CARBON COMPUTING 772 Queen East, 416-535-1999, carbonation.com
If you're computer shopping for a fresh tablet, desktop or laptop, watch Carbon Computing's website. That's where the Riverside area Apple specialist announces price drops on clearance systems that might be entirely useful for student purposes. On offer now are very limited quantities of MacBook Air ($929 to $1,129) and Pro ($1,129 to $2,399) notebooks.
Besides its selection of computers, accessories and displays, Carbon carries a great selection of printers, software and previously owned options.
Carbon Computing picks: A used 17-inch iMac at the store's Kitchener-Waterloo location is $429.95; you can pick up a Xerox colour laser printer for $179; an iPad 2 can be yours for as little as $419.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.
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