The imminent arrival of Amazon has seen Australian retailers and resellers in the consumer tech space pull out all the stops for this year’s Black Friday sales. Here are some of the best deals we’ve seen going around.
Nintendo Switch @ JB Hi-Fi - $399
We’re fast approaching the one-year anniversary for the launch of the Nintendo Switch and like many products bearing the Japanese company’s name, it’s proved quite resilient at holding onto its initial $469 price-tag. If you’re planning on gifting one of these handheld Mario machines to someone for Christmas (or, understandably, looking to pick one up for yourself), JB’s discount is hard to pass up.
HTC U Play @ eGlobal - $267
While eGlobal are general known for their camera deals (and their Black Friday deals do include some very tantalizing pieces of kit in that department), the online resellers clearance of HTC smartphones shakes out as particularly compelling. Buyers can pick up the HTC U Play for $267, HTC U Ultra for $409 or HTC U11 for $659.
Xbox One X Bundle @ EB Games - $650
If you’ve been eyeing off an upgrade to the new Xbox One X, EB Games have just made the decision a little easier with their Black Friday bundle for the console. Priced at the normal price-point of $650, the retailer are sweetening the deal by throwing in both The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein: The New Order.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X @ M-WAVE - $609
Boasting 8 cores, 16 threads and a base clock speed of 3.8Ghz, the overclocking-friendly AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X delivers some of the best performance you can get out of a PC. At the discounted price, it might be time to make that upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 @ JB Hi-Fi - $999
There have been quite a few good sales for Samsung's premiere phablet in the weeks since it launched but JB' Black Friday deal is probably the best out there. As we said in our review of the device, "if you’re the kind of phablet power-user that the device is surely aimed towards appeasing - make no mistake - Samsung are back on track with the Note 8."
With a full third off the regular retail price discounted, it's easier than ever to hop on board.
Oculus Rift @ Oculus Store - $399
If you’ve been waiting for the price of the regular Oculus Rift to fall, well, it doesn’t seem like it’s likely to fall much further than this. The Facebook-backed VR company are currently selling their flagship virtual reality headset for $399 USD (with $0 shipping!).
Playstation VR Bundle @ EB Games - $369
Another one for those on the virtual reality trail, EB have a pretty good bundle going for the Playstation VR. At $369, it brings together the headset, Playstation 4 camera accessory, Skyrim VR and VR Worlds games. Basically, everything you need to get started with Sony’s VR setup.
Update: It turns out JB Hi-Fi are running the exact same bundle for a competitive $349, offering an even better bargain.
Sony Bravia 55-inch OLED TV @ Sony - $3500
Sony’s Bravia A1 OLED is the kind of showpiece TV that you’d never expect to see drop below the $5000 mark. However, Sony have gone and done exactly that in time for Black Friday. Knocking $1500 off the price of this 4K HDR-ready flagship OLED makes it a steal. Sony have even thrown in free shipping. Have at it.
Update: David Jones, Bing Lee, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi are all running this same deal over the weekend.
HyperX FPS Alloy Keyboard @ MWAVE - $70
If you’re in the market for a no-nonsense mechanical keyboard for gaming, the HyperX Alloy FPS is easy enough to recommend at its regular price. At $70, it’s a no-brainer. You even get your pick of Cherry MX Blue, Brown and Red switches with it.
Playstation 4 Pro Bundle @ EB Games - $499
Alternatively, if you’re more of a Sony fanboy, you can make the jump to the PS4 Pro for $499. At first glance, this isn’t a huge hit on the regular RRP of the console ($559). However, EB are padding out the package here with five Bethesda games: The Evil Within 2, Fallout 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dishonored 2 and The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind.
LG OLED @ Harvey Norman - $2499
As pointed out by Anthony on our Facebook page, LG's C7 and B7 OLED TVs are also shipping out at some pretty competitive pricing. If you've been holding off on making the move to OLED, this looks like a great opportunity to do so. JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee and Harvey Norman all have this one.
Seen any other great deals going this weekend? Let us know in the comments.