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 7, 2013
Refurbished Motorola H19txt Bluetooth Headset for $17 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the refurbished Motorola H19txt Bluetooth Headset for $19.95. Coupon code "CYBER13" cuts the price to $17.36. With free shipping, that's $33 under our February mention of a new model and the lowest total price we could find by $11 for a new model. It features a noise-canceling microphone, MotoSpeak voice texting, and up to five hours of talk time.
A 90-day All4Cellular warranty applies.
Monster urBeats by Dr. Dre In-Ear Earbuds for $45 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the Monster urBeats by Dr. Dre In-Ear Earbuds with In-line Remote & Mic in Black or White for $44.99 with free shipping. That's $4 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $55. (They were $5 less a month ago, since expired.) Deal ends today.
Note: It ships in one to two weeks.
ASUS Intel Ivy Dual 1.5Ghz 12" Touchscreen Laptop for $200 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the 3-lb. ASUS Intel Ivy Bridge Celeron 1.5GHz 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. X200CA-HCL1104G, for $199.99 with free shipping. That's $155 below the lowest total price we could find for an ASUS laptop with comparable specs elsewhere. It features an Intel Celeron 1007U 1.5GHz Ivy Bridge processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, USB 3.0, HDMI, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.
Hisense 32" Class 720p LED-Backlit LCD HDTV for $170 + free shipping
PC Richard & Son offers the Hisense 32" Class 720p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. 32D33, for $169.91 with free shipping. That's $20 below the lowest total price we could find for any 32" LED HDTV elsewhere. It features a 1366x768 (720p) native resolution and three HDMI inputs.
Refurb ASUS Transformer 10" 16GB Android Tablet for $157 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the refurbished 1.4-lb. ASUS Transformer Pad TF300-A1 10.1" 16GB LED-Backlit Android Tablet in Dark Blue for $179.95. Coupon code "CYBER13" cuts the price to $156.56. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $71, although we saw it for $7 less five days ago (now expired). It features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 IPS multi-touch LED-backlit LCD, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal flash storage, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, SD card slot, GPS, gyroscope, light sensor, and Google Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).
Note: A 90-day All4Cellular warranty applies.
Keyboard Cat Animatronic Plush for $14 + free shipping
ThinkGeek offers the Keyboard Cat Animatronic Plush for $13.99. Score free shipping with coupon code "GEMINIO". That's the lowest total price we could find by $21. This classic meme-themed plush plays the official Keyboard Cat music. It requires three AA batteries, included. Deal ends December 8.
Nathan GigaByte Smartphone Bike Box for $24 + free shipping
REI-OUTLET offers the Nathan GigaByte Smartphone Bike Box in Black for $23.93 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $6. Features include adjustable dividers for energy foods and a magentic closure.
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.