Daily Deals: Power Bank, PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells, Switch Controller, Nanoleaf 4D RGB
Jun 29, 2023
Today's daily deals for Friday, August 4 include an Anker power bank, PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells, an officially licensed PowerA Switch controller, the new Nanoleaf 4D Screen Mirror light strip, and more.
The Anker PowerCore Slim 313 is one of the slimmest 10,000mAh power banks around. It's almost the exact same dimensions as an iPhone 14 (only 0.2" thicker). There are three types of connections, but it's important to understand which is input and which is output. USB Type-C and Micro USB are INPUT only, which means that you use either of these ports to charge the power bank itself. USB Type-A is OUTPUT only, which means this is the port that you use to charge your other devices. It's capable of delivering up to 12W of charge using Anker's PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies.
Bowflex isn't the only option when it comes to adjustable dumbbell sets. PowerBlock is another trusted brand that offers its own version, and right now it's on sale. Woot has the PowerBlock Sport 50 adjustable dumbbell set for only $199.99 with free shipping. That's currently less than half the price of an equivalent set of Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells. Free shipping is nice because this weighs in at over 100 pounds!
The officially licensed PowerA controller is an excellent controller for the Nintendo Switch console that isn't so prohibitively expensive. The Metroid Dread decal looks great as well. This wired controller features a familiar dual analog and d-pad layout, two rear mappable buttons, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The detachable cable makes it easy to stow away when not in use (or to replace the cable if it ever gets damaged).
Temu is, in many ways, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon marketplace. They sell pretty much everything you can think of at prices beyond lower than what you could imagine. The quality won't compare to similar items that cost significantly more, but - for the price - the quality is a lot better than you'd expect. I've purchased from Temu in the past and my recommendation is to keep your purchases limited to items that are inexpensive and hard to mess up. Some of the stuff I've ordered in the past that I've been happy with include apparel, wire management accessories, LED flashlights, a really cool arc lighter, a Nintendo Switch carrying case, microfiber cloths, and other random accessories like that. If you're worried about whether or not Temu is a legit site, fret not. They are a huge company, big enough to claim a TV ad spot during the Superbowl.
Nanoleaf has just released its new 4D Screen Mirror Light Strip Kit. This is an RGB LED lighting kit that can capture the colors on your TV and mirror them as ambient lighting around your TV. The Nanoleaf 4D kit comes with a strip of RGB LEDs and a camera. The LED strip mounts behind your TV. Although it only comes in 65" and 85" sizes, the strips are trimmable to fit pretty much any size TV on the market. These aren't cheap LEDs either. The strips have 10 distinct color zones across 30 RGBIC LEDs per meter. If you're using the 65" strip, that's a total of 120 LEDs with 40 different color zones. The camera is mounted to the top of your TV and faces the screen. It's function is to capture what colors are being displayed and signals the strips to display the proper colors in the proper areas. The "4D" monikor on this light strip simply means that the kit is capable of identifying unique lighting scenes in different areas of the TV and display the corresponding colors in that particular location.
Whey protein is a proven way of efficiently getting your body the nutrition it needs to build its muscles after an intense workout. The protein is in a form that's easier for your body to take in and it's "purified", meaning all the extraneous fats and carbs that you don't need are removed. Whey protein can get expensive, especially if you maintain an active lifestyle, so deals like this add up in the long run. Right now you can get a bunch of stackable discounts on this offer: an $8.25 automatic discount at checkout, a 25% coupon that you can clip if you select Subscribe & Save checkout, and another 5% "standard" Subscribe & Save discount, bringing the total to only abour $50-$51. There are a good number of discounted flavors to choose from.
The Acer Nitro XV271U is an excellent gaming monitor at a very respectable price point. This 27" 2560x1440 monitor boasts a blazing fast 0.5ms response time, up to 180Hz refresh rate using the DisplayPort (144Hz via HDMI), and an IPS panel that offers wide viewing angles and great color reproduction (95% DCI-P3 color space). It officially supports AMD FreeSync Premium, but it has also proven to be NVIDIA G-SYNC "compatible". You'll be hard pressed to find a better 27" monitor for the price.
The Alienware m17 R5 laptop features a 17" 1080p 480Hz G-SYNC IPS display, AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB of DDR5-4800MHz RAM, and 1TB SSD. The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU boasts a max turbo clock of .4.9GHz with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 20MB cache. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti provides plenty of muscle on the GPU front. Among the RTX 30 series mobile cards, it's only slightly less powerful than the RTX 3080. Compared to desktop variants, it's roughly comparable to the RTX 3060. It's capable of running any game out there on the display's native 1080p resolution and at over 60fps, which is nice because the display is capable of refresh rates of up to 480Hz and, fortunately, is G-SYNC certified.
Dell just recently put up its new 2023 Alienware Aurora R16 for sale on its site. The facelift is definitely a departure from the familiar Aurora styling we've seen for the past several years. The new R16 chassis is 40% smaller in volume compared to previous iterations. That's a huge size reduction. And yet, Dell states that cooling has improved without a drop in performance. The Aurora R16 does feature a proven airflow design, with large vents on the side panels and a 120mm rear fan drawing air in and a generously sized 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler pushing air out through the top. This new design allows for better airflow to the GPU as well. Dell also claims that this new chassis will run quieter. If they can keep the ambient temps and the components cooler, than that makes sense. Much of PC system noise is due to thermo-controlled fans ramping up as the components heat up.
This is the best price right now for an RTX 4090 equipped Alienware gaming PC. The RTX 4090 is far and away the most powerful video card you can get right now, leaving competitors like AMD's latest Radeon RX 7900 XTX in the dust. It's also ridiculously more powerful than any of the RTX 30 series cards: it's up to 90% faster than the 3080 Ti. The 4090 is the one and only solution to ray-traced 4K gaming at consistent 60+fps. If you're still not convinced, check out our RTX 4090 review.
This is the lowest price we've seen for the newest Alienware m16 gaming laptop equipped with an RTX 4080 GPU. The mobile RTX 4080 is a ridiculously fast mobile GPU; it absolutely crushes any RTX 30 series mobile GPU. In fact, it's as powerful as an RTX 3080 desktop GPU, which is incredible considering the RTX 3080 desktop GPU is still a very relevant card with the chops to run most games at 4K at 60+fps. It's paired with the latest and greatest AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX CPU and a whopping 32GB of RAM.USB Type-C and Micro USB are INPUT onlyUSB Type-A is OUTPUT onlyit's as powerful as an RTX 3080 desktop GPU