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46 minutes ago, tonydead said:

Fire TV Cube for $69.  That's a no brainer for anyone still using a stick.

What does the cube add?  Is it mostly voice-control stuff?  Is it a better or different interface?

 

 

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19 minutes ago, matttyl said:

Amazon smart plugs (work with alexa) are only $5 each.  Not sure I need one, but for $5 might try one.

:lmao:  I think that's pretty much Amazon's motto.

I went with smart bulbs (phillips hue) a long time ago.  Other than lights what are people turning on and off with these?

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1 minute ago, tonydead said:

:lmao:  I think that's pretty much Amazon's motto.

I went with smart bulbs (phillips hue) a long time ago.  Other than lights what are people turning on and off with these?

I was trying to figure out what id use it for. lights are all I can think of

its like the new version of Clap on CLap off

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14 minutes ago, ragincajun said:

Penn Battle 2 on sale.

 

Thanks, I saw that. The Penn Battle 2 5000 is 50% off retail, which is great deal.  If it is available at the end of the sale I will consider it, however  I am holding out for something a little nicer right now.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

What does the cube add?  Is it mostly voice-control stuff?  Is it a better or different interface?

 

 

I believe it allows 4k and you can hardwire it vs wifi only (stick)

+ processor speed which youll notice when switching apps and load speeds

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Just now, Big League Chew said:

I was trying to figure out what id use it for. lights are all I can think of

Maybe pool filter?  Have it on a schedule.  

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1 minute ago, Big League Chew said:

I was trying to figure out what id use it for. lights are all I can think of

its like the new version of Clap on CLap off

For me I would like a few outdoor rated WiFi plugs.  Here are a few things I use plugs for.

- I have a few fans that I would like to kick on in the garage before I go in there.

- I have a few for indoor Christmas lights (different brand)

- I have one outdoor rated WiFi plug for outdoor Xmas lights.  Currently using it for the pump on my little intex pool.

 

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56 minutes ago, tonydead said:

Fire TV Cube for $69.  That's a no brainer for anyone still using a stick.

A couple questions if anyone can help:

1- All the Samsung Tab tablets are on sale. I'm ditching the suck Fire tablet I have.  Which are best in the 10.1 screen size?  S3 is old version right, much difference between S4 and S5?  I know nothing about these.\

ETA: I guess this is the one on sale.  Good deal?  Difference between Tab A and S?

2- I'm assuming the Fire Recast has a TV Guide like interface, yet for $179 sale price you still need a Fire TV to use it?  Is there an app or anything on the Fire TVs that give you a TV Guide interface for OTA channels?  I really don't care about recording.

Why?

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4 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

What does the cube add?  Is it mostly voice-control stuff?  Is it a better or different interface?

 

 

Well it used to be that the Fire TV was a lot faster than the stick, so much so that after trying the Fire TV I dreaded using the stick.  (note: there isn't a Fire TV choice anymore it's either Cube or Stick)  BUT, maybe that's changed and the sticks are a lot better now, I don't know.

The Cube has an Ethernet port so you don't have to rely on WiFi if that fits your situation.  It is also a full fledged Alexa speaker, you don't have to press a button and talk into the remote, and to integrate with other devices (smart lights etc.) the stick will need to be paired up with an Echo.  My understanding is the Cube will do it by itself.

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2 minutes ago, ragincajun said:

For me I would like a few outdoor rated WiFi plugs.  Here are a few things I use plugs for.

- I have a few fans that I would like to kick on in the garage before I go in there.

- I have a few for indoor Christmas lights (different brand)

- I have one outdoor rated WiFi plug for outdoor Xmas lights.  Currently using it for the pump on my little intex pool.

I use mine in similar way - like a user friendly timer.  Christmas lights, vacation lighting.  This past winter I used one for a space heater in my daughter's room in the morning. 

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6 minutes ago, Big League Chew said:

I believe it allows 4k and you can hardwire it vs wifi only (stick)

+ processor speed which youll notice when switching apps and load speeds

the newer stick does 4k, and can do wired internet with additional dongle. Also, the 4k stick actually has the faster processer than the cube (1.7 vs 1.5 ghz).

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Fwiw I have the ring pro, chime pro, and a hardwired Ring Floodlight.  They are great. The floodlight has to be mounted at a certain height to work well however.

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I bought a Nest from target with in store pickup for later today, amazon didn't have any in stock and the ship dates were in August. $189 with a free google mini which is the same price as the prime day special. Also just bought this robot vacuum, it had the best reviews for the what I need done.  https://www.amazon.com/GOOVI-Self-Charging-Protectio-Multiple-Cleaning/dp/B07R1SZP62/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=robot+vacuum&psr=PDAY&qid=1563203720&s=prime-day&sr=1-5

 

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2 minutes ago, Bull Dozier said:

Why?

That comment was based on the first paragraph below.  Maybe someone with a newer stick can chime in, but, the speed and responsiveness compared to the Fire TV used to be the suck.

1 minute ago, tonydead said:

Well it used to be that the Fire TV was a lot faster than the stick, so much so that after trying the Fire TV I dreaded using the stick.  (note: there isn't a Fire TV choice anymore it's either Cube or Stick)  BUT, maybe that's changed and the sticks are a lot better now, I don't know.

The Cube has an Ethernet port so you don't have to rely on WiFi if that fits your situation.  It is also a full fledged Alexa speaker, you don't have to press a button and talk into the remote, and to integrate with other devices (smart lights etc.) the stick will need to be paired up with an Echo.  My understanding is the Cube will do it by itself.

 

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Christmas lights is the real winner to me.  I don’t have to crawl back there anymore.  I also have one behind my tv plugged in for when the wife puts lit up Christmas junk on the mantle.

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How hard is it to install the ring doorbell?  I noticed the older version is 30% off.

I have some cameras but they are running off solar.  

Will the ring doorbell just connect to old doorbell power wires?

Also will it work with the same app I use to watch the cameras?

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Just now, need2know said:

How hard is it to install the ring doorbell?  I noticed the older version is 30% off.

I have some cameras but they are running off solar.  

Will the ring doorbell just connect to old doorbell power wires?

Also will it work with the same app I use to watch the cameras?

Depends on how old your wiring is.  They include a transformer? With the pro.  My house is about 3 years old and wired right up.

 

Same app.

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If you have Prime Now in your city, try code 15PRIMENOW ($35 or more order) with it.

The fire stick + Sling TV deal appear to be over on Amazon main site, but can still get 4K Stick + $45 Sling Credit (for $25) or Reg Fire Stick + $45 Sling Credit for $15 through Prime Now (or possible other related deals within your city)

Just got a couple sticks with the above code and existing promo credits for just the $5 tip.

https://primenow.amazon.com/home

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25 minutes ago, matttyl said:

the newer stick does 4k, and can do wired internet with additional dongle. Also, the 4k stick actually has the faster processer than the cube (1.7 vs 1.5 ghz).

You've almost talked me out of buying a cube....the new sticks are just as fast?  I don't need a Cube for any of the other reasons, only concerned with speed.  Thanks!

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25 minutes ago, ragincajun said:

Depends on how old your wiring is.  They include a transformer? With the pro.  My house is about 3 years old and wired right up.

 

Same app.

my house was built in 2012

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21 minutes ago, tonydead said:

You've almost talked me out of buying a cube....the new sticks are just as fast?  I don't need a Cube for any of the other reasons, only concerned with speed.  Thanks!

I fail to see the value of it personally. I'm not an Alexa person at all. Unless I'm being given a dot, etc... for free, I'm not interested in it. Still think this thing is overpriced. Stick is just as fast/faster and a lot cheaper.

They had a deal earlier today for Stick + Dot for $12 (has ended but always possible started back up during prime days. I just fail to see what this Cube adds to that for $50/$60 more.

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1 hour ago, tonydead said:

:lmao:  I think that's pretty much Amazon's motto.

I went with smart bulbs (phillips hue) a long time ago.  Other than lights what are people turning on and off with these?

It was only $5 for one of them. I mainly use it for  lights and Christmas lights. 

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There was  a pretty insane TV deal through Best Buy/Amazon this AM around midnight PST. 75' Roku Smart TV for $399.

It was this TV:

 https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tcl-75-class-led-4-series-2160p-smart-4k-uhd-tv-with-hdr-roku-tv/6319340.p?ref=8575135&loc=fe4873aca71a11e98eab5eb20a345d120INT&acampID=fe4873aca71a11e98eab5eb20a345d120INT&skuId=6319340

https://www.amazon.com/TCL-75S425-Inch-Smart-Roku/dp/B07N719K59/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=3f5ddc06a71b11e9819e22945b031f960INT&keywords=tcl 75s425 75 inch 4k uhd smart roku tv 2019&qid=1563172054&s=gateway&sprefix=tcl 75&sr=8-3

Prices are back up but possible marked back down during prime days. I'd just recommend going to the slickdeals hot deals forum and refreshing. They do a good job of posting the deals.

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10 minutes ago, stbugs said:

It was only $5 for one of them. I mainly use it for  lights and Christmas lights. 

@matttyl

I wasn't making fun.  I'm going to get some too if still available when I get home.  Was just wondering what people use them for.   Christmas lights and fans are two good answers I hadn't though of.  

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1 hour ago, thecatch said:

PS4 bundle with Spider-Man and Horizon zero dawn is $250. Not quite as good a deal as last Black Friday, but those are both excellent games so it’s a good time to jump in if you don’t have a PS4 already. 

I was just about to jump on this, 100% claimed already 

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Should I jump on Ring or spend more on Ring 2?

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If you have CC thru Chase bank, they currently have offers with Staples for % off all purchases there. My CC are getting 20% off up to $14 max discount. Can go grab a couple $75 Amazon gift cards (depending on your % off and max discount) and get a quick $28 statement credit while shopping Amazon.

If you log into your Chase CC account you can add the offer(s) to your card(s).

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1 minute ago, Waingro said:

I was just about to jump on this, 100% claimed already 

join the "waitlist" I have had luck in the past with it

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1 minute ago, JoeSteeler said:

join the "waitlist" I have had luck in the past with it

Thanks, just joined. 

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1 hour ago, matttyl said:

the newer stick does 4k, and can do wired internet with additional dongle. Also, the 4k stick actually has the faster processer than the cube (1.7 vs 1.5 ghz).

So definitely pay more for the 4K stick even if for a bedroom tv? May stock up on a few. I feel dirty saying it, can I get the Dongle on sale too?

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1 minute ago, Waingro said:

Yea, saw that too. I prefer the Pro but I'll keep my eye on this. 

is there a big difference? 

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20 minutes ago, Craig_MiamiFL said:

There was  a pretty insane TV deal through Best Buy/Amazon this AM around midnight PST. 75' Roku Smart TV for $399.

It was this TV:

 https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tcl-75-class-led-4-series-2160p-smart-4k-uhd-tv-with-hdr-roku-tv/6319340.p?ref=8575135&loc=fe4873aca71a11e98eab5eb20a345d120INT&acampID=fe4873aca71a11e98eab5eb20a345d120INT&skuId=6319340

https://www.amazon.com/TCL-75S425-Inch-Smart-Roku/dp/B07N719K59/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=3f5ddc06a71b11e9819e22945b031f960INT&keywords=tcl 75s425 75 inch 4k uhd smart roku tv 2019&qid=1563172054&s=gateway&sprefix=tcl 75&sr=8-3

Prices are back up but possible marked back down during prime days. I'd just recommend going to the slickdeals hot deals forum and refreshing. They do a good job of posting the deals.

Damn 

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Didn't see this posted unless I missed it. Buy $25 or more in Amazon egift/gift card and get $5 credit. Indicates you'll get credit in 2 days (after Prime days)

https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_acss_bw_cg_usgcpd4_2a1_w?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=f20d5e96a71e11e983bb8e47b639583f0INT&node=14485264011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=YKVDDDYV0C3Q1WZ9TT2Y&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=f98ee73e-cdd2-4782-990b-8b191d93e1ff&pf_rd_i=2238192011

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9 minutes ago, GoBirds said:

So definitely pay more for the 4K stick even if for a bedroom tv? May stock up on a few. I feel dirty saying it, can I get the Dongle on sale too?

It's only $10 more, but it's a more up to date stick with faster hardware (CPU, GPU, better bluetooth). 

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4 minutes ago, JoeSteeler said:

is there a big difference? 

Better processor so better graphics and Pro also has 4K.

 

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For those thinking about a new fire stick - look at the link I posted above that talks about the hardware differences between the regular stick (from 2016) and the new 4k stick (from this past October).  The new one has a better CPU (and is a 64 bit CPU rather than 32bit), has m-peg2 hardware decoding, 50% more (and faster) RAM, newer/better bluetooth and a better wifi standard.  Well worth the extra $10.

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Anybody know of good wireless, Bluetooth headphones suitable for running, etc.? Any I have tried don't stay connected to my Samsung Galaxy when I'm using Spotify.

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Ring alarm system people...need input. 

Ring Alarm 14 Piece Kit + Echo Dot (3rd Gen), Works with Alexa https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L8WJWQ9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_BnllDbGAXPDFS

Thinking about pulling the trigger on this. Will probably need to add extra sensors. Also might add Ring video doorbell. Will check into the floodlights too possibly.

I have a wired ADT system with no video capabilities and there rates keep going up. Over $60 a month now. The Ring system should pay for itself quickly.

Do it? They say install is easy. Is it? All battery powered right? Pain to keep replacing batteries? Any other drawbacks? I read there's an app that's handy.

Edit: $200 base system, $100 for 6 extra sensors, $100 for video doorbell 2. So that's $400 (plus tax I assume). Pays for itself in 8-9 months.

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1 hour ago, Craig_MiamiFL said:

If you have Prime Now in your city, try code 15PRIMENOW ($35 or more order) with it.

The fire stick + Sling TV deal appear to be over on Amazon main site, but can still get 4K Stick + $45 Sling Credit (for $25) or Reg Fire Stick + $45 Sling Credit for $15 through Prime Now (or possible other related deals within your city)

Just got a couple sticks with the above code and existing promo credits for just the $5 tip.

https://primenow.amazon.com/home

looks like I only have wholefoods for prime now in my area.

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Ring Doorbell - $69.99

Ring Doorbell2 - $99.99

Is the Ring Doorbell2 worth the $30 extra?

 

I already have the Blink cameras and love them, this would enable me to communicate with someone at the door.

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Just now, rick6668 said:

Ring Doorbell - $69.99

Ring Doorbell2 - $99.99

Is the Ring Doorbell2 worth the $30 extra?

 

I already have the Blink cameras and love them, this would enable me to communicate with someone at the door.

I dont know the differences between the 2 but my first genreation Ring works great

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