Archives For Deals

In honor of the new Zatz Not Funny Facebook annex, we’re giving away our Vulkano Flow review hardware.

If you recall, the Flow is the first placeshifter with a MSRP under $100. And mobile clients run almost 2/3rds less than their Slingbox equivalents. Overall, we found it a good value for those with non-HD placeshifting needs. Check out our review here.

To win the Vulkano Flow, you’ll have to Like our Facebook page. We’ll randomly choose one US-based winner from amongst our registered fans on Wednesday, May 18th. What you do after Wednesday is up to you. But, of course, we do hope you’ll stick around. Right now, the page primarily consists of ZNF story headlines… sprinkled with a few other interesting digital media story links and photos. The Wall is also currently open for contributions, so feel free to throw your hat into the ring. And we’ll collectively see how this thing evolves.

If you’re addicted to iPad games, you can’t do better than the deal Big Fish Games is running for Mother’s Day. Games that usually range $6.99-$9.99 are only $0.99 (on iPad or iPhone) through Sunday. Most of them are some variant of the Hidden Object/Puzzle and Adventure Quest genre – good for your own leisure time or for playing with the kids. My favorite by far is Drawn: The Painted Tower, but I enjoyed Puppet Show: Mystery of Joyville and several others as well. The only one I don’t recommend is Azada, which still seems to have some bugs that need working out. I picked up three more game downloads today, all for less than it would usually cost to buy one. Don’t miss it.

If you happen to be in the market for a TiVo Premiere and don’t object to a refurb unit, Woot’s got the deal for you. They’re offering the TiVo Premiere XL for $200 with service running the traditional $12.95/month. While you could pick up a new Premiere from for $100 @ 20/mo, over the course of a year, the difference between these two products is about 16 bucks. Which is an extremely reasonable fee for the higher-end backlit Glo remote and 1 terabyte (versus 320GB) of DVR storage. As with all modern TiVos, not only do you end up with a fine HD DVR experience, you’ll receive access to various Internet content such as Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora. Or you could just skip the perceived complexity and expense by renting your cableco’s DVR for $15/month… as most do.

While folks are lining up for iPad 2s today, my wife will be surfing the web from her “new” refurbished iPad 1. $350 was too good a deal to pass up. The fact is, Apple’s prior generation iPad is superior to current generation Android tablets in many regards – namely polish and app ecosystem. For the sort of casual usage I anticipate, she’s going to really enjoy v1 and wouldn’t necessarily appreciate the improvements of the iPad 2.

The last time we possessed an iPad, I found a decent stand for in-home use… but never came across a slim, functional case that I was willing to invest in. Fortunately, due to Apple swiping an InCase design and resultant publicity we learned of the Convertible Magazine Jacket ($50). And now have a winner. Continue Reading…

Arguably the best tablet available for purchase today just received a 30% price cut. Assuming you’re OK with last generation iPad hardware and knowing it’ll be a refurbished unit. The iPad 2 looks pretty sweet… But if the extra processing power and cameras don’t do much for you or, like me, you’ve been on the tablet fence, this could be a real good time to get in. In fact, if I wasn’t already on the hook for an iPad 2 (as an anniversary gift), I’d probably jump at this offer.

If you’re opposed to refurb gear, the Apple Store also has new first gen iPads for $400. But at that point, you’re within striking distance of the easier to hold and more powerful $500 v2 tablet with magnetic kung-fu grip cover accessory.

(via Engadget)

Today’s deal of the day comes to us via Dell’s official eBay account… Where they appear to be liquidating a number of new 32″ Sony Bravia LCD HDTVs.

We’re probably in agreement that 32″ is too small to act as a primary television. However, it could be a reasonable size for a bedroom or den. Sony is generally well regarded in this space, but what makes this television (KDL32EX40B) exceptionally compelling is the built-in Blu-ray player (along with connected Internet services including Pandora, Amazon VOD, Netflix). Now I can’t personally vouch for this set, but if I had a need I’d probably make a purchase given the features in relation to that $470 price tag.

Two cautions: In a TV of this size, you can probably assume the speakers aren’t anything to write home about and “wireless ready” is not “wireless” – so you’ll want Ethernet nearby for those “Smart TV” services. Both the eBay listing and Amazon page spell out the specs.

(Thanks, Jon!)

There are a few fabulous Black Friday tech deals floating around the net. Amazon is gifting shoppers with an $89 offer on the Kindle 2 starting at Noon EST tomorrow. It’s the last-gen model of Amazon’s e-reader, but still gets a lot of usage from Dave, who picked up the same model this year for $139. More discerning digital readers might prefer the newer-version Kindle, however, with the E Ink Pearl display (same as the Nook) for a higher contrast screen and quicker page refresh.

If video is more your thing, check out Roku’s offer of 20% off the Roku XD. The deal starts tonight at 3 AM EST (Midnight PST), and runs through the end of Cyber Monday. You know how we feel about Roku here at ZNF, so obviously we recommend this one if you’re looking for an Internet video box this season. It’s got 1080p playback, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon video, and an 802.11n wireless connection. What more could you want?

Finally, if you’ve been thinking about trying out wireless charging, Powermat might just have the right deal to get you on board. While the company’s got a handful of offers, the most compelling is the charging system for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS at $40. This includes both the iPhone receiver case and a portable charging mat. For most compatible devices you have to buy the case separately from the charging mat, and that can add up quickly. A mere $40 for the whole system is a steal.

Happy Turkey Day! And happy shopping.

The TiVo Toaster Giveaway

Dave Zatz —  November 21, 2010

A few months back when TiVo was preparing to ship an accessory for review, I asked if they might also throw some schwag into the box – because we know how much you love giveaways. And they delivered! A toaster. But it ended up one box lost amongst many in my home office, rediscovered just yesterday as I was packing for an upcoming move.

Now this isn’t the first TiVo Toaster we’ve auctioned off. But, unlike last time, there’s no entry fee or sad occasion to memorialize. Entering this giveaway is as easy as it gets, simply leave a comment. (US residents in the lower 48 only, please.) We’ll choose one winner at random in a few days and he or she will be singing bread with outlines of the little TiVo guy in no time.