Archives For Deals

Roku’s giving away 25 of their higher end XD|S media streaming units along with a year of Hulu Plus service – a prize package worth $196/each. To enter the contest, you’re going to have to follow @RokuPlayer and @Hulu on Twitter and fire off this tweet:

Win a Roku XD|S and 1yr of Hulu Plus! Retweet this and follow @RokuPlayer and @Hulu to win. #HuluPlusRoku

5 winners are being picked each day through November 21st and complete details can be found here. Good luck!

It’s definitely that time of year… deals are coming (and going) at a fast and furious rate. The Canon Powershot S95 I bought just last week at full price, as there weren’t any discounted options, is currently marked down $50 on Amazon – $350 versus the $400 MSRP. Plus, they’re sweetening the deal with free shipping and a bonus 4GB SD card. While it’s too late for me, if you’re in the market for an extremely competent and pocketable digital camera, I suggest striking while the iron is hot.

We don’t generally cover cameras, but I’ll say this… I did my homework, plunked down my hard-earned cash and, though it’s still early, I’m quite pleased with the S95’s performance. It’s pretty rare that you find one product better than all others any given category, but the Canon S95 comes very highly regarded – primarily due to the manual controls (you can grow into) , f/2.0 lens, and CCD sensor. It also features a few nice upgrades over its predecessor like the ability to shoot 720p video. But don’t take my word for it, here’s some of the material I reviewed before making a purchase:

Again, I haven’t had the camera very long. But, if I had to complain about anything I can tell its battery life isn’t the greatest. Fortunately, Amazon’s selling a third party battery for a mere $10. So I ordered one today as a backup, thanks to a tip from Kevin Tofel – who is also a new S95 owner. Also, it doesn’t appear you can zoom while shooting HD video. But these are minor tradeoffs for perhaps close-to-dSLR photo capabilities without the bulk.

Lastly, the S95 obviously has an extremely fast lens… how else could I have captured these three competing devices peacefully lounging together?

Believe it or not, I’ve read each of the 22,896 comments (plus countless spam) left here on ZNF. And yesterday we got a great tip in response to the forthcoming iPad Slingplayer… that requires owners of earlier generation Slingbox placeshifters upgrade to the SOLO or PRO-HD. But wait, it’s not just the new iPad Slingbox client that requires newer hardware. It turns out I overlooked that same upgrade tidbit in relation to the new Windows Phone 7 software.

As we’ve previously discussed, I suspect this new line in the sand is both a technological and business decision. Regardless of how we got here, there’s probably a large number of disgruntled Slingbox owners exploring their upgrade options. So this $80 Slingbox SOLO deal from OfficeMax, with free shipping, is probably the best your going to get. In fact, I can’t recall seeing ever seeing new SOLO hardware listed under $110. For comparison purposes, Sling’s own upgrade program prices the SOLO at $130 and Gazelle.com will buy a brand new one from you for $82.

(Thanks, ScaryMike!)

TiVo has produced arguably the best dual purpose QWERTY-capable remote in the Slide. Granted, there’s not much competition (yet) in this burgeoning space. But TiVo has introduced something special — I expect its utility will only grow as they modernize and expand their online apps. Not only does the shrunken “peanut” allow you to type via Bluetooth (and bundled USB dongle), the Slide offers traditional IR support for basic universal and learning functions to control your television or accessories.

To expand upon my original coverage a bit, I’ve confirmed the TiVo Slide remote can be paired with hardware beyond the included Bluetooth accessory. By simultaneously holding down the TiVo and B buttons, the remote enters pairing mode. And I had no problem linking it to my Mac laptop. In theory, this process should also allow you to use the Slide with a PS3. However, to get a Slide going again with a Series3, TiVoHD, or Premiere, you’d have to re-pair it with the USB dongle by holding down it’s lone button and once again using the Slide process above.

I’ve seen quite a few comments concerning the Slide’s $90 price tag (along with disappointment in not being able to easily control multiple TiVo units). And, indeed, it doesn’t come cheap. So, fortunately for you, we’re giving away our review sample. But wait, there’s more. TiVo is also gifting a TiVo Slide… each and every day, for 30 days. Check out their details here.

Entering our TiVo Slide giveaway is as easy as it gets, simply leave a comment. (US residents in the lower 48 only, please.) We’ll choose the winner at random in a few days.

In honor of the 2010 edition of the Lollapalooza music festival, we’re giving away 5 one year subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.

I’m old enough to remember the early editions of Lolla and am bummed I can’t break free from my rusty cage to catch the (temporarily?) reunited Soundgarden in Chicago next week. However, attendees and non-attendees alike can keep up with the show via the official Lollapalooza iPhone app (pics below)… which just so happens to also feature Slacker Radio streaming.

Here at ZNF, Slacker is our preferred music streaming service – both Mari and I are paid subscribers. Anyone can listen free of charge via multiple platforms (PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, etc), but a paid subscription ($4/mo) upgrades you to a commercial-free experience, unlimited song skips, and mobile phone caching for offline playback (while on a plane, for example). It’s a great service, at a reasonable rate.

So if you want in on a free year of Slacker Radio Plus, simply leave a comment. We’ll choose FIVE winners at random in a few days thanks to generous music-loving folks at Slacker.

I was pretty stoked when I picked up my refurbished Kindle 2 a couple weeks back for $140. But $110 for Amazon’s eReader is an even sweeter deal. So if you were sitting on the fence, now’s most definitely the time to get in. Unless you’re awaiting that rumored Kindle 3 refresh set for August. But, based on the minor DX update, I’m not sure a massive platform renewal (color, touchscreen) is in the cards just yet. (via Slickdeals)

Here at ZNF, we’re very selective in the product samples we choose to receive. Yet, every now and then, gadgets just magically appear – with no indication who sent an item… or how to return it.

As is the case with the Yamaha PSG-01S SoundGadget ($220) pictured above. I’m sure it’s a fine USB-powered PC Skype speakerphone (4 mics, 2 speakers), but it’s not something I’d use. And frankly, reviewing a speakerphone doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun… even though the Sound Gadget does double duty as a computer stereo speaker array.

But, as a public service, here are some related links should you want to learn more:

With that out of the way, if you like what you see, entering the Yamaha PSG-01S SoundGadget giveaway is as easy as it gets, simply leave a comment. (US residents in the lower 48 only, please.) We’ll choose the winner at random in a few days.

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