Today I'm winging my way to CES, otherwise known as Geek Mecca. Deal posts will be a bit sporadic for the next few days while I check out the tech of tomorrow (and try to avoid getting trampled in the process -- the show is a madhouse, seriously).
One product category I expect to see a lot of: Bluetooth speakers. They're coming in all shapes and sizes these days, and prices are creeping ever lower.
For example: Today only, and while supplies last, 1SaleADay has the Westinghouse Digital Unplug Bluetooth speaker for $79.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. Unlike a lot of 1SaleADay items, it's new, not refurbished. (But like a lot of 1SaleADay items, it could take two to three weeks to arrive.)
The Unplug resembles the popular Jawbone Jambox, but with a slightly taller and thicker footprint. It sports two full-range drivers and a vented bass driver, the idea being to deliver a more full-bodied audio experience than most single-driver speakers. It also features a noise-canceling microphone, meaning you can use the Unplug as a speakerphone to make and take calls.
Ideally you'll pair the speaker with your Bluetooth-equipped smartphone or tablet, then wirelessly stream your audio (which can come from any source: playlists, Pandora, movies, or even games). But there's also a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting the speaker to any player that has a headphone jack. (Westinghouse even supplies the necessary cable.)
Like all good portable speakers, this one features a rechargeable battery that Westinghouse says is good for up to 10 hours. And I like that it relies on a Micro-USB charging port, meaning you don't need to pack Yet Another Charger if you have other like-equipped devices.
You can get the Unplug in your choice of four colors, including a rather fetching-looking red.
I haven't listened to this speaker myself, and reviews are somewhat few and far between -- but there's a pretty informative one over at iLounge. Key takeaway: "Westinghouse uses its larger size to deliver audio that surpasses the Jambox in amplitude, while roughly matching it in clarity at most volume levels."
Works for me -- especially considering that the Jambox still sells for $149 in most quarters (and has a decidedly uglier appearance, in my humble opinion). Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: Do you have a 3D-capable TV and Blu-ray player? Time to show them off: Amazon has the Avatar Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $19.99. Shipping is free for Amazon Prime members, or pad your cart to over $25. Even if you're not a die-hard fan of the movie, there's no question it's the ultimate showcase for a 3D-equipped home theater.
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