It's a refurb, but also a full $150 off the price of a new one. Plus: two bonus deals!
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Cheeps! You still have time to enter for your chance to win a CyberLink software bundle. It takes all of about 10 seconds, so what are you waiting for? Also, I goofed: the four runners-up will each receive PhotoDirector 9 Ultra and PowerDirector 16 Ultra; I'd initially said the latter prize was PowerDVD. PowerDirector is probably much more useful for most folks.
I'm not spending $1,000 or more for one -- not now, not ever. So, yeah, no
for me. No
, either, not with its starting price of $700.
But last year's flagship? The one that, until a couple weeks ago, was the premium iPhone? I might be game for one of those -- especially now that there are deals to be had.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, TechRabbit has the refurbished unlocked iPhone 7 (128GB) for $499.99 shipped, when you apply promo code CNETIP7 at checkout. That's for the Verizon model, which will also work with GSM networks (namely AT&T, T-Mobile and their various MVNOs).
Let me note that you can also get the 32GB model for $439.99 shipped or the 256GB model for $559.99, either version, all using the same promo code.
Much as I was tempted to lead with the $439.99 option, I'm not sure 32GB is enough storage. It's certainly better than 16GB, but still too easy to fill quickly. I think 128GB is the sweet spot -- more than ample for the vast majority of users. I'm actually getting by just fine on 64GB. That's because I don't store a big music or photo library locally; everything's in the cloud.
As for the phone itself, you probably know everything you need to -- but here's CNET's iPhone 7 review in case you don't.
The big question is whether you're willing to tolerate light signs of use (in the form of minor scuffs or scratches) and a shorter warranty (90 days) in exchange for fairly substantial savings. This same iPhone -- the 128GB model -- cost $749 just a year ago.
It's tempting. Me, I'm unwilling to give up a headphone jack, at least for now, and I prefer a larger screen -- so I'm sticking with my 6S Plus as long as possible. It's plenty fast, takes decent pictures, does everything I need it to... and it's paid for.
Bonus deal: Small, portable projectors have improved considerably in recent years. Case in point: the Nebula Mars is no larger than a lunchbox, yet produces a super-bright HD image and big sound courtesy of dual JBL speakers. It normally sells for $599, but today only you can get a Nebula Mars portable projector for $449 shipped.
The good news: The Mars has built-in apps, meaning you don't necessarily have to pair it with, say, your phone or tablet. The bad news: Those apps are currently limited to Netflix, TED Talks and YouTube -- and the Netflix implementation is a little wonky. (The UI makes it difficult to select a season and episode of a TV show.) However, the sound is outstanding, and the battery can give you a full three hours of projection time.
The 1,280x800-pixel native resolution technically qualifies as HD, and although images are just a touch soft, they looked pretty darn good to me. Read CNET's review for a much deeper dive.
Like this one: For a limited time, Choetech is offering its Type C Wireless Qi Charging Pad for $8.99 shipped when you apply discount code KYW4W77ZT6ZN at checkout. It sells for $15.99 on Amazon, where it earned a 4.3-star average from some 300 buyers. It features a USB-C connector, but comes with a USB-C-to-USB-A cable for connecting to older ports if needed.