Pay close attention this week to the $399 contract-free iPhone 5c from Microcenter, as well as an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active for $264.99. We’ve also got tablets, laptops, cameras, memory cards and computer parts!
Top Tablet and Smartphone Deals
- Price: $399.99 + $5.99 shipping; compare to $649.99
- Retailer: Microcenter – Buy it Now
The iPhone 5c is a good smartphone (iPhone 5c review) It’s hard finding substantially discounted iPhones anywhere. This deal is hot enough that Microcenter may not actually be able to fulfill online orders – however, retailers such as Staples and Best Buy commit to price-matching. I highly suggest that you call up a customer service representative at an Internet retailer and request a price-match — before Microcenter changes their price. To price-match, simply copy the link to the discounted 5c and speak with a customer service rep from a company that does online price-matching.
Note: This is for the white iPhone 5c.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Smartphone (Unlocked and Refurbished)
- Price: $264.99; compare to $649.99 MSRP
- Retailer: eBay — Buy it Now
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is identical to the regular S4 (S4 review), except it includes a degree of water and dust resistance. For the price, this is an amazing deal. It includes a quad-core CPU, 4G network compatibility and an AMOLED screen – and a great deal more. Even with the S5 in circulation, the S4 is still a very fast phone and at this price, it’s a killer deal. On the downside, it’s seller refurbished, doesn’t come in an its original packaging and may have cosmetic defects.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2″ Black 32GB Tablet (Manufacturer Refurbished)
- Price: $449.99; compare to $749.99
- Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2″ has the best performing tablet in the 12.2″ form factor. It includes a stylus, Android KitKat (4.4) and a gorgeous 2560 x 1600 screen resolution. It also includes 3GB of RAM, dual-band wireless-AC and microSD expandable memory. Its battery size is a ridiculously large 9,500 mAh, giving it around 13 hours of continuous use. I’ve never seen it this cheap before – although take into account it’s manufacturer refurbished, meaning it carries a Samsung 90-day warranty.
Hisense Sero 7 LT 7-Inch Tablet (Refurbished)
$24.99 for a tablet isn’t a big risk, even if it turns out to suck. While the somewhat low resolution 1024 x 600 pixel screen, 4GB of storage and dual-core CPU won’t blow anyone away, the low price, and access to the Google Play Store, make it a excellent e-reader or children’s tablet. It includes all the basic features required of a low-spec tablet, and the risk to buyers is very minimal.
- Apple iPad Air 16GB Tablet With Retina Display — $399.99 via eBay
- ASUS Google 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet — $159.99 via Staples
- Logitech Ultimate Ears 500vm Headset w/On-Cord Mic & Controls For Android Phones— $14.99 via eBay
- Verizon Moto G Prepaid Smartphone (no contract, but Verizon only) — $48.99 via Fry’s (in store only)
- Magnetic cell phone car mount — $16.50 with coupon code ‘MLCY25EN’ via Meritline
- Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Octa Core (FACTORY UNLOCKED) — $499.99 via eBay
- Sony XPERIA Z1 C6903 (FACTORY UNLOCKED) 20.7MP – 16GB— $399.99 eBay
- Apad 7″ kid’s tablet with ruggedized case — $89.99 with code ‘EYWYNIJX’ via Amazon
Top Laptop and Mobile PC Deals
- Price: $0.00, with $64.99/month cable service – laptop/tablet valued at $399.99
- Retailer: Time Warner Cable – Buy it Now
Time Warner Cable requires that you must switch from another cable/Internet provider and be a new customer (meaning you need to not currently be a customer). The laptop retails for roughly $350. To get the deal, you must register with TWC. It also requires that you sign up for the $64.99 a month plan, which includes 100Mbps downstream and 5mbps upstream data speeds. It also forces you into a 12 month contract. Overall, the monthly price isn’t bad, although TWC has a lot of critics.
- HP Pavilion TouchSmart 17-e123cl 17.3″ Refurbished — $399.99 via Staples
- Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive— $69.99 via Newegg
- ASUS K55 Series Notebook AMD A8 Quad-Core, 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD — $371.00 via Focus Camera
- Samsung D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive — $89.99 via eBay
Top Desktop Components and Systems
- Price: $179.99 (or less); compare to $219.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Newegg – Buy it Now
You can quality for an additional $30 off by using an American Express Blue card (which is offering a $15 off any $150 in purchases) and using Google Wallet (another $15) to check out. You must use the iPhone device which includes the Google Wallet app.
This desktop uses a quad core Celeron line of CPU, known as the J1900 – formerly known as the Atom. It’s ultra energy efficient, oftentimes pulling around 20-30 watts for an entire system. It also includes a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and Windows 8.1, 64-bit.
- WD Red 4TB 3.5″ SATA 64MB Hard Drive — $139.99 via eBay
- WD Green 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive — $144.99 with coupon ‘6SANNSALE188’ via Newegg
- Intel 335 Series 240GB Solid-State Drive — $119.97 after $40 MIR via Tiger Direct
- Seagate 600 Series 480GB SSD — $189 after $30 MIR via Tiger Direct
- PNY Optima 240GB SSD — $84.99 after coupon code ‘EXLEMC2372’ via Newegg
Cameras, Memory and Gadgets
- Price: $32.99; compare to $34.99 MSRP
- Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now
For a microSD card, this is a really good buy.
- Price: $299.98; compare to $699.99 MSRP
- Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now
As far as mirrorless cameras go, the NX2000 is about as cheap as they come. It received reviews ranging from 4.5 to 3 stars. It also includes baked-in social sharing features.
My favorite picks this week are the iPhone 5c and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Both are killer deals on contract-free phones. I recommend pairing the Galaxy Active with a $45/month plan from Straight Talk Wireless. It includes 4GB of 4G data, which borders on the absurd.
That’s it for this week folks! Check back next week for the same great deals!