gdgt's best deals for August 19: PlayStation Vita, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

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Today's hottest deals include a pair of products that received excellent gdgt scores. The PlayStation Vita has hit a new low price at Target (for now), while the Lenova IdeaPad Yoga has shed $250 off its MSRP. 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!


PlayStation Vita

Price: $199.99 (Regularly $250).
Buy: Target

Sony's latest handheld, which earned an 87 gdgt Score and "Must-have" honors, gets its steepest price cut yet. The system is particularly worth the plunge for PlayStation 3 owners, who can download portable copies of many first-party games, and even transfer saves between the two systems. An array of buttons and two thumb sticks, combined with front and back touchscreens, let the Vita handle a wide range of genres and make smartphone games seem limited by comparison. This is a system for serious, discerning on-the-go gamers. To avoid shipping fees, opt for in-store pickup.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13-inch

Price: $799.99 (Regularly $1,100). Free shipping.
Buy: Office Depot

Lenovo's Windows 8-equipped rock star is one of the better devices that switches between tablet and laptop functionality, earning an 83 gdgt Score. Although some critics complained about its bulkiness, its 360-degree keyboard hinges are remarkably useful, allow it to be set up in "tent mode" for video watching. The Yoga is a savvy buy for anyone who wants something with the convenience and intimacy of a tablet that can also handle the gritty workload expected of a laptop, sacrificing little for either function.

ZAGGkeys PROfolio

ZAGGkeys PROfolio+

Price: $97.90 (Regularly $130). Free shipping/Prime.
Buy: Amazon

If you've always secretly wished your iPad were a laptop, this pricey but efficient keyboard cover attachment is what you're looking for. Backlit keys make it easy to work in the dark, and the padded cover adds a level of sturdiness to protect your investment. The PROfolio+ makes sense for business travelers who would rather leave their laptops at home, as well as students who actually pay attention in class and want to tap out notes quickly enough to keep pace with lectures.

Brother Wireless All-in-One

Brother Wireless All-in-One Printer

Price: $49.99 (Regularly $100, next best is $65). Free shipping.
Buy: Best Buy

A low-cost option to handle your printing, scanning and copying needs, this Brother has impressed Best Buy customers, earning a 4.4 star (out of 5) rating in its reviews so far. Users praised its easy setup, unintimidating interface and quick printing speed. Students or home office workers looking to fill a need without risking much green would do well to become this Brother's keeper.

Western Digital My Passport

Western Digital My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

Price: $64.99 (Regularly $80). Free shipping.
Buy: Best Buy

This petite, plug-and-play hard drive impressed reviewers enough to rate a gdgt Score of 83, earning praise for its file transfer speed. An ideal pick-up for photographers or business folk who do a lot of traveling and need to cut down on clutter, the My Passport can also work well for desktop computer users who don't have an extra wall outlet to spare for an external drive.

Halo 4

Halo 4 (Xbox 360)

Price: $27.98 (Regularly $40). Free shipping/Prime.
Buy: Amazon

This shooter, which got a rare five-star rave from Joystiq, started at $60 and held that price for months. It's finally dropped below the reduced $40 MSRP it's hovered at recently. Developer 343 Industries took over the reins from series progenitor Bungie without losing a step, creating perhaps the most emotional and well-written tale in the saga yet. With no new Halo game set for release until the end of next year at the earliest, this entry is where all the online multiplayer action in the franchise will be raging for quite some time.