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 31, 2014
Westinghouse 2100W Digital Inverter Generator for $499 + free shipping
Home Depot offers the Westinghouse 2100-watt Digital Inverter Generator, model no. WH2000i, for $499 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $100. Features include a Westinghouse four-stroke 79cc OHV engine, low oil shutdown, and color coded touch points. It will run up to a purported 13 hours at a 50% load.
Lenovo Haswell Xeon Quad 3.2GHz Server for $330 + free shipping
Newegg via eBay offers the Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Intel Haswell Xeon 3.2GHz Tower Server, model no. 70A4001LUX, for $329.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $60, although we saw it for $32 less last month. It features an Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz Haswell quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, four 3.5" drive bays, and Gigabit Ethernet. (No hard drive is included.)
Zotac ZBOX Sphere Haswell i5 1.6GHz Mini Desktop PC for $361 + free shipping
NothingButSoftware offers the Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520-U Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz Mini Desktop PC (no monitor) for $361.36 with free shipping. ) That's the lowest total price we could find by $45. Features include an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz Haswell dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, and HDMI.
Note: This system doesn't include an operating system.
Refurbished Motorola Moto G 8GB Boost Android Phone for $70 + free shipping
Boost Mobile offers the refurbished Motorola Moto G 8GB No Contract Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile, model no. MOT1031ABB, for $69.99 with free shipping. That's $5 under last month's mention of a new phone and the best price we've seen. (It's currently $5 below the lowest total price we could find for a new phone.) It features a 4.5" 720x1280 Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, GPS, and Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Note, this phone doesn't come with a warranty, but it does come with a 14-day satisfaction guarantee.
Refurb ASUS 10" 32GB Android Tablet for $160 + free shipping
A4C offers the refurbished ASUS Transformer Infinity 10.1" 32GB Android Tablet in Dark Purple, model no. TF700T, for $169.95. Coupon code "DEAL10" cuts it to $159.95. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $42, although we saw a refurb for $48 less via rebate three weeks ago. (It's also $190 under the best price we could find for a new one. We saw a new one at this price a week ago.) It features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1920x1200 LCD, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, NVIDIA ULP GeForce graphics, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, rear LED flash, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, HDMI, GPS, and Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Deal ends August 4.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
Refurb FreedomPop Wireless 4G LTE 803S Hotspot for $60 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the refurbished FreedomPop Wireless 4G LTE 803S Hotspot, model no. SRA-AC803SR, for $59.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $40. It provides WiFi for up to eight devices and includes 500MB of free service each month. It also includes a 1-month Premier service trial. Normally $9.99 per month, Premier lets you rollover your 500GB monthly data up to 20GB total.
A 1-year warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Smartphone for Boost Mobile for $490 + free shipping
Boost Mobile offers the no-contract Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Smartphone for Boost Mobile in Space Gray, Silver, or Gold for $549.99. Coupon code "5SSURF60" cuts it to $489.99. With free shipping, that's $60 off and the lowest total price we could find for this no-contract Boost version. It features an Apple A7 processor, 4" 1136x640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture, True Tone flash, and 1080p video capture with 30 fps video shooting (120 fps shooting at 720p slow motion playback), 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID fingerprint reader built into the home button, M7 motion coprocessor, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual microphones. Deal ends July 31.
FIFA 14 for PC for $14
GameStop offers downloads of FIFA 14 for Windows for $13.99. That's $2 under our mention from four weeks ago and the lowest price we've seen. (It's a current low by $13.)
Refurb 1st-Gen Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi for $105 + free shipping
Today only, A4C offers the refurbished Apple iPad 1st-generation 32GB WiFi Tablet, model no. MB293LL/A, for $104.95 with free shipping, that's $15 under our May mention and the least expensive 32GB iPad we've seen. (It's also a current price low for a refurb by $25.) This 0.5"-thick tablet weighs 1.5 lbs. and features an Apple A4 1GHz processor, 9.7" 1024x768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
A 90-day All4Cellular replacement warranty applies for both models.
iPad mini 8" 16GB WiFi w/ Retina, $32 Rakuten Credit for $320 + free shipping
AltaTac via eBay offers the 2nd-generation Apple iPad mini 7.9" 16GB WiFi Tablet with Retina Display in Silver, model no. ME279LL/A, or Space Gray, model no. ME276LL/A, for $379.99. Coupon code "ALTATAC" cuts that to $319.99. Plus, apply coupon code "EXTRAREWARDS" to yield 3,200 Rakuten Super Points. (They convert to a $32 credit.) With free shipping, and assuming you use the credit, that's $42 under last week's mention and the lowest total price we've seen for this iPad new. (It's a current price low by $61.) It's 7.5mm thick, weighs 0.73 lbs., and features a 7.9" 2048x1536 LED-backlit IPS display and 10-hour battery life.