I've made no secret of my love for Bluetooth speakers, especially when they're cheap, loud, and cool-looking -- ideally all three. But sometimes they all seem like variations on a theme. Like, what have you done for me lately, Bluetooth speakers?
Here's one that learned a new trick! For a limited time, Accessory Genie has the GoGroove BlueSync SRC portable Bluetooth speaker/receiver for $27.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code SAVESRC at checkout, which not only knocks $17 off the price, but also nets you a free-shipping option.
Did you catch the new-trick word up there? Unlike most other Bluetooth speakers, the BlueSync SRC doubles as a Bluetooth receiver, meaning you can connect it to an existing stereo (or, say, older speaker dock) to endow it with Bluetooth capabilities.
That's pretty cool. On the one hand you're getting a portable, rechargeable speaker that can go with you to the park, the beach, the patio, or wherever, and on the other you're giving your older, non-BT stereo gear a new lease on life. All for $28 out the door. (I've seen standalone Bluetooth receivers that cost that much or more.)
The speaker itself is a curvy black oval (as opposed to a straight oval) with red trim. I don't know why, but to me it evokes something out of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Again, I don't know why. But I do know it's pretty nice on the eyes.
The SRC includes an auxiliary input for connecting non-Bluetooth sources (like iPods) and a microphone for making and taking phone calls. The removable(!) battery is good for 6 to 8 hours, according to Accessory Power, which backs the SRC with an impressive three-year warranty.
I haven't tried this model myself, but the user reviews over at Amazon average out to a respectable 4.3 stars out of 5. This Cheapskate exclusive ends in a few days, so if you're looking for a versatile Bluetooth speaker, well, chop-chop.
Bonus deal: Calling all iPhone users! Need to keep tabs on your data consumption? (You do, especially if your data plan has a cap.) One of the best apps for that normally costs $1.99, but for this week only, DataMan Next (iOS) is free. It's a really slick app with overwhelmingly positive ratings, so grab it while it's free.
Bonus deal No. 2: Freebie game time! I was concerned this would be gone by now, as I first spotted it late Friday, but it appears there are licenses left. For a limited time, Origin is offering the original Dead Space (Win) absolutely free. It may be a few years old, but it's still a great-looking sci-fi shooter -- and seriously scary. The only "catch" is that you'll need an Origin account. (It's free to sign up if you don't already have one.)