Best Deals on Gadgets Now
Don't spend a fortune on laptops, tablets, televisions and smart watches.
Everyone loves a bargain. But sometimes you simply don't have the time to scout out the best deals. That's where we come in. Louis Ramirez, of DealNews.com, shares his advice for scoring deals on gadgets this summer.
Look for back-to-school bargains in late July and August. You should be able to find 15-inch laptops from Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba carrying Intel’s Haswell processor for $360 to $400. Recently, for example, the 15.6-inch Lenovo G50-80 Signature Edition laptop, with 6 gigabytes of memory and a 500GB hard drive, sold for $399 at MicrosoftStore.com. Laptops with the current-generation Broadwell processor, which boasts a longer battery life, run about $100 more.
Don’t pay full price for the iPad Air 2 ($499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model). You can often find it for $100 off through retailers such as Best Buy and Micro Center. Or shop eBay; seller Blutek recently sold the 16GB Wi-Fi model for $400 with free shipping. And watch for 24-hour sales from Amazon on its tablets. The Amazon Fire HD 7 8GB Wi-Fi tablet in black was recently $79 (normally $139).
You’ll find the best deals on TVs at the end of the year. But if you want to buy now, look for a 42-inch or 55-inch set. You should be able to find a 42-inch model from a brand-name manufacturer such as Sharp or LG for about $300. The Sharp LC-42LB261U LED HDTV has dropped to $300 (regularly $400) at least once a month since November, says Ramirez. Prices on LG, Sharp and Samsung 55-inch TVs sometimes dip to $500. The LG LB5900 LED HDTV recently sold for $500 (regularly $680) at Micro Center.
Don’t expect deals on the Apple Watch until at least November. But competitors may cut prices in the meantime. Recently, Motorola slashed the starting price on the Moto 360 from $250 to $180. Watch the Google Store for more price cuts.