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Desktop and mobile device prices on slightly older hardware remain quite good this year. In particular, Intel’s last generation of processor, Ivy Bridge, remains at hot sale prices for most of its devices. Also steeply discounted this week is a Chromebook and a smattering of desktop computers.
Mobile Device Users
This week, we’ve got great prices on the iPad, iPad Mini and Chromebook.
Apple iPad Mini 16GB (1st Generation)
- Price: $259.99; compare to $329.99
- Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now
Finding a discounted Apple iPad, Retina display or not, remains a difficult task. Fortunately, this particular deal offers a 21% discount on a brand-new iPad Mini. It includes 16 gigabytes of storage space, WiFi, a 7.9-inch screen and more. It comes in black or white.
Acer C720 Chromebook, 16GB (Refurbished)
- Price: $179; compare to $250 MSRP
- Retailer: Amazon — Buy it now!
Although refurbished, this particular Chromebook is manufacturer refurbished, meaning it received service from an Acer approved vendor. As such, it includes a 90-day warranty.
The important parts of the Chromebook are the CPU – this one offers the latest Haswell architecture, from Intel. It also includes an SSD (how do SSDs work?) and outstanding battery performance. You might notice that Chromebooks don’t offer more than 2GB of RAM – this is normal for the operating system.
If you do take the plunge, make sure to check out some of the best apps for the Chromebook. Also consider installing Chrubuntu (Ubuntu Linux for Chromebooks). It will turn your machine into a complete operating system. Be sure to read up on the multiple methods of reformating or reinstalling the OS.
Apple iPad 128GB, 4th Generation with 4G and SmartCover [No Longer Available]
- Price: $599.99; compare to $929
- Retailer: eBay — Buy it now!
It’s hard finding steeply discounted Apple iPads. Fortunately, this particular deal offers an awesome 35% off ($329.01) the face value of the iPad. It also includes a cellular radio and a SmartCover.
BlackBerry Z10 16GB Unlocked Smartphone [No Longer Available]
- Price: $199.99; compare to $269.99
- Retailer: eBay – Buy it Now
The BlackBerry Z10 offers good performance and, at this price for an unlocked unit, a killer entry point. BlackBerry phones generally are regarded as more secure than either Android or Apple products. Although, in all honesty, I wouldn’t know.
If you’re looking for a solid all-in-one PC or a workstation class PC, you’re in luck!
- Price: $599.99
- Retailer: Newegg — Buy it Now
This desktop offers an Ivy Bridge Core i7 CPU, along with a 2TB hard drive, 8GB of RAM and Windows 8. The discrete graphics processor included in this deal offers solid performance but overall may require upgrading if your primary interest is gaming.
- Price: $619.99; compare to $679.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Dell – Buy it Now
- Coupon code: 7CGSBDFTF3TNBR
This particular all-in-one desktop offers a 23-inch monitor and a G2030 Pentium class CPU. Many all-in-one computers use lower wattage CPUs, in order to keep the units as thin and lightweight as possible. I don’t think the particular CPU used is the best possible choice.
Desktop and laptop computers appear to be dropping in price this month. I marginally prefer the Chromebook, for its price-point, relatively good feature set, steepness of discount, and the potential for installing Ubuntu on it. However, all the prices this week are good, particular for mobile devices.