Season's greetings, good gerbils. I had a rather nasty RSI-induced event recently. My upper back has been pretty tightened up, and things came to a head a couple days ago when I felt the tip of my thumb going numb. Knowing the possible causes, I freaked out more than a little. One visit to my friendly chiropractor, and I'm now back on track for a good recovery. Keep in mind, folks, when you're dealing with anything involving muscles, tendons, and spine, don't wait too long before ringing up a professional. Anyways, here's today's selection of PC hardware deals.
- We don't often see Intel gear on sale, but today is an exception. We're initiating the ceremony with the Intel 660p 1-TB NVMe drive. This SSD is underpinned by a helping of 3D QLC NAND and can push data at up to 1800 MB/s when reading or writing. Those with heavy-duty workloads will be happy to know that it can do 150 K random read IOPS and 220 K write IOPS. I recently built my HTPC using the 512 GB model, and I have nothing to say other than it works as advertised, which is what you want in an SSD. Get it for $104.99 from Newegg if you use cart code EMCTWTC24.
- The Intel Core i5-9400F processor is one of the meatiest mid-range CPUs you can get your hands on right now. It's got 9 MB of L3 cache and six Ice Lake Refresh cores that can hit a very healthy 4.1 GHz. This chip does away with integrated graphics, but that's fine since we figure most people are going to pair it with a discrete graphics card anyway. Take it home from Newegg for $159.99 with the cart code EMCTWTC23.
- For most computing needs these days, there's little reason to go with a big honkin' tower machine. One of the most popular alternatives to common form factors would be Intel's NUC 8 (BOXNUC8I3CYSM1). This compact machine measures 4.6 x 4.4" and comes fitted with a Core i3-8121U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1-TB hard drive. Rather interestingly, an AMD Radeon 540 graphics chip handles all the pixel-pushing. You can acquire this tiny box from Newegg for just $419 with the EMCTWTC49 cart code.
- It's big hard drive season again, it seems. The Western Digital Easystore 10 TB external drive is capacious, simple, and costs $159.99 at Best Buy with a bundled 32-GB USB stick. That works out to $16 per terabyte. If you don't need that much room (yeah, right), then the Western Digital Easystore 8 TB drive comes in at $134.99 at Newegg with cart code WD8TBEXHDS, although that one includes no USB stick offer.
- Fans of macOS may be interested in the latest version of the Apple Macbook Air. The models we have on offer today pack an eighth-gen Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM. These machines have a 13.3" Retina display and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Best Buy is running a sale on these models, and you can pick up the version with a 128 GB NVMe SSD for $999.99, or a roomier variant with a 256 GB drive for $1199.99.
- Ultra-portable machines are nice for toting around, but serious work requires something like a Dell XPS 13 9380. We have two models on hand today, both fitted with Intel Core i7-8565U processors. The most powerful machine (model xnita3ws606h) comes with 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB NVMe drive, and a gorgeous 4K touchscreen. This beastie rings in at $1504.79 at Rakuten. If a colorful 1920×1080 suffices for your needs, then the xnita3ws604h variant with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD will set you back only $1108.79 at Rakuten.
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.