While at this point the year-and-a-half old 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD might be showing its age a bit, it's still one of the best tablets you can buy. Especially considering that you can get one today for just $130—less than an e-ink Kindle Paperwhite.

The Fire HD that Amazon's offering as a Gold Box deal is a refurbished model, but comes with the same one-year warranty as a brand new tablet. It also can't quite keep up with the more-recent Kindle Fire HDX—or whatever newer version Amazon rolls out later this summer—but if you're looking for a starter tablet, or a dedicated comic book reader, or a reallllly fancy alarm clock, $130 is a pretty great deal.

By contrast, the latest and greatest Kindle Paperwhite (without special offers) costs $140. In fact, the 8.9-inch Fire HD costs less today than its 7-inch little brother. And you can throw in a discounted leather case to boot.


Bottom line, Amazon's clearing out inventory, and if you're in the market for a budget tablet, you're not going to do much better than this. [Amazon]