Deal of the week: Refurb tablets and hard drives

With big announcements from Computex, E3, AFDS, and WWDC in the rear-view mirror, things are a little slow on the news front today. Time for an early deals post! Newegg is running a big Refurbished Summer Sale, with deals on everything from notebooks to hard drives.

Most of the notebook discounts are substantial, but they seem to be confined to 14" and 15.6" systems that aren't that interesting. The tablet deals may be more appealing. Acer's 10" Iconia Tab A500, which has a Tegra 2 SoC and a 1280x800 screen, can be had for $265. That's a 16GB model, but you can get the 32GB version of Asus' original Transformer for only $295. Adding a refurb keyboard dock to the Transformer costs just $99.

There are more refurbished hard drive deals than anything else. Interestingly, Newegg is kicking in a free year of warranty coverage with a bunch of 'em. WD's Scorpio Blue 1TB notebook drive costs just $75, and this 3.5" Hitachi Deskstar offers 500GB of 7,200-RPM storage for $55. If you're in the mood for something a little more exotic, refurbished WD VelociRaptor 150GB drives are going for $58. There's a 10k-RPM Fujitsu SCSI drive with 147GB of storage capacity for only 29 bucks, although it doesn't come with the free warranty. One can be added for $7.

I've always been a little leery of refurbished hardware, but I know some folks who have bought lots of stuff with no problems. Getting a year of warranty coverage thrown in would certainly help to blunt any of my fears. What about you? Did everything in your PC come mint in box, or are there a few refurbished or otherwise used items in the mix?

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