When the Surface RT launched, the most exciting hardware feature was the Touch Cover, a slick cover-keyboard hybrid. However, it cost an extra $120, which is a lot for a practically obligatory feature. Microsoft's online store is now giving them away with a Surface RT purchase, which is the way it always should have been.
The Surface RT—which, unlike the Surface Pro, doesn't run a full version of Windows 8—is a very handsome tablet. Sure, there are issues, but for the most part it's a premium device with the chamfered edges to back it up. I've been looking for Surface sales since they came out, but they're far and few between.
A free Touch Cover or Type Cover is actually a fairly significant discount, because it wouldn't really be a Surface without the cover. In fact, the vast majority of Microsoft's marketing focused on the cover. So the Surface, as it should be, is $500 from Microsoft's online store—finally. [Microsoft]
• Microsoft Surface RT w/ Touch Cover ($500) | Microsoft Store | Originally $630
Rakuten's trying to push their marketplace again, and now they've got a promo where you get 30% of your order value back in store credit—you won't save any money, but it could go a little farther. It's especially intriguing for products like the iPad Mini. More info at [Deals Kinja]
Apple's iMacs are On Sale Again
Apple's developer conference WWDC is next week, and there are a lot of rumors flying around. One major question is whether Apple will refresh the Mac line with sweet new Haswell processors. So before you buy a new Mac, you might want to wait to see if that pans out.
But if you need a new computer today, you should know that both Best Buy and Amazon dropped the price of the entry-level iMac $150 last night. This matches other sales we've seen, but it's still a discount on iMac—so check it out if you're in the market. [Best Buy, Amazon]
• Buffalo 1TB Portable HD ($60) | Staples via 9to5Toys | Originally $70 | Use coupon code 74145
• Razer Naga Hex Laser Gaming Mouse ($55) | Amazon | Originally $70
• Syma S108G Infared Mini Radio Copter ($17) | Amazon | Originally $20
There are some very nice gaming deals available today—also, for iOS people, don't forget to check out half price Final Fantasy Tactics under iOS.
• Mass Effect Trilogy [Origin] ($20) | Gamefly via Daily Game Deals
• Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty ($20) | Blizzard via Daily Game Deals
• World of Warcraft character services are 50% off this week.
• Battlefield 4 ($50) | Newegg via Reddit | Use code EMCXPXS85
Not today, sorry.
Dumb TV → Smart TV
• Amazon's Gold Box today is Mel Brooks Blu-rays and DVD's. Thanks, Lee!
• 50" Aquos LED HDTV ($530) | Best Buy | Originally $600
• Canon Powershot ELPH 520 ($130) | Best Buy | Originally $180
No Android deals today, sorry. Yesterday's Dealzmodo had a few.
• Treats For Your Dog ($0) | Dick Van Patten | Got to like 'em on Facebook
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