Tuesday tech deals: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD $188, Samsung 46" TV $698, Sony Vaio 13" Touch Ultrabook $610

By on May 28, 2013, 11:30 AM

71 LG Optimus Elite Android Smartphone for Virgin Mobile for $50 + free shipping

Best Buy offers the LG Optimus Elite 3G Android Smartphone for Virgin Mobile in Black or White for $49.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention from a week ago and the lowest shipped price we've seen. (It's a current price low by $13.) Features include a 3.5" touchscreen LCD, 5-megapixel camera, video recording, GPS, wireless and 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, up to 7.2 hours of talk time, and Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread).

91 Samsung 256GB SATA 2.5" Internal SSD w/ $9 credit for $188 + free shipping

Beach Camera via Rakuten Shopping offers the Samsung 256GB 840 Pro Series Serial ATA 6Gb/s 2.5" MLC Internal SSD, model no. MZ-7PD256BW, for a final checkout price of $187.99 with free shipping ($0.73/GB). Plus, get 940 Rakuten Super Points with your order. (They convert to $9.40 Rakuten Shopping credit.) Assuming you use the credit, that's $21 under our mention from last month and the lowest total price we could find by $50. Features include read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s.

70 Refurb Lenovo Twist Core i5 13" Touchscreen Laptop for $464 + free shipping

Lenovo offers its factory-refurbished 3.5-lb. Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230U Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7GHz 12.5" Ultrabook, model no. 3347XF2, for $545.30. Coupon code "OUTLET15" cuts it to $463.50. With free shipping, that's $116 under yesterday's mention of a similarly configured new unit (with an added 24GB SSD) and the lowest total price we've seen for any ThinkPad Twist. This Ultrabook converts into a touchscreen tablet and features an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 12.5" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, USB 3.0, 8-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. A 1-year Lenovo warranty applies.

Samsung 46" 1080p WiFi LED LCD TV, $200 Dell GC for $698 + free shipping

Dell Home offers the Samsung 46" 1080p WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. UN46EH5300FXZA, bundled with a $200 Dell eGift Card for $697.99 with free shipping. Assuming you'll use the gift card, that's $52 under our mention from four days ago the lowest total price we've seen for this TV. (It's also a current price low by $200.) It features a native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), LED backlight, WiFi and Ethernet, Samsung Apps (with Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more), and three HDMI inputs.                                                                                           

74 Sony VAIO Ivy Core i3 Dual 1.8GHz 13" Touch Ultrabook for $610 + free shipping

Sony Store offers its 3.5-lb. Sony VAIO T-Series Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 1.8GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Ultrabook in Silver Mist, model no. SVT131290X, for $609.99 with free shipping via the directions below. That's $270 off and the best price we could find for a Sony VAIO laptop with these upgrades. (We saw a similar configuration with less RAM and a slightly bigger display bundled with a $50 newegg gift card for $10 less in April.) It features an Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 touchscreen LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, and Windows 8 64-bit. Deal ends June 1.

Digital 007 4-in-1 Wireless Headphones for $12 + $3 s&h

As one of its daily deals, 5StarDeal offers the Digital 007 4-in-1 Wireless Headphones, model no. 72-36210, for $12 plus $2.99 for shipping. That's a buck under our mention from last fall and the lowest total price we could find, also by $1. Features include a 30-foot wireless range, volume control, and radio tuner. The headphones require two AAA batteries and the transmitter base requires two AAA batteries (none included). Deal ends today.

57 Samsung ST88 16MP 5x Digital Camera for $80 + free shipping

DB Roth via eBay offers the Samsung ST88 16.1-Megapixel Digital Camera in Black or Purple for $79.99 with free shipping. That's $20 under our mention from last fall and the lowest total in-stock price we could find for it in either color by $21. It features a 3" LCD, 5x optical zoom, 720p video recording, panorama image capability, picture in picture, optical image stabilization, face recognition, microUSB connectivity, and microSDHC card slot.

 



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JC713 JC713 said:

$188 for a 840 Pro. Good deal.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Samsung have the fastest SSDs from my experience. But I always go Intel for the warranty, no matter the price.

JC713 JC713 said:

Samsung have the fastest SSDs from my experience. But I always go Intel for the warranty, no matter the price.

Yeah if Samsung had a 5 year warranty I would be completely sold. What is the Intel warranty?

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Yeah if Samsung had a 5 year warranty I would be completely sold. What is the Intel warranty?

It says 5 years now. They weren't when first released. Although Intel will have a replacement the next day. Not sure of the quality of service with Samsung.

JC713 JC713 said:

Non-sandforce Intel SSDs are the only ones I will think of.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Non-sandforce Intel SSDs are the only ones I will think of.

Intel 520 Sandforce increased the performance of my servers by a LOT over the 320 non-sandforce. What's your beef?

JC713 JC713 said:

Intel 520 Sandforce increased the performance of my servers by a LOT over the 320 non-sandforce. What's your beef?

Yes, but sand force controllers are known to be unreliable.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Yes, but sand force controllers are known to be unreliable.

That's simply untrue. I have had failures on the 320's but not the 520's. I run servers that are constantly random-read/writing to the drives 24/7 and 520's are faster and more reliable.

JC713 JC713 said:

That's simply untrue. I have had failures on the 320's but not the 520's. I run servers that are constantly random-read/writing to the drives 24/7 and 520's are faster and more reliable.

They have probably been improved since I have used one.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

They have probably been improved since I have used one.

That is probably true. There were some firmware issues initially

1 person liked this | Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Intel 520 Sandforce increased the performance of my servers by a LOT over the 320 non-sandforce. What's your beef?

Yes, but sand force controllers are known to be unreliable.

Wasn't the actual sandforce controllers that were unreliable. It was bad initial firmware *coupled* with crap Intel SATA drivers and dodgy Intel chipset power saving features. Intel's SATA 3 implementation was rubbish and out of spec. Chipsets dropping voltages out of spec causing device instability for example. Sandforce just happened to expose the issues and everyone else got off scott free off their work pushing the barrier as it were.

Intel waited to release 520s until after OCZ etc exposed the issues and they were ironed out and got a nice squeaky clean release. How convenient for no leg work?

Even now Intel drivers have poor support for RAID + TRIM. Newer drivers are software locked to support RAID-0 on 7 series boards (you can hack the drivers to gain the support in 6 and 5 series) so again pathetic Intel support for a feature they should have had 3+ years ago.

A lot of misrepresentation over Sandforce controllers still floating around. The Sammy's and OCZ's new controllers outperform them now anyway.

I have 2 Sandforce SSDs with zero problems in 2 years and they are beasts. Zero regrets.

JC713 JC713 said:

Great explanation. Is Intel Rapid Storage Technology Intel's SATA drivers? Or is it an actual SATA controller driver?

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

The RSTs are the problem - I believe they contain the SATA controller driver if I'm not mistaken. The consistency of performance is still an issue and general functional support is still an issue. E.g. you can get greatly varying SSD performance depending on RST version. You also have deficient TRIM support on all versions in varying scenarios.

I would not confidently install the latest RSTs if I was setting up a RAID array with SSDs for example. In fact even for a single drive, I'd be careful and check enthusiast forums for RST version recommendations.

JC713 JC713 said:

I guess I will stick with my decision to get a 840 Pro SSD for my Haswell build. The new firmware is supposed to improve performance.

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

I guess I will stick with my decision to get a 840 Pro SSD for my Haswell build. The new firmware is supposed to improve performance.

Yes actually I was looking at doing the same

Ryan Evans Ryan Evans said:

Yes, but sand force controllers are known to be unreliable.

Try to refrain from the Marvell ports because they usually give lower 4k reads and writes. They can cause system instability and one can experience freezing/stuttering and longer boot times when enabled because it is a 3rd party addon, has a limited bandwidth of ~or below 400MB/s for both of the ports total (even in RAID 0 while the SATA 3Gb/s ports can reach higher speeds), higher latencies, and from what I have found still do not support TRIM

JC713 JC713 said:

Try to refrain from the Marvell ports because they usually give lower 4k reads and writes. They can cause system instability and one can experience freezing/stuttering and longer boot times when enabled because it is a 3rd party addon, has a limited bandwidth of ~or below 400MB/s for both of the ports total (even in RAID 0 while the SATA 3Gb/s ports can reach higher speeds), higher latencies, and from what I have found still do not support TRIM

Yeah they have always had slow 4k read/writes. It is improving though.

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