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 10, 2014
Linden Street Bennett Curtain Panel for $14 + $3 pickup at JCPenney
Ending today, JCPenney offers the Linden Street Bennett Curtain Panel in seven colors (Lead pictured) for $17. Coupon code "MARCHON" cuts it to $14.45. That's $56 off list and the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it for a buck less in January. Choose $2.95 in-store pickup to avoid the $9.95 shipping charge. This panel measure 50" x 63" with a grommet header.
Refurb Roku 3 1080p Wireless Streaming Media Player for $71 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the refurbished Roku 3 1080p Wireless Streaming Media Player, model no. 4200R, for $70.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $10, although we saw it for a buck less two weeks ago. (It's also $28 under the best price we could now for a new unit.) Roku 3 streams 1080p HD content from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Pandora, Flickr, and other media apps. It features Ethernet connectivity, 802.11n dual-band wireless, a microSD card slot, USB port, motion-sensing remote control (compatible with games), and HDMI. Deal ends today.
A 90-day warranty is supplied, but it's unclear who backs it. Also, note that this item has an estimated shipping time of two to three weeks.
Refurb 3rd-Gen Apple iPad 32GB WiFi 10" Tablet for $300 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished 3rd-generation Apple iPad 32GB WiFi 9.7" Tablet in Black, model no. MC706LL/A, or White, model no. MD329LL/A, for $299.95 with free shipping. That's $91 under our refurb mention from three weeks ago the best price we've seen for a 3rd-gen 32GB iPad with Retina display. (It's a current low for a refurb by $80.) It weighs 1.44 lbs., and features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, A5x dual-core processor with quad-core graphics, 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, front FaceTime camera, voice dictation, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 5. Deal ends today.
Note: A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
Computer Accessories at DealGenius from $5 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, DealGenius offers a selection of computer accessories, with prices from $5 as listed below. With free shipping on all orders, each is at least $2 and as much as $28 below the lowest total price we could find for such items elsewhere. Deal ends today. The deals:
Kinesis K3 Wind and Solar Mobile Charger for $25 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, THAT Daily Deal offers the Kinesis K3 Wind and Solar 4,000mAh Mobile Charger for $24.99 with free shipping. That's $14 under our mention from three days ago and the lowest total price we could find by $6. It features a solar panel, wind turbine, 4,000mAh rechargeable battery, USB in/out charging port, LED charge status lights, and A/C charging adapter. Deal ends today.
Refurb HP ENVY Haswell i7 Quad 16" Touch Laptop for $650 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, 1Sale offers the refurbished, 5.7-lb. HP ENVY TouchSmart Intel Haswell Core i7 15.6" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Laptop, model no. J063CL, for $649.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $40 and the best price we've seen for an ENVY touchsmart with 12GB RAM. Features include an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, HDMI, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. (It doesn't have an optical drive.) Deal ends today.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it. Also, note that this item has an estimated shipping time of one to two weeks.
Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6Gbps SSD for $119 + free shipping, 480GB for $236
NothingButSoftware offers the Crucial M500 240GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD, model no. CT240M500SSD1, for $125.67. Coupon code "5PWINTER" cuts it to $119.39. With free shipping, that's $2 under last month's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $6. It features read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds up to 250MB/s.
Nothing But Software also offers the Crucial M500 480GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD, model no. CT480M500SSD1, for $248.14 before the above coupon, $235.73 after. With free shipping, that's $15 under our mention from two days ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current price low by $15.) It features read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 400MB/s.
Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard for $16 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard in Glossy Black, model no. 920-004088, for $15.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $5, although we saw it for $6 less during Black Friday week. It features six 1-touch hotkeys, 12 programmable F-keys, and a USB receiver.
Expect this item to take one to two weeks to ship.
Insignia 19" 720p LED LCD HDTV, cleaning kit for $100 + free shipping
Best Buy offers the Insignia 18.5" 720p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. NS-19E310A13, bundled with Monster Digital Life ScreenClean Cleaning Kit, model no. DL CLNKIT, for $99.99 with free shipping. (The cleaning kit will automatically be added to your cart.) That's $37 off list price and the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it for $10 less (without the cleaning kit) in February. It features a 1366x768 native resolution, edge-lit LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs.
Sony NEX-7 24MP Camera Bundle for $951 + free shipping
B&H Photo-Video offers the Sony Alpha NEX-7 24.3-Megapixel Digital SLR-Like Camera in Black with a Sony 18-55mm Lens, extra battery and charger, camera case, and UV filter for $950.51 with free shipping. That's $12 below the lowest total price we could find for these items elsewhere, excluding the case. The camera features a 3" tiltable LCD, anti-dust function, auto focus, 1080p movie mode, HDMI port, USB connectivity, Memory Stick Pro Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, and 3D sweep panorama mode.