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Daily Deals: $599 Mac mini, $429 iPad, iLife ’11

We start the day with two hardware deals under the spotlight. First up is a number of Mac Mini desktop machines from the Apple Store, starting at $599 for the 2.4GHz model. Next is a deal on iPads with $120 shaved from their original price, including a 32GB Wi-Fi tablet for just $429. The spotlight wraps-up with Apple’s iLife ’11, a suite of home productivity applications, for just $30.
Along the way, we also check out new cases for your iPod and iPad, as well as a replacement front screen glass lens for your iPhone 4. As usual, details on these and many other items can be found at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

Refurb Apple Mac mini Core 2 Duo desktops from $599 + free shipping
The Apple Store again discounts several factory-refurbished Apple Mac mini computers, as listed below. Each carries free shipping and is well under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit. Sales tax is added where applicable. A 1-year warranty applies, the same as new systems. Items are removed from Apple’s web site once sold out. The models, all with free shipping:
Refurbished Apple Mac mini MC270LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Desktop for $599
refurbished Apple Mac mini MC438LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz Desktop for $719
refurbished Apple Mac mini MB408LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz w/ Snow Leopard Server for $749
refurbished Apple Mac mini MC438LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz w/ Snow Leopard Server for $849
The Apple Store slashes an extra $70 to $120 off a selection of factory-refurbished previous-generation Apple iPad WiFi Tablets, as listed below. With free shipping, each model is at the lowest total price we’ve ever seen. Sales tax is added where applicable. This 0.5″-thick tablet weighs 1.5 lbs. and features an Apple A4 1GHz processor, 9.7″ 1024×768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and more. Each carries a 1-year Apple warranty, the same as new units. The iPads:
Refurbished Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi (pictured) for $429
refurbished Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G for $479
refurbished Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi for $529
refurbished Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G for $559
refurbished Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G for $659
MegaMacs.com continues to offer Apple iLife ’11 for Mac, model no. MC623Z/A, for $29.99 plus around $5.21 for shipping. That’s tied with our mention from last week and the lowest total price we could find by $11. It includes iPhoto ’11, iMovie ’11, and GarageBand ’11.
MacUpdate.com offers downloads of Plum Amazing’s iWatermark 3 for Mac for $10. That’s $10 off and the lowest price we could find for this watermark insertion tool. Click here for more information.
DEAL800.com offers the Front Screen Glass Lens for Apple iPhone 4 in Black (pictured) or White for $4.36 with free shipping. That’s $5 under last week’s mention and the lowest total price we could find, this time by $6. This is a replacement front glass panel cover for the iPhone 4. (It does not include a digitizer or LCD; it’s just the glass front.) Expect this item to take two to three weeks to arrive.
Today only, ThingFling.com offers the DLO GameCase Boost for iPod touch, model no. DLA2265D17, bundled with a Mystery Box for free plus $6 for shipping. That’s the lowest total price we could find for the case alone by $19. This silicone case fits the 2nd and 3rd generation iPod touch models and requires two AA batteries (included) to charge the device.
HandHeldItems.com offers the iPod Touch 4G TuchiWallet 4 Faux Leather Case in seven colors (Lime Green pictured) for $7.99. Coupon code “4tuchiwalletcolors” cuts it to $3.99. Plus, receive a $2 HHI Store Credit with your purchase. With $2.85 for shipping, that’s the lowest total price we could find for a similar case by $5, assuming you use the credit. Features include a magnetic snap, two credit card slots, and more. Coupon expires March 31.
Zagall.com offers this Silicone Case for Apple iPad bundled with a screen protector for $5.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest total price we could find for a similar combo by $2.
Today only, SquareTrade offers its SquareTrade iPad 2-Year Warranty for $95.99. Coupon code “WICKED” cuts it to $89.99. At $30 off, that’s tied with our mention from last week as one of the best deals we’ve seen for this service. (It was $12 less in October, since expired.) Unlike AppleCare, SquareTrade’s extended warranty also includes drop and spill protection. Have other items that need extended warranties? SquareTrade.com also takes 30% off warranties sitewide via the above coupon. (A maximum discount of $30 applies and it doesn’t stack with existing instant markdowns.)
Office Depot offers the Toshiba 1TB eSATA / USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. PH3100U-1EXB, for $49.99 with free shipping via the directions below. That’s $0.05/GB and tied with our mention from last week as the lowest total price we’ve seen for any 1TB eSATA hard drive. (It’s also a current price low by $40.) Sales tax is added where applicable. This drive features an 8MB cache. An eSATA cable is not included. Deal ends March 12. To get this deal: Add the Toshiba 1TB eSATA / USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to your cart for $59.99 apply coupon code “12097549″ to cut the drive to $49.99 pad your order over $50 (these erasers cost 29 cents) to bag free shipping.