HP sells a line of gaming PCs under the HP Omen brand and the company also has a handful of Omen-branded gaming peripherals including mice, keyboards, headsets, and monitors. But the company is making a major investment in expanding its gaming accessory lineup – HP has announced plans to acquire PC and console gaming peripheral maker HyperX for $425 million.

Meanwhile Amazon is expanding its own gaming services by bringing its Amazon Luna cloud gaming service to more Fire TV users. And Fry’s Electronics is going out of business.


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10 replies on “Lilbits: Fry’s goes out of business, HP buys HyperX”

  1. Other articles have mentioned that Fry’s was already hurting way before COVID-19 happened. They were already well on their way to joining Circuit City and Best Buy.

    Anyway, I also used to be a frequent Fry’s customer. They lured me away from Best Buy when Best Buy was still doing well. I even bought stuff from them instead of Newegg to get items the same day I wanted them. Speaking of Newegg. I haven’t bought stuff from them for over a decade now. The last time I bought something from Fry’s was less than a year ago (curbside pickup 🙂 ) because I really needed that cable.

    1. Fry’s was my go-to for Ethernet cables for a while. But Amazon is just better. Best Buy closed a retail store near me about a year ago. But they still have many stores open. And Microsoft store is gone. But Circuit City? Didn’t they go away about 20 years ago?

    2. I stopped shopping NewEgg when they got rid of the Premier program. I just use Amazon Prime now.

  2. last I was in a Fry’s was over a year ago and shelves were bare. I think they were getting ready to close that store.

  3. Hearing of Frys is absolutely heartbreaking, there simply was no other store like it, not even close. Where else could you go shopping for large appliances and pornography…..while having a subwoofer installed into your car in their mobile tech bay, then grab an actually very good smoothie from their snack bar and walk down multiple aisles of exposed and mounted physical pc and electronic hardware for you to touch, feel and hold before you bought it……..all inside a freaking Mayan temple, or the 1893 Worlds Fair or even the International Space Station. It feels almost insulting to refer to them as just another big box consumer electronics store when they had a location that was a giant pyramid with a huge ramp you walked up to enter. Frys, you will be missed.

    1. If you’re feeling nostalgic — the Pyramid in Memphis is now a Bass Pro Shops megastore. It’s a 320 foot tall reflective pyramid where you can get your boat fixed, do a little shooting on the pistol range, go bowling, get something to eat, and play video games. No pornography, but you can buy a compound that smells like doe urine, which is basically pornography for deer.

      And more seriously, even though I no longer live near one, I will shed bitter tears if Microcenter ever goes under.

  4. Frys did have nice tools and sold computer components back when that was popular, but it really is an online world now. Ali Express, Amazon and Digikey have me completely covered for what I want. I wouldn’t mind paying double for some things if I could get them same day, but Frys just doesn’t stock those kinds of items.

  5. I loved Fry’s Electronics back in the day. Unfortunately it has been on a strong decline for the last 10 years or so. It’s really too bad that they didn’t adopt more of the Microcenter MO.

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