Deals of the week: a sweet display, big storage, and more

Howdy, gerbils! We'd normally have a weird story involving some character with goods for sale, possibly with a theme of snow or the word "ho." But even though it's Friday, it's a very busy day at TR HQ, and we have to forego the usual fancy introduction in favor of this very paragraph. Summary: deals, you buy them. Have at it.

  • We're headlining today with a really sweet monitor. The AOC AG271QG display may not have a fancy name, but it ticks all the right boxes, and then some. First, a 2560×1440, 4-ms VA panel running at a whopping 165Hz refresh rate. Then, G-Sync and ULMB support. Finally, built-in speakers, an integrated headphone holder, and a height-adjustable stand. Will that be all, sir? Only $639.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCFGGH53, which is a really cheap price for a G-Sync monitor of this caliber.


  • The well of insane SSD deals may be running dry, but that's fine—we have discounts on some big hard drives as a replacement. The Western Digital Black 5TB 7200-RPM hard drive is one of the fastest desktop hard drives around, and Newegg is selling it for $189.99 if you use promo code ESCFGGF34. That's a pretty sweet deal if you need a big chunk of speedy storage.


  • There are other options out there, though. The Seagate Desktop HDD with a 6TB capacity also offers a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, along with a healthy 128MB of cache. Newegg is selling this drive for $179.99 after the promotional code ESCFGGH44. Oughta be enough room for all those gerbil videos.


  • 'Tis the season for graphics cards deals, and today's honors go to the XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB. This card doesn't have anything all that special going for it, but we're talking deals today, and its price is $229.99 normally, with a substantial reduction to $199.99 if you take advantage of the $30 rebate card on offer.


  • Since we're talking gaming, how about a couple high-powered laptops? The MSI GT62VR Dominator laptop is a veritable beast. It's fitted with a Core i7-6700HQ CPU, a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, 32GB (yes, thirty-two) of RAM, and a storage combo consisting of a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The cherry on the top is that the 1920×1080 display is infused with G-Sync support. All this hardware usually goes for a couple arms and a kidney, but Newegg is selling the GT62VR for $1,449. Grab yours now.


  • Want to game on the go but your wallet can't stretch to the MSI machine above? No worries. The Asus K501UW-NB72 laptop packs a Core i7-6500U CPU, a GTX 960M graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a storage combo comprising a 128GB SSD and a 750GB SSD. This machine is currently going for $699 at Newegg, which is pretty darn cheap.


  • A golden rule around TR is that you should never, ever skimp on your power supply. If you're in the market for a new unit, we have just the thing. The Seasonic SSR-550RM power supply offers modular cabling, 80 Plus Gold certification, and comes from a brand whose name almost rhymes with "quality." Newegg is selling this PSU for $54.99 if you use promo code EMCFGGG22. There's a $15 rebate available on top of that, too.

That's all for today, folks. Have plenty of eggnog handy, and enjoy your time with your family. If you come across any good deals we missed, post them in the comments section below.

There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at the Microsoft Store, the HP Store, and Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • ozzuneoj
    • 3 years ago

    Just wanted to mention, the AHVA screen on that AOC monitor isn’t a “VA” panel. AHVA is actually a clone of IPS. It’s still good, but won’t have the benefits (or downsides) of VA panels, like their awesome black levels and lack of IPS glow.

      • RdVi
      • 3 years ago

      You’re right, AHVA is just an IPS type panel. AMVA is what is the long hand for “VA” panel.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    A year and a half ago, Freesync 144hz IPS 27″ 1440P was $600+. It’s nice to finally see GSync offerings at the same price.

    I’m almost tempted to scrap my AMD/Freesync setup for a shiny new GTX 1070 and this display, but selling used monitors is such a pain….

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Vega should be coming soon.

        • Kretschmer
        • 3 years ago

        I’m just cranky with the whole AMD ecosystem. FreeSync is touchy in several of my current titles, and I spend much more time tweaking with this GPU than I did with my 3 previous cards.

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      Having used both VRR techs now, if you’re sitting at or around the minimum of the refresh range on any of the games you care about – stick with AMD.

      G-Sync just plain doesn’t work below minimum, but in contrast I found AMDs LFC excellent on ARK at the 30FPS mark.

      On the flipside, G-Sync works very well if you’re not Kenny Loggins (in the Danger Zone) all the time.

      Happy Holidays champ.

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