Deals of the week: huge monitors, a big hard drive, and more

Tomorrow may be Good Friday, but all that means for hardware-hungry gerbils is that today is Deals Thursday. The release of AMD's excellent Ryzen 5 CPUs probably has more than a few gerbils picturing a PC upgrade. We can offer to help with that. Oddly enough, today's deals aren't big on system components, but there are a couple surprises in store.

  • We're kicking this off with two big items, in the literal sense. The Dell Ultrasharp U3417W curved ultra-wide monitor measures 34" across and has a 3440×1440 resolution. It uses an IPS panel capable of reproducing 99% of the sRGB color space. There's a ton of ports: DisplayPort inputs and outputs, miniDP, HDMI connectors, and USB 3.0 ports with charging capability. Grab one of these from Adorama for $769.95.

     

  • Need to go even bigger? How about the LG 43UD79-B display? This monitor offers 43" of flat 4K goodness. The AH-IPS panel inside has a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m². There's a USB Type-C port, four HDMI inputs, and a DisplayPort 1.2 connector. A pair of 10W speakers complement the package. You'd think the price tag for this display would match its size, and you'd be wrong: only $697 at Adorama.

     

  • Insert repetitive statement here about HDDs being cheap these days. Today's deal is the HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB drive. Rotational speed of 7200 RPM, a 128MB chunk o' cache, and a stupid-low price of $219.99 at Newegg with promo code EMCREBB28. That works out to under $37 a terabyte. We don't need to say more, go buy.

     

  • Few things can enrage a human faster and more effectively more than spotty Wi-Fi. One solution for that problem is the Trendnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 router, capable of pushing 1300 Mbps over two 802.11ac bands and another 600 Mbps over its 802.11n radio. The router also packs a dual-core CPU clocked at 1 GHz. Additional niceties include beamforming, guest networks, and VPN support. Grab one of these from Newegg for a mere $149.99 if you use promo code EMCREBB43.

     

  • Last but by no means least, we have the Corsair Void Surround Hybrid headset. This pair of cans offers Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound virtualization, 50-mm neodymium drivers, and memory foam ear pads. Newegg will happily sell you one for $59.99.

That's it for today, folks! If you come across any juicy deals that we missed, help out your fellow gerbils and post it 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 and Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • Leader952
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Insert repetitive statement here about HDDs being cheap these days.[/quote<] Maybe cheap today but not really cheap historically as I picked up four 1.5 TB drives for $55 each for a NAS back in 2011 . Then came the flood with the huge price jumps. Then came the consolidations into a few HD companies thus purging the price wars. The result is that 6TB HD at $219.99 costs the same per TB as the four 1.5 TB drives I bought in 2011.

    • cygnus1
    • 3 years ago

    Staples has the U3415 for $650:

    [url<]http://m.staples.com/Dell-UltraSharp-34-Curved-Ultrawide-Monitor-U3415W-/product_1560485?affiliateref=cj&cvosrc=affiliate.cj.4485850&PID=4485850&cm_mmc=CJ-_-4485850-_-4485850-_-11965372&SID=a5f72988206b11e78a4c3a6842ae87b90INT&cvo_campaign=Coupon&AID=11965372&storeId=10001&CID=AFF:4485850:4485850:11965372&CJPIXEL=CJPIXEL[/url<]

    • techguy
    • 3 years ago

    Again with the non-deal HD pricing “deal”. $220 for 6TB 7200RPM isn’t anything special. A 6TB Toshiba 7200RPM drive is $189 @ Micro Center and has been that price for months. Do you guys not pay attention to Micro Center prices when you write these posts? I know their stores are not available in all areas but basically all their prices are good on their web store except for the in-store-only industry-leading CPU prices.

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 3 years ago

      But it’s HGST, a drive you likely won’t have to buy twice.

        • sreams
        • 3 years ago

        Is there data showing the 6TB Toshiba drive is less reliable than the HGST?

          • Duct Tape Dude
          • 3 years ago

          Maybe not 6TB in general, but there are trends among manufacturers:
          [url<]https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-benchmark-stats-2016/[/url<] [url<]https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q4-2015/[/url<]

      • sreams
      • 3 years ago

      Agreed. The Toshiba is also available from Newegg for $191.99.

        • rnalsation
        • 3 years ago

        [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HGST[/url<] [quote<]In May 2012, WD divested to Toshiba assets that enabled Toshiba to manufacture and sell 3.5-inch hard drives for the desktop and consumer electronics markets to address the requirements of regulatory agencies.[/quote<] For what that may be worth.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Well, here’s the thing. The HGST drive has NAS-optimized firmware, meaning that it actually has a good NCQ implementation. That makes a big difference if you’re routinely shuffling data from/to it. I’ve personally witnessed this, as reading/writing different things to an HGST 5TB made no difference other than that the speed was just over half of a single operation, and it kept being responsive, too. Most desktop drives immediately choke on this scenario.

      There’s also the angle that HGST are currently rated among the most reliable drives, too. The $30-ish difference is more than worth it over the Toshiba.

      Now, with all that said, the Tosh makes for a fine drive for those that really don’t need speed. And it’s a good thing that gerbils post other deals here too.

        • DancinJack
        • 3 years ago

        yuuuuuuuuuuuuup

        ++

      • w76
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, if it’s not in the area of $30/TB it’s not a deal at all, except when you start getting to 6+ TB HD’s. Then there’s a small allowance for the high capacity… small allowance.

      And $30/TB deals aren’t too hard to come across, either.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 3 years ago

      Toshiba will go bust of spin off/kill their HDD busines in the next couple years. They are circling the drain after that multibillion dollar accounting scandal and their Westinghouse nuclear plant division declaring bankruptcy. They just canned their VoIP/surveillance division (they’ve been doing phone systems for decades). A year and a half back, they cut back TV sales to Japan only.

      Read up on their financials; I wouldn’t buy a Toshiba drive right now, especially when I want a NAS-class drive that supports TLER in a RAID array (the Toshiba probably doesn’t, the Hitachi does).

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