Once upon a time, I was a pretty heavy-duty gamer. Doom, Quake, Half-Life -- oh, man, did I love Half-Life. (Half-Life 2 still ranks as the best FPS ever, in my humble opinion.)
These days, time doesn't permit me to enjoy the likes of Call of Duty 12 and Battlefield 88, but if it did, I'd make sure I had the proper tools on hand -- make that in hand -- to improve my game.
Like this one: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse for $69.99, shipped, a price that includes a $50 Steam gift card. That's the regular list price for this top-rated rodent, though it sells for around $50 from sites such as Amazon. That Steam credit makes this a seriously sweet deal (especially given the Steam Summer Sale that's going on now -- you could score a mess of new games with that 50 bucks).
Can a mouse really improve your frag count? Oh, yes. The DeathAdder incorporates a 6,400-dpi optical sensor, which allows for ultra-precise aiming. (The average computer mouse might offer 1,000 dpi, while other gaming mice might give you, say, 2,400.
It also sports five programmable buttons and an ergonomic design, albeit one intended for right-handed users (sorry, lefties).
I think the most telling thing about this mouse is the user reviews: 4.8 stars out of 5 from over 150 buyers. It's the rare product, of any kind, with that kind of score.
When you add the DeathAdder to your cart, the Steam card should appear there as well. But remember, this is Best Buy's deal of the day, and it could sell out before the clock strikes midnight.
Obviously this won't appeal to everyone, but as you may have noticed lately, I'm trying to diversify things around here a little bit -- hence products like the iStabilizer Dolly and quadcopter mini-drone. It can't be tablets and laptops all the time -- am I right?
Bonus deal: Check out this tablet! Ho, ho, just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Mobile chargers come in all shapes and sizes, but my preferred shape/size is "pocket-friendly." Today only, and while supplies last, DailySteals has the Monster PowerCard mobile charger for $15, shipped. This being a Monster product, it's usually way overpriced at $49.99 list -- but now we're talking. Available in your choice of five colors, this card-size charger packs a 1,650mAh battery. It may not fully recharge your phone, but it'll supply ample backup power to help you finish out the day.
Bonus deal No. 2: If you've always wanted a GoPro camera but couldn't stomach the price, here's a great way to dip your toe into action-cam waters. Willoughby's (via Amazon) has the Ion Air Pro waterproof helmet camera for $49.99, shipped, which originally sold for hundreds. Even if you pay another $50 for the optional Wi-Fi kit, you're getting a pretty sweet deal.
Update: The camera is sold out, at least via Willoughby's. Apologies for all the confusion with pricing and availability. I'm told the company is working to offer this again next week, and may even do a giveaway as well, so stay tuned!