Tablet deals of the week: 2.21.14

If you've taken a look at our winter 2014 tablet buyer's guide, you now have a good idea of what slates you should be buying. With many purchases, price can be a sticking point, but thanks to our pricing tools, it doesn't have to be. We've compiled some of the best deals from over the past week -- including products from the buyer's guide, and a few older models you should also take a look at -- so you can add a new tablet to your tech arsenal without taking a serious hit to your wallet.

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Nexus 7 (2013)

Price: $200
Regular Price: $229
Engadget Score: 90
Buy: Newegg

Though it's not the most powerful small tablet, the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 still packs in a gorgeous screen, a fast processor, stock Android 4.4 and a rubberized casing that feels good in the hand. While its full retail price is still pretty affordable, today's deal for a refurbished model takes the 16GB version to a sweet spot of $200, the lowest it's been since November.

Nexus 7 (2012)

Price: $160
Regular Price: $199
Engadget Score: 88
Buy: Amazon

When we last looked at the original Nexus 7, it could be had for the low price of $170. If you passed on that deal, you'll be happy to know that the 32GB version can still be had for the even lower price of $160. If that $40 difference between the old and new is making a buying decision hard, take a look at a direct comparison of specs, scores and prices; you can even add other tablets from our database to the mix if you want to see how they stack up.

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch

Price: $200
Regular Price: $230
Engadget Score: 85
Buy: Best Buy

Another product from our buyer's guide that's getting a discount this week is the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, with Best Buy offering the 16GB version for $30 less than the folks at Amazon. If you value speed, the Kindle Fire HDX is a good buy (see how it compares to some other 7-inch tablets), but if you love the freedom that Android brings, you might want to look elsewhere -- with the HDX you're limited to Amazon's content ecosystem and support services.

iPad 2

Price: $299
Regular Price: $399
Engadget Score: 90
Buy: Target

The iPad Air might be the big thing right now, but it's worth noting that the iPad 2 is a great tablet that's still available from Apple for $100 less than the Air -- and it's even cheaper at other retailers. It's not featherweight like the iPad Air, but it does have the standard 10 hours of battery life and it runs iOS 7, so the iPad 2 can still run all the latest apps in the App Store.