home : hot deals & information involving: computers Wednesday, August 20, 2014
- Surface Pro 3 Laptop/Tablet Computer for $649 for Students
Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com are selling the new Surface Pro 3 64GB Intel i3 laptop/tablet computer for $649 for students.
It usually goes for around $750.
"This student-only discount requires verification of student status prior to purchase,"
so you must be a current student to be eligible for this price.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
- Refurbished Toshiba Chromebook & $40 Rebate Card for $190 or $171
Toshiba CB35-A3120 13-inch Chromebook with Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of disk space, 100GB of online cloud storage, and Chrome OS for $190 with free shipping.
It is refurbished (not new).
A $40 Prepaid Card is available by mail-in rebate.
When added to the cart, apply coupon code VCO to get 10% off.
To get the 10% discount, you must use Visa Checkout.
A Visa card is not required, as you can pay with any major credit card.
It's a pretty good deal at $171 after discount, plus the $40 Prepaid Card rebate is a nice bonus.
It is refurbished with only a 90 day warranty, but it is a savings of over $120 from what it would normally cost.
It has a good review.
- iPad Mini Retina 16GB for $330
A reputable seller on Ebay is offering the iPad Mini 2nd Generation 16GB Wifi Tablet for $330 with free shipping.
Most stores sell it for $370 to $400, so $330 is one of the best deals around.
The 1st generation iPad Mini can often be found for around $250, but the 2nd generation iPad Mini has a Retina display (sharper image), a much better processor, and a better battery life.
Unless you only plan on using the iPad Mini as a fancy remote control and music player, we believe the 2nd generation iPad Mini Retina is a better value.
The iPad Mini Retina's 7.9x5.3 inch size is good size for a tablet, if you already have a laptop computer or device with a larger screen.
If you plan on (almost) replacing your laptop or desktop computer with a tablet, consider the larger screen of an iPad Air or a regular iPad.
iPad tablets do retain their value longer than any other tablet or laptop computer on the market today.
- Zotac Mini Barebonds PC for $180 (expired)
This deal is for someone looking for a tiny PC or home theater PC.
It is a Zotac Zbox-ID80-U Mini PC with Intel Atom D2700 Dual-Core 2.13GHz CPU, Nvidia Geforce GT520M, Wifi b/g/n, 4 USB ports, optical S/PDIF audio output port, gigabit ethernet port, and a memory card reader.
Includes a media remote control with USB IR receiver, and a VESA mounting bracket for physically mounting the PC on the back side of an HDTV.
It is a "barebones" PC, meaning it includes no memory, no hard drive or SSD, no keyboard, no mouse, and no operating system.
You are on your own to get and install an operating system.
Windows 8 goes for $95, and many versions of Linux are freely available online.
No keyboard & mouse are included.
Spares are easy to scrounge, or get a wireless keyboard/trackpad combo like a Logitech K400 for around $25.
Optionally add a Bluetooth Adapter for $13, to give the PC the ability to communicate wirelessly with Bluetooth devices.
Use a free operating system, and your total cost for a fully functional home theater PC would be around $300.
If you are looking for a simple & slim PC for a public space (like a check-in computer at a receptionist's desk or a convenient PC in a hallway), this is a great deal.
Attach the PC to the back of a monitor, plug in a keyboard, and you have a convenient PC that is completely hidden behind a monitor.
As a Home Theater PC though, this deal is less attractive than it would have been a couple years ago.
A home theater PC gives you the ability to watch online videos, play movies stored on local storage, surf the web, and play games all from your sofa.
However it is a lot of work to set one up, and for the same (or cheaper) price, you can get similar things.
If you want to stream online videos, movies, and music, just get a Roku 3 for $85.
It is our favorite device for streaming media.
Also many HDTVs and Blu-Ray players already can do streaming media.
If playing movie files from local storage is important, get a WD TV Live for $80.
Rated one of the best devices for playing movie files from USB drives and networked hard drives.
If you use iTunes and Apple products a lot, try an Apple TV for $93, which can stream video, games, music, videos, and photos with easy integration with iOS devices using AirPlay.
If we were designing a home theater system, we would choose the devices above.
They don't do games like a home theater PC would, but console systems, desktop PCs, and tablets are great for that.
- HP Split 13" Touchscreen Laptop Computer $450
Specs are pretty good for the price.
The HP Split 2-in-1 13.3-inch Laptop Computer has a touch-scree, an Intel Core i3-4020Y CPU, 4GB memory, 128GB SSD, is 0.9-inches in thickness, and has two 3-cell batteries.
It usually sells for around $550.
- iPad Mini Retina for $350, or $300 for Students (expired: price raised from $350 to $380)
Apple iPad Mini 16GB 2nd Generation (iPad Mini Retina) usually sells for around $380, but BestBuy put it on sale today for $350.
They are also including a free Red Targus Case for free with the iPad Mini.
BestBuy will send you another email with a list of discounts for students.
Click the "iPad Mini Retina" promotion to get $50 off.
An iPad Mini Retina 16GB for $300 would be about $80 less than what most other stores sell it for.
When ordering online, the Targus Case is automatically added to the cart.
If you are a student, enter your $50 discount code during checkout.
When buying it in-store, grab a Targus iPad Mini Red Case from the shelf, and bring it to the checkout register with your iPad Mini Retina.
When they scan both items, it should give you the case for free.
If you are a student, have them scan the barcode on your $50 off coupon.
The iPad Mini Retina has a faster processor, better screen, and better battery than the 1st generation iPad Mini.
For another deal for non-students, a reputable Ebay seller is offering the iPad Mini Retina 32GB for $430, which is about $40 less than most other stores.
The iPad Mini is smaller than the iPad Air and regular iPad.
The iPad Mini 2nd Generation (commonly referred to as the iPad Mini Retina) has a much better processor and battery than the 1st generation Mini, but usually sells for at least $350.
If you're looking for an iPad Mini for kids or for basic things, this iPad Mini for $200 may be a hot deal for you.
If you're looking for something that will last longer than a couple years, you might want to save your $200 and wait for a deal on a newer tablet.