End of FY bargains: Save hundreds of dollars on our notebook 'best buys'

End of financial year bargains are plentiful if you know where to look. We rate our top laptop buys and tell you the savings on the recommended retail prices.
  • (Good Gear Guide)
  • — 14 June, 2008 09:00

Although the end of the financial year means tedious labour as the tax man cometh, it also represents a great opportunity for small businesses, students and home office workers. As companies slash their prices in one of the year's few genuine sales, we round-up the best bargains and show how much cash you can save on a great all-purpose or ultraportable notebook.

Ultraportable notebooks

5. Toshiba Portege R500

The lightest ultraportable notebook that's currently on the market, this attractive unit usually sells at $3850. But if you do a bit of bargain hunting, you can easily find the R500 retailing from $3100.

You save: $750

4. NEC VERSA S9100-1203DR

Despite weighing only 1.3kg, this handy notebook sports a built-in optical drive. Normally available at a RRP of $3499, buyers can find it selling from $2990.

You save: $509

3. Fujitsu LifeBook T2010

Designed with the modern road warrior in mind, this device has a built in 3G module and is also a tablet-convertible. Usually sold at an RRP of $3299, you can catch this going for just $2499.

You save: $800

2. Toshiba Portege M800 (PPM80A-03H009)

We've always thought highly of this laptop for its excellent mix of features, price and portability, and with the financial year ending its reputation remains. This unit launched with a RRP of $2310, but dig a little deeper and you'll find it selling from $2020.

You save: $290

1. HP 2133 Mini-Note PC (FH441PA)

One of the newer models on the market, this device balances style, usability and a strong set of features with a starting price point of $999. The device can now be found for $899, which doesn't sound like much of a discount but it's hard to go past what we believe is the best ultraportable available.

You save: $100

All-purpose notebooks

5. BenQ Joybook S32B (BV14)

Stylish looks, a long-lasting battery and good features for what the bargain price of $1499 in April, keen shoppers can now net this unit for as little as $1100!

You save: $400

4. Fujitsu Lifebook S6510

This notebook will suit many users thanks to its strong battery life and built-in 3G module. Originally costing shoppers $3199, the S6510 can now be found from $2499.

You save: $700

3. Lenovo ThinkPad X300

If the built-in 3G module and the backlit LED screen aren't enough for you, then the 64GB solid state hard drive should encourage a second inspection. Once selling at the RRP of $3999, a little hunting will find you a unit starting from $3357.

You save: $642

2. HP Pavilion dv6800 (dv6837tx_02) Influx Special Edition Entertainment Notebook PC

This nifty laptop comes equipped with both a Blu-ray drive and a HDMI port to allow easy watching on modern home entertainment systems. Despite being brand-spanking new and recently retailing for $2199, you can find it for as little as $1795.

You save: $404

1. HP Pavilion dv9800 (dv9821tx)

This very impressive notebook features a 17in screen, Blu-ray drive, HDMI port and a plethora of connection options to satisfy all but the fussiest of users. Our number one pick for the all-purpose notebook crown when it had a RRP of $2399, you can now buy it from $1995.

You save: $404

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