Best tech bargains of the week: 11 December

Stocking stuffers and great gift ideas for young and old this Christmas

  • Telstra prepaid wireless broadband (MF626)

    RRP: $129 (Save $29)

    [[artnid:307979|Telstra's prepaid wireless broadband (MF626)]] is more expensive than offerings from competitors, but boasts excellent speed and network coverage. The prepaid wireless broadband package offers a competitive initial outlay cost, no bills or contracts and the ability to recharge the service at your computer. You can save $29 when you pick this up from [[xref:|Officeworks]], which is currently selling the MF626 modem for $99.
  • [[arntid:327888|ASRock Ion 330HT-BD 'nettop' computer|Review: ASRock Ion 330HT-BD nettop computer]]

    Price: $695 (save $25)

    We're big fans of the ASRock Ion 330HT-BD — it crams everything you'll need to play 1080P HD movies, browse the Web and play a few games into a box that's hardly larger than a stack of music CDs. The $720 asking price is a bit steep, though — you can find it [[xref:|for $695|IJK: ASRock Ion 330HT-BD]] to make it a little less painful on your wallet. If you don't need Blu-ray playback, you can also find a cheaper version with a DVD drive and no wireless networking for as little as $318.
  • Sony Ericsson C903 mobile phone

    RRP: $549

    [[artnid:316251|Sony Ericsson's C903 Cyber-shot mobile phone]] will suit those looking for a basic phone with a good camera. We feel there is little else to get excited about, so we can only assume Optus understands this and so has added some spice: For [[xref: | $0 upfront on a $49 cap contract over 24 months]], Optus will give you a Sony PSP-3000 handheld gaming console when you purchase the C903. Hurry though, as this offer ends on 31 December!
  • [[artnid:311401|HP Mini 110 netbook|Review: HP Mini 110 (NB-1006TU_09) netbook]]

    Price: $482 (Save $217)

    JB Hi-Fi is currently ‘smashing prices’ on laptops, including the HP Mini 110. The Mini 110 is a 10.1in netbook that won’t wow you with its specs — let’s face it, no netbook ever will — but it’s very well built, looks good, has a great screen and is super-light at only 1.1kg. When it first came out it cost $699, but [[xref:|JB|Web site: JB Hi-Fi]] is offering it to you this Christmas for only $482 — a saving of $217! Pick it up if you’re after a netbook instead of a full-blown notebook.
  • 50 per cent off ink cartridges

    Inks are the most expensive cost of any printer in the long run, so it's always a good idea to jump on sales when they crop up. JB Hi-Fi is again [[xref:|running a promotion]] that lets you save 50 per cent on the price of inks when you buy them with a printer. Get in before Christmas Eve, and you can stock up on enough consumables to last you for a couple of months without paying an arm and a leg.
  • [[Artnid:273249|Altec Lansing Orbit M (IM237)]]

    Price: $42 (Save $27)

    Altec Lansing's diminutive portable speaker lasts nearly two full days on three AA batteries, making it a great companion for outdoor adventures. It's original RRP of $69 is reasonable, but [[xref:|Harvey Norman's current deal]] makes it an impulse buy to be snatched up at the first opportunity. A brilliant stocking stuffer.
  • [[artnid:323513|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42|Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42]]

    Price: $158 (Save $41)

    Harvey Norman’s ‘cracker camera sale’ ends this weekend so you’ll need to hurry if you want to snap a bargain buy for Christmas. There are stacks of models offered at discounted prices, but if all you want is a simple point and shoot, we recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42. It’s tiny and automatic, and because it’s small, it’s perfect for all sorts of social occasions and traveling. [[xref:|Harvey Norman|Web site:]] has it for $158 this weekend, a saving of $41 off the RRP.
  • [[artnid:325598|Western Digital WD TV media player|Review: Western Digital WD TV media player]]

    Price: $168 (save $31)

    Western Digital's WD TV media player is one of the easiest ways to play home movies, recorded TV shows and movies on your big-screen television. It's usually $199 but if you ask [[xref:|at JB Hi-Fi|JB Hi-Fi: Western Digital WD TV]] you might be able to get it even cheaper than the $168 they're asking.
  • [[artnid:329043|Kogan Full HD 1080p Touchscreen Video Camera]]

    Price: $369

    The Kogan Full HD 1080p Touchscreen Video Camera is a flash memory-based camcorder with a 3in LCD touch screen. It also comes with an 8GB SDHC memory card and a bonus carry case. With an RRP of just $369, the Kogan Full HD 1080p Touchscreen Video Camera is one of the cheapest high-def camcorders on the market. It also takes good video and is very user-friendly. You can purchase this product direct from the [[xref:|Kogan Online Store]]. (Shipping usually takes just 24 hours.)

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  • [[Artnid:277729|Brother MFC-290C]]

    Price: $159 (Save $40)

    Brother's MFC-290C inkjet multifunction is a cheap way to print, fax, copy and scan office documents, and even produce the odd photo. Its front paper cassette means you can tuck it away into a small cavity under the desk or in a cupboard. You can pick it up [[xref:|from Officeworks]] for $159.
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