My Favorite Amazon Electronics Gift Ideas

My Favorite Amazon Electronics Gift Ideas

Shopping Amazon Electronics during the holidays means great deals and swift shipping via Amazon Prime.

It’s a wonderful time of year to get amazing deals on Electronics at Amazon.  Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, 12 Days of Deals and Gold Box deals are just some of the fantastic ways to save on Amazon during the holiday season.

And if you are looking for software, Kindle books, MP3 music or PC games, be sure to check out the Digital Deals section!

Being a Top 50 Amazon Reviewer I get the privilege of reviewing a lot of cool electronics.

Below are some of my personal favorites. I think all are worthy of mentioning on the Savvy Sleuth because they are fun, useful, work well and are great electronics to give as gifts this holiday season.


Dear Santa, May I Please Have Electronics for Christmas…


For the Cord Cutter:

TiVo Roamio HD Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player (TCD846500)– Allows for recording over-the-air FREE TV in HD!

Fire TV Stick – HOT NEW ITEM!– Incredible low price for so much entertainment.


Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV Antenna – Easy to Setup & Use!–  The ideal antenna to cut the cord with cable. Learn how to setup and use flat HDTV antennas in my book: Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV. 


For the Audiophile: 

Creative Aurvana Gold Wired/Wireless Headset with 40mm Drivers, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and Built-In Microphone– Really impressive sound!

Samsung HW-H450 2.1 Channel 290 Watt Wireless Audio Soundbar– Simple setup and a great audio enhancement to a HDTV without the need for an AV receiver.


SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)– Comparible to Bose sound quality, steam music in any room of your home or office.


 For the Home Theater Enthusiast: 

Denon AVR-X4000 7.2-Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater AV Receiver with AirPlay – Ready for the latest and greatest to be hooked up and enjoyed.


Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000 1080p Widescreen, HDMI, 3LCD, 2300 Lumens Color Brightness, 2300 Lumens White Brightness, Projector– Blows away the competition with 2D and 3D capabilities.


Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System– Budget setup, with quality sound.

For Computing:

HP Chromebox CB1-014 Desktop (White)– I love this cheap little box for its quick, versatile nature and ability to run dual monitors!

TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network– This is the one I use and it works great for streaming media.


Dell Inspiron i5348-8889BLK 23-Inch Touchscreen All-in-One Desktop– Absolutely beautiful screen and super fast!

Saving Money Enjoying Free Over Air TV

Saving Money Enjoying Free Over Air TV

Since cutting the cord with cable TV, I’m saving $100 a month and I have not missed out on any of the programming I previously enjoyed using cable. I don’t feel deprived at all , and I get the perk of having extra cash in my pocket for the holidays.

So what’s the first step to cutting the cord?

If you want to save money using over air TV, finding the proper equipment is essential. Knowing your location to get an antenna with the proper range is the first step.

Check out to check where the TV broadcast towers are in your area, in relationship to your location.  Once you have that info, you can begin to decide which HDTV antenna is right for you.

A great resource for over air TV HDTV antennas is Mohu. They’ve got quality products that are simply designed, and easy to setup and use. Their blog and forum are awesome resources for new cord cutters!


HDTV Antennas

Because of where I live I need an indoor antenna with a 50 mile range. I’ve tried different kinds but I find that  Mohu HDTV antennas work the best for me at my location.


I use the Mohu Leaf 50 and the Curve 50 to pull in all the available over air TV stations in my area, most of them in 1080i high definition! FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW and PBS all look fantastic using my Mohu antennas, which were super easy to setup and look great in my home.


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The BuddyTV app is something that I use in conjunction with my Mohu antennas to give me an easy to access TV guide. The app is free and works well with my iPad.


 Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV

If you’re interested in learning more about cord cutting and how to do it, but feel like you don’t have enough technical savvy, never fear!


In my book: Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV  I walk you through the setup of an indoor over air TV antenna, step by step.

The book was written in response to questions about how to setup and use an over air TV antenna. I also discuss streaming media and how it’s used to supplement over air TV programming.  It’s a Kindle book, but the free Kindle reading apps; see the right side of the book’s product page for links,  allow you to view Kindle books on PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices as well as Kindles.



Groupon Goods Grab – 9/13

Groupon Goods Grab – 9/13

New to Groupon?

It’s easy to sign-up to use Groupon and save big on ever-changing deals on goods, getaways, local deals and more. Signing up is free and the savings is real. 

Here is a sampling of the goods available on Groupon right now!




3 Tips to Happiness with Free TV

I’m a cord cutter.

What does that mean?

It means I happily enjoy free over-the-air TV from all the major networks, and save $100 a month NOT paying for cable or satellite TV services.

In my book, Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV, I go through the simplest way I know to get free TV.

The book offers non-techy type folks a  step by step guide to deciding whether cord cutting is for them, in addition to how to setup and use an over-the-air flat antenna. The book also offers multiple ways to supplement over air TV with streaming media such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and others.

Cord cutting is something that almost anyone can do to save big money, and still have their favorite programming via over air TV and streaming media sources..

Finding happiness in that ‘tech-o-system’ can be daunting, but with a little bit of effort it’s within your reach.

Tip #1:  Location is key to successful over-the-air TV reception.

Before you decide to take the plunge it’s a good idea to check out if there is indeed over-the-air TV signals in your area.

You can check this using several sources, but an easy one I like to use can be found at  . You put in your address and are shown a map which indicates the TV broadcast towers in your area.

You can use this information as a guide to guesstimate as to what channels you might be able to pick up over air at your location, and what kind of an over air antenna might work for you.

Tip #2:  Get the right equipment.

There are a lot of options, but I find that if you have a lot of TV towers within 50 miles of your location, a digital flat antenna is your best bet.

Antennas have specific ranges in miles, so be sure to select the antenna that will encompass a range that includes the broadcast towers in your area.

Flat, indoor antennas are easy to setup and adjust if needed, and they offer crystal clear reception when properly placed in your home, apartment, office or dorm room.

I also recommend upgrading the coaxial cable between the antenna and the TV if possible. Signal loss occurs with some thin cables and the picture can become choppy. Triple or quad shielded coaxial often fixes this problem.

Tip #3: Be patient.

Most of us are addicted to the fast food way of doing things. Whatever it is, we want it fast! Sometimes though, you have to work at it to get things your way.  Patience when it comes to placing and using any over air antenna is the key to successfully getting free TV the way you want it.

Try several locations in your home.  Then do a channel scan. If you don’t get all the channels you expected to receive, place it in another location and try the process again. It took me over half a dozen tries to dial in the sweet spot for my antenna, but once I found it I’ve been thrilled with my reception using a Mohu Leaf 50 antenna.

The bottom line is, you don’t have to be techie at all to find happiness with free TV. You just have to be willing to give it a try!