Dell Canada

July 3

Microsoft: Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Touchscreen Signature Ed. Laptop Was $499 | Now $327

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Microsoft: Dell Inspiron 15.6 Touchscreen Signature Ed. Laptop Was $499 | Now $327

Microsoft Canada has discounted this lovely little Dell Inspiron 15 i3543-2501BLK Signature Edition Laptop from $499 down to $327 with free shipping.

This is a respectable laptop for everyday use. The laptop comes with:

  • 15.6-inch (396.24 mm) HD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i3-5005U
  • 4GB memory
  • 1TB HDD

In fact, this unit is a bit above your normal ‘basic’ laptop. You receive a huge 1TB hard drive and the screen is actually a touchscreen, like a tablet screen. I love these little laptop / tablet cross-breeds as you get so used to moving things around with your fingers on a tablet and smart phone only to revert back to a mouse on your desktop. Now, you receive the best of both worlds. One reviewer said:

I received it yesterday. At this price, it is really an amazing machine. Everything works well now and the touch screen works very well. I like it!

This would be an excellent laptop for school, university, and just for playing around with at home. I could see this fulfilling most people’s needs for a laptop unless you run a business or work online for a living.

I would like to impart to you the importance if signature edition laptops. Most computers these days come with an enormous amount of bloatware. That is software that manufacturers load on to new computers. This bloatware can be up to 60 or so programs, often higher. Toshiba is one of the worst offenders, with Sony and Lenovo close behind. You cannot just factory restore your computer as they are making OS images that include the bloatware. Essentially, it re-installs when you reinstall the OS.

Bloatware is bad. It can slow down any computer to a snail’s pace – even computers with really fast processors. I and a dear friend of mine are learning that on his Lenovo with an i7 processor. Now, Signature Edition Laptops do not have ANY bloatware or third-party trial-ware on them. These are CLEAN computers. Given my very recent experience with bloatware, I do not think I would buy any other computer in the future except for a Microsoft Signature Edition (or an Apple).

I have heard that the warranty is with Microsoft since you are buying the computer from them. However, you can transfer the warranty to Dell at no cost (if you want to).

(Expiry: unknown)

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June 30

Targus Life Style Backpack Was $74 | Now $25 & Free Shipping @ Dell

Posted by on June 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

 Targus Life Style Backpack Was $74 | Now $25 & Free Shipping @ Dell

Have you just tossed your child’s worn out, weary backpack from this last school year? Perhaps you have noticed that they are outgrowing their current backpack and need a more substantial pack for the coming year. This Targus Life Style Backpack is on sale from $74.99 down to just $24.99 with Dell Canada’s usual free shipping no minimum.

Unusually, this backpack was easy to price compare. it seems many online electronic retailers are selling this backpack. Targus Canada even sells it themselves. Here is a rundown on the prices everywhere else:

  • $28.77 + shipping @ NCIX.com
  • $49.99 @ Shop.ca
  • $55.42 @ Direct Canada
  • $65.99 @ Newegg Canada
  • $72.11 @ Canada Computers
  • $73.99 @ Targus Canada

There is a wide range of prices, but all of them are double or more Dell Canada’s price except for NCIX. While the NCIX.com deal is quite good, you would need to pay an additional $7.98 for shipping. That brings your total price up to $36.75 before tax.

This is the 15.6″ Targus backpack in grey. It has plenty of pockets to stick your bits and bobs in: cell phone, pencils, erasers, markers, and more. The main compartment comes with a large padded pocket designed to fit up to a 15.6″ laptop. There is a separate pocket for a tablet and a zippered stash pocket as well for any flash drives or other important things.

In addition, the backpack also has extended compartment space for those few extra packages you pick up at the mall. The water bottle holder is easily accessible and placed separate from electronics: you do not want to get those wet.

This backpack is also ergonomically designed to stay comfortable upon your back. I always find this the most important part of a backpack. I really do not care how much can fit into the pack if it is uncomfortable on my shoulders. I used to have a backpack that would pop blood vessels on my shoulders from the ill distributed pressure.

Overall, this is a good looking backpack at a good price. It has all the space and compartments you need, and probably a few you do not. Carry your laptop, tablet, cell phone, water bottle, and more both safely and comfortably.

Check out the rest of the Canada Day electronics sale at Dell Canada.

(Expiry: 6th July 2015)

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June 27

Dell Canada: Panasonic Eneloop AA & AAA Batteries (8-pack) Was $38 | Now $20 & Free Shipping

Posted by on June 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Dell Canada: Panasonic Eneloop AA & AAA Batteries (8 pack) Was $38 | Now $20 & Free Shipping

Batteries still make most electronics go round. They are necessary for everything from your television’s remote control to your child’s talking doll. Currently, Dell Canada is offering a great deal on eight-packs of Panasonic Eneloop rechargeable batteries. Originally $37.99 each, the AAA and AA battery packs are on sale for just $19.99 with free shipping.

Unless batteries come with an item I have purchased, rechargeable batteries are the only ones I use anymore! It is just so much cheaper to make a one-time purchase of a pack of AA and a pack of AAA batteries and a charger than replace batteries every year.

I price compared these batteries with Amazon Canada. The eight-pack of AAA batteries currently costs $29.82 and the AA batteries cost $28.99. I did find a pack of the AAA batteries back-ordered at NCIX.com for $24.99, but you would also have to pay shipping. I also checked our back records. We have seen the eight-pack of AAA batteries on sale for $20.99 before at Amazon, but that is underneath Amazon Canada’s free shipping minimum thus shipping fees would also apply. This is the lowest price I have seen these battery packs.

As there are no reviews on Dell Canada, I borrowed one from NCIX.com:

I have almost no complaints about eneloops, and have been using eneloops for years in many devices from wireless keyboards and mice to wiimotes and well, anything else that requires AA’s or AAA’s. I now finally have enough AAA’s with this 8 pack.

Many owners commend the brand for lasting a long time and creating sustainable energy sources for their electronics. I certainly am all for rechargeable batteries and would like to see the days when disposables no longer exist. They are very toxic for the environment and Canadians are not the best at using proper battery recycling programs. Until a few years ago, I did not even know that you could, or rather should, recycle batteries.

I seem to have misplaced most of my AAA batteries, or maybe they are in electronics that I just do not use that frequently. Either way, I think a new set of batteries is in order.

(Expiry: 1st July 2015)

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May 23

Save $150 on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition Laptop: Now $449 (or $404?) & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store

Posted by on May 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Save $150 on the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition Laptop: Now $449 (or $404?) & Free Shipping @ Microsoft Store

In the past, the deals at the Microsoft store never really seemed to grab me. But over the last 6 months or so, I’ve noticed that they’ve really been pushing out some good deals – beating the prices of the competition, not to mention the free shipping with every item. And just now, there’s a rather nice deal on an entry-level laptop, it’s the Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop. You’re getting a saving of $150, bringing it down to only $449 for this budget laptop.

And as far as I know, you can get an extra 10% off the price if you are a student. If you shop through Microsoft’s education store here, you should be able to get this item for only $404. I cannot confirm this as I’m not a student myself and cannot log in to see that particular price. If you are a student and taking advantage of this deal, let us know in the comments below if it works.

A really brief specification of this laptop is as follows:

  • 6-inch (396.24-millimeter) HD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i5-5200U
  • 8GB memory/1TB HDD

Now, I know a bit about computers; knowledge which is all gleaned by a geeky sort of osmosis from current and past partners. From what I can see, the above laptop isn’t immensely powerful and it’s not going to run the latest games or amazing 3D modelling software with ease. However, it’s a basic model for simple home use. If you want a new laptop for doing a bit of office work, browsing the internet, maybe watching movies on Netflix, then this is just the ticket.

It has that 1TB hard drive which they say is “loads of storage.” In my opinion, it’s not loads. But this doesn’t have to affect us nowadays with being able to store anything in the cloud, on the likes of Dropbox. I have thousands of digital photos and home videos on my computer which take up a lot of space… but I also have cloud storage subscriptions and external hard drives, so a small hard drive isn’t terrible, these days.

This Dell Inspiron 15 Signature Edition laptop also comes with a 5-in-1 card reader built-in. I find these incredibly handy to have on such a device. I can just slot the SD card from my digital SLR straight in and copy and paste photos with ease.

As for a price comparison, it’s really difficult to do easily because of the slightly differing specifications across the board – so we can’t compare like-for-like. The Dell Inspiron range actually starts at $600 on the Dell site itself, or this one at Best Buy which is $549.99 (though it’s a fairly different processor, a bit slower).

(Expires: 25th May 2015)

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May 14

Dell Canada: Dell 20″ Monitor Only $99.99 (Save $60)

Posted by on May 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Dell Canada: Dell 20 Monitor Only $99.99 (Save $60)

**BUMP – This deal is back on at Dell Canada**

I have not seen a deal on this monitor for over a year so I figured it was a good deal to post. Purchase a Dell 20″ E2014H monitor for only $99.99 with free shipping. The regular retail price for this monitor is $149.99 $159.99.

Whenever a Dell monitor goes under $100, I always take note. While there are many brands of monitors out there, Dell monitors are known for their quality and they hold their value a lot better than other monitors do. I resold my hubby’s basic Dell monitor for $40 when he got rid of his desktop when some people can hardly give away their monitors.

This monitor features a 19.5″ display with 1600 x 900 optimal resolution at 60 Hz. The monitor is backlit by LED. You can adjust the screen by tilting it, but you cannot swivel it from side to side. The screen has both an anti-glare coating and a hard coating for a prolonged lifespan. That is one thing that drives me insane about my laptop, the glare off the computer screen is something awful. Even if I turn up the brightness, it does not eliminate the glare problem.

The 20″ Dell monitor seems to be well loved by reviewers. One reviewer said:

So glad I choose this monitor to compliment my new dell desktop. The color display of the monitor is crisp and vivid. The monitor’s adequate size allows for a display that is easy to view. My favorite feature though is the clear crisp colored display. I’d buy it again without hesitation.

All six current reviews give the monitor a full five out of five stars.

I expected the monitor to come with the usual one-year warranty that most products come with these days. However, the tech specs say that a three-year advanced exchange service is included. This is interesting, as I would think any problems you would find in a monitor would show themselves within the first few years. I am curious if this would include dead pixels; I expect so.

One commenter pointed out that this monitor does not come with built-in speakers. They still argued that this was a fantastic monitor for the price, but also said that one of the reasons Dell could keep the price so low was because of not building in speakers. However, the reviewer was still impressed enough to give a five star review.

(Expiry: 16th May 2015)

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May 12

Dell Canada: Free Upgrades Desktop & Laptop Sale

Posted by on May 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Dell Canada: Free Upgrades Desktop & Laptop Sale

Dell Canada has a sale that greatly interests me. Right now they are offering free upgrades for the same price (and sometimes lower) than the base computer. These upgrades are free and fantastic if you like faster processors, better graphics cards, and touch screens without paying extra for them.

This kind of sale is cool. Many of these upgrades would cost substantially more (a couple hundred dollars). Now, the sale is laid out so that the first product in the pair is the normal product and the second product is the same item with a free upgrade. The price is either the same or cheaper.

My first example is their first deal! The Inspiron 15 5000 Series Non-Touch usually retails for $729.99. Instead of that base mode, purchase the Inspiron 15 5000 Series Touch that was $888.99 and is now $699.99. The only difference between the two models is the free upgrade: a touch screen. With this deal, you also save an extra $30. Your laptop comes with an i5 processor, 8 GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive.

In the sale, I also found a great deal on a desktop. This Inspiron Desktop retails for $669.99. It comes with an i5 processor, 8 GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. Purchase the upgraded Inspiron Desktop with 12GB of memory (instead of 8GB) for faster processing. This desktop still just costs $669.99.

The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 laptop truly has it all. At $949.99, it is a convertible laptop that switches between tablet and laptop mode: see image above. For truly mesmerizing speed, purchase the upgraded Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 laptop with an i7 processor (instead of i5) for $949.99. This upgrade is valued at $139 and will be well worth your money. Once you have worked on an i7 processor, it is very hard to go back to a regular processor.

There are several Alienware models included the sale as well. I am a big fan of Alienware, but it is really only necessary for gamers who play demanding games that require speed and amazing graphics. Tetris does not count. These other deals give you nice bonus features like memory, speed, and more for the same price as the base models.

With the Dell Advantage program, Dell customers receive 5% back on purchases of $100 or more. This takes the form of a Dell ePromotional card. You can then use the code on this card against your next purchase. All items ship free from Dell.

(Expiry: 14th May 2015)

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April 27

Jabra Solemate Mini Bluetooth Speaker Was $86 | Now $46 & Free Shipping @ Dell Canada

Posted by on April 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Jabra Solemate Mini Bluetooth Speaker Was $86 | Now $46 & Free Shipping @ Dell Canada

Grab this stylish little speaker for a present, or all for your own. This speaker was $85.99, but is now only $45.99 @ Dell Canada. Free shipping is included in this deal, making it even sweeter.

I first saw this little speaker when Avigayil blogged about it about a month ago. During that deal, I picked one up for my brother. I am happy to report two notable things since that blog entry. First, my brother loves this speaker and he is incredibly hard to buy gifts for. Secondly, I managed to find it at even a better price today so you can grab your own at an even better deal if you missed it.

This little speaker is both portable and powerful. It is a slightly different deal as the speaker on sale today is the red version and not the black one, as was on sale previously. That bright colour makes it both a great gift, and easier to find in your bag when you are on the go.  The Bluetooth has a wide range, playing music, movies, and anything else you choose at a distance of up to 33 feet. This speaker should give you about eight hours of music playing time. You can also leave it in standby for up to 90 days, which means you are not constantly recharging this speaker. Speakers like this are also perfect for video calls if you Facetime or Skype with a mobile device or tablet. I find the sound on this speaker is much better than what my brother’s iPad can broadcast, plus it has an integrated microphone. My brother has become the DJ for his after school club with this speaker and my gifted collection of a copy of my 90’s and 2000s rock mp3s. Like most teenagers, he really cranks up this speaker but at least he has good taste in music!

Check out the price variation elsewhere. Microsoft is the leader of the pack, but Dell has them beat today on price.

I have not seen many reviews of this product. Over at Amazon Canada, there are a few reviews praising the sound quality. From using this speaker personally, you are getting an awesome deal. If you have been looking for a small speaker with great sound, this is a sure bet. This price does not last long, so I would order now before the price goes back up.

(Expiry: 28th April 2015)

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April 26

Dell Canada: XBOX Live 12-Month Gold Membership Was $60 | Now $44.99 (EXPIRED)

Posted by on April 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Dell Canada: XBOX Live 12 Month Gold Membership Was $60 | Now $44.99 (EXPIRED)

Dell Canada has discounted the XBOX Live 12-Month Gold Membership from $59.99 down to $44.99 with free shipping.

I price compared this membership with the prices at other online retailers. Here is what the competition is selling the Xbox Live 12 month membership for:

  • $48.99 @ Costco Canada
  • $56.83 @ Amazon Canada
  • $59.99 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $59.99 @ Microsoft Canada
  • $59.95 @ Chapters Indigo Canada
  • $56.83 @ Walmart Canada

Dell Canada’s price is the best out of all the competition. Costco does come close, but is still a few dollars more. If you are a gamer on a budget (is that an oxymoron?) then this is an excellent choice to get in on the Gold benefits at Xbox Canada. As I have mentioned before, having an Xbox gold membership gives you access to exclusive deals that are not available to the ‘public’. You can just check out the “Deals with Gold” section in Xbox Canada to see what games you can score.

40% off Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition is one of the exclusive deals you can purchase with your Gold membership. The retail price for the game is $99.99, but it comes down to $59.99 with your Gold membership. You can easily see how a Gold membership can quickly pay for itself in savings on other games – especially the big titles and popular sequels.

the Xbox Gold membership allows you to play games with friends on the multiplayer network. You also receive free games each month as an Xbox Gold member. On top of that, you can save up to 75% off games in the Xbox Store. Previously, I have seen 50% offers on popular games such as Duck Dynasty and more.

I was recently reading about gaming consoles and the shift to monthly / yearly paid memberships. While many players would like to see that end, it appears to be here for good since PlayStation recently switched to a membership base as well with the PS4. I wonder if the major PC gaming platform will also switch to membership in the future. I think that would be terrible. Gaming console companies are making it nearly impossible to get away without a membership these days, so deals like this help save your pocket book an extra few dollars.

(Expiry: 27th April 2015 @ 6AM)

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April 21

Sony Extra Bass Earbud Headphones With Mic Were $60 | Now $30 & Free Shipping @ Dell Canada (EXPIRED)

Posted by on April 21, 2015 at 9:34 AM

Sony Extra Bass Earbud Headphones With Mic Were $60 | Now $30 & Free Shipping @ Dell Canada (EXPIRED)

Grab a compact pair of earbuds that will not compromise on sound. Check out these Sony earbud headphones with included mic and extra bass. These earbuds were $60, but today only you can grab a pair for $29.99 including completely free shipping.

This set of ear buds is equipped with a powered bass duct to give a better quality bass sound. I am not familiar with this technology, but both Dell and Sony say this should improve your overall experience with the bass. The earbuds have a silicon sleeve on the part that goes in your ear both for comfort, and to ensure those beats make it into your ears. Also included in this earbud is an omni-directional microphone. When you receive that call in the middle of your commute, you will be able to take it no matter where you are going.

From reading more about these earbuds, they seem like they are a newer technology on the market currently. Here is what you will pay at some of the other Canadian retailers for the same earbuds.

Dell Canada’s one-day deal is looking like a pretty sleek discount.

Most of these retailers, including Dell, do not have any current reviews. Over on Sony Canada’s site, seventeen people have reviewed these ear buds. What is most notable is more than one person who says they are a professional musician are praising the sound quality of these headphones. Here is one review currently on Sony Canada.

Sony Extra Bass Earbud Headphones With Mic Were $60 | Now $30 & Free Shipping @ Dell Canada (EXPIRED)

If you have been looking for a new pair of earbuds that will pack a punch, now is your chance to snag a great pair. A couple years back I bought my dad a pair of good quality headphones for his birthday, and it was a good gift as he would never have bought them for himself. If your dad or mom is a techy person, these may make a good gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

(Expiry: 21st April, 2015)

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April 20

Dell Canada: Inspiron 14 3000 Series Laptop Was $339 | Now $290 & Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Posted by on April 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Dell Canada: Inspiron 14 3000 Series Laptop Was $339 | Now $290 & Free Windows 10 Upgrade

If you need a base model computer, this is the unit for you. The Dell Inspiron 14 3000 Series laptop is on sale from $338.99 down to $289.99.

This is a base model laptop designed to handle your everyday computing needs at a price everyone can afford. The computer comes with:

  • Intel Celeron Processor N2840 (up to 2.58 GHz)
  • 2 GB memory
  • 500 GB hard drive

The computer includes the following slots: HDMITM 1.4a, USB 3.0 (1), USB 2.0 (2), Kensington lock slot, and Media Card (SD, SDHC, SDXC). I would not have thought it before, but my media card slot is one of the most used slots on my computer aside from the USB slots. I think three is a good number of USB slots as I often fill them all up. One slot for my phone cable, one slot for my mouse, and the other slot connects to my external hard drive when I am backing my computer up.

On top of the sale price for this basic laptop, you receive three additional benefits.

$15 back with Dell Advantage

As I have mentioned before, deals at Dell are even better than they seem. With the Dell Advantage program, Dell customers receive 5% back on purchases of $100 or more. This takes the form of a Dell ePromotional card. You can then use the code on this card against your next purchase. After the additional $15 back with Dell Advantage, your laptop will have actually cost you approximately $274.99. Promo cards expire after 90 days.

Free Upgrade to Windows 10

I am not sure what happened to Windows 9, maybe someone miscounted. However, your computer will come with Windows 8.1. Then, when Windows 10 is released later this year, your computer qualifies for a free upgrade to the newest operating system. While a price has not been set for Windows 10, speculators are saying it will go the way of subscription base, like Microsoft Office 365, and are thinking it will be around $49.99 per year. Others think it will remain for purchase and are estimating $119.99, which was the price for Windows 8.1 standard and Windows 8 standard.

Free Shipping

All items at Dell Canada ship free of charge, so there will be no additional charges there.

I figured this was a rather sweet little laptop deal. I decided to see what the competition was selling for laptops around the same configuration. At Best Buy, I found this ASUS 15.6″ Laptop – Black (Intel Dual-Core Celeron N2840 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) priced at $329.99. It has the same processor and same size of hard drive, but the memory is a bit bigger. Given that the ASUS does not qualify for an extra $15 back or for the free Windows 10 upgrade, I figure that Dell’s offer (which is already cheaper), is a solid deal.

(Expiry: 24th April 2015)

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April 13

Dell Canada: Sony SRSX2R Wireless Speaker Was $100 | Now $70 & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Dell Canada: Sony SRSX2R Wireless Speaker Was $100 | Now $70 & Free Shipping

Dell Canada’s Spring Clearance Event is in full swing right now. In the sale, I found the Sony SRSX2R Wireless Speaker on sale from $99.99 down to $69.99 with free shipping.

Price comparing showed that this speaker is on sale at several other places. However, none of the other retailers match Dell Canada’s price.

  • $76.99 @ PC Canada (one left)
  • $78 @ Walmart Canada
  • $79.99 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $79.99 @ Sony Store Canada
  • $99 @ NCIX.com

As you can see, Dell Canada’s price even beats the manufacturers’ own sale price. There is also an added bonus when you shop at Dell Canada. Not only do you receive free shipping on any order, you also receive 5% back on a Dell gift card when you sign up for the Dell Advantage (free sign up). That might not seem like much, but that ‘saves’ you an extra $3.50 on this unit alone.

I am a fan of Sony Wireless speakers ever since I bought one of the big brothers to this unit – the SRS-X5. I think they are a very strong sounding line of speakers at an excellent price. I am not alone in this opinion: reviews on Best Buy have given the SRSX2R speaker a 4.5/5 rating so far. One reviewer said:

While this can not compete with the bigger speakers in terms of volume, the sound clarity and fidelity is among the best. Base is less pronounced than in the Bose SoundLink Mini, but the overall sound is also more musical and less muddy. It does get pretty loud if needed – with no or very little distortion at the top end.

I was surprised that this little speaker can even compete with the Bose Soundlink Mini, but this reviewer thinks it sounds clearer. Certainly, for the price, you cannot go wrong with this unit. Expect five hours of playtime from the Sony SRSX2R wireless speaker. The speaker includes an AC adapter for charging. Pair the speaker to your ph0one via Bluetooth. This speaker also can be used for hands-free calls with ClearAudio+.

While the battery life is a bit short for my liking, it does seem like a solid unit that comes in two fantastic colours. Black is great if you want the speaker to blend in and red is fantastic for those who want to stand out.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 31

Dell Canada: Wireless Laser Mouse Was $45 | Now $30 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 31, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Dell Canada: Wireless Laser Mouse Was $45 | Now $30 & Free Shipping

Dell Canada has the Dell WM514 Wireless Laser Mouse on sale from $44.99 down to $29.99 with free shipping.

With a wireless mouse, you reduce cable clutter around your desk. While I currently use a wired mouse (it is what I own), the wires constantly drive me crazy as my mouse runs into them. I also have accidentally sent my mouse flying a few times when I forgot to unplug the USB port when moving my computer. I have done that so many times. My next purchase will be a wireless mouse.

Like other Dell mice, the WM514 has the Dell Unifying software so you can manage up to six other peripheral devices (like keyboard, number pads, and other mice) all through one nano-USB receiver. This is very useful technology for those with limited USB ports on their computer. My gaming computer only has three USB ports and they are often completely full with mice, the charging cable for my phone, and more.

The mouse also is Microsoft Windows 8 compatible. With Windows 8 gesture controls, you can scroll up, down, left or right with the mouse wheel. This helps you navigate Windows 8 tiles. The side buttons will access the Windows 8 charms bar. The mouse can also function perfectly ‘normal’ with other operating systems.

The reviews for this mouse are very positive. It ranks a solid 4.5/5 stars with over 20 reviews. One reviewer said:

I am very pleased with this product. It is easy to use, has a good structure, and I love that it turns off when not in use. I am definitely not a savy tech person so I was pleased that nothing about it was complicated. I love my new laptop and mouse. Life is good Dell Canada: Wireless Laser Mouse Was $45 | Now $30 & Free Shipping

Overall, this is a good size, well-shaped, reliable Dell wireless mouse. While I have seen some cheaper mice, this mouse provides full features for Windows 8 and can be used on almost any surface. The Dell unifying software is a very nice bonus that is becoming standard on all their devices it seems.

If you own this mouse then please drop us a line and tell us what you think of it.

(Expiry: 2nd April 2015)

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March 23

Dell Canada: D-Link 5-Port Desktop Switch Was $15 | Now $10 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Dell Canada: D Link 5 Port Desktop Switch Was $15 | Now $10 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Dell has started another four days of deals. I picked out this inexpensive D-Link (GO-SW-5E) 5 Port Unmanaged Desktop Switch that is on sale from $14.99 down to $9.99 with free shipping.

I price compared this deal with many other retailers. Dell Canada now only has the cheapest price but that free shipping with no minimum offer from Dell makes this deal far superior than anywhere else. The D-Link 5-Port Fast Ethernet Easy Desktop Switch retails for:

  • $12.99 @ Amazon Canada
  • $14.99 @ Tiger Direct Canada
  • $12.99 @ Future Shop Canada
  • $12.99 @ The Source Canada
  • $12.99  @ Best Buy Canada
  • $24.99 @ CDW Canada

All of the above prices require an extra shipping fee that starts at $5 and goes up from there. Thus, Dell easily beats them all.

The Dlink switch provides reliable high speed wired networking between computers. Plug up to five computers into the switch. The unmanaged 10/100 Mbps switch gives you a choice between 10 MBPS and 100 MBPS depending on the workload of the computer in question. This D link switch is a plug and play model – guaranteeing an easy set up with little effort. Connect multiple computers to the GO-SW-5E switch for easy file and folder sharing. You can also connect the device to a router for sharing an internet connection. One reviewer did just that:

I needed a few more ports than my router offered, so this device was perfect. Just plug it into your router and you get a few more ports for your devices. No setup required, plug and play.

For $10, this is a simple expansion instead of buying a larger router.

This switch is also part of D-Link’s Green Technology. Green technology saves energy, reduces device heat, and gives your switch a longer life span without reducing efficiency. Another reviewer was quite happy with how simple the device is to set up:

This unit is small, takes up almost no space and works like a dream. Just plug and play. If only all my other devices were this seamless….

This little device is great for home businesses, small offices, and to expand your personal router if you wire in to your router for the best internet speed.

Sign up for the Dell Advantage to receive 5% back on a Dell gift card as well. That might not seem like much from this little switch, but 5% adds up over time.

(Expiry: 26th March 2015)

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March 16

Dell Canada: 48 Hour Sale Starts Today! (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 16, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Dell Canada: 48 Hour Sale Starts Today! (EXPIRED)

Dell is having a 48 hour sale that starts today. Included in this deal are special prices on laptops, desktops and other various electronics. Free shipping with no minimum is included with all orders @ Dell.ca.

If you have been considering a new monitor, Dell has a great deal on the Dell 23 Monitor E2314H. This monitor was $219.99 but is now only $149.99. This monitor is a backlight LED with a crisp, high-resolution picture. This is a 16:9 widescreen format monitor, which will give you lots of screen space for both work or for play.  This monitor tilts to adjust for your comfort and comes with a full 3 year warranty. This is a great price on this monitor, as I am seeing it priced between $209 @ NCIX and $225 @ Newegg.ca.

The new Inspiron 14 3451 laptop was $338.99 but is now down to a cool $279.99. This 14” laptop comes equipped with a 500 GB Hard drive, 2 GB of memory and Windows 8.1. While not a super powerful laptop, this is a great price for a student machine or machine for light internet use. If you do not need a lot of power or need an inexpensive machine to tide you over, this would be a great option. This laptop also comes with 1-year in-home support included.

My husband shares an office with another co-worker who likes to sing constantly. He could get a pair of the Sony MDR ZX110NC Noise Canceling Headphones. These headphones were $79.99 but are now only $34.99. These are foldable, noise-cancelling headphones with a long 1.2m cord. If you need a sleek pair of headphones for on the go, this pair would be a nice mix of quality sound and convenience. My husband commutes on the train, so a foldable pair would be perfect for him. These are a much better price than the $60.39 you would pay for the same pair at Best Buy.ca or Future Shop.ca.

These items and other select items are only on sale for 48 hours and will not be around long. There are also several pricier laptops and desktops for sale if you are in the market for something more powerful. If you are willing to shell out a little more cash in exchange for power, good deals can be found in this sale.

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(Expiry: 18th March 2015 @ 5am)

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March 10

Dell Canada: D-Link 24-Port Ethernet Switch Was $70 | Now $30 & Free Shipping

Posted by on March 10, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Dell Canada: D Link 24 Port Ethernet Switch Was $70 | Now $30 & Free Shipping

In today’s 12 Days of Deals at Dell Canada, the D-Link DES 1024A 24-Port Fast Ethernet Switch is on sale from $69.99 down to $29.99 with free shipping. Sign up for the Dell Advantage to receive 5% back on a Dell gift card as well.

While I am familiar with a lot of tech, this is a new one for me. I have just never seen that many ports on an Ethernet switch before! Talk about all the networking opportunities. This is perfect for a small to medium size business or a gaming room.

I price compared with many other retailers and found Dell’s price the best. Here is what other retailers are selling the D-Link DES-1024A Ethernet switch for:

  • $48.99 @ NCIX.com
  • $49.98 @ Best Buy Canada
  • $49.98 @ Future Shop Canada
  • $49.98 @ Amazon Canada
  • $49.99 @ Staples Canada
  • $49.99 @ Walmart Canada

The above price comparisons do not include shipping charges for companies like NCIX.com or Staples. However, the going rate for this Ethernet switch is $50 right now.

Now, why would you want one of these devices if you have wireless? Wireless is convenient but you will always achieve faster file transfers and download speeds when you are hardwired into a device. When I am downloading a game on Steam, I always hard wire my computer in to the internet because I do not want to wait for hours or risk a momentary glitch interrupting my download.

I found a review for this device on NCIX. The reviewer said:

This switch works great. I’ve been using this on in my house to dispatch internet around the entire house (2 floors) and it works perfectly. Never rebooted since I got it and it was a pretty easy setup (out of the box, plug it and connect to my router and job done).

The reviewer most liked the fast and easy setup. However, he was disappointing that the Ethernet switch did not feature a gigabyte port.

Given the price point of this unit compared with the competitors, I think this is a great deal for anyone in need of one of these units. As Dell Canada offers free shipping on all orders, there are no extra fees beyond taxes.

This is a one-day deal and will end tomorrow morning!

(Expiry: 11th March 2015 @ 6AM)

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