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 13, 2014
Nokia Lumia 635 No-Contract Windows Phone 8.1 for $120 + free shipping
HSN offers the Nokia Lumia 635 Windows Phone 8.1 for T-Mobile (no-contract) bundled with a 2,200mAh Portable Car Charger in White, Pink, or Blue for $119.95 with free shipping. That's $10 under the lowest total price we could find for just the phone alone elsewhere. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.5" 854x480 IPS LCD, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 5-megapixel camera, microSDHC slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Sonos PLAY:5 Music System w/ 2 Accessories for $299 + free shipping
AT&T Wireless offers the Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless HiFi Music Streaming System in White bundled with two accessories of your choice for $299.25 via the directions below. With free shipping, and excluding the cost of the accessories, that's $100 under under our June mention and the lowest total price we've seen for this system. (It's a current price low by $100.) It features five built-in speakers; wireless control via a downloadable app for Android or iOS; streaming from Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and more; and compatibility with most iPhone and iPad models. To get this deal:
Refurb MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer for $1,250 + free shipping
Deal Fisher via eBay offers the refurbished MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer for $1,249.99 with free shipping. That's $450 under the lowest total price we could find for a new one, although we saw a refurb for $50 less last week, since expired. The printer allows you to create professional-quality models with a 100 micron layer height resolution capability and a 410-cubic inch build volume.
A 90-day warranty applies, although it is not clear who backs it.
Refurb Apple Mac Pro 8-Core Workstation w/ 512GB SSD for $2,300 + $46 s&h
MegaMacs offers the refurbished Apple Mac Pro Intel Xeon 8-Core 2.4GHz Workstation, model no. MC561LL/A, for $2,299.99 plus around $46 for shipping. That's $279 under the lowest total price we could find even for a used unit with less RAM elsewhere. It features two Intel Xeon 2.4GHz quad-core processors (eight cores total), 12GB RAM, 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive and 512GB SSD, SuperDrive, ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB video card, and OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
A 90-day MegaMacs warranty applies.
Chef Buddy Electric Non-Stick Grill for $25 + free shipping
5StarDeal via eBay offers the Chef Buddy Electric Non-Stick Grill, model no. 82-1233C, for $24.99 with free shipping. That's $8 under the lowest price we could find with pickup at a local retail store. It measures 5.5x7" and features an incline to remove grease and dual heating zones.
Refurb Asus VivoTab 10" 32GB 4G Windows RT Tablet for $140 + free shipping
A4C offers the refurbished 1.2-lb. Asus VivoTab 10.1" 32GB 4G LTE Windows RT Tablet in Gray, model no. TF600T-B1-GR, for $139.95 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention of a refurb as the lowest total price we've seen for this tablet. (It's also $35 under the best price we could find for a new unit.) This tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1366x768 IPS multi-touch LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, 4G LTE capability via AT&T (purchased separately), microSD slot, GPS, gyroscope, light sensor, and Windows RT OS.
Note: A 90-day A4C warranty applies. This refurbished unit is listed as "scratch & dent", it may have cosmetic blemishes including abrasions, dents, or scuffs.
Frigidaire 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven from $100 + pickup at Fry's
For in-store pickup only and with stock varying by ZIP code, Fry's offers the Frigidaire Professional 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven, model no. FPCO06D7MS, for $99.99. (Add the item to cart to see this price.) That's tied with our January mention of a shipped unit as the lowest price we've seen. (It's a current low of $18.) It features an adjustable thermostat, digital display, infrared power light, and crumb tray; it accommodates a 12" pizza or 9" x 13" baking tray. Deal ends July 17.
HP Pavilion AMD Dual 1GHz 10" Touch Laptop for $229 + free shipping
Microsoft Store offers the 3.2-lb. HP Pavilion TouchSmart 10-e010nr AMD A4 10.1" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. F3F15UA#ABA, for $229 with free shipping. That's $16 under our March mention and the lowest total price we've seen for this laptop. (It's a current price low by $41.) Features include an AMD A4-1200 1GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. (No optical drive is included.)
JBL 150W 10" Powered Subwoofer for $129 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the JBL 150-watt 10" Powered Subwoofer, model no. SP150AM, for an in-cart price of $129 with free shipping. That's $120 off and tied with last month's mention as the lowest total price we could find, although it was $29 less in February. It features a frequency response of 35Hz to 180Hz.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging Case w/TecTiles 5-Pack for $15 + $4 s&h
At Samsung search for "EP-CG900IBUSTA" or "EP-CG900IWUSTA" to find the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Wireless Charging Cover in Black or White bundled with a Samsung TecTiles NFC Tag 5-Pack for $29.99. (Although it doesn't show in-cart, the product page states that the TecTiles will be added to your order.) Coupon code "r96N5x6" slices it to $14.99. With $3.95 for shipping, it's the lowest total price we could find for the pair by $26. The charging cover allows you to wirelessly charge your device via inductive charging with a Qi-certified wireless charging pad. TecTiles NFC Tags can be customized to launch apps, send text messages, share contact information, and more.