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Prices continue to drop on many consumer electronics, to make room for summer releases. This week, we’ve got several tablets, an $100 coupon at Microsoft’s web store and a $99 Intel Haswell CPU, with a successful price-match — and a lot more!

Lenovo Miix 2 32GB 8-inch Tablet (Refurbished)

lenovo miix 2 tablet

  • Price: $171.80; compare to $349.99
  • Retailer: Lenovo – Buy it Now

Lenovo’s IdeaTab Miix 2 8-inch tablet offers the complete version of Windows 8.1, and not the RT edition. It also includes a relatively modern version of the Atom CPU, the Z3740. It offers a 32GB eMMC (SSD), 2GB of memory and around 8 hours of battery life. As far as Windows tablets are concerned, the Miix 2 line of tablets offers good value. You can also pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard and turn it into a convertible laptop.

Apple iPad 128GB with Retina Display

apple ipad with retina display

  • Price: $579.99; compare to $799.99
  • Retailer: Amazon – Buy it Now

This is for the 4th generation iPad, which includes a Retina display along with 128GB of storage, WiFi and an Apple A6 (last model) CPU. It’s brand new and includes a 1-year warranty.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 16GB 10-inch tablet — $299.99 via eBay
  • 2-Pack zipper-style headphones — $14.99 via Tanga

$100 Off Laptops or Desktops at Microsoft

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  • Price: $100 off
  • Retailer: Microsoft – Buy it Now
  • Coupon code: GRADUATION

Microsoft currently offers $100 off all laptops and desktops. There’s a number of 4th generation, Haswell-equipped laptops worth checking out.

Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell CPU for Socket LGA1150

core i5-4430 intel cpu cheap

  • Price: $99.99; compare to $189.99 MSRP
  • Retailer: Fry’s or Staples – Live Chat with Staples

Your mileage may vary on this deal – occasionally Fry’s will list components for very low prices, with limited availability. Staples’s liberal price-matching policy oftentimes covers items in limited supply. I would have mentioned this deal in April when it first came to light, but oftentimes these don’t last long. This has for some reason continued for weeks. And users continue to report success scoring this deal. Some users report contacting numerous Live Chat operators before getting a successful price match.

To price-match, simply contact a customer service representative and request that they match Fry’s pricing — direct them to the link above. If you speak with the right rep (not all will honor it), they’ll give you the $99 price!

On the downside, you must contact a Staples representative via Live Chat (scroll to the bottom) and request a price match. Again, using Live Chat to get a price-match, requires that the service representative honor the price matching. Not all will do so. However, for those who do get lucky, it’s an amazing deal. Although in truth, there’s not a whole lot of difference between Haswell and Ivy Bridge So What's the Difference Between Intel's Haswell and Ivy Bridge CPUs? So What's the Difference Between Intel's Haswell and Ivy Bridge CPUs? Looking for a new computer? Those shopping for a new Intel-powered laptop or desktop need to know the differences between the last and the latest generation of Intel processors. Read More on the desktop.

180GB Intel Jay Crest 335 Solid State Drive

intel jay crest 335 180GB

  • Price: $114.99; compare to $165
  • Retailer: NCIX — Buy it Now

This solid state drive (SSD) from Intel offers a three-year warranty along with solid performance. We’ve seen cheaper SSDs before, both in per-gigabyte pricing and in total cost, but this is among the cheapest synchronous NAND flash memory SSDs in recent memory. Synchronous NAND SSDs offer longer lifespans and higher performance than those equipped with asynchronous NAND.

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ADATA XPG V1.0 8GB RAM Desktop RAM DDR3

adata xpg 8GB desktop memory

  • Price: $49.99 after $20 MIR; compare to $89.99
  • Retailer: Tiger Direct — Buy it Now
  • Rebate: Link

Ever since a massive fire destroyed a RAM facility in Taiwan, prices have skyrocketed. Nowadays you would be hard pressed to find 8GB of RAM for $50. Fortunately, Tiger Direct is offering several sticks of RAM at heavily discounted prices.

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  • Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB Desktop Memory DDR3 — $54.99 after $30 MIR via Tiger Direct
  • Team Elite 8GB Desktop Memory DDR3 – $64.99 via Newegg

Conclusion

The top deal this week, if you can handle dealing with customer service, is the $99 Core i5-4430 CPU with a price-match. While it takes a bit of work to get it, many reports indicate brick-and-mortars will price match it. I wouldn’t bother trying with Tiger Direct. Regarding price-matching, Staples is among the best, although this deal is so ridiculously low (the retailer loses money on it) your mileage will definitely vary.

Another great pick is the refurbished Lenovo Miix 2 tablet. It’s a solid performer and available at a steep discount!

That’s it for this week folks! Check back next week for the same great deals!

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