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Today's top deals are both laptops. For power users, specifically in creative fields, it's tough to top the Apple MacBook Pro. And those looking for a powerful, low-cost device to handle home entertainment needs should look at Gateway's 17-inch, quad-core beast. Hoping to keep track of price dips on the products you desire? 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!
Apple's 13-inch Pro deftly straddles the line between power and portability, notching a gdgt Score of 88. Sure, it may be lacking that awe-inspiring Retina display, but trust us, the standard 1,280 x 800 panel still looks pretty good. Plus, if you're an artist or creative professional, there are plenty of tools and apps for OS X at your disposal. Price drops on Macs are relatively rare and always pretty modest, so if you're waiting for a better deal on one, don't.
If you're looking for a laptop with a big HD screen and solid processor to handle your entertainment needs, this Gateway is an attractive option. Its AMD A6 quad-core CPU and 6GB of RAM are nice gets for this price, and the 4.5 hour battery life is pretty decent for a machine of this size. Obviously, 17-inch laptops aren't meant for frequent travelers, so we'd treat this as a home computer that you can move from room to room.
Everyone can use a high-capacity flash drive -- whether you're a student toting along documents, a photographer passing out your portfolio or a gamer installing Grand Theft Auto V on your Xbox. It's tough to find flash storage cheaper than this, plus it includes software tools for password-protecting files and backing them up online with 2GB of free cloud storage from YuuWaa.
Tech writers bill the compact 16-megapixel Coolpix as a worthy step up from your smartphone's tiny sensor and lack of optical zoom. Vibration-reduction technology helps improve the work of shaky shooters, and a back-illuminated sensor helps capture defined shots in darker environments. There's also built-in WiFi so you wont need to remove the SD card or reach for a cable to offload your photos.
If your wireless mouse needs start and end with accurate pointing and clicking, then you'll find value in this Logitech 325. There's no programmable macro buttons or misguided attempts at making pointing devices sexy here. Journalists and users alike praise its battery life (it can last 18 months on one AA battery), ambidextrous design and accuracy.
Far Cry 3
(Xbox 360, PS3)
Price: $20 (regularly $40). In-store pickup only.
The island-set head trip of a shooter wowed Joystiq, as well as most other reviewers, impressing with its sprawling open world and thrilling combat. You guide a sheltered rich kid stranded on a remote island, trying to liberate his captured friends as he transforms into a hardened survivalist and a one-man army. Although the online multiplayer feels half-baked, the solo campaign is one of the finest of this console generation.