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
Refurbished Hisense Sero 7 4GB 7" Android Tablet for $50 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the refurbished Hisense Sero 7 4GB 7" Android Tablet, model no. E270BSA, for $49.99 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention of a refurb, which included rebate hassles, and the lowest total price we could find by $10 for a refurb today. It features a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, miniHDMI, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean). Deal ends today.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it. Note that this item will take one to two weeks to ship.
rooCASE Nexus 7 FHD Cases at PC Micro Store: 60% off + free shipping
PC Micro Store cuts an extra 60% off a selection of rooCASE Screen Protectors and Folio Cases for the Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet via coupon code "FHD60APR". Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. Coupon expires after 500 uses.
A best bet is the rooCASE Dual Station Folio Case for Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet in five colors (Red pictured), model no. RC-NEXUS7-FHD-DV, for $19.98 before the above coupon, $7.99 after. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find for any color by $18. This synthetic leather case features auto sleep and wake, microfiber lining, access to all ports and buttons, two viewing stand angles, and includes a stylus.
Mitsubishi DLP Projector for $1,270 + free shipping
BStock offers the Mitsubishi DLP Projector, model no. XD3500U, for $1,299.99. Coupon code "MITZDEAL" cuts the price to $1,269.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $487. This projector features 5,000 lumens of brightness, 1024x768 native resolution, 40.2" - 300" image size, and up to 4,000 hours of lamp life.
Toshiba Haswell Core i5 Dual 16" Laptop w/ Software for $500 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the 4.7-lb. Toshiba Satellite E55-A5114 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 15.6" Laptop in Smart Silver, model no. PSKPJU-01K023, bundled with a download code for Titanium Internet Security 1-User 1-Year for Windows or Mac, for $499.99 with free shipping. (The software will be added to cart automatically.) That's $150 off list and the lowest total price we could find. It features an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit LCD, 6GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1.
Refurb Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker for $55 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker in four colors for $54.95 with free shipping. That's $5 below last week's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low for a refurb by $20.) It features a microphone, 3.5mm input jack, microUSB charging cable, up to 10 hours of continuous play, and carrying case. Deal ends today.
Note: A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
Used Microsoft Surface 11" 32GB Windows RT Tab for $120 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Cowboom offers the used 1.5-lb. Microsoft Surface 10.6" 32GB Windows RT Tablet, model no. 7XR-00001, for $199.99. Coupon code "13361932" cuts it to $119.99. With free shipping, that's $47 under our January mention of a used unit and the lowest total price we've seen for this tablet. (It's $79 under the best price we could find for a refurbished unit.) It features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 10.6" 1366x768 multitouch LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, front- and rear-facing 720p HD cameras, microSDXC card slot, up to 8-hour battery life, and Windows RT OS. Deal ends today.
No warranty information is provided.
Battlefield 4 for PC for $25, Battlefield 4: Digital Deluxe for PC for $30
Origin offers downloads of Battlefield 4 for Windows for $24.99. That's $5 below our February mention and the lowest price we could find by $25 for this first-person shooter.
Also available is Battlefield 4: Digital Deluxe for Windows for $29.99. That's $30 off and the lowest total price we could find. This version comes with the China Rising expansion pack, three gold battlepacks, and more.
Stylus Pens at Paydeals: Deals from $3 + free shipping
Paydeals offers a selection of stylus pens, with prices starting at $3, as listed below. Plus, each item receives free shipping. The deals:
- T-Mobile Stylus Pen in Silver or Black for $3 ($17 off list price)
- T-Mobile Stylus Pen 2-Pack in Silver/Black for $5 ($15 off list price)
- HTC Scribe Digital Stylus Pen in Silver for $6 (pictured, $3 price low)
- Targus 2-in-1 Stylus Pen for Apple iPad in Black for $8 ($3 price low)
- Samsung Galaxy Note S Stylus Pen w/ Eraser in Black for $8 ($7 price low)
Fujifilm FinePix T500 16MP Digital Camera for $60 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the Fujifilm FinePix T500 16-Megapixel Digital Camera in Black for $59.99 with free shipping. That's a $10 drop from last month and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $62.) It features a 2.7" TFT-LCD, 12x optical zoom, 720p video recording, electronic viewfinder, SDXC card slot, and USB. Deal ends today.
Unlocked Sony Xperia M Android Smartphone for $176 + free shipping
Bq_shop via eBay offers the Unlocked Sony Xperia M Android Smartphone in White, model no. C1905, for $175.79 with free shipping. That's $2 under our mention from ten days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low in any color by $38.) This dual-band GSM smartphone features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor, 4" 480x854 touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, and Android OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean).