Games and Gaming Gear
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This holiday season make sure the younger gamer in your life is playing something totally fun, but also appropriate!
Latest Tech Deals
Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
Oct 21, 2014
Tablets at eBay: Up to 89% off, deals from $30 + free shipping
eBay takes up to 89% off select tablets, with prices starting from $29.99. (Although the banner says up to 60% off, we saw deeper discounts within.) Plus, these items bag free shipping. A couple best bets, with comparisons to new models:
- Refurbished Lenovo IdeaTab A1000L 7" 16GB Android Tablet for $69.99 (low of $16)
- refurbished BlackBerry PlayBook 7" 32GB WiFi Tablet for $72.99 (pictured, low of $62)
Note that it's not clear in all cases whether or not these tablets include a warranty.
Open Box LG BP340 Blu-ray Disc Player w/ Remote for $40 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the open-box LG BP340 Blu-ray Disc Player w/ Remote for $39.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $35. It features 1080p DVD up-scaling, built-in WiFi, and one HDMI output. Deal ends today.
Acoustic Audio 5.1-Channel Home Theater System for $60 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, NeweggFlash offers the Acoustic Audio 5.1-Channel Home Theater System, model no. AA5103, for $59.88 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $45. It features one 300-watt subwoofer, five 100-watt satellite speakers, Dolby Pro Logic, and USB. Deal ends today.
Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From the Best for $30
StackSocial offers downloads of Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From the Best for $29.99. That's $213 off and the lowest price we could find. This bundle allows lifetime access to over 200 lectures, including Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course, EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, and The Art of Black & White Photography. Deal ends November 5.
Apple iMac i5 Quad 27" Retina 5K Desktop w/ AppleCare for $2,551 + $26 s&h
ExperCom offers the newly released Apple iMac Intel Core i5 3.5GHz 27" Retina 5K Desktop, model no. MF886LL/A, with three years of AppleCare for $2,551.22 plus $25.50 for shipping. That's $91 under Apple's current price for the same duo. Features include an Intel Core i5 3.5GHz quad-core processor, 27" 5120x2880 LED-backlit Retina display, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion drive, AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB graphics card, 802.11ac wireless, and OS X Yosemite.
Name Your Own Price Game Design 4-Course Bundle for $6
StackSocial offers The Name Your Own Price 4-Course Game Design Bundle for whatever you want to pay. At the time of writing, the average is $5.88. Assuming you pay the average, that's $790 off and the best price we could find. It includes Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User, Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, Engage Your Customers With Gamification, and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures. Note that 10% of your contribution will be donated to your choice of charity. (Choose from Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.) Deal ends November 5.
Of note, if you pay less than the average you'll only get two of the eight apps: Engage Your Customers With Gamification, and Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures.
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB SATA 6Gbps Internal SSD for $60 + free shipping
TigerDirect offers the SanDisk Extreme II 120GB Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal SSD, model no. SDSSDXP-120G-G25, for $59.99 with free shipping via the directions below. That's $15 below our mention from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $17.) It features write speeds of 340MB/s and read speeds of 550MB/s. Deal ends October 24. To get this deal:
Refurbished Ooma Telo VoIP Internet Home Phone for $80 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System, model no. 100-0201-300R, for $79.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention of a refurb from a week ago as the best price we've seen without a required contract. (It's also $28 under the best price we could find for a new one elsewhere.) It offers unlimited calling to any number in the US via your broadband Internet connection. It features caller ID and a landline backup option. Deal ends October 22.
A 1-year warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
LG 49" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $399 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the LG 49" 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. 49LB5550, for $599. Add it to your cart and the price drops to $399 at final checkout. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for any 49" HDTV. (It's also a current price low by $150.) It features a native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs.
Refurb HP Split x2 Haswell i5 13" Convertible Laptop for $475 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished 4.3-lb. HP Split x2 13-g110dx Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Convertible Laptop for $475 with free shipping. That's $25 under our June mention and the lowest total price we could find today by $25. This convertible touchscreen laptop can be detached from the keyboard to function as a tablet. It features an Intel Core i5-4202Y 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, HDMI, media card reader, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. Deal ends October 23.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.