Dell Studio XPS Laptop
Some days you're the hammer, and some days you're the nail. On the "nail" days, it would be nice to have a Dell Studio XPS laptop to help cushion the blows, especially if comes with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and a 16-inch screen. What's more, you can grab it at Best Buy for only $1100. There's nothing like saving some cash to help make those "nail" days easier. The configuration being sold is actually better than the Studio XPS version we reviewed, so you're getting even more for less.
Asus Eee Top 1602
You're feeling different today: a little bit tablet PC, a little bit desktop. Roll with it and get yourself an Asus Eee Top 1602, a slick all-in-one PC, for $458 from Zipzoomfly.com--not a bad price for a 15.6-inch touchscreen LCD monitor, 1GB memory, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 160GB hard drive, a built-in Webcam and mic, and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 graphics processor. Note that orders are nonrefundable and exchanges are allowed only for defective units, so read our Eee Top review before you commit.
Amazon Kindle 2
A wise man once said, "Money spent on books is never wasted." That wise man clearly never expected to pay close to $400 for a book-displaying device. We liked the Amazon Kindle 2 when it first launched at $360; now that Amazon has dropped the price by $60, the Kindle 2 holds even greater appeal. The Kindle 2 is slimmer than its predecessor, and offers a higher-quality E-Ink screen with 16 shades of gray, versus the 4 shades available on the original Kindle. This model is noticeably slimmer, at just 0.36 inch thin; and it weighs slightly less, at 10.2 ounces.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
If you're one of those people who end up spending more on vacation gear than on the vacation itself, you might want to take a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230, which packs 12.1 megapixels and a 4X zoom. Dell is selling the DSC-W230 for only $165, so this time you have no excuse to skimp on the rest of your travel planning.
Apple iPod Video 30GB (Fifth Generation)
So your Zune kicked the bucket. You've been resisting the whole iPod thing for years, and now you don't know where to start. Classic? Touch? How about an iPhone? Take a deep breath, relax, and get your feet wet with a white 30GB fifth-generation iPod Video. That's 30 gigs of media in a classy Apple case, available at Buy.com for only $100.
It's a reconditioned older model, so it doesn't have an Apple warranty; but with Buy.com's included 90-day warranty, you're good for the first three months. Think about it this way: Now you can walk around and pretend that you've been hot for the iPod since before Apple came out with those newfangled iPhone thingies.