Tablets and e-book readers
This is it. The very best tablets you can buy this holiday season.
Small tablets are cheaper and more portable than their larger cousins, and now -- if the Kindle Fire HDX is any indication -- no longer sacrifice performance for price.
Every year tablet graphical performance gets a hefty bump, and 2013 was no different. There are now several tablets available that give dedicated portable gaming systems more than a run for their graphical horsepower money. Here's a look at the best ones.
E-readers for the holidays, some of which will actually fit in your stockings! Maybe.
Latest Tech Deals
Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
Mar 10, 2014
Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6Gbps SSD for $119 + free shipping, 480GB for $236
NothingButSoftware offers the Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD, model no. CT240M500SSD1, for $125.67. Coupon code "5PWINTER" cuts it to $119.39. With free shipping, that's $2 under last month's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $6. It features read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds up to 250MB/s.
Nothing But Software also offers the Crucial M500 480GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD, model no. CT480M500SSD1, for $248.14 before the above coupon, $235.73 after. With free shipping, that's $15 under our mention from two days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current price low by $15.) It features read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 400MB/s.
Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard for $16 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard in Glossy Black, model no. 920-004088, for $15.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $5, although we saw it for $6 less during Black Friday week. It features six 1-touch hotkeys, 12 programmable F-keys, and a USB receiver.
Expect this item to take one to two weeks to ship.
Insignia 19" 720p LED LCD HDTV, cleaning kit for $100 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Insignia 18.5" 720p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. NS-19E310A13, bundled with Monster Digital Life ScreenClean Cleaning Kit, model no. DL CLNKIT, for $99.99 with free shipping. (The cleaning kit will automatically be added to your cart.) That's $37 off list price and the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it for $10 less (without the cleaning kit) in February. It features a 1366x768 native resolution, edge-lit LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs.
Sony NEX-7 24MP Camera Bundle for $951 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the Sony Alpha NEX-7 24.3-Megapixel Digital SLR-Like Camera in Black with a Sony 18-55mm Lens, extra battery and charger, camera case, and UV filter for $950.51 with free shipping. That's $12 below the lowest total price we could find for these items elsewhere, excluding the case. The camera features a 3" tiltable LCD, anti-dust function, auto focus, 1080p movie mode, HDMI port, USB connectivity, Memory Stick Pro Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, and 3D sweep panorama mode.
Refurbished Sony Network Blu-ray Disc Player for $38 + free shipping
Lucky Dog Electronics via eBay offers the refurbished Sony Blu-ray Disc Player, model no. BDP-BX110, for $37.99 with free shipping. That's $32 under the lowest total price we could find for a refurb, although we saw it for $3 less ten days ago. This Blu-ray player streams content from Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora. It also includes DVD upconversion to 1080p via HDMI, as well as Ethernet and USB.
Note that no warranty information is provided.
Motorola Moto G 8GB No Contract Boost Android Phone for $90 + free shipping
ShopCellDeals via eBay offers the Motorola Moto G 8GB No Contract Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile for $89.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our expired mention from four days ago and the lowest total price we could find by $10. It features a 4.5" 720x1280 Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, GPS, and Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Toshiba 8GB microSDHC Card with SD & USB Adapters for $5 + free shipping
QualityCellz via eBay offers the Toshiba 8GB microSDHC Card with SD Adapter and USB Adapter for $4.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under the lowest total price we could find for this set without the USB adapter.
Canon EOS 70D DSLR w/ Speedlite 320EX Flash for $1,099 + free shipping
Adorama offers the Canon EOS 70D 20.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body (pictured), model no. 8469B016, bundled with the Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash, model no. 320EX, for a final checkout price of $1,099 with free shipping. That's $215 under the lowest total price we could find for these items sold separately elsewhere. The camera body features a 3" LCD, 1080p video recording, 7fps continuous shooting, optical image stabilization, SDXC card slot, HDMI, and USB. The 320EX, a hot shoe flash for Canon EOS cameras, features an AF assist beam, LED light, and wireless slave options.
Note that no lens is included in this kit.
Sony 70" 120Hz 1080p 3D WiFi HDTV for $1,500 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Sony 70" 120Hz 1080p 3D WiFi HD Television, model no. KDL70R550A, for $1,499.99 with free shipping. That's $299 under our mention from two days ago and the lowest total price we could find by $499. Features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, edge-lit LED backlight, BRAVIA Internet Video, wireless connectivity, Ethernet port, two USB ports, and four HDMI inputs.
Kyocera Hydro Waterproof Prepaid Android Phone for $10 at Target stores
Target retail stores offer the Kyocera Hydro Waterproof 3G Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile in Black, model no. C5170, for $9.99. (Click on the weekly ad and turn to page 3; this deal is not available online.) That's tied with our December mention and the lowest price we've seen. (It's also $35 under the best shipped price we could find today.) This phone is purported to be waterproof in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and features a 3.5" HVGA IPS touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor, microSD card slot (2GB microSD card included), 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.