Thanksgiving Thursday is followed by the biggest sale in the US. Black Friday and Cyber Mondays are two days of the year that many consumers like myself wait for to pick gadgets or electronics in the hope of getting some good deals and discounts. I ended up buying four things this time around. Two of those that were planned and two were impulse decisions because the deals were just too good to ignore.
The first item was on my list was the new 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display. I had been waiting for the Haswell model for quite some time and sold my MacBook Air a few weeks back after Apple announced the new models. Interestingly, I found a pretty good deal on the config I was looking for (8GB RAM/256GB SSD) online from a store in Dubai and ended up buying it before the Thanksgiving weekend. Luckily Apple did not beat the price I got the laptop for so I’m happy with that.
Next thing I wanted to upgrade was my router. Linksys had sent me their 802.11ac router a few weeks back and I found the range to to be quite decent but using the 802.11ac standard on a 5GHz band caused the router to heat up quite a bit and in turn, stop working until I would reset it. My choices were the new Apple Airport Extreme and the ASUS RT-AC68U. They’re both great routers with the ASUS definitely offering higher speeds and better options but also more issues according to some of the forums and user reviews I was reading up on. Considering that I travel for work often, the decision to have something working all the time became the higher priority to make sure the wife and kids are connected. The Airport extreme was being offered at Apple’s Store at AED 698 (down from AED 780) and that ended up being my first Black Friday purchase.
The second thing I picked up on Black Friday was Microsoft’s original Surface RT tablet that was slashed to US$199 by Microsoft. I’ve been curious about Windows RT since Nokia World in Abu Dhabi last month and haven been debating on replacing my iPad with the Lumia 2520. I figured the Surface RT will give me a good idea on whether I want to do that or not. Either ways, it will probably end up at dubizzle in a month or two and should hopefully not prove to be an expensive experiment.
The last item I purchased was on Cyber Monday and that was the Moto X which was slashed to US$350 from Motorola for the unlocked developer version. I’ve read so many good things about the Moto X and have been waiting to try it out for some time but the high costs (considering the hardware) have prevented me from doing so. I bought the Nexus 5 earlier and although I’ve loving it in general, the camera isn’t that great and I was disappointed that Google didn’t feature the always listening “OK Google” on it. Also, the Active Notifications on Moto X sound pretty awesome and with the Kit Kat upgrade, it could prove to be a worth replacement for the Nexus 5.
All in all, these past few weeks certainly put a little dent on my bank account. In total, I spent AED 5,500 on the MacBook Pro (of which 2,700 was recovered selling the MacBook Air), 700 on the Apple Airport Extreme, 900 on the Surface RT and 1500 on the Moto X.
How about yourself? Let me know if you snagged any good deals this past week?