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 27, 2014
Toshiba Intel Dual Core 2.16GHz 16" Laptop for $200 + free shipping
Toshiba via eBay offers the Toshiba C55-B5299 Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 15.6" Laptop, model no. PSCMLU-02801M, for $199.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $50 and the best shipped price we've seen. (It was $3 less via pickup at Fry's three weeks ago.) Features include an Intel Bay Trail Celeron N2830 2.16GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 500GB SATA, 802.11n wireless, webcam, and Windows 8.1 with Bing.
Refurb Vizio 32" 720p E-Series LED LCD Smart TV for $180 + free shipping
Divvy Electronics via eBay offers the factory-refurbished Vizio 32" 720p E-Series LED LCD Smart TV, model no. E320i-B0, for $179.99 with free shipping. That's $10 under the lowest total price we could find for a refurb elsewhere and $70 under the best price for a new unit. It features a 720p resolution, LED backlight, WiFi, Vizio Internet Apps (including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more), USB, and two HDMI inputs. A 90-day Vizio warranty applies.
Used Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7" 8GB Android Tablet for $100 + $5 s&h
As one of its daily deals, CowBoom offers the used Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8GB 7" Android Tablet in Black, model no. SM-T210RMKYXAR, for $99.99 plus $5 for shipping. That's the best price we've seen for this tablet and $30 under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 8GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3-megapixel rear camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and Google Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean). A 90-day Samsung warranty applies. Deal ends today.
No warranty information is provided, and this item may have minor scratches and/or be missing accessories.
Refurb Kyocera Hydro Prepaid Android Phone for $13 + free shipping
Boost Mobile offers the refurbished Kyocera Hydro Waterproof 3G Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile in Black, model no. C5170, for $14.99. Coupon code "CPORMN10" cuts it to $13.49. With free shipping, that's $2 under last week's mention and $16 under the lowest total price we could find for a new unit elsewhere. (However, we saw it new for $4 less in March.) This phone is purported to be waterproof in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes and features a 3.5" HVGA IPS touchscreen, 1GHz single-core processor, microSD card slot (2GB microSD card included), 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Note: Although Boost Mobile describes this phone as having a dual-core processor, it is actually a single-core CPU. No warranty is provided, but Boost Mobile does offer a 14-day satisfaction guarantee.
Storebound Dash Citrus Press for $17 + free shipping
NeweggFlash offers the Storebound Dash Citrus Press for $16.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $6. It features a stainless steel design and automatic on/off function.
Refurb Toshiba i7 Dual 16" 1080p Touch Laptop for $525 + free shipping
Toshiba via eBay offers the factory-refurbished 5.3-lb. Toshiba P55T-A5118 Satellite Intel Haswell Core i7 1.8GHz 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop, model no. PSPMJU-07102JB, for $524.54 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from three days ago, since expired, as the lowest total price we've seen for any Toshiba i7 1080p touchscreen laptop. It features an Intel Haswell Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, media card reader, USB 3.0, 4-cell battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. A 90-day Toshiba warranty applies.
Intel Pentium G21320 3.2GHz LGA 1155 Processor for $33 + pickup at Fry's
For in-store pickup only, Fry's Electronics offers the the Intel Pentium G21320 3.2GHz LGA 1155 Processor, model no. BX80637G2130, for $33. That's $14 below our mention from last month and the lowest price we've seen for this processor. (It's also a current price low for a shipped unit by $32.) It features dual cores and integrated graphics. Deal ends August 28.
Refurb Unlocked LG G2 32GB 4G Android Phone for $240 + free shipping
QualityCellz via eBay offers the refurbished Unlocked LG G2 D800 4G Android Smartphone in Black for $239.99 with free shipping. That's $268 under our February mention of a new model and the lowest total price we've seen for this unlocked phone. (It's also $157 below the best price we could find for a new one.) It features a 5.2" 1920x1080 (1080p) HD IPS touchscreen, Snapdragon 2.26GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1080p video capture, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n wireless, microUSB 3.0, and Google Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
Note: No warranty information is provided.
Refurbished Acer Iconia 16GB 7" Android Tablet for $75 + free shipping
Brown-Box via eBay offers the refurbished Acer Iconia 16GB 7" Android Tablet in White or Red, model no. B1-710, for $74.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from a month ago and $25 under the lowest total price we could find for a new model today. It features a MediaTek MT8317T 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1024x600 7" display, 1GB RAM, 16GB of flash storage, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, USB, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
A 90-day warranty is included, although it's unclear who supports it.
HP ProDesk 405 AMD Dual Core 1.4GHz PC for $400 + free shipping
ANTOnline offers the HP ProDesk 405 AMD E1-2500 1.4GHz Dual Desktop PC (no monitor), model no. E3U26UT#ABA, for $399.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $7. It features an AMD E1-2500 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD burner, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (with Windows 8.1 Pro license). Deal ends August 29.