Cyber Monday deals: mobile computing and audio
Greetings again, gerbils. In the previous installment of Cyber Monday deals, we covered components and peripherals. Now, it's time to get your mobile computing and audio needs taken care of. Take a gander at the finest selection of deals below.
- We're going to start with tablets this time around. The iPad Pro is usually a rather expensive proposition for a big tablet, but not today. Best Buy is offering the 12.9" iPad Pro with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi for $799.99, and the same-size version with 256GB of storage and 4G connectivity for $929.99. Those are tempting prices for a large, fast tablet with support for accurate pen input.
- Since we're talking Apple gear, we may as well double down on it. The higher-end version of the razor-thin Apple MacBook is on sale at Best Buy for $1,399.99. This puppy has a Core m5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. Considering this machine's impressive portability and battery life, that's not actually a bad deal at all.
- If you don't like fruit on your computers and are looking for a machine with more punch, we have other options too. Microsoft's Surface Book convertible equipped with a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB is on sale at Best Buy for $1,249.99. If you want more storage, the version with a 256GB SSD is going for $1,499.99.
- What's that, you want something thinner and lighter? Sure thing. The Surface Pro 4 with a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD is selling for only $799.99 at Best Buy. That's a really low price for a top-tier, full-blown Windows convertible.
- If your wallet can't stretch as far as the machines above, don't worry. The Dell Latitude 7350 13.3" convertible packs a 1080p IPS screen, a Core M 5Y71 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and it's on sale at Adorama for $399.99. Four hundred bucks for all that gear. We'll leave it at that.
- If you're looking to game on the go, how about a Lenovo Y700 gaming laptop? The version with a 15.6" 3840x2160 IPS screen, a Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD plus 256GB SSD storage combo and a GeForce GTX 960M graphics card is on sale at Adorama for only $999.00.
- For more serious work needs, look no further than the Dell XPS 15 laptop. This sleek aluminum-clad machine is available with a 4K screen, a Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD (yes, all that) and a Nvidia GTX 960M graphics card. Best Buy is selling it for $1,999.99 all told.
- We're big fans of entry-level studio gear as an affordable but high-quality option for PC audio needs. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface is a great replacement for onboard audio, and Adorama is selling it for a mere $99.99. That's almost impulse-buy territory. If you're wondering about the available connections, audio adapters of all shapes and sizes are only a buck or two.
- For those getting a little serious about their sound quality, we have a pair of nice studio-grade powered speakers. The Tascam VL-S5 speakers pack a 5" woofer and a silk-dome tweeter in a bi-amped design, and they're on sale at Adorama for $99.99 each unit (or $199.98 a pair).
- There's nothing like a good speaker set and a proper home theater receiver for watching movies. The Yamaha RX-V481 is a 5.1-channel receiver with a nominal 80W power rating with two channels, two zones, 4K support, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Adorama is selling it for $349.95. This is a great starting point for a custom-built living room setup.
- If you need something with a little more juice than the Yamaha unit above, take a look at the Denon AVR-X1300W. This baby can power seven speakers and two sub-woofers, and it has up to 175W available per single channel. There's a total of six HDMI inputs on tap, Wi-Fi connectivity, and of course, 4K and 3D support. A receiver of this caliber tends to go for a pretty penny, but our friends at Best Buy want you to have it for only $429.98.
- A receiver is nice but useless on its own. The Klipsch Reference R-15M bookshelf speakers have a large woofer and an aluminum diaphragm-compression tweeter, and they're selling at Best Buy as a pair for only $124.99. That's a price that usually only buys a single speaker of this caliber.
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