Deals of the week: a 34″ IPS monitor for $500 and more

Greetings, gerbils. You know what day it is today. After much sweat and tears, we bring you a fine selection of online deals for your perusal. Take a gander at the best deals and discounts from this week.

  • Let's kick this off with a bang. AOC's U3477PQU is a 34", eight-bit IPS monitor with a 3440×1440 resolution, 320 cd/m² maximum brightness, and built-in USB 3.0 ports and speakers. It can be yours for $499.99 at Newegg. Five Benjamins, and you have enough monitor to fill most of your desk.

     

  • Next up, we have a sweet deal on a laptop. The Microsoft Store is offering a Dell Inspiron i3 "Signature Edition" convertible with a Core i7-6500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for only $699. It gets extra brownie points for having no third-party bloatware preinstalled, too.

     

  • If you prefer your laptops a little more fruity-flavored, Best Buy has a great sale on Apple's MacBook with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The big-box retailer is selling this machine for $999.99, $300 off the regular price.

     

  • Storage deals have become a staple of every Friday at TR, and today's no exception. On the flash storage front, there's the AMD Radeon SSD R7 480GB SSD (a rebadged OCZ Arc 100), which Newegg is offering for $120 after promo code EMCEHET56.

     

  • In case you're looking for speedy mechanical storage, Newegg also has Western Digital's Black 5TB hard drive on offer for $189.99 with promo code ESCEHET55.

     

  • Networking deals don't appear too often, but today's the exception. Newegg is offering Asus' RT-AC66U router for a mere $109.99 with promo code EMCEHET26. The RT-AC66U is an 802.11ac router with stellar Wi-Fi coverage, an excellent UI, and QoS and file sharing capabilities. How do I know all that? These words I'm typing are passing through an RT-AC66U, and I can't recommend it enough.

     

  • Last but not least, there's sweet music for your ears. Or explosions, for that matter. Kingston's HyperX Cloud II headset is on offer at Newegg for $69.99. That price is good enough already, but you also get a copy of Rainbow Six: Siege and a mouse pad thrown in. The extras are probably worth the asking price on their own. Grab it while supplies last.

That's all for today. If you have any good deals, let us know in the comments section below.

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    • santista
    • 4 years ago

    Does anybody know if the Dell Inspiron 13 Signature Edition has user upgradable RAM and / or SSD?

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      When I was writing the article, I briefly skimmed the comments section of the product page, and some people were asking the same thing. Perhaps there are answers there.

      • smilingcrow
      • 4 years ago

      RAM – No.
      SSD – Yes.
      Unless changed from previous model and its M.2 PCIe compatible.
      Check the review on Notebookcheck.net as they are thorough.

        • smilingcrow
        • 4 years ago

        Oops, wrong model.

      • smilingcrow
      • 4 years ago

      “One of the more exciting enhancements of the XPS 13-9350 over its predecessors is the step up from conventional AHCI-interface SSDs to NVMe PCIe interface SSDs. This is the case on all but the lowest-end, lowest capacity XPS 13-9350 configuration (128 GB)”

      [url<]http://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-XPS-13-9350-InfinityEdge-Ultrabook-Review.153376.0.html[/url<]

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 4 years ago

    AMD Radeon SSD on Newegg.com – $140
    AMD Radeon SSD on Newegg.ca – $265

    🙁
    Being Canadian sucks sometimes.

      • travbrad
      • 4 years ago

      You don’t get completely gouged by health insurance and drug companies though. That might be a better deal than getting cheap graphics cards. 😉

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        No the government does royally, and we see it reflected in our income taxes.

        Also what is covered is decreasing all the time while income tax keeps going up.

        The dispensing fees are the best, had to pay out of pocket for penicillin about 10 years ago, $7 for pills and $12 for dispensing fee lol

        edit – hospital visits/care is usually/mostly covered. Dental is not, drugs are not, hearing is not, vision is not, that’s all out of pocket unless you have those benefits covered by your employer.

    • Generic
    • 4 years ago

    I don’t know how variable prices are nationally, but there was a Vizio M43-C at Sam’s Club for $490 yesterday.

    I’m sure it isn’t 4:4:4, but it’s a 43″, 4K @ 60Hz.

    I think I may pick one up for a work monitor this fall if it drops anymore.

    • backwoods357
    • 4 years ago

    I think I would hold off on recommending ASUS network products.

    [url<]http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/471232/Consumer+Trading+Unfair+Trading/ASUS+Settles+With+FTC+Over+Router+Security[/url<]

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      $.02: All of the issues presented in that complaint were fixed by firmware updates (I have the RT-AC66U). Many makers don’t even care.

      The complaint to the FTC doesn’t go after other companies, some with much more lax standards.

        • backwoods357
        • 4 years ago

        Indeed, My main issue was that the firmware was so buggy (don’t own one, can’t speak to current) and that security fixes took court action to make them do something. Honestly, in this day and age, firmware should update on a schedule that can be turned off in the interface. I’ve been out of the consumer space for so long I wouldn’t know what to recommend that would be found at a best buy. I have been picking up cloud managed security devices for friends and family and handling the updates and maintenance for them.

          • DancinJack
          • 4 years ago

          That’s why we use Merlin 🙂

          And to be honest that’s one of the many reasons I use ASUS gear for my home networking. You can install WRT variants, and there is a ton of community support. It’s not ideal to have to rely on that, but it’s also a plus in the overall scope.

        • Vaughn
        • 4 years ago

        Totally agreed morphine.

        Most of those issues really only affected novices users only.

        Asus still makes the best home routers and they update their firmware’s frequently.

        I’m running a R7000 using Asus merlin the firmware is great.

      • The Egg
      • 4 years ago

      That’s bad news for anyone in Feb 2014, but if anything I’d say they’re now [b<]more secure[/b<] due to the lawsuit and all the extra attention.

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      That was brought up on smallnetbuilder awhile ago. People there thinks it was probably one of Asus’s competitors since most other consumer routers have the same/similar issues.

      Now if Asus fully complies AND firmware inspection is done by a 3rd party, Asus might end up with the best consumer firmware from a security stand point.

      [url<]http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-news/32952-ftc-brings-asus-to-heel-over-router-security-flaws[/url<] [url<]http://www.snbforums.com/threads/ftc-dings-asus-for-selling-secure-routers.30621/[/url<]

    • The Egg
    • 4 years ago

    For those of us with huge Steam libraries, that 5TB WD Black would make a good game storage drive. The Asus router is a decent price as well.

      • ludi
      • 4 years ago

      Figures that our new RT-N16 is arriving tomorrow. OTOH, it was substantially cheaper.

    • poisonrain
    • 4 years ago

    That Signature edition laptop deal is available in the UK too on the Microsoft store!

    A whopping £100 discount which brings the price down to a bargain-tastic £899! Which is just $1278! Oh… hold on a minute…

      • DreadCthulhu
      • 4 years ago

      Part of it is to cover the VAT, part of it is because the UK has stricter consumer protection laws regarding warranties and the like, and the rest of the price difference is because they can.

        • poisonrain
        • 4 years ago

        It’s still over $1000 if you take the VAT off, it’s just gouging. I wonder if the prices would go up or down if we left the EU? hmmm…

          • w76
          • 4 years ago

          VAT isn’t the only tax difference, there’s differences throughout the whole structure of the economies. Also exchange rate issues beyond whatever todays rate is; a retailer might care, too, about what it was when they struck the contract, or where they thought it might be at that time. Differences in infrastructure can play a role; the US has one of the best rail freight systems on the planet. Also, differences in trade policies, ie., tariffs, fees, “non-tariff barriers” that raise costs, etc. AFAIK, UK electronics retailers don’t have a global reputation for good margins, so if they’re price gouging they’re doing a bad job of it.

          People get too upset over out of context international price comparisons and just call it “gouging.” The existence of multiple retailers should keep that under some degree of control, at least in a larger country like yours. Some tiny former Soviet bloc country, they’re probably more vulnerable.

          Digital goods are a little different. A lot of the above doesn’t come in to play, just foreign currency exchange costs, payment processing costs, final taxes, and any odd country-specific compliance costs.

        • MrJP
        • 4 years ago

        The HTC VR package that went on pre-order this week was at exactly the same as US price plus 20% VAT, but this is unusual. Pretty much everyone else gouges shamelessly.

    • xeridea
    • 4 years ago

    So… you can get a laptop with an i7 for $699, or one with a slow 1.1Ghz CPU for $999. I wonder what one is a better deal.

      • RoxasForTheWin
      • 4 years ago

      But where else can I get that shiny, expensive-looking aluminum body?

      • soccergenius
      • 4 years ago

      You’re paying for the form factor. Whether that’s worth the price difference is going to vary by person and their use case.

        • xeridea
        • 4 years ago

        I don’t think 13.3″ vs 12″ at 1/3 the speed is worth paying 50% more for.

          • adampk17
          • 4 years ago

          Well, then, don’t buy it.

        • TheJack
        • 4 years ago

        You generally pay for demand vs supply. If you have a diamond the size of a house, but there is no demand for it, you’ll pay to have it taken away.

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