The holiday season is closing in and time is running out for shoppers looking to send or receive gifts across the country in time for Christmas. Time may not be on your side, but the deals are. Here's a look at this week's best sales for all the computer geeks on your list. Whether they're looking for a tablet, laptop, or desktop we've found something for everyone. Take a look.
BEST BUY: GATEWAY DESKTOP, $450
Specs: 3.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-2120, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1 TB hard disk drive, multi-card reader, 2 x USB 3.0, 10 x USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/ n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Thoughts: This is a great buy for anyone looking for a lot of hard drive space and a ton of USB ports for all your peripherals. You get a keyboard and mouse included with the tower, but you'll have to supply your own monitor.
BEST BUY: Toshiba Thrive Tablet, $300
Specs: 10.1-inch display with 1280-by-800 resolution, 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, 8GB onboard storage, media card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC), 2 x USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 +HS, 2 megapixel front-facing webcam, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
Thoughts: You can save about $50-$70 by picking up Toshiba's Android-based tablet from Best Buy this week. The Thrive earned a pretty good rating from PCWorld's July review with 3.5 out of 5 stars. The device was praised for its sturdiness and plethora of external ports, but its heaviness and poor speakers brought down the device's high marks overall.
BEST BUY: Hewlett-Packard 15.6-inch Laptop, $400
Specs: 15.6-inch display with 1366-by-768 resolution, 1.4 GHz AMD quad-core A6-3400M processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, webcam, 3 x USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium
Thoughts: This would be a good entry-level laptop for anyone looking for something to take out on the road or for light use at home.
STAPLES: Dell Inspiron 620 Desktop PC, $500
Specs: 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-2310, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1 TB HDD, 8-in-1 card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Keyboard, mouse, no monitor, 16x DVD drive, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Thoughts: Another good desktop deal to take a look at this week with a great processor, and tons of RAM and hard drive space.
WALMART: Apple iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G Bundle, $600
Model: iPad 2
Specs: 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, 9.7-inch display with 1024-by-768 resolution, 16GB onboard storage, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-FI a/b/g/n, iOS 5
Thoughts: You can save $30 off Apple's list price for the iPad 2 with this online deal from Walmart. But Walmart's online bundles can be tricky so make sure you select the Ematic 3-in-1 Accessory Kit for iPad, iPhone or iPod to get the right price. You also get your choice of a Verizon or AT&T compatible device for your 3G service.
WALMART: Hewlett-Packard 17.3-inch Laptop, $399
Specs: 17.3-inch LED-backlit display, 1.65 GHz AMD dual-core E-450 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, webcam, 2-in-1 card reader, 3 x USB 2.0, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Thoughts: The processor isn't much to get excited about, but the screen size, good amount of storage and RAM make this a great buy for the price.
AMAZON: HP 20-inch TouchSmart PC, $600
Specs: 20-inch LCD display with 1600-by-900 resolution, 2.9 GHz dual-core AMD Athlon II X2 245e processor, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1 TB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD drive, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Thoughts: Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system is expected in 2012. So get a jump on the trend by picking up this touchscreen all-in-one desktop.
AMAZON: Lenovo 15.6-inch Laptop, $460
Model: G570 43347PU
Specs: 15.6-inch display with 1366-by-768 resolution, 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-2330M, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, 4 x USB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Thoughts: This laptop is a little heavy at 5.7 pounds, but the Lenovo G570 has a good dual-core processor, respectable amount of RAM, and a fair amount of hard drive space for less than $500.
OFFICE DEPOT: Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet, $300
Specs: 10.1-inch display with 1280-by-800 resolution, 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 32GB onboard storage, microSD card reader, HDMI port, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Thoughts: Lenovo dropped the price on this tablet from $500 to $350 in November, but you can save another $50 by picking it up at Office Depot this week. PCWorld's review of the IdeaPad K1 gave this tablet 3.5 stars out of 5 for its stylish design and Lenovo's tweaks to the Android interface. But the tablet was criticized for its size and poor speakers.
OFFICE DEPOT: Toshiba Satellite 15.6-inch Laptop, $430
Specs: 15.6-inch display with 1366-by-768 resolution, 2.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-2310M, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 640GB HDD, 3 x USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Thoughts: This Toshiba L755 is similar in specs to the Lenovo G570 Amazon is selling this week and is $30 cheaper. Even better you'll get more storage, but you'll have to deal with a slightly slower processor.