Author: <span class="vcard">Ian Paul</span>

Two Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablets are available for an all-time low price

Amazon's got a deal on Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablets today. All of the deals are through third-party marketplace sellers, and to be honest most of them are not worth your time. There are two worth looking at, however, with prices at $730 and $950. Both of those 2016 models are selling at the lowest prices ever on Amazon—though this isn't the first time they've been this low.

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Steam is selling Papers, Please for $2 today

Yearning to smuggle drugs or participate in other questionable antics on the border of an imaginary Eastern Bloc-esque country? Today's Steam Daily Deal is for you. Right now, the online gaming retailer is selling Lucas Pope's Papers, Please for $2. You've got quite a while to get this deal as Steam's "daily deal" ends just before 9AM on Wednesday Pacific time. The game is usually $10.

Papers, Please is a very engrossing game despite its low-buck graphics (the game only takes up 41MB on your hard drive). Regardless, we were so enthralled with it that we named it our Game of the Year for 2013.

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Avira Antivirus Pro review: Great performance, but the free version is probably sufficient

Avira is a great choice for people who want a no-nonsense antivirus security suite with very few extras. The company certainly has a whole roster of services and features including a software updater, password manager, VPN, and system analyzer. However, Avira focuses on its antivirus offerings first. Antivirus Pro—the subject of this review—is its main product for home users.

Like its competitors, Avira has an “ultimate” package called Prime that offers all its products for a single price. It’s quite pricey, however, at $120 to $156 per year depending on how many devices you need to license.

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Aukey is selling its 12,000mAh power bank for $12 right now

Today’s a good time for getting a deal on mobile charging gear: Aukey via Amazon has dropped the price of its 12,000mAh portable charger to $12. This is one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen.

To get the deal, you must redeem the coupon in the drop-down menu near the current price of $26. At the time of this writing, three deals were available—the one you want is titled “54% off it item(s).”

This charger offers two USB ports with a combined 4.8A output, with Aukey claiming that you can “simultaneously charge two iPads at max speed.” It also features Aukey’s AiPower feature that provides the safest and fastest recharge rate for anything you connect.

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ESET Internet Security review: A highly rated security suite with an eye on the connected home

Slovakia-based ESET is a security company that wants to do it all. Its Internet Security suite aims to monitor and destroy malware through its entire life cycle (before and after execution), the company has AV suites for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it offers protection for smart home devices.

ESET has some pretty big aims. Here’s how it all shakes out in the 2018 version of ESET Internet Security.

When you first start up ESET you’re presented with a basic information page that includes the image of a mildly creepy android and the message that you’re protected.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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A Rosewill ATX case is $31 today

If building a new PC is part of your New Year's Resolutions, and you haven't bought a case yet, Newegg has a good deal today. Rosewill's Nautilus 200G ATX mid-tower case is $31, or about 44 percent off its normal price. The deal is only good until just before midnight on Thursday evening Pacific time.

The case offers a transparent window on one side for those into LEDs on everything (like RAM, cooling systems, and fans). In fact, the case comes with two 120mm fans with green LED lighting. There's support for up to five fans total with three pre-installed.

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Newegg is selling Destiny 2 for $27

During the holidays, we saw a few sales on the PC version of Destiny 2. If you wish you'd grabbed the game then but didn't, you're in luck: Newegg is currently selling Destiny 2 for $27 when you enter the promo code EMCXEEP32 at checkout. Shipping is free if you use ShopRunner

That code is exclusive to email subscribers, so you'll need to supply your email address and consent to receive future deal newsletters from Newegg to get the sale price.

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The best cheap cell phone plans: Slash your monthly bill with one of these MVNOs

When choosing a wireless carrier, most Americans just go with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon. But the reluctance to look beyond the big four, to an alternative carrier, could be costing you serious money.

An array of lesser-known carriers in the U.S. use the same networks as the big companies yet offer heavy discounts on your monthly bill—with no contracts. These mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) piggyback on the major carriers’ networks and provide almost identical service.


Staples is selling a 28-inch 4K monitor for $270

If you've been looking to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, Staples has a nice deal on a 28-inch 4K model right now: The Dell S2817Q is $270 at the office supplies retailer. That's one of the lowest prices we've seen yet—$12 under the all-time low on Amazon.

The Dell S2817Q is a pretty good 4K monitor for everyday use. Though its design is fairly generic, its 3840x2160 resolution means you can cram a lot of information onto the screen at one time. It also has a fairly wide range of ports—two USB 3.0, two HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one Mini DisplayPort—so both desktop and laptop users will find it easy to connect to.

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Netgear Armor is a $70 router update that defends your home network with Bitdefender

Don't call it a trend, but D-Link isn't the only router maker announcing a network-based security solution for home users during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. Netgear announced late Monday that it is also getting into the game with a new service called Netgear Armor.

Unlike D-Link, however, Netgear is aiming for a software-based approach instead of selling a new box with a security platform built-in. Netgear Armor will be powered by Bitdefender and first show up via a firmware upgrade in the Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi router (model R7000P). We haven't looked at the 7000P, but we did review its close cousin the R7000. Netgear didn't announce when the firmware update would roll out, or which routers would receive the feature upgrade after this first model.

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