Cars and Car Tech
No matter how grandiose or modest your gift-buying budget is this year, we've got great gift ideas for car nerds.
From GPS gadgets that give directions to discreet dongles that improve fuel economy, we've got the hottest gift ideas for the car lover in your life.
You're going to need a lot of wrapping paper, and a really big bow, if you're going to give one of these cars as a present, but the recipient will undoubtedly be delighted.
Cars have a come a long way in efficiency over the past decades, so a new car can also be an environmental statement, if it replaces an older model.
Latest Tech Deals
Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
Jul 10, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2-Lens Bundle for $540 + free shipping
DigJungle via eBay 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, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens, model no. 6473A003, for $539.99 with free shipping. That's $7 under our mention of this bundle from two weeks ago (although that included a printer and paper) and is the lowest total price we could find now by $160. 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.
Refurb Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB VZW Android Phone for $150 + free shipping
Bidallies via eBay offers the refurbished Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android Smartphone for Verizon (no contract) in Blue, Black, or White, model no. SCH-I535, for $149.95 with free shipping. That's $46 under our April mention of a refurb and its tied as the best price we've ever seen for this phone without a contract. (It's a current price low by $105.) This CDMA 4G phone features a 4.8" 720x1280 Super AMOLED touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Note that no warranty information is provided.
Dell Inspiron 11 Intel Dual 1.7GHz 12" Touch Laptop for $340 + free shipping
Deal Fisher via eBay offers the 3.2-lb. Dell Inspiron 11 Intel Pentium 1.7GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. i3137-5003sLV, for $339.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from two weeks ago as the best price we've seen for this model. (It's a current low of $14.) It features an Intel Pentium 3556U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7" 16GB Android Tablet for $130 + free shipping
B&H Photo Video offers the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7" 16GB Android Tablet in Green, model no. ME173X-A1-GN, for $129.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $20, although we saw it in Blue for $10 less last winter. It features a MediaTek MT8125 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 7" 1280x800 HD IPS touchscreen display, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, microSD card reader, microUSB, and Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Canon PIXMA MG5520 WiFi Multifunction Printer for $52 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Canon PIXMA MG5520 Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer in Black, which also scans and copies, model no. 8580B002, for $52 with free shipping. That's $3 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $17.) The printer features 9 ppm color / 11 ppm black, 9600 x 2400 dpi printing, 2400 x 1200 dpi scanning, 802.11n wireless, and USB.
Open-Box Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 Bluetooth Earbuds for $33 + free shipping
Sami809 via eBay offers the open-box Plantronics Backbeat Go 2 Bluetooth Earbuds for $32.99 with free shipping. That's $27 under our May mention and the best we could find by $20. These sweat- and moisture-resistant earbuds feature Bluetooth, a 33-foot wireless range, echo cancellation, inline controls, and three cushioned eartips sizes.
Note that this item is new in original packaging but the seal is broken.
HTC One M8 Android T-Mobile Phone w/ Fetch Locator for $0 + free shipping
With activation of a 2-year contract, T-Mobile offers the HTC One M8 16GB 4G Android Smartphone for $0. Apply coupon code "M8DEAL" to cut $1 off your monthly charge. Plus, the same coupon bags an HTC Fetch Bluetooth Locator for free. With free shipping, that's $100 under our May mention two weeks ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low for this phone on a similar contract bundled with the Fetch Locator by $120.) It features a 1080x1920 LCD touchscreen, 16GB memory, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, 802.11ac wireless, microUSB, 4-megapixel camera, HD video, a Quad-core 2.5GHz processor, and Android 4.4.2 OS (KitKat). Deal ends July 13.
Note: A $10 activation fee applies.
Samsung 46" 120Hz 1080p 3D LED LCD HDTV for $450 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the Samsung 46" 120Hz 1080p 3D LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. UN46FH6030AFXZA, for $449.99 with free shipping. (Price shows at checkout.) That's $50 below yesterday's mention and the best price we've seen. (It's a current low of $248.) It features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs. Deal ends today.
Canon imageCLASS Multifunction WiFi Laser Printer for $110 + free shipping
Adorama offers the Canon imageCLASS MF4880dw WiFi All-in-One Monochrome Laser Printer, model no. 6371B010AA, which also scans and copies, for $132.47. Coupon code "1CAN4880" cuts it to $110. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $15, although we saw it for $12 less in May. It features up to 26 ppm monochrome printing, up to 1200x600 printing dpi, 600 dpi optical resolution, 802.11n wireless, Ethernet, and USB. Deal ends July 15.
Crucial MX100 Series 128GB Serial ATA 2.5" Internal SSD for $70 + free shipping
TigerDirect offers the Crucial MX100 Series 128GB Serial ATA 2.5" Internal SSD, model no. CT128MX100SSD1, for $79.99. Coupon code "WKI133132" cuts it to $69.99. With free shipping, that's tied with last month's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $5. It features read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 150MB/s. Deal ends July 11.