Morning, folks. Although I'm a normally a pretend guitarist, I've recently picked up bass guitar thanks to re-joining a band, and my left index finger is crying all the time about its blisters and general state of unhappiness. Who would've thunk that a 1/8" string would be hard on the hands, eh? I can't rest though, and I still need to type. After all, there's PC hardware deals. Today's crop has a lot of storage in it, check it out.
- We have a rather interesting SSD deal today for those particularly concerned about SSD reliability. The Intel DC S3500 1.6 TB is a SATA solid-state drive that can push up to 500 MB/s in sequential reads and 400 MB/s when writing. The unit can do 80 K IOPS both in reads and writes. What's so special about the drive, then? Well, it's a server-grade unit packing Intel's MLC NAND flash, and it's rated for a whopping 880 terabytes written. If you've ever wanted a capacious SSD that's likely to last you two lifetimes, this one is it. Grab it from Newgg for $315. That works out to 20 cents a gigabyte—not bad at all for gear of this grade.
- How about a second deal on a huge solid-state drive? The unit in question is the Micron 1100 2-TB drive, well known to the TR gerbil population at large. The drive can push 530 MB/s for sequential reads and 500 MB/s when writing. Take one home for just $303.88 from Rakuten, a price that resolves into 15 cents per gigabyte.
- We're interrupting the storage-deal programming to let you know about the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7-OP board-and-Optane package. The motherboard is a high-end Z370 offering with massive heatsinks, a feature list about a mile long, and a good helping of RGB LEDs. Newegg is currently bundling the slab o' circuits with a 32-GB Optane Memory cache module, all for the total sum of just $249.99. If you're building a high-end machine, this is a pretty enticing prospect.
- Anyway, back to storage. Right here, we have two 4-TB external drives in slightly different varieties. The first one is the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 4-TB drive, a large 3.5" external unit with an included USB hub and backup software—practical and perfect for sitting at a desk. You can have one of these for $89.99 from Newegg if you use the promo code 525HDSS3. If you'd rather have a drive that's easy to take with you, then you'll want the Western Digital Easystore 4 TB. This 2.5" spinner is compact, capacious, and is selling for $89.99 at Best Buy.
- We've saved the biggest deal for last, at least in the literal sense. The LG 34UB88-P is a humongous 34" ultra-wide IPS display with a resolution of 3440x1440. The display ought to cover 99% of the sRGB color space, and it includes speakers, a USB hub, and a Thunderbolt 2 connector alongside HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. The price tag of $549.99 at Newegg is enticing enough, but if you fill out a rebate card, you can get another $100 back and bring the final tally down to $449.99. Crazy.
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, Rakuten, Walmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.