Sure, your mouse is an integral part of the computing experience, but what has it done for you lately?
Probably just moved your cursor around. Slacker! For a limited time, and while supplies last, Over Half Sale has the Aerb Wireless Bluetooth Mouse with speaker for $29.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code CNET15 at checkout. This vocal rodent normally sells for $44.99.
I know: crazy gizmo, right? But maybe not so crazy. For starters, it's a Bluetooth mouse, offering one less bit of cord clutter on your work surface (except when you're charging it, which happens via an included USB cable).
But the mouse also has a built-in 3W speaker -- not superloud by any stretch, but perhaps better than what's built into your laptop. What's more, you can pair it with your smartphone or tablet for on-the-go listening, without having to pack yet another device. (Mouse by day, speaker by night. Work, play.)
And there's more: the Aerb also has a mic, meaning it can pull speakerphone duty. Again, it's hard to say how the sound will compare with a dedicated unit, but it's a safe bet it'll be louder and clearer than the tiny speaker built into your phone or tablet.
I haven't found any pro reviews of this mouse, but 15 Amazon customers collectively rated it 4.5 stars out of 5 -- way higher than what I expected for a product like this. And given that you can easily pay $30 for an ordinary Bluetooth mouse, this seems like a particularly good deal.
The Aerb Wireless Bluetooth Mouse is available in your choice of five colors: black, green, purple, orange, and red. It includes a scroll wheel and various control buttons for functions like volume, track skip, and accept/reject call. The built-in battery will run for up to 7 hours between charges, according to the manufacturer.
Think I'm going to grab one of these. I typically prefer a corded mouse when I travel, but this seems a little too gadget-tastic to pass up. Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: If you're among those who think Chromebooks are pretty neat idea, Groupon has the deal to beat: a refurbished Acer Chromebook C710-2847 for $169.99 shipped. Specs include an 11.6-inch screen, 320GB hard drive, Google's Chrome OS, and a 90-day warranty. I can't say I love the limitations imposed by Chrome, but the flipside is you don't have to deal with Windows aggravations. And that's an awfully low price for any laptop, regardless of operating system.
Bonus deal No. 2: Google is giving away half a dozen summer-themed songs from artists like Beastie Boys, Daft Punk, and Katy Perry. No strings attached; you simply need a Google account. And speaking of the songs of summer, Amazon has 25 of them for free from a bunch of artists I've never heard of -- but did I mention they're free? (Hey, there's a Volume 2, too, also free.)
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