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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Dec 11, 2013
Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 15" LED Laptop for $500 + $16 s&h
MegaMacs offers the refurbished 5.6-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.3GHz 15.4" LED Laptop, model no. MA610LL/A, for $499.99 plus around $16 for shipping. That's $186 under our refurb mention from September and the best price we've seen for this laptop. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.3GHz dual-core processor, 15.4" 1440x900 LED-backlit display, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, 8x SuperDrive, 802.11n, ATI Radeon X1600 256MB graphics, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and iSight webcam. It's not clear what OS is installed. Deal ends September 4.
A 30-day MegaMacs warranty applies.
Logitech M510 Cordless Optical Mouse for $18 + free shipping
Best Buy via eBay offers the Logitech M510 Cordless Optical Mouse in Light Silver, model no. 910-001822, for $17.99 with free shipping. That's $2 under our August mention and tied as the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $12.) This wireless mouse features a USB nano-receiver and ambidextrous, ergonomic design. Two AA batteries are included.
Soundfreaq Platform 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $90 + pickup at Target
Target offers the Soundfreaq Platform 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in Black, model no. SFQ-06, for $89.99. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $4.98 shipping fee. That's $30 under the lowest shipped price we could find elsewhere. In addition to playing music from mobile devices via Bluetooth, it features two USB charging ports and 3.5mm audio input.
Lenovo IdeaPad Pentium Dual 1.9GHz 12" Touch Laptop for $280 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Intel Pentium 1.9GHz 11.6" Touchscreen LED-Backlit Laptop, model no. 59387503, bundled with a download code for 6 Months of Titanium Internet Security 3-User for Windows, for $279.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from last week as the best price we've seen for any laptop with this CPU. (It's also a current in-stock price low by $120.) It features an Intel Pentium 2127U 1.9GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 touchscreen LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. No optical drive is included.
Microsoft Surface Pro 11" 128GB Windows 8 Tablet for $680 + free shipping
The Microsoft Store offers its 1.5-lbs. Microsoft Surface Pro 10.6" 128GB Windows 8 Tablet, model no. 9UR-00001, for $679.99 with free shipping. (Best Buy offers it for the same price.) That's $69 under our Black Friday week mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current in-stock price low by $128.) It features an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 10.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) multi-touch LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, front- and rear-facing 720p HD cameras, microSDXC card slot, and Windows 8 Pro.
Western Digital 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive for $89 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Western Digital 2TB My Passport Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. WDBY8L0020BBK-NESN, for $89 with free shipping, via the directions below. That's $0.04/GB and the second-lowest total price we've seen for this drive. (It's also a current price low by $11.) It features password protection and hardware encryption. Deal ends December 17. To get this deal:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Keyboard Dock for $10 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the Samsung Keyboard Dock for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, model no. ECR-K15UWEGXEU, for $9.95 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $29. It features a 3.5mm stereo audio line-out. It ships in bulk packaging. Deal ends December 11.
Victorinox Swiss Army Alox 16GB USB Flash Drive for $15 + free shipping, more
BuyDig offers the Victorinox Swiss Army Alox Slim 16GB USB Flash Drive in Silver (pictured), model no. 4.6171.26G16US1, Orange, model no. 4.6171.28G16US1, Pink, model no. 4.6171.25G16US1, or Green, model no. 4.6171.24G16US1, for $14.95 with free shipping. That's $4 below last month's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $5. It features maximum read speeds of 30MB/s and maximum write speeds of 23MB/s.
Also available is the Victorinox Swiss Army Alox Slim 32GB USB Flash Drive in Silver, model no. 4.6171.26G32US1, Pink, model no. 4.6171.25G32US1, or Blue, model no. 4.6171.22G32US1, for $21.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $3. It also has maximum read speeds of 30MB/s and maximum write speeds of 23MB/s.
Refurb Samsung 3d Blu-ray Disc Player for $60 + free shipping
All4Cellular offers the refurbished Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, model no. BD-E6500, for $59.95 with free shipping. That's $21 under our mention from last winter and $28 less than the lowest total price we could find for a refurb. It features two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. Deal ends December 11.
AceAbove Slim-Fit Case w/ Stand for Apple iPad Mini 2 for $2 + $5 s&h
CTCStore offers the AceAbove Slim-Fit Case with Stand for Apple iPad Mini 2 in Gray for $9.25. Apply coupon code "9PZT7XSL" to drop it to $2.25. With $4.50 for shipping, that's $2 below the lowest total price we could find for a comparable case elsewhere. It features a stand, microfiber interior, and PU leather construction. Deal ends December 14.