Deals of the week: laptops and a mixed bag of goodies

Greetings, fellow gerbils. I know, I know, your credit cards are beaten, bruised, and broken from all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. And yet, they must endure the onslaught with a stiff upper lip, as we have yet more deals on offer, some of which will surely tempt you. So you may as well get your wallet out already and step closer to the counter. Here's what's on hand today.

  • To shake things up a little, today we're kicking off with laptops. The 2016 MacBook Pro 13" has just arrived, and Adorama is selling the version with a Core i3 CPU at 2.0 GHz, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD for $1,499.99. That's the machine's regular price, except Adorama is throwing in an AppleCare 3-year warranty in the package for free.

     

  • On the Microsoft corner, we have the Surface Pro 4 convertible fitted with a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Newegg is running a sale on this sleek convertible, and is offering it for $924.99.

     

  • Three pieces make a matched set, and the item that completes our laptop deals is the Asus FZ50VW-NS51. This gaming machine packs a Core i5-6300HQ CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 960M graphics. For storage, there's a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive on tap. As an added touch, the keyboard is backlit. The laptop is selling at Newegg for $699.00, a pretty good price for a rather balanced machine.

     

  • Moving on to components, we have the HGST Deskstar 3TB NAS hard drive. This server-oriented 7,200-RPM drive should be ideal for just about any task you'd care to throw at it, and it's on sale at Newegg for only $109.99 after promo code ESCFGEG25.

     

  • The red team has been pricing its cards quite aggressively, and the results are evident. The Visiontek RX 470 4GB graphics card with a blower-style cooler is going for only $159.99. While this cooler style may not be the quietest around, it's more than serviceable for this class of card.

     

  • If you have a need for a little more speed, you should take a look at the Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Nitro. This card comes fitted with a heavy-duty triple-fan cooling setup, and Newegg is selling it for only $259.99. There's a $20 rebard card on offer too.

     

  • Not that long ago, 8GB was a hefty dose of RAM. Now, that amount barely even registers on enthusiats and professionals' radars, who always clamor for more. What you need is a nice, speedy DDR4 kit, like this G.Skill TridentZ 16GB set with two 8GB DIMMs clocked at 3200 MT/s. These would normally go for a pretty penny, but Newegg's Shell Shocker deal shows a price tag of $96.99. Get'em while they're hot.

     

  • Looking for a reliable workhorse monitor? Here's the LG 23MP47HQ monitor. This 23" display has an IPS panel with a 1920×1080 resolution and a 5-ms response time. The only inputs on tap are HDMI and good ol' VGA, and there's no variable refresh rate wizardry, but the price is more than right: $99.99 at Newegg. That's right, only a hundred bucks for an honest, decent monitor.

     

  • If you took advantage of the recent sales on unlocked Skylake CPUs, you may be on the market for a third-party cooler. The Deepcool Gamaxx 300 cooler is relatively compact and comes with a 120-mm PWM fan that ought to push 55.5 CFM of air. It can be yours for only $19.99, and there's a $10 rebate card on offer to bring the price down even further.

     

  • Finally, there's something for your gaming needs. Not every game lends itself to the standard keyboard-and-mouse combination, and that's where a gamepad comes in. The Microsoft Xbox One wireless controller is on sale at Newegg for only $39.99 if you use the promo code EMCFGEG63. That's probably cheaper than a good portion of the terrible knock-off copies flooding the market, too.

That's all for today, folks. Please don't tell your credit card about the impending holiday season deals. The poor thing has suffered enough.

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    • HERETIC
    • 3 years ago

    Maybe give the dongle co a miss-
    [url<]http://www.macrumors.com/2016/12/02/new-macbook-pro-graphics-issues/[/url<]

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 3 years ago

    $1500 for an i3, 8 gigs of memory, no mass storage, and no USB-A ports and they still have the nerve to put “pro” in the name? Apple, y u do dis?

    I need a Mac for school so I can run Logic and I would very much like it to be a laptop but with the way the Macbook is going I think I’m better off either getting an older, possibly refurb model or getting a Windows laptop (like that Asus) and dual booting OS X.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Has to be a typo. Apple’s site says it’s an i5. Still, it’s crazy expensive.

      Apple’s higher ed discount is only $50, which is kind of poor. [url<]http://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/buy-mac/macbook-pro?product=MLL42LL/A&step=config#[/url<]

        • toastie
        • 3 years ago

        It is an i5, as Apple doesn’t sell any i3 based systems. When I go to the Adorama site, it appears there was a discount on the 1st, now expired. I think MSRP on the listed model is $1499, but they throw in 3 years of AppleCare, so effectively, that’s what you’re saving. Still way too much for what you’re getting. This ‘refresh’ was terribly disappointing, but that’s another story.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          The extended warranty could be a big deal. That thing is like $169 on its own. Not enough to entice me into one of these things, but if you’re already looking then that seems worth pursuing.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, for that price it should be an i7, preferably with 16 gigs. I get that their displays are “all that” but I still just don’t see any semblance of value here.

        I don’t think Steve Jobs would be happy with how his company is operating these days.

        • CuttinHobo
        • 3 years ago

        Apple barely has the funds to pay their bills, and you’re suggesting they cut deeper discounts for notoriously-wealthy folks such as students?? Of all the nerve…

      • travbrad
      • 3 years ago

      Only the price is “pro”. They don’t mean the actual system.

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      Just run MacOS in a VMWare Player VM for free, that’s what I started doing instead of buying a new MacBook like I’d wanted to before the new ones came out.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    I’m trying to chase down an RX480 for my brother for Christmas. I need opinions, is [url=https://jet.com/product/MSI-Radeon-RX-480-DirectX-12-RX-480-GAMING-X-8G-8GB-256-Bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-30/29a13d91a50a49039f7a54e74d72861e<]$205 after MIR for an MSI RX480 8GB[/url<] a good deal or should I wait it out a few more days? Heard on Good Morning America that December 12th is the 3rd largest online shopping day of the year and that many etailers will be offering deals for that.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      I think that you should grab that deal. I don’t foresee 8GB RX 480s getting much cheaper than that anytime soon.

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        From what I’ve seen/read, only the MSI Gaming X and the XFX GTR models are worth buying this generation. All other solutions seem to have varying degrees of suck.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      I agree with Bruno. That’s as good as it’s going to get for a while.

      • weaktoss
      • 3 years ago

      Dell’s been selling an RX480 8GB for $200 without any rebate hassle. No idea how good or bad it is.

      [url<]http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/a9005008?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A9005008[/url<]

      • CScottG
      • 3 years ago

      Be careful with Rebates – some are exclusive to certain retailers (..like Newegg).

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        Fortunately MSI seems to be the only GPU manufacturer (I’ve seen) that puts out “All Retailers” MIRs. In any case, they have one for jet.com for the month of December, so I’ll just submit that one.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    That R9 Fury is a nice price until you realize that it’s only 15-20% faster than a 290X, so I’d be paying $250 for a minimal improvement.

    Has anyone written a good post mortem on why the Fury line was so underwhelming?

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      It was mostly drivers that were holding it back, although on a hardware level, some ppl have said that it didn’t have enough schedulers to feed its execution units.

      Right now it’s about the same performance as a GTX 1060, except it has less VRAM and draws ~100W extra power, so even at $239 after MIR, it’s not exactly a steal.

      • synthtel2
      • 3 years ago

      The settings they used for their marketing benches point to some kind of internal memory bandwidth problem. Most of them were as expected, but turning anisotropic filtering off wasn’t at all. By TMU power, it should have been the strongest card on the market at AF, and not by a small margin. Texturing takes a fair bit of shuffling data around on-chip though, and trouble with that part could explain things pretty well.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    Is the [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201075<]Rosewill Apollo RX-9100 mechanical keyboard[/url<] any good? $30 after MIR. Cherry MX Red switches. [Add] Just noticed the "rebate" is in the form of a $50 newegg gift card....

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      I prefer the Cherry MX Brown switches over the red ones.

      • VincentHanna
      • 3 years ago

      9000v2 is [url=https://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-Mechanical-Keyboard-Switches-RK-9000V2/dp/B00UBQZPXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480705675&sr=8-1&keywords=rosewill&th=1<]$65 on amazon[/url<] with reds, in case they are both eligible for the MIR. I also prefer browns.

      • barich
      • 3 years ago

      It’s a prepaid Visa or Mastercard, not a Newegg gift card. That’s not at all clear unless you read the fine print, though.

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