home : hot deals & information involving: computer hardware Friday, July 12, 2019
- Crucial 240GB SSD for $27
Crucial BX200 240GB Solid State Drive for $29, and code EMCTCUV27 applies $2 off.
Good for cheap and fast storage, but don't use for something you need to be reliable.
Like many other cheap TLC-based SSDs, they are cheap & fast, but don't hold up over time.
TomsHardware gave this drive 2.5 stars (out of 5).
That being said, this has one of the best warranties of all cheap SSDs, giving a 3-year warranty.
Crucial (owned by Micron) is a US-based company, so any warranty service might be better than Asia-based brands.
- Samsung 860 QVO 1TB SSD for $90
Samsung 860 QVO-Series 1TB (1000GB) Solid State Drive for $90 when applying code EMCXTBVC2 in the cart.
As one review says, the QLC-based QVO-Series is "about sacrificing quality for quantity."
Paying $90 for a 1TB SSD is cheap, but beware this, like TLC-based SSDs, may fail or lose performance sooner than standard SSDs like the Samsung 860 EVO and Pro series.
- Desktop/Studio Microphone for $41 (expired)
FiFine K670 professional-style microphone that sits on a desk or mounts to a microphone stand for $40.75.
It plugs into a USB port on a PC, Mac, Xbox, Playstation 4, or pretty much anything with a USB port.
This is the kind of microphone podcasters and YouTube how-to video makers use.
This is similar to a Blue Yeti microphone that costs $100 to $130.
Logitech G203 Mouse for $20.
Normally at least $26.
This looks like a cheap & good quality mouse.
It weighs just 3 ounces and has a precise 8,000dpi optical sensor.
We will probably pick one up to try as a travel mouse, since its smaller than a regular ergonomic mouse but not tiny like some portable mice can be.
- Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD for $68 For Email Subscribers
Samsung 860-EVO Series 500GB Solid State Drive is $77, same price sold at all reputable stores, and is rarely ever on sale.
Newegg is now offering a $10 off promo code EMCXTBTC2 for subscribers of their emails only, making it $67 today.
It's very common to find other 500GB SSDs for about $50, but those use TLC technology which have a lower lifespan despite excellent performance.
Samsung uses V-NAND MLC and backs their products by a 5-year warranty.
This model also has over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon and over 300 on Newegg.
We avoid the cheap SSDs because there is nothing more frustrating than losing a drive, all data stored on it, and waiting for a replacement to arrive.
If you are not on Newegg's email list, you can subscribe to get future emails, but cannot get this promotion today.
- Western Digital 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $130
Back again is the Western Digital Easystore 8TB External/Desktop USB3.0 Hard Drive for $130.
Rated one of the most reliable and inexpensive 8TB hard drives on the market today.
Western Digital had been using white-label, helium-model Red drives inside this model for the past year.
If they are still doing so, this external drive gives you the same drive that they sell for $230.
A video shows how to open the enclosure to see what model hard drive you get, and remove the drive if you want to use it as an internal hard drive.
We did this 5 times over the last few months, and put all 5 of the 8TB Red hard drives into a fileserver PC.
- Docking Station for Laptops and PC Tablets for $45 (expired)
This looks like a great deal for what it does.
If you have a PC laptop with a USB3.0 port, or a PC tablet with USB3.0 (like a Surface Pro), this acts like a 2-computer KVM switch with audio/video docking station plus USB hub and dual-monitor support, and a tablet holder.
Uses the included cable to plug into a USB3.0 port on your computer, and this review (and a few others) say it can easily share monitors and devices between 2 laptops.
Some reviews say its Mac support may not be good, but seems to be stable on PC/Windows.
If you have a Mac, note that some tweaking or support may be required to get working.
For a device that provides all these features, $45 is a hot deal.
Similar devices sell for about $80.
- Western Digital 10TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive $160 (expired)
Normally over $200, and has been at $160 twice since January.
Now it's back at $160.
This is one of the best rated external USB hard drives on the market, useful for reliably keeping backups of photos, videos, and personal information.
10TB is a lot of storage.
If you use it to backup your family's camera photos & videos in the highest quality formats, assuming 0.5 to 1 TB per year, it would have enough storage to backup your 4K videos and 12-megapixel photos for well over 10 years.
That's a lot of data in one place, so if you bought two to backup the same files on both drives, you would have reliable backups in 2 places in case one drive were to fail.