Bargain basement: a latest-gen iPad Mini for $351 and much, much more

  • There’s been a lot of sales on Apple gear these days. Today there are two items with the fruit logo, and the first one is the iPad Mini 64 GB with Wi-Fi. This is the most recent refresh of the tablet, and it’s a diminutive powerhouse. Inside sits an Apple A12 Bionic chip, a six-core affair in a 2+4 arrangement. The 7.9″ display has a resolution of 2048×1536 for an effective 324 PPI and a color gamut covering the vast majority of the DCI-P3 space. A 5124 mAh battery and 3 GB of RAM round out the main specs. This compact tablet is going for $350.99 at Rakuten with the checkout code HED10P and it’s available in all three finishes—space gray, silver, and rose gold.

  • Fancy more power behind iOS (soon to be iPad OS), pencil support, and a high-refresh-rate display? The iPad Pro 11 64 GB with Wi-Fi (latest revision) says hi. The chip inside this beast of a tablet is an Apple A12X Bionic with 4+4 cores and a powerful custom Apple GPU. The TrueTone display has a 120 Hz refresh rate and covers about the entirety of the DCI-P3 space. There’s Apple Pencil support, a big honkin’ 7812 mAh battery, and 4 GB of RAM. Grab this high-end tablet for $649.99 from Amazon. Note that the discounted price shows up during the checkout step.

  • Now, back to our scheduled SSD and RAM deals. We’re pretty much only publishing pricing updates on the Intel 660p NVMe drive, and for good reason. This is a solid entry-level PCIe SSD from a reputable manufacturer, and the 512 GB variant is capable of pushing 1500 MB/s on sequential reads and 1000 MB/s when writing. The biggest model with 2 TB can do 1800 MB/s in either direction. Right now you can get the 512 GB drive for just $49.99 from Amazon, while the 2 TB variant will set you back only $181.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTBTB22.

  • While we’re on the topic of storage, check out the Western Digital EasyStore 10 TB external hard drive. This hard drive doesn’t have much on the specs list, but that’s perfectly fine for its intended purpose—mass storage. It uses a USB 3.0 interface, comes with included backup software, and is priced at only $159.99 at Best Buy.

  • Next up, blinkenlit RAM: The G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB dual-channel kit with 3200 MT/s sticks. These DIMMs don’t really need introduction. They were one of, if not the first, to do the RGB thing without an auxiliary power cable. Their great looks combined with the LED diffusers gives them a rather fetching design that combines easily with pretty much any build style. Newegg will sell you this set for $169.99.

  • The final item today is a big one, literally. The Corsair Crystal 570X is a case with a rather unique design. It’s got tempered glass sheets across the entire chassis (top, front, and sides). It’s got room for six case fans and is compatible with multiple 360-mm radiators. The front and top have removable fan trays, and there’s a generous amount of room between the panels for air intake. This premium case usually costs a pretty penny, but you can pick it up today for only $109.99 at Newegg.
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ronch
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ronch

“iPad Pro 11 64 GB with Wi-Fi”

With Wi-Fi. Love how it makes Wi-Fi look like it’s so special and it just came out.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

As opposed to with Wi-Fi + Cellular, you know.

LostCat
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LostCat

I was going to say that, but I agree that it’s an unnecessary addition. If the default version has wifi, why publicize it at all?

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ludi

It’s a clear way of differentiating between the WiFi-only and the LTE equipped models, and a rather smart marketing since that’s one of only a couple major feature differences (and price breaks) across the product line.

Srsly_Bro
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Srsly_Bro

Or people who if an item is not designated as WiFi, they may presume it doesn’t, and by a different tablet.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

Those people would have to be real dolts, but I’m sure they do exist.

Voldenuit
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Voldenuit

I want a tablet with Wai-fu.

Srsly_Bro
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Srsly_Bro

The downside of that feature is the possible long term service contract even when the waifu module is no longer compatible with the tablet.

DancinJack
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DancinJack

The CPU in that iPad would destroy your Bulldozer.

Rakhmaninov3
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Rakhmaninov3

I think they’re just differentiating it from the cellular-capable versions

Wirko
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Wirko

Glue two iPads together at 90° angle. Use more glue to mount the hinges from an old monitor stand and some parts from a VESA mount. If possible, use the kind of glue that holds the MBP together. Voilà, a monitor stand for almost 30% less! And it has a proper logo on it.

DancinJack
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DancinJack

No offense to Bruno whatsoever, because it’s definitely still a deal, but unless you ABSOLUTELY need the smaller size, do not get the iPad Mini. The 9.7″ iPad, which is almost perpetually on sale for 249 USD is a muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch better buy.

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willmore
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willmore

Our kids school requires that they have an iPad. We picked up one of the 2018 9.7″ iPads (32GB) for $229 as a spare. Meanwhile I use it to approve or disapprove the kids app purchases.

sweatshopking
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sweatshopking

your school is bananas.

Wonders
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Wonders

B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

jihadjoe
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jihadjoe

This shit is bananas!

The Egg
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The Egg

Strongly disagree on the value aspect. The iPad you see on sale for $250 is the standard 2018 model which uses an A10 chip (iPhone 7) and has 2GB of RAM. The 2019 Mini uses a spankin new A12 from the iPhone Xs, has 3GB of RAM, and in this case, double the storage.

DancinJack
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DancinJack

I know the specs, but pose me a situation where the A10 and 2GB isn’t capable for anything you’d also do on the mini?

And like I said, it’s still a deal, just not a deal I’d jump on before the larger, older version in this case.

The Egg
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The Egg

I getcha (I’m still using an Air 2), but the internals are 2 generations newer in the Mini. That means it will likely have OS support for a good deal longer.

DancinJack
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DancinJack

Totally agree on those points. Both are good tablets (and honestly, iPad’s are virtually the only good tablets these days).

I think iOS 13 is only going back to the 6S now. Not sure where the new iPadOS stands on that front though.

The Egg
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The Egg

All the models with less than 2GB got dropped. Both my 6s and Air 2 are now minimum spec.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

Double-checked my dev account beta downloads and you are correct, only A9 devices or newer are getting iOS 13 / iPadOS.

The Egg
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The Egg

Well….Air 2 is A8X with 2GB and made the cut, while iPhone 6 is an A8 with 1GB and got dropped. All other 1GB iOS devices were dropped as well, leading me to believe they made RAM the qualifying factor.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

Hmm, so it does. The A8X has a bunch of extra hardware, too, including a third CPU core and a bigger GPU. Hard telling the exact reasoning.

LostCat
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LostCat

I have a last gen iPad so I’m not in the market, but I’d definitely get the new mini over the current one.

Usacomp2k3
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Usacomp2k3

For a 50% price increase?

LostCat
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LostCat

And better specs all around other than size? Yes.

TurtlePerson2
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TurtlePerson2

The iPad Mini really doesn’t make much sense in a world of phablets. You’re right that the normal iPad is the best buy (iPad-wise) right now. Tablets are kind of in a weird spot right now. It’s the larger tablets that really make sense for most people (again with the phablets), but they’re ridiculously expensive. What I want, is an iPad with the power of the normal one, but with the 12.9″ screen. I’d pay $400 for it, but Apple will never make it. I’m holding out hope that an Android manufacturer comes out with such a product. I want… Read more »

Spunjji
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Spunjji

I disagree there, mainly because all of the phablets out there have aspect ratios that are 16:9 or longer (2:1 is popular now). That 4:3 ratio makes the iPad Mini quite a bit more useful for things like web browsing, reading, and photo reviewing / editing.

I’m personally much more of a fan of the mini than that “standard” size because it’s still large enough for my purposes and yet far, far easier to hold with one hand. That can be a big advantage for some people 🙂

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