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Get a Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7-inch tablet for $199 shipped

It's new, not refurbished, and it's arguably the best deal going on a 7-inch Android tablet. While supplies last!

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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The 7-inch IdeaPad A1 tablet is a steal at $199 shipped.
The 7-inch IdeaPad A1 tablet is a steal at $199 shipped. Lenovo

Um, remember that Samsung 7-inch tablet I wrote about the other day, the one that was refurbished for $259? [Waves hands mysteriously] That neeeever happened.

While supplies last, Lenovo is offering the new IdeaPad A1 7-inch Android tablet for $199 shipped, plus sales tax where applicable. That's after applying coupon code WEEKLYSAVEA1 at checkout.

(You'll see four models listed on the landing page; the black one is the one on sale. The blue one, FYI, is only $10 more.)

To be fair, this tablet lacks the Galaxy Tab's built-in 3G option, so don't feel too badly if you snapped up the latter. In other respects, however, it's pretty close--making this arguably the best $199 tablet you can buy right now.

The IdeaPad A1 features a 1GHz processor, 16GB of storage, front- and rear-facing cameras (0.3 and 3.0 megapixels, respectively), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, offline GPS, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

It's because it runs Gingerbread that I give it higher marks than, say, the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet--both of which have nice media-centric ecosystems, but impose some limits on what you can do, app-wise.

CNET hasn't reviewed the A1, but the user reviews over at Amazon are mostly positive.

I wish I could tell you I've tried this model myself, but I haven't. If you have, hit the comments and let your fellow Cheapskaters know if this is, as I suspect, the best $200 you can spend on a 7-inch tablet.

Bonus deal: Whew! Looks like hard-drive prices are indeed starting to come down again. For a limited time, Best Buy has the Seagate FreeAgent 1TB USB hard drive for $59.99 shipped (plus sales tax).

Bonus deal No. 2: Remember that $149.99 24-inch LCD monitor I posted the other day? Yeah, um, forget about that, too. Newegg has the Acer G245HQABD 24-inch LCD monitor for $129.99 shipped (when you use coupon code EMCNJJH39 at checkout)--the lowest price I can recall seeing on a monitor of this size. It's new, not refurbished, and features DVI and VGA inputs.