Best tech bargains of the week: January 8

Great deals whether you're back at work or getting ready for school

  • [[artnid:323237|Sanyo LCD32XRD9A LCD television|Review: Sanyo LCD32XRD9A LCD television]]

    Price: $578 (save $421)

    We thought Sanyo's LCD32XR9DA LCD TV was a good buy when we reviewed it [[artnid:323237|back in October|Review: Sanyo LCD32XR9DA LCD television]], but seeing it for a price tag almost half of its RRP [[xref:|at Dick Smith Electronics|Dick Smith Electronics: Sanyo LCD32XR9DA]] makes it even more appealing. If you're looking to get a screen for a bedroom or study — or even as the main screen in a small living room — you can't go wrong with this deal.
  • [[artnid:329019| Olympus Mju Tough 6010 digital camera]]

    Price: $306 (Save $43)

    Need a camera that can withstand the rigours of the schoolyard? Don't want to spend a fortune on it? Look no further than the Olympus Mju Tough 6010. It'll survive drops from 1.5m, work when it's 3m underwater, and it'll even cope with sub-zero weather conditions, so it's perfect for snow trips. Pick it up (and don't worry about dropping it) from [[xref:|Digital Camera Warehouse]] for $306, which is $43 off the recommended retail price.

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  • Panasonic SDR-S26 digital camcorder

    Price: $349 (Save $193)

    The [[Artnid:298662|Panasonic SDR-S26]] is a standard-definition, flash memory–based camcorder that is both compact and user friendly. It comes with a suite of valuable features, including an astronomical 70x optical zoom. Normally retailing for $549, the Panasonic SDR-S26 digital camcorder [[xref:|is currently on sale at JB Hi-Fi for $349|]] — that's $193 less than the recommended retail price.
  • Canon PIXMA MP640

    Price: $265 (Save $34 and get a bonus pack)

    To celebrate (or mourn) the return to work and school, Canon will give away a PIXMA 2010 Pack valued at $100 with selected printers bought between the 11 January and 31 March. The pack includes photo paper and T-shirt transfers, and some high-end PIXMA printers even come with printable DVDs, too. If that wasn't enough to convince you, Officeworks is currently offering the extremely capable [[artnid:321614|Canon PIXMA MP640 inkjet multifunction]] for [[xref:$ROOT&cpgnum=1&cquery=mp640)/.do?rf=y|$34 off its $299 original RRP]].
  • Dell Inspiron 15

    Price: $999 (Save $160)

    Dell is ringing in the New Year with notebook and desktop PC packages aimed to help the kids get stuck into schoolwork. For instance, it's offering the Dell Inspiron 15 notebook (a variant of the [[Artnid:319299|Inspiron 1545]] we reviewed) for [[xref:|$160 off its $1159 original RRP]]. Dell is also throwing in a 19in monitor, printer, bag, speakers, a mouse and Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student. Dell is offering a similar package with its [[Artnid:316100|Inspiron 545 desktop PC]], all for $999.
  • [[artnid:320816|Logitech S125i portable iPod speaker|Review: Logitech S125i portable iPod speaker]]

    Price: $78 (save $21.95)

    If you've got a kid heading off to school, you'll need to take them shopping for new books, new shoes, new clothes and everything else they're bound to need. You always ease the pain of an extended shopping trip by picking them up an iPod — and maybe the Logitech S125i iPod speaker [[xref:|from JB Hi-Fi|JB Hi-Fi:: Logitech S125i iPod dock]].
  • Sony VAIO VGN-NW17GJ notebook

    Price: $1299

    As back to school notebook specials ramp up, an unlikely brand is looking like a good contender for your money; namely, Sony. The Sony VAIO VGN-NW17GJ is a 15.5in, Intel Core 2 Duo–based laptop that looks good and is much more comfortable to use -- and much more powerful -- than a measly netbook. With this notebook you'll be able to run pretty much any document creation program you want; you'll be able to edit images comfortably; and you'll have enough grunt to edit videos and upload them to YouTube. Best of all, because the Sony VAIO VGN-NW17GJ is a large notebook, you'll get some much needed exercise while carrying it from class to class. In September we reviewed the [[artnid:317042|Sony VAIO VGN-NW15G]], which is a similar model to the VGN-NW17GJ, and we gave it an Editor's Choice award. This notebook looks to be just as good, and [[xref:|Harvey Norman has it for $1299]].
  • [[artnid: 310187|HP ProBook 4510s notebook]]

    Price: $943 (Save $546)

    You'll look like you mean business if you pick up HP's ProBook 4510s notebook: it's a 15.6in laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 CPU and 4GB of RAM. It has plenty of speed to run almost anything you throw its way — except the latest 3D games, so parents take note. The size and excellent keyboard of the ProBook 4510s make it a joy to use, and its 6-cell battery means you'll be able to use it away from a power outlet for almost three hours. You can pick it up from [[xref:|Officeworks for $943]]; that's $546 off its original price of $1489.
  • Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray disc player

    Price: $299 (Save $250)

    The [[artnid:298985|Panasonic DMP-BD60|Review: Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray disc player]] is a mid-range Blu-ray player with a terrific design, a plethora of features, and stellar image quality. It also comes with a USB port and an SD card slot. Originally retailing for $549, the Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray disc player [[xref:|can be purchased from Bing Lee for just $299|]] — a saving of $250.
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