Tablets, Ubuntu-Certified Laptop and More [Tech Deals]

Kannon Yamada 23-03-2014

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 [No Longer Available]

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 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 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] 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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  1. friendlylinuxuser
    March 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    dragonmouth, you're one of the reasons nobody uses linux. because as soon as you enter the linux community, you see the fucking annoying distrobashing everywhere. 99.9% of the people would rather go outside and enjoy life instead of trying to get stupid archlinux to work. i can see how that might be appealing to someone who likes fiddling with config files and whatever, but most people don't. SO WHY? FUCK! ALL DISTROS ARE GOOD, GET OVER IT. jesus. who cares what distros ppl are running. i love ubuntu, and imho it's completely different from windows. it's more like mac os x, but better in every way.

  2. dragonmouth
    March 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Why don't you just say that the laptop is "Linux certified?" If it can run Ubuntu, it can run any other distro. Replacing Win 8 with Ubuntu, especially with the Unity DE, is exchanging one form of torture for another. If one is to replace Windows, one might as well use a real Linux distro like Slackware, Sabayon, Arch or antiX rather than a Windows wannabe (Ubuntu).

    • Kannon Y
      March 25, 2014 at 4:57 am

      Good point - "Ubuntu certification" is an Ubuntu-created certification that many companies use in their advertising. Although I personally I prefer Ubuntu, many Linux users (most probably) prefer using another distro. But basically, this is yet another one of those situations in which I've found myself using the terminologies that marketers wanted us to use, when in fact one might have written "Linux-compatible" and been more descriptive.

      I also must shamefully admit to loving Ubuntu 14 and the Unity interface. But that's a discussion for another time.

    • dragonmouth
      March 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

      To each his own. :-)

      I get little annoyed when all I keep hearing is Ubuntu, Ubuntu, Ubuntu. It's getting to the point where the average PC user thinks Linux==Ubuntu. Pretty soon Ubuntu will become another kleenex, xerox or coke.