Best tech bargains of the week: November 27

Grab a Macbook Pro bargain at the Apple store, plus other great deals on a Panasonic LUMIX camera, a Sony camcorder and more!

  • [[xref:,en|Logitech Harmony 785 universal remote|Logitech: Harmony 785]]

    Price: $128 (Save $131)

    If you've been busy buying a home theatre, a new television and a Blu-ray player in the Christmas sales rush, there's probably one thing you've forgotten: a universal remote. Having a universal remote properly set up and controlling all of your digital devices makes everything so much easier — you can press a single button to start watching a movie or listening to music. The Logitech 785 is available for less than half its RRP at [[xref:|Dick Smith Electronics|DSE: Logitech Harmony 785]], making it a good purchase.
  • Apple sale!

    Save: Up to $132 on selected items

    It's not often Apple has a sale, but for today only the company has brought traditional US [[artnid:327759|"Black Friday" sales]] to Australia, kicking off the Christmas retail sale rush. Aussies can grab an Apple bargain on a range of selected items. There are savings of up to $132 on selected [[artnid:309069|Apple MacBook Pro]] models, iMacs, iPods, iPhone accessories and software. Hurry, though, the sale is for today only and is available at the [[xref:|Apple Online Store|Apple Retail Store -- Black Friday]] and selected Australian Apple retail stores. Australian customers can also order via telephone (133 622).
  • [[artnid:321769|Sharp LC40LB700X LED television|Review: Sharp LC40LB700X LED television]]

    Price: $2391 (Save $508)

    Sharp's 40in LC40LB700X television has plenty of great features — it's an LED-backlit LCD television with a 100Hz image smoothing mode, and it comes with the convenience of an integrated Blu-ray disc player. With vibrant and super-sharp images it's a great choice; we liked it so much we decided it was one of the [[artnid:326796|top five TVs|Pre-Christmas bargains: The best value plasma, LCD and LED TVs]] to consider buying during the pre-Christmas sales. If you buy it [[xref:|at JB Hi-Fi|JB Hi-Fi: Sharp LC40LB700X]] you can save over $500 and score [[artnid:320484|a free Xbox 360 Elite and four games|Sharp offers free Xbox 360 Elite with new LCD TVs]] as well.

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  • [[Artnid:317126|Sony PlayStation 3 Slim]] and PlayTV bundle

    Price: $588 (Save $181 off individual RRPs)

    Sony's recently released [[Artnid:327514|PlayTV accessory]] makes your PlayStation 3 a digital television tuner and recorder. You can also stream digital TV to both [[Artnid:322085|PlayStation Portables]] and Sony Ericsson's [[Artnid:325271|Aino mobile phone]]. If you don't yet have a PS3, you can easily pick both the [[Artnid:317126|slim version]] and the PlayTV accessory together from Dicksmith for [[xref:|$181 less]] than what it'd cost you to pick them up separately. Even better, you get free delivery just in time for Christmas.
  • [[Artnid:265417|Samsung CLP-315|Review: Samsung CLP-315 monochrome laser printer]]

    Price: $239 (Save $30)

    This robustly built printer offers decent print quality. It's simple, but when all you need to do is print basic documents, why go for something complicated? Best of all, Officeworks is currently selling the printer for [[xref:|$30 below]] its usual $269 sticker price.
  • [[artnid: 301229|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1 tough digital camera|Review: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1 tough digital camera]]

    Price: $434 (Save: $265)

    The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1 continues to drop in price despite being a drop-proof camera! Terrible puns aside, we think there is no better compact camera for the Christmas holidays then the toughened DMC-FT1. With all the hot weather we'll be getting this summer, it will be the perfect gadget to take with you to the beach or to use by the pool side, without worrying about damaging it with water. In fact, you can take photos underwater, and then throw it to your friends so they can do the same. [[xref:|Digital Camera Warehouse|Digital Camera Warehouse]] is selling the LUMIX FT1 for $434, a saving of $265 off the original retail price.
  • [[artnid: 262758|Linksys WRT610N dual-band wireless router|Review: Linksys WRT610N]]

    Price: $259 (Save: $110)

    The Linksys WRT610N has been around since October 2008, and it's better value than ever! It's a very reliable wireless router that runs both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, so you can dedicate the 5GHz frequency to your media streaming while using the 2.4GHz frequency for Internet usage and file transfers at the same time. Of course, you'll also need to have devices on your network capable of running 5GHz if you want to use that frequency, but you can always upgrade to 5GHz gear at a later date. [[xref:|Umart|Umart Online]] currently sells the Linksys WRT610N for $259, which is a saving of $110 off the original retail price.
  • [[artnid:279071|Sony DCR-SR47 digital camcorder]]

    Price: $649 (negotiable)

    The Sony DCR-SR47 is a standard-definition hard disk–based camcorder with 60GB of inbuilt memory. It also comes with a massive 60x optical zoom — one of the most powerful zooms on the market. Originally retailing for $749, the Sony HDR-XR200 can be [[xref:|purchased from Bing Lee for $649]] — and the price is negotiable, which means you will save over $100.
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