Thursday deals: an Acer ET322QK for $350, powerful laptops, and more

Yay, spring! Oh wait, it's winter. Never mind, it's spring again. This refrain is being heard around most of Europe and the US right now. If you ask me if I'm going out with a heavy jacket, a light sweater, or shorts, the answer is "yes." Thankfully, hunting deals requires no particular attire—I'm still in pajamas and robe typing this out. Check out what I found—today's harvest is bountiful.

  • I like big monitors and I cannot lie. We have two of those for you today. The first is the Acer ET322QK. This humoungous 32" beast has a VA panel with a resolution of 3840×2160. Acer says the display has a 3000:1 native contrast ratio and that maximum brightness should hit 300 cd/m². There's FreeSync support on tap, to boot. You're probably thinking "$500 or more," so let us disabuse you of that notion: you can get it for a stupid-low $349.99 from Newegg with the promo code EMCPSRR48.

  • The second display we have on the table today is the Acer XG270HU. This model is a 27" gaming monitor with a resolution of 2560×1440 and a 144-Hz maximum refresh rate. The TN panel has a native contrast ratio of 1000:1 and can shine as brightly as 350 cd/m². Support for FreeSync adaptive-refresh-rate tech should help stop tearing dead in its tracks. Get a hold of this monitor for $299.99 from Newegg with the promo code EMCPSRR45.

  • Since it's all about duos today, how about a couple of sweet laptops? The first is a gaming model, the Asus ROG Strix GL702VS-AH73. Its name won't ring any bells, but we're sure that'll change with the specs list. You get an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU accompanied by 12 GB of RAM. Storage is provided by a combo setup with a 128-GB SSD and a 1-TB hard drive. This laptop has two jewels in its crown, though: a 1920×1080 75-Hz display with G-Sync support, and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8 GB of VRAM. Folks, that is one heck of a package right there. Newegg will hand it to you in exchange for $1,279 with the help of the code EMCPSRR27.

  • Should your mobile computing needs be better served with a slimmer, more sensible machine, then you'll want to look at the Asus VivoBook S S410UQ-NH74. This 14" laptop is packed with a seriously-meaty Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB solid-state drive. As an added bonus, you get a competent Nvidia GeForce 940 MX graphics card that'll draw pixels on the 14" 1920×1080 display. Take this machine home for $679.99 from Newegg.

  • Guess who's back! That's right, big hard drives. Today's speedy, spacious spinners are a couple of Toshiba N300 4-TB drives. These HDDs have a 7200-RPM rotational speed,  a generous 128 MB of cache, and NAS-optimized firmware. The pair is just perfect for a RAID-1 setup, or perhaps to augment your existing storage facility. Get the two for only $199.99 from Newegg. That works out to a square $25 per terabyte.

  • Never ever skimp on your build's power supply. If you want a quality unit without spending a wad of cash, check out the Corsair CS650M. This 650-W unit offers semi-modular cabling, four eight-pin PCIe power connectors, and comes with an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. You can get one of these for $69.99 from Newegg with the promo code EMCPSRR62. That price is pretty darn good on its own, but you also get another $20 back by way of a rebate card.

That's all for today, folks! 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 and Amazon, 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 Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • trackerben
    • 2 years ago

    What is it with 940 MX chips? Don’t these have some place to go and die?

    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    $70 for their lowest end CS series, tier 3 psu? not gonna happen. even with the rebate. for that amount of money, seasonic tier 1 psu’s are easily achievable.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, $70 for a 650W Modular 80+ Gold PSU isn’t half bad though, except for the fact that the CS series is a bit of an old platform nowadays.

      HOWEVER, I bought several CS450M’s a couple years back for $27 EA. Now THAT’S a heck of a deal.

    • Shobai
    • 2 years ago

    Was there a second PSU deal, to keep the trend going?

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151189<]Seasonic Focus+ 550W[/url<] for $55 after MIR.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Acer ET322QK...There's FreeSync support on tap, to boot.[/quote<] 40-75Hz VRR according to newegg specs. [quote<]Acer XG270HU...FreeSync[/quote<] 40-144Hz VRR Would be nice to include that in the posts, but it's a frustratingly difficult bit of info to find on all too many monitors.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      BTW, has AMD stopped updating their [url=https://www.amd.com/en/products/freesync-monitors<]FreeSync Monitor Repository[/url<] or are they just lagging behind the market?

      • davidbowser
      • 2 years ago

      AMD should have mandated a better refresh range than some of the monitors support for this.

      The Freesync monitors list has some silly models on it. Freesync with a variable 20Hz range? I really can’t understand the value of a Freesync monitor that supports 40-60Hz at 1920×1080. Isn’t that essentially a regular 60Hz monitor that can slow down to reduce tearing, but can’t speed up to do the same?

      I think the 40-75Hz (35Hz range) at 1920×1080 should be the minimum, and they should bump that in revisions.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 years ago

        For FreeSync 2 compliance, [url=https://www.amd.com/Documents/freesync-lfc.pdf<]LFC[/url<] must be supported. Originally, that required that the top end of the Freesync range be 2.5X the bottom frequency. Now it can work with just a 2X range.

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        I’ve used a FreeSync monitor with a 40-75Hz VRR and I can honestly say it wasn’t a big deal. Between AMD’s superior in-driver performance tuning (P-states in WattMan, FTC, Chill, etc) and in-game settings, it’s not that hard to dial games into that refresh rate. And with all the work that has been done to smooth out frame time variance, the framerates typically easily hold inside that range.
        I’m now on a Samsung C27HG70 (48-144Hz with LFC), and yes, it does “just work” compared to the tinkering required on the 40-75Hz panel, but it also costs more than twice as much.

        I guess what I’m saying is that VRR range shouldn’t be a barrier for entry, as long as the range is reasonable. Yes, 48-60Hz is BS and really shouldn’t be allowed. Nobody with a Pinto budget should be expecting a Ferrari, but both cars get you to work and back just the same.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    When games routinely run 50+GB, a 128GB SSD drive in a gaming laptop is a travesty.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      I think you mean that almost-not-dropping SSD prices are a travesty.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        A 128GB M.2 SSD is $45.
        A 1TB Laptop HDD is $50
        A 256GB M.2 SSD is $80
        A 500GB M.2 SSD is $130

        For the price of the 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD you can cover a 256GB SSD and almost reach a 500GB SSD. I’d rather have a 256GB SSD and space for another SSD than a 1TB HDD.

        The mark-up that laptop makers charge for SSDs is absolutely criminal. It’s often hundreds of USD to go from 128 to 256GB or 256GB to 512GB.

          • DavidC1
          • 2 years ago

          “The mark-up that laptop makers charge for SSDs is absolutely criminal.”

          Not really. The business kind of requires it.

          Once it was said low end products are there to recoup costs, and higher end ones are there to make the money. If say, all storage were SSD, then potential for profits go away. Few buyers care about specs, therefore you want to get the money from the ones that do.

          Margins are extremely slim for these companies. Without these tricks, they’d die off.

          • Spunjji
          • 2 years ago

          You’re assuming that most people buying gaming laptops have the nous to figure out how to add more storage to their laptop. In my experience, most people fill their primary drive up with junk and then complain it’s “out of space” and either delete stuff or bin it. In either case you can guess who gets the blame.

    • Welch
    • 2 years ago

    Glad to know it isn’t just us up here in AK feeling that way. We’ve had over 84 inches of snow fall this year and we keep going from melting to snowing.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      [url<]https://i.imgur.com/Ybzfl9R.jpg[/url<]

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