12 sweet cyber Monday tech deals
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The blur of in-store and online Black Friday deals came at us since October, but Cyber Monday offerings really only started to trickle out over the weekend and are in full force today, Nov. 26.
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Here’s a rundown of some of the better tech bargains to be had for those of you who waited through the weekend – or need to go on another binge following Black Friday.
Cyber Monday isn’t just a day for Amazon, which is celebrating Cyber Monday Deals Week, if that makes any sense. The Amazon website is laid out well, with products easily visible by categories and countdown clocks ticking away to show you how long deals last and what percentage of certain “Lightning Deals” are left. Items such as iPad cases are marked down by 50% or more, while laptops can be had for 20% off (and there are a lot of Windows 7 ones on the list) and wireless routers for 40% off or more.
Among the tech product markdowns:
*ASUS S56CA-WH31 15.6-Inch Ultrabook: This Windows 8 laptop is priced at $490, down from $700. It boasts an Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8 GHz processor and 500GB of storage.
* Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router: It’s a little hard for us to imagine this going over big under a Christmas tree, but might be a candidate for a family gift for those families still at 802.11b or 11a and not about to stick around for 11ac. The router is priced at $30, down from $60. With Linksys being a Cisco brand, you can set up the device using Cisco Connect software if you wish.
*X-Gear Men’s RFID Security Wallet: This Lightning Deal (when the supply is gone, it’s gone) might make for a good stocking stuffer -- $10 (half off) for this wallet designed to block would-be RFID snoopers from getting at your personal info.
Staples beat the rush and got its Cyber Monday deals going on Sunday, and they last until midnight Monday.
*Gateway NV57H103u 15.6" Laptop: Got a person on your list who just might not be able to handle Windows 8? This Gateway machine with a 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1GHz 3MB L3 cache processor comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. And the price is right at $350, $200 off the regular price.
*Adobe Photoshop & Premier Elements 11 for Windows/Mac: For the artistic sorts on your list who haven’t invested in Photoshop yet and want to do more than they can do with Instagram – a single-user version for $75, http://www.staples.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Premier-Elements-11-for-Windows-Mac-1-User-Boxed/product-nr_957443 half off the regular price.
*Garmin nuvi 40LM Portable GPS: For $90 ($60 off), you can help a relative or friend make it to your home without getting lost next time around with this GPS device.
Best Buy, like some of the others, also stretched Cyber Monday into a two-day event, starting Sunday. Among its extras: a $25 savings code with store pickup of items costing $250 or more.
*Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with 8GB memory: Best Buy has knocked $70 off the price of this WiFi-only iPad alternative running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The price: $180.
*HTC - One X 4G Mobile Phone - White (AT&T): Best Buy is offering a handful of phones for free. Well, of course there is there little thing about 2-year contract activation… so not really free, but you know the routine. This Android 4.0 device boasts an 8MP camera, 4.7-inch display and more.
*Sony Blu-Ray Disc Player (BDP-S185): Uncle Elmer finally got the flatscreen TV but still has the VCR. Treat him to a Blu-Ray player for $70, $30 off the regular price.
*Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Bundle w/ Kinect Adventures & Disneyland (Xbox 360): Retailers are practically giving away the Xbox 360 this season, bundling it with this, that and the kitchen sink. At $250, you save $50 and can wrap up a bunch of different little packages to make this gift go far.
*Seiki 32" 720p LCD HDTV: Sure, you might not know the name Seiki, but at $180 ($70 off) perhaps this Sears sale itemis worth a shot if you’re not set on 1080p.
*Apple iPod touch with starter kit: Apple is pushing its 32GB and 64GB iPod touches, but at Walmart you can get the low-end 16GB edition, plus a starter pack that includes a car charger for a total of $180.
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