Bargain basement: an Acer Nitro 27″ 144 Hz HDR display for $310 and more

Hello, folks. This is where I'd dispense pleasantries and some daily life story… if I had one right now. It's been one of those days that doesn't seem to want to end, so I'm sticking to let loose the deal cannon and letting the figures speak for themselves. Today's a good one for discounts, boys and girls.

  • It's not every day that we can say that a monitor covers every base, but that's exactly what the Acer Nitro VG271UP does. This 27" slab o' pixels has an IPS panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 and a 144 Hz refresh rate. That's quite fine already, but there's much, much more. The display's maximum brightness is 400 cd/m², warranting its DisplayHDR 400 certification. Not only that, its color gamut should cover 95% of the DCI-P3 space, making this monitor extra-colorful and a fine fit for photography or video work alongside gaming. Finally, Acer says the response time can go as low as 1 ms with the help of a blur-reduction mode. The price for all this? In internet words, "lol." Only $309.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTWVE27.

  • We've said that RAM's dirt-cheap lately, and it seems that dirt's getting cheaper still. We have three kits for you. The Micron Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB dual-channel kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs clad in silver heatsinks is currently selling for just $74.69 with the cart code EMCTWVE22 at Newegg. If you prefer just a little speed boost, then the Micron Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB set with 3200 MT/s sticks will set you back $84.29 at Newegg with the code EMCTWVE35. Finally, if you're a power user, you'll certainly be interested in the Micron Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB kit with 3200 MT/s DIMMs for the amount of just $174.59 provided you use the code EMCTWVE23. Do we really need to say more?

  • Both volatile and non-volatile memory is selling for peanuts, and now we're going to look at the Micron 1100 512 GB M.2 solid-state drive. This SATA gumstick affair is a modest offering that's still capable of pushing 530 MB/s in sequential reads and 500 MB/s when writing. Random I/O figures ring in at 92K read IOPS and 83K write IOPS. We saved the best news for last, though: the price tag reads a mere $44.99 at Newegg.

  • If you want a drive with a little more oomph, then the HP EX950 1 TB NVMe SSD will be your huckleberry. This drive's made of fast, as it can push up to 3500 MB/s in sequential read operations and 2900 MB/s when writing. Those with a requirement for heavy I/O will more than make use of the drive's ability to do 410K random read IOPS and 370K write IOPS. The speed might be high, but the price is low: $164.99 at the good ol' Newegg.

  • It's time for portables, of which we have two. The Dell XPS 13 9370 (XPS9370-5156SLV-PUS) is a sleek, stylish, and powerful machine. The version we have on hand packs a Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB NVMe SSD. So far so normal, but this machine's party trick is the gorgeous wide-gamut 3840×2160 touch-enabled display. Additionally, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports for connecting high-speed peripherals. The whole machine weighs a mere 2.7 lbs (1.22 kg)—just as light as the price, $949 at Newegg.

  • There's a lot of "gaming" laptops these days that barely qualify. That's definitely not the case with the MSI GE63 Raider (RGB-011). This is one heck of a complete machine. The basics start with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU playing along with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card. 16 GB is the generous amount of RAM the processor has to play around in, and there's a storage combo setup with a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive. These specs are already darn solid, but the star of the show is the 1920×1080 wide-gamut display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 3 ms response time. Additional bonuses include per-key RGB lighting on the keyboard, a Killer Ethernet adapter. Newegg wants but $1149 for this machine if you use the cart code EMCTWVE37, and there's another $100 dangling off a rebate card.

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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    • ronch
    • 5 months ago

    That Micron SSD for $45 is just nuts. And I thought the WD Blue 512GB SATA M.2 I got last January for about $86 was cheap.

    • jihadjoe
    • 5 months ago

    The rainbow vomit on that laptop’s keyboard though…

    • B166ER
    • 5 months ago

    Sooo, I’m getting that the 1 TB price for a stick of SSD love should be around $140 – 170. All I’m seeing is deal after deal these days. Samsung still commands a premium but for what? A 5-10% performance betterment for $30-40 more? Nahhh.

      • Pulsar_the_Spacenerd
      • 5 months ago

      As far as I can tell, they’ve basically exited the NVMe SSD market. Their terabyte 970 EVOs are all over $200, sometimes pretty considerably, and there’s no way they are worth that much. I don’t think there’s really a reason to buy them unless you have some kind of absolutely performance critical application.

      • NovusBogus
      • 5 months ago

      If you go SSD shopping on the low end, make sure you don’t get suckered in by the QLC landmines scattered amongst the TLC commodity devices.

      I’m rather Krogothic about Samsung’s TLC/QLC products, but it should be noted that some Mushkin drives and Samsung’s Pro series are about the only ways to get MLC these days. The price is still too steep for the typical gamer or desktop user, but MLC fanboys like what they like and are happy to do it.

      • ronch
      • 5 months ago

      SSDs are pretty much a cheap commodity these days. Like USB flash drives. Just buy whatever is on the shelf that’s selling for a good price and from a known manufacturer. As long as it doesn’t come up last in the benches it’ll be just fine.

    • Bauxite
    • 5 months ago

    “HDR 400” is basically a fake rating and should be killed: [url<]http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/hdr.htm[/url<] But that is still a nice monitor at a good price: 144hz IPS, Freesync and 95% DCI-P3 which means color range is the same as a top end TV. Just don't turn on "HDR" in windows, it only brings disappointment.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 5 months ago

      Agreed 100%. It just muddies the water. Just like Freesync with only a 40-60hz range.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 5 months ago

      Having bought one a couple of weeks ago, I agree on all counts.

      Plus, even though NVidia doesn’t list it as G-Sync Compatible, it’s delivering VRR just fine with my 1080TI.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 5 months ago

      As someone with a 6-bit dithered LCD screen on my laptop… I disagree.

      There are some shoddy laptop screens out there, and HDR400 is useful in differentiating between 6-bit screens and true 8-bit screens. Its more of a $500 price-point laptop thing, not something you’d come across in a high-quality product.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 5 months ago

        Wouldn’t the useful data point be the “bit-ness” of the screen directly, not an indirect classification”?

          • Bauxite
          • 5 months ago

          Yup.

          10bit or 8bit+FRC is a real spec.

          400 nits is a real rating (if reported correctly) but even then for regular monitor use you should probably turn it down unless its outdoors or in a daytime studio with glass walls.

          DCI-P3 or sRGB % is a real rating, and wide gamut is kinda obvious with certain content.

          HDR 400 is a load of marketing bull.

    • Waco
    • 5 months ago

    Is Micron dropping Crucial from their product branding? That’s an interesting change.

      • Bauxite
      • 5 months ago

      No, Micron is their “OEM” branding while Crucial is their “retail” brand, been that way for awhile. Except for ram, sometimes…its weird.

      Sometimes Micron-branded stuff bought “retail” doesn’t have the same warranty (or any at all…) especially SSDs.

        • Waco
        • 5 months ago

        Ballistix is a Crucial line though…

        • NovusBogus
        • 5 months ago

        They were making noise about dropping the Crucial branding for a while in favor of Micron and Ballistix, but they evidently didn’t go through with it.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 months ago

    I need some cheap ddr3.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 5 months ago

      How much is cheap and capacity? Will be upgrading to tr3 so I won’t really need my RAM then.

        • sweatshopking
        • 5 months ago

        I am using 8gb in an itx build with 2 dimm slots. I’m shooting for 16gb, but shoot me a steam message if you wanna ditch yours.

    • Redocbew
    • 5 months ago

    Good to see memory prices dropping. I’m not really in the market, but this is better than the alternative.

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