Black Friday weekend marks one of the biggest sales period of the year. People either line up for hours or shop from the comfort of their home to get savings on some big ticket items either for themselves or in preparation for the holidays.
Here’s a list of our favorite Cyber Monday deals you can take advantage of. Focusing this time on hardware & gadgets.
NOTE: These sales are limited to stock/inventory & of course while time lasts. Additionally some of these deals may be limited to US only. I’ll personally be updating the hardware list throughout the week with any new deals that arise. Most links are affiliate backed, this helps support out site without any extra cost to you.
Tablets at super cheap price points be it Android or discount off Apple iPad’s.
A deal on some great windows based laptops that are up to date with either Windows 10 or Chrome OS be it for work or play.
Some great routers for office or home scenarios that feature multiple antenna’s at great prices & devices to extend your wi-fi.
Great deals on monitors whether your looking for a super affordable 1080P display or a great gaming monitor or better yet 30-inch greatness.
Tis the season to pick up a new TV screen be it for your living room/home theater setup or any other room in the house. Go future proof with some great 4K TV deals or affordable 1080P screens.
Great deals on lenses, DSLR’s, and accessories.
Deals on all your audio needs from highly recommended headphones to microphones & speakers.
Computer Accessories & Components:
An assortment of deals on components from cables to hard drives at amazing price points.
These are just some of the great deals that are ongoing during the Black Friday weekend & Cyber Monday deals. We’ll be keeping the list up to date with some new offers & of course tracking some of the major deals for you both hardware & software wise.
The iPhone 6S is Apple’s current flagship device. An “S” release that was debuted alongside the 6S Plus. The typical “S” upgrades mean faster, more advanced hardware, new features type of phone. The 6S packs all of that & more in the same design you’ll find on the 6. The only difference being the improved durability from the 7,000 series aluminum that makes the phone that much more stronger & less prone to bending/dents.
This review will break down my overall thoughts on the product & answer some of the major questions consumers may be posing such as what’s new & is it worth the upgrade?
The iPhone 6S features the following hardware
- A9 X CPU
- M9 Co-processor
- Retina 4.7 inch display (3D Touch Sensor)
- 16, 64, 128 GB variations
- Improved Touch ID Sensor
- 12-megapixel iSight Camera (720P 30 FPS, 1080P 30 FPS, 1080P 60 FPS, 4K 30 FPS)
- 5-megapixel FaceTime Camera
Price wise the 6S can range anywhere from $649-$849 depending on the model chosen.
The new A9/M9 CPU performs at outstanding speeds in everyday usage. Packaged with iOS 9 my experience with the 6S was efficient & it handled everything I threw at it. Despite my gripes with iOS 9 multitasking, gaming, and day to day use of the phone ran smoothly.
A noticeable difference in switching between apps & perhaps the most pivotal change in my opinion is the Touch-ID 2 sensor. This allows you get into your phone instantly, and I mean instantly. To the point where people have complained that you can’t just preview your lock screen unless you use your non Touch-ID finger. My personal favorite upgrade to the 6S it makes getting in & out of your phone secure but doesn’t at all compromise on efficiency.
What’s New in the 6S:
Aside from the obvious hardware upgrades & overall performance be it on benchmark testing or everyday usage here’s a look at some other things new in the 6S.
Camera- The updated camera more specifically the rear facing camera shoots amazing photos & videos. Still one of the easiest cameras to use, the iPhone has amazing quality with a very raw look to their photos. Great for those who like to edit their photos after the shot has been taken. Video wise you now have 1080P 60 FPS video (Sample Video) which is super fluid! Taking another step up you have 4K video at 30 FPS which is outstanding. While most people won’t shoot in this format it is an option. Additionally the Facetime camera features a software flash which has been overdue, and the new Live Photos feature. Essentially it makes a gif out your pictures recording a couple seconds before & after you take a picture. While its great to capture the moment surrounding a shot I honestly found myself just turning it off as I don’t use it all that often.
3D Touch– The 3D touch sensor within the screen allows for pressure sensitive based interaction. You can press deeper into the screen to get sub-menus to pop up as well as interact with certain items in iOS. This is what Apple calls peek & pop. While it seems gimmicky after spending time with the 6S you find yourself trying to force touch items on older iOS devices. The support isn’t all there across apps however the apps that do feature it make it that much more convenient to quickly access certain functionality. It’s a glimpse at how we’ll interact with iOS in the future & another control mechanism for apps. Certain gaming developers have already begun adding 3D touch based support to their apps.
These are the most noticeable differences aside from the already mentioned A9, M9 and Touch ID updated hardware in the phone. Though they’re slight additions to the phone if you use your camera on a daily basis (which I’m sure many iPhone users do) then its definitely a big difference. The 3D touch while a nice add on to iOS & the iPhone is still in its early stages. It’s not a selling point as of right to upgrade by itself much like Siri was or the camera upgrades on previous iPhones.
That said is it worth upgrading to the 6S? The phone itself is hands down one of the best smartphones out there without a doubt. However if your on last years 6 you can probably wait out this generation unless you simply just have the money to spend. Anything below an iPhone 6 then by all means the upgrade is 100% worth it. You get a phone while not different in looks except the new Rose Gold (Pink) color it comes in. Does pack a punch with its all new hardware. A faster and sleek device. For those who want the smaller screen size & portability coupled with speed the 6S is simply the best smartphone in that category. Backed by an amazing app store, iOS ecosystem, and hardware it’s the reason it’s the top selling phone for Apple & why their sales have reflected as such.
Are there better featured Android phones out there, certainly. However one thing I like about Apple is their patience to not rush out new features to appease the crowd. Rather they try to implement things when they feel they’ve near perfected it & made it such a seamless experience. This is shown in the Touch ID sensor, their camera & it’s software, the overall build of the device.
All in all the 6S is a great phone for most people, if you want a bigger screen sized iPhone than the 6S Plus is your best bet. For your other needs well there’s a phone for everyone but for iOS users and those looking to update their current iPhone line you can’t go wrong the 6S. Keeping in mind when I bought this phone along with the 6S Plus I was upgrading from an iPhone 5S. Which still to this day is one of my favorite iPhones. It was efficient for me and still is for most people but the significant jump from that to the 6S really showcased all that I was missing. The lighter & rounded form factor that is reminiscent of the earlier iPhones. From an engineering perspective I’m still amazed at the power they pack in year after year into these even thinner devices. A truly great device for all my day to day needs.
- The Camera hump on the back while aesthetically unpleasing didn’t bother me much case or no case.
- Rose Gold is more a soft pink
- Phenomenal Battery Life (Apple claims 9-10 hours) however in reality I get everyday usage out of it & for the most part I’m always within a chargers distance
- Touch-ID is crazy fast. Hands down my favorite sensor upgrade.
- 1080P 60 FPS… I use this more than I do my DSLR which is incapable of shooting in such a format.
In typical “S” upgrade fashion it’s a phone that is that much faster & better despite it’s external likeness to last years model. It’s Apples best phone in that its their latest. Faster, more durable, and packed with their latest OS & features. The iPhone is Apple’s baby & lead selling device & the iPhone 6S encompasses the exact reason why.
Apple updated various mac based accessories for the first time since their release. Bringing new versions of their Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, and Apple Wireless Keyboard. The big focus across all magic devices is that they’re redesigned & rechargeable. Moving from the classic AA batteries & to a charging solution based off Apple’s lightning connector.
Let’s breakdown the new hardware:
Magic Trackpad 2
The multi-touch trackpad brings the famous multi-touch trackpad from Macbook’s to the desktop. An accessory that can be bought separately or together with a new mac. The 2nd gen version sports an all new design thats sleek & in line with the other accessories. Redesigned in a complete metal enclosure with a white top to provide a sleek look. The surface itself features a sloped design but rids itself of the gap the former model had. A much more sturdier & responsive trackpad. Adopting Apple’s Force Touch technology we’re seeing across their iOS device & Macbook lineup.
The tracking surface itself is much more wider & provides an all encompassing surface for you to track/click. Housed with a lightning connector & switch to toggle power on the back of the device. The Magic Trackpad 2 will connect to your devices via Bluetooth.
However the all new trackpad will come at a steep price.
Price: $129 USD
Magic Mouse 2
The mouse received the slightest of changes. It adopted a modified design making the mouse a bit longer for easier tracking & ridded itself of the battery housing on the bottom of the mouse. While it still sports its odd ergonomic design it will now charge also via a lightning connector.
While its nothing drastic it’s nice to see the unification across the accessories & rechargeable feature.
Price: $79 USD
Seeing as the Apple Wireless Keyboard wasn’t named with the “Magic” tag this new updated keyboard won’t be receiving the “2” addition. The all new keyboard features a much more compact design while keeping the classic aluminum build & receiving the rechargeable update. The new keyboard rids itself of the unused space in order to make the function keys bigger. On top of that the keyboard will follow the design of the trackpad in order to fill the gap the former keyboard had. This makes the sloped design line up across both accessories & surely will provide a solid base for the keyboard.
Like the Trackpad the keyboard will connect via bluetooth & recharge over a lightning cable.
Price: $99 (Comes in various languages)
You can already purchase Apple’s new hardware from their site. Surely these will hit retail stores soon & we should be seeing price drops in the remaining old hardware. Overall the keyboard & trackpad designs are great to see & the unified rechargeable system Apple has implemented is a big update. No longer having to use 3rd party accessories to recharge the default hardware or spend money on batteries. On top of that updating the hardware to support Force Touch shows Apple’s push to get customers familiar with such gestures across all hardware desktop & mobile.
Grab you new “magical” hardware today!
Awhile back we featured a tutorial on recovering data on OS X via a tool known as DiskDrill. Not to long ago the makers behind the app Clever Files released a windows equivalent completely free! So I wanted to showcase the app that allows you to easily recover files/lost data on Windows.
Be it accidental deleted data, corrupted partitions, SD-Cards and so on. Disk Drill for windows has you covered & more importantly offers features to help prevent future data loss. Disk Drill also supports all major formats & drive types.
The steps to recovering data is literally as simple as 2-steps on the windows app.
Select your drive that you’d like to recover data from be it local or external & choose the scan method of choice.
You have the options of deep, quick, and all scan/recovery methods. Personally I recommend running the default all recovery method scan in the case your looking to recover important data that may have been deleted or corrupted.
After your scan has either completed or its found the data your trying to recover you can then set the data to recover to a set location. You can easily filter through files that are detected by file type, size, and date to make it easy to recover specific files.
However thats not all that DiskDrill offers. The app features several other extras which are worth noting such as the ability to setup a recovery vault on your drive. This helps prevent file loss in the future by protecting certain files you specify within the app. Preventing accidental deletion and corruption of data. DiskDrill also packs a full data backup solution allowing you take partitions or drives & create .DMG (Disk Images) for you to save your entire drive.
The best thing about the Windows port of the app is its completely free. No hidden fees or costs just simply download & get recovering. Data like images, videos, audio, documents, and so on are priceless so in the event you lose them most will do anything to recover said files. DiskDrill makes that all possible simple & free.
Find out more information & download DiskDrill for Windows today.