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 21, 2014
Refurbished Ooma Telo VoIP Internet Home Phone for $80 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished Ooma Telo VoIP Phone System, model no. 100-0201-300R, for $79.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention of a refurb from a week ago as the best price we've seen without a required contract. (It's also $28 under the best price we could find for a new one elsewhere.) It offers unlimited calling to any number in the US via your broadband Internet connection. It features caller ID and a landline backup option. Deal ends October 22.
A 1-year warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
LG 49" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $399 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the LG 49" 1080p LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. 49LB5550, for $599. Add it to your cart and the price drops to $399 at final checkout. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for any 49" HDTV. (It's also a current price low by $150.) It features a native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs.
Refurb HP Split x2 Haswell i5 13" Convertible Laptop for $475 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished 4.3-lb. HP Split x2 13-g110dx Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3" Touchscreen Convertible Laptop for $475 with free shipping. That's $25 under our June mention and the lowest total price we could find today by $25. This convertible touchscreen laptop can be detached from the keyboard to function as a tablet. It features an Intel Core i5-4202Y 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, HDMI, media card reader, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. Deal ends October 23.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.
Refurb Nikon AW110 Camera w/ PhotoShop Lightroom 5 for $149 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the factory-refurbished Nikon Coolpix AW110 16-Megapixel Waterproof Digital Camera in Orange bundled with Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom 5 for Windows and Mac for $189. Coupon code "EXPEDITION" cuts it to $149. With free shipping, that's $10 under our Black Friday mention of this refurbished camera alone and $145 below the lowest total price we could find for these items separately elsewhere. The camera features include 5x optical zoom, 1080p video recording, WiFi, GPS, and HDMI. A 90-day Nikon warranty applies.
Refurbished Nikon Coolpix S6500 16MP WiFi Camera for $69 + free shipping
Cameta Camera offers the refurbished Nikon Coolpix S6500 16-Megapixel WiFi Digital Camera in Silver, model no. 26370, or Orange, model no. 26373, for $69 with free shipping. That's $11 under our June mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a price low for a refurb by $15.) The camera features a 12x optical zoom, 3" LCD display, 1080p video recording, and WiFi. A 1-year warranty applies, although it's unclear who supports it.
Note: It's also available in Red for a buck more.
HP Pavilion 15t Haswell Core i3 Dual 16" Laptop for $515 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office Store offers the 4.6-lb. HP Pavilion 15t Intel Haswell Core i3 1.7GHz 15.6" Laptop, model no. J8H38AV_1, for an in-cart price of $529.99. Coupon code "15HPDEALNEWS" cuts it to $514.99. With free shipping, that's a $75 savings and the lowest total price we've seen for the 15t with a Core i3 processor. Features include an Intel Core i3-4005U 1.7GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 6GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, webcam, 4-cell battery, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Deal ends October 25.
HP ENVY 17t Haswell i7 Quad 2.5GHz 17" Touch Laptop for $775 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office offers the 7-lb. HP ENVY 17t Intel Haswell Core i7 2.5GHz 17.3" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. J2R69AV_1, for an in-cart price of $799.99. Coupon code "PC599Q4" cuts it to $774.99. With free shipping, that's $35 under a similar mention from a month ago and the lowest total price we could find. Features include an Intel Haswell Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 17.3" 1600x900 touchscreen LCD, 12GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, webcam, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends October 25.
Apple MacBook Pro i5 13" Laptop w/ Retina for $1,149 + free shipping
Bluetek via eBay offers the 3.5-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.6GHz 13.3" Laptop with Retina Display, model no. MGX72LL/A, for $1,149 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $51. It features an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 2560x1600 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Iris graphics, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD camera, USB 3.0, HDMI output, and Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Noontec Hammo Over-Ear Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones for $67 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the Noontec Hammo Over-Ear Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones in Blue, model no. HAMMO-BLU; Black, model no. HAMMO-BLK; Red, model no. HAMMO-RED; or White, model no. HAMMO-WHT; for $89. Coupon code "PREBFDEAL" cuts any color to $67. With free shipping, that's a buck under our August mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current price low by $29.) They're compatible with most Apple, Android, and PC devices and feature a 5Hz to 30kHz frequency response.
Sony Lightning iPhone Clock Radio Speaker Dock for $32 + free shipping
iTech Deals offers the Sony Lightning iPhone Clock Radio Speaker Dock, model no. ICFCS15IPN, for $31.98 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $38. It features an 8-pin lightning connector, Mega Bass and Mega Xpand sound modes, dual alarms, and adjustable LCD. Deal ends today.