Your desktop has gotten rather long in the tooth. Yes, yes, it has. Sure, you've thought about upgrading to one of the sweet newer iMacs, but the price. Well, you can keep on limping along with slow processor speeds, or you can grab one of the many great and great-priced refurbs we've got going on this week. And if you need some cut-price gear, you've come to the right place.
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first of this year's fantastic Deals columns. We've got some refurb hits for you, plus some great pricing on fresh-out-of-the-box new Macs. And as always, the grooviest gear for your iOS devices at killer prices. So, dive in and see what kind of dough we're gonna save you this week.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s something of a health craze going on in technology. Ever since Nike married fitness and fashion in its stylish, LED-studded FuelBand, geeks everywhere want to be seen wearing gadgets that blink, flash, and measure their activity. They look great on our wrists, but clunky interfaces and faulty synching often spoil the experience, leaving us with little more than an expensive piece of high-tech jewelry.
The Smart Baby Monitor actually took longer to arrive than my baby did. Announced at CES in January 2011, it only started shipping at the end of February 2012, but it’s every bit the bundle of joy I hoped it would be. An Apple-esque marriage of form and function, Withings’ sleek design and tight iOS integration doesn’t just give parents peace of mind, it raises the bar for luxury iPhone accessories.
With the rising cost of health care in the U.S., it’s no surprise that a small cottage industry has popped up for gadgets that allow us to skip costly doctor visits and monitor our health from home. One of the more intriguing devices is the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, a $129 solution for tracking weight, fat/lean mass, BMI, heart rate, and blood pressure daily through an iOS device.