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Want a tablet or Ubuntu-supported laptop? This week, we’ve got fantastic deals!

Tablet Users

Looking for a 7 or 8-inch tablet? This week includes deals on the LG Pad 8.3 and the 2012 Nexus 7.

LG G Pad 8.3

LG Pad 8.3

  • Price: $249.99; compare to $349.99
  • Retailer: Newegg — Buy it now

The LG G Pad 8.3 offers high end specs for a tablet – it includes an 8.3-inch 1900×1200 IPD, HD screen, 2 gigabytes of RAM and a Snapdragon 600 – it’s remarkably similar to the Nexus 7, except it has a larger screen, slightly faster CPU (the Nexus 7 technically features an underclocked Snapdragon 600 CPU) and a lower price (at its sale price). There’s also a Play Edition version, meaning the non-Play edition may receive better custom ROM support.

I should mention rumors circulated around the LG Pad 8.3 as the basis for the theorized Nexus 8. Considering that it offers nearly identical specifications to the Nexus 7, this rumor may actually play out.

Nexus 7 2012

nexus 7 fhd tablet

  • Price: $144.99; compare to $269.99
  • Retailer: Staples — Buy it now

The 2012 edition of the Nexus 7 still offers good performance for an Android tablet. We’ve reviewed the 2012 Nexus 7 Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway We purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 for $249 which I've been reviewing for a week or so now, and I've really grown to love the little thing. We'll be giving it away at the end... Read More before, and it’s a great piece of tech. This particular model includes 32 gigabytes of storage and the Tegra 3 chipset. It also features the latest build of Android (version 4.4). However, it won’t receive any more firmware updates, outside of the custom ROM community. However, if you enjoy custom ROMs, the Nexus 7 offers one of the most mature selections of ROMs on the market (how to find a custom ROM How to Find and Install a Custom ROM for Your Android Device How to Find and Install a Custom ROM for Your Android Device Android is super customizable, but to fully take advantage of that, you need to flash a custom ROM. Here's how to do that. Read More ).

Note: This also qualifies for an additional 5% back in credit at Staples, if you are a Rewards member.

Also see:

  • Lenovo IdeaTab S5000 — $149.99 via eBay
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — $299.00 via Newegg
  • Samsung Galaxy Light, unlocked smartphone — $130 via ShopHQ
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet — $229 via Microsoft

Laptop Users

This week, we have a low-priced Ultrabook.

Samsung ATIV Book 4 15.5-inch Ultrabook (Refurbished)

samsung ativ

  • Price: $529.99
  • Retailer: Best Buy — Buy it now

The Samsung ATIV laptop series offers a quality aluminum body, Windows 8 and a Core i7 (dual-core) ultra-low voltage CPU. It’s Ivy Bridge (2012), but still a remarkably good deal. The ATIV also features 8GB of RAM, a 750 gigabyte hard drive and a 15.6-inch display.

Also of note, the ATIV 4 series is Ubuntu certified. If you don’t play around with Ubuntu, you need to know some important differences exist What's The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained] What's The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained] If you've been introduced to the world of Linux, it probably didn't take too long to notice that it doesn't have a single "face". Linux can sport all kinds of desktop environments, or none at... Read More .


Out of the deals presented here, I prefer the LG Pad 8.3. It’s a fantastic tablet, for a better price than even the Nexus 7, 2013 edition. The other deals are uniformly good, though, and if you’re in the market for either an Ultrabook or tablet all these are good picks at steep discounts.

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

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