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.
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Jul 28, 2014
iPhone 5c 32GB No-Contract Phone for Virgin Mobile for $400 + free shipping
Virgin Mobile offers the Apple iPhone 5c 16GB No-Contract Smartphone for Virgin Mobile in Green, Pink, or Yellow for $399.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $150, although we saw it for $15 less in March.
Netgear Mingle Hotspot for Virgin w/ $25 Virgin Credit for $75 + free shipping
Virgin Mobile offers the Netgear Mingle 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot for Virgin bundled with a $25 Virgin Credit for $74.99 with free shipping. (Scroll down to find it.) Assuming you'll use the credit, that's the lowest total price we could find by $50. It can provide Internet access for up to 10 devices at a time and features a 1.8" LCD display, and up to 12.5 hours of continuous usage.
$25 Xbox Gift Card for $20 + free shipping
Best Buy offers a $25 Xbox Gift Card for $20 with free shipping. That's a buck under our mention from a week ago and the lowest total price we could find by $5.
Dell Financial Services coupon: Extra 40% off sitewide
Today only, until 4 pm ET, Dell Financial Services takes an extra 40% off sitewide via coupon code "DELLFLASH40". That's the largest no-minimum percent-off discount we've ever seen at Dell Financial Services. Shipping starts at $17.99. Dell refurbished systems are covered by a 100-day Dell warranty. Some exclusions may apply.
- Batman or Superman Earbud Headphones for $5 + pickup at Best Buy
Apple Mac mini Intel Ivy Bridge i5 2.5GHz Desktop for $490 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Apple Mac mini Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz Desktop, model no. MD387LL/A, for $489.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention from three days ago and the lowest total price we've seen for this model. (It's also a current low by $60. It's also $9 less than what Apple charges for a refurbished unit.) It includes an Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt port, memory card reader, HDMI, and Mac OS X (Mountain Lion).
Targus Legend IQ 16" Laptop Backpack for $20 + pickup at Best Buy
Best Buy offers the Targus Legend IQ 16" Laptop Backpack, model no. TSB705US, for $19.99. Choose in-store pickup to dodge the $3.99 shipping fee. That's $9 under our September mention and $12 under the lowest shipped price we could find. It holds laptops up to 16" and features an adjustable strap, zippered internal and external pockets, two side pockets, and a media pocket with headphone jack.
Seagate 2TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $99 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the Seagate 2TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive in Black, model no. STDR2000100, or Silver, model no. STDR2000101, for $99 with free shipping. That's $6 under our June mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $1.) This drive is compatible with Windows and Mac and features an 18" USB cable and pre-loaded backup software. Deal ends July 31.
Dell Inspiron 15 Haswell i3 1.7GHz 16" Touch Laptop for $370 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Dell Inspiron Intel Haswell Core i3 1.7GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop in Black, model no. i15RVT-6195BLK, bundled with Titanium Internet Security 3-User 6-Month for Windows, for $369.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $57, although it was $20 less in April. Features include an Intel Core i3-4010U Haswell 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.
Seagate 2TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $85 + free shipping
TigerDirect offers the Seagate 2TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STBX2000401, for $94.99. Coupon code "JCK135706" cuts it to $84.99. with free shipping, that's $5 under our mention from ten days ago and the lowest total price we could find now by $5. This drive is completely USB-powered.