Eye-Popping Presidents' Day Weekend Tech Bargains

Discounts on Xbox Live Gold, Apple iPads, Windows 8 machines.

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Presidents’ Day is no Black Friday when it comes to tech bargains, at least in the volume of deals, but some good buys can be had. Here’s a sampling of price drops we came across:

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Best Buy: Apple iPad mini tablet
Best Buy: Apple iPad mini tablet

Best Buy is offering the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display (16GB and WiFi edition) for $350, $50 of the regular price. 

Microsoft Xbox Live Gold
Microsoft Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft is looking to lure those Xbox 360 users who don’t already have its online multiplayer gaming and entertainment apps service by offering them free access Feb. 14-16. This offer doesn’t extend to Xbox One users, however, and is only available in the United States and Canada to Xbox Live subscribers.

Walmart: Toshiba Touchscreen Laptop running Windows 8
Walmart: Toshiba Touchscreen Laptop running Windows 8

Walmart is knocking $50 off this 15.6-inch touchscreen machine powered by an Intel Celeron 1005M processor for a total of $400. Boasts a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of memory, expandable to 16GB.

Lenovo: Slew of laptops…
Lenovo: Slew of laptops…

Lenovo has a full page online devoted to Presidents’ Day sales, mainly focused on laptop computers. One example: The company is knocking $370 off the usual price of the IdeaPad Y510p laptop to bring it down to $800. The “serious multimedia machine” has an Intel Core i7 processor and supports up to Windows 8.1.

Dell desktops
Dell desktops

Anyone still buying desktops out there? Dell has Inspiron machines on sale (the 3000 model running Win7 and sporting a 500GB drive has been lowered in price from $512 to $430), and is layering on various pre-sale discounts of $20 to $50 in addition.

Newegg: Samsung Galaxy 8.0 Note tablet
Newegg: Samsung Galaxy 8.0 Note tablet

This touchscreen Android 4.1 device can be had for $300 rather than $400 this weekend during Newegg’s sale. This WiFi-enabled tablet comes with an integrated S Pen, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync features and 16GB of storage.