If you already have a laptop or desktop computer, the iPad Mini is a good device to compliment your productivity.
As you can see in Apple's comparison of iPad models, the Mini is small enough to be quite portable, fast enough to run all apps and games, and large enough to give a clear image.
- Asus Transformer Touchscreen 10" Laptop for $249
Asus Transformer Mini (model T102HA-C4-GR) for $249 with free shipping.
Has a 10-inch touchscreen, Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, 4GB memory, 64GB flash storage, Windows 10, keyboard, pen, webcam, Bluetooth, Wifi, and battery capable of up to 11 hours per charge.
Other stores sell it for about $290.
Has a MicroSD card slot, for adding more storage.
A laptop like this is meant for basic tasks, such as browsing the Internet, taking notes, and using basic online productivity tools such as Google Docs and Google Sheets.
If you want to edit photos, produce videos, or do any kind of advanced programming, a more powerful laptop is recommended.
- Lenovo Desktop Computer for $620
Lenovo Desktop (model ThinkCentre M800 10FY0017US) with 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core CPU, 8GB DDR4 memory, 1TB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 530, CD/DVD Read/Write drive, and Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with a free upgrade to Windows 10.
Price is $650, and code EB428504JM applies $30 off.
Includes a keyboard, mouse, and power cord.
The Core i7-6700 CPU is one of the fastest and best CPUs on the market today.
We have one inside our main desktop PC, and works great with video editing, photo editing, software/code compiling, and virtualization.
Note that this "6700" model is designed for business and productivity, whereas the "6700k" CPU has overclocking capabilities, giving faster performance for games and computer enthusiasts.
- Lenovo Flex 4 Touchscreen Laptop for $780
Lenovo Flex 4 14-inch Laptop Computer with 7th Generation Intel i7-7500U processor, 16GB of memory, 512GB SSD, ATI Radeon R5 M430 2GB video card, a touchscreen HD 1920x1080 screen, Windows 10 64-bit, and a 1-year warranty.
Newegg is selling it for $780.
Normally about $890, $900, and $1050.
Includes a 7-hour battery and a fully rotatable screen to convert between laptop mode and tablet mode.
Here are brief PCWorld and Cnet overviews of the laptop's features.
If you don't need the latest CPU, fast SSD, 16GB of memory, and full HD screen, BestBuy.com is selling a Lenovo Flex 4 for $350 with a Pentium 4405U processor, 4GB of memory, 500GB hard drive, Intel HD graphics, 1366x768 (720p) 14-inch touch-screen, and Windows 10 64-bit.
Also, a low-end Lenovo Flex 4 for $250 is available, but perhaps a tablet coupled with a Bluetooth keyboard may be a better value.
- Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Tower Server for $350
Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini Tower Server for $349 with code 349T30 .
This computer has a 6th generation Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3GHz Quad Core CPU (details), which is basically the server/enterprise version (similar performance and capabilities) to the 6th generation Intel i5-6500 CPU (details).
The CPU alone normally sells for about $230.
Also comes with 8GB of DDR4 ECC memory, 1TB hard drive, CD/DVD read/write drive, and 1-year warranty.
- 48% Off of Refurbished Laptop and Desktop Computers, Code: DELL48HOURS
Dell's Refurbished site is giving 48% off of "refurbished" computers listed for sale on their site.
Code DELL48HOURS gives the discount when a computer is added to the cart.
For example, a Grade-B cosmetic quality Dell OptiPlex 9020 with Intel Core i5-4570 Quad Core processor, 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive, and 32-bit Windows 7 Pro is $439 before coupon, and $228 after coupon.
If you want to save some money and don't mind some added risk to your purchase, Best Buy is also selling a open-box iPad Mini 4 128GB Space Gray for $325 ($25 off).
The product inside the box is still new, but the box has been opened and the product could have been briefly used/tested before placed back in its box.
We have been using an iPad Mini 2 for years, and love it.
If you currently use a laptop computer and want an iPad to compliment your productivity, we recommend the "Mini" over the regular-size iPad.
Someone with a laptop already has a screen size of 11-inches or more, and it might be redundant to have a similar size iPad.
The Mini is a good size- small enough to be portable and accessible, but large enough to see things clearly.
Although, if someone wants to replace their laptop with a tablet, consider a regular-size iPad which will have a larger screen and faster processor.
See Apple.com for a detailed comparison of iPad models.
- 20% Off of Select Electronics, Code: PSHOPTECH417
Get 20% off of select TVs, cell phones, laptops, cameras, drones, audio, monitors, and other select electronics with code PSHOPTECH417 .
Maximum of $50 discount.
- Poweredge T30 Mini Tower PC for $200
Dell PowerEdge are meant to be servers, but can also be a powerful workstation PC.
This T30 Mini Tower has an Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core processor, 4GB ECC memory (one DIMM), 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, 1 year warranty, no operating system, no monitor, no keyboard/mouse.
Price is $379, and coupon code 199T30 applies $180 off.
If you want 8GB of total memory, Newegg sells single 4GB DDR4 ECC Memory for about $40.
Also, adding a second 1TB hard drive costs $41.40 when applying code EMCREBD23 in the cart, or you could add a larger capacity (8TB) hard drive to get massive storage.
No operating system is included.
Linux (Ubuntu) is free to download and install.
- HP Proliant Tower Server for $200 (expired)
HP ProLiant ML10 V2 Tower Server with Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core processor, 8GB memory (2x4GB non-ECC), and 500GB 7200rpm hard drive for $200.
Compatible with most monitors, keyboards, and mice, but none are included.
Has a gigabit ethernet port, four USB3.0 ports, and four PCIe expansion slots (one x16, two x8, and a x4 PCIe slot).
This is meant to be a server for a home or small office.
Install your own Linux (free) or Windows operating system, and configure as a web server, file server, email server, or whatever you want.
According to the product specs and product detail page, it has a Integrated Lights-Out management (iLO) built-in.
Lights-Out lets you remotely control the power (for remote rebooting) and console of the server, a useful feature when a server is located in a datacenter.
- Mac Mini for $400
Best Buy is selling an Apple Mac Mini with Intel i5 (1.4GHz) processor, 4GB memory, and 500GB hard drive for $400 today.
They normally sell for $420 refurbished and $499 new.
The Mac Mini works with almost any display, keyboard, and mouse, but does not include any of those.
It has four USB3 ports, HDMI port, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs OS X Yosemite.
- Lenovo 11" Thinkpad Chromebook for $160
Lenovo Thinkpad Chromebook 11e with 11.6" screen, Celeron N3150 2GHz CPU, 16GB storage, 4GB memory, 3-cell battery, and 1 year warranty for $160.
Normally sells for $199.