Quick housekeeping note: There was a technical glitch yesterday that prevented the Cheapskate newsletter from being sent. Apologies for that, but remember, you can always check the site directly.
As for today, I'm running way behind due to my travel schedule; everything should be back to normal come Thursday.
Anyway. I know a number of you have endured extremely slow shipping from 1SaleADay, so today's deal comes with this big fat caveat: Expect a 2-to-3-week wait for it to arrive. Don't expect a tracking number, nor any response from the company to shipping-related inquiries.
That said, if you're an iPad 2/3 user looking to endow your tablet with more laptop-like qualities, this is pretty tough to pass up: Today only, and while supplies last, 1SaleADay has the refurbished Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad for $39.99 shipped. It lists for $99.99 and sells elsewhere (like at Amazon) for around $75-80.
True to its name, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad is an iPad cover with a built-in keyboard -- and it's ultrathin. It connects via Bluetooth, runs for months on a battery charge, and holds your tablet in either portrait or landscape orientation.
In reviewing the product, CNET noted that it "might be the best keyboard accessory ever made for the iPad, if you're looking for a highly portable and functional keyboard that travels light." Just keep in mind it's not a case (nor does it claim to be), so it won't protect your iPad's back side.
You should also check the user reviews at Amazon, which number well over a thousand: They average out to 4.4 stars out of 5, which is pretty impressive for a product like this.
Bottom line: If you're looking for an iPad keyboard, don't want to spend $75-$100, and don't mind a refurb with a 90-day warranty, look no further. (Oh, and just to remind you again, you should be prepared to wait 2-3 weeks for delivery. I've never had a 1SaleADay purchase fail to arrive, and arrive in good condition -- slow though it may have been.)
Bonus deal: I love me a good Bluetooth speaker. For a limited time, GearXS has the Hype Hi-Fi portable Bluetooth speaker for $39.99, plus around $6 for shipping. It's available in you choice of red or black and includes a built-in microphone for pulling speakerphone duty. However, I haven't been able to find a single review, nor even a Web site for the manufacturer. That gives me pause. Your thoughts?
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