Cheap Tech: Galaxy Note II, GTX 660, and More

Technology is constantly evolving, but you don't have to spend a fortune to keep up with the latest and greatest products. The internet yields many fruits, not the least of which is deep cuts on otherwise expensive hardware. To help aid your search, we've rounded up the best deals of the week, including graphics card bundles, smartphones, and more!

Samsung Galaxy Note II for $149.99
Samsung is about to take the lid off its next flagship smartphone, but that doesn't mean the Galaxy Note II is a slouch. Utilizing the the handy writing and multitasking features of the S Pen, the Galaxy Note II is a great option for business professionals or anyone who wants a more tactile experience. Check and write email naturally, hovering the S Pen over the screen to switch between apps. Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Note II offers a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p display 2GB of RAM. An 8MP rear camera is capable of taking multiple, successive images with Burst Shot – perfect for capturing every moment in fast-action scenarios like sporting events. While grabbing a Note II would normally cost you $300, you can grab this handy device right now for only $149.99 (with a Verizon Wireless account).

PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti + Assassin's Creed III for $239.99

Keeping your PC up-to-date with the latest graphics card is a necessity for any hardcore PC gamer. But those high-end GPUs are also super expensive, and a smart shopper will keep a watchful eye out for great deals. Right now, you can grab a 2GB PNY GeForce GTX 660Ti for only $239.99 (regular price is $289.99). The GTX 660Ti features NVIDIA CUDA technology, backed by high speed GDDR5 memory. 3D-ready, and PhysX-compatible, this graphics card should have you playing through the majority of the latest game releases without issue. And just to sweeten the deal a bit, you'll even get a free PC copy of Assassin's Creed III to test out your new GPU.

$200 Off MacBook Pro with Retina Display
There's no denying the massive appeal of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. A long-lasting battery, sleek aluminum body, and one of the most gorgeous resolution setups in the industry are just a few of the reasons Apple is still setting the high-water mark in the laptop market. But getting a 13-inch MacBook Pro isn't always so easy on the wallet, especially if you want a few bells and whistles like a larger capacity solid-state drive. Right now, you can get a 256GB, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core, 8GB RAM MacBook Pro with Retina Display for only $1,499. Think of all the fun stuff you could do with the $200 you save, like buy a really fancy laptop bag to hold your new fancy laptop. Or at the very least, grab some cool games on the Steam Mac store.

$281.99 Off 55" Vizio LED-LCD HDTV
Mercifully, the prices on HDTVs keep dropping year after year, but that doesn't mean getting a decent model is exactly “cheap.” Vizio has made great strides in the HDTV market in recent years, rising from a relatively unknown company into a respected brand. This 55” 1080p 120Hz LED television features 3D and Smart TV functions. You even get four battery-free 3D glasses! As a means to taking advantage of 3D games through a console, like the PlayStation 3, this is actually a pretty great deal. Apps for streaming video through Amazon Instant or Netflix are built right into the interface. The universal remote with full keyboard links up to the HDTV though Bluetooth, and the set measures just 1.5” deep (without the stand). You can save $281 if you pick up this Vizio LED HDTV now, for only $868.

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