From the Toys Section:
Who bought you your first Apple product? For a lot of us it was dear ol’ dad. This year, give the fathers in your life what they really want….some great new gadgets. We’ll be updating this section as the week goes on but you can always check the latest toys here.
The iPhone launch is so close to Father’s day, you’d think Apple was trying to tell us something. Get dad an iPhone from Best buy for as low as $79 (don’t worry, he’s old enough to pay the monthly charges). That price is for the refurbished 3G 8GB. Best Buy will be selling the full range of iPhones including the new iPhone 3G S. Also, don’t forget a case.
iPhone in the car:
Amazon.com offers three Kensington iPhone and iPod car mounts for $14.99 each. This $10 mail-in rebate drops them to $4.99. With $5.58 for shipping, or free shipping on orders over $25, all are at least $5 less than the best total price we could find elsewhere. Rebate ends June 20. The deals, after rebate:
- Kensington Dash Car Mount (pictured), model no. K33446US, for $4.99
- Kensington Windshield Car Mount, model no. K33412US, for $4.99
- Kensington Power Port Car Mount, model no. K33447US, for $4.99
Unibody MacBook (with full speed SATA 2 connector!):
The Apple Store has stock of two factory-refurbished unibody MacBook notebooks in its Special Deals section. (Click on MacBook in the left sidebar to find them.) Each is at least $150 off and the lowest total price we’ve seen for these models. Each comes with a 1-year Apple warranty, the same as new Macs. Sales tax is added where applicable. Items are removed from Apple’s site when they sell out. The systems, each with free shipping:
- Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2GHz 13.3" Laptop for $949
- Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 13.3" Laptop with 128GB SSD for $1,449
- Or grab the new Pros for a few bucks off at Amazon.
If your dad is a big reader, introduce him to the world of eBooks and eMagazines on the Kindle. The newer 6 inch size is $359 while the bigger 10-inch display Kindle DX is $489. Don’t forget the accessories like leather cover or travel package.
The Flip camcoder
- Simple to use, pocket-sized camcorder with one-touch recording and digital zoom
- Holds 30 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 1GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required
- Convenient USB arm plugs directly into your computer for easy viewing and sharing
- Built-in software lets you easily e-mail videos, upload to YouTube and AOL, and capture still photos from video
- Watch videos instantly on TV with included cable
- 40-inch LCD HDTV with full HD 1080p resolution for the sharpest picture possible and red Touch of Color design
- Auto Motion Plus 120Hz for amazingly fluid motion, 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 4ms response time, Wide Color Enhancer 3 for more vivid colors
- InfoLink RSS feeds of news, weather and sports via Ethernet; ; side-mounted USB port for displaying JPEG/MPEG files and listening to MP3 audio
- Inputs: 4 HDMI-CEC, 2 component, 2 composite, 1 PC, 2 USB, 1 Ethernet, 1 optical digital audio output
- Includes removable stand; measures 39.2 x 27.8 x 10.3 inches with stand
- Pair of all weather speakers with mounting brackets
- 4.5-inch long-throw polymer cone driver with butyl rubber suspension
- Built-in bracket allows multiple mounting options and full 90-degree rotation
- Handles up to 80 watts per channel
- Gold plated 5-way binding post speaker-level inputs
Speakers from Cambridge SoundWorks:
As part of its its ongoing Fathers Day Sale, Cambridge SoundWorks continues to cut 25% off select speakers and multimedia systems via coupon "DAD25". That’s the best sale we’ve seen from this merchant since February. Shipping starts at $4.95, but is free on orders of $75 or more. Deal ends June 21. Some best bets, with prices after coupon:
- Cambridge SoundWorks Newton Series II MC55 for $22.49 (search for "53CW0025AA001")
- Cambridge SoundWorks Computer Speakers for $74.99 (search for "1100001246")
- Cambridge SoundWorks Newton Series II MC155 for $89.99 (search for "53CW0035AA002")
- Cambridge SoundWorks MicroWorks II Amplified Speaker System for $149.99 (pictured, search for "53CW0230AA002")
- see all items in the Fathers Day Sale (click the graphic in the middle)
MobileMe Family Pack for $80
Purplus offers Apple’s MobileMe Family Pack, model no. MB825Z-A, for $79.95 with free shipping. (Apple charges $149.) That’s $2 under our May mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen. This includes a single MobileMe subscription with four family member accounts. Each gets their own email address and iDisk with 5GB of online storage.
Father’s day is Sunday, you have 5 days left!