Retailers will keep liquidating last year’s stock until at least Spring. That means it’s a great time for deals. This week we’ve found a slightly discounted Nexus 5, which rarely shows up with any kind of discount. We’ve also got a cheap Ultrabook, an excellently priced Haswell CPU, a criminally priced mirrorless camera and a great Viewsonic monitor.
Who wants a discounted Nexus 5? Unfortunately, this is US only.
- Price: $394.99; compare to $399.99 via Google + shipping
- Retailer: Dailysteals via eBay — Buy now
I normally wouldn’t include an item that’s been discounted by 1%, but eBay also offers “eBay Bucks” which is a rewards program. You actually get free shipping, $7.90 back in credit and can apply eBay gift cards, if you have them. This deal stands out as Nexus 5’s rarely go on sale until the late summer or early fall.
We’ve reviewed the Nexus 5 before – and as a proud owner of one, it’s a great phone. I don’t know if it’s worth upgrading over a Nexus 4, but overall you get more than your money’s worth from it. It features the latest build of Android KitKat, Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM and it’s the first Nexus device with wireless-AC WiFi. It also comes in both black and white.
Cheap Ultrabook are hard to find. Fortunately, this week we’ve managed to find one!
ASUS Ultrabook S400CA-BSI3T12 14-inch Intel Core i3 3217U (1.80GHz) 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD (Refurbished)
- Price: $349.99; compare to $549.99 brand new
- Retailer: Newegg via eBay — Buy now
For those of you in the market for a laptop, you may have wondered what’s the deal with Ultrabooks? Matt did a great write up explaining the Ultrabook’s merits. If you’re interested, $349.99 is about the lowest price you can get for one. The ASUS model costs substantially less than even many budget laptops. While it uses the older generation Ivy Bridge generation of CPU and a small (standard for an Ultrabook) 3-cell battery, the battery life should be around 3 hours. By Haswell standards, that’s not that great – but it should get most people through short periods without socket access.
Like many Ultrabooks, the S400CA features an aluminum shell and 4GB of RAM. It comes with Windows 8 preinstalled.
Matt also provided some laptop buying tips for those considering taking the plunge. Be very careful and consider running some stress tests within the warranty period.
Fry’s is shipping a super cheap Pentium CPU this week.
- Price: $49; compare to $69.99 from Newegg
- Retailer: Fry’s — Buy now
Intel’s Pentium line of budget CPU makes for excellent HTPC and NAS systems. For most everyday uses, it’s an excellent, energy efficient processor. For $49, it’s a steal. I doubt Fry’s will keep this deal going for very long. Despite the confusing nomenclature, this CPU is actually Haswell, not Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge CPUs normally begin with a “3” – for some reason Intel dispensed with that convention for the Pentium series of processor.
You can read more regarding the G3220’s specs directly from Intel.
Cameras and Monitors
This week I found a monitor that I adore and a super low deal on a refurbished DLSR.
This is an excellent deal. The Nikon 1 J1 is a great entry level mirrorless camera. The accompanying freebie kit also includes two lenses and a pouch. This particular deal has been featured on other sites, but $199 is the lowest price by $100.
It comes in black, red and white. It also features a 90-day warranty, which isn’t bad for a refurbished model. For the price, though, I suggest checking out a third-party warranty company, such as SquareTrade.
- Price: $129.99; compare to $219.99 MSRP
- Retailer: Newegg via eBay — Buy now
The ViewSonic VX2370Smh is one of the best monitors, for the price, that I’ve ever owned. Unfortunately, I paid a bit more for my monitor. The only thing it’s lacking is VESA mounting compatibility – which are the four holes in the back of a monitor that let you mount it. But for those who don’t need this feature, strongly consider this deal.
It features a 1920 x 1080 IPS display with a 7 millisecond response time. For me, the key selling point was its matte, anti-glare finish, which remains a relatively less common alternative to glossy display screens. It also features a very high build quality and a stable base. I highly recommend this monitor.
I personally prefer the Pentium G3220 CPU, the mirrorless camera and the Viewsonic monitor. However, all deals presented here are among the best that you can on these particular items.
That’s it for this week folks! Check in again next week for the same low prices.