Bargain basement: a 34″ 3440×1440 100 Hz VA display for $400 and more

Greetings, folks! There isn't much time for pleasantries today, as I need to head out for a weekend trip to Lisbon. I'll be sure to enjoy the sun and eat some tasty Pasteis de Belém while I'm there. Mmmm, I can taste the eggs and sugar already. That's going to damage my diet a little, but… the things we do for food. Anyhow, here's today's selection of PC deals. It's a particularly good crop, methinks.

  • Our leading deal today is a gigantic one, in the literal sense. The Acer ED347CKR is a 34" curved display with a healthy resolution of 3440×1440. It employs a VA panel with a speedy 100 Hz refresh rate and a native contrast ratio of 3000:1. The included stand is height-adjustable, there's a pair of built-in-speakers, and the cherry on top is FreeSync support. You can take home this humongous pixel slab for $399.99 from Newegg with the cart code EMCTWUA33.

  • It's hard to believe, but SSD and RAM prices are still tumbling. The Adata SX8200 960 GB NVMe drive has popped up again at silly low pricing. This NAND bucket is good for sequential reads as fast as 3200 MB/s and writes up to 1700 MB/s. Server and power users alike will be happy with this SSD's ability to hit 310K random read IOPS and 280K write IOPS, too. The asking price is just $140.24 at Rakuten with the checkout code AD24.

  • You might need a drive that's still speedy but not quite so big. The HP EX900 M.2 500 GB NVMe solid-state drive is one fast bit of kit, capable of pushing 2100 MB/s on sequential reads and 1500 MB/s when writing. Heavy-duty users will be happy to know that random I/O rings in at 120 K read IOPS and 108 K write IOPS. Take it home from Newegg for just $66.99.

  • External hard drives are back in season again. The Western Digital Elements 6 TB is as simple and steady drive as they come. It connects with USB 3.0, does the job just fine, and will only cost you $99.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTWUA65. That works out to $16.67 a terabyte.

  • Where's the RAM, you ask? Right here, good gerbil. The Adata XPG Gammix 16 GB dual-channel kit at 3000 MT/s is clad in silver heatsinks and has 16-18-18 timings. The manufacturer offers lifetime warranty, and the price is set at a mere $73.94 at Rakuten with the checkout code AD13. Get'em while they're hot.

  • Smart watches may not be to everyone's taste. If you're going to slap one on your wrist, though, might as well go for the best. The Apple Watch Series 3 is fitted with an S3 dual-core processor, a truckload of sensors including an altimeter and a heart rate sensor, and an OLED display. This bit of kit is an ideal companion for your daily life. The 42-mm version with GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity is selling for $229 at Best Buy. Folks with narrower wrists may find the 38-mm model more to their liking. That one will set them back $199, also from Best Buy.

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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    • Usacomp2k3
    • 8 months ago

    I have 2 of those ED347CKR’s on my work desk here. Absolutely love it. It is more useful than the 3×27″ 1440 panels it replaced even if it is a lower total resolution.

    • HERETIC
    • 8 months ago

    Hey Bruno, perhaps we need another category.
    Seeing more apple products cropping up, bargain basement and apple is such a huge contradiction………..
    And to the other extreme- TR, being a high quality enthusiast site, could perhaps leave those ram-less SSD’s to the “Just buy it.” mobs……………………..

    • euricog
    • 8 months ago

    [quote<]I'll be sure to enjoy the sun and eat some tasty Pasteis de Belém while I'm there. [/quote<] Man, how I miss those! If only I could still eat stuff with gluten in it...

      • PTRMAN
      • 8 months ago

      Small world. I’m in Lisbon this weekend too! Beautiful weather, clean city, nearly everyone speaks English, good food, nice sights.

      We’ve already had several of the Pasteis de Belem (my wife is hooked, I think). Maybe I’ll see you here!

        • euricog
        • 8 months ago

        I suppose you’re replying to Bruno, who’s the article writer. I’m from Madeira island, which is Portuguese so I frequently visit Lisbon and [u<]used to[/u<] go on a rampage with Pasteis de Belem, back when I could eat gluten. Anyway, glad that you and your wife enjoyed them (and I guess the city too, hard not to!).

    • GasBandit
    • 8 months ago

    Ooh a fancy monitor for only… oh. It’s an ACER. #ThankYouNext

      • tay
      • 8 months ago

      Why the hate against Acer?

        • euricog
        • 8 months ago

        Acer does tend to deliver below-average quality on their products. I do own an Acer ultra-wide (XR341CK) and although I’m very happy with it (probably because the panel is not made by them), there are noticeable “shortcomings” on build quality and software (you won’t believe how bad it is to navigate the monitor’s interface).

          • tay
          • 8 months ago

          I agree. I didn’t downvote you fwiw. I own a refurb Acer UW XR3842CQ and it is exactly as you say. Great LG panel along with terrible controls.

            • kuraegomon
            • 8 months ago

            If you like LG panels, just buy their monitors 🙂 I’ve owned a couple of LG monitors, and I’m a fan. Also, they’re pricing some of their big’uns pretty aggressively these days:

            – [url<]https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1224156-REG/lg_34uc88_b_34_21_9_curved.html[/url<] - [url<]https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1325220-REG/lg_43ud79_b_uhd_monitor_43_4k.html[/url<]

            • ronch
            • 8 months ago

            I’ve been using my LG 22″ TN monitor for over 10 years now. Never broke. Every button working well. I don’t think I’d ever want to replace it.

        • MOSFET
        • 8 months ago

        I’ve had some decent Acer monitors, but “fancy” doesn’t belong in the same sentence (usually).

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 8 months ago

        I’ve personally had great luck with the Acer monitors that I’ve had. An old Acer P243w that wouldn’t die so I gave it away. I had it from 2009 – 2018 with heavy use. Ive also recommended their cheaper monitors for people getting into gaming on a budget. Despite my own experiences, I have no idea how they fare in a large sample.

          • willyolioleo
          • 8 months ago

          Yeah, up until just recently I was using an Acer P223w. It’s still working just fine at over 10 years old, i just wanted something bigger.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 8 months ago

      I ordered one, so hopefully it’s good. 🙂

        • DPete27
        • 8 months ago

        100Hz ultrawide VA = previous gen Samsung panel.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 8 months ago

        Monitor’s in. It’s good. 🙂 Somehow it supports overdrive while Freesync’d which is a really nice change from my last monitor where I could pick from non-overdriven blurry, smeary 144Hz Freesync or overdriven but teary and dim blur reduction.

      • cygnus1
      • 8 months ago

      Acer’s aren’t all bad. And this one has 68% 5 star reviews on Newegg. And that’s with dozens of reviews, so that’s it too shabby.

        • Kretschmer
        • 8 months ago

        I find that Newegg/Amazon reviews of heavily discounted products always appear very rosy on their discount day…but the products themselves reflect their bargain-basement pricing.

        The etailers don’t heavily discount electronics out of the goodness of their hearts…

          • cygnus1
          • 8 months ago

          Yeah, you have to have a certain level of trust of the reviews. I generally find Newegg and Amazon reviews of larger brands hardware to be pretty reliable. I also tend to look at multiple sites for the reviews of a piece of hardware. Over on Amazon, this monitor’s reviews have none under 4 stars… This one is just pretty well reviewed, and in older reviews people mention prices much higher than this sale price. So those reviews are even more telling to me. People liked it even at the regular price. So I think this was a good deal and if I had room for it on my desk, I probably would’ve grabbed it.

            • Kretschmer
            • 8 months ago

            That’s a good approach. I just wanted to caveat these reviews as I’ve been burned by Black-Friday type “steals” on less prominent brands…often quality follows price.

            • cygnus1
            • 8 months ago

            Yeah, for sure with the fly by night brands. Those reviews I feel are the ones that get bought and pumped up. I have to read quite a few of them and judge if they seem fake or not.

      • Kretschmer
      • 8 months ago

      My Acer monitor (Predator GSync) covers the basics well but lacks a lot of the niceties from Asus. It also features a HORRIBLE navigation interface for its menus and settings. Everyone should be putting a little joystick on their monitors.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 months ago

    one day if i pray to the right gods i’ll have a fancy monitor.

      • cmrcmk
      • 8 months ago

      My relationship with my wife got a lot better after I stopped deifying her.

        • cynan
        • 8 months ago

        [quote<]My relationship with my wife got a lot better after I stopped [b<]defying[/b<] her.[/quote<] FTFY. Freudian slips can happen to anyone.

          • RAGEPRO
          • 8 months ago

          Nah, he had it right the first time. Jokes (and bedroom play) aside, relationships are about give and take, not master and slave.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 8 months ago

      Pay*

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