When it comes to popular computer online shops in the United States, Newegg is without doubt very popular. While it attracts users of all experience levels, the layout and design of the store make it ideal for tech-savvy users who know what they want and understand the lingo that is used on the site.
It displays all specifications for instance as well as links to Samsung's main website and support site which Amazon does not do.
While information are nice to have during research, price may play a greater role after all when it comes to a buying decision.
Hover Hound is a free extension for the Firefox web browser that adds price comparison and history information to product pages on the Newegg website.
The add-on embeds a new button on Newegg product pages next to the price of the item. The price comparison information that it makes available are automatically expanded on load so that you can compare Newegg's price with the price on other shopping websites right away.
Supported right now are Amazon and TigerDirect. A click loads the product page on the selected shopping site in a new tab in the browser. You can also click on the Hover Hound button directly to be taken to the primary store that is defined in the options.
Hover Hound works on search result pages on Newegg as well. Here you will see buttons added to each result so that you can compare prices quickly before you make a buying decision.
Another interesting feature of the add-on is that it will display process benchmarks when you are searching for cpus on the site. This is not working for all processors but for those that it is working, you can compare the benchmark performance of the selected processor with another one.
As far as the pricing history is concerned, it is pretty straightforward.
You need to click on the view price history link listed by the extension to display a graph as an overlay on the screen that highlights how prices hafve developed in the past two months.
The graph lists the price on all three supported shopping sites with options to disable one or two of them to remove noise from it.
The options page makes available other features that you may find useful. Here it is possible to limit products on Amazon to those supporting Amazon Prime, and to add tax to Amazon as well.
Other options include disabling the automatic price check on Newegg, and disabling select features such as the price history or cpu comparison.
If you shop regularly on Newegg or use it for research, you may find the Hover Hound extension useful as it provides you with additional information.
Its combination of price comparison and history, and soon to come price change alerts, will certainly appeal to users who use Newegg at least occasionally.