Deals of the Week

We found great bargains this week, including an LG Blu-ray player and a Toshiba 55-inch HDTV.

LG BD270 Blu-ray Player, $98

Pricewise, the time is right to upgrade to Blu-ray technology if you haven't already. Newegg has the LG BD270 Blu-ray player on sale for $130. Enter the coupon code EMCYPPY69 at checkout to watch the deal drop an additional $32, down to $98.

This basic, one-disc changer Blu-ray player handles your old DVDs and CDs as well as Blu-ray discs. Be sure to use the HDMI output to get 1080p resolution, and take advantage of the USB port to turn the player into a multimedia center.

Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini 500GB, $90

OfficeMax has the 500GB Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini on sale for $90 (down from its regular price of $130). This durable, high-capacity drive connects only via USB. For alternatives, check out our roundup of 22 portable external hard drives.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 N450 Netbook and Sony Reader, $398

Traveling light for under $400 was once a joke. It still isn't easy to do without sacrificing quality, but Dell squeaks in under the mark by bundling together the impressive Sony Reader Pocket Edition e-book reader with the Inspiron Mini 10 N450 netbook for $379 (plus $19 shipping).

Dell's well-designed Mini 10 line recently got an upgrade to the new Intel Atom 450 processor (1.66GHz) and features a 10.1-inch screen and a 160GB hard drive. Sony's diminutive Pocket Edition e-reader is just 6.25 by 4.25 by 0.4 inches but doesn't sacrifice build quality or design (after the latest price break, it would retail separately for $170). Intuitive controls and support for ePub books make it an attractive option for anyone seeking a straightforward, on-the-go e-book reader.

Magellan RoadMate 1445T, $130

The Magellan RoadMate 1445T is on sale through the Dell Home store for $130--that's $30 off from the usual $160 price tag.

Though we haven't reviewed this specific device, we've found that other Magellan products feature logically laid-out maps, an expedient One Touch function, and plenty of points-of-interest (POI) information (the RoadMate 1700, for example, is currently third on our Top 5 GPS Devices chart). Not sure what you want from a GPS unit? See "How to Buy a GPS Device" for shopping tips.

Toshiba 55SV670U HDTV, $1575

The Toshiba 55SV670U LCD TV made our list of HDTVs with new and intriguing technology for its addition of LED backlighting (which makes it an even worthier competitor to plasma sets). Backlighting amps the contrast ratio to 2,000,000-to-1. This 55-inch, LED-backlit LCD set normally costs between $1800 and $2500, but you can snap one up at Beach Camera for $1575 with free shipping. The 55SV670U has DivX video support, too.