It’s officially summer. Retailers who haven’t yet sold off remaining stock of last year’s products are now doing so in desperation. We’ve got low-priced Apple iPad Mini tablets, MacBook Air laptops, Nexus 7 tablets and a super cheap Canon PowerShot S110 (which requires a massive rebate).
Top Tablet and Smartphone Deals
- Price: $294.99; compare to $349 MSRP
- Retailer: Amazon – Buy it Now
The ASUS Nexus 7, part of Google’s Nexus line of tablet, remains one of the top tablets on the market. It includes one of the highest resolution screens you can find on a 7-inch tablet. Contrary to its own ads, the Nexus 7 includes a Snapdragon 600 chipset, with a slight underclock. This particular model provisions for LTE data speeds.
Because the device comes unlocked, you can throw in any SIM card and use it specifically for data without a contract. If data doesn’t work out-the-box, you first need to configure APN settings. For those using the tablet constantly on-the-go, get the best data package from an MVNO (what’s an MVNO?).
- Price: $199.99; compare to $449 MSRP
- Retailer: Groupon — Buy it Now
Laser detectors generally cost quite a bit of money. While many users rely on Waze, and its community sourced database to avoid speed traps, having a backup could help avoid a costly speeding ticket. It integrates with both Android and iOS devices with a proprietary app.
- Price: $199.99; compare to $299.99
- Retailer: Best Buy – Buy it Now
This deal is for the 7.9-inch model, which doesn’t offer Retina display. It includes the Apple A5 chipset WiFi and a full-year warranty. At this particular price point, the Mini stacks up well versus similar tablets from Asus and LG in terms of value. There are also open-box deals starting at $185.99.
- Price: $399.99; compare to $499.99
- Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now
$100 off the iPad Air is a pretty steep discount, for an Apple product. The Air includes the latest 64-bit Apple A7 chipset and a 9.7-inch Retina display with an impressive 2048 x 1536 resolution. If you love Apple products, you will definitely want to check this out.
- BLU Tank 4.5 4GB unlocked smartphone — $99.95 via B&H
- ASUS MeMO Pad 10.1 16GB Android 4.2 — $229.99 via eBay
- Archos GamePad 7-inch tablet with integrated controls — $99.99 via Adorama
- Apple Smart Cover for iPads (2-4) — $10.25 + shipping via Tanga
- 3-in-1 multifunctional camera for the iPhone 5 — $4.99 via AuraBuy
- Apple iPad 4 — $529.99 via eBay
- Targus clearance sale — up to 80% off via Targus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 10.1-inch tablet — $299.99 via eBay
Top Laptop Deals
With RAM prices the way they are, this is a very good deal. If you’re looking to upgrade your RAM, this is a pretty good deal. While it’s branded as HP RAM, it should work in most laptops, or any motherboard requiring SO-DIMM memory modules. SO-DIMM modules are smaller than the RAM used in desktops.
It’s also low voltage (1.35 volts). While a minority of devices won’t be able to properly use low voltage RAM, most should. The voltage automatically adjusts. So if your laptop’s voltage is 1.5v, using 1.35v (most of the time) shouldn’t be an issue.
- Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 15.6-inch Intel Core i5 convertible laptop — $549.99 via Newegg
- HP 15.6-inch laptop with AMD A8-6410M Kaveri APU — $379.99 via Best Buy
- Acer Aspire 15.6-inch laptop with AMD A8-6410M Kaveri APU — $399.99 via Amazon
Top Desktop Components and Systems
- Price: $109.99; compare to $149.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Staples – Buy it Now
This monitor, while lacking HDMI, offers a really low price-tag for a 23-inch monitor. It includes a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution and a 50 million to 1 contrast ratio. It’s also from Staples, so it qualifies for many credit card (or Staples card) reward programs.
- Price: $104.50; compare to $214.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Amazon — Buy it Now
The SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD tends to get good reviews, primarily because of its low power requirements (0.12 watts during use) combined with solid performance on 4K random write bench tests. While it’s not the fastest of SSDs, it is among the best you can buy for the money.
- Price: $99.99; compare to $199.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Newegg — Buy it Now
The Kingston V300 series includes asynchronous NAND memory modules — these are strictly inferior to the synchronous NAND used in budget and performance drives, such as the PNY XLR8 series. However, the vast majority of users who are simply upgrading an older laptop won’t notice the difference. Modern SSDs (what’s an SSD?) will make any hard disk drive system feel much faster. Also, 240GB for $100 is excellent in terms of per-gigabyte pricing.
- Samsung 21.5-inch monitor — $99.99 via Newegg
- Seagate 1TB hard drive — $69.99 via Newegg
- Western Digital Elements 2TB external hard drive — $89.99 after coupon code ‘OHE130783‘ via Tiger Direct
Cameras, Memory and Gadgets
This deal includes multiple purchases and has several requirements (the purchase link above contains all the items required to get the rebate):
- You must purchase a PRO-100 photo printer.
- You must purchase the Canon S110 camera.
- You must purchase the photo paper.
I actually went in for this one earlier in the year and combined it with a credit card cash back deal. The high rebate value actually counts as a purchase as far as your credit card company is concerned. If you resell the printer (I got around $100 for mine), it will reduce the price of the Canon S110 to $85. You can’t beat that kind of deal anywhere.
However if it sounds like too much work, don’t do it. If you’re scared of rebates, don’t do it. But, if you do take the plunge, make sure that you get your rebates paid.
- Canon EOS 1D X DSLR — $4,999.99 via eBay
- LaView Security System (surveillance cameras + DVR) — $159.99 via Newegg
We had a weird week for deals. My best pick of the week is, without question, for camera lovers. The camera-printer package deal offered at Ritz Camera is mind-bendingly good. If you sell the printer, the total price comes out to around $85. As far as point-and-shooters go, the S110 is the best camera you can get.
That’s it for this week folks! Check back next week for the same great deals!