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GoPro reminds me a lot of Apple: great products, but oh the prices. There are cheaper alternatives, sure, but if you can get premium gear for less, it feels so good.
Get ready to feel great. For a limited time, and while supplies last, GoPro (via Ebay) has the refurbished Hero4 Silver Edition action camera for $269, plus $12 for shipping. This model retails for $399.99 and sells elsewhere for at least $329.
Don't worry about the refurbished-ness. These come straight from GoPro, meaning they're factory-sealed (as opposed to, say, open-box) and backed by a full one-year warranty, same as new GoPros. There's another similarity to Apple, which does likewise with its refurbs.
As for the Hero4 Silver itself, I consider it the best choice in GoPro's lineup for one simple reason: the color touchscreen. It makes framing your shots and tweaking camera settings considerably easier than on the screen-less models.
Speaking of settings, the Hero4 can capture 4K video at 15 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. A newly repurposed button on the side adds a "highlight tag" to your video so it's easy to find memorable scenes later while viewing or editing.
If you're new to the whole action-cam thing, you'll want to 1,500 Amazon customers rate it 4.5 stars out of 5, too.. Spoiler alert: The Hero4 Silver earned a score of 8.4 out of 10, and Josh Goldman called it "the best GoPro for the money." And that was based on a $400 price tag. More than
So, yeah, killer camera. And it comes with the standard waterproof housing, which is good to depths of 131 feet. (That's overkill for me -- I'm good to depths of about five feet.)
Even at $269, this is not an inexpensive camera, especially when there are similar products out there priced closer to $100. You might want to consider one of those if, for example, you're looking for a camera to attach to a drone. But GoPro delivers pro-level video quality, and that usually demands a premium.
Bonus deal: A color laser printer for $70? Yep: Adoroma is once again offering the Ricoh SP C250DN for $69.99 shipped. The key specs include Wi-Fi, a 250-sheet paper tray and automatic duplexing. The four "starter" toner cartridges are good for 1,000 pages each (not bad, really), and you can find refill kits for as little as $40. (Be warned, though, that an entire set of replacement cartridges -- if you prefer to go that route -- will run you at least $200.) You know what I always say: Ink or toner's gonna cost you no matter what, so you might as well get the best price you can on the printer.
Bonus deal 2: A multifunction printer for under $60, and with free extras to boot? Yep: Buydig (via Ebay) has the Canon MG5720 multifunction printer for $59 shipped, a price that includes a three-month subscription to Rhapsody Premier and a $30 Vudu voucher. Why are those things bundled with this printer? I have no idea. I also don't care, because they're both awesome. The MG5720 alone would cost you $69.99 if you buy it directly from Canon.