The week's best tablet deals kick off with a selection of Editors' Choice refurbished iPads with prices starting at $289. Not an iOS fan? We've also found deals on two budget Android tablets and a $190 Windows 8.1 tablet from Toshiba.
Refurbished Apple iPad Tablets
Store: Apple Store
Price: From $289 with free shipping
Lowest By: $60
Is It Worth It?: Finding iPad deals is easy if you know where to look, but if you don't mind owning last year's tech, the Apple Store offers some of the best prices on iPads via its refurb center. As part of its latest sale, it's discounted various refurbished iPads each of which is backed by Apple's rock-solid 1-year warranty. A best bet is the Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi + 3G for Verizon in White for $289, which is a $60 drop and the best price we've seen on this model.
Originally released in March 2011, the iPad 2 16GB WiFi + 3G for Verizon features a 9.7" 1024x768 display, an Apple A5 dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, a VGA-quality camera, 720p video capture, 802.11a/n wireless, and Bluetooth 2.1. Click here to see Apple's full selection of refurbished iPads.
Toshiba Encore WT8-A32 8" 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet with a $75 Rakuten Credit
Store: Dig Jungle via Rakuten
Price: $189.99 via coupon code "INTEL75" with free shipping
Lowest By: $10
Is It Worth It?: If you're looking for a Windows tablet with a veritable cornucopia of bells and whistles, the Toshiba Encore WT8-A32 is a great choice. Though CNET didn't care for its bulky design, they say it boasts zippy performance and a lot of features for its price, which is currently the best we've seen for this tablet.
The 1-lb. Encore WT8-A32 features an Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8" 1280x800 multi-touch LCD, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, microSD card slot, and Windows 8.1.
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000L 16GB WiFi 10.1" Android Tablet
Price: $179 via coupon code "USPS6L67527" with free shipping
Lowest By: $40
Expires: July 16
Is It Worth It?: With its low price and wide range of features, the $179 IdeaTab SL6000L is a capable multimedia tablet that won't leave you broke. Though it packs an outdated 0.3-megapixel camera and no rear camera, its quad-core processor and expandable storage still keep this tablet in the running.
The 1-lb. IdeaTab S6000L boasts a 10.1" 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, MTK 8125 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash memory, 0.3-megapixel front camera, microSD card slot, micro USB, and Google Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
Apple iPad mini 64GB WiFi 4G LTE Tablet for Verizon
Store: Altatac via eBay
Price: $349.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $79
Is It Worth It?: At $350, this 1st-generation 64GB Apple iPad mini with LTE is at an all-time price low beating even refurb prices of the same tablet. If that doesn't grab your eye, this Editors' Choice iPad is also a current low by $79.
The 0.7-lb. iPad mini features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 7.9" 1024x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, accelerometer, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 6.
Ematic 7" 8GB WiFi Android Tablet
Price: $54.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $15
Is It Worth It?: Want an Android tablet that doesn't require a hefty financial commitment? The $55 Ematic tablet is among the cheapest 7" Jelly Bean tablets we've seen. While it may not provide the horsepower of a more capable tablet, the Ematic is the ideal travel companion for users who don't want a delicate tablet.
The 0.7-lb. Ematic tablet features a 7" 1024x600 capacitive multi-touch LCD, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, 5GB cloud storage, USB, HDMI, microSD card slot, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).