Used & Refurbished iPads For Under $300

Buying a used or refurbished iPad makes a lot of sense. iPads are relatively sturdy devices and have few moving parts. If you can deal with a few scuffs on the case, you expect to save about $200-$300 when buying a used iPad. However, we recommend purchasing your iPad from a seller that has a good track record, and offers a money back guarantee. We also recommend buying your used or refurbished iPad from a store like Amazon, because they have efficient customer service, so there’s a lot less hassles when dealing with returns.

Here are the best deals on iPads we’ve found for March:

 

First-Generation iPad, 16 GB

Currently, you can buy a new a first-generation 16GB iPad on Amazon for $469. Here are the best deals for used 16GB iPads from reliable sellers:

First-Generation iPad, 32 GB

Currently, you cam buy a new a first-generation 32GB iPad on Amazon for $469. Here are the best deals for used first-generation 32 GB iPads from reliable sellers:

 

Second-Generation iPad, 16 GB

Currently, you cam buy a new a second-generation 16GB iPad on Amazon for $460. Here are the best deals for used second-generation 16 GB iPads from reliable sellers:

The Best Rated iPad Speaker Docks

Soundfreaq Sound Platform ($180)

Currently, the Sound Platform by Soundfreaq is the top rated iPad speaker dock. It features Bluetooth connectivity, meaning any mobile device that supports Bluetooth can be used with this dock.

The Sound Platform got good reviews from CNET, iLounge, Pocket Lint and MacLife. CNET gives it a overall rating of “Very Good”, saying:

You’ll have a hard time finding a more stylish and feature-packed speaker choice in this price range. The inclusion of Bluetooth support makes it an attractive buy for iPad and smartphone owners.

Amazon reviewers also liked the  Sound Platform, it received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, from over 100 reviewers.

Sound Platform by Soundfreaq is available on Amazon for $180.

 

Philips Fidelio DS8550 ($225)

Philips Fidelio DS8550

Philips Fidelio DS8550

Top Review Sources:

  • Cult of Mac: 4.5 out of 5 stars; “A fantastic sounding, performance-oriented dock”
  • Tech Radar: Best of 5 docks reviewed
  • Amazon: Average 3.7 out of 5 stars, based on 31 reviews

The Philips Fidelio DS8550 came out on top of Tech Radar’s test of five iPad speaker docks. The reviewers were impressed by its robust sound and Bluetooth capability.

The Philips Fidelio DS8550 is available on Amazon.

 

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 ($999)

Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 8
Pros:
  • Unmatched, superior sound quality- adapts sound depending on room size
  • Aesthetically pleasing compact design
  • Syncs, charges, and plays iPad as well as iPods and iPhones
  • User friendly set-up and remote; Beosound app for clock and internet radio

Top Review Sources:

  • CNET: 8.3 out of 10; “Crisp, clean sound”
  • Trusted Reviews: Overall 8 out of 10: Highest marks on performance and design, a 7 for value
  • Amazon: 4 out of 5 stars, based on 7 customer reviews

The BeoSound 8 is the first iPod dock entry for Bang & Olufsen, a name synonymous with stellar sound and creating works of art in speaker systems. Designed to be enjoyed in any room, the BeoSound 8 comes in black or white or you can get fabric speaker covers that come in blue, green, purple, and yellow. It can also be hung on the wall.

The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 is available on Amazon in black or white.

The Top Rated Wireless Portable Headphones

LG Tone HBS-700 Wireless Earbud Headphone ($45)

Despite selling for under $50, the LG Tone HBS-700 is one of the top rated bluetooth headphones. It received an 8 out of 10 rating from CNET, which makes it their Editor’s Choice for a bluetooth headphone. CNET says it was one of the most comfortable headphones they’ve tried, and that the audio reproduction was impressive. Amazon buyers also liked this headphone — it received an average of 4.5 of out 5 stars, from a total of 264 reviewers. PC Magazine liked the long battery life on the headphone, but said that the bass reproduction was “thin”, and gave it an overall rating of “Good”.

The LG Tone HBS-700 is available from Amazon for about $45.

Nokia BH-905 Wireless Portable Headphones ($200)

Pros:

  • Features active noise cancellation
  • Lightweight and comfortable, folds flat
  • Balanced sound
  • Versatile for use with various devices

Cons:

  • Slightly bulky for portability

Top Review Sources:

  • CNET: 4 out of 5 stars; Excellent
  • PCMag: 3.5 out of 5 stars; “Solid performer”
  • Amazon: Average 4 out of 5 stars, based on 66 customer reviews

Another versatile set of wireless headphones, the Nokia BH-905 can be used with or without the active noise canceling feature, with or without Bluetooth, and can be plugged in for wired sound. The design has been praised for comfort and would be good for travel, though the earpads are on the bulky side when compared to other portable headphones. However, the numerous navigation controls are easy to use. Eight microphones are discretely placed for active noise canceling and two microphones for phone calls.

The Nokia BH-905 are for sale on Amazon.

iPad Cases That Are Handcrafted In The U.S.

DODOcase iPad Case

DODOcase puts a lot attention to detail into the design of their iPad cases. DODOcases have a hand-machined bamboo interior that fits the shape of iPad precisely, holding it place. The outer layer of the case is similar to large moleskin notebook — the material is Moroccan cloth and constructed using traditional book binding technique. The cases sell for $59.95 from Amazon.

 

Blackbox iPad Case

Blackbox Case  is a company in Golden, Colorado that makes bamboo iPad cases that are “precision cut, hand sanded, hand rubbed” (you can see the whole process here). They also offer a lifetime guarantee that allows you to return the case if you have any issue with it. It sells for $99 from Blackbox Case. They also offer a range of cases for MacBook Pros.