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 20, 2014
LG 55" 240Hz 3D 1080p WiFi LCD TV w/ 32" TV, more for $1,299 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the LG 55" 240Hz 3D 1080p Smart LED-Backlit LCD HD Television (pictured), model no. 55LB7200, bundled with the LG 32" 720p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. LG32LB560B, the LG G Pad 8GB 7.0" Wi-Fi Tablet, model no. LGV400B, and two pairs of 3D glasses, for $1,299 with free shipping. That's $126 under the lowest total price we could find for these items sold separately elsewhere, and among the best deals we've seen on the 55" HDTV.
The 55" TV features a native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), a 240Hz refresh rate, WiFi content streaming (Netflix, Youtube, Hulu Plus, more), three HDMI ports, two pairs of 3D glasses, and magic remote with voice recognition. The 32" TV features a native resolution of 1366x768 (720p), USB, and two HDMI inputs. The tablet features a 7" 1280x800 IPS display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, and Android 4.4.2 (KitKat).
Open-Box Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet for $350 + free shipping
Blutek via eBay offers the open-box Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet in Silver, model no. MD788LL/A, or Space Gray, model no. MD785LL/A, for $349.99. That's $10 under our mention of new units from earlier today (still available) and the lowest total price we've seen for these models in any condition.
Note that no warranty is provided.
Refurb ASUS 10" 32GB WiFi + 4G Win RT AT&T Tablet for $150 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the factory-refurbished ASUS VivoTab 10.1" 32GB WiFi 4G LTE Windows RT Tablet for AT&T, model no. TF600TL-B1-GR, for $149.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our June mention as the lowest total price we've seen for this tablet. (It's $83 under the cost of a new one.) It features an NVIDIA Tegra3 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1366x768 IPS multi-touch LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, 4G connectivity (an AT&T data plan is required), microSD slot, and Windows RT.
Of note, no warranty information is available.
LG 50" 1080p 120Hz LED LCD HDTV for $473 + $20 s&h
TigerDirect offers the LG 50" 1080p 120Hz LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. 50LB5900, for $472.99 via the directions below. With $20 for shipping, that's $52 under last week's mention and the best price we've seen for this TV. (It's a current price low by $101.) It features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs. Deal ends October 22. To get this deal:
RCA 55" 120Hz 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $478 + free shipping
Ending today, Fry's offers the RCA 55" 120Hz 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. LED55C55R120Q, for $478 with free shipping. That's $21 under our September mention and the lowest total price we could find by $72. It features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs.
Harman Kardon 2.1 Soundbar w/ 100W Subwoofer for $150 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the Harman Kardon SB16 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless 100-watt Subwoofer for an in-cart price of $149.95 with free shipping. That's $350 off list and the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it for $30 less via pickup last fall. The subwoofer includes a 10" magnetically-shielded woofer and built-in 100-watt amplifier.
Wilsons Leather Zip Sleeve for Apple iPad for $7 + free shipping
Wilsons Leather offers the Wilsons Leather Top-Zip Neoprene iPad Sleeve in Black or Pewter for $7.18 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from a week ago and $11 under the cost of buying from Wilsons Leather directly. It features a leather-pull zipper tab and neoprene construction.
Nakamichi NK2030 Headphones for $19 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Nakamichi NK2030 Headphones in Gray/Blue for $28.50. Coupon code "GIFTSNOW" cuts it to $18.50. With free shipping, that's a buck under our expired mention from yesterday and the lowest total price we could find for the headphones in any color by $18. They feature an in-line microphone and adjustable fit.
Western Digital 3TB SATA 6Gbps Internal Hard Drive for $89 + pickup at Fry's
Fry's Electronics offers the Western Digital 3TB Desktop Mainstream Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. WDBH2D0030HNC-NRSN, for $89 with
free shipping. That's tied with our August mention and the lowest total price we could find by $27. It features a 64MB cache.
Update: It's now available for in-store pickup only.
Refurbished Lenovo IdeaTab 7" 8GB Android Tablet for $55 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 7" 8GB Touchscreen Android Tablet for $54.95 with free shipping. That's $9 under last week's mention and the lowest total price we've seen for a refurb. (It's also a current price low for a refurb by $9, although most merchants charge $75 or more.) It features an ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 802.11n wireless, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1-cell battery, and Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Deal ends today.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.