Dealmaster: Get a Samsung T5 portable SSD for $128

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by a deal on Samsung’s T5 portable solid-state drive, with the 500GB version now up for $128 on Amazon. The speedy SSD has typically gone in the $150-170 range for most of the year; this deal price is a new low.

Not everyone needs something like this, but backing up your data is always a good idea, and a portable hard drive makes it easy to transport that data on the go. A portable SSD is more durable, compact, and much faster than a portable HDD, but they typically come at a significant price premium. This deal price, however, brings things closer to genuine parity.

The T5 here comes with USB-C to C and USB-C to A cables, a three-year warranty, and 256-bit hardware encryption. Samsung advertises read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of 515MB/s; just know you’ll need to a device with USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports to get close to that. Provided your device isn’t that old, though, it should be fast either way.

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Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with an 8th-gen Core i7 for $580

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share.

Today’s list is led by a deal on Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 laptop with an 8th-gen Core i7 chip (quad-core, not six-core), 1080p display, and 8GB RAM. It is currently available for $580. You’ll have to deal with a 1TB HDD instead of a speedier SSD to start, and that 15.6-inch display won’t be as vibrant as it might be on pricier devices. But this configuration still gets you more power than usual for a sub-$600 notebook.

If you’re not bargain hunting for a new laptop, we still have plenty of deals left over from last-minute Father’s Day and E3 sales. Those include the lowest price we’ve seen on the Skyrim VR bundle of Sony’s PlayStation VR headset, which also includes two PlayStation Move motion controllers, at least $50 off the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, and savings on virtually every major gadget made by Amazon. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Take $50 off a PlayStation 4 Pro, plus many more deals for E3

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. With E3 in full swing this week, today’s list is led by a slew of deals on gaming hardware and services from Sony and Microsoft.

On the PlayStation 4 side, the offers cover Sony’s beefed-up PlayStation 4 Pro, the PlayStation VR headset, newer games like God of War, and a limited-edition version of the PlayStation 4 Slim. Xbox diehards, meanwhile, can save on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions as well as Microsoft’s 4K- and HDR-capable Xbox One X.

Beyond the gaming stuff, various retailers have also started up deals in preparation for Father’s Day this weekend. Amazon has cut prices on almost all of its major devices, for one, while a variety of audio gear and other gadgets can be had for cheaper than usual as well.

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Dealmaster: Sony discounts a bunch of PlayStation 4 things ahead of E3

Sony on Friday began its annual “Days of Play” sales event, which includes a variety of discounts on PlayStation 4 hardware and games.

The promotion, which the company first announced late last month, will run from June 8 to June 18. It will coincide with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the video game industry’s largest annual trade event, which begins this weekend in Los Angeles, California. Sony and the rest of the industry’s major players are expected to provide updates on several upcoming high-profile games at the event.

We’ve rounded up a few highlights of the promotion below:

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Dealmaster: Get a pair of Anker wireless exercise headphones for $30

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by a deal on a pair of affordable wireless exercise headphones from Anker, the company best known for its line of popular portable batteries. The Soundcore Spirit X, as the earbuds are called, are going for $30 on Amazon. That’s a $10 drop from their usual price.

The Spirit X launched last month, so there aren’t many reviews for them just yet, but the Dealmaster himself has been using them in recent weeks and feels comfortable recommending them. They’re still cheap headphones, so you can’t expect the world. But the Spirit X headphones are lightweight, their hook design has helped them fit snugly in my ears, and they’re IPX7-rated water-resistant, which should help them withstand workouts. They also use Bluetooth 5, which should make them a bit more efficient with newer phones that also support the spec.

Anker says the earphones get 12 hours of battery life, which is about right. And while you can definitely get better sound from pricier earbuds, they should satisfy people who are looking to pay $30 for a pair of earbuds. They give a massive boost to the bass, which some may not prefer, but they’re largely clean and inoffensive otherwise. They also come with an 18-month warranty if things go bad.

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Dealmaster: Save big on Google’s Pixelbook, Home Mini, and Daydream View

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share.

While Apple and its WWDC event are dominating the tech world’s headlines this week, Google seems to be fighting for the Dealmaster’s attention. A number of the Android-maker’s devices have gone on sale at various retailers this week, with discounts on the Pixelbook laptop, Home Mini smart speakers, and Daydream View virtual reality headset all happening simultaneously.

The Pixelbook discount is particularly notable, as it’s one of the biggest sales we’ve seen on Google’s flagship Chromebook. While the $750 deal price is still a good chunk of change to drop on a Chrome OS laptop, it’s much better than the premium-feeling notebook’s usual $1,000 price tag.

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Dealmaster: Get an AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processor for $185 after rebate

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by a one-day sale on PC components over at Amazon. The selection includes modest discounts on graphics cards, SSDs, routers, and portable hard drives. But the highlight of the bunch is a deal on AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700X processor, which is down to $215 outright but can effectively be had for $185 with a mail-in rebate. That’s as cheap as we’ve seen the eight-core, overclockable chip on Amazon to date.

We reviewed the 1700X’s slightly stronger brother, the Ryzen 7 1800X, when it debuted in early 2017 and found it to be excellent for workstations (at the time), if not quite on the level of Intel’s 7th-gen Core chips from a gaming standpoint. AMD has launched a new generation of chips since then, which has contributed to the price dip here, but the updates are relatively incremental. At this mid-range price, the 1800X is good value for those looking to save cash in building decently powerful rig. Just make sure to mail in that rebate on time.

If you have no need for new PC parts, though, we also have deals on iPads, 4K TVs, the Google home Mini, Qi wireless chargers, and more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Get a 65-inch LG OLED TV and a $300 Dell gift card for $1,900

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by a leftover Memorial Day deal on LG’s B7A OLED TVs, as Dell has dropped the 65-inch model down to $1,900. That’s a drop of around $500 from its usual going rate. The deal also includes a $300 gift card for Dell’s online shop, which should come in handy for those in need of new PC accessories.

A few things to note: Dell says the gift card will arrive via email sometime within 20 days, and it will expire if it’s not used within 90 days. Second, the B7A is about a year old at this point, so this looks like another example of a TV manufacturer blowing out its old inventory to make way for new models. By most accounts, though, LG’s new C8 series isn’t a drastic step forward from a picture-quality standpoint. New models support Google Assistant, trade some peak brightness for better motion handling, and include a new color-management system to help those who get their TVs calibrated achieve better accuracy. But for the most part, the new models aren’t a major leap compared to the already-excellent picture from last year’s sets.

More importantly for the Dealmaster’s purposes, the new 65-inch set likely won’t reach this low of a price for a few months. Right now, it’s going for around $3,500. If you don’t want to wait until the holidays, if you plan to make use of that gift card, and if you’re OK not having the absolute best mainstream TV out there, this is one of the few times we can call a $1,900 product a decent deal. Note that LG is selling the 55-inch B7A for $600 less, though we’ve seen that model sit around that price in the past.

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