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
Apple 85W Magsafe Power Adapter for MacBook Pro for $50 + free shipping
MegaMacs offers the Apple 85-watt Magsafe Power Adapter for Apple MacBook Pro, model no. MC556LL/B, for $49.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under our May mention and the lowest total price we could find by $24. It's compatible with 15" and 17" MacBook Pro laptops. Deal ends July 16.
Note that the extended AC cord is not included. Only the AC wall adapter is provided.
Sony 50" 1080p 3D WiFi LED LCD Smart TV for $790 + free shipping ... or less
BuyDig via eBay offers the Sony 50" 120Hz 1080p 3D WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. KDL-50W800B, for $789.99 with free shipping. That's $108 below our April mention and the lowest total price we could find by $208 (outside of the price below). It comes with two pairs of 3D glasses and features a resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), Motionflow XR 480 (120Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning), edge-lit LED backlight, WiFi, access to the Sony Entertainment Network (with Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more), web browser, and four HDMI inputs. Deal ends July 21 at 5 am ET.
Note, if you don't mind paying with a certified check, money order, or wire transfer, East Coast TV offers it bundled with a Flat Screen TV Wall Mount for $759.50 using coupon code "PAYCHECK". (That coupon can only be used with those payment methods.) You can also opt to pay $795 without the coupon (and pay via any method) if you need the wall mount.
Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter for MacBook for $33 + free shipping
MegaMacs offers the Apple 60-watt MagSafe Power Adapter for MacBook, model no. MC461LL/A, for $32.99 with free shipping. That's $8 below our May mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $26.) It's meant for the MacBook and 13" MacBook Pro. Deal ends July 16.
Refurb Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 13" Laptop for $460 + $17 s&h
MegaMacs offers the refurbished 3-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop, model no. MB003LL/A, for $459.99 plus around $17 for shipping. That's tied with our mention from last winter as the best price we've seen for a 13" Apple MacBook Air with this CPU. It includes an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 13.3" 1280x800 LED-backlit display, 2GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, iSight webcam, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
A 30-day MegaMacs warranty applies.
HP Z24i 24" IPS LED LCD Display for $286 + free shipping
ANTOnline offers the HP Z24i 24" IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor, model no. D7P53A8#ABA, for $285.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $14, outside of the price below, although we saw it for $56 less via rebate in March. It features a native resolution of 1920x1200, LED backlight, four USB 2.0 ports, and DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA inputs. Deal ends July 16.
A close price: B&H Photo-Video charges $287.36 with free shipping.
Refurb ASUS 802.11n WiFi Gigabit Access Point / Bridge for $30 + free shipping
Newegg via eBay offers the refurbished ASUS Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Gigabit Ethernet 3-in-1 Access Point / Wireless Bridge / Range Extender, model no. EA-N66, for $29.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under our May refurb mention and the lowest total price we've seen for this model. (It's also a current price low for a refurb by $23 and for a new one by $45.) It features an orthogonal 3x3 antenna design.
Note: No warranty information is provided.
Sony 60" 120Hz 1080p 3D WiFi LED LCD Smart TV for $1,198 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the Sony 60" Motionflow XR 480 1080p 3D WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HD Television, model no. KDL-60W850B, for $2,299. Add it to your cart and it drops to $1,198. (You will be prompted to sign in to your account or create a free new account to see this offer.) With free shipping, that's $101 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we've ever seen for this model. (It's also a current price low by $102.) It includes two pairs of Sony Active 3D Glasses and features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, WiFi, USB, and four HDMI inputs.
LG G3 32GB 4G LTE Smartphone w/ $50 Best Buy GC for $100 + free shipping
With the activation of a new 2-year contract, Best Buy offers the LG G3 32GB GT LTE Android Smartphone for $99.99 with free shipping, as listed below. Plus, get a $50 Best Buy gift card for free when you fill out this upgrade form and activate the phone. (New customers get the credit automatically.) That's a very strong discount on this newly-released phone. This quad-band phone features a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5.5" 1440x2560 touchscreen display, 3GB RAM, 32GB flash memory, 4G LTE connectivity, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD slot, and Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). The deals, ending July 12, with price comparisons assuming you'll use the gift card:
Canon EOS M 18MP Mirrorless Camera w/ Lens for $250 + free shipping
6th Avenue Express via eBay offers the Canon EOS-M 18-Megapixel Mirrorless Camera with the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in Black, Red, or White, model no. 6609B074, for $249.99 with free shipping. That's $29 under our December mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's a current low by $119.) The camera features a 3" LCD, 1080p video recording, SDXC card slot, and USB connectivity.
RCA 50" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $399 + free shipping
Fry's Electronics offers the RCA 50" 1080p LED LCD HD Television, model no. LED50B45RQ, for $399 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from a month ago and the lowest total price we could find by $20. This HDTV features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, LED backlight, USB, and two HDMI inputs. Deal ends July 17.