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This week, we’ve got a several tablets and laptops from Apple at solid discounts. Also, prices on a number of desktop components fell by large amounts, including an Asus 23.8-inch monitor, several solid state drives and more.

Smartphones and Tablet Users

We’ve got an Apple iPad Air for $70 off and a Lenovo MIIX tablet for cheap!

Apple iPad Air 16GB

apple ipad air

  • Price: $429.99; compare to $499.99
  • Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now

This is for a new in box, Apple iPad Air with 16GB of storage. It offers the latest A7 processor, along with WiFi, a Retina display and 10 hours of battery life. The iPad Air remains among one of the best, although pricey, tablets around.

Lenovo IdeaTab MIIX2-8 Windows 8.1 Tablet

lenovo miix2

  • Price: $279.99; compare to $349.99
  • Retailer: Newegg via eBay – Buy it Now

Lenovo’s IdeaTab MIIX2-8 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 64GB SSD, 2GB of memory and around 8 hours of battery life. As far as Windows tablets are concerned, the MIIX line of tablets offers good value.

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Also see:

  • Refurbished Apple iPad Mini 16GB — $199.99 via Radioshack
  • T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 — $59.99 with coupon code ‘CEWK1068′ via Newegg

Laptop Users

Apple fans will want to know that refurbished Haswell laptops are now available for 15% off.

Apple MacBook Pro Laptops (Refurbished)

macbook air

  • Price: 15% off 2013 models
  • Retailer: Apple – Buy it Now

Apple is discounting some of their refurbished 2012 and 2013 MacBook Air laptios. The prices range from $749 to $1,569. The Ivy Bridge (2012) laptops are marked down by up to 29% off and the Haswell models have a blanket 15% off. We’ve written about the differences 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 – the Haswell editions offer the best deal, though, so pick wisely.

Another point to note is that all refurbished Apple products include a full, year-long warranty. Keep in mind that there are big differences between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Which Is Best, A MacBook Air Or MacBook Pro? Both Models Compared Side-By-Side Which Is Best, A MacBook Air Or MacBook Pro? Both Models Compared Side-By-Side You might think Apple’s relatively small laptop selection would make choosing a model easy. For some people, that’s true, but for others the tight range of options and prices makes for a difficult choice. A... Read More .

System Builders

This week, we’ve got an AMD FX CPU, an ASUS monitor and several solid state drives at discounted prices!

AMD FX-8320 Black Edition Eight Core CPU for Socket AM3+

amd fx-8320 cpu

  • Price: $159.99; compare to $199.99 MSRP
  • Retailer: Amazon

While the AM3+ socket doesn’t have much life left, $159.99 for FX-8320 is a good deal. It offers extremely good performance in multithreaded applications, such as Adobe Premiere CS6. It runs at 3.4 to 4.0 GHz, although falls behind Intel’s offering in single threaded performance.

The Black Edition of CPU from AMD offers an unlocked multiplier, meaning it can be overclocked.

ASUS VN238H-P 23.8-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD Monitor

asus 238 monitor

  • Price: $134.99 after $20 MIR; compare to $229.99
  • Retailer: Newegg — Buy it Now
  • Coupon code: EMCYTZG45
  • Rebate: Link

This monitor from ASUS offers HDMI/MHL, D-Sub input, built-in speakers and an 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Online reviews on Newegg show it rating 4/5 stars. Overall, this is about as cheap as it gets for a 23.8-inch monitor.

PNY XLR8 240GB Solid State Drive

pny ssd 240gb

  • Price: $99.99 after $10 MIR; compare to $179.99
  • Retailer: Newegg — Buy it Now
  • Rebate: Link

The PNY XLR8 solid state drive (what’s an SSD? How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] Over the past few decades, there has been a considerable amount of work in the field of computer hardware. While computer technology is constantly improving and evolving, rarely do we experience moments where we simply... Read More ) offers good performance, particularly for a budget drive. From the various reviews I’ve seen, it offers fantastic value. Its current per-gigabyte pricing is the best I’ve seen this week at around 42 cents-per-gigabyte. It also offers AES-128 encryption, making it one of the few budget SSD drives to support such a feature.

Tiger Direct sells the same model, for $74.99, however, it comes with a $70 rebate.

For those of you who take the plunge, consider optimizing your SSD How To Optimize SSD Speed & Performance How To Optimize SSD Speed & Performance Although Solid State Drives can deliver break-neck computing speeds, most users don’t know a nasty secret - your drive might not be properly configured. The reason is that SSDs don’t come optimized out of the... Read More . If you ever need to format it, consider securely erasing your SSD How To Securely Erase Your SSD Without Destroying It How To Securely Erase Your SSD Without Destroying It SSDs can only be written to a limited number of times. This is a challenge, particularly for erasing data and doing so securely, which can vastly reduce performance and shorten SSD drive life. Read More .

See also:

  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Mini-ITX Case — $29.99 after a $10 MIR via Newegg
  • Crucial M500 250GB mSATA SSD — $109.99 via Amazon
  • Seagate 600 480GB SSD — $219.99 via Tiger Direct
  • ECS Intel Mini-ITX Motherboard-CPU Combo — $31.99 after $20 MIR via Newegg

Conclusion

My favorite deals this week are all system components. I didn’t see that many good deals in other areas, outside of Apple products. On the positive side, SSD prices continue to tumble. While the PNY XLR8 offers a low-cost drive with quality internal components, a lot of other drives remain competitive in pricing-per-gigabyte.

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

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