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Deals on cheap laptops: Acer, Dell, and HP laptops on sale for less than $500

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Take care of your most important tasks with powerful laptops for less than $500.
Take care of your most important tasks with powerful laptops for less than $500.

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We don’t always have the cash to shell out for the latest MacBook Air. But take a moment to step back and think about what you really want in a laptop. There’s an entire world of laptops from trustworthy brands that tackle all of your essential tasks without straining your budget. Whether you need to just work from home, watch movies, or write your memoirs, you have plenty of laptop options available for under $500. 

Every day offers the chance to find cheap laptops at Amazon and Best Buy, but there are some amazing deals available right now for top brands such as Acer, HP, and Dell. Let’s take a quick rundown to help you find the best budget laptop option for your needs. Everything listed below costs less than $500, with some as low as $300.

The Acer Aspire E 15 is the definition of a well-rounded laptop for everyday use. Available for $70 off its regular price, you get plenty of power for a laptop that’s just over $300. Packaged with an 8th Generation Intel Core i3 processor, you can take care of almost any workload and take it anywhere with over 13 hours of battery life. This configuration also starts off with 6GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive storage. If that’s not enough for you, the Aspire E 15 also includes a simple compartment door that allows for easy future upgrades. After you save big on your new laptop, you can also shop at Amazon for other deals on Acer accessories such as a new gaming mouse, backpack, and keyboard.

If you need a laptop that adapts to any environment and you’re always online, the Acer Chromebook R 13 notebook will check off most of your requirements. With 360 degrees of rotation, the 13.3-inch touch screen can move from a laptop to full tablet mode, or whichever configuration is most comfortable for you. The Chrome OS is optimized for anyone who works online most of the time, and it comes with built-in virus protection and boots up in seconds. While 4GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage may not sound like much, you do get an extra 100GB of Google Drive space to back up your most important documents. 

Another versatile option, this 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron allows you to flip and fold to tabletop, presentation, and tablet modes. No matter how you look at it, you’ll enjoy a beautiful LED backlight screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution that also supports EMR pens. Inside, you’ll find a compact 8th-generation Intel Core i3-8130U processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB eMMC flash memory for fast boot-up times. As a special bonus along with the $150 discount, you can even get a free Google Home Mini smart speaker when you order from Best Buy. 

Get some extra kick in processing and memory and spend less than $330 with this $100 discount from Best Buy. Whether you use it for work or entertainment, this 15-inch HP laptop helps you go from task to task with an advanced AMD Ryzen 3 processor and 8GB of memory. That provides enough bandwidth for casual gaming and photo or video editing, plus with 1TB of storage you’ll enjoy enough room for plenty of media. For other entertainment options, its HDMI output allows you to connect to another high-definition monitor or TV to enjoy bigger and more beautiful images.

Already a perfect budget option for under $300, you can save an extra $45.70 from Amazon on this sleek workhorse. Another 2-in-1 that’s a great buy if you’re indecisive between a laptop or tablet, the Lenovo C330 helps you enjoy a variety of media on its 11.6-inch IPS touchscreen. At less than an inch in thickness and 2.6 pounds, it’s hard to find a laptop that’s easier to take everywhere. And it won’t be hard to take care of all daily tasks with 4GB of DDR3 memory, 64GB of eMMC internal storage, and an extra 100GB of cloud storage for fast boot-up times and processing. 

Dell is running deals on Alienware laptops and desktops — save more than $700 with this code

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Experience gaming at full power.
Experience gaming at full power.

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PC gaming can be an intimidating hobby to get into. It’s extremely competitive, and the PC space is home to some of the most talented players and Twitch streamers in the world. But you can’t let that stop you, because you too can “git gud” with time and practice. The best way to start? Get yourself a PC or laptop that can handle playing video games ad nauseam. 

Thanks to the coupon code SAVE17 from Dell, you can save on a bunch of Alienware laptops and desktops right now, as they’re offering extremely competitive sale prices with an extra 17% off. Head over to the Dell store and see what they have to offer so you can start squadding up in Apex Legends.

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A great entry-level gaming laptop, the Alienware 15 packs an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM memory and a 1TB hard drive. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics are so beautiful that you’ll be hard-pressed to go back to a console anytime soon. Oh, and the Alienware 15’s overall design and keyboard are showstoppers. 

Take an extra 17% off and save $422 on an Alienware 15 gaming laptop with the code SAVE17. Usually priced at $1,749.99, you can grab one of these for just $1,327.99.  

The Alienware 17 has everything the the Alienware 15 has, but with a larger, clearer display. It’s the company’s most powerful gaming laptop at this size and also boasts Tobii Aware software, which enables new gameplay functions for a more unique user experience.  

Take an extra 17% off and save $640 on an Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop with the code SAVE17. Usually priced at $2,299.99, you can grab one of these for just $1,659.99.  

With a big jump in price, you get a lot more bells and whistles. The Alienware Area-51m employs a super powerful 9th Generation Intel Core i9 processor with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics that will have your jaw on the floor. Cryo-tech cooling ensures that your machine never overheats, and Tobii eye tracking fades on-screen UI when your vision isn’t trained on it. Truly, this is desktop power packed into a laptop.

Take an extra 17% off and save $763 on an Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop with the code SAVE17. Usually priced at $3,999.99, you can grab one of these for just $3,236.99.  

The desktop counterpart to the Alienware Area-51m, the Area-51 Desktop is a powerful, high-end computer that allows for endless customization. Also enlisting the help if the Intel Core i7 processor, this desktop is a super solid PC. The best part of going desktop instead of laptop? You can pair yours with some pretty awesome monitor setups that won’t work with a laptop. 

Take an extra 17% off and save $549.10 on an Alienware Area-51 Desktop with the code SAVE17. Usually priced at $3,229.99, you can grab one of these for just $2,680.89.  

A mid-tower desktop, the Alienware Aurora carries a 2TB hard drive, which allows for some extra cushioning in the space department. This computer is specially designed for VR enthusiasts, with Dell’s site stating, “The new HTC Vive and Oculus-certified Aurora was engineered to exceed today’s virtual reality requirements and was designed to create the most efficient use of space.”

VR people, you know what to do. 

Take an extra 17% off and save $387.20 on an Alienware Aurora Desktop with the code SAVE17. Usually priced at $2,179.99, you can grab one of these for just $1,792.79.  

Celebrate Pi Day by building epic robots with Raspberry Pi

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Indulge your craving for great deals this Pi Day.
Indulge your craving for great deals this Pi Day.

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Pi Day is finally here. The least imaginative celebrate by cooking pies, the academic indulge in a worldwide celebration of mathematics, and the stubborn insist that Pi Day doesn’t make sense because the equation is an infinite number and not 3.14. That last group never gets invited to any of the parties thrown by the first two. Oh, and if you think we’re joking: the first widespread celebration of Pi Day was in 1988, and in 2009 Congress supported the designation of March 14th as Pi Day. It’s a real holiday, not just a math joke.

As for us? We’re celebrating Pi Day with a bunch of deals on courses that will teach you to tinker with Raspberry Pi — a miniature computer that’s a great practice ground for programming your own electronics, robotics, and Internet of Things experiments. You can even use it to teach Amazon Alexa to do crazy things. 

Take an extra 14% off all these deals today with code 3POINT14.

If you’re brand new to the Raspberry World (and don’t actually own a Raspberry Pi), this is the best place to start. The included 55 lectures and four hours of hands-on instruction will explain the underlying Alexa ecosystem, discuss Alexa skills, and prepare your Raspberry Pi for building voice-automated projects. With the information provided, you can prepare your Raspberry Pi for building voice-automated projects, learn how to use the Amazon Developer Portal, and even build a skill to control an LED. And of course, it comes with an actual Raspberry Pi and all the sensors and tools you need to get started.

Normally $448.98, you can buy the Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit and Course for just $120.39 with code 3POINT14.

If you want to go a little beyond the basics, this training bundle is your best bet. The Wireless Penetration Testing kit will help you beef up your security know-how, the Cluster Pi will teach you about parallel programming and linking different Raspberry Pi devices together into Beowulf clusters, and the PiBot class will teach you how to build hoards of robots. Ever wanted to say “Alexa, cover the earth in robopocalyptic darkness”? Now you can.

Normally $214, you can buy this training bundle in the Mashable Shop for just $16.34 with code 3POINT14.

Speaking of robots, this Raspberry Pi sensor kit comes with cards with the Raspbian system and Dragit programming language pre-installed, along with 37 newly-designed sensor modules. Not sure where to start? No problem: it also includes instructions for 35 projects, from auto-flash LEDs to rain detection.

Normally $149.99, you can get this Sensors Starter Kit in the Mashable Shop for just $111.79 with code 3POINT14.

These kits include an open source robot learning kit called PiCar-V, and feature everything you need to use Python coding to get the car up and running and transmit images and video in real-time with a USB cam.

Available right now in the Mashable Shop for just $128.99 with code 3POINT14.

This kit actually includes everything you need to build a device that can surf the web, including an LCD touchscreen, WiFi adapter, and your very own Raspberry Pi 3B+ board.

Available now in the Mashable Shop for just $92.88 with code 3POINT14.

Once you’re comfortable with the starter kit, it’s time to conquer the Mastery Bundle, which will take you through tasks like automation, hardware, bitcoin mining, and a deep dive into The Internet of Things.

Normally $865, you can buy the Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle in the Mashable Shop right now for just $29.24 with code 3POINT14.

If you’re more of a reader, you can take home all these e-books for one low price: Raspberry Pi for Supercomputers, Raspberry Pi for Python Programmers, and Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents.

This is a $123.98 value reading list available right now in the Mashable Shop for just $17.19 with code 3POINT14.

5 security cameras that seem like they’d be way more expensive than they are

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Get some peace of mind with these security cameras that are on sale.
Get some peace of mind with these security cameras that are on sale.

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Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Let us put this in terms you’ll understand: If Westeros gets its own Night’s Watch to protect them from White Walkers, then your home deserves a security camera to keep intruders at bay, too. That’s just sound logic.

GoT references aside, knowing that you have a surveillance camera in place to serve as an extra set of eyes can give you peace of mind, especially if you have a child or a fur baby. And now you can make that dream a reality with this sale on five security cameras for your home:

Equipped with a 1080p CMOS progressive scan camera and split glass lens design, the Loocam captures clear and crisp images so you won’t miss a thing. And when the sun goes down, its Night Vision mode activates automatically for low-light visibility. It also has a 60-feet UL-rated cable that’s certified for in-wall installation, and a metal IP67 weatherproof housing to endure all weather conditions. If you’re planning on installing it in a public area and are worried about strangers trashing it, the anti-vandal cable-through bracket has got you covered.

Get it today for $249.99 — 16% off the usual sticker price of $299.

Want to feel truly secure? This camera offers complete video encryption so no hacker can access your footage. It features an HD panoramic camera that provides you with 360 degrees of uncompromising viewing potential, along with infrared night vision to accommodate low-light conditions. If you’re away and want to have a sweeping view of your space through the camera, you can control and rotate it using your phone to get the perfect angle.

Get it today for $44.99 — 65% off the usual sticker price of $129.99.

With IFTTT integration, this camera works with your smart home so you can control it along with your gate controls, smart sensors, or thermostats. It captures HD live video with a 125-degree wide-angle view that can be accessed securely on your phone. It also comes with a two-way talking capability to communicate remotely, as well as a motion-sensing system that helps in preventing false notifications.

Get it today for $79 — 20% off the usual sticker price of $89.99.

Ideal for indoor use, this smart HD camera comes equipped with advanced monitoring features and a powerful 180-degree viewing angle to keep a close eye on all your valuables. It has motion detection and two-way audio to notify you of potential threats, and a night vision capability to record clear footage in the dark. With cloud compatibility and built-in micro SD card slot, it can save all recordings so you can watch everything at a later viewing.

Get it today for $49 — 37% off the usual sticker price of $79.99.

Some security cameras are so motion-sensitive that they’ll alert you of a possible burglary when what they really sensed was just a strong gust of wind. This camera cuts down on false notifications with its built-in, self-learning motion and sound detection system that learns every hour. It also has a 1.3mpx camera and a design that allows for panning and tilting, allowing you to get the perfect viewing angle.

Get it today for $129 — 23% off the usual sticker price of $169.

Deals on Nintendo Switch accessories: Save on controllers, cases, and more

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Nintendo Switch accessories on sale.
Nintendo Switch accessories on sale.

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular home consoles among gamers of various skill levels. While the games available are fun and interactive, they also cater to anyone who just wants to have a good time — no matter who they are or how old they might be.

One of the reasons why the Nintendo Switch is so fun is because of its wide variety of accessories and gaming peripherals that go with the console itself. Although the Nintendo Switch is plenty fun on its own, it could be even more fun with the accessories below — which are now on sale on Amazon and Walmart.

If you ever wanted to grab a sweet add-on for your Nintendo Switch, it’s a good time to be a gamer with these amazing deals.

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While the included Joy-Con controllers are perfect for casual gamers, hardcore fans of the Nintendo Switch need something more traditional to get the most out of the home console. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can take your gameplay to the next level and it’s now on sale for $56.99, or $13 off its list price on Amazon.

The pro controller features motion controls, Nintendo amiibo functions, and HD rumble built inside, while it also comes with a USB-C charging cable.

The Nintendo Switch features 32GB of storage out-of-the-box, and while this might be enough space for gamers who really want to play the latest and greatest from Nintendo, there are others who will need more. The home console is expandable with a microSD card like the SanDisk 128GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Card, which is designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch.

It’s now on sale for $27.99, or $7 off its retail price on Amazon. With the SanDisk 128GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Card, you don’t have to worry about running out of space on the console for a while.

The Nintendo Switch is a unique home console because it doubles as a sleek and powerful handheld. However, it’s also a fingerprint magnet and prone to scratches, so a handy case like the JETech Protective Case for Nintendo Switch could help you keep the console clean and pristine for years to come. The case is now on sale for just $16.95, or $3.04 off its list price on Amazon.

One of the best things about the Nintendo Switch is its gameplay goes further than sitting in front of a TV. You can actually use your imagination to build something really special with the Nintendo Labo Robot Kit, which is now on sale for $53.85, or $26.14 off its list price.

If you ever want to build your own robot that interacts with video games, here is your chance with this deal from Walmart.

If building robots isn’t your thing, the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit can help you make a small piano, handlebars for a motorbike, an interactive fishing rod, and more. If the Labo Variety Kit doesn’t fuel your imagination, you can use the kit to make and program your own Nintendo Switch mini-games.

The kit is now going for $55, or $15.13 off its list price at Walmart.

Although two Joy-Con controllers come with the Nintendo Switch, sometimes they might break, you might lose them in the real world, or just want to have a few additional controllers for four-player games. You can save $10 on a pair of Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch at Walmart. Now priced at $69, these versatile game controllers come in gray instead of the red and blue pair that comes with the system.