home : hot deals & information involving: computer hardware Tuesday, May 24, 2016
- Sharkk Wireless Ergonomic Wireless Mouse for $20
Sharkk Wireless Ergonomic Mouse for $20.
As its reviews show, its ergonomic design is angled to help alleviate wrist pain for some people.
It comes with a 2.4GHz wireless USB receiver and 2 AAA batteries.
- Western Digital My Passport Cinema 1TB USB Drive for $50
BuyDig.com is offering a Western Digital My Passport Cinema 1TB Portable USB Hard Drive for $50 through their Ebay store.
They normally sell it for about $89.
Beware it does have some negative reviews about its movie download feature.
It comes pre-loaded with 8 movies in 4K UltraHD format, but you must sign up for M-Go and pay for each movie.
People say the cost is high and the playback can be buggy on some TVs.
However, you can always format the 1TB drive and use as your own portable storage.
Other portable 1TB drives sell for around $54.
- Mushkin 240GB SSD for $62 on Mobile
On your mobile device, search for this Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 240GB Solid State Drive for $75 on Newegg.com or the Newegg app.
Add it to the cart with promo code MBL160521A to get it for $62.
The promo code only works on mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc).
This deal expires today.
- Western Digital Elements 1TB Portable USB3.0 Drive $40
Western Digital Elements Portable 1TB USB3.0 Hard Drive for $40 with free shipping today.
Also available with same-day in-store pickup.
Normally sells for about $65.
CyberPower 1500VA Pure Sine Wave UPS for $155 with code EMCEJFG37 .
Normally sells for about $215 and is our favorite Battery Backup UPS on the market today.
It can protect all your computers, monitors, and network gear in your office, up to 900 watts.
CyberPower is not as popular as APC, but I like their quality better.
This particular one, the Pure Sine Wave model, protects electronics better than most UPSs as shown in this video.
Western Digital Black 5TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $190 with code ESCEJFG22 (3.8¢/GB).
and includes a five year warranty.
Western Digital's warranty service is decent, costing about $6 to ship them your broken drive using the box and shipping label they send your replacement drive in.
Regarding Intel CPUs, the above are the regular CPUs (not the "K" models).
The above CPUs are great for business work, but if you only want your computer to do personal tasks and play games, consider getting the Intel CPUs that end in "K" instead.
The "K" Intel CPUs (like i7-6700K and i5-6400K) give a slight boost in performance, but lack some virtualization capabilities useful for developers.
- Logitech Illuminated Keyboard for $48
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 keyboard is meant for someone who spends their day typing on a PC.
Its keypress is more shallow than a traditional keyboard, similar to the keyboard that comes with most Mac's and laptops.
While gamers will prefer other, more "mushy" style keypresses, this K740 feels more comfortable for typing than most other keyboards we have used.
The letters on the keyboard also illuminate, a cool effect.
However the F keys (function keys) do not illuminate, making them frustratingly difficult to see in the dark.
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse for $20.25.
Normally at least $30.
Includes a wireless 2.4GHz USB receiver for Windows and Mac, works on one AA battery (included), and comes with a 3-year warranty.
Also, if you do a lot of typing (like we do) and looking for a solid desktop computer keyboard, check out a Logitech K740 Illuminated Keyboard for $48.
We have several, and found them to be the most comfortable for working.
While gamers will prefer other, more "mushy" style keypresses, this K740 has a shallow keypress (similar to a laptop computer's keyboard) and does not wear out our fingers after a full day of typing.
Codes do not apply toward big brand name items, like Samsung SSDs and mobile phones.
Monoprice sells some of our favorite kinds of cables, including speaker cables, subwoofer cables, Ethernet cables, HDMI cables, computer cables, etc.
We love their high quality, low prices, and huge inventory.
Be sure to read the product reviews of items before buying.
We purchase almost all of our A/V and computer cables from Monoprice.
Their regular cables are similar in quality to Monster cables and retail store-bought cables, at a fraction of the price.
They do charge shipping per order based on weight, and the per-item price usually drops when you order more.
For example, if you know you already need to pay shipping for a 150-foot Ethernet cable (a heavy item), it may add no extra shipping cost to add a few light 2-foot and 6-foot Ethernet cables.
A-Data Premier 120GB Solid State Drive for $35.
Pretty good reviews, and 120GB SSDs normally sell for at $39 and up.
This is a great deal if you are looking to upgrade a laptop's hard drive (slow) to a Solid State Drive (fast).
Replacing a laptop's hard drive with an SSD gives a big performance boost, and far cheaper than buying a new laptop.
If data security is important, look at a Samsung 850 Pro SSD which supports hardware full-disk-encryption (FDE) on compatible laptops.
They are very expensive compared to regular SSDs, because they can provide automatic security from theft on compatible laptops.
To see if your laptop is compatible,
boot to the BIOS (normally F1, F8, F10, or ESC 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 your laptop does 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 2TB Hard Drive for $60
Seagate (ST2000DM001) 2TB Hard Drive for $72, and code ESCETGJ23 applies $12 off in the cart.
According to the Newegg reviews, many of these Seagate 2TB hard drives have problems with reliability.
As one reviewer writes, many of the Seagate 2TB drives care made in completely different ways, while keeping the same model number.
Some drives are just not reliable, and we had one fail last year.
If you have a server and want RAID, check out the cheap 3Ware/AMCC 9650SE RAID Cards available through Ebay for around $20.
They use special cables called "Mini-SATA to 4 SATA Cables".
They are old cards, only support hard drives up to 2TB each, and not compatible with SSDs (because they lack "TRIM" for keeping SSDs defragmented), but are great quality for reliable RAID.
We had two in servers for the last 7 and 9 years, and about to set up a third.
If you plan to buy a bunch of computer equipment soon (building/upgrading a PC, buying computer equipment for your technology business, etc), consider Newegg Premier for free for 3 months when downloading the Newegg app.
Before building a new server last week, we signed up to Newegg Premier.
Not only did we get our orders fast, but Newegg also covers any return shipping labels and restocking fees.
In 10 orders, one hard drive was faulty and a motherboard was incompatible with our server, so Newegg sent us the a pre-paid return shipping label and processed our returns the day they received them.
So if you are placing a bunch of orders or under a time crunch, Newegg Premier can be a good deal.
- Seagate 5TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $110
Seagate Expansion 5TB USB3.0 External/Desktop Hard Drive for $130, and code EMCETFJ47 applies $20 off in the cart.
Normally $130, and compatible with PC and Mac.
- 32GB of DDR3 PC Memory for $90 (expired: 4/15, sold out)
A pack of four 8GB G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS-9 Memory for Desktop PC for $100 with free shipping, and code EMCETFT26 applies $10 off in the cart.
Free shipping, or free 2-day shipping for ShopRunner members.
That comes out to $22.50 per memory module, a great price for 8GB CAS-9 memory (lower CAS numbers are better).
Before buying, check that your PC motherboard supports "DDR3" memory and up to "8GB" per memory slot.
G.Skill makes some of the best quality desktop PC memory on the market, and an 8GB G.Skill memory module usually sells for about $32 each.
Also, Newegg is selling a Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD today for $200 through their Mobile site only, when using code MBL160413A .
To get the deal, use your mobile phone or tablet, and open the Newegg app or type m.newegg.com into your web browser.
Add the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD to your cart, then apply code MBL160413A to get it for $200.
Normally sells for about $215.
The Samsung 850-Series SSDs come with a 10-year warranty, and support Hardware AES Encryption for protecting the SSD's contents from theft.
So, when installing the SSD inside a laptop and enabling "hard disk encryption" in the BIOS, your data should be protected if someone were to steal your laptop.
Most other drives (hard drives and SSDs) do not have built-in encryption, so anyone looking to protect their data should consider software-based encryption.
- 512GB Solid State Drive for $110
Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 512GB 2.5" SSD for $130 with free shipping, and code EMCETFF24 applies $20 off in the cart.
SSDs of 512GB capacity normally sell for at least $130
Mushkin has been selling high quality memory products since 1994, and this SSD comes with a 3-year warranty.
Also, if you are brave and looking for a hard drive, Newegg is also selling a Refurbished 2TB Hard Drive for $39 today.
2TB hard drives normally sell for at least $70, but keep in mind, this "refurbished" product was previously used, broken, fixed, and is now being re-sold.
We do not recommend putting anything sacred on a refurbished hard drive, but some people may be willing to take the risk at just $39 for so much capacity.
Even the reviewers say they are not expecting the drive to last more than a few years.
- Dual Drive USB3.0 Docking Station for $22 (expired: sold out)
Mediasonic USB3.0 Docking Station for up to two 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives and SSDs for $35 plus $2 shipping, and code EMCETFG26 applies $15 off in the cart.
It supports drives up to 8TB, and has an automatic "clone" feature for duplicating one drive onto another by just pressing a button.
Most dual-drive USB3.0 drive docking stations sell for at least $30.
Intel 535-Series 2.5" 240GB Solid State Drive for $75 with code EMCETEM28
Intel and Samsung make our favorite SSDs today.
While all SSDs have outstanding reliability compared to hard drives, Intel has a great 5-year product warranty service and a very high reputation for reliability.
Assassin's Creed Unity for Xbox One for $20 or $23 with code EMCETEM55 .
If you have Newegg Premier or Shoprunner, it ships for $20, otherwise $23.
Normally sells for about $10, but if you don't mind the hassle of a mail-in rebate, Newegg is offering a $20 Visa Prepaid Card by mail-in rebate with this game.
Star Wars Classics for Playstation 4 for $20 or $23 with code EMCETEM56 .
Newegg Premiere members and Shoprunner members can get it for $20, otherwise the price is $23 after a shipping fee.
Also, a $20 Visa Prepaid Card is available by
Rosewill 6-Outlet Surge and USB Charging Wall Outlet for $10 with code EMCETEM39 .
The reviews are mostly positive.
It screws into an existing power outlet, and provides 6 surge-protected power outlets and 2 USB charging ports.
Beware that it does have a bright green LED light that can be annoying in a dark bedroom (although perhaps can be covered by electrical tape).
- Kingston V300 120GB SSD for $36
AntOnline.com is selling a Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB Solid State Drive for $36 through their Ebay store.
AntOnline has mostly positive merchant reviews on Ebay, Newegg, and The Better Business Bureau.
- Western Digital Elements 2TB Portable USB3.0 Drive $70
Adorama.com is offering a Western Digital Elements 2TB Portable USB3.0 Drive for $70 with free shipping through their Ebay store.
Normally sells for about $85.
- Dual-Display USB3.0 Docking Station for $95.50
Tek Republic (TUD-3000) USB3.0 Dual-Display Docking Station for $105, and code AFMN0243 applies $10.50 off in the cart.
Plug it into a computer or laptop's USB3.0 port, and you can connect up to 2 additional monitors.
So, this is a relatively cheap way to extend your display onto more monitors.
It has an HDMI port, a DVI port, a VGA port, a gigabit Ethernet port, an audio 3.5mm port, and three USB3.0 ports.
- Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick for Flight Games $300
Newegg is currently selling a Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick (model 2960720) for $300 with free shipping.
It normally sells for $400.
Tek Republic USB3.0 Dual Display Docking Station for $59.50 with code AFMN0214 .
According to the description on Newegg, connect this little device to 1 or 2 monitors, and the other end to your laptop or desktop's USB3.0 port, and it extends your display onto the monitors.