$400 iPhone 5c, $265 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and More [Tech Deals]

Kannon Yamada 26-06-2014

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

iPhone 5c 32GB (AT&T, No Contract)

iphone 5c

  • Price: $399.99 + $5.99 shipping; compare to $649.99

The iPhone 5c is a good smartphone (iPhone 5c review iPhone 5c Review And Giveaway At this year's iPhone event, Apple announced not one, but two new iPhones, a first for the company. We are giving away an unlocked 16 GB green iPhone 5c to one lucky winner. Read More ) 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)

samsung galayx s4 active

  • 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 Review and Giveaway Samsung's current flagship device, the Galaxy S4 marries no-compromises hardware with Google's mobile operating system, slathered with a thick layer of Samsung's own software overlays and customizations. That doesn't mean the outcome is perfect. How... Read More ), 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)

samsung galaxy note pro 122

  • 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)

hi sense 7 inch tablet

  • Price: $24.99 after $15 MIR; compare to $99.99 MSRP
  • Retailer: Newegg – Buy it Now
  • Rebate:Download

$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.


More Deals!

  • ASUS Google 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet — $159.99 via Staples [No Longer Available]
  • 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
  • Apad 7″ kid’s tablet with ruggedized case — $89.99 with code ‘EYWYNIJX’ via Amazon

Top Laptop and Mobile PC Deals

Free Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series Laptop/Tablet Hybrid with Time Warner Subscription

dell inspiron 11 3000

  • 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.

More Deals!

  • HP Pavilion TouchSmart 17-e123cl 17.3″ Refurbished — $399.99 via Staples [No Longer Available]
  • 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

Top Desktop Components and Systems

Acer Aspire Desktop Intel J1900 Quad-Core 2.00GHz (Refurbished)

celeron j1900 desktop

  • 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.

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More Deals!

  • 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

G.SKILL 64GB MicroSDXC Flash Card [Broken URL Removed]

gskill microsd card 64gb

  • Price: $32.99; compare to $34.99 MSRP
  • Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now [Broken URL Removed]

For a microSD card, this is a really good buy.


Samsung NX2000 Mirrorless Camera

samung mirrorless

  • 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!

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