Stumped on what to get your loved ones this season? Here's the creme de la creme of the stuff we've reviewed thus far.
It seems like every day someone is slapping smart features into some new category of previously mundane household devices. Here are some smart home products you'll be excited to give or receive.
Our small-appliance holiday picks won't end up in the regift pile.
With touch screens, smartphone apps, and built-in Wi-Fi, these appliances are sure to brighten up the holidays.
Latest Tech Deals
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Jul 22, 2014
AceAbove Hybrid Case for LG G3 for $5 + free shipping
CTCStore offers the AceAbove Hybrid Case for LG G3 for $4.95 with free shipping. That's $15 off, $1 under last week's mention, and the best price we could find. It features a clear back cover with shock-resistant TPU edges, raised front edge, and hard and soft case materials. Deal ends July 27.
SanDisk 32GB USB / Micro USB Flash Drive for $18 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, TigerDirect offers the SanDisk 32GB Ultra Dual USB 2.0 / Micro USB Flash Drive, model no. SDDD-032G-A46, for $17.99 with free shipping. That's $12 under our February mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (Outside of the deal below, it's the best price we could find by $5.) It features USB 2.0 and micro USB interfaces that enable transferring of files between your compatible Android cell phone/tablet and your PC/Mac. Deal ends today.
A close price: Best Buy charges $19.99 with free shipping.
Refurbished Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard for $18 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard, model no. 920-003070, for $17.99 with free shipping. That's a buck under our mention from four days ago and the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $4. Features include a 33-foot wireless range, built-in 3.5" touchpad, and media hot keys.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.
Refurb Google Nexus 7 7" 32GB 4G LTE Android Tablet for $220 + free shipping
DrivenGPS via eBay offers the factory-refurbished second-generation Unlocked Google ASUS Nexus 7 7" 32GB 4G LTE Android Tablet, model no. 2B32-LTE, for $219.99 with free shipping. That's $75 under our May mention of a new tablet and the lowest total price we've seen for the LTE version. (It's currently $120 under the lowest total price we could find for a new tablet.) Features include a 7" 1920x1200 IPS LED-backlit touchscreen, Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash memory, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, HDMI, and Google Android 4.3 OS (Jelly Bean). A 90-day Asus warranty applies.
Unlocked Apple iPhone 5S 64GB Phone for GSM for $680 + free shipping
Breed via eBay offers the open-box Unlocked Apple iPhone 5S 64GB Smartphone for GSM Networks in Space Gray or Silver/White for $679.99 with free shipping. That's $50 under our open-box mention from last month and the lowest total price we've seen for this phone. (It's also a current price low by $114.)
Note: This is a new and unused item. The box was only opened to unlock the phone.
Dell Latitude 3330 Ivy Core i5 1.8GHz 13" Laptop for $499 + free shipping
AltaTac via eBay offers the 3.5-lb. Dell Latitude 3330 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.8GHz 13.3" Laptop for $499 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention as $251 off list and the lowest total price we could find. It features an Intel Core i5-3337U 1.8GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Professional.
MacBook Air Haswell i5 Dual 12" Laptop for $850 + free shipping for students
For qualifying students and faculty, Best Buy offers the Apple MacBook Air Haswell Core i5 1.4GHz 11.6" Laptop, model no. MD712LL/B, bundled with Titanium Internet Security 3-User 6-Month for Mac, for $949.99. Click here and enter a valid .edu email address; you'll receive an email containing a link to a unique code that cuts it to $849.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $195. The MacBook features an Intel Core i5-4260U 1.4GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Thunderbolt port, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Drobo 5N 5-Bay Gigabit NAS Array for $428 + free shipping, more
Adorama offers the Drobo 5N 5-Bay Network Attached Storage Array, model no. DRDS4A21, for $524. Coupon code "SPE072214" cuts it to $427.50. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $53, although we saw it for $28 less last month. This enclosure can support up to five plus one mSATA hard drives (not included) for a maximum capacity of 20TB. It features Gigabit Ethernet, RAID support, and BeyondRAID technology, which chooses the correct protection algorithm based on data availability needs and allows switching from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click. Coupon expires July 23.
Also available is the Drobo 5D 5-Bay USB 3.0/Thunderbolt Storage Array, model no. DRDR5A21, for $664.99 before the above coupon, $579.99 after. (Click through to Adorama to see this offer.) With free shipping, that's another price low by $34. It can hold up to five SATA hard drives or solid state drives, as well as one mSATA SSD in the accelerator bay. It also features a USB 3.0 port plus two Thunderbolt ports (for daisy-chaining Thunderbolt devices).
Lenovo ThinkServer Haswell Xeon 3.2GHz Server for $695 + free shipping
ANTOnline offers the Lenovo ThinkServer Intel Haswell Xeon v3 3.2GHz 5U Tower Server, model no. 70AQ000PUX, for $694.88 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $220. It features an Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, DVD burner, two 5.25" drive bays, four 3.5" drive bays, and Gigabit Ethernet.
HP Z230 Haswell Xeon Quad 3.2GHz Desktop PC for $770 + free shipping
ANTOnline offers the HP Z230 Intel Haswell Xeon v3 3.2GHz Desktop PC, model no. F1J79UT, for $769.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $9. It features an Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, and Windows 8 Professional 64-bit.