Deals of the week: fast SSDs, mechanical keyboards, and more

Good morning, fellow gerbils. We know you have a fever for hardware, and the cure for that is a good set of deals. We scoured the internet for the juiciest morsels, just for you. Here's what we found—have your credit card handy.

  • Let's kick things off with a bang: you can now get M.2 NVMe SSDs for a very affordable price. The specimens we have today are the drives in the Intel 600p Series lineup. The 512GB version of this TLC SSD is rated for sequential reads of up to 1775 MB/s and writes up to 560 MB/s. The ever-important 4K random reads and writes for that model should hit 128.5K and 128K IOPS, respectively. The 256GB drive is almost as impressive, only really missing its bigger brother's marks on the 4K random read rating, with 71K IOPS. How much do the drives cost? Only $96.99 for the 256GB version at Newegg after promo code ESCFEEK44, or $172.99 for the 512GB model with code ESCFEEL72.


  • You may find that the prices above are still a little too dear for you, and you'd rather have a SATA drive instead. That's fine—the Mushkin Enhanced ECO3 480GB SSD should fit the bill nicely. Newegg is offering it for $99.99 after promo code ESCFEET22.


  • Using SSDs for holding massive document collections is an expensive proposition, though. For that purpose, we think the Seagate 4TB USB 3.0 2.5" external HDD is slim, stylish, and a great deal for $109.99 at Newegg with promo code ESCFEEL22.


  • Who doesn't want a great motherboard for an affordable price? Anyone? Thought so. The Asus Z170 Pro Gaming mobo was a staple of our System Guides for a long time, thanks to its Intel Ethernet adapter, USB Type-A and Type-C ports, M.2 PCIe slot, and audio circuitry with a headphone amplifier. It can be yours for only $134.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCFEEK56.


  • Fast-refreshing, fancy monitors are all the rage these days, but not everyone is an Aderall-addled gamer. A good workhorse monitor is just fine for most people, and the Asus VZ249H should fill those shoes quite nicely. This monitor is a 23.8" 1080p IPS display with thin bezels, clad in pretty trimming. Most of the monitor is only seven millimeters thick, and its 100% sRGB coverage should offer accurate colors. The monitor is on sale at Newegg for $129.99.


  • Keeping in theme with "workhorse gear," how about a nice, rainbow-less mechanical keyboard? The Logitech G610 Orion is a few-frills, full-sized mechanical keyboard with per-key backlighting, media shortcut keys, a volume roller, and a choice of Cherry MX Brown or MX Red switches. Newegg is offering it for $79.99 with Brown or Red key switches, which is quite the steal. Get'em while stocks last.


  • Let's say you like your music in high fidelity, but your laptop is a bit lackluster in the audio department. Creative's Sound BlasterX G5 should sort you out nicely. This USB soundcard and headphone amplifier includes selectable impedance, optical input and output, and a pass-through USB port. The G5 also offers 7.1 sound virtualization and 24-bit, 192Khz playback with a 120 dB SnR. You can grab it at Best Buy for $74.99.


  • External hard drives are quite handy, but they still tend to be a little bulky even in 2.5" size. A USB flash drive is often a better choice for carrying data odds and ends around, and the Corsair Voyager Slider X1 USB 3.0 drives are a great option. Newegg is offering these flash drives in a 128GB capacity for $22.99 with promo code ESCFEEL29 and in a 256GB size for $58.99 with the ESCFEEL32 coupon.

That's all we got for today, folks. If you happened upon a good deal that we missed, please let your fellow gerbils know in the comment section below.

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    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    that motherboard is cheap for a reason. the reviews say it all. many are complaining the asus customer service is horrible.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      Asus’ customer support has always been horrible for individual users’ problems. Considering that the forums on the Asus support site feature profanity-filled anti-Asus rants from dissatisfied customers, I don’t believe that anyone from Asus customer support even bothers to read the Asus support forums, let alone moderate the comments and respond to users’ complaints.

      However, for drivers and firmware updates, they excel. Asus also did a very good job of handling the recall of Intel’s defective Cougar Point P67 chipset.

    • toastie
    • 3 years ago

    Why can’t someone make a decent reasonably cheap IPS monitor with a thin bezel and a VESA mount? I’d be all over that ASUS except for that. I don’t need anything that does better than 60Hz.

    • CScottG
    • 3 years ago

    This one should probably be in the “mix”:

    [url<][/url<] $105 plus shipping for a 4 GB 460. or $85 plus shipping for a 2 GB 460: [url<][/url<] ..the 2 GB card (at its low price-point) is particularly compelling for a HT computer with HDMI 2 plus High Dynamic Range side-band. It would pair well with this (for video or basic desktop use, not gaming): [url<][/url<]

      • Urshurak776
      • 3 years ago

      Great deal. Thanks!

    • The Egg
    • 3 years ago

    That Corsair 128GB flash drive for $23 is a pretty solid deal.

      • Arxor
      • 3 years ago

      True, but especially at that size, watch out for the read/write rates. This one reads at up to 130MB/sec.

        • morphine
        • 3 years ago

        Those concerns are valid, but Really Fast drives tend to be twice the price.

      • willmore
      • 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t buy it simply due to it being a Corsair. I’ve never had a non-Corsair flash drive die on me. I had a few uSD cards die, but only the Corsair USB3 Flash Voyager USB stick. *three times* That’s a little beyond random chance.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    It may not be impressive, but [url=<]MSI's 8GB RX 480[/url<] is going for $250 after MIR (which is the original RX 480 MSRP). It's one of the best RX 480's you can get right now based on my research.

    • Paine
    • 3 years ago

    I wish non-SSD storage prices would fall. Black Friday last year, 8TB Seagate for $199. This weekend, 8TB Seagate for $199. I usually have to de-shell them too, since I use hot-swap bays, and the cheaper units are all external drives.

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