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Today's hottest deals suit those looking for cheap back-to-school basics. You can prepare to move into the dorm with a Dell Inspiron laptop and a 22-inch LG HDTV for a total of $430. Join gdgt and add the gadgets you're shopping for to your "Want" list. Every time there's a price cut, you'll get an email alert!
Price: $279.99 (Next best comparable model is $343). Free shipping.
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Back-to-school computer shoppers who have procrastinated can reward themselves by snagging this cheap, capable Dell. Its Intel Celeron processor boasts a 2MB cache and a 1.5GHz processor speed, and its 4GB of DDR 3 memory is expandable to 8GB. The 320GB hard drive is on the smaller side, but a portable hard drive will knock out any of those concerns. In case you were wondering, the laptop does sport built-in WiFi and a webcam, as well as two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.
This slim, tiny HDTV is so adorable you'll feel like carrying it around in a backpack. Workable as a TV or computer monitor for those in tight living spaces, this crazy-cheap, 6.8-pound set rocks a full-HD display but only one measly HDMI port. There's also a component input and USB 2.0 connectivity. If cutting down on form factor and price are your highest priorities, this LG is an attractive option.
An iOS device for those who want the benefits of an iPhone without having to take calls on one, the latest iPod touch replicates the feel and functionality of Apple's latest handset. This model has a Retina display, Siri and a 5-megapixel camera. Reviewers gave the device a big, warm hug, blessing it with a 92 gdgt Score and a "Must-have" distinction.
Devotees of Samsung's Galaxy line looking for a tab that plays well with the rest of the apps in the ecosystem can take advantage of the Galaxy Tab 3's first price drop. Although we haven't calculated a gdgt Score yet, we've seen some critics knock the tablet for its scant upgrades over the Galaxy Tab 2. Writers have also dinged its battery life and clunky interface, so you might want some hands-on time with the device before taking the plunge. Register the tablet with Samsung and you can snag a $10 Google Play credit.
Nailing a 95 gdgt Score and "Must-have" status, Apple's mid-year refresh of its 13-inch MacBook Air is a no-brainer purchase for on-the-go types in need of a light, powerful laptop to knock out work at the coffee shop. While it lacks the Retina display of most other recent Apple products, its 12-hour battery life and blazing processor speed make it a slam dunk. This is the lowest price we've yet seen this MacBook Air.
Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Price: $19.99 (Regularly $32).
The co-op friendly sandbox shooter was one of the best-reviewed games of 2012, keeping players hooked with regular downloadable expansions, such as Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. The game's ribald sense of humor and penchant for chaotic mayhem may not appeal to all tastes, but its overpowering sense of fun and clever storytelling are solid hooks. If you're not a console player, the PC version is available for $15.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])
- Screen size 7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage, Memory card
- Camera (integrated) Yes
- Dimensions 4.82 x 7.63 x 0.42 in
- Weight 12.17 oz
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Apple iPod touch 6th-gen
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