference to the avatar mockup I made for @dstrauss? :joy:

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Yes, I’m referencing your brilliant logo mod!

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I know @Desertlap has praised this 4k monitor, and at $299 it is a steal. The picture quality is amazing and text is razor sharp, Windows, MacOS, or iPadOS. Wish I could afford the 32” model, but this 27” is simply an amazing monitor. If I didn’t have the Samsung 4’s I’d be getting two for the office.

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I was actually considering that one, Dale. Great deal. But I succumbed to the Samsung discounts and went with their $800 monitor for $487.19 (after veteran discount) with pickup tomorrow at my Best Buy.

I was agonizing all day over what to get. Hopefully I won’t have regrets. At least if there’s an issue I can take it back to the local BB instead of spending weeks shipping back and forth. Right? :person_shrugging:

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You bet (says the “serial tester”) - that is a heck of a deal, just more than I would need. Hope it fits the bill.

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It’s a overkill with my current devices but I figured I’d future proof a bit. Room to grow.

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It’s always such a bummer when you find out that at the time you clicked “buy” in one place, the item was going for significantly less $$ elsewhere. This one at Microsoft Store was still in stock until last evening. :crying_cat_face:

Microsoft’s “secret” refurbished store is having a Black Friday fire sale:

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24 hour update on my Samsung Odyssey G70A 28” UHD monitor.

No defects as far as I can tell. Not even light bleed, to my eyes, at full brightness and black screen. Not as black black as OLED but that’s normal IPS for you.

There are better monitors in the category/price for color gamut/accuracy. Part of the problem in choosing these newer 4k 27”/28” monitors is that things are rapidly changing. This one uses the new Innolux panel, which is tops in price/performance for gaming needs but not up there with some other panels for creative activities. Choose your poison.

Another problem is benchmarking inflation vs real world experience. Like…

  • Me: this looks great! Never had anything better! I’m happy!
  • Bob’s Tech: it fails to come up to the latest standards set by xyz while in abc benchmark, nor is it as good at [measurement too picky for my eyes to detect] as brand W.
  • Me: oops, maybe I should have gotten xyz instead? But it doesn’t have this or that feature…

You can’t win. Anyway, it does look great to my mundane eyes and it does have the particular features I deem crucial: both Freesync and G-Sync certified, because my laptop’s iGPU uses the former, dGPU the latter; non-recessed VESA mount area (nobody reviews VESA mounting), ‘cause I’ve had monitors in the past with recessed mount areas into which my VESA desktop arm adapter would not fit. And lesser-but-nice stuff like the only sane kind of settings adjustment: a single joystick at bottom center for all adjustments, including power off. I’ll never click the wrong button while reaching blindly with my finger, accidentally turning the thing off or switching input source or any other frustrating thing.

TL;DR: no defects and it looks good enough for me. It has the adaptive sync and (much) better text quality that my previous 1440p monitor lacked.

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If there were “Gibbs Rules” of tech, this would be rules 1-5. By the time you push the “Order” button it is already outpaced by something new or “just over the horizon” so YOU CAN’T WIN.

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