Best tech bargains of the week: October 23, 2009

Pick up Windows 7, grab a stylish smartphone, and more!

  • [[artnid:315090|HP Mini 5101 netbook]]

    Price: $769 (save $330)

    This is without a doubt our favourite 10in netbook on the Australian market. It's solidly constructed, it has isolated keys similar to the [[artnid:310189|HP ProBook]] line-up, and its configuration is a cut above the average: you get an Intel Atom N280 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB, 7200rpm hard drive. Sure it runs Windows Vista, but you can always upgrade to Windows 7; and because it's Vista, you can download Windows 7 and install it over the top, rather than go through [[artnid:322583|a USB key installation like you would if it was Windows XP]]. You can buy the HP Mini 5101 netbook from [[xref:|Landmark Computers]] for $769, which is a saving of $330 off the recommended retail price.
  • [[Artnid:320434|Windows 7: Full Versions|Review: Microsoft Windows 7 operating system]]

    Price: $268 (Save $31)

    Microsoft's newest operating system has finally hit store shelves and while you may not be the [[artnid:323165|first one to pick up a copy|Gerry Harvey sells first copy of Windows 7]], you can still pick up a great bargain by shopping around. You can choose between three different editions (check out which one [[Artnid:275369|suits you|Windows 7 to ship in six different versions]]), but prices vary between stores. Both [[xref:|Dicksmith Electronics]] and [[xref:|Officeworks]] are offering the full Home Premium version for $268. However, Officeworks is currently offering some of the cheapest retail prices for the [[xref:|Professional|Officeworks: Windows 7 Professional]] and [[xref:|Ultimate editions|Officeworks: Windows 7 Ultimate]], at $378 and $398 respectively.
  • [[artnid: 255620|Nokia E71]]

    Price: $499 (save $210)

    It isn't all about Windows 7 today. The Nokia E71 is a sleek and stylish smartphone with full QWERTY keyboard and a wealth of features. In addition to HSPDA connectivity, it offers Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. A "limited" number of handsets are currently available from [[xref:|Harris Technology for just $499]].
  • [[artnid:262449|Nikon D90 digital SLR camera]]

    Price: $1145 (save $400)

    If you're in the market for your first digital SLR camera, the Nikon D90 is still one of the best models out there. It's a 12.3-megapixel model that was released one year, and it was one of the first digital SLR cameras that could record video (at a high-definition resolution, no less). For keen videographers, it won't replace a camcorder, but if you only shoot the occasional holiday movie or backyard BBQ shenanigans, it will do nicely. It's available at [[xref:|Discount Digital Photographics]] in a couple of different kits, but the body on its own costs $1145, which is a saving of $400 off the original recommended retail price.

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  • [[artnid:313527|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 digital camera|Review: Sony Cybershot DSC-T900 digital camera]]

    Price: $575 (save $124)

    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 is a super-thin 'fashion' camera, but its 4x optical zoom and a 12.1mp sensor make it reasonably versatile. The bright and clear 3.5in touch screen makes it easy to frame your shots. You can get it for $124 less than the RRP when buying from [[xref:|Digital Camera Warehouse|Digital Camera Warehouse: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900]].
  • [[artnid:323237|Sanyo LCD22XR9DA LCD television|Review: Sanyo LCD32XR9DA LCD television]]

    Price: $399 (save $200)

    We've only recently looked at Sanyo's 32in model of the XR9DA series, and we liked its DVD up-scaling quality and high brightness levels. The 22in version is good for a small room or cramped living space, and while it's usually $599 [[xref:|this special from Dick Smith Electronics|DSE: Sanyo LCD22XR9DA LCD television]] shaves $200 off the RRP, bringing it just into impulse buy territory.
  • [[Artnid:320434|Windows 7: Upgrades|Review: Microsoft Windows 7 operating system]]

    Price: $168 (Save $31)

    If you already have Windows Vista, you don't have to pay full price to get Windows 7; just pick up an upgrade for one of the three Windows 7 editions. The cheapest Home Premium upgrade can be found at [[xref:|Officeworks]] and [[xref:|Dicksmith]] ($168), or if you're a uni or TAFE student Microsoft will give you the upgrade [[xref:|for $50]]. Dicksmith is the cheapest place to grab the [[xref:|Professional]] edition ($335) and [[xref:|Ultimate]] edition ($365) upgrades.
  • [[artnid:321036|JVC Everio GZ-X900]]

    Price: $1999 (with $450 of extras)

    The JVC Everio GZ-X900 is a feature-packed Full HD camcorder that records to removable flash memory. In addition to offering 1080p recording, the GZ-X900 boasts a clever Upload feature for creating and transferring video clips to your YouTube account in just a couple of steps. JVC is offering a special deal between 1 October and 31 January: The HD Everio Extras Pack includes a JVC NX-PN10 iPod Dock and additional one year camcorder warranty (total two years) — that’s $450 worth of goodies, completely free! (Well, apart from a $20 freight charge).

    To claim your Extras Pack, all you need to do is fill in the [[xref:|proof-of-purchase claims form]] for your GZ-X900. The Extras Pack can also be claimed if you bought a JVC Everio GZ-HM200B, GZ-HD300S, GZ-HD300R GZ-HD320B or GZ-HM400.
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