The end of spring’s sales arrives this week, with retailers dropping prices on large numbers of electronic goods. In particular, we’ve got liquidations on Motorola’s fabulous Moto X, the Verizon Moto G, an extremely cheap HP tablet and a large number of computer components. This is a great week for Android smartphone users and system builders.
Top Tablet and Smartphone Deals
- Price: $274.99; compare to $599 MSRP
- Retailer: eBay – Buy It Now
Motorola’s Moto X is still among the best phones today. Its touchless controls offer an unparalleled degree of user friendliness. While the specifications appear anemic (dual-core), the Moto X is actually a quad-core phone, with two cores specially underclocked to function as low-power processors. It also includes a small degree of water-resistance – its circuit boards have a special treatment that reduces shorting when wet. I consider the Moto X to be the best Android smartphone available.
June 5th is also the last remaining day of the Moto X sale, over at Motorola. The sale comes on the back of Motorola announcing the Moto Maker assembly plant in Texas will soon shutter, ending the brief stint of the only American assembled smartphone. Despite the news, the phone’s price is excellent. You can also purchase the 16GB Moto X from Motorola for $349. The Republic Wireless model (a WiFi/Sprint based MVNO) sells for $299.
- Price: $50; compare to $189.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Best Buy — Buy It Now
This is a really good deal. While it comes locked to Verizon’s prepaid service, it comes without a contract. If you can’t stomach Verizon’s prepaid service, a lot of users suggest turning it into a cheap WiFi tablet. For $50, it can’t be beat.
It offers a quad core Snapdragon 400 Cortex A7 CPU, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and Android KitKat. It’s a really good, entry level handset.
- Price: $84.99
- Retailer: HP – Buy It Now
- Coupon code: RETMENOT15HP or SAVE15HP
The HP 7 Plus is an ultra-budget 7-inch 1024 x 600 display tablet, offering decent specs, particularly for the price. It includes a quad core 1GHz Cortex A7 (optimized for low-lower applications). It also includes 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and a 2800 mAh battery. While it only has Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, it manages to come in at a hard to pass up price point. Few tablets in the sub $100 range can offer similar specs.
These devices make for great starter tablets for the elderly or children. Unfortunately, like most Jelly Bean devices, it lacks TRIM (what’s TRIM?).
- InfiniApps Slyde, smartphone mount — $16.50 after coupon code ‘MLCY04FN’ via Meritline
- ZTE Open C Firefox OS Smartphone — $89.99 via eBay
- T-Mobile 4G 16GB iPad Air 9.7-inch — $528 via T-Mobile
Top Laptop Deals
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3-inch Laptop (Refurbished)
- Price: $949.99; compare to $1,199 MSRP
- Retailer: Newegg – Buy It Now
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro comes in a 13.3-inch form factor and offers a ridiculously high resolution screen at 3200×1800, with a flexible hinge. It also includes the latest consumer ultra-low voltage Intel Core i5-4500U dual core CPU and Windows 8.1. Unlike many refurbished units, Lenovo provides a full year of warranty. So if something goes wrong, your investment is covered.
HP Pavilion 17.3-inch Laptop (Refurbished)
- Price: $404.99; compare to $499.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Newegg – Buy It Now
This laptop offers the latest Richland (Kaveri APUs aren’t available on laptops yet) APU (what’s an APU?). It includes 8GB of RAM, an integrated Radeon HD 8650G GPU, a 1600 x 900 display and Windows 8. Combined with a 6-cell battery, the 25-watt A10-5750M APU should provide somewhere in the ballpark of 5 hours of battery life.
Overall, it’s a decent laptop, although it unfortunately only includes a 90-day warranty.
- 20% off desktops, laptops and tablets — coupon code ‘BW?LSD7039HNFK’ via Dell Outlet
Top Desktop Components and Systems
- Price: $188; compare to $224 MSRP
- Retailer: Fry’s – Buy It Now
The Intel Core i5-4670 CPU, using the Haswell (what’s the difference between Haswell and Ivy Bridge?) architecture, offers better single-threaded performance and energy efficiency, compared to many of AMD’s processors. Although its multiplier is locked, meaning it cannot overclock, it still offers a lot of bang for the buck at its particular price point.
Unfortunately, this item is available for in-store pick-up only. However, you can get a price-match from many Internet, and brick-and-mortar, retailers, including Tiger Direct (maybe), Staples, Best Buy and more.
- Price: $54.99; compare to $109.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Tiger Direct — Buy It Now
- Coupon code: TVS129748
The PNY XLR8 line of budget SSDs offers a healthy middle-ground between performance, quality and price. It features the longer-last, and better performing, synchronous NAND memory modules. Because of a lack of competitive budget drives, I don’t think there’s a better alternative at the $60 price point.
I recently used the XLR8 in a custom media center build. It’s an excellent drive. However, be sure to optimize your SSDs for optimal performance.
PNY GTX 770 4GB PCIe Graphics Card
Price: $309.99; compare to $507.99 MSRP Retailer: Amazon — Buy It Now The GTX 770 graphics card offers powerful performance. At its current price point, it’s steeply discounted. While most gamers won’t notice the difference between 4GB of GDDR5 video RAM and 2GB, the fact that it’s now cheaper than models with less memory means it’s a great deal. The PNY offers DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and display port video output ports. It offers a resolution of 2560×1600. It can also link up with another graphics card in an SLI configuration. PNY also offers a “lifetime” warranty, if you register the card. However, keep in mind that lifetime warranties relate to the lifetime of the production of the product in question. That can be from 2 to 4 years.
- MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 ATX motherboard — $109.99 after $10 MIR via Newegg
- Intel 335 Series Jay Crest SSD 180GB — $89.99 after coupon code ‘GAMEUP10’ via Newegg
- Crucial MX100 Series 256GB — $99.99 with coupon code ‘DNT129385’ via Tiger Direct
- Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD — $121.50 via Newegg if paid with a Mastercard and coupon code ‘MASTERPASS10′ via Newegg
- 2TB Western Digital external hard drive — $89.99 after coupon code ‘KTQ129799’ via Tiger Direct
- LG 25” Ultrawide (2560 x 1080) monitor — $219.99 via CostCo
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD — $109.99 after $20 MIR and coupon code ‘XVL128545’ via Tiger Direct
Cameras, Memory and Gadgets
- Price: $4,999.99; compare to $6,799.99 MSRP
- Retailer: eBay – Buy It Now
The Canon EOS 1D X is a high-end DSLR for professional photographers – it’s a full-frame DSLR. It shoots up to ISO 51200 (or higher in H2 mode) and includes a magnesium alloy body, an 18.1MP CMOS sensor and more. While the price is steep, the discount is deep as well.
- Nikon J1 Mirrorless camera with 10-30mm VR lens — $164.99 via Groupon
- Corsair Voyager Slider USB 3.0 flash drive — $43 after coupon code AFEB62 via Newegg
As summer starts to heat up, so do sales. My favorite picks from this week are the $350 Moto X, the $109.99 OCZ Vector 150 SSD (which has a rebate) and the $188 Intel Core i5-4670 CPU. Take a close look at the “More Deals” subsection under “Desktop Components and Systems”. There’s a lot of great deals.
I want to remind our readers about price-matching — if your favorite brick-and-mortar offers the same product, you’re probably better off getting it there. Brick-and-mortars make returns a lot easier than many online retailers.
That’s it for this week folks! Check back next week for the same great deals!