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
Normally $100, these top-rated 'phones provide over-the-ear comfort, enhanced bass, and detachable cords.
Oct 25, 2014
Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player for $43 + free shipping
A4C offers the Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player in Black, model no. BD-H5100, for $42.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $20, although we saw it for $7 less three weeks ago. It includes a remote and features 15 preloaded apps, Ethernet, USB, and HDMI. Deal ends October 27.
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill for PC downloads for $3, more
GameStop offers Steam downloads of The Typing of the Dead: Overkill for Windows for $3.39. That's $2 below our January mention and the lowest total price we've seen for this game. (It's also a current low by $3.)
Of note, Green Man Gaming offers Steam downloads of Typing of the Dead Complete Collection for Windows for $8.42 via coupon code "SPOOKY-TREATS-GMG20X". That's the lowest total price we could find by $16. It includes the game base and five DLC packs: Shakespeare, Filth of the Dead, Love at First Bite, Dancing With the Dead, and Silver Screen.
Green Man Gaming Trick or Treat Sale: Up to 90% off + 20% off $10 or more
Green Man Gaming takes up to 90% off a selection of Steam downloads for Windows, with prices starting from 14 cents, as part of its Trick or Treat Sale. (Click on the "Trick or Treat" banner and then each bucket to see the deals.) Plus, coupon code "SPOOKY-TREATS-GMG20X" takes 20% off orders of $10 or more. Games includes several Batman titles, Darksiders 1 and 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Rising 3, and more.
HP ENVY Haswell Core i5 Quad 2GHz 23" Touch AIO PC for $920 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office offers its HP ENVY Recline 23xt Intel Haswell Core i5 2GHz 23" Touchscreen All-in-One Desktop PC, model no. J6S79AV#ABA_1, for an in-cart price of $949.99. Coupon code "PC20999" cuts the price to $919.99. With free shipping, that's $5 under our mention from three days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. It features an Intel Core i5-4590T 2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 23" 1920x1080 (1080p) IPS touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hybrid drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, media card reader, USB 3.0, Beats audio, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends November 1.
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M176n Printer for $252 + free shipping
HP offers the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M176n Printer, model no. CF547A#BGJ, for $279.99. Coupon code “PRINTHP” cuts it to $251.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $24. It prints, copies, and scans and comes with preinstalled print cartridges.
HP Split x2 Haswell i3 13" Touch Convertible Laptop for $525 + free shipping
HP Home & Office Store offers the 2.5-lb. HP Split x2 13-r010dx Intel Haswell Core i3 1.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Convertible Laptop, model no. G6Q88UA#ABA, for an in-cart price of $549.99. Coupon code "PC599Q4 " drops it to $524.99. With free shipping, that's $75 off list and the least expensive new Split x2 laptop we've seen. This convertible touchscreen laptop can be detached from the keyboard to function as a tablet and features an Intel Core i3-4012Y 1.5GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hybrid drive with 8GB flash cache, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, webcam, 2-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. (It lacks an optical drive.)
HP ENVY 15-u010dx i5 Dual 16" 1080p Touch Laptop for $700 + free shipping
Tiantian0579 via eBay offers the 5.29-lb. HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx Intel Haswell Core i5 1.7GHz 15.6" 1080p Touchscreen Laptop for $699.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $55. Features include an Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 750 HDD, webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Bose CineMate Digital Home Theater System for $360 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Bose CineMate GS Series II Digital Home Theater System, model no. 320573-1100, for $359.99 with free shipping. That's $40 under our expired mention from four days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current price low by $30.) This system includes an Acoustimass module with 5" woofer, two compact Gemstone speakers with two 2" drivers in each speaker, and infrared interface module.
Dell Financial Services coupons: Up to 40% off laptops, desktops, more
Dell Financial Services cuts up to 40% off its factory-refurbished items via the coupons listed below. Shipping starts at $17.99. Dell refurbished systems are covered by a 100-day Dell warranty. Coupons expire October 28. The deals:
Datashell Dynamic Shield 16" Laptop Bag $30 + free shipping
Mwave offers the Datashell 3-in-1 Dynamic Shield 16" Laptop Bag, model no. HT-CP-SST15-SR, in Silver for $29.99 with free shipping. That's $5 under our June mention and tied for the best deal we've seen for this model. (It's a current low by $3.) It features a padded laptop compartment with zipper binding, several interior accessories pockets, front compartment for documents, changeable carry handles, shoulder strap, and integrated backpack straps.