We've already featured inexpensive IPS panels in our recent deal posts, but prices are still inching down, so we feel compelled to revisit the subject. Right now, believe it or not, Newegg has a 21.5" LG monitor with a 1080p IPS panel on sale for only $119.99 shipped. The list price is $129.99, but you can take $10 off immediately by entering the coupon code "HNJWGQZ35" at checkout. That's insanely affordable.
And it's not the only sub-$200 IPS bargain out there. Newegg also has 23", 1080p IPS monitors from Acer and LG priced at $159.99 each. Both displays have free shipping and stellar user reviews, with five-star average ratings. I assume these, like the 21.5" LG, have 6-bit IPS panels, which may not offer the same color fidelity as higher-priced 8-bit offerings. Still, they all have 178° vertical and horizontal viewing angles, which are far better than what cheap TN monitors deliver.
That's it for displays. If you're looking for something to play on a shiny new IPS panel, there are a few games on sale via Amazon and Steam:
- Tomb Raider (the new one) for $24.99.
- Just Cause 2 (an oldie but a goodie) for $11.41.
- DiRT Showdown for $9.99.
- All kinds of old-school Star Wars games are heavily discounted on Steam. You can get Dark Forces for $1.69, Jedi Knight II for $3.39, and The Force Unleashed II for $6.79.
Not bad—especially Tomb Raider, which is barely two months old.
As for our Canadian bargains, we'll invite readers, as always, to check out NCIX's latest sale. Deals there include a 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7,200-RPM hard drive priced at just $89.99 CAD, a 3TB WD Green on sale for $129.99 CAD, and a 250GB Samsung 840 Series SSD selling for $184.99 CAD (less than what Newegg charges in the States).