Cyber Monday deals: Hardware edition
Geoff has already covered some of the game discounts available for Cyber Monday this year. Now, let's have a look at some of the hardware bounty—starting with some graphics cards and monitors:
- Asus' Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DirectCU II graphics card is down to $139.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate at Newegg. That's a steal for a card of this caliber with a nice, dual-fan cooler. If you're worried about this technically being a last-gen product, don't be; the 7870 is based on the exact same Pitcairn silicon as the new, $180 Radeon R9 270, and it's pretty much just as fast.
- Asus' Radeon HD 7850 2GB DirectCU II is $119.99 after a $40 mail-in rebate at Newegg. Again, crazy good deal there. The 7850 2GB is actually a fair bit quicker than AMD's new, $140 R7 260X.
- Asus' VN248H-P 23.8" IPS monitor is $119.99 after a $10-off promo code (BFLGJLMNQT72) and a $20 mail-in rebate at Newegg. We haven't reviewed this monitor, but you can't go wrong with a 1080p IPS panel for that price. The fact that 84% of customer reviews are either four or five stars doesn't hurt, either.
There are some nice storage deals to be found, especially on the SSD front:
- Crucial's M500 960GB solid-state drive is $434.99 (or 45 cents/GB) at Newegg—even cheaper than it was on Black Friday. 400 bucks might seem like a lot for an SSD, but look at cost per gigabyte, and you'll find this puppy is actually a really good deal.
- Samsung's 840 EVO 250GB solid-state drive is $149.99 (or 59 cents/GB) after a $20 mail-in rebate at TigerDirect. Don't want a 960GB behemoth? This is a pretty solid alternative for folks on tighter budgets.
- Intel's 530 Series 180GB solid-state drive is $109.99 (or 61 cents/GB) at Newegg. The 530 Series has the highest cost per gigabyte of our three SSD deals, but it's still a solid bargain—and it has a five-year warranty, which the other drives do not.
- Seagate's Barracuda 7200.14 3TB mechanical hard drive is $99.99 at TigerDirect. It's always nice to have ample storage capacity and a 7,200-RPM spindle speed.
- Seagate's Desktop HDD.15 4TB mechanical hard drive is $159.99 at Newegg. The HDD.15 has a lower spindle speed than the 7200.14, so it's probably wise not to use it for anything performance-sensitive. Still, 4TB for $160 is a very good price.
Our Cyber Monday bounty even includes a couple of tablets:
- Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX 7" is $179, down from the usual $229. In case you didn't get the memo about the new Kindle lineup, the 7" HDX model has a 1920x1200 screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage capacity, and an 11-hour battery.
- Dell's Venue 8 is $129.99 after a $20-off promo code (CYBERMND3) at Newegg. The Venue 8 serves up Android 4.2 on a 1280x800 panel with an Atom Z2580 dual-core processor under the hood. It's 0.37" thick, weighs about 12 ounces, and is rated for 15.5 hours of battery life.
Oh, and fans of clicky (and not-so-clicky) keyboards will probably like this one:
- Rosewill's RK-9000 and RK-9000BL are both $49.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate at Newegg. The RK-9000 has Cherry MX blue switches, which are clicky with tactile feedback; the RK-9000BL has Cherry MX black switches, which offer linear feedback with no click. See our review for more details (and nifty audio recordings).
Our Canadian readers can't enjoy the deals above (barring an elaborate cross-border shipping operation), but they can partake in NCIX's Black Friday Sale Event, which is still ongoing. I'm seeing some very nice storage bargains on there, like a 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 solid-state drive for $89.99 CAD, a 3TB Seagate 'cuda for $109.99 CAD, and a 4TB Segate HDD.15 for $179.99 CAD. Head here for the full list. NCIX says it offers $4.99 shipping on all Black Friday items until December 4 at 6 PM, too.