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Deal of the Day: 18% off the new iMac

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

iMac sale

If you've grown tired of running out of battery power on your iPod touch, eBay has your answer. Today they're offering 18% off the new iMac. The iMac line was just updated six days ago with Sandy Bridge Intel processors, Thunderbolt ports, and more. Normally these sell for $1,199, but today's deal brings it to you for $979, saving you $220--and shipping is included in that price. They've got limited stock, and this deal will only last for a few hours. If you're interested, head on over:

Save 18% on new iMac

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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New Apple iMac brings Thunderbolt, next-gen quad-core processors

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

iMac 2011 thunderbolt

Today, Apple announced updated iMac desktops with second-generation Intel Core processors and Thunderbolt interconnect technology. The new iMacs are available in the familiar 21.5-inch and larger 27-inch form factors, starting at $1,199 for the 21.5-inch model with an Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics, and a 500GB hard drive.

Thunderbolt is Apple's implementation of Intel's Lightpath interconnect technology, first seen on Apple's MacBook Pro laptops. As before, Thunderbolt on the iMac is compatible with USB, FireWire, and Gigabit Ethernet via adapters. Thunderbolt supports mini DisplayPort monitors without an adapter, and can support (via adapters) VGA, DVI, HDMI, and full-sized DisplayPort with an adapter. Thunderbolt has a theoretical 10Gbps throughput, so it can accommodate all of these interconnects simultaneously using only one port. The iMac 21.5-inch models come with one Thunderbolt port, while the 27-inch features two Thunderbolt ports.

On the software side, all new iMacs come with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, along with Apple's iLife '11 software (iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, GarageBand, etc.). New for the iMac line is the inclusion of FaceTime HD, which allows video chat with FaceTime equipped iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2 devices.

All iMacs are EPEAT Gold certified and meet Energy Star 5.2 requirements. The iMac's LED backlit display is mercury free and Apple uses PVC free cables and components. The new iMacs use Apple's familiar aluminum and glass chassis, and come with a SD card slot, wireless keyboard, and a choice of Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

The new iMacs are available now through Apple Stores, store.apple.com, and authorized Apple Retailers. The base 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,199 and $1,499, the base 27-inch iMac starts at $1,699 and $1,999. Configure to order options include high end Intel Core i7 processors, 2TB hard drives, 256GB SSD, additional system memory, and AppleCare.

If you're not looking for the latest and greatest, new iMacs also mean that there will be a ton of cheap iMacs hitting eBay.

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Deal of the Day: $225 off HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400f

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

HP has got a nice offer that we've made our , for those of you looking for a new desktop! You get the  Pavilion Elite HPE-400f AMD Phenom II 3 GHz quad-coredesktop PC with a monster 8 GB RAM and 1 TB hard drive, 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card, and more. You save $225 off the regular price, saving you 26%. That is superb savings, and shipping is free:

Save $225 on HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400f

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


2010 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, PC / Laptop, Family

lenovo thinkcentre m90z giveaway

We can definitely appreciate a well-built all-in-one, and Lenovo is known for their rugged build quality. That's why we're recommending their touchscreen M90Z in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide - well, that, and we found an absolutely amazing deal on it on Amazon (51% off!) Even better? We're gonna be giving away one of these bad boys right here, right now. Details on that below, but first, let's talk about the M90z. For the price, you're getting a 23-inch LCD display that rocks an Intel Core i5 650 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA HD graphics, DVD burner, SD card reader, webcam, and multiple USB ports.

So, how do you win this thing? We've got three ways for you to enter:

Facebook:
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page and Like us. Then leave a comment on our wall. You can do this once per day until the contest ends, and each comment will count as an entry!

YouTube:
Check out our YouTube page and subscribe. That will give you an entry into the contest!

Twitter:

There you have it, three ways to enter. You must reside in the US to be eligible. The contest runs through Monday December 20, and we will announce a winner, who will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries, on the 21st. Oh, and if you don't win, don't worry, a few of our pals at other sites are running a similar contest, and we've got the full list for you after the break.

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Deal of the Day: $500 off HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

HP has got a nice offer that we've made our , for those of you looking for a new desktop! You get the  Pavilion Elite HPE-490t Core i7 six-core desktop PC with a monster 10GB RAM and 1.5GB hard drive with a Blu-ray drive built-in as well, and you save $500 off the regular price, saving you 24%. That is superb savings, and shipping is free:

Save $500 on HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Deal of the Day: Up to 41% off Lenovo All-in-One A700, B305, A310, C315 desktops

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

Lenovo B305 deals

Today we’ve got a deal that brings you an extra 15% off of four already discounted all-in-one desktop computers, saving you up to 41% in total, depending on the model. All of these desktops have Wi-Fi built-in, webcams, and ship with Windows 7 installed. These are the newest models available from Lenovo, so a deal like this is super-rare. Here’s what we’ve got:

  • The Lenovo C315 has got a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with touchscreen and TV tuner. With the coupon, you are getting 41% off the list price, saving you $404.85!
  • The Lenovo IdeaCentre B305 has a 21.5-inch touchscreen display that also incorporate multitouch gestures, and it’s powered by an AMD processor. You are getting 26% off, saving you $204.85.
  • The Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 is the thinnest all-in-one in the line. It has a 21.5-inch 1080p display, TV tuner, Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, and remote control. With the coupon you save 23%, a savings of $242.35.
  • The Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 has a 23-inch 1080p display, Intel 2.66GHz Core i3 processor, and with the coupon you are getting 23% off the list price, saving you $249.85.

Here are the links:


Giveaway: Lenovo A70z all-in-one desktop PC

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Displays, Features, PC / Laptop

Lenovo A70z giveaway

Hot on the heels of our Lenovo A63 giveaway, we’ve got another great Lenovo desktop to give away. This time, we are giving away a brand new Lenovo A70z all-in-one desktop PC. This giveaway contest will last through July 16, so just a few days, so you you’ll want to act quickly to enter. Before we get to the details on entering, here are the specs on the Lenovo A70z PC:

  • 2.94 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB RAM
  • 300GB hard drive
  • 19-inch 16x10 widescreen display
  • Windows 7 Professional

So, how do you win? You just need to add us as a friend on Digg, and let us know about it on Twitter!

Here’s how to enter:

Bonus Entry:
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page, “Like” the page, and leave a comment on our wall about the contest. This will earn you a second entry into the contest.

Again, you can choose to do one, or both—if you do both, you are entered into the contest twice! Unfortunately, this one is only open to residents of the US and Canada, since the product is zoned for North America. We will be announcing a winner on July 17, so you’ve gotta enter by July 16 11:59 PDT to qualify. We are one of many sites giving away the A70z, so hit the break for a list of others where you can get the same opportunity.

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Bleeding Edge TV 352: Unibody Mac mini vs. Original Mac mini

A couple of week ago, introduced a completely redesigned , sporting a unibody enclosure along with an HDMI port and SD card slot. The new machine is much thinner than the original design, which the mini has been sporting for about five years now, and we figured we’d give you an up-close comparison of the two models so that you can see both the obvious changes, as well as the more subtle ones.

You can pick up the new Mac mini from the Apple Store online now.


Giveaway: Lenovo A63 with two 22-inch widescreen monitors!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Displays, Features, PC / Laptop

Lenovo A63 giveaway

We are giving away a brand new Lenovo A63 desktop PC alongside two 22-inch widescreen Lenovo ThinkVision monitors to one of our readers. This giveaway contest will last through July 2, so just a few days, so you you’ll want to act quickly to enter. Before we get to the details on entering, here are the specs on the Lenovo A63 PC:

  • 2.9 GHz AMD Athlon II X2
  • 2GB RAM
  • 250GB hard drive
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • VGA + DVI outputs
  • Two Lenovo ThinkVision 22-inch displays

So, how do you win? You’ve got two ways to enter, and if you do both, you earn two entries into the giveaway, To enter:

Entry Method One:

Entry Method Two:
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page, “Like” the page, and leave a comment on our wall about the contest.

Bonus Entry:
We just added a third bonus entry option! All you need to do is follow Gear Live on Digg and you will get one more entry into the drawing!

Again, you can choose to do one, or both—if you do both, you are entered into the contest twice! Unfortunately, this one is only open to residents of the US and Canada, since the product is zoned for North America. We will be announcing a winner on July 3, so you’ve gotta enter by July 2 11:59 PDT to qualify. We are one of many sites giving away the A63, so hit the break for a list of others where you can get the same opportunity.

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Redesigned Mac mini: HDMI, SD card reader, unibody aluminum enclosure

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Mac mini unibody

Earlier tonight, the Store went down, and we all figured it was just so that they could get the pre-order page for the up and running—imagine our surprise when we saw a completely redesigned waiting for us as well. The new Mac mini looks gorgeous, sporting a redesigned aluminum unibody enclosure. Even better, this is the first Mac that has an HDMI port built right in, which makes this perfect for hooking up to a television to turn into a media centric computer. Other niceties include an SD card reader on the back, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Mini DisplayPort, and the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics chip, which Apple says provides twice the graphics performance as the previous mini. Rounding things out are a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo chip, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. The unibody enclosure was made in such a way that you could remove a panel on the bottom to easily get to the RAM—any owner of the previous Mac mini can attest to the horrific things you had to go through to upgrade the Mac mini RAM, so this is a welcome change.

The Snow Leopard Server model of the Mac mini remains as well, packing in two 500GB drives (and removing the SuperDrive,) alongside 4GB RAM and a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. You can order the new Mac Mini now for $699, while the server version sells for $999.

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