Get a Parrot Mambo mini-drone and $50 gift card for $99.99

From the Cheapskate: Great for beginners, Parrot's latest has something almost no other drone does. Plus: The most amazing Roku TV deal since the last amazing Roku TV deal!

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As you probably know, I love drones. Big drones, small drones, drones that look like the Millennium Falcon. But you know what they're all missing? Weapons! Where's the pew-pew?

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The Parrot Mambo is a tiny drone that fits in the palm of your hand.

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Right here. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Dell has the Parrot Mambo mini-drone for $99.99 shipped, a price that includes a $50 Dell e-gift card. That's pretty sweet considering the Mambo sells elsewhere for $120.

Let me note straight away that Dell has a rather unfortunate reputation for pulling these kinds of sales very quickly, and even cancelling orders after the fact. Hopefully that won't happen today; just giving you a heads-up.

The Mambo is part of Parrot's latest line of flying machines, similar in design to one of the earlier mini models, but with a cool addition: weapons! Specifically, it has a built-in pea shooter that really begs for a second Mambo so you can have proper air-battles.


There's also a grabber claw that can pick up (very) light objects. I'm thinking the Mambo could play a very prominent (and cool) role in your kids' plastic army-men battles.

I don't have any hands-on experience with the drone, so check out CNET's preview. Key takeaways: It's very easy to learn to fly (which you do via phone or tablet or an optional $39.99 controller), but the 8-minute flight time is kind of a bummer. Spare batteries cost about $15 each from Parrot; I haven't found any third-party options, most likely because this model is so new. (Give it a month or so.)

The e-gift card will arrive in a couple weeks -- just in time to maybe grab another gift-y item from Dell.

Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Normally I advise against buying refurbished TVs, but if you can get it from a local store, that's a different kettle of fish. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has the refurbished TCL 32S3750 32-inch Roku TV for $109.99. Shipping is free, but you're better off opting for in-store pickup. That way you can inspect the unit for physical damage. Either way, if you have a problem, bam: back to the store, no shipping hassles. This is by far the best deal I've seen on a TV with built-in Roku -- and it would be a solid deal for even a non-smart TV of this size. And check out the overwhelmingly positive user reviews.