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.
Aug 21, 2014
Best Buy Mega Deals Sale: Over 250 items for $15 or less
Best Buy offers a selection of items for $15 or less as part of its Mega Deal Sale. Prices start at 99 cents. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge shipping fees, which start at $2.99. (You can spend over $35 for free shipping.) Shop for almost 300 items, including smartphone accessories, headphones, video games, and more.
AVG Anti-Virus 2014 5-User USB Drive for PC / Android for $50 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the AVG Internet Security & Mobile Antivirus 2014 5-User 5-Year Software USB Flash Drive for Windows / Android in Orange, Blue, or White for $49.99 with free shipping. That's $150 off list and the lowest total price we could find by. The flash drive comes preloaded with the antivirus software and includes app scanner, phone locator, camera trap, and remote wipe functions. Deal ends today.
Refurb Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10" 16GB Tablet for $160 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" 16GB Android Tablet in Silver, model no. SGH-I497, for $159.95 with free shipping. That's $10 under our mention of a refurb from last month and the lowest total price we've seen for this model. (It's also $290 under the best price we could find for a new one.) This 4G tablet features a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 (720p) LCD, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, 3-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). Deal ends today.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
SolidRun i4 Pro Quad-Core Android Platform for $120 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the SolidRun CuBox i4 Pro Android Platform, model no. CUBOX-I4PRO, for $119.99 with free shipping. That's $30 off and tied with our May mention as the lowest total price we could find. It features a quad-core processor at 1GHz per core, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, 1080p, power supply, Android OS, and SD card. Deal expires August 26.
HP Laptops, Desktops, and Displays at Arrow Direct: 30% off + extra 50% off
Arrow Direct takes an extra 50% off select HP laptops, desktops, and monitors, already marked 30% off, via coupon code "DNEWS50". Deals start from as low as $40.25 after coupon. Shipping starts at $8.99.
Acer Haswell i3 Dual 1.8GHz 16" Touch Laptop for $400 + free shipping
Adorama via eBay offers the 6-lb. Acer Aspire E5-571P-36LU Intel Core i3 1.8GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. NX.MMSAA.008, for $399.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $80. It features an Intel Core i3-4030 1.8GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, DVD burner, USB 3.0, HDMI, webcam, media card reader, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Acer 32GB WiFi Windows Tablet w/$75 Rakuten credit for $164 + free shipping
Rakuten offers the Acer Iconia 32GB WiFi Windows Tablet, model no. W4-820-Z3742G03aii, for $188.99. Apply coupon code "VC25" and check out via Visa Checkout to cut it to $163.99. Plus, apply coupon code "INTEL75" to bag 7,500 Rakuten Super Points, which convert to a $75 Rakuten Shopping credit. With free shipping and assuming you'll use the credit, that's the lowest total price we could find by $109. It features an Intel Atom 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 1280x800 8" multi-touch screen, 5-megapixel front-facing and 2-megapixel rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, microHDMI, microUSB, 802.11n wireless, and Windows 8 OS.
Monoprice 5.1 Speaker System, $27 Rakuten Credit for $180 + free shipping
Monoprice via Rakuten Shopping offers the Monoprice Premium 5.1-Channel Speaker System with Subwoofer, model no. 110565, for $179.99 with free shipping. Plus, apply coupon code "SUPER15" to yield 2,700 Rakuten Super Points. (They convert to a $27 credit.) Assuming you use the credit, that's $17 under our May mention and the lowest total price we've seen for this system. (It's also a current price low, after factoring in the credit, by $108.) The four satellite and the single center speakers each use a 3" mid-range driver and a 3/4" dome tweeter while the powered subwoofer features an 8" down-firing speaker and 200-watt amplifier.
HP ENVY Haswell i7 Quad 3.5GHz PC w/ 4GB GPU for $950 + free shipping
HP Home & Home Office offers its HP ENVY Phoenix 810qe Intel Haswell Core i7 3.5GHz Desktop PC, model no. G5B64AV#ABA, for $949.99 with free shipping. That's $150 off and the lowest total price we've seen for a HP ENVY desktop with a Core i7 processor and 4GB GPU. It features an Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 12GB RAM, 2TB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GB video, Bluetooth, media card reader, USB 3.0, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Refurb Mophie Helium Charging Case for iPhone 5/5s for $35 + free shipping
A4C offers the refurbished Mophie Juice Pack Helium 1,500mAh Charging Case for iPhone 5/5s in Gray for $34.95 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a new one by $29, although we saw it for $7 less in May. This 1,500mAh battery pack provides up to six hours of talk time or up to 7 hours on the Internet. Deal ends August 24.
A 90-day A4C waranty applies.