home : hot deals & information involving: computer hardware Thursday, August 25, 2016last update: 2:31am (CDT)
- Samsung 500GB SSD for $128
Newegg is selling a Samsung 750-EVO Series 500GB Solid State Drive for $128 through their Ebay store.
Normally sells for $139, and a good value at 26¢ per GB.
In our opinion, Samsung makes some of the best quality SSDs on the market, and this model has a good 3-year warranty.
- Refurbished 2TB Hard Drive for $30
Refurbished (not new) HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB 7200rpm 3.5" Hard Drive for $30.
It is a 7200rpm drive which performs better than a regular 2TB drive, but can be more susceptible to failure due to heat.
Only recommended in a fileserver with RAID.
Old hardware RAID controllers are very cheap on Ebay (such as the 9650SE cards which support up to 2TB drives).
We built one fileserver with 5 refurbished 2TB drives from Newegg, and 2 of them failed within 2 months.
Both were replaced by their 90-day warranty.
This can be a hassle, but you can get a lot of storage for cheap from Newegg's refurbished drives.
- Logitech Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad $20
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Touchpad for $19.92 with free shipping or in-store pickup.
Comes with a 2.4GHz USB adapter for connecting to a desktop or laptop computer.
Normally sells for about $31.
Beware that wireless keyboards are susceptible to hackers.
As a Wired.com writer explains, a nearby hacker can tap into your keyboard.
They can either:
Listen to what you are typing (passwords, email addresses, credit card numbers, etc), and
Inject keystrokes at a rate of 1,000 words per minute, which can hijack your computer with commands like uploading private information or opening a backdoor that the hacker can exploit later.
So if you are security conscious, please be aware of the risks of using wireless keyboards in an office building, apartment complex, or coffee shop where hackers can be close by.
Silicon Power S55 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive for $47 tonight.
This uses a newer "TLC" memory cell type.
It is very fast, but not as reliable as a regular SSD.
While this one does have positive reviews, some have been known to fail after just a few months.
Other than for use as a temporary drive or spare computer, we recommend avoiding TLC-based drives for now.
- 8GB Desktop PC Memory for $30 (expired)
A pair of 4GB memory (8GB in the pack) for desktop computers for $30.
Two of these packs would total 16GB of memory, plenty for most desktop PCs.
This G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 4GB memory is some of the best quality memory for desktop PCs, and normally sells for at least $36 for the pack.
If you are building or upgrading a PC and need DDR3 memory, G.Skill Ripjaws are some of the best.
- Deals Today for Prime Members
Today is their Prime Day, where hundreds of items are on sale for Amazon Prime members only.
is $99 per year, and has a free 1-month trial for new members.
Some deals worth mentioning, that are only available for Prime members.
Some deals are only available for 1-4 hours, and may expire soon after this posting.
Insta Pot IP-DUO60 6qt Pressure Cooker for $70 with Prime only.
We purchased it for the same price when it was on sale during Black Friday last year, and love it.
We call it our "kitchen robot" since healthy food can be made super easy.
Brown rice and potatoes cook in one-third the time, and soups taste incredible.
If you want to get more into healthy cooking, I cannot recommend anything better than this (except maybe the Bluetooth/App version which costs a bit more).
(Expired)Asus RT-N12 Wireless Router for $20.
Normally at least $28.
We had a more expensive Asus router (model RT-N66U) which broke in a month.
(Expired)TP-Link 5-Port Gigabit Managed Switch for $23.
Sometimes on sale for $25, normally sold for $30.
We have one, and it works fairly well.
Can log in to the switch with downloadable software, view network statistics, and do basic management features like forcing ports to certain speeds.
Gunnar Optiks Computer Glasses for $40 to $45.
We used one for a while, and it does help prevent eyestrain (headaches) when staring at a bright screen for long periods of time.
However it alone is not fully effective.
Only frequent breaks, eye exercises, low screen brightness and lots of ambient light can truly prevent eyestrain.
Kmashi 10,000mAh Portable Battery Charger for $11.
Weighs 0.6 pounds.
Reviews say it does not have pass-through charging, so it cannot charge your devices while its internal battery is charging.
This is a big downside, in our opinion.
- Seagate 2TB Hybrid Hard Drive $85
Seagate (ST2000DX001) 2TB Hard Drive with built-in caching 8GB SSD for $85 today.
Normally about $95.
We have not used this drive, but reviews say it is one of the best-performing hard drives in the consumer market, and good value at 4.25¢ per GB.
Its SSD caching helps improve performance, while still giving 2TB of storage space.
It has mostly positive reviews, but some people say their drives failed soon after receiving it.
If you need a hard drive with better reliability, check out a Western Digital Blue (slower, but priced better at 3¢ per GB), or a Western Digital Black 2TB for $110 with code ESCELFF22 (expensive, reliable, 5-year warranty).
- Toshiba Wifi 128GB Portable SSD for $55
$50 plus $5 shipping.
According to the reviews, it provides 128GB of portable storage with the included USB cable or its own Wifi.
Even if you are not on a Wifi network, your Wifi devices can wirelessly copy files onto this portable SSD.
Silicon Power S55 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive for $30.60 tonight.
Note, it uses a newer "TLC" memory cell type, which we believe to be somewhat unreliable.
While TLC drives do perform very well, some have been known to fail.
We would not use this kind of cheap SSD for our laptops or desktop computers.
That being said, it does have positive reviews on Newegg, and mixed reviews on Amazon.
We have used this IOGear USB-based Memory Card Reader/Writer for 5 years, and still use it.
At $6 with free shipping, it is a super convenient way to read photos taken by our digital camera.
No drivers to install, and lets you read Secure Digital Memory Cards (including SD, MicroSD, SDHC up to 32GB, and SDXC up to 128GB) in any computer with a USB port.
Other similar SD readers are available for around the same price, so this really is not a hot deal.
Still worth mentioning because it is a reliable product that can last for years.
Logitech K740 Wired (USB) Illuminated Keyboard for PC is on sale for $48.
Normally sells for $60 and $60 and up, and has over 2,000 positive reviews combined on Amazon and Newegg.
This is our favorite keyboard for someone who spends their day typing.
Its keypress depth is shallower than a traditional keyboard, similar to the keyboard that comes with most laptop computers and Mac desktops.
While gamers will prefer other, more "mushy" style keypresses, this Logitech feels more comfortable for typing than most other keyboards we have used.
The letters on the keyboard can illuminate with an on/off button.
However the F keys (function keys) do not illuminate, making them very difficult to see in the dark.
In my opinion though, I never risk eyestrain by using a computer in the dark, but like the cool look of the keyboard at night.
Staples is also selling a 2-pack of Rayovac Flashlights for $3.50.
Includes 2 D batteries per flashlight (4 batteries).
Four D batteries alone for $3.50 is 88¢ per battery, a great deal since 6 Rayovac batteries normally go for $7, which is $1.17 per battery without getting 2 flashlights.
Beware, those use "TLC" memory to store your data.
While this new technology performs fast, they can be fairly unreliable technology and could give bad news for those who do not keep good backups of their data.
If performance (speed of reads and writes) and reliability are most important, check out the Samsung 850 EVO-Series Solid State Drives.
They include a 5-year warranty, and rated one of the best performing, most reliable SSDs on the market today.
If data security is important, check out a Samsung 850 "Pro" solid state drive.
It is also one of the best performing, most reliable SSDs on the market, and has built-in hardware AES encryption (if your laptop supports it).
These are also backed by a 10-year warranty.
To see if your laptop is compatible with hardware encryption, boot to the BIOS (normally F1, F8, F10, or DEL on bootup), look under its Security settings, and see if your laptop has a "HDD Password" or "Hard Disk Encryption" setting (example video). Note that this is separate than the BIOS's password, supervisor password, and boot passwords. If you do have a hard disk encryption password feature, your laptop can automatically encrypt your entire Samsung 850 Pro SSD without needing special decryption software, protecting your data if your laptop is stolen.
Seagate Surveillance 4TB Hard Drive (ST4000VX000) for $120 with code ESCEKEN29 (3¢/GB).
We use one for backups, although it really meant for constant use in DVR systems.
It performs fairly well, averaging 80 megabytes per second reads and writes, which is more than enough to store and play high-definition videos.
Seagate Backup Plus 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $200 with code EMCEKEG35 (2.5¢/GB).
Inside is a Seagate 8TB "Archive" hard drive, rated at 30 to 50 megabytes per second write speed.
This means it can take over 48 hours to backup 8TB of data.
Be sure to read the reviews before ordering.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
- Geforce GTX 950 2GB Video Card for PC $135
EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card for $135.
If you still have an old video card in your PC, like a GeForce 460 ot GeForce 280, this card should give about twice the 3D performance.
It also supports up to 4 monitors at once.
To see how this card compares to other video cards, check out VideoCardBenchmark.net.
A higher "passmark" score means better 3D performance for your games.
For example, older GeForce GTX 280 and 460 cards have a Passmark score of 1,196 and 2,639 respectively, whereas this GTX 950 card has a score of 5,245 (performs 2x of the old GeForce cards).