Deal of the week: Dirt-cheap tablets and storage

You might recall that the 32GB, $500 version of Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer came back in stock at Newegg and other retailers last week. That was all well and good, but part of the appeal of the Transformer is the $400 price tag on the 16GB model.

Well, guess what? Newegg now stocks that 16GB model, and it happily sells it for $399.99 with free shipping. That’s awfully cheap when you consider the Transformer has a 10-inch, 1280×800 display, Android 3.0, a Tegra 2 processor, a gig of system RAM, an eight-hour battery, front and rear cameras, and a weight and thickness equivalent to that of the first-generation iPad. Not only that, but for an extra $149.99, you can buy the Asus keyboard dock that turns the Transformer into a little Android 3.0 laptop. That’s a pretty sweet deal in my book.

If tablets don’t float your boat, Newegg is running a "build it yourself" sale that lets you nab some internal components at discounted prices. For example, a 3TB, 5400-RPM Hitachi Deskstar hard drive is currently available for just $119.99 shipped, provided you enter the coupon code "EMCKDKA23" on the checkout page. That works out to four cents per gigabyte, which is no more expensive than lower-power 2TB offerings like WD’s 2TB Caviar Green.

Up in the Great White (okay, thawing) North, NCIX is running its "unbelievable savings event" sale. Some of the nicer bargains include Kingston’s 64GB SSDNow V100 Series solid-state drive, which is on sale for $89.99 CAD.

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    • 8 years ago

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    • yokem55
    • 8 years ago

    I for one welcome my new transformer tablet overlord….. It is a pretty nice device for the $550 package. Add a $55 32gb microsd card and you have more storage and a keyboard than an entry level ipad…..

    • riviera74
    • 8 years ago

    So Newegg is selling a 3TB HDD for a price per MB as a 2GB. It’s about damn time! Newegg FTW!

      • Bauxite
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah, nice to see the prices keep falling.

      Just don’t mess around with any >2TB drives until you check EVERYTHING for compatibility first. (GPT, EFI for boot, older/cheap raid cards/enclosures/OS/etc = dream on)

      Otherwise you get to be another one of those clueless reviews on newegg.

    • trackerben
    • 8 years ago

    HP’s TouchPad is coming out in the next few weeks and it may be a good idea to wait for it. Previous mobiles by Palm were useable and nice and I would give these guys another chance now that they’re with HP. That said, I’m going to check out the Transformer or one of the new Samsung 10.1s

      • mutarasector
      • 8 years ago

      After waiting this long for HP, a Tegra 3 based Transformer and a Qualcomm based Slider coming down the pipe, I’m thinking on just waiting a tad longer for more Tegra 3 tablets and Ice Cream.

      Still no tablets w/USB 3.0 however…

      • jpostel
      • 8 years ago

      I’m waiting on the TouchPad. I’ve have a great experience with WebOS and I am seeing less and less that I need a laptop for at work because almost everything is web based.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 8 years ago

        I raelly hate web-based applications. They are slow to update, are unresponsive to commands, glitch out [b<] constantly [/b<], and usually have a mixture of UI elements from 3 different generations. The lazy programmer will make the top toolbar look like a win95 interface, the main/focused tab/screen a crappy Win XP Powerpoint look, and then whatever extra toolbar he had to add for misc functionality uses a Vista style slider, which btw doesn't behave correctly and only slides to the very top or very bottom. maybe my personal experience hasn't been very good ? (Have experience with software in government, medical, private medical/pharmeceutical, medical non-profit systems; pretty much everything is proprietary but based on a few core styles )

    • willmore
    • 8 years ago

    $118 for a Coby MID7015A at Fry’s a couple of weeks back. Sure it’s 7″ and only has 4G of memory, but it’s a great ‘starter’ tablet. For me it’s proving to be enough to convince the wife that we should get a better one this fall. 🙂 I learned this tactic from the local drug dealer. Mua ha ha!

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      Wasn’t expecting that last part ! hah.

    • Goty
    • 8 years ago

    How is selling at MSRP “dirt-cheap”?

      • StefanVonS
      • 8 years ago

      Because the MSRP is pretty cheap for such a device.

    • Welch
    • 8 years ago

    Canada just now thawing??? I’m in Alaska and we had some 90 degree weather already lol. Canada should be well over thawing if we’ve had that kind of weather already. Just saying 😛

      • Sargent Duck
      • 8 years ago

      I’m in a bit of a bind. My igloo is melting.

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        • 8 years ago

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    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

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      • lilbuddhaman
      • 8 years ago

      Still gonna vouch for this being the best deal for a power-user who wants to try the tablet experience. With some (alot) of Rooting and a little bit of overclocking, you can have the equivalent to a Galaxy Tab. For $200-250. (paid $200 for mine).

      That being said, day to day I find it hard to make use of the tablet as I am almost always within hands reach of a real PC. The Transformer looks like something that might actually be used on a daily basis.

      Tablets are awesome toys for roadtrips, bus rides, train rides, etc etc. They are also awesome as portable manuals for working on whatever. I put some helicopter manuals on mine so I didn’t have to constantly look back to the paper ones when knee deep in troubleshooting. (avionic mechanic, army nat guard).

      As an ebook reader, I guess my eyes are accustomed to an LCD, because I can read one for a few hours without much eye strain. I’ve seen what e-ink looks like and its definitely better for reading, but LCD isn’t so bad that you *cant* read on it.

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