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Happy Monday, cheeps! How was your weekend? Did the Easter Bunny pay a visit? How about that weather this morning?
Enough small talk. Let's make with the deals already!
First up, could you use a dirt-cheap printer for your home or home office? Look no further: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Staples has the refurbished Brother HL-2275DW monochrome laser printer for $59.99, shipped (plus tax).
That would be a pretty solid price on a basic laser, but this one has two big extras in its corner: Wi-Fi and duplexing. Yep, it can automatically print on both sides of a sheet of paper. And because it's wireless (though also has USB and Ethernet interfaces), you can stick it anywhere. Oh, and replacement toner cartridges are readily available for cheap.
However, although you can print from your phone or tablet, doing so requires Brother's mobile app; the printer doesn't support AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. Also, there's no warranty information listed. My guess is 90 days, but you should definitely verify that before purchasing.
I've owned an older Brother laser printer for as long as I can remember. It's a workhorse; never given me a lick of trouble.
Second up: cloud storage, anyone?
Last year, I shared a deal that seemed almost too good to be true: a lifetime subscription to a cloud-storage service, with 1TB of space for all your stuff, for just $50.
That deal just got even better: StackSocial has a lifetime subscription to SkyHub cloud backup with 2TB of space for just $39.99. Yep, twice the storage, 20 percent less money.
If you hopped on this last time, please hit the comments and give your fellow cheeps the scoop. I haven't been able to find any reviews, and the Wall Street Journal quote attached to the product description doesn't seem to exist -- not that I can find.
So, yeah, approach this with a little skepticism. That said, they're still in business a full seven months after the last deal. I'm not giving this a flat-out recommendation, just pointing out it's available and letting you decide for yourself. Cloud storage and backup are essential; I just hate paying monthly or annually for it.
Finally, we come to an item you didn't know you needed -- but desperately do.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, TechRabbit has the Bracketron Power Flex tablet stand for $19.99, shipped, when you apply coupon code CNETFLEX20 at checkout. It's new, not refurbished, and sells elsewhere (like at Best Buy) for $44.99.
Wait, $20 for a tablet stand? Yes, because this one has an essential trick up its sleeve: power. See, it's also a 10,400mAh mobile charger, meaning you can keep your tablet fully juiced as you fly coast-to-coast and back again.
The collapsible, multi-angle stand features two USB ports (1-amp and 2.1-amp) and comes with a drawstring bag for easier transport. It can prop up just about any tablet, but also works with smartphones, natch.
Love it. I mean, you need a mobile charger anyway, right? This one serves a very important second function: propping up your screen so you can binge-watch "Game of Thrones" hands-free.