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
Or, if you pay at least $10, you'll get a seventh book. All the titles are top-rated and DRM-free. Plus, you get to help charity!
Dec 12, 2013
Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Telephoto Lens for $138 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Shnoop offers the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens, model no. 2044B002, for $138.99. Coupon code "DEALNEWS1" cuts it to $137.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find now by $10, although we saw it for $13 less in October. It features UD glass, image stabilization, and front and rear lens caps. Deal ends December 13 at 9 pm ET.
Refurbished Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth Headset for $30 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the refurbished Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth Headset in Glossy Black for $29.95 with free shipping. That's $5 below our September mention of a refurb and $68 under the lowest total price we could find for a new one today. It features voice control and voice notification, and includes a portable charger. Deal ends December 13.
Magic Box Wireless Induction Portable Speaker for $15 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, THAT Daily Deal offers the Magic Box Wireless Induction Portable Speaker $14.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $2. Features include iOS and Android support, two 2-watt speakers, and 3.5mm auxiliary jack. It's powered by three AA batteries (not included) or the built-in rechargeable battery.
The Winter Utility 2-App Bundle for Mac for $1, 8 apps for $5
Paddle.com offers downloads of The Winter Utility 2-App Bundle for Mac for whatever you want to pay. If you opt to pay the bare minimum of $1, that's $7 under the lowest price we could find for Dreamshot and Manico elsewhere. If you opt to "beat the average", currently $5.34, you'll get six extra apps: Choco 2, book'n'keep, MenuPop, Metanota Pro, Audiozue, and CommandQ. (book'n'keep alone costs $30 elsewhere.) Deal ends December 19 at 7 pm ET.
- Get a 6-book sci-fi bundle for $6
Datacolor Spyder3 TV Home-Theater Colorimeter for $50 + free shipping
1Sale.com offers the Datacolor Spyder3 TV Home-Theater Colorimeter, model no. S3TV100, for $49.99 with free shipping. That's tied with last month's mention, $50 off, and the lowest total price we could find. Use this device to calibrate your TV's color output; its included software is compatible with Windows only.
Note: Shipping may take between one to two weeks.
KitchenAid Appliances at Target: Up to 25% off, deals from $19 + free shipping
Target cuts up to 25% off a selection of KitchenAid appliances, with prices starting from $18.74. Plus, most items bag free shipping. That's the best sale we've seen on these items from Target, yielding many price lows. Some best bets:
Philips ActionFit Sports Earbuds for $15 + free shipping
Sonic Electronix offers the Philips ActionFit Sports Earbuds, model no. SHQ3200WT/28, for $14.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. They feature water and sweat resistance, flexible earhook, Kevlar-reinforced cable, ActionFit app, three pairs of eartips, and carrying pouch.
Knomo 15" Bayswater Avignon Laptop Bag for $20 + free shipping
Microsoft Store offers the Knomo 15" Bayswater Avignon Slim Laptop Briefcase Bag in Black for $19.97 with free shipping. That's $30 under our July mention and it's the lowest total price we could find for any color by $49. Compatible with notebooks measuring up to 15", this carry case features a padded laptop sleeve, detachable shoulder strap, front and back slide pockets, and zip closures.
Pentax K-30 16MP Weatherproof DSLR w/ 2 lenses, case for $630 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Pentax K-30 16-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with the Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens and Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lens, model no. 15656, bundled with the Digpro Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag, model no. DP78BDG, for $629.99 with free shipping, via the directions below. That's only $45 above our September mention of a similar K-30 bundle (which didn't come with a bag and included a 55-200mm lens instead) and $138 under the lowest total price we could find for camera, lenses, and a similar bag purchased elsewhere. The K-30 DSLR is resistant to water, fog, snow, sand, and dust. It features a 3" LCD, 1920x1080 (1080p) HD video recording, optical image stabilization, shake reduction technology, and SD/SDHC card slot. To get this deal: