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Windows 8 Upgrade ($40)
Microsoft's Windows 8 Professional operating system can give a big boost in performance to your aging PC running on Windows 7, Windows Vista or even Windows XP. At $40, this is the cheapest Windows OS upgrade in history, and is packed with a multitude of new features, including integrated antivirus and antimalware, superior power managment, lower memory resource utilization, support for SSD drives, faster boot time and improved networking and video performance.
For a list of new features and performance improvements in the new version of Microsoft Windows, check out Jason Perlow's article.
Logitech T650 Multitouch Trackpad for Windows 8 ($79)
If you're going to buy a Windows 8 upgrade, you want to have the latest multi-touch capabilities on your PC as well to take advantage of the OS's new touch features. Look no further than Logitech's line of multi-touch enabled trackpads and mice, all of which are priced affordably.
Jason Perlow has reviewed Logitech's T400 and T650 products here.
Amazon Kindle ($69)
Amazon's Kindle with Wi-Fi and Special Offers is now so cheap that it's practically a no-brainer purchase nowadays if you're looking for a basic E-Ink reader device. With the largest choice of titles avaliable, and when combined with Amazon's Prime program which gives you free access to the Kindle Lending Library, as well as the ability to borrow books from your local library system electronically, there's no better e-book reader on the market for the money.