Lenovo IdeaPad Y450, $629
This 14-inch, all-purpose laptop weighs 4.6 pounds and is built around a 2GHz Core Duo processor, 4GB of memory, and a 320GB hard drive. Billed as a multimedia machine, this IdeaPad's striking screen and wide variety of ports and communication options make it a great choice for daily use.
Seagate FreeAgent Go 880GB, $120
Head over to FRYS.com for a deal on serious storage--the Seagate FreeAgent Go 880GB for just $120. We tested the 500GB (which retails for the same price) and 1TB versions, and they both made our Top 10 Portable Hard Drives list.
The stylish and sleek FreeAgent Go can also be accessed cable-free with an optional desktop docking station (sold separately).
Pentax Optio P70, $100
Over at Buy.com, you can find the white Pentax Optio P70 for $100 with free shipping (it typically retails above $130). Appealing features of this slim point-and-shoot (only 0.8-inch thick) include HD video capture, practical controls, and face recognition.
The 12-megapixel camera performed consistently and earned a score of Fair on our image quality tests. It also has a Smile Capture mode that releases the shutter only when your subjects smile, and a Vertical Snap mode that mimics a cell-phone camera for one-handed shots.
Nokia N900 Unlocked Smartphone, $479
The unlocked Nokia N900 typically retails for $600, but drops to $479 with coupon code "8Q3R8HBT5HNWMD" at Dell.com (for a savings of $121). Though it's a bit larger than most smartphones and may be trickier to navigate, we recommend the N900 for anyone whose primary need is a quick and powerful browsing experience.
Featuring a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard, it supports a wide variety of music and video formats. With 32GB of storage space, this smartphone should take care of all your multimedia needs except MMS photo and video messaging, which (oddly) it does not support.
The N900 also includes a PDF reader, Nokia maps, optional photo editing software, and an outstanding 5-megapixel camera. Alas, Nokia's Ovi apps store comes nowhere near Apple's and likely never will.
Shure SE115 Sound Isolating Earphones, $61
Amazon has Shure's SE115 Sound Isolating Earphones marked down to just $61 (they normally retail for around $100). We reviewed them in our roundup of in-ear-canal headphones and delighted in their sound quality, construction, and multitude of options for eartips and cable length.
A headphones upgrade is easily the most effective way of improving sound quality, and Shure--which has been making audio products since 1925--is an excellent bet.
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