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
These popular TV-streaming and -recording services now support HD, and for a limited time, they're bundled on the cheap.
Dec 6, 2013
Refurbished LifeProof Waterproof Case for iPhone 5 for $30 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the refurbished LifeProof Waterproof Case for Apple iPhone 5 in Black, Red/Black, or White/Gray for $34.95. Coupon code "CYBER13" cuts it to $30.41. With free shipping, that's $1 under last month's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's $16 under the best we could find for a new case.) It's designed to survive drops of up to 6.6 feet, and it's fully submersible up to 6.6 feet.
Note: A 90-day All4Cellular warranty applies.
HP ENVY Leap Haswell i7 Quad 1080p 17" Laptop for $1,040 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office offers the 6.1-lb. HP ENVY 17t-j100 Leap Motion Intel Haswell Core i7 2.2GHz 17.3" LED-Backlit Laptop, model no. 902164, for $1,439.99. Coupon code "NB17TLM" drops it to $1,039.99. With free shipping, that's $500 off and tied with last week's mention as the lowest price we could find for a 1080p Haswell laptop with Blu-ray and a 4GB video card. Features include an Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 17.3" 1920x1080 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 2TB hard drive, Blu-ray player, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 4GB graphics, 802.11n wireless, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Star Trek Motion-Sensitive Electronic Door Chime for $10 + $7 s&h
ThinkGeek offers the Star Trek Motion-Sensitive Electronic Door Chime for $14.99. With free shipping via coupon code "GEMINIO", that's $2 under our May mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current price low by $18.) It allows you to choose between "turbolift door" or "red alert" sound effects that play automatically when a lifeform crosses the threshold. Deal ends December 8.
SYBA Bluetooth Headset for $20 + free shipping
Mwave offers the SYBA Bluetooth v2.1 EDR Headset in Yellow, model no. CL-AUD23038, for $19.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $8. Features include a built-in rechargeable battery; simultaneous connectivity via HFP and A2DP; intuitive buttons; built-in microphone; and compatibility with HSP, HFP, A2DP, and AVRCP.
2,600mAh Portable USB Flash Charger 2-Pack for $15 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the MyBolt 2,600mAh Portable USB 2.0 Flash Charger 2-Pack in Black, Silver, or Pink for $14.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for two such chargers for $5. Each adds up to 40 extra hours of battery life to most smartphones, eBook readers, and tablets. Deal ends today.
Note that this order will take one to two weeks to ship.
Refurb Nook 9" 1080p 16GB HD+ WiFi Tablet for $100 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the refurbished Barnes & Noble Nook 9" 16GB HD+ WiFi Tablet, model no. BNTV600, for $114.95. Coupon code "CYBER13" makes it $100.01. With free shipping, that's tied with our October mention as the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also $50 below the best price we could find for a new one.) Features include a 9" 1920x1280 touchscreen LCD, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, 802.11n wireless, microSD card slot, and HDMI.
No clear warranty information is provided. Also, this device may have some cosmetic blemishes.
All4Cellular Cyber Week Special: 13% off sitewide + free shipping
All4Cellular cuts 13% off sitewide, including flash deals, via coupon code "CYBER13". Plus, all orders receive free shipping. That's tied with our Black Friday mention as among the best sitewide percent-off discounts we've seen from All4Cellular this year, although we've seen 20% off twice (in January and April).
OWC Garage Sale: Deals from 49 cents on RAM, accessories, computers, more
Other World Computing continues to discount select clearance items as part of its Garage Sale, with prices starting at 49 cents. (Items are removed from the page when they're sold out.) That's tied with our mention from a week ago and is one of the best sales we've seen on these items from OWC, yielding a number of price lows. Shipping starts at 99 cents. Note that most items are available in very limited quantities and come in OEM packaging. Refurbished items are covered by Other World Computing warranties.
Skullcandy FIX Stereo Earbuds 2-Pack for $17 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Shnoop offers the Skullcandy FIX Stereo Earbuds 2-Pack in Black, model no, S3FXDM-033, for $17.99. Coupon code "dealnews1" cuts it to $16.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find for this quantity by $3 and the best deal we've seen without rebate hassles. Features include 13.5mm drivers, 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, 3.5mm jack, in-line mic, and carry case. Deal ends today.
ThinkGeek coupon: 50% off 5 best-selling items + free shipping
ThinkGeek takes 50% off its five top-selling items via coupon code "HALFLING". Plus, coupon code "GEMINIO" yields free shipping sitewide. (Although ThinkGeek allows only one promo code per order, we had success stacking the codes.) Each is at the lowest total price we could find by at least $18. Sale ends December 8. The deals, with prices after coupon: