home : hot deals & information involving: computers Sunday, February 19, 2017
- 13" Apple MacBook Air for $750
Apple MacBook Air with 13.3-inch screen, 8GB memory, 128GB storage drive, Intel 5th Generation Core i5 CPU, and 802.11ac Wifi for $750.
Model number is MMGF2LL/A.
Normally sells for $900 to $1000.
- Mini Desktop PC with Core i3-6300T $380
HP ProDesk 600-G2 Mini Desktop PC with Intel Core i3-6300T 3.3GHz Dual-Core CPU, 8GB of DDR4 memory, 180GB Solid State Drive, Intel HD 530 graphics (HD display), Wifi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, 4 USB3.0 ports, 2 Display Pot video outputs, 1 VGA video output, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed, a Windows 10 license, and a 3-year warranty.
Also includes a keyboard and mouse.
A mini PC with these specs would normally sell for about $500.
The i3-6300T is a mini/laptop version of a 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor, with a benchmark score of 5,204.
The specs show its single-threaded (per-core) performance should be only slightly slower than a modern desktop computer's Quad-Core CPU.
It is dual-core, not quad-core found in most desktop computers, but that only means its gaming and multi-tasking performance will be slower.
So, it's a very powerful little computer that can easily hook up to any monitor or HDTV.
Intel Slim Mini PC, Intel i3-6100U CPU for $220.
Add one or two DDR4 SO-DIMM (laptop) memory (up to 32GB total), a M.2 SSD (not a SATA SSD), an operating system (Linux or Windows), a monitor, and a keyboard & mouse.
- Lenovo Desktop PC $350
Lenovo Desktop PC with Intel 4th generation i5-4460 processor, 8GB memory, 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, CD/DVD reader/writer drive, Bluetooth, USB3.0, keyboard, mouse, and Windows 10 for $350.
Includes a 1 year warranty.
No monitor included.
Has VGA and HDMI video output for connecting to a monitor.
- Refurbished HP Desktop PC for $200
Refurbished (not new) but in Grade A condition.
Comes with an Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz CPU, 4GB memory, 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Pro.
The CPU is very fast, with a CpuMark score of 6,573, and normally sells for about $75 by itself.
No CD/DVD drive is included.
Also, no monitor, no keyboard, no mouse.
The Amazon Fire Tablet is designed to work with the Amazon store only.
You can read eBooks, watch Amazon Instant Video with a Prime subscription, and listen to Amazon Music.
However, there are ways to access the underlying Android operating system, giving you access to all apps on Google Play (Android market).
Here is one demo video on adding the Google Play Store to your Fire Tablet.
If you are tech savvy, you could also turn your Fire Tablet into an Android-powered home theater remote control for your living room.
- Amazon Fire 7" Tablet for $33 and $53 (expired)
Amazon Fire 7-inch Tablet with 8GB storage for $33.33 and 16GB for $53.33 in-store only.
You cannot order online with in-store pickup, but you can check inventory at your local Target, walk into the store to buy it off the shelf.
- Surface Pro 4 With Keyboard/Cover for $750
If you are looking for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with keyboard included, Costco has a deal for Costco members only.
For $750, they are offering the Surface Pro 4 with Core i5-6300U CPU, 4GB memory, and 128GB SSD, and includes a Black Type Cover (the keyboard and cover combo).
Windows 10 Pro is also included.
Most other Surface deals run about $800 for the Surface only, plus about $110 for the keyboard.
Even though some photos of the Surface show a keyboard, nearly all packages do not actually include the keyboard.
If you are looking to replace your laptop with the Surface, getting a bundle with keyboard is kind of important.
- Early Black Friday Sale
Best Buy has started their Black Friday sale, but you have to use promo codes to get them.
They work with all customers (new and existing BestBuy.com accounts).
Dell Inspiron 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop for $350 with code LAPTOPDEAL .
Intel i5-5200U 2.2GHz Dual-Core processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive, Bluetooth, Wifi, and Windows 10.
Normally sells for about $425.
Having a laptop with a touchscreen is far nicer than a regular laptop.
Use the same touching to select, pinching to zoom, and swiping to scroll as you would on a phone.