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 22, 2014
Refurbished SanDisk 16GB Ultra Class 10 SDHC Card for $6 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished SanDisk 16GB Ultra SDHC Class 10 UHS-I Secure Digital High-Capacity Card, model no. SDSDU-016G-A11, for $5.99 with free shipping. That's $2 under our August mention of a refurb and the lowest total price we've seen for this card. (It's $9 below the best price for a new one.) It features read speeds of up to 30MB/s. Deal ends today.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
Samsung 1,000W 1.8-Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave for $150 + free shipping
As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the Samsung 1.8-Cubic-Foot Over-the-Range Microwave in Black, model no. ME18H704SFB, for $149.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $146. This 1,000-watt microwave features 10 power levels, clean filter, a 4-speed fan, and glass turntable. Deal ends today.
Binatone Skype Starter Kit w/ 3-Month Subscription for $8 + free shipping
Today only, until 11 am ET, AltaTac via eBay offers the Binatone Skype Starter Kit in White or Blue for $7.99 with free shipping. That's a buck under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $7. It includes a 3-month Skype Unlimited subscription card, 720p HD webcam, stereo headset, and y-cable splitter.
Vistaprint: Up to 40% off sitewide + free shipping w/ $50
Today only, Vistaprint cuts up to 40% off sitewide via coupon code "SALE40". Shipping starts at around $5. That beats our mention of 33% off from two weeks ago and, for items that receive 40% off, it's the best discount we've seen at Vistaprint since February. Choose from custom T-shirts, business cards, calendars, tote bags, banners, and more.
Concept Green 2000mah Portable Battery Charger for $7 + free shipping
AltaTac via eBay offers the Concept Green 2000mah Portable Battery Charger, model no. CG2000, in Red or Silver, model no. CG2000, for $6.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $10. It includes a 30-pin dock connector adapter, micro USB adapter, mini USB adapter, and drawstring bag.
Refurb Nikon D610 24MP DSLR Camera Body for $1,349 + free shipping
BuyDig offers the refurbished Nikon D610 24.3-Megapixel DSLR Camera (body only), in Black, model no. 1540, for $1,349 with free shipping. That's $126 under our July mention and the lowest total price we could find by $200. Features include 1080p video recording, WiFi, pop-up flash, and scene recognition.
A 90-day warranty applies, but it's unclear who backs it.
Apple Smart Cover for iPad mini for $17 + pickup at Best Buy
Best Buy offers the Apple Smart Cover for iPad mini in Dark Gray, Light Gray, or Pink for $16.99. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $3.99 shipping fee. That's $3 under the best shipped price we could find for any color elsewhere, although in March we saw it for $3 less. It features magnetic closure, auto-sleep/auto-wake, and can be folded into a stand.
Tablets at eBay: Up to 89% off, deals from $30 + free shipping
eBay takes up to 89% off select tablets, with prices starting from $29.99. (Although the banner says up to 60% off, we saw deeper discounts within.) Plus, these items bag free shipping. A couple best bets, with comparisons to new models:
- Refurbished Lenovo IdeaTab A1000L 7" 16GB Android Tablet for $69.99 (low of $16)
- refurbished BlackBerry PlayBook 7" 32GB WiFi Tablet for $72.99 (pictured, low of $62)
Note that it's not clear in all cases whether or not these tablets include a warranty.
Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From the Best for $30
StackSocial offers downloads of Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From the Best for $29.99. That's $213 off and the lowest price we could find. This bundle allows lifetime access to over 200 lectures, including Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course, EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, and The Art of Black & White Photography. Deal ends November 5.
Apple iMac i5 Quad 27" Retina 5K Desktop w/ AppleCare for $2,551 + $26 s&h
ExperCom offers the newly released Apple iMac Intel Core i5 3.5GHz 27" Retina 5K Desktop, model no. MF886LL/A, with three years of AppleCare for $2,551.22 plus $25.50 for shipping. That's $91 under Apple's current price for the same duo. Features include an Intel Core i5 3.5GHz quad-core processor, 27" 5120x2880 LED-backlit Retina display, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion drive, AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB graphics card, 802.11ac wireless, and OS X Yosemite.