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Retailers will call it the Mother’s Day sale – don’t be fooled. With the impending release of new summer products, retailers dump a lot of older stock. For example, both Motorola and Apple announced new devices targeted for this summer. Consequently, prices on older products will drop over the coming month. For example, this week we’ve got some great sales on MacBook Airs, the Moto X, solid state drives and more!

Tops Smartphones and Tablet Deals

We’ve got an Apple iPad Air for $70 off and a great deal on the Lenovo MIIX tablet!

Motorola Moto X Smartphone (MAY FIRST ONLY)

moto x

  • Price: around $100 off
  • Retailer: Motorola – Buy it Now

On May 1 only, Motorola will temporarily reduce the price of the entire Moto X line by ~$100. You can currently pick up three different models of Moto X. The 16GB model costs $299.99. The 32GB costs $324.99 and the developer edition runs $324.99. There’s some speculation as to whether or not the sale prices apply to phones from Republic Wireless, which uses a combination of the Sprint network and WiFi to provide cellular service. From what I could tell, the price applies to all phones – however, keep in mind that T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM networks, while Sprint and Verizon use CDMA.

Personally, I consider the Moto X to be the best smartphone on the market, period. It includes a number of touchless features, such as touchless controls and peek notifications. It also offers a good camera among other distinct and exotic features. Also, with Moto Maker you can also get a Bamboo-back or a number of custom skins.

Here’s a video demonstrating three of Moto X’s amazing features:


On the downside, the successor to the Moto X will release over the summer.

Note: Motorola offers several trade-in programs, which allow you to trade in your phone for a $100 prepaid Visa card. However, only certain phones might qualify for the trade-in.

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 64GB Windows 8.1 Tablet

lenovo miix 2

  • Price: $269.99; compare to $349.99
  • Retailer: Newegg – Buy it Now

This amazing deal is $10 cheaper than last week’s eBay sale. Lenovo’s IdeaTab Miix 2 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.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition

sony xperia z

  • Price: $449; compare to $649
  • Retailer: Google Play Store – Buy it Now

The Play Store edition of phones comes with stock Android and the ability to unlock and root the phone. This allows users to install custom ROMs or the Xposed Framework (what’s an Xposed Framework Customize Your Phone Without Flashing a ROM With The Xposed Framework Customize Your Phone Without Flashing a ROM With The Xposed Framework It is common knowledge that the best way to customize your Android device is to flash it with a new ROM. It is also wrong. Read More ?). The Sony Z Ultra comes with the latest version of Android (4.4), a gigantic 6.4-inch screen, weather resistance and a great deal more. It’s best seen as an entertainment oriented phone, designed for gaming or watching media.

This phone comes unlocked, meaning you can use it with any GSM carrier (what’s an MVNO What Is an MVNO and How Does It Save Money on Your Cellular Bill? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is an MVNO and How Does It Save Money on Your Cellular Bill? [MakeUseOf Explains] In the US and Canada, we're taught that we need to sign contracts because cell phones and cellular service are so pricey. That's a bald-faced lie. Read More ?). So make certain to do your research before taking the plunge.

Also see:

  • 10% +$100 extra off any model of Microsoft Surface Pro 2 10.6-inch tablet for students with coupon code: ‘GRADUATION’ – 10% +$100 off via Microsoft Store
  • Refurbished second generation 2013 Nexus 7 tablet — $139.99 (potentially $100 after coupon code 14812082) via Cowboom
  • InfiniApps Ministand Magnetic Suction Car Mount for smartphones — $21.99 via Meritline
  • Apple iPad Mini 32GB (non-Retina display) — $369.99 via Groupon
  • Unlocked Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone — $59 via Microsoft Store

Top Laptop Deals

Apple fans will want to know that refurbished Haswell laptops are, same as last week, still available for 15% off.

Apple MacBook Pro Laptops (Refurbished)

macbook air 2013

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

After announcing the new Apple MacBook Airs, Apple continues discounting some of their refurbished 2012 and 2013 MacBook Airs. The prices range from around $700 to $1,500. 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 – 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.

However, Apple just announced a new line of MacBook, due out over the summer. Which probably explains the recent price dip on Refurbished models. Also, for students, keep your eyes peeled for open box and refurbished models from Best Buy.

Top Desktop Components and Systems

This week we’ve got an SSD and a power load meter for low prices!

Crucial M500 240GB mSATA Solid State Drive

crucial m500

  • Price: $109.99; compare to $129.99
  • Retailer: Amazon — Buy it Now

This mSATA SSD 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 solid reliability, good performance and is perfect for any computer system that offers a mSATA connector and limited space. The current per-gigabyte pricing of 46 cents is great, and one of the lowest I’ve seen recently on the M500 series of drive.

If you buy, consider optimizing your system 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  for use with an SSD.

Rosewill Electricity Load Meter

rosewill load meter

  • Price: $14.99; compare to $29.99
  • Retailer: Newegg — Buy it Now
  • Coupon code: EMCYTZG224

Electricity load meters allow you to find how much power your gadgets consume. I’ve used them in the past to measure the efficiency of eco-friendly computers Can You Really Save Money By Building A Green PC? Can You Really Save Money By Building A Green PC? Read More . This particular model includes surge protection, cost calculations and CO2 production. It gets a five-star rating on Newegg.

Before buying, read up on how to measure your system’s power How Much Power Is Your PC Using? How Much Power Is Your PC Using? Computer power consumption can be estimated. Most of the components inside a PC have specific minimum and maximum power draw figures and, because quality control is so tight, it’s rare of a part to break... Read More  – and also be sure to check out some eco-friendly desktops Build Your Own Low-Wattage PC with Three Simple Design Rules Build Your Own Low-Wattage PC with Three Simple Design Rules After a few failures and experiments building my own fanless, highly efficient computer, I can share three low-wattage builds designs that dispense with most moving parts and minimize the number of fans used. Read More  that you can build yourself.

See also:

  • MyDigitalSSD 256GB mSATA SSD — $118 via Amazon
  • PNY XLR8 120GB SSD — $59.99 via eBay (BestBuy)
  • Samsung 840 Pro 256GB — $189.99 via Newegg
  • Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD — $59.99 via Newegg
  • Acer G7 23” Monitor — $129.99 with coupon code ‘EMCYTZG224’ via Newegg


My favorite deal this week, by far, is the discount on the Moto X. Most will look at the “dual core” (it’s not really a dual core) specs and conclude that it’s old. While the Moto X has been out for a while, its software features make it one of the most user friendly, and intuitive, smartphones ever built. If you are in the market for an unlocked smartphone, you can’t do much better than a $299 Moto X.

I also love the power load meter for almost everyone. You can use it to measure the power consumption of all electronic devices. Who knows? You might find a power waster and save money on your utility bill.

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

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  1. AriesWarlock
    May 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    any cheap SD cards to use on a samsung galaxy s5?