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.
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Refurbished Winegard Amplified HDTV Antenna for $23 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the refurbished Winegard Amplified HDTV Antenna, model no. FL-5500C, for $22.99 with free shipping. That's $3 below our mention from two weeks ago and the best price we've seen. (It's also $47 under the lowest total price we could find for a new one.) This antenna features an embedded ultra-low noise 1db digital amplifier and HDTV reception with a 50-mile range. Deal ends today. A 90-day warranty is supplied, although it's unclear who backs it.
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Refurbished Apple iMac Core i5 27" Desktop for $1,050 + $2 s&h
MegaMacs offers the refurbished Apple iMac Intel Core i5 2.6GHz 27" Desktop, model no. A1312, for $1,049.99 plus $2 for shipping. That's $598 under our mention of a new iMac with a Haswell Core i5 processor from Thanksgiving, and a low price for such a build. Features include an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz processor, 27" widescreen LED-backlit glass display, 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive, Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB, AirPort Extreme (802.11n), FaceTime HD camera, Bluetooth, Magic Mouse, wireless keyboard, and OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
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ThinkGeek takes 50% off its 12 top-selling items via coupon code "10ONSALE". Although not as good as our mention from last week which offered free shipping, it's the best coupon we've seen from ThinkGeek, yielding great price lows on these items. Shipping starts around $6 but orders over $75 are eligible for free shipping. Sale ends December 15. The deals, with prices after coupon:
Refurb Lenovo ThinkPad i7 Quad 1.6GHz 16" Laptop for $450 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the refurbished 6-lb. Lenovo ThinkPad Intel Core i7 1.6GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop, model no. W510-4389AB8, for $449.99 with free shipping. That's $50 under our July mention and the lowest total price we've seen for a Lenovo ThinkPad equipped with a quad-core processor. Features include an Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 15.6" 1600x900 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, 2-megapixel webcam, media card reader, USB 3.0, 9-cell battery, and Windows 7 Professional. Deal ends today.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it. Also note that this item has an estimated ship time of one to two weeks.
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Maytag Centennial 7-Cu. Ft. Electric Dryer for $399 + free shipping
Home Depot offers the Maytag Centennial 7-Cubic-Foot Electric Dryer in White, model no. MEDC300XW, for $399 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $100. It features 10 cycles including seven timed cycles and three sensor cycles, rear panel controls, wrinkle prevent option, and cycle signal alerts. Deal ends December 11.
AceAbove Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 for $1 + $5 s&h
CTC Store offers the AceAbove Case for Nokia Lumia 1520 in Black for $5.45. Coupon code "E4TSVJP6" cuts the price to $1.45. With $4.50 for shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $5. It features a flip-out spin design for landscape viewing. Deal ends December 14.