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.
Mar 14, 2014
Refurb Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus Speaker Dock for $24 + free shipping
4SurplusCity via eBay offers the refurbished Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus Speaker Dock for iPod or iPhone in Black, model no. 980-000187, for $23.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $9 for a refurb. Compatible with most iPod and iPhone models, this dock features a wireless remote, LED alarm clock, 3.5mm auxiliary input, and AC adapter.
Note: A 30-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.
Crossover 27" 2560X1440 IPS LED LCD Display for $299 + free shipping
AccessoriesWhole via eBay offers the Crossover 27" IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor, model no. 27QW, for $299 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $16. It features a tilting mount, 2560x1440 native resolution, two 3-watt speakers, and dual-link DVI-D connections.
Dr. Infrared 5,600W Space Heater (for 240V outlets) for $100 + free shipping
VM Innovations offers the Dr. Infrared 5,600-watt Space Heater, model no. DR-988, for $114.99. Coupon code "68C8ANR4" cuts the price to $99.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $23. Deal ends March 21.
Note that this item requires a 208-240V outlet rather than the standard 120V household outlet.
Open-Box Logitech H600 Wireless USB Headset for $34 + free shipping
Outlet MP3 via eBay offers the open-box Logitech H600 Wireless USB Headset, model no. 981-000341, for $33.89 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $9. It features a wireless range of up to 33 feet. Deal ends March 19.
Note: It may be missing the original packaging.
Scosche SportClips II Earbuds w/ Mic for $8 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, NeweggFlash offers the Scosche SportClips II Earbuds with Mic, model no. HPSC63MBKB, for $7.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $6. They feature flexible ear clips, mic, inline remote, and 3.5mm jack. Deal ends today.
Refurbished Roku 2 XS 1080p WiFi Media Player Bundle for $56 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished Roku 2 XS 1080p Wireless Streaming Media Player bundled with two Motion Sensor Remote Controls and a 6-foot HDMI cable for $55.95 with free shipping. That's $28 under the lowest total price we could find for the Roku and two remotes alone elsewhere, although we saw this bundle for $9 less in January. The 3-oz. Roku XS 2 streams 1080p HD content from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Pandora, Flickr, and other media apps. It features Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, a microSD card slot, USB, remote control, and HDMI. It also includes an Angry Birds game. Deal ends March 18.
A 90-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
HP ENVY Haswell i7 Quad 1080p 16" Laptop w/ 2GB GPU for $803 + $10 s&h
HP Home & Home Office offers its 5.6-lb. HP ENVY 15t-j100 Intel Haswell Core i7 15.6" 1080p Laptop, model no. E2E34AV, for $1,003.99. Coupon code "PC32999" cuts it to $803.19. With $9.99 for shipping, that's $201 off list and the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it for $10 less in our expired mention from two days ago. Features include an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with 24GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB graphics, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. (No optical drive is included.) Coupon expires March 15.
HP ENVY Haswell i7 Quad 3.4GHz PC w/ 4GB GPU for $855 + $10 s&h
HP Home & Home Office offers its HP ENVY Phoenix 810-130qe Intel Haswell Core i7 3.4GHz Desktop PC, model no. E3W47AV#ABA, for $879.99. Coupon code "MORE25" cuts it to $854.99. With $9.99 for shipping, that's $245 off list and the lowest total price we could find. (For further comparison, we saw it with a 128GB SSD for $105 more in December.) It features an Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 2TB 7200 rpm hard drive, Blu-ray player / DVD burner combo drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 4GB graphics card, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, media card reader, USB 3.0, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Coupon expires March 15.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Accessory Bundle for $9 + free shipping
Paydeals offers the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Accessory Bundle in Black, Blue, Red, or Purple for $8.99 with free shipping. That's $47 under the lowest total price we could find for these items if purchased separately elsewhere. This bundle includes a Body Glove Fusion steel case, Muse mini portable speaker, and T-Mobile 3.5mm headset.
Note: New customers can apply coupon code "PAYDEALS" to knock an extra 10% off, cutting the price to $8.09.
HP Envy Rove Haswell i5 20" AIO Desktop / Tablet PC for $699 + free shipping
Microsoft Store offers the HP Envy Rove 20-k121us Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 20" All-in-One Desktop / Tablet PC for $699 with free shipping. That's $300 off list, tied with our mention from last week, and the lowest total price we've seen. This AIO desktop, which can also be used as a tablet, features an Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 1600x900 20" IPS LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Gigabit Ethernet, media card reader, USB 3.0, and Windows 8.