Every new build faces what's becoming an age-old question: More storage or faster performance? Well, you can have your cake and eat it, too, because what good is a cake if you're not going to devour it? But we digress. The point is, if you're tasked with the same question, then perhaps you'll find the answer in today's top deal for a Seagate 2TB 3.5-inch Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive for $120 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code EMCWXWR23). This HDD offers 2TB of storage space (7200 RPM) paired with 8GB of MLC NAND flash memory to speed up everyday chores.
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All it takes is for one cloud outage or data breach to serve as a reminder why local backups are still relevant. The problem is, most laptops these days don't ship with an optical drive, so if you're sitting on stacks of unused discs, you might as stock up on drinks and use them coasters. Alternately, have a look at today's top deal for an LG USB 2.0 External Super Multi DVD Rewriter (GE24NU40) for $40 with free shippping (normally $60 - use coupon code 0924CLRNCE299; additional $7 mail-in-rebate). This drive can sit vertically or horizontally and it supports LightScribe, too.
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What the flip? We're as baffled as you are as to how Lenovo can cram two GPUs into a gaming laptop that's a mere 1.4 inches at its thinnest point, surround it Haswell and other high end goodies, and then keep th price tag around a grand. Incredible? Sure, and also the topic of today's top deal, which is for a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p notebook for $1,050 with free shipping (normally $1,150). This 15.6-inch (1920x1080) system comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 4700MQ processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and dual Nvidia GeForce GT 750M GPUs in SLI.
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There was a time when a gaming grade kit of RAM would required a second mortgage. Not anymore, and especially not with today's top deal for a 16GB kit of Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1866 Gaming Memory for $130 with free shipping (normally $153 - use coupon code 0813BTS27). This kit boats 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.5V and uses an enhanced heat spreader design.
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Barring a full-on battery backup with built-in surge suppression, a surge suppressor is the next best bet for protecting your A/V gear. If you're in the market for one, today's top deal is for a Tripplite 8 Outlet Ultimate Protection Home Theater A/V Surge Suppressor for $35 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code: EMCXPXN25). It has eight AC outlets, Ethernet RJ45 surge protection, and three sets of surge-protected Type F gold HD 2.2GHz coaxial connectors.
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If the PC market is insistent on moving towards smaller form factors and mobile devices, then kudos to Crucial for following along. The memory maker announced new Ballistix Sport SODIMMs designed to boost performance of gaming laptops, all-in-one systems, and mini ITX setups that require the smaller size memory modules. The new memory kits feature low latencies and are optimized for Haswell, Crucial says.
Office workers are taking PC problems into their own hands.
A nationwide survey conducted online in March 2013 by Harris Interactive on behalf of Crucial found that the majority of office workers who use a computer are reluctant to call the IT department for tech support. Instead, 53 percent of the 2,144 U.S. adults said they attempt to fix their computer problems on their own or solicit help from a co-worker/someone else. What makes this finding even more interesting is that computer problems ranked as the top reason for decreased productivity.
Life is hard, play short. No, that's not Nike's new slogan, but Crucial may want to adopt it to promote its new Ballistic Low Profile (LP) memory kits. Crucial's LP modules are not only shorter than regular sized memory kits, they're also between 15 percent and 35 percent smaller than some of the LP kits its competitors are using, the company claims. Another claim Crucial makes is that its LP kits deliver the same performance benefits of regular sized Ballistix memory modules.
With PC vendors focusing on Ultrabooks these days, the market for cache SSDs is expected to explode in the near future. Joining the cache SSD fray is the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD. Actually, it can not only serve as a cache SSD, but can also be used as a primary storage solution.
What is it with SATA 6Gb/s SSDs and blue screen of death (BSOD) errors? First it was only SSDs with the SandForce SF-2000 series controller that were making users feel blue, but earlier this month Crucial also acknowledged a BSOD issue of its own. A firmware bug was found to be causing the company’s M4 SSD to restart every hour “after approximately 5,000 hours of actual ‘on time’ use.” The company promised a firmware update to rectify the problem sometime during the week of January 16, 2012. That firmware update is now available.