Best tech deals
Laptops under $500: Asus VivoBook X202E DH31T
Holiday shopping calls for some high-tech essentials at prices everyone can afford. Read on for the best laptop deals, bargain tablets, all-in-one printers and cool accessories. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Asus VivoBook X202E DH31T
Critics and users praise this 11-inch ultraportable for its bang-to-bucks ratio: The Asus VivoBook is generally considered the best touch-screen laptop for less than $500. Along with that cool interface you get a sleek, mostly metal chassis with a 500-gigabyte hard drive and a Core i3 processor, and all at an easily transportable 2.9 pounds.
Laptops under $500: Dell Inspiron 17-3721
Bing | Dell Inspiron 17-3721
With a big, bold, 17-inch screen and impressive processing speeds, this is one of the top picks for a desktop replacement laptop in the sub-$500 range. Dell kits out its Inspiron with a full-sized “springy” keyboard, a Core i3 processor and a multitouch track pad that reviewers love – not always the case at this price.
Laptops under $500: HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15.6
Bing | HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15.6
This dual-core laptop with a 640GB hard drive garners an impressive “Highly Rated” tag from aggregator site Decide.com, based on tech reviewers and owners ratings and reviews. The large screen is housed in a relatively lightweight body of less than 5 pounds, meaning this midsized laptop travels well.
Tablets under $300: Google Nexus 7 FHD
Bing | Google Nexus 7 FHD
Just released, the newest Nexus is the most talked-about tablet on the market. The buzz? It surpasses the current iPad Mini and is hands-down the best Android tablet available. A 7-inch screen offers super-crisp high-definition visuals, while a lengthy battery life keeps the applications rolling, and a surprisingly low price sweetens the deal.
Tablets under $300: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Bing | Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
At less than $200, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is considered one of the top tablet deals around, and with specs like these, who can argue? Android 4.0 fuels the fun, front and rear cameras add versatility, a microSD card slot expands memory, and a clever app allows it to act as a remote control for your TV.
Tablets under $300: Wacom Bamboo CTH470
Bing | Wacom Bamboo CTH470
A real bargain for the holiday, this sub-$70 tablet is perfect for note taking, photo editing and even high-tech painting and drawing via its pressure-sensitive pen interface. Wacom loads the Bamboo with Photoshop Elements, AutoDesk Sketchbook Express and other helpful writing and drawing software.
Printers under $100: HP Deskjet e-All-in-One
Bing | HP Deskjet e-All-in-One
One of the best all-in-one printer bargains offers shoppers everything they’ll need for printing crisp inkjet papers and photos, making copies and scanning documents. A wireless interface means all of this can be done via a smartphone app if desired, and the connection can be shared among roommates.
Printers under $100: Brother HL-2270DW
Bing | Brother HL-2270DW
Cnet calls this Brother model the “best laser printer under $100,” while Decide.com scores it a very impressive 88 out of 100. With a speedy print rate, a durable build, wireless capabilities and a high-volume output capacity, this printer will be reliable for years.
Printers under $100: Canon Pixma MG5420
Bing | Canon Pixma MG5420
For a budget-friendly $75 or so, Canon offers a sleek little five-color ink system photo printer (9,600-by-2,400 maximum dpi) that also handles text printing, scanning and copying, so it can easily serve as an all-in-one machine. The relatively small footprint means an easy fit in cramped spaces.
Tech accessories under $50: Roku LT media streamer
Bing | Roku LT media streamer
Google’s Chromecast may be getting all the current hype, but it offers only four apps for streaming, and it’s sold out at its original $35 price and back-ordered for months. Right now, and for only about $15 more, the Roku LT streams scads of services that Chromecast doesn’t, including Amazon Instant, Spotify and HBO Go.