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Raspberry Pi 3 Sold for $29.95 on DFRobot (Promo)

February 9th, 2018 10 comments

As I browsed various sites checking out new arrivals and potential promotion, I found out DFRobot has now a promotion for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board for $29.95 apparently taking place between the 8th and 10th of each month (not only February). I added it to my cart to check out shipping to my address, and unless you can pick it up to their office, shipping adds $6, for a total of $35.95 shipped. Whether that is worth it depends where on your locale price and custom regulations.

DFRobot does offer free (DHL) shipping for order over $150, but you can’t just buy 5 Raspberry Pi 3 boards at the discounted price, since the special offer apply to “one only one piece of Pi 3”, so you’d have to purchase something else from their website if you don’t want to pay for shipping. Nevertheless, even if you have nothing to buy right now, but may purchase items from them later, it’s still something to keep in mind, since the discount should be repeated in subsequent months on the same days.

Categories: Hardware Tags: discount, raspberry pi

H96 Mini TV Box with HDMI Input Sold for $40 (Promo)

December 21st, 2017 4 comments

H96 Mini is a TV Box powered by Amlogic T962E quad core Cortex A53 processor that supports both HDMI output and input. When I first covered the device, it was not very clear what was possible with the HDMI input port on this particular device, and I’ve just got a confusing answer from GearBest, which implies video recording may not be working yet, or may it is…

The device was first launched for about $55 in October, and the good news is that you can now purchase it for $39.99 with coupon AH96MS. The bad news is that price is only available during daily flash sale, where 30 units are offered at 10:00 UTC until December 25, so you’d have to be right in time to get the deal. Maybe with the 30 units available per day, it will be easier than some other flash sales with a lower number.

H96 Mini hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic T962E quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with ARM Mali-450 MP3 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Video I/F –  HDMI 2.0a output with HDR, CEC, and HDCP 2.2 support, HDMI 2.0 input, AV port (composite)
  • Audio I/F – HDMI In/Out, AV port (stereo audio), optical S/PDIF
  • Video Playback – 4K HDR; 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, VP9 Profile 2 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, H.264 up to 4K @ 30 Hz, H.263, MPEG-4 codecs
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  TBD
  • Dimensions – 10 x 10 x 1.9 cm
  • Weight – 130 grams

The box runs Android 7.1, and ships with the usual HDMI cable, remote control, power adapter, and user manual. GearBest has a video showing the box in action, but they forgot to showcase the key selling point: HDMI input. What we can see is that there’s no Video In, or HDMI In app in the launcher… not really reassuring. But if you can get it for $40, it’s still not a bad deal even if the recording or PiP function may not be working.

Sub $20 TV Box, and 14% Discount on TV Boxes and Mini PCs (Promo)

November 27th, 2017 4 comments

Black Friday is over, but companies still offer discounts for Cyber Monday, and GearBest has some specific deals for TV boxes and mini PCs.

If you are after the cheapest TV box model around, Sunvell T95D based on Rockchip RK3229 with 1GB RAM and 8GB RAM is sold for $18.99 with coupon Bfriday303.

Sunvell T95D

But they also have other models sold at a discount:

You can also use GBTBMP coupon on any TV box or (Intel) mini PC to get a 14% discount on any model, but bear in mind this is limited to China warehouse, and if the product is already discounted, the “normal” price will be set before applying the discount. A few other coupon can be found on the aforelinked page. [Update: GB11.11TVBo coupon may lower the price by 15% instead.]

All coupons listed above are valid until November 30.

International Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals in 2017

November 21st, 2017 32 comments

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 deals have started to show up on some Chinese e-retailers website, so as every year, I’ll go through a non-exhaustive list with the most popular websites.

GearBest’s 2017 Black Friday event offers discount from 8% up to 15% for mobile phone, tablets & computers, and appliances. One example if Alfawise S95 TV Box with S905W/2GB RAM/16GB flash going for $29.99 shipped. They also offer coupons up to 20% or a just amount in dollars. You can purchase lucky bags with a surprise product, some flash sales will be organized, as well as a lucky draw to win Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone.

Aliexpress is ready for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday with some games to win coupons, and deals per category. I have not found any specific yet, but while the games are on, the actual Black Friday sale will only take place between November 24 and 26, and Cyber Monday on 27-28.

GeekBuying’s Black Friday Sale will take place between November 22-29, with coupon from 8 to 20% for various category of products, or even specific products such as Yi M1 camera.Flash deals will also be launched at low price, but as usual with very low quantity – as on all sites for this type of offer – so you’ll have to be right on time to benefit from the offers.

DX Thanksgiving Sale has started and will run until November 27. $3 and $6 coupons are up for grab, and a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 smartphone will be offered to one lucky winner. They have discount for various categories and products, and I did not see any specific deals for products I’ve familiar with. I’ve come across a $25 (not 3D printed) Nintendo NES case for Raspberry Pi which can be interesting to some people.

Tinydeal is also taking part in the event with some deals on specific product, but I did not find much interesting there, maybe you will

If you’d like a piece of dying tech / history, SeeedStudio has a Thanksgiving sale with Intel Galileo ($35.95 – out of stock) and Intel Edison ($85.95) kits, as well as other DIY electronics such as UDOO NEO board ($59 going to $32.45 during the flash sales). The company also offers free shipping (excluding Fedex and DHL) for any order above $99 during their Thanksgiving promotion, until November 28.

For users in the US, PocketBeagle board is apparently (I’m blocked) sold for $19.99 on Micro Center website.

I’ll add further Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals  as I find / receive them in the comments section.

Rockchip RK3399 Sapphire Board is Sold for $75 (Promo)

November 20th, 2017 24 comments

Black Friday is coming soon, so we’ll start to see more an more interesting deals in the day ahead. Last summer, I wrote about what should be the cheapest RK3399 development board: Sapphire, Rockchip’s own evaluation board that sold for $75… on Taobao with limited availability. So not exactly the easiest board to get.

But today, I’ve learned that Varms, the company behind ROCK960 board, was selling Sapphire board for the same $75, plus shipping ($20 when I tried) with “many boards in stock”.

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Just a quick reminder about the specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa-core big.LITTLE processor with two ARM Cortex A72 cores, four Cortex A53 cores, and an ARM Mali-T860 MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 4 GB LPDDR3, dual channel
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash, micro SD card
  • Video Output / Display Interfaces – 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz; MIPI DSI, eDP, LVDS via MXM connector
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 type C port with DisplayPort over Type C support
  • Camera I/F – MIPI CSI signals
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin GPIO Raspberry Pi compatible header
    • 314-pin MXM connector with PCIe 2.0 x4 and other signals..
  • Misc – Power and reset keys
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A DC via power barrel; RK808-D PMIC

The board will ship with a 12V/2A power adapter. Some documentation for the board can be found in Rockchip Open Source website. The full development kit combining Sapphire, Excavator carrier board, and an eDP display is also sold, but with only minimal discount for a total of $349.

This 7″ HDMI Display with Stand Sells for $37 (Promo)

November 20th, 2017 2 comments

We’ve already seen cheap 7″ displays that connect to development boards via a flat cable, or – more versatile – via a HDMI cable. Those do not always come with a case, so you’d just let them flat on the desk, or create your own enclosure. This morning, I’ve come across a 7″ HDMI display that is limited to 800×480 resolution, but could be useful thanks to its stand if you need something portable, or have limited space on your desk.

Specifications:

  • Display – 7″ screen, 800 x480 resolution (RGB); 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Video Input – 1x HDMI 1.2 input, 1x VGA input (up to 640 x 480), 2x video inputs (PAL/NTSC)
  • Audio – Built-in 1.5W Hi-Fi speaker, 1x audio input
  • User Input – 5 touch buttons, remote control
  • Power Input – 12~24V DC
  • Power Consumption – Less than 5W
  • Dimensions – 17.8 cm x 11.9 cm x 2.1 cm (without stand)
  • Weight – 232 grams

The display ships with AV (17cm) and VGA (115cm) cables, the stand, a remote control, a user manual in English, and a power adapter (US plug type). I found it on DealExtreme where it is normally sold for $39.99, but they have a promotion for the first 100 orders for $36.99. Coupon thanksgiving may also help lowering the price if the promo is over. I could also find similar models Aliexpress all selling for a little over $40

Categories: Hardware Tags: discount, display, hdmi

Sunvell R69 Allwinner H2 TV Box Sells for $19.99 (Promo)

November 8th, 2017 11 comments

$20 Android TV box promotions are fun. After last month, Rockchip RK3229 based A95X R1 TV box promotion, GearBest has another one with Allwinner H2(+) based Sunvell R69 TV box powered by Allwinner H2 processor sold for $19.99 with coupon R69GB.

If you have no interested in Android, the good news is that since it’s based on Allwinner H2+, you can likely run Armbian images, or the recently released RetrOrangePi 4.0 with minor modifications, to have a $20 Linux server or game console.

Sunvell R69 TV box specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H2 quad core Cortex A7 processorwith Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 output up to 1080p60, AV port (composite video + stereo audio)
  • Video Codec – H.265 / H.264 up to 1080p
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (via XR819 chipset)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 9 x 9.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Weight – 200 grams

The box runs Android 4.4, meaning Kodi 16.1 is the most recent version you can run. With all the 4K TV box on the market now, it’s worth nothing this one is limited to Full HD.

A few reviews can be found on the web including the one below by Mr Baz Reviews.

2017 Singles’ Day Promotions on Chinese Online Stores

November 1st, 2017 6 comments

Singles’ day (Guanggun Jie – 光棍节) is celebrated every year on November 11 (11.11) in China, and retailers launch promotions to attract young shoppers, especially online. Last year Singles’ day was even bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US terms of (online?) sales,with an estimated 20 billions dollars of goods moved.

Online Chinese retailers that cater to overseas market bring their promotions to the international stage, and like last year, I’ve gather some of the Singles’ day promos launched by the most popular e-retailers in China.

GearBest 11.11 Sale / Double Eleven promotion will span from November 1 until November 13, with Day 1-7 being the preheat period, abd 8-13 the formal time for the promotion. The event includes flash sales for all sort of items, “lucky bags” where you buy something cheap but do not know exactly what it is…, promotions for top brands (Vernee, Creality, Beelink, SJCAM, etc…) with discount coupons, exclusive offers for new buyers, and various other deals.

Aliexpress call the event “11.11 Global Shopping Festival 2017” and while the sale itself will take place on November 11 only, they’ve started events since October 27 with games to win coupons, and starting this Friday, you’ll be able to add items to your cart, and wait on November 11 before ordering at the discounted price.

Banggood‘s 11.11 Price Storm also started a few days ago, an every day you can try to grab 11% sitewide coupons, and other 10 to 15% coupons for other categories. The company appears to have started sales, but the “big deals” are only expected in a little over 8 days  (November 10) if the countdown clock is right.

GeekBuying‘s 11.11 Shopping Spree has also started with 24 hours deals, “gift rain” competition to win coupons or prizes like a Xiaomi A1 smartphone, “buy together” bundle discounts , and discounts for big brands and clearance items. If you share the promo on social media, the company will offer your 6 to 15% discount coupons for phone, toys, TV boxes, and home & garden items. Starting on November 8 and until November 15, you’ll also be able to get a $5 discount if you spend more than $50, and “buy 1, get 1”, but no details are provided for the latter.

DX (DealExtreme) event appears to be different, since not related to Singles’ day, but DX 11.8 Epic Carnival may offer some interesting discounts too with coupons offered every day until November 7, and the main even on November 8 with discount on specific items / method (5% on best items, 3% on new items, 5% on mobile app purchases),  as well as a buy 1 get 1 free gift promo.

I’ll add other promotions in this post, or in comments as I find them.