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Get a 24-inch LED desktop monitor for $79.99

From the Cheapskate: This won't last long, because there's never been a better deal on a monitor this big. Ever. Plus: three bonus deals!

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Hey, is it Black Friday already? Sure feels like it, because...

For a limited time, and while supplies last, TigerDirect has the HKC Innoview 24-inch LED monitor for $79.99, plus $9.21 for shipping. That's after redeeming a $20 mail-in rebate (PDF) -- but even at $99.99, this is an amazing buy. Typically a 24-inch monitor will run you $150, minimum.

HKC? Nope, me either. But I'm also the owner of a never-heard-of-it brand TV that has been spectacular. (Legend has it that all flat-panel displays come from the same three factories -- not likely, but sometimes I wonder.)

Anyway, the Innoview is a 23.6-inch (so 24-inch "class") display with a 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolution, 5ms response time and meaningless but impressive-sounding 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Defying my expectations, it also includes both VGA and HDMI inputs, along with stereo speakers. That means you can use it as a desktop monitor or standalone "TV" when paired with something like a Blu-ray player or game console.

I don't love the one-year warranty -- Acer monitors, for example, usually come with three-year coverage -- and there aren't a ton of user reviews, though the five that are there average out to 4.6 stars, which is encouraging.

I know many of you seriously dislike rebates, which I certainly get. (This one, FYI, comes in the form of a prepaid Amex card.) But if you're in the market for a seriously roomy screen to sit on your desk, it's really hard to argue with a final price tag that's under $90. I've never seen a 24-inch monitor for less.

Bonus deal: Game time! Over the years there have been some great Tomb Raider games, and there have been some clunkers. Here's your chance to try them all on the cheap: Steam has the Tomb Raider Collection for just $15.99, a price that includes all 11 games starring the thrill-seeking archeologist Lara Croft. You get everything from the original to the 2013 reboot, plus the often-overlooked but excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Bonus deal No. 2: Winter is coming! Echoing Vudu's deal from last week, Amazon is offering "Game of Thrones" seasons 1-4, for 67 cents per episode. Unfortunately, these are still the SD versions, though if you're buying them to view on a phone or tablet, that's probably okay. Also unfortunate: There's no way to buy entire seasons; you have to grab each episode, one at a time. At least it's worth the effort; the show has rightly earned mountains of Emmys.

Bonus deal No. 3: Calling all Mac users! Digiarty Software is giving away three handy utilities: MacX Video Converter Pro, Cleverfiles DiskDrill and Eltima SyncMate, all in exchange for your email address. Don't feel left out, Windows users: SharewareOnSale has WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro for free as well.