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.
Sep 3, 2014
Samsung Galaxy 5 8GB MP3 Player for $130 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the Samsung Galaxy 5.0 8GB Android MP3 Player, model no. YP-G70C, for $129.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a new unit by $170. It features a 5" 800x480 touchscreen LCD, 8GB internal memory, 802.11 wireless, built-in GPS, front camera, rear 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, Android 2.3.5 OS (Gingerbread), and more. Deal expires September 3.
Maxell Juicy Tunes Earbuds 8-Pack for $13 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Shnoop offers the Maxell Juicy Tunes Earbuds 8-Pack in Blue, Pink, or Purple for $13.99. Apply coupon code "hmZez0Do" to cut the price to $12.99. With free shipping, that's $1.62 per pair of earbuds, pennies under our July mention's per-unit price, and $32 under the lowest total price we could find for this quantity elsewhere. They feature 10mm drivers and a 4-foot cable with 3.5mm stereo plug. Deal ends September 3 at 9 pm ET.
Refurb Type Cover 3 and Keyboard for Microsoft Surface for $60 + free shipping
Manufacturer Certified via eBay offers the refurbished Type Cover 3 and Keyboard for Microsoft Surface in Black, model no. RD2-00080, for $59.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $49 for a new model. It's compatible with the Surface Pro 3.
Of note, no warranty information is provided.
Open-Box Sony WiFi 3D Media Player w/ Google TV for $67 + free shipping
A4C offers the open-box Sony WiFi 3D-Ready Network Media Player, model no. NSZ-GS8, for $66.95. With free shipping, that's $3 under our July mention of an open-box unit and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also $33 below the best price we could find for a factory-sealed unit today.) It features built-in Google TV, 8GB of built-in storage, 802.11n wireless, Ethernet, remote control, and HDMI. Deal ends September 5.
Note: No warranty information is provided.
Hybrid Shockproof Case, more for iPhone 5 / 5s for $3 + free shipping
CellularWorldUS via eBay offers this Hybrid Shockproof Case for iPhone 5 / 5s in 10 colors (Green pictured), bundled with a screen protector and stylus, for $2.95 with free shipping. That's $2 under the lowest total price we could find for a similar case in any color (along with the screen protector and stylus) by $2. It features a soft silicone interior and hard plastic exterior.
Panasonic 40" 1080p 120Hz LED LCD HDTV for $400 + free shipping
Panasonic offers its Panasonic 40" 1080p 120Hz LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. TC-40AS520U, for $399.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $50. It features 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, SmartTV interface (with Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and more), Ethernet input, USB input, and two HDMI inputs.
Digix 7" 4GB Android Tablet for $37 + pickup at Fry's
For in-store pickup only, Fry's Electronics offers the Digix 7" 4GB Android Tablet, model no. TAB730, for $37. That's tied with last month's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $23. It features a Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor, 7" 800x480 touchscreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 4GB flash storage, 0.3-megapixel camera, microSD slot, mini HDMI, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Deal ends September 4.
HP ENVY 15t Haswell Core i7 Quad 16" Laptop for $615 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office Store offers the HP ENVY 15t Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 15.6" Laptop, model no. G0T95AV, for $629.99. Coupon code "DEALS15HP" cuts it to $614.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $122, although we saw it for $10 less last week. It features an Intel Haswell Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, webcam, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends September 6.
Refurb Samsung Galaxy 3 10" 16GB Android Tablet for $200 + free shipping
CyberShops via eBay offers the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Dual-Core 10.1" 16GB Android Tablet in White, model no. GT-P5210ZWYXAR, for $199.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurbished unit in any color by $13, although we saw it for $15 yesterday (since expired.) It features an Intel Atom 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 802.11a/n wireless, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Note, a 90-day warranty applies, but it is unclear who backs it.
Reburb Sony ES 700W 7.2 Network Receiver for $750 + free shipping
Sony Store offers its factory-refurbished Sony ES 700-watt 7.2-Channel Network Receiver, model no. STR-DA2800ES, for $749.97 with free shipping. That's $248 under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit. It features 100 watts per channel into seven channels, 4K pass-through and upscaling, 4-port Ethernet switch, eight HDMI inputs, and three HDMI outputs. A 5-year Sony warranty applies.