Pre-order the all-new Apple Mac Studios with M1 Ultra and M1 Max technologies

As Morrissey sang, Panic on the streets of Wintel! Apple has revealed their new line of “Mac Studio” computer boxes, and along with them comes the “M1 Ultra” line of processors, which is literally two “M1 Max” glued together with Apple’s magic special secret sauce that does not add overhead. As Apple revealed during the event, the “M1 Max” had some of the secret sauce built-in that Apple had not previously disclosed. Or something like that.

Anyways, wallets, open wide…

M1 ULTRA PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE
The new Mac Studios are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo. The official shipping date is March 18 but for some higher-demand models, the date can and will slip. YMMV as usual with highly anticipated new releases.

The 48-core GPU “M1 Ultra” models start at $3799 with 64GB RAM and 512GB on-board SSD storage, and peak at $6999 with 128GB RAM and 8TB storage. (The CPU is 20-core in both “M1 Ultra” options).

If 48 cores are not enough for your needs, the 64-core GPU “M1 Ultra” models start at $4799 with 64GB RAM and 512GB storage. That’s a +$1000 difference between this and the 48-core option. The peak of this is with 128GB RAM and 8TB for a very used Honda Civic price of $7999.

So if you want to check out the new “M1 Ultra” technology, the entry-point is $3799.

M1 MAX PREORDERS AVAILABLE
The “M1 Max” models have 10-core CPU and the variable here as well is the GPU…

The 24-core GPU options start with 32GB RAM and 512GB storage for $1999 and climb up to $4799 with 64GB RAM (no 128GB option) and 8TB storage.

If you want more GPU power, the 32-core GPU options with 32GB RAM and 512GB storage start at $2199. That’s $200 more for 8 GPU cores more. That’s just $25 per extra GPU core 😉 These too max out at 64GB RAM and 8TB storage for $4999.

So if you want to check out the new Mac Studios without paying an “Ultra” premium, the entry point is $1999. That’s nearly half of the entry-point “Ultra”, but the entry-point Ultra has double the RAM.

Needless to say, Wintel executives wake up at night with a Tim Cook on stage announcing new Mac PROs with “M1 Super Dooper MEGA Premium MAX Ultra” technology that glues together 64 “M1 Ultra” processors with no overhead 😉

Monday: another variant of Computers & Monitors Sale

IT’s another variant of the computers and monitors sale at the Monday 12/20/21 Amazon USA Gold Box with two sets of offerings:

+ Computery gear including desktops, laptops, tablets, AiO from LG, Acer, Viewsonic, Samsung, and ASUS

+ Samsung computer monitors (23 options)

Computer Invasion at Amazon’s Cyber Monday

It’s a Computer Invasion at the Amazon Cyber Monday deals. Among others:

+ 21.5″ iMac (2020) (8/256) for $799, up to three per customer

+ 28 handpicked laptops and desktops from HP, Lenova, Acer, ASUS, Dell, and MSI
+ including ChromeOS, not just Windows
+ not sure who handpicked them, mayhaps Jeff Bezos? 😉
+ from $210 to $2260

+ 26 Samsung laptops, tablets, monitors, etc, from $30 (S-Pens) to $2550 (the Flip 2 WM85R 85 Inch Digital Flipchart for Business (4K UHD 3840×2160 with Touch Screen, Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB and 3-Yr Wrnty)
+ that’s a nice toy to have but so are $2550 🙂

+ Nixplay digi-frames, from $126 to $152

+ two pages of Smart Home products including LOTS of LED lighting and various brand digi-frames and such

+ HP AiOs and laptops, $115 to $1450

+ PC Inputs sale including Razer, Logitech, Corsair

+ LG Gram laptop and two monitors

+ 29 computer monitor options including Dell, Sceptre, Acer, HP, Viewsonic, AOC, etc

+ all kinds of instant hot pots including a …Star Wars one!

And if you wanna fill up your ereader/apps, there’s over 220 Kindle eBooks in their Kindle daily deals…

And if you have so many new ebooks to read, you need more coffee and tea, infact five pages of offers including K-Cups and the like

And if you are gonna have so much coffee and tea to drink, how about two pages of TV and Movies collections?

Monday: 21.5″ Apple iMac (Intel i5, 8GB, 256GB, 2020) for $879

November is here so the “early Black Friday” sales have already began 🙂 Such as the Amazon USA Gold Box which offers among others the new condition 2020 21.5″ Apple iMac (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel i5, Iris Plus 640, etc) for $879 with free US shipping with up to three per customer…

As of the time of writing the shipping estimate has moved to the “usually ships within 5 to 9 days”, so it might be too late by the time you read this…

Other sales you can find at the Amazon USA Gold Box are Fitbit, Fire Kids tablets, iLife robovacuums, Roku stick, earmuffs, Shure mics, Breville, LG TVs, Logitech, previous generation Kindle e-readers, etc…

Tuesday: PC Accessories sale includes Ryzen 7-5800X for $395

We have a new variant at the Amazon USA Gold Box, a new variant of the Computer Accessories sale featuring two pages of offers running until 10/12/21 at 11:59pm pacifica time (or earlier if sold out).

The sale includes many Intel i-processors and even a Ryzen, the 7-5800X (8 core, 16 threads) unlocked desktop offered for $395. Other offers include RAM, power supplies, motherboards, fatherboards, sisterboards, brotherboards, and a case to boot [pun intended]…

GoPro Sleeve and Lanyard for HERO8 Black for $5

Adorama strikes again with a new trio of daily deal offerings running until Saturday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ GoPro Sleeve and Lanyard for HERO8 Black Camera for $5 in your choice of many color schemes

+ Dell Inspiron 15-7591 15.6″ Full HD Notebook for $899
+ Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, Windows 10 Home

+ SteelSeries Arctis 7 Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset for $130

14″ HP Chromebook 14 for $140

It’s a Chromebook day at the Adorama dialy deals running until Friday 8/20/21 at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ 14-inch HP Chromebook 14 (model 14-CA010NR) for $140
+ it’s all about the number 14 with this laptop 🙂
+ Celeron N3350 1.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, Snow White color scheme
+ Intel HD graphics, 1366 x 768, WLED-backlit, HD SVA
+ two USB-C and two USB 2.0 Type A ports
+ looks like it reaches “end of auto updates” in June 2024 per Google Support

+ Eggtronic 63W 20,000mAh Universal Power Bank for USB-C Laptops, Tablet and Phones for $45

+ Togo Power Pioneer 330, 288WH Portable Power Station Lithium Battery 330W (660W Peak) for $230

+ 2pk 64GB Lexar 2000x SDXC card for $137
+ this is DEFEATED by the $117 at the Amazon Lexar sale for Thursday 8/19/21

Tuesday: Acer Computer-y sale ( options)

If you are a fan of Acer computer-y gear, head on over to the Amazon USA Gold Box where until Tuesday 8/10/21 at 11:59pm pacific time (or earlier if sold out) they are having an ACER computer-y sale featuring 19 products including:

  • four monitor options
  • four laptop options (two are ChromeOS)
  • one rugged 8-inch tablet
  • three computer-y bags
  • various other things like keyboards, mice, USB-C dock, headsets, etc

Up to three per item per customer…

Speaking of Amazon, they are having a sale on Amazon brand coffee and tea products (K-Cups, latte/cocoa pods, mixed nuts, tea bags, etc)…

Tuesday Camera and Photo Lightning Deals [and Acer Nitro 5 for $669]

It is Tuesday 12/29/20 at the Amazon USA Gold Box and their headliner deal du jour is the new condition Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop going for $669 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon herself with up to two per customer at the sale price.

This is powered by the Core i5-10300H (which, as of the time of writing, ranks at #472 at the cpubenchmark.net). It has 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4GB dedicated GDDR6), 15.6″ IPS 144Hz 1080p display, backlit keyboard, DTS X Ultra, slots for easy upgrades, Wifi 6, various USB-A and USB-C type of ports, HDMI 2.0, Ethernet port, around 5 lbs, etc, etc…

MEANwhile at the Camera and Photeaux Lightning Deals, as of the time of writing, they have 75 options running, including:

+ starts 7:20pm ET: Neewer 35mm f1.7 APS-C Manual Focus in the Sony E system once again
+ price before sale $63 once again

+ studio lighting kits

+ LED panels and ring lights including GVM

+ binos, generic camcorders and digicams, action cams

+ monolights and on-camera flashes

+ digiframes

+ stabilizer-y things

Ends Tue PM: Apple M1 instant savings ($50 to $100 off, select options)

The M1 benchmarks and reviews and the sad state of Intel have made the current and future Apple M-series silicon computers a true non-hype breakthrough in the world of computing. Already there’s a 1140+ backer Patreon project by “marcan” to port Linux to the M1. Imagine Linux running on such a platform!

The M1X even-crazier performance rumors have cooled off some of the crazy demand for the first generation M1 computers, which mayhaps explain some of the surprise instant savings promotions…

Speaking of which, select M1 computers have an instant savings promotion running until Tuesday 12/22/20 at 11:59pm eastern at B&H Photo as follows:

+ 13.3″ MacBook PRO (Retina, 8GB, 256GB, Space Gray) for $1199
+ silver remains at $1299 starting price

+ Mac Mini (8GB, 256GB) for $639
+ a $60 off instant savings

+ Mac Mini (8GB, 512GB) for $849
+ a $50 off instant savings

+ as usual, keep in mind, shipment of high-demand items can be unpredictable and that’s before we consider the impact of COVIDalia

Pre-order the new Apple Silicon M1 computers (ship next week)

And they are finally here! The all new Apple Silicon Mac computers. And they revealed a trio of them yesterday. No more profit-leakage to Intel. Apple keeps it all, and that’s why the prices are kept reasonable despite the big performance gains that were made in the Apple presentation…

The new M1 chip has 8 cores (four fast, four efficient), (up to) 8 GPU cores, 16 Neural cores, up to 16GB RAM, up to 2TB storage, better battery life, better security and on and on and on…

During this transition period, Apple is launching “Universal” apps, a name that didn’t go so well for Windows. Universal apps will have the binary code for both the Apple M1 apps and Intel apps in a single executable to make it easier for end-users. Non-M1 apps will use Apple’s Rosetta II emulator, which Apple claims can run faster than the original Intel Apples.

Of photography interest, Lightroom’s universal app is coming next month, while Photoshop’s universal binary is expected in 2021…

Speaking of apps, these M1 Macs can also run iOS (iPhone and iPad) apps out of the box since they are using similar underlying infrastructure…

And these are now available for pre-ordering in various configurations at B&H Photo with shipment expected to happen next week, which is when the new Mac OS “Big Sur” is expected to rollout…

+ Apple MacMinis starting at $699

+ Apple MacBook Airs starting at $999 ($899 for education)

+ 13.3″ MacBook PRO starting at $1299 ($1199 for education)

If you have 50 minutes to spare, you can watch the whole socially-distanced Apple presentation recorded at “The UFO” in Cupertino::California:

Not everyone is on the hype train though, Linus of “Linus Tech Tips” has a handful of objections…

Labor Day at NewEGG: DIY PC Supplies

There is a theme at the NewEgg Labor Day sale, it is a “DIY PC Supplies” sale, featuring various PC body parts and such. They also have an extra 10% off on SSDs with the promo code shown there at the aforelinked page. There’s also a 2TB Toshiba Canvio Basics external HDD for $57 after promo code. Sale ends at 11:59pm pacific time or earlier for anything that may sell-out ahead of its designated expiration time…

PS: speaking of Labor Day Sales, here’s the Groupon sale appended here so I don’t waste a new post on it 🙂

13.3″ Apple MacBook PRO sale (2019 model, 7 options, $1099+)

If you are a fan of the 2019 13.3-inch Apple MacBook PROs, you are in luck because B&H Photo is running a limited time sale on them with prices ranging from $1099 to $1499. Specs start at i5 Quad, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Retina, Iris 655 graphics, and so forth…

Some of those offers are also available at Amazon

NewEgg launches 72 hour sale

If you are a fan of the way of the Newegg, you are in luck because they have launched a new 72 hour sale that features the usual assortment of computer-y and technogy-y items. Items that require a promo code mention so next to the offered items…

Apple 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display (Early 2019) for $1099

If you are looking for a 2019 iMac with Retina, good until what was usually Tax Day, you can get the new condition Apple 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K Display (Early 2019) with free US shipping by B&H Photo…

This has the 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400rpm, AMD Radeon Pro 555X (2GB GDDR5), with 21.5″ 4096 x 2304 IPS Retina 4K Display, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, 1-year warranty and such…

NewEgg 48-hour blitz sale

If you are a fan of NewEgg, they are running a 48-Hour Blitz Sale with the usual assortment of technology items including accepting pre-orders of the latest processors.

Some of the offers require the use of a promo code, which is shown next to the offers that require it. You have to give them your email address to use the promo code, but then again, you have to give them your email address to create an account and place an order 🙂

13.3″ MacBook Air (mid 2019) for $899 [128GB] or $999 [256GB]

If the barrage of new Apple products (the Early 2020 Generation) does not tempt you, B&H Photo is having a sale on the mid-2019 13.3″ MacBook Airs. The 128GB version goes for $899 while the 256GB version goes for $999. These are 13.3″ 2560 x 1600 Retina IPS Display with 8th generation Core i5 dual cores…

But if you are tempted by the new 2020 13-inch MacBook Air models, B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for the early 2020 model starting at $999 (i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB)…

And if you are a Mac Mini aficionado, they are accepting pre-orders on the early 2020 models starting at $799 (i3 Quad, 8GB, 256GB)…

72-Hour NewEgg sale

If you are trying to make a digital omelette, it is time to get some new eggs! NewEgg is having a 72 Hour Sale with their usual assortment of technology products. The sale ends on Friday at 11:50pm pacific. Items that have promo code offers mention so on the individual product pages and require an email in order to use the promo code.

Not sure why this practice, because you have to use an email anyone if you are going to buy them product. But what do I know? 🙂

Wedn: 13″ MacBook Air (8/256, 2019) for $999 [Rylo Action Cam w/extras for $150]

One of the Best Buy dailies for Wednesday 2/26/20 is the Rylo (no relation to Kylo Ren, or Rey x Kylo shipping) 360 Action Camera, bundled with a FREE Rylo Adventure case and a Rylo shooting grip, all together now for $150 with free US shipping and/or free store-pickup or free ship-to-store…

Speaking of dailies, the headliner of the Amazon Gold Box dailies is the new condition 13-inch MacBook Air (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) going for $999 with free US shipping. Limit one per customer. This may sell out before the end of the day. As of the time of writing, the in-stock estimate has shifted to March 1st in 2020 [keep in mind February has 29 days this year]. This was released in the Summer of 2019, fifty years after the number in the “Summer of 69” [the Bryan Adams song], not to be confused with the “Summer of 42” [the movie, which came out a couple of years after 1969]…

Pre-order the new Mac PRO computer line-up

Just in time for the Holidays of 2019, Apple has updated the Mac PRO computer line-up and these new creative critters are now available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo along with a 32″ PRO Retina 6K display, along with assorted and related products and accessories. Apple is putting Xeon back in the tech-o-sphere radar? 🙂

Dell Cyber Monday Doorbusters launch 5pm ET

Per their website, Cyber Monday doorbusters will launch at 5pm eastern time at the Dell Home website. But they also have on-going offers at the moment.

There’s also 6-month and 12-month no-interest-IF-paid-in-full financing promotion on up to $5,000. As usual with the financing offers, check the terms and conditions and restrictions and make sure you will pay the full amount on time, otherwise you’ll pay interest on the full amount from day zero…

Apple Mac Mini (late 2018 models) start at $699

The B&H Black Friday deals include a variety of Apple products on sale as well, including the Apple Mac Mini (late 2018 models) being on sale, with prices starting at $699 (i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) and climbing as the specs improve. A total of 23 options are available. You also get a 1-year FREE of the recently launched Apple TV streaming service…

Plan your B&H purchases for today ahead of time. B&H’s website will NOT be accepting orders between Friday at 4:15pm ET and Saturday 5:45pm eastern. Peruse their Black Friday deals before then to make sure you don’t miss out any potentially interesting/hot deal…

Dell launches Black Friday sales too

Dell too has launched their Black Friday deals with new offers going live hourly during the times most people are awake [although after a day of tryptophan overload, “awake” is a relative term]. This round of sales ends on 12/1/19 at 8am. Sales include Inspiron laptops (start at $150 with AMD A9) and going up, XPS, desktops, Alienware, Dell Gaming, UltraSharps, electronics, TVs, gaming gear, keyboard/mice, and mo(i)re…

Tuesday (28 options): 32GB Lexar 2000x SDXC for $40, 512GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC for $160, 256GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC for $36 [also: HDDs, NAS, SSD, Computers, Kindles, Bushnells, Etc]

And they are back at the Amazon Gold Box, it’s another variant of the Computer Sale featuring 28 products, from storage to actual computers! They are too many to link here individually, here are some potentially interesting options:

+ 32GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC (UHS-II, up to 300MB/sec, V90, U3, C10, Z69, A340, B794, C185) for $36~
+ okay, some of those are made-up 🙂

+ 256GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC for $40~

+ 512GB Sandisk Extreme PRO SDXC card (UHS-I, U3, C10, up to 95MB/sec) for $160

+ 64GB Sandisk USB 2.0 flash drive for $9~

+ 1TB WD Elements portable (definitely not potable) external HDD USB 3.0 for $43
+ 1TB MyPassport instead for $48
+ 5TB WD MyPassport for $100
+ 8TB WD MyCloud EX2 Ultra NAS for $300

+ 2TB Seagate Expansion external USB 3.0 HDD for $50
+ 4TB Buffalo Station NAS with hard drives INCLUDED for $230~

+ 1TB Sandisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD for $160

+ Computers: HP Omen Gaming (i7-9700K), HP 24″ AiO Touchscreen, $290 Acer i3 Windoze
+ 27″ Acer curved monitor

+ also: gaming, headsets, networking, etc

Not part of the daily deals but these are limited time offers by Amazon itself on their latest Kindle e-reader models:

+ latest Kindle for $65 (limit two per customer); this is with Special Offers, Wifi-only, 167ppi, built-in front light [this feature was added to this generation of the entry-point Kindles]
+ optionally you can select the bundle with free 3-month Kindle Unlimited subscription (it auto-renews monthly after the first three months, so setup an alert in your calendar/task app ~ it’s cheaper to buy Kindle Unlimited as prepaids than month-to-month)
+ remember if you are a Prime member, you also have the free Prime Reading feature which usually has over 1000 e-books to read; you don’t even have to buy ebooks

+ Kindle Paperwhite for $90 (limit two per customer); this is with Special Offers, Wifi-only, 8GB on-board storage, 300ppi, built-in front light (it had been the defining feature of the Paperwhite before the Voyage/Oasis)

BUT WAIT, there’s more! Also part of the Tuesday daily deals is a Bushnell sale featuring three groups of Bushnell products, with prices ranging from $22 to $314. Yes, $22 is a Bushnell binocular, not a bag or other accessory 🙂

UPDATE: I haven’t tested every single item, but of the ones I have tested, the limit is two per customer per item at the sale price…

UPDATE #2: there’s also a tech sale at the Amazon Germany Gold Box, lots of great prices on Logitech mice and keyboards since they are typically more expensive in Europe than the US. Note that the most of the keyboards are using the QWERTZ formation, not the “normal” QWERTY. Thankfully the mice don’t have any QWERTZ vs QWERTY confusion 🙂

Saturday: refurbished iMacs, Air (also gaming sale)

IT’s a day of “Woot Plus” offerings at the Woot website. At the main Woot, it’s all about Apple products, featuring refurbished iMacs, Airs and PROs… And at “Computers”, they have a sale on various gaming accessories…

Dell 24 Hour Flash Sale: 10% off extra on computers

For fans of the Dell Way of Things, they are running a 24 hour flash sale that gets you an extra 10% off select participating computers. Check their website for details!

Dell Home Clearance sale in-progress

If you are a fan of the Dell Home website, in-progress now they have a Clearance sale featuring a variety of computers including Inspirons and Alienware, along with a 2-in-1 11.6-inch Chromebook with 4GB RAM for $230. Laptops dominate the sale but there are some AiOs and desktops as well… Clicking on the other visual tabs at the top of the page you can find other products by category of interest, eg Monitors…

Dell Outlet overstock sale, Monoprice Refurb/Open-box, Adorama Flash Sale

For the computer-inclined, the Dell Outlet is continuing its Overstock sale with various offerings as usual. The offers that require a promo code say so in their little virtual box that describes the offer.

Meanwhile the Dell Home store is continuing its semi-annual sale with 17% off savings on select items (some require promo code SAVE17). They also have optional 6-month financing offers on $499+ purchases (on approved credit, etc, etc, etc).

In other related action, MONOPRICE is having another refurbished and open-box sale with a variety of participating products. Monoprice, per their website, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 90-day warranty on products in this category that are, per their website, inspected and tested. You can filter them by product category
and such on the left hand side of their website.

Speaking of Monoprice, they now have in-stock and shipping their new FORM technology backpacks with prices ranging from $60 to $90 with free US shipping.

And back to the camera front, ADORAMA is having another flash sale with over 650 camera and photo and accessories participating. The price you see is the price you pay as usual, with a number of the items having promotional rewards and/or free items with purchase.

Dell Semi-Annual online sale

If you are a fan of the “Way Of The Dell”, their Dell Home deals page has their semi-annual sale [there’s _always_ a reason to have a sale it seems] featuring their usual assortment of laptops, desktops, AiOs, computer monitors, TVs, accessories, etc. Use coupon code SAVE17 for 17% off on participating offers [the coupon is mentioned on each eligible offer]…

Woot Plus: refurbished HP Printers, Inks, Apple and Chrome laptops

Woot Plus (the longer-running deals, not the daily ones) are having a sale on HP Printer and Inks with five printers and five ink options participating. Printers range from $22 (Deskjet Advantage 1115) to $80 (Envy Photo 7855 AiO). Inks go from $30 to $43. All but the $22 printer are factory reconditioned with a 90-day HP warranty. The sale ends 9/23/19 or ealrier if sold out.

Another Woot Plus deal running until 9/13/19 focused on refurbished Chromebooks and Apple laptops with the Thinkpad X150e starting at $90. This has a nice 4GB RAM but 16GB on-board storage. As one of the Commenters over there pointed out, this is however an older model, so it is no longer getting Chrome OS updates.

Google offers 6.5 years of ChromeOS updates BUT the clock is not ticking when a new laptop is released. Instead the clock is ticking on the platform. And the platform is defined as the date the first laptop was released using that laptop. So if a new laptop is released using a 3 year old processor, it will only get 3.5 years of updates because the platform is on the clock, not the indivudual laptop. This is explained in Google Support