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.
Oct 24, 2014
HP Split x2 Haswell i3 13" Touch Convertible Laptop for $525 + free shipping
HP Home & Office Store offers the 2.5-lb. HP Split x2 13-r010dx Intel Haswell Core i3 1.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Convertible Laptop, model no. G6Q88UA#ABA, for an in-cart price of $549.99. Coupon code "PC599Q4 " drops it to $524.99. With free shipping, that's $75 off list and the least expensive new Split x2 laptop we've seen. This convertible touchscreen laptop can be detached from the keyboard to function as a tablet and features an Intel Core i3-4012Y 1.5GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hybrid drive with 8GB flash cache, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, webcam, 2-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. (It lacks an optical drive.)
Ideaworks Photo Bank 4GB USB Flash Drive for $4 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, THAT Daily Deal offers the Ideaworks Photo Bank 4GB USB Flash Drive for $3.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $6. It features one-click photo backup software. Deal ends today.
Note, an 8GB drive is available for an additional $2.
HP ENVY 15-u010dx i5 Dual 16" 1080p Touch Laptop for $700 + free shipping
Tiantian0579 via eBay offers the 5.29-lb. HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop for $699.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $55. Features include an Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 750 HDD, webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Bose CineMate Digital Home Theater System for $360 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Bose CineMate GS Series II Digital Home Theater System, model no. 320573-1100, for $359.99 with free shipping. That's $40 under our expired mention from four days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current price low by $30.) This system includes an Acoustimass module with 5" woofer, two compact Gemstone speakers with two 2" drivers in each speaker, and infrared interface module.
Dell Financial Services coupons: Up to 40% off laptops, desktops, more
Dell Financial Services cuts up to 40% off its factory-refurbished items via the coupons listed below. Shipping starts at $17.99. Dell refurbished systems are covered by a 100-day Dell warranty. Coupons expire October 28. The deals:
Credit Card-Sized 2,500mAh Portable Charger for $9 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, iTechDeals offers this Credit Card-Sized 2,500mAh Portable External Battery Charger for $12.97. Coupon code "TAKE4OFF " cuts it to $8.97. With free shipping, that's $5 below our mention from two weeks ago of similar, branded unit that includes a lightning adapter (still live), $21 off, and the lowest total price we could find. It's compatible with most microUSB-charged devices and fits in a wallet.
Datashell Dynamic Shield 16" Laptop Bag $30 + free shipping
Mwave offers the Datashell 3-in-1 Dynamic Shield 16" Laptop Bag, model no. HT-CP-SST15-SR, in Silver for $29.99 with free shipping. That's $5 under our June mention and tied for the best deal we've seen for this model. (It's a current low by $3.) It features a padded laptop compartment with zipper binding, several interior accessories pockets, front compartment for documents, changeable carry handles, shoulder strap, and integrated backpack straps.
HP Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Bundle for $21 + free shipping
HP Home & Office Store offers the HP Wireless Classic Desktop Keyboard and Mouse Bundle, model no. LV290AA#ABL, for $20.99 with free shipping. That's $3 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $20. The keyboard features five multimedia controls, adjustable height, and a USB nano receiver. These devices require four AAA batteries (included).
Office Depot and OfficeMax Tablet Sale: Deals from $30 + pickup
For in-store pickup only, Office Depot and OfficeMax cut the prices on a variety of tablets, with prices starting from $29.93. Brands on sale include Lenovo, Samsung, HP, Kindle Fire, and more. Some best bets:
Toshiba Satellite AMD Quad Core 2GHz 16" Laptop for $369 + free shipping
Toshiba via eBay offers the Toshiba Satellite L50D-BST2NX2 AMD A8 2GHz 15.6" Laptop in Fusion Satin Gold, model no. PSKULU-03C00U, for $369 with free shipping. That's $181 off, tied with our August mention, and the lowest total price we could find. It features an AMD A8-6410 2GHz quad-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, USB 3.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.