There's still enough time to pack in a little online shopping before Christmas, and e-tailers are clearly providing some encouragement. This week, Newegg is offering a bonanza of bargains on OCZ's SandForce SF-2218-powered Vertex 3 solid-state drives. As the kind folks at Slickdeals have pointed out, you can grab 60GB, 90GB, and 120GB Vertex 3 models at discounted prices by combining instant rebates, coupon codes, and mail-in rebates.
If you enter the coupon code "HARDOCP1214D" on the checkout page, you can grab:
- A 60GB Vertex 3 for $89.24 shipped, or $69.24 after a mail-in rebate.
- A 90GB Vertex 3 for $127.49 shipped, or $94.49 after a mail-in rebate.
- ...and a 120GB Vertex 3 for $169.49 shipped, or $139.49 after that same MIR.
It looks like the mail-in rebates for all three drives are good until December 31, but I don't know how long the coupon code will last. Regardless, those are some serious bargains—the three drives have regular prices of $114.99, $149.99, and $189.99, respectively, at Newegg.
If SSDs aren't your thing, Amazon has a couple of deals on other types of solid-state memory. Crucial's 4GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM is on sale for just $17.99—a fine upgrade for a notebook—and Kingston's DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64GB thumb drive is available for $115.73. You may see cheaper 64GB thumb drives around, but that's a fairly speedy USB 3.0 model.
Christmas is also approaching up here in Canada, and NCIX is running its Stocking Stuffer Super Sale. I can see a few nice deals on Kingston products: an 8GB dual-channel DDR3 HyperX kit for $35.99 CAD, a 64GB SSDNow V100 drive for $78.99 CAD, and a 128GB V200 SSD for $143.99 CAD. The V100 and V200 drives may not be quite as quick as OCZ's Vertex 3 offerings, but their low prices are tantalizing for sure.