Nothing beats a big monitor. Got spreadsheets? Gotta go big. Going tomb raiding (see bonus deal)? Gotta go big. Binge-watching "Arrested Development" before the new season debuts? Bluths are definitely better bigger.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, TigerDirect has the AOC e2752Vh 27-inch LCD monitor for $199.99, plus around $9 for shipping. (Sales tax also applies in a handful of states.) That's $80 off the regular price and one of the best prices I've seen on a monitor of this size.
Of note, Best Buy also has the AOC e2752Vh for $199.99, with free shipping, but sales tax will probably push your total cost a bit higher than if you're able to get it tax-free from TigerDirect.
This is an LED-backlit monitor with a native 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. Some will note that that's on the low side for such a big screen, and I'll agree it would be nice if it squeezed more pixels into the display. But a monitor capable of, say, 2,560x1,440-pixel will typically run you at least three times as much. And then you need a video card that can support it.
The AOC features a 2ms response time (meaning it should be blur-free with even the fastest-moving images) and three available inputs: VGA, DVI, and HDMI. It also includes stereo speakers, meaning you could pair it with a game console, Roku box, or Blu-ray player (again, see bonus deal) and use it like a TV.
CNET hasn't reviewed this monitor, but the user reviews at both Best Buy and TigerDirect are strong (with the latter averaging an impressive 4.8 stars out of 5).
Perhaps best of all, this baby comes with a three-year AOC warranty. If you're ready to go big -- really big -- on your desk, this is a hard deal to beat.
Bonus deal: Game time! It was barely a month ago that the new Tomb Raider game arrived to overwhelmingly positive user and critical reviews. My advice at the time: be patient -- it won't be $50 for long. And, sure enough, Green Man Gaming has Tomb Raider (PC) for $20 when you apply coupon code GMG20-GGN5D-FC3NA at checkout. (This deal went live yesterday, so I'm not sure how much longer the sale price and code will be active.) You'll need a Steam account to download and play the game.
Bonus deal No. 2: I continue to see amazing deals on Blu-ray players. For example: Today only, and while supplies last, 1SaleADay has the refurbished Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray player with apps
and Wi-Fi for $39.99 shipped. Although it's a refurb, it comes with a one-year warranty, according to the product page. Just make sure you're prepared to wait 2 to 3 weeks for your order to arrive. Update: This model does not have Wi-Fi, only Ethernet. My apologies for the error!
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