Tuesday deals: a Samsung 860 EVO 500-GB SSD for $74.99 and more

G'afternoon, folks. Christmas is approaching fast, and meanwhile I'm having trouble believing we're into December already, sheesh. This year was a bit of a blur, probably owing to the large number of CPU and graphics card releases. No matter now, you and I should be considering offering sweet hardware to our friends and loved ones, right? Here are today's top picks for that purpose.

  • Here's a shocking surprise: a deal on an SSD! Joking aside, our top deal today is the Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB solid-state drive. This is probably fastest consumer SATA drive around, or close to that. It outpaced every drive in its category back when we reviewed it. This model can push 550 MB/s on sequential reads and 520 MB/s on writes, but random I/O is its strongest characteristic at 98K IOPS on reads and 90K IOPS while writing. Newegg's running a sweet deal on this SSD, and you can get it for $74.99 with the cart code EMCXEREX2.

  • Everyone wants more and better power, perhaps in the form of the Seasonic Focus Plus 850W power supply. This unit is rated 80 Plus Gold for efficiency and has fully modular cabling for keeping a build tidy. The 140-mm fan spins down when it's not needed (most of the time, we'd wager) and Seasonic offers a 10-year warranty. The asking price is $89.99 at Newegg, and an available $20 rebate card can bring the final tally down to just $69.99.

  • We all drool at the prospect of high-refresh-rate displays around here, but oftentimes what you need is just a reliable workhorse monitor like the Acer CB271HU. This 27" pixel grid uses a 10-bit IPS panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 and brightness around 350 cd/m². There's a pair of built-in speakers, and the included stand is height-adjustable, to boot. You get one each of every relevant input: DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Newegg will hand you this display for $219.99 with the cart code EMCEREX47.

  • 4K movies and raw footage for your gerbils videos takes up quite a bit of space. You'd be well-advised to take a look at the Seagate Expansion 8-TB drive for mass storage purposes. This unassuming black slab uses a USB 3.0 interface and goes for just $129.99 at Newegg. That works out to $16.25 a terabyte.

  • To wrap up today's proceedings, we have two magnificent mobile machines. The first one is the Acer Aspire 5 15.6" laptop (A515-51G-87PK). It's not the sleekest model around, but it's positively loaded with goodies. An Intel Core i7-8550U CPU is flanked by 8 GB of RAM and a GeForce MX150 graphics card, while byte storage is provided by a combo storage setup with a 128-GB SSD and a 1-TB hard drive. The display's resolution is 1920×1080, and as an added bonus, the laptop's RAM sticks and hard drive are easily accessible for upgrades. $599.99 is all you'll need to take this machine home from Newegg with the cart code EMCEREX23.

  • While the laptop above is probably good enough for 90% of people, serious gaming on the go requires a bit more displacement. Enter the Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6" gaming notebook. This beast makes good use of an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card. Your games and applications can go into a 256 GB-SSD and a 1-TB hard drive. The 1920×1080 display should cover 100% of the sRGB color space, and the refresh rate is a whopping 144 Hz. Additional bonuses include a backlit keyboard and a USB Type-C port. You'd think this machine would be a $1500 job, but Newegg will hand it to you for just $1199.99 if you insert the cart code EMCEREX26. You also get a free bundle with a sweet Acer Cestus 300 mouse and an Intel software pack that includes Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

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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    • DreadCthulhu
    • 10 months ago

    Saw an interesting laptop for sale at Walmart – the [url=https://www.walmart.com/ip/OVERPOWERED-Gaming-Laptop-15-2-Year-Warranty-144Hz-Intel-i7-8750H-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1060-Mechanical-LED-Keyboard-256-SSD-1TB-HDD-16GB-RAM-Windows-10/510869060<]Overpowered 15+[/url<] for $799. Comes with an I7-8750H, 16 GB RAM, a 6 GB Geforce 1060 driving a 144hz 1080p screen, and a 256GB SSD + 1TB HD. And a mechanical keyboard, of all things. Overpowered is Walmart's new store brand for gaming computers; while the reviews of their desktops haven't been all that favorable, to say the least, the Overpowered laptops are based on a respectable whitebox chassis used by various boutique brands, and the reviews I have seen paint this laptop in a favorable light.

      • MOSFET
      • 10 months ago

      While I’m not a huge fan of YouTube review sites, GN and LTT and others found hellacious problems with Overpowered desktop PCs, such as completely wrong (overspec’d and underdelivered) parts inside. Caveat emptor, you get what you pay for (except at WalMart), etc.

        • DreadCthulhu
        • 10 months ago

        That is why I mentioned that the reviews of Overpowered’s desktops ” haven’t been all that favorable, to say the least”, but the laptops seem to be a different kettle of fish – the chassis they use is a TONG FANG GK5CN6Z that is also rebranded by brands like Cyberpower, Eluktronics, Schenker, and others. The reviews of the laptop have been much more favorable, though one reviewer mentioned that the 16 GB RAM is only one stick, so if you want dual channel mode you will either buy another 16 GB stick for ~$100, or sell the current current stick and buy a 2×8 GB kit.

    • kvndoom
    • 10 months ago

    Looks promising for terabyte SSD’s under 100 dollars in 2019. I’ve intended to replace my 1TB external platter drive with an SSD anyway. Might get my chance soon!

    • tcunning1
    • 10 months ago

    The SSD is the same price at MicroCenter, with an additional $10 off when bundled with any CPU (in store only).

    [url<]https://www.microcenter.com/product/502941/860-evo-500gb-mlc-v-nand-sata-iii-6gb-s-25-internal-solid-state-drive[/url<]

    • CScottG
    • 10 months ago

    Freesync: $330:

    [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0JC-0081-00019[/url<] G-Sync: $700 (Costco members): [url<]https://www.costco.com/HP-OMEN-X-35%22-Class-WQHD-Curved-Monitor-with-NVIDIA-G-SYNC-Technology.product.100457656.html[/url<]

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 10 months ago

      I’ve never heard of Pixio before. Do you have a review of that monitor?

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 10 months ago

      The Pixio PX329 looks interesting.
      32 inch WQHD 2560x1440p Flat Gaming Monitor
      VA panel, 165 Hz refresh rate, FreeSync (48-144 Hz)

        • CScottG
        • 10 months ago

        Yeah, Wendell’s review here goes into the freesync range being legit:

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqd9c-Jbv7U[/url<]

    • Neutronbeam
    • 10 months ago

    That PSU looks like a really sweet deal.

      • CScottG
      • 10 months ago

      I thought that as well, and then I looked at the standard price at around $100.. 10% off sale from Newegg isn’t that great (..though the 20% off from Seasonic’s rebate is decent).

      It’s a good deal with rebate, just not as incredible as I first thought. ..this was enough of a difference to keep me from purchasing it (now, not needing it currently) for a future build. If I was building now, I’d already have hit Newegg checkout.

    • Waco
    • 10 months ago

    Just FYI – that Seagate expansion drive is SMR. It is one of the better ones, but streaming writes are definitely not ultra-fast without careful IO tuning that really isn’t easy to accomplish (if even possible) as a generic USB attached drive on Windows. Random small file writes/updates will absolutely crawl if you do them even reasonably often.

    They’re great for shucking if you can form your IO nicely though. 🙂

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 10 months ago

      So, it’s the modern version of a CD-RW? Eww, no thanks.

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 months ago

      I was wondering exactly this, so thanks. I haven’t been keeping track — are [i<]all[/i<] the drives in the 8TB range afflicted with shingles?

        • Waco
        • 10 months ago

        From Seagate, in terms of external drives? I believe so. Their internal drives are all CMR standard drives unless marked as Archive drives. Barracuda Pro, IronWolf, and Skyhawk drives are never SMR.

      • morphine
      • 10 months ago

      That’s fine for the most part so long as you use the drive for mass storage. Nobody’s using externals for running programs… right? Right?

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 10 months ago

        I’ve been burned by Seagate’s SMR drives failing in the past. Seagate go out of their way to obfuscate which drive models are infected with shingles. The simplest way for me to avoid this problem is to buy from a drive manufacturer without the problem or with more ethical marketing practices.

        Edit: Fixed iPhone auto-incorrect again. Doh!

          • Krogoth
          • 10 months ago

          Not to mention that disaster recovery is practically impossible to do with a shingled drive.

          • MOSFET
          • 10 months ago

          Fantasy football chat was the final impetus for me to turn off auto-correct at the iOS keyboard level!

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