Cell phones and smartphones
The best, brightest, and baddest communication machines you can slip into your pocket, ripe for your gift-giving pickin'.
Mobile phones are superb communication tools but the right accessories can help them become even more useful. Here's a list of great gadget gifts which bring extra tricks to smartphones.
Supersave me: If you're thinking about purchasing a smartphone for the holidays, here are a few standouts that won't break the bank.
Looking for a new case for your new iPhone 5S/5C or Samsung Galaxy S4? Check out some of our top picks for the holiday season.
Latest Tech Deals
Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
Jul 25, 2014
MacBook Pro i7 Quad 15" Retina Laptop w/ 512GB SSD for $2,300 + free shipping
BlueTek via eBay offers the 4.5-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 Haswell 2.6GHz 15.4" Laptop with Retina Display, model no. ME294LL/A, for $2,299.99 with free shipping. That's $204 under our mention from June (although that included additional software) and the lowest total price we've seen for this model. (It's also a current low by $149.) Features include an Intel Haswell Core i7-4850HQ 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 15.4" 2880x1800 Retina display, 16GB RAM, 512GB flash storage, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2GB video card, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD camera, and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
Lenovo H515s AMD Dual 1.4GHz Desktop PC for $228 + pickup at Fry's
For in-store pickup only, Fry's offers the Lenovo H515s AMD 1.4GHz Desktop PC (no monitor), model no. 57328086, for $228. That's $12 under the lowest shipped price we could find. It features an AMD E1-2500 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends July 31.
Motorola DECT 6.0 Digital 5-Handset Cordless Phone for $70 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Motorola L705 DECT 6.0 Digital 5-Handset Cordless Phone with Answering System for $69.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $35. It features DECT 6.0 (1.9GHz) technology, speakerphone, caller ID, answering machine with recording time of up to 15 minutes, five handsets, and 4-line LCD.
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Laptop Hard Drives at OWC from $54 + free shipping
Other World Computing discounts a selection of laptop hard drives, with prices starting at $53.79. Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. A couple of best bets:
- HGST 750GB TravelStar 7K750 Serial ATA 3Gb/s 2.5" Hard Drive for $69.79 (pictured, low by $60)
- Toshiba MQ01ABD100H 1TB SSD/HDD Hybrid Laptop Hard Drive for $87 (low by $15)
Onkyo 450W 5.2 WiFi Receiver w/ Jamo 5.0 Speakers for $399 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the Onkyo 450-watt 5.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver, model no. TX-NR535, bundled with a Jamo 360 Series S25 Home Cinema 5-Speaker System, for $399 with free shipping. That's $500 under the lowest total price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere.
The receiver features up to 90 watts per channel into five channels, seven HDMI 4K/60Hz inputs, AccuEQ Room calibration, WiFi, Internet radio and streaming (including Spotify and Pandora), and Bluetooth. The speakers feature a frequency response of 142Hz to 27kHz.
Apple Mac mini Intel Ivy Bridge i5 2.5GHz Desktop for $500 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Apple Mac mini Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz Desktop, model no. MD387LL/A, for $499.99 with free shipping. That's $50 below last summer's mention and the lowest total price we could find now, also by $50. (For further comparison, it's also $9 less than what Apple charges for a refurbished unit.) It includes an Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt port, memory card reader, HDMI, and Mac OS X (Mountain Lion).
Refurb Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet for $130 + free shipping
Shopdivvy via eBay offers the factory-refurbished, 2nd-generation ASUS Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet, model no. NEXUS7-ASUS-2B16, for $129.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $50, although we saw it for $10 less via rebate three days ago. (It's also $96 below the best price we could find for a new one.) Features include a 7" 1920x1200 touchscreen, Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash memory, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, HDMI, and Google Android 4.3 OS (Jelly Bean). A 90-day ASUS warranty applies.
Samsung 75" 120Hz 1080p WiFi LED LCD HDTV for $2,399 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the Samsung 75" 120Hz 1080p WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. UN75H6350, for an in-cart price $2,399 with free shipping. (East Coast TVs charges the same.) That's $100 under last month's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $96.) It features a native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), LED backlight, 120Hz refresh rate, WiFi, SmartTV Internet apps (including Vudu, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and more), USB, and four HDMI inputs. Deal ends July 31.
Gateway Celeron Quad Core 1.9GHz 16" Laptop for $217 + pickup at Fry's
For in-store pickup only, Fry's Electronics offers the Acer Gateway NV51006u Intel Celeron Quad Core 1.86GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop for the in-cart price of $217. That's a $47 under our mention from June, the lowest price we've seen, and a very strong price for an Intel quad-core laptop in general. It features an Intel Celeron N2920 1.86GHz quad-core processor, 15.6" LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, webcam, HDMI, USB, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1. (It doesn't have an optical drive.)