Although Columbus Day isn’t half the retail holiday Black Friday is, that doesn’t mean there are any good deals available in advance of Monday, October 12. In fact, retailers tend to offer deals every day of the week, whether it’s a holiday or not – these aren’t always your typical bargain-basement off-branded items, as we’ve seen it happen more than a few times in the past, where branded, reputable products get generous discounts. So why wait till Thanksgiving week to go discount shopping when you can do it today, with just a few days remaining before Columbus Day?
A look at Costco’s website shows that the retailer has some online specials, as it’s currently offering several laptop and desktop computers at lower prices, good through October 18, 2015. If you’re in the market for a new laptop or desktop PC, this could be your lucky day, as all of these items we shall discuss are selling for at least a hundred dollars off. So without further ado, let’s get to those deals.
The Acer V Nitro currently headlines Costco’s page for online-only special – this is a 17.3-inch Full HD laptop that comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, and a 2 TB hard drive. A look at those specs suggests that this is a great laptop for gaming purposes, but the presence of all that hard drive space suggests it may be better used as a productivity machine instead. Pricing is now $999.99, or $200 less than the original price of $1,199.99.
Also available for less is the Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series, which has a 17.3-inch, 1080p monitor, and almost the same fundamentals as the above mentioned Acer laptop – that’s 16 GB RAM, a 2 TB hard drive, and a 4 GB graphics card, instead of 2 GB for the Acer V Nitro. Previously selling for $1,049.99, you can now get this machine for $899.99. The Lenovo Flex 3, on the other hand, is a good choice if you’re looking for a “crossover” or “2-in-1” laptop; specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive. Pricing is now $699.99 instead of the usual $799.99.
Moving on to desktops, the Dell XPS 8900 is a Windows 7 desktop PC that comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, a 2 TB hard drive, and a 4 GB graphics card. Again, the RAM and (especially) the hard drive space makes this a perfect business PC. Or you can go for the HP Envy 750se Windows 10 desktop with 27-inch curved display, if you want an all-in-one PC; pricing is $1,349.99 (reg. price $1,649.99), and specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB RAM, a 2 TB hard drive, and 4 GB graphics.
Maybe you’ve been wondering if there’s anything more in tech aside from all those high-end desktops and laptops. What if all you want is an HDTV set, and not a new PC for your work needs? Costco has that as well, as it’s selling a Samsung Digital Signage 48-inch Class 1080p LED LCD TV for $176 off as a members-only deal. We’d love to do the research and tell you how much it costs before and after the discount, but $176 off is nothing to sneeze at, and this should make a good HDTV purchase if you happen to be a Costco member.