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.
Jul 11, 2014
Refurb ASUS Transformer 10" 16GB Android Tablet for $130 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished 1.4-lb. ASUS Transformer Pad 10.1" 16GB LED-Backlit Android Tablet in Dark Blue, model no. TF300-A1, for $129.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $21, although we saw a refurb for $10 less last month. 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, microSD card slot, gyroscope, light sensor, and Google Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). Deal ends today.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
Unlocked Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Ed. Phone for $350 + $8 s&h
Expansys offers the Unlocked Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition Android Smartphone in Black for $349.99 plus $7.99 for shipping. That's $91 below our April mention and the lowest total price we could find by $41. This dual-band GSM smartphone features a 2.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 quad-core processor, 6.4" 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen, 16GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.4 OS (KitKat).
Refurbished LG Tone+ Bluetooth 3.0 Headset for $35 + free shipping
A4C offers the refurbished LG Tone+ Bluetooth 3.0 Headset in Black, model no. HBS-730, for $34.95 with free shipping. That's $2 below our May mention of a refurb and the the lowest total price we could find for a refurb today by $4. (It's also $15 under the best price we could find for a new unit.) This headset features Bluetooth 3.0, up to 15 hours of talk time, and up to 360 hours of standby time.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
Refurb Apple iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz 22" Desktop for $950 + $27 s&h
MegaMacs offers the refurbished Apple iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz 21.5" Desktop, model no. MC413LL/A, for $949.99 plus $27.11 for shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a used version with these specs elsewhere by $378 (this one's refurbished). This iMac features an Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06GHz dual-core processor, 21.5" 1920x1080 (1080p) LCD, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, SuperDrive, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, AirPort Extreme, and OS X 10.9 Mavericks. A 90-day MegaMacs warranty applies.
Refurb Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Phone for $260 + free shipping
Phonestore USA via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android Smartphone in Blue (pictured) or Gray, model no. SGH-I537, for $259.99 with free shipping. That's $5 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we've seen for this phone. (It's currently $160 below the lowest total price we could find for a new phone.) In addition to being able to survive in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, it features a 5" 1920x1080 Gorilla Glass touchscreen, Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 8-megapixel rear camera (with an "Aqua Mode" for underwater pictures), 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, and Google Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
A 30-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.
Refurbished LG 8,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner for $180 + free shipping
RefurbKing via eBay offers the refurbished LG 8,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner, model no. LP0813WNR, for $179.99 with free shipping. That's $55 under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit. It features an LED display panel, 24-hour on-off timer, remote control, and auto evaporation system.
Note: A 90-day RefurbKing warranty applies.
BenQ 1080p 3D DLP Projector for $710 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the BenQ 1080p 3D DLP Projector, model no. W1070, for $709.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $64, although we saw it for $11 less six days ago. This projector features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 2,000 lumens brightness, 3D support (glasses required, but not included), and two HDMI inputs. Deal ends July 14.
Western Digital Green 3TB SATA 6Gbps Internal HDD for $90 + free shipping
Adorama via eBay offers the OEM Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Serial ATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, model no. WD30EZRX, for $89.99 with free shipping. That's $20 below our May mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $13 and a penny less than the best price we could find for a refurb.) This drive is purportedly cooler, quieter, and consumes up to 40% less energy than standard mechanical drives. It features a 64MB cache.
Samsung 48" 1080p LED LCD TV w/ $60 Rakuten GC for $600 + free shipping
Buy.com via Rakuten Shopping offers the Samsung 48" 120Hz 1080p WiFi LED-Backlit LCD Smart HD Television, model no. UN48H6350AFXZA, for an in-cart price of $599.99. Plus, apply coupon code "SUMMERSET" to yield 6,000 Rakuten Super Points. (They convert to a $60 credit.) With free shipping and assuming you use the credit, that's $85 under our May mention, the best price we've seen for this TV, and a current price low by $85. (For further comparison, we saw the TV bundled with a mount and $200 gift card for $748 three days ago, still available.) Features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, WiFi, Smart TV apps (Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, more), USB, and four HDMI inputs.
Mbot Single-Head Plywood 3D Printer for $750 + free shipping
Mwave offers the Mbot Single-Head Plywood 3D Printer, model no. MB3D001, for $749.99 with free shipping. That's $250 off list and the lowest total price we could find for this model. It features a 200 x 200 x 200 mm build volume, print from SD card or over USB, and up to 40mm/s speed.