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Ready to put your old laptop out to pasture? This might be the ideal time, as there's a seriously sweet deal to be had on a new one. (Also, don't actually ditch that old laptop; turn it into a Chromebook instead!)
For a limited time, you can get the Lenovo Flex 4 (model 80SA000AUS) 14-inch two-in-one laptop for $549.99 shipped (via promo code doorbuster6, which should be applied automatically). But, wait, it gets better: Head to cashback-service Ebates first, then go to Lenovo via that page. You'll score an 8 percent rebate, bringing your effective final price down to $505.99.
(Note to Ebates newcomers: You won't see that final price in your cart at checkout; the rebate is paid to you later via Ebates. Think of it as a mail-in rebate, just without the mail-in part.)
Pro tip: If you're a Chrome user, you can make all this a lot easier by installing the Ebates Cash Back Button, which saves you the hassle of actually having to visit Ebates on your way to an online store.
Getting back to the Flex 4: This particular configuration normally runs $949. It features a Core i7 Skylake processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a backlit keyboard and a 1,920x1,080-pixel touchscreen. So, yeah: loaded.
Oh, and it's a convertible! Meaning you can rotate the screen a full 360 degrees for tablet mode or rotate it less for anything in between. As with most two-in-one machines, that makes for a slightly chunky design, but at least the Flex weighs a reasonable 3.8 pounds.
CNET hasn't reviewed this model, but most of the user reviews I've seen average out to around 4 stars. (If you search on your own, make sure to ignore the "Flex 14" reviews that come up; that's an older, slower model.)
Even if you skip the Ebates rebate, $549 is a great price for such a well appointed portable. Heck, the Core i5/8GB model is selling for $619 on Amazon.
Bonus deal: This isn't something I'd classify as a tech product, and even "gadget" is a stretch, but it's still a cool deal and potentially great gift: StackSocial has the Fujifilm Instax 8 Mini camera and accessory kit for $34.99 shipped.
This printing camera, which comes in your choice of three colors, sells elsewhere for $59, and I've seen similar accessory kits for around $30 by themselves.
The Instax 8 is basically a modern-day Polaroid, churning out cute little photo prints in seconds. The kit includes frames, stickers, color filters, a carrying case and other goodies. This would be great for parties, special occasions or just kids who want to goof around with photography.
The camera has a 4.6-star rating from over 8,000 (!) Amazon buyers. The expected delivery window is December 10-13.
Update: I've been informed by StackSocial that their supplier screwed up bigtime, meaning orders for this bundle cannot be fulfilled. If you placed an order, you should be receiving a full refund in 3-4 days. It's possible you'll still receive the accessory kit (though not the camera), which you can keep for no charge. I'm very sorry about this; I know StackSocial is doing what it can to make this right.