Thursday deals: a high-end IdeaPad 530 with a Core i7 for $1070 and more

Hello, folks. It's a somewhat peaceful day at TR HQ. There's an incoming review of a sweet motherboard, but generally there's not much going on in the hardware world. It's a good time as any to hunt down some discounted bits of kit, and we've picked out the best for you.

  • There's been more than a few deals on nice laptops, and we're happy to see the trend continue. We've got two today, and we're starting with the Lenovo IdeaPad 530 (81EU00G7US) is a 14" machine with a gorgeous 2560×1440 display. This laptop is powered by a Core i7-8550U processor, and that chip is coupled with 16 GB of RAM and a GeForce MX150 graphics card. The cherry on top is a 512-GB NVMe SSD. The price is just $1069.99 at Newegg with the cart code TECHMS61S.

  • If you want to go a couple steps higher, you'd be hard-pressed to find better than the Gigabyte Aero 15 (v8-BK4). This potent concoction of hardware has a Core i7-8750H CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB solid-state drive. The display is a 144-Hz 1920×1080 unit that's powered by a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card—a fine combination in our book. If you're wondering about battery life, the juice pack in this machine measures a whopping 94.24 Wh and should be good for 10 hours of usage. The whole deal rings in at $1535 at Newegg with the cart code EMCERPV23.

  • Some people, me included, may think that the iPad Pro is just too much hardware to bother throwing at iOS, but what if the price was right? The 2017 iPad Pro 10.5" has a positively gorgeous wide-gamut 120-Hz display and a mighty A10X Fusion chip inside. Right now, you can obtain one of these with 64 GB and Wi-Fi connectivity from Best Buy for just $499.99. Mmmm, I love the smell of high refresh rates in the morning.

  • Wait. You want to tell me you're still using a crappy membrane keyboard? We can help. The Velocifire TKL02 is a simple-but-quality tenkeyless keyboard underpinned by tactile Outemu Brown switches. It's got LED backlighting and a sweet, sweet price: only $29.99 at Amazon. If you'd rather forgo the wires, you can get a wireless version for just $41.99.

  • You may be eyeing a new desktop build, and you'll need a nice case like the Antec P110 Luce. This chassis got a TR Editor's Choice award thanks to its combination of roomy interior, cooling facilities, and general build quality. It's one of the finer cases out there, and you can have it for $79.70 from Newegg if you add the code EMCERPV35 to your cart. That's a sweet price already, but there's another $20 you can get back by way of a rebate card.

  • We'll keep it short for the final item today: 10 TB of spinning storage in the form of a Western Digital EasyStore external hard drive. You get a handy 32-GB USB stick as an added bonus, all for $179.99 at Best Buy. That's 18 cents a gigabyte, not counting the pen drive. Nice!

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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    • Taxythingy
    • 12 months ago

    News flash: HDD now more expensive than SSD!

    No, wait. It’s 1.8 cents a gigabyte.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 11 months ago

      We have long since passed the point where it was appropriate to measure storage capacities in GB. Rather than 1.8 ยข/GB, we should say that external hard drives go for as little as $18/TB.

      SSDs have dropped as low as $115/TB.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 months ago

    For the record, that external has a White inside not a Red. So may not be usable in a non-shucked mode. Something about the 3.3v power something that I don’t fully understand.

      • Goty
      • 12 months ago

      Evidently making these drives usable is as simple as masking off pin 2 of the power connector or using a molex to SATA adapter so that pin doesn’t get any power.

      • Zyphos
      • 11 months ago

      WD100EMAZ inside mine which I picked up yesterday. It could be a white-label Red drive according to other forums.

      Also, here is [url=https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/7fx0i0/wd_easystore_8tb_compendium/<]a reddit post about the 8TB sibling, along with the 3.3V pin stuff.[/url<] Edited to fix my url tag.

    • DancinJack
    • 12 months ago

    FWIW, this deal still seems to be live: RTX 2080 for 699 USD

    [url<]https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1431192-REG/zotac_zt_t20800d_10p_geforce_rtx_2080_amp.html[/url<]

    • homerdog
    • 12 months ago

    Hi Hz laptop with no gsync makes angel lose its wings.

      • Voldenuit
      • 12 months ago

      I’ve been seeing this more and more. It seems like laptop ODMs are counting on high Hz = smaller Vblank time increments = less stutter as being good enough to make up for GSync. A bonus is that this also allows them to enable Optimus for better battery life.

      Which is better? I’m not sure. My laptop has a 120 Hz GSync screen with a 1080 Max Q, but it certainly also has very poor battery life.

        • davidbowser
        • 12 months ago

        I must admit I have never really thought about the battery life for this tech. Hopefully it will get more efficient as it becomes more common

        • Nestea_Zen
        • 12 months ago

        why would you invest in such a hardware? How much did it cost?

          • Voldenuit
          • 12 months ago

          It cost a lot (over $2k), but I was a sherpa in a 500-man Destiny 2 clan and running 10+ raids a week, and wanted a gaming laptop that didn’t degrade my gaming experience while I was on business travel.

          Plus, after 4 years on 120+ Hz on my desktop, I couldn’t go back to 60 Hz, Jerry, I can’t!

            • morphine
            • 12 months ago

            Buying a high-refresh-rate monitor was the absolute worst thing I did in the past few years ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Voldenuit
            • 12 months ago

            Well, I’ve had the opposite experience. 120 Hz has been great for me for gaming, desktop use, and movies (divides evenly into 24, 30 and 60 fps framerates).

            I recently struggled with an oddball video that was encoded at 48 fps, which caused enough jitter at 120 Hz to hurt my eyes, but I was able to configure MPC-HC to work with GSync and it immediately smoothed out.

            • DancinJack
            • 12 months ago

            He was being sarcastic.

            • morphine
            • 12 months ago

            What he said ๐Ÿ™‚

        • TheRazorsEdge
        • 11 months ago

        They have to choose between GSync and Optimus. For ultraportables, they’re going to pick Optimus every time.

        I’ll probably buy a laptop in the next product cycle or two, and if GSync and Optimus remain incompatible then I’m going Optimus.

          • Voldenuit
          • 11 months ago

          Asus came up with a way to have both Optimus and GSync with the first version of GM501, but seem to have decided it wasn’t worth it, as the later GX531 only supports Optimus, and I don’t even see GSync mentioned in the current GM501 lineup.

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