Deal of the Week | Feb. 26, 2016: Apple Thunderbolt Display for $799 (reg. $999)

Apple Thunderbolt Display on sale for $799.99 at Connecting PointMore than just a stunning 27-inch high-resolution LED-backlit display, the Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for Mac notebooks. It lets 
you move data between your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and compatible devices with lightning speed. A Thunderbolt port, a FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port make it a plug-and-play hub for everything you do. The Thunderbolt port alone lets you connect as many as six devices.

You’ve never seen a display quite like this:

  • Thunderbolt I/O technology for lightning-fast data transfer and daisy-chaining up to six peripherals
  • Works with all Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computers, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, 
Mac Pro, and Mac mini
  • 27-inch glossy LED-backlit widescreen display
  • 2560-by-1440 resolution
  • Thunderbolt port, FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet port
  • MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone
  • Built-in speaker system

Our everyday price for the Apple Thunderbolt Display is $999.99, and it’s an excellent value at that price point. But this week, while they last, we’re selling them for just $799.99!


This offer runs from Friday, February 26th to Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, or while supplies last. Limit one display per customer. Sorry, no rain checks. TM and © 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Deal of the Week | Feb. 12, 2016: Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Laptop Lock for $10 (reg. $45)

Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Laptop Lock for $9.99 (reg. $44.99)Protect your notebook from theft by locking it down. T-Bar locking mechanism and super-strong carbon tempered steel cable provide maximum protection that attaches to the industry standard Kensington security slot found in 99% of notebooks.

  • 6 ft, 5.5mm carbon strengthened steel cable anchors your notebook to a desk or immovable object
  • Attaches to 99% of notebooks with the T-Bar locking mechanism for superior strengthBuilt-in defense system guards against lock tampering
  • Safe Pro exceeds industry standards for tough security applications
  • Free Register & Retrieve on-line key registration for secure key replacement

The retail price for this security system is $49.99, and our regular price is $44.99. Yet this week, while they last, we’re crazy enough to let them go for a mere $9.99. Now you have no excuse for not locking down all your expensive electronics.


This offer runs from Friday, February 12th to Thursday, February 18th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.

Deal of the Week | Feb. 5, 2016: Mini-cube speaker/FM radio/clock/jukebox $9.99 (reg. $30)

Portable rechargeable flashing LED mini-cube speaker/jukebox/clock/FM radio for $9.99 (reg. $29.99)A great-sounding mini cube speaker that does so much, yet is small enough to take anywhere! It’s not only portable – it’s rechargeable, via the nearest available USB port. It’ll play from any source that supports its 3.5mm stereo jack (and yes, a cable is included). It’s a digital clock, with flashing LEDs on demand. Its built-in FM tuner and antenna let you capture over-the-air broadcasts. It even has a microSD card slot, allowing you to load up a media card with your favorite tunes or podcasts and play away. All in an ultra-portable two-inch cube.

In short, you’ll quickly find this an indispensable traveling companion. Normally selling for 30 bucks, this week we’re letting them go for a crazy-low $9.99.


This offer runs from Friday, February 5th to Thursday, February 11th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160

Deal of the Week | Jan. 22, 2016: 12V Auto Socket Splitter/Car Charger for $3.99 (reg. $19.99)

Car 12V Socket Splitter / USB Car Charger for $3.99 (reg. $19.99) from Connecting PointThis week’s DOTW is a “twofer.” Either one of these would be a pretty good deal for 10 bucks. But both of them, bundled together for four dollars? That’s a GREAT deal!

That single “lighter socket” in your car? Gadget #1 triples it. Suddenly, you’ve got three 12-volt power sources for all the devices in your digital life. Oh, the gadgets you could power – simultaneously!

One of those devices could, in fact, be the second half of the twofer, Gadget #2: a two-port USB charger, one into which you may plug your iPhone, iPod, GPS, USB-powered fan – pretty much any kind of USB-powered device.

And, as we said, you get both for one penny under four bucks.

This offer runs from Friday, January 22nd to Thursday, January 28th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.

VIDEO: Back-to-school shopping goes high tech [KDRV Newswatch 12 report]

With Labor Day weekend wrapping up, people are hitting the mall and other retail shops for some last minute back-to-school shopping. Randa Gore, reporter for Medford’s KDRV Newswatch 12, is at Connecting Point with the story.

Deal of the Week | July 25th, 2014: 10-in-1 Portable USB Card Reader for $5.99

10-in-1 Portable USB 2.0 Card Reader for $5.99THIS WEEK: 10-in-1 Portable USB Card Reader for $5.99 (reg. $19.99)

Access nearly any type memory card, including SDHC, microSD and more with this USB 2.0 Card Reader. One cool feature: it even has a built-in USB cable. With it, you can expect quick USB 2.0 data transfers up to 480 Mbps.

Not only is this a nifty card reader, it can also house up to nine memory cards – which makes it the ideal accessory for your digital camera, PSP, or PDA. And it’s Mac/PC compatible.

Get complete details on this week’s DOTW.

Apple milestone: On this date in 1976, original Apple I personal computer first offered for sale. Price: $666.66

Original Apple I personal computer motherboard

Image credit: Wired.com

The first Apple computer was a kit. These early versions were hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and first shown publicly at meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club. This club was an informal, Silicon Valley-based group of electronic enthusiasts and technically-inclined hobbyists. In other words, nerds – über nerds, with a number of infamous hackers and future entrepreneurs among its members.

Apple co-founder and Apple I creator Steve Wozniak

Apple I creator Steve Wozniak

The Apple I was essentially a motherboard, with CPU, RAM, and basic text/video chips on a single board (see above). You had to build your own enclosure, and provide your own keyboard and monitor. But it was a fully functioning system on a single circuit board, it was reasonably affordable – and that was a breakthrough at the time. Apple had incorporated a few months earlier (on April 1st), but this was their first product to make it to market.

[A side note: A little over a year later, Connecting Point – then known as TEAM Electronics, on E Street in Grants Pass – would become one of the very first retailers in the world to sell and service the newly-introduced Apple II – launching a decades-long partnership between the two companies that persists to this day.]

Its $666.66 price tag works out to about $2,800 in 2014 dollars, adjusting for inflation – which may seem a bit steep for such a rudimentary device. But recent auctions have seen original Apple I’s selling for as much as $50,000. They’re extremely rare, and an important part of computing history. The Apple I paved the way for the revolution to come.

So check your attic. Scour your garage. Look under the bench in your cellar workshop. You may be sitting on a goldmine.

VIDEO: Powerful new Verizon spot urges encouragement for girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Verizon is working with Makers.com and the Verizon Foundation to #InspireHerMind and encourage more girls to get involved with high-tech STEM fields.

“Our words can have a huge impact. Isn’t it time we told her she’s pretty brilliant, too? Encourage her love of science and technology and inspire her to change the world.” – Reshma Saujari, Founder of Girls Who Code