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.
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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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Mar 6, 2014
Refurb ASUS VivoBook Ivy i5 Dual 14" Touch Ultrabook for $382 + free shipping
Manufacturer Certified via eBay offers the refurbished 4-lb. ASUS VivoBook S400 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7GHz 14" Touchscreen Ultrabook, model no. S400CA-UH51T, for $381.99 with free shipping. That's $157 under our August mention of a new unit (which included a Microsoft Office 365 4-year subscription and 24GB SSD) and the best price we've seen for any Ivy Bridge Core i5-equipped VivoBook. (It's also $257 under the best price we could find for a new unit with a 24GB SSD.) It features an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 14" 1366x768 LED-backlit multi-touch LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.
Note that no warranty information is provided.
Holmes HEPA-Type Air Purifier for $40 + free shipping
Buybeehive via eBay offers the Holmes HEPA-Type Air Purifier, model no. HAP9412B-UA, for $39.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. Designed for rooms up to 110 sq. ft., it features HEPA-type filtration enhanced with Arm & Hammer baking soda.
Nikon D5200 24MP DSLR w/ 18-55mm Lens for $508 + free shipping
ZeeMo Digital via Rakuten Shopping offers the Nikon D5200 24.1-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera in Black and Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Lens for $507.60 with free shipping. That's slightly under last week's mention and the second-lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current price low by $80.) The camera features a 3" LCD, 5fps shooting, 1080p HD video capture, USB, HDMI, and SDXC card slot.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22MP DSLR Body for $2,560 + free shipping
6th Ave. via eBay offers the Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body, model no. 5260B002, for $2,559.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find now by $189, although it was $10 less in January. It features a 3.2" LCD, 1080p video recording, 6fps continuous shooting, CompactFlash and SD card slots, mini-HDMI, and USB connectivity.
Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8 for T-Mobile for $250 + free shipping
Newegg Flash offers the Nokia Lumia 925 No-Contract Windows Phone 8 Smartphone for T-Mobile for $249.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current price low by $140.) The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz processor, 4.5" OLED touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, 16GB built-in memory, 8.7-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1920x1080 (1080p) video capture, optical image stabilization, up to 10.3 hours of talk time, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows Phone 8 OS. Deal ends March 7.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CompactFlash Card from $89 + free shipping
B&H Photo Video offers the SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CompactFlash Card, model no. SDCFXP-032G-X46, for $89 with free shipping ($2.78/GB). That's $10 under our mention from last week and the lowest total price we could find by $50. It features read and write speeds of 90MB/s.
Anime Studio Pro 9 for PC and Mac for $40 + free shipping
Purplus offers the Anime Studio Pro 9 for Windows and Mac for $89.95. Coupon code "ANI50" cuts it to $39.95. With free shipping, that's $19 under our mention from Black Friday week and the lowest total price we've seen for this software. (It's also a current price low by $94.) It features a Bone Rigging system to alleviate tedious frame-by-frame animation, animation timeline, Physics Engine, and Auto Trace.
Canon Rebel T3 12MP DSLR w/ 2 Lenses for $448 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the Canon EOS Rebel T3 12-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, model no. 5157B002, bundled with the Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, model no. 6473A003, for an in-cart price of $448 with free shipping. That's a buck under our mention from last month of the camera and 18-55mm lens (although that deal included a 16GB SD card) and the $3 below the lowest total price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere. The camera features a 2.7" vari-angle LCD, 720p video recording, 3 fps continuous shooting, SD/SDHC card slot, and USB connectivity.
Western Digital 500GB Portable USB External Hard Drive for $45 + $3 s&h
Western Digital offers its Western Digital 500GB My Passport 2.5" Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive in Silver, model no. WDBKXH5000ASL-NESN, for $44.99 plus $2.99 for shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $12, although we saw it for $9 less last month. It features automatic, continuous backup and password protection.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2-Lens Bundle for $598 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, model no. 8575B003, and the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens, model no. 6473A003, for the in-cart price of $598 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for these items by $41, and the best outright price we've seen for this camera with these lenses. The camera features a 3" touchscreen LCD, 9-point auto focus system, 1080p video recording at 30 fps, SDXC card slot (it also supports WiFi SD cards), and USB. An instructional DVD is also included.
Update: Specs corrected.