Deal of the week: Cheap convertibles and discounted components


— 1:43 PM on October 25, 2013

We had hoped to fill this week's deal post with links to AMD's Radeon R9 290X graphics card, but it's out of stock pretty much everywhere. Fortunately, there are plenty of other tempting deals out there right now. One of the most appealing is Asus' Bay Trail-powered Transformer Book T100 convertible, which is selling for $400. That 64GB model isn't as cheap as the 32GB variant that's set to retail for $350, but it's still a heck of a deal—and a recipient of our TR Recommended award.

Want a more powerful tablet with a higher display resolution? Newegg has slashed $450 off MSI's S20 convertible, bringing that device down to $650. The S20 has an 11.6" IPS touchscreen with a 1080p display resolution. Under the hood, it boasts an Ivy-based Core i5-3337U, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid-state storage. The integrated keyboard doesn't include a touchpad to supplement the touch screen, but this puppy has dual USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet built in.

This wouldn't be a deal post without a cheap SSD, and Kingston's HyperX 3K 240GB fits the bill nicely. The SandForce-based drive is down to $175 right now, $30 off the usual asking price. Newegg also has a nice a discount on Crucial's Ballistix Sport XT system memory. With promo code 1022HLWEEN35, an 8GB stick of DDR3-1866 will set you back only $61.

I don't have a clever transition to bring us to Corsair's Carbide Series 330R enclosure; maybe I should have gone with a bulleted list instead of disjointed paragraphs. Anyway, the 330R is normally priced at $100, but it's $30 off right now, and a mail-in rebate promises to knock off another $10.

Now, the piece de resistance: PNY's 32GB Attaché thumb drive is 22% off at $18. More importantly, it has a built-in bottle opener. That's the sort of thing that catches my eye on a Friday, folks.

TR readers north of the border can peruse a wide range of deals in NCIX's Spooktacular Sale Event. The Transformer Book T100 is available for $400, but it's the 32GB version, albeit with a free 32GB microSD card included. Other notable deals include Kingston's SSDNow V300 240GB SSD at $165 and Enermax's white ETS-T40 CPU cooler $40. Cyril reviewed the Enermax cooler last month, and it looks pretty sweet.

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