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Anker’s Echo Dot competitor, a $20 Kershaw knife, and 50% off New Balance shoes lead off Friday’s best deals from around the web.

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Top Tech Deals

Launched under Anker’s home brand, Eufy, the Genie smart speaker starts at $35- the lowest price so far on Amazon’s analog, the Dot, but today the barrier to entry to the Alexa ecosystem gets even lower at just 30 bucks. Even better, new subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited get three months free with their Genie purchase.

Read all about the Genie here:

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An SSD is the best upgrade you can give your older computer, and Samsung’s 850 EVO line is the most popular one there is. A worldwide NAND shortage has reversed the previously inexorable downward price trend on these things over the past year or so, but today on Amazon, you can get a 500GB drive for $140, or 250GB for $90, the best prices Amazon’s listed in 2017.


Sony’s A7 changed the full-frame photography conversation in the same way that its RX100 line changed the game in the point-and-shoot space. And while it’s a few years old at this point, it’s still a fantastic piece of kit for $898 (body only), an all-time low. Check out Gizmodo’s review for the full rundown.

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We’ve seen our fair share of USB power receptacle deals, but this $14 model from iClever is one of the most affordable options yet. Half the things you plug in these days probably plug into USB, so it just makes a ton of sense to install these.


One day, all USB ports will be USB-C (or we’ll all be dead, it’s a coin flip). In the meantime, you should stock up on USB 3.0 to USB-C cables to help manage the transition.


VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’ geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.

NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!


Giant plugs that cover up half the outlets on your power strip should be outlawed, but until that day arrives, these short extension cords will have to do. $14 gets you a pack of 10, which should be enough for even the most advanced home theater setups.


Your phone is a fully functional computer that fits in your pocket, but you probably don’t want to write anything on it longer than a quick email without a real keyboard. Zagg’s folding keyboard connects to any smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, includes a stand to prop it up, and can fold down to fit into just about any bag. Get it for $15 with promo code KINJATAB5, and you’ll be the envy of the economy section of your next flight.


Most laptops don’t have CD drives anymore, which is mostly fine, except for that one time that inevitably pops up every year or two where you really wish you had one. Now, you can for just $25, no extra power cable required.


Anker’s take on the ubiquitous magnetic air vent smartphone mount comes with a twist. Or rather, a swivel. Get it for $8 with code YTXCPYKJ.


With its 24 hour battery life, iumpressive bass, and crystal clear sound quality, the Anker SoundCore has long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker. But its run may be at an end, because Anker just upgraded it with IPX5 water resistance, and you can get the new model for an all-time low $34 today with code SUNANK55.

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The SoundCore 2 still includes dual drivers and that amazing 24 hour battery; the only real differences are a slightly tweaked design and the aforementioned water resistance. That means you can take it to the pool, the beach, or even the shower without fear.


Reduce eye fatigue and make your living room a little more futuristic – win, win! These Vanksy Bias Lights backlight your TV to reduce the strain your eyes can undergo when watching a bright TV in a dark room.

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We’ve posted these Vansky Bias Lighting several times but today’s prices at $12 and $10 are the lowest ever.


Aukey’s tiny USB car charger is a reader favorite, but this RAVPower model is the same size and puts out the same 4.8A of power over two ports, and it’s only $5 today with code KINJA906. Even if you have a perfectly good car charger already, it might be worth adding this one to your luggage for rental cars.

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If price has been the barrier to entry keeping you from better audio, here’s the first opportunity since Prime Day to grab Status Audio’s CB-1s for their best price ever, $63.

Status is a direct-to-consumer headphone company, building great cans in proven form factors without the markup that comes with popular brands. In fact, there’s no branding here whatsoever.

The CB-1s are extremely comfortable out of the box, more so (for me) than the ATH-M50X, MDR7506, SR60e, or V-MODA Crossfade Wireless, just to name a few off the top of my head (ha!).

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The CB-1s have a (relatively) flat frequency response that’s great for listening to a variety of music or audio/video editing, with a wide sound stage in a closed back design. I get good isolation/seal with the updated pads. The inclusion of two detachable cables- coiled and straight, is also generous and welcome. Even better that they smartly attach with a twist lock.

We know from five years of Kinja Deals that great over-ear, closed back headphones for under $70 is no joke. Depending on what you’ve shelled out for in the past, they might even blow away your much more expensive pairs.

Top Home Deals

We’ve seen several Kershaw knife deals lately, but this one has a great minimalist aesthetic, as well as Kershaw’s SpeedSafe one-handed opening mechanism. $20 is an all-time low price, but it’s only available today. Just remember to leave it at home when you go to the airport.


The popular Hoover Sprint bagless upright vacuum is only $33 today, and includes more features than you might expect, including an accessory hose, adjustable brush height, and a true HEPA filter. That’s a pretty great package for the price.


Those big, fancy swing arm lamps aren’t just for architects and lawyers in dramatic films; you can clip this one from OxyLED onto just about any desk for $50 today with code OXT4SAUG. That’s a whopping $40 off, and a great deal for a lamp that yo can adjust every which way.


A rechargeable Cree LED flashlight for $18 would be a pretty good deal under any circumstances, but this one includes a seatbelt cutter, window hammer, and even a 10,400Ah USB battery charger. Plus, it includes IPX6 waterproofing, so you’ll still be able to use it if you drive your car into a lake.


Rare is the apartment kitchen that includes enough storage and counter space, but you can add your own with this attractive Whitmor baker’s rack for just $65 from Amazon, down from its usual $75.

That includes stainless steel shelves and hanging hooks, a removable butcher block cutting surface, and a 10 year limited warranty.


Jet.com is cleaning out their warehouse by offering 30% off these pages of household items with code WAREHOUSE30. Limited to a maximum $100 total discount.

Discount applies to 650+ products including KitchenAid Mixers, vacuum cleaners, grills, mattresses, storage items, and kids furniture so just go on and start scrolling.


Raise a glass to this kitchen gadget that essentially pays for itself in one use. The $7 Vacu Vin Wine Saver sucks all the air out of your unfinished wine and keeps it fresh for up to a week. As a person who would normally re-use the original wine cork to seal off leftover wine, this works about 9,000 times better and saves me from the instant regret of drinking wine/vinegar hybrid.


Vacuuming is simultaneously the worst chore, and the chore most easily pawned off to a robot. How convenient!

While it lacks the brand recognition of a Roomba, and we can’t personally vouch for them like we can for the Eufy RoboVac 11, this ECOVACS vacuum has solid reviews, and are insanely affordable today at $135 with promo code 3HVO96O6. That’s a match for a Gold Box deal from July, and one of the best prices we’ve seen on any robotic vacuum.


You ever have one of those weeks that you wish you could have chocolate and cookies just…appear? Well, Amazon has you covered with their Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button, now marked down to just $2, with the $5 credit included, with the code 2SWEET. Order surprise boxes full of chocolate, brownies, cookies, and sweet snacks at the literal touch of a button.

Each box costs $18 (but doesn’t fluctuate like the other Dash Button deals usually do) and you still get the $5 credit as you would with any other Dash Button. And the boxes are really full of pretty spectacular choices. Seriously, just take a look at the example boxes.

If the main problem you had with other snack subscription boxes was not finishing them before you got the next one, having an on-demand box in the form of a Dash Button may be the best solution yet.


You guys buy boatloads of IR thermometers whenever we post a deal, and it’s easy to see why. They’re a ton of fun to mess around with, and can come in handy for everything from cooking to home energy savings.

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If you still don’t own one, you can rectify that for just $12 today. This one even comes with a holster!


Not only does this 6-quart Crock-Pot come with a digital timer to program cooking times, it also ships with an adorable 16 ounce heated dipper to serve dips and sauces at the table. $28 would be a great price for the Crock-Pot on its own, so be sure to dip into this deal now.


If you’re smart home-curious, but don’t want to get heavily invested in Philips’ expensive Hue lighting system, TP-Link’s hub-free smart bulbs are a nice alternative.

For a limited time, save $3 on their dimmable white bulb with promo code 3TPLINKSAVE. This bulb can’t change colors at all, but you can control and dim it with your smartphone, or even Alexa, and unlike Hue bulbs, you don’t need a hub.


Just in case you’re in the 1% of the population who hasn’t heard, the seemingly innocent action of sitting down all day is shortening your life.

With this absolute rock bottom price (we’ve never seen one under $100), you have no excuse not to get off your butt. This height adjustable standing desk is just $99 with code WIEVFKZG and turns almost any desk into a standing desk.

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Top Lifestyle Deals

Joe’s New Balance is the premiere online outlet for…New Balance shoes, obviously. Right now, they’re giving you a one-day deal you won’t want to miss. Click through and get 50% off all men’s and women’s shoes, just for today. It’s an email-only deal, so make sure you use the links above, and check to see the “Email Only: 50% Off Footwear” discount listed.

They have a couple other deals happening as well, like 40% off sitewide, which includes clothes and accessories, and an extra 10% off final markdowns (on footwear not included in the 40-50% off deal).


This portable clothesline is marketed towards campers and outdoor enthusiasts, but I think it would come in handy at home for clothes you don’t want to run through the dryer. And unlike most of these types of products, this one includes locking spacers to keep the clips from all drooping to the middle of the line.


Philips’ entry-level Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush has long been a reader favorite, and now Amazon’s running the best deal we’ve seen on the sequel, the Essence+.

The big improvement here is the brush head: Rather than the screw-on E-series heads (which have a tendency to collect sludge along the seam), the Essence+ uses standard Sonicare snap-on heads. The upshot is that you get a lot more choices: Philips sells seven different options for different budgets and brushing styles.

For a limited time, Amazon’s taking $10 off the brush’s standard $40 price tag. Just be sure to clip the coupon, and note that you won’t see the final price until checkout.


Sperry is ready to outfit your feet in fall styles with a couple deals for you to choose from. First, use the code SAILOUT and take an extra 30% off sale styles. That includes the boat shoes we all know and sometimes love, sandals, and even some coats and sweaters for the upcoming fall weather.


Get your training footwear for less during Reebok’s flash sale. Use the code TRAINHARD and grab select Reebok RealFlex and TrainFlex Shoes for just $35, plus free shipping.


Looking to revamp your place without spending a fortune (or hitting up Ikea)? Urban Outfitters has a pretty spot-on collection of furniture and they’re marking it all down by up to 40%. Beds, couches, chairs, coffee tables, and more are all included.


Although this Vbiger pack doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles, similarly-sized CamelBak hydration packs are $50 or more. You can get this one for just $7 with promo code TKMF82X2.

It features all the essentials: hands-free hose, room for your phone and keys, and waist strap. It’s perfect for the casual user who doesn’t need to spend too much to hands-free hydrate.

Note: This promo code only works on the black version featured here, no other colors or styles.


Post-Labor Day sale are hard to come by, but Nordstrom’s Summer Sale actually goes all the way into the weekend. Pick up up to 40% off tons of styles, including a good amount of fall staples like button downs, sweaters, boots, and more. It’ll help you cope with the fact that summer is basically over.

Top Media Deals

It’s not exactly a second season, but Firefly fans should still be excited to see that the show is getting a special edition 15th anniversary Blu-ray release this month, and you can save a few bucks off MSRP by preordering.

Details are a bit hard to find, but it appears that the contents of the discs are unchanged from the original release. That said, the set does include some nice box art, a map of the Verse, and what appears to be small posters of all the cast members? If you have more information, please share it in the comments.

Top Gaming Deals

The Mega Man Legacy Collection includes the first six Mega Man games, and it’s only $6 right now on Xbox One. Whether you’re playing for the first time, or just need a kick of nostalgia, that’s a great deal.

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Humble might be best known for its bundles, but its game store is actually pretty great, especially during the End of Summer Sale. A ton of games from various publishers are included, and for 48 hours only, you can even get The Walking Dead: Season 1 completely free, no strings attached.

Highlights of the sale include Civilization VI for $39 and XCOM 2 for $24, but it’s worth browsing the full sale to find everything on your wishlist.


Nier: Automata is one of the best games you can own for your PS4, and Amazon just marked it down to $35, an all-time low.

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If you own a compatible phone, the Samsung Gear VR is practically a must-buy accessory for $100. But for $20 (albeit for a refurb), you’d be crazy not to pick it up.

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This model is compatible with the Galaxy Note 5, plus the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S7, and S7 Edge. Just clip your phone into place, and enjoy 3D photos, hundreds of games, a virtual cinema, and more from the Oculus VR store. It’s a shame it won’t work with newer Samsung phones, but if you still own a compatible headset, $20 is a fantastic price.

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