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Today's deal is a good news/bad news kind of thing: The good news is it's awesome, the bad news is it's likely to sell out quickly. I say that based on past experience -- but let's give it a whirl!
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Staples has the Dell E514DW multifunction laser printer for $59.99 shipped (plus sales tax). Price at Dell proper: $129.99. Price elsewhere: at least $100. Update: Already sold out. I'll keep close watch for future deals on this model!
That's insanely good deal considering that it's challenging to find a mere Wi-Fi laser printer at that price. The E514DW also scans and copies -- though it doesn't fax, which may be a dealbreaker for some.
But check out the rest of the specs: USB and Ethernet interfaces (on top of Wi-Fi), a 35-sheet auto document feeder (ADF), a 250-sheet paper tray and support for duplex (i.e. double-sided) printing. It also supports AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Mopria, whatever that is.
Some 60 Staples customers collectively rated the printer 4.5 stars out of 5, though PC Mag was a little less enthusiastic about it. The main complaints: so-so output speed and no fax capabilities. To which I say: $60!
I really hope Staples enough inventory to last the morning, at least. The printer was still in stock as of around 6 a.m. PT. It's too good to pass up!
Bonus deal: I like wearing a watch. I especially like it when that watch notifies me of incoming calls, messages and the like. If you like that idea as well but don't want to spend a dime more than you would on a "dumb" watch, check this out: Tanga has the Martian Notifier smartwatch for $24.99 shipped. It's available in your choice of red or white.
I've written about this thing a million times; the last time it was selling for $35, I believe. It's a nice-looking plastic watch that's really good at notifications, but also performs a few other handy tricks (like remote camera-shutter). The single-line ticker-style display is far from ideal, and the proprietary charging cable is a pain -- but battery life is awesome, and it works with both Android and iOS. For $25? No-brainer.