Why? Performance. SSDs run circles around mechanical. Your computer will turn on and off in seconds. It loads software in seconds. Basically, you will not believe in the difference. And with no moving parts, SSD drives run quieter and cooler.
All this takes me to a couple of Lenovo laptops that are a strong 25 percent on Newegg – for a limited time and as long as the supply stops. 19659006] First, the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 14-inch Laptop is $ 599.99 shipped . Key specifications include an eighth Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Regular price: $ 800.
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This model also includes two full size USB 3.0 ports (one of which lets you load external devices even when the computer is off), a USB-C- port and an HDMI port.
One thing to note: It has not a touch screen. But personally I have never seen the need for one in a laptop.
Furthermore, Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15.6-inch laptop is $ 499.99 shipped . Here you get an eighth Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Regular Price: $ 670.
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It has the same port configuration as the 330S, but thanks to the larger chassis you also get a numeric keypad beside the keyboard and – surprise – an optical drive! Yes, you can read and write CDs and DVDs, if that's your thing.
CNET has not reviewed any of these models, and the Newegg Flash sales pages do not show user reviews. I found a smattering of reviews elsewhere, but got for those exact configurations. Also note that Lenovo has its own sales right now, but the same laptops (albeit with hard drives instead of SSD) are more expensive there, so these Newegg versions are definitely the best deals. 19659006] If you spend more time at a desk than on the road, I think about the larger screen (and lower price) of 330. But 330S is about a pound-raiser and has more horsepower, but still gives lots of screen properties
Bonus Agreement: I have a long-lasting love affair with Harman Kardon speakers, because they are a super-class (and highly regarded) brand that is sometimes infectively sold for cheap.
Today, for example, you can get the manufacturer-refurbished Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4 portable Bluetooth speaker for $ 99.99 with free delivery in two days. It has a list price of $ 450, but it's a bit of bunk beds: It sells elsewhere for about $ 150- $ 180.
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Onyx Studio 4 is remarkable for a couple of reasons. It can play up to 8 hours for a fee. (Previous models ceased after about 5 hours.) It has a built-in audio and echo canceling microphone for speakerphone calls. And it lets you connect two different devices, which is nice if you routinely go back and forth between, say, phone and tablet sources.
With all accounts (4.8 stars from over 1 100 Best Buy customers!) Lets the speaker look great. It also looks nice in my humble opinion. Although renovated, it is quite literally good as new – including one year warranty.
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