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.
Apr 18, 2014
MacMall Easter Sale: Up to $799 off Macs, iPads, iPods, more
MacMall cuts up to $799 off over 600 Apple laptops and desktops, iPads, iPods, and more as part of its Easter Sale. Shipping starts at $3.99, but orders over $25 qualify for free shipping. Deal ends April 21.
Monoprice coupon: 20% off iPhone and iPod accessories
Monoprice takes 20% off select iPhone and iPod Accessories via coupon code "iphone20". That's the best percent-off coupon we've seen on these items from Monoprice. Choose from armbands, charging docks, leather pouches, and TPU cases. Shipping starts around $2.
Toshiba Portege Z-Series Laptops: Up to $200 off, from $900 + free shipping
Toshiba Direct cuts up to $200 off a selection of Toshiba Portege Z-Series laptops, with prices starting at $899.99. Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. Deal ends April 28. A couple of best bets:
- Toshiba Z30-ASMBN22 i3 Dual 13.3" 4GB RAM 128GB SSD Laptop for $899.99 (pictured, $200 off)
- Toshiba Z30-ASMBNX1 i5 Dual 13.3" 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Laptop for $949.99 ($200 off)
Acer Aspire Haswell i7 Dual 16" 1080p Touch Laptop for $599 + free shipping
Microsoft Store offers the 4.9-lb. Acer Aspire Intel Haswell Core i7 1.8GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. V5-573P-9899, for $599 with free shipping. That's tied with our December mention (although that deal included a $25 gift card) as the lowest total price we've seen for a Haswell Core i7-equipped 1080p 16" laptop. (It's also a current price low by $281.) It features an Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 touchscreen LCD, 6GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, SD card reader, HDMI, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8 with upgrade to Windows 8.1.
ASUS Google Nexus 7 32GB 7" Android Tablet for $120 + free shipping
Newegg via eBay offers the first-generation ASUS Google Nexus 7 32GB 7" Android Tablet in Black, model no. NEXUS7/ASUS-1B32, for $119.99 with free shipping. That's $5 under last week's mention and the lowest total price we could find now by $24. It features a 7" 1280x800 IPS multitouch LCD, Tegra 3 T30L 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB memory, Bluetooth 3.0, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, and Google Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).
HP Intel Quad Core 12" Touch Tablet / Laptop for $679 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office offers the 1.7-lb. HP Pavilion 11t-h100 x2 Pentium Quad-Core 11.6" Touchscreen Tablet / Laptop, model no. E9W54AV, for $708.99. Coupon code "PC69930" cuts it to $678.99. With free shipping, that's $30 off and the lowest total price we could find for this model. This laptop can be used as a tablet and includes a Intel Pentium N3520 2.17GHz quad-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, dual 2-cell batteries, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends April 20.
Virgin Mobile Supreme Prepaid Android Smartphone for $180 + free shipping
Virgin Mobile offers its Virgin Mobile Supreme 4G LTE Prepaid Android Smartphone for $179.99 with free shipping. That's $20 under our mention from last month and the lowest total price we could find. It features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5" touchscreen LCD, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, expandable storage of up to 64GB (not included), 3G and 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Deal ends April 21.
Apple iPhone 5s 64GB Prepaid for Virgin Mobile for $525 + free shipping
Virgin Mobile offers the Apple iPhone 5s 64GB Smartphone Prepaid for Virgin Mobile (no contract) in Gold, Silver, or Space Gray for the in-cart price of $524.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from three weeks ago as the best price we've ever seen for this prepaid iPhone with any carrier. (It's also a current low by $100.) Deal ends April 30.
Seagate 3TB FreeAgent USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $109 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Seagate 3TB FreeAgentDesk Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. STAC3000100, for $109 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. It includes backup and encryption software.
Maxi-Matic 17-Piece Personal Blender for $26 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Maxi-Matic 17-Piece Personal Blender, model no. EPB-1800, for $25.99 with free shipping. (Best Buy via eBay offers it for the same.) That's $2 under the lowest total price we could find elsewhere, although we saw it for $3 less in October. The 17-piece blending set features a 300-watt motor.