Deal of the week: A 128GB SSD for $55, and other bargains

The cost per gigabyte of solid-state storage has been shrinking for a while now, but we're still amazed at some of the deals that pop up.

Take OCZ's 128GB Agility 4, an Everest 2-based SSD with 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity and peak read and write speeds of 420MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively. The drive is on sale right now for $74.99 shipped at Amazon, and that's before a $20 mail-in rebate. If everything goes well with the rebate claim, you should end up paying only $54.99 for this bad boy. (Just don't wait too long; you have to order by Monday to take advantage of the rebate.) Pretty impressive stuff.

Amazon also has HP's Envy 6 Sleekbook on sale for $549.99, or 50 bucks cheaper than on HP's own online store. The Sleekbook is one of the few ultrabook-like machines featuring one of AMD's new Trinity APUs. This variant of the Envy 6 features a 2.1GHz A6-4455M APU, Radeon HD 7500G integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB mechanical hard drive, and a nine-hour battery. The 15.6" display might make it a tad unwieldy, but at 4.53 lbs with a thickness of 0.78", the Envy 6 is slimmer and lighter than most full-sized notebooks.

Oh, and since we're all eagerly awaiting Borderlands 2, I should note that Amazon offers it in downloadable form for $53.99—10% off the list price. This is a pre-order, of course. The game doesn't come out until September 18.

There are bargains to be found this week at Newegg, too, like Dell's 27" UltraSharp U2711 IPS monitor, which is on sale for $699.99. That's $200 cheaper than on, and it's a fine deal if you're too squeamish for one of those Korean monitors everyone has been talking about.

Finally, as always, we've got a few goodies for our Canadian readers. NCIX's Last Blast of Summer Sale is on, and deals there include a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD for $69.99 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate, a 240GB version of the same drive for $159.99 CAD after a $10 MIR, 8GB of Kingston DDR3-1600 RAM for $37.99 CAD, and Corsair's excellent Graphite Series 600T for $129.99 CAD. (See our review of the Corsair case here.)

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