Best tech bargains of the week: August 7
Get a Google Android smartphone for $0 upfront, pick up a newly released GPS for a great price, bag an SLR digital camera at a discount or save on the latest range of BRAVIA televisions in our best tech bargains of the week!
[[artnid:313833|TomTom XL 340 GPS unit]]
Price: $387 (Save $50) TomTom's latest XL 340 GPS unit has just hit the market and already it's on sale! Dick Smith Electronics (DSE) is [[xref: http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4a7b72a109bae23e273fc0a87e0106e3/Product/View/D4531|currently selling the XL 340 for $387]], even though it's normally listed at $437; that's a saving of $50. Hurry though, as this offer only lasts until 10 August. The TomTom XL 340 combines IQ Routes technology, advanced lane guidance and the EasyPort mount system with a widescreen display.
LG 50PQ20D plasma television If you're in the market for a large screen plasma that won't break the bank, we suggest the LG 50PQ20D. It has a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio and the same 600Hz image refresh rate as Panasonic's top level plasmas. You can pick it up for [[xref:http://www.thegoodguys.com.au/portal/page/portal/tggwebportal/corporate/products/details?groupId=67&productId=3150655&forwardToProduct=true&storeId=62|$1796 at The Good Guys]].
Sony BRAVIA LCD televisions If you're in the market for one of Sony's BRAVIA LCD televisions — specifically the [[artnid:296812|9.9mm thick BRAVIA KDL40ZX1]], the [[artnid:310400|eco-friendly BRAVIA KDL40WE5]] or the 200Hz BRAVIA KDL40Z5500 — you're in for a treat at JB Hi-Fi. On top of whatever you can negotiate off the price (pay cash up-front for the best deal!), [[xref:http://www.jbhifi.com.au/tv-plasma-lcd/offer3/|JB Hi-Fi is offering a gift card]] of either $350 or $400 with purchase of these televisions.
[[Artnid:279096|Western Digital My Book World Edition (1TB) NAS drive]] Price: $349 (Save $50) This 1TB Western Digital network-attached storage device is small, light and quite attractive, not to mention it is one of the easiest NAS devices to set up and maintain. You can pick up this NAS device for [[xref:http://catalogues.officeworks.com.au/portal/offerdetails/western_digital_my_book_world/12488336252783?CatalogueID=12488336143342&CatalogueID=&source=catalogueoffer&jump=&pageview=two|$349 from Officeworks|Officeworks: Western Digital My Book World Edition (1TB) NAS device]].
Toshiba Satellite L300 Price: $697 (Save $252) The [[artnid: 299204 | Toshiba Satellite L300 | Review: Toshiba Satellite L300 (PSLB8A-0FM004]] is a budget notebook that is ideal you're a student looking for a cheap and cheerful laptop to type with or a business user that needs compatibility on a budget. Until 10 August you can pick up this notebook for $847 (and it drops to only $697 after $150 cashback via redemption) from [[xref:http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4a7b89d4003aa64e273fc0a87e0106b4/Product/View/XC5916?utm_campaign=Homepage&utm_medium=HomePage_Slot2&utm_source=XC5916-ProductView&id=XC5916 | Dick Smith Electronics | Toshiba Satellite L300/0VK Notebook -- Dick Smith Electronics ]].
[[artnid:274533|Samsung VP-MX20 digital video camera]] The Samsung VP-MX20 is a standard-definition camcorder that records to SD memory cards. It also comes with a YouTube mode for online video uploads. Originally costing $529, the Samsung VP-MX20 can now be snapped up from [[xref: http://www.jbhifi.com.au/photo/digital-cameras/video/|JB-Hi Fi for $377]].
[[artnid:305210|HTC Magic with Google smartphone]] The second Google Android smartphone to be released in Australia, the HTC Magic with Google significantly improves on the [[artnid:276055|HTC Dream|Review: HTC Dream]]. The Magic benefits from Android's Cupcake software update, a better design and close integration with Google's suite of services. Vodafone is currently offering the HTC Magic with Google for [[xref:http://store.vodafone.com.au/htc-magic-59-cap-contract-24-months-offer.aspx?pid=tt:12796:21|$0 upfront on a $59 cap over 24 months]]. The plan includes $350 worth of calls and messages and 500 MB of data per month.
[[artnid:302632|Canon EOS 500D SLR digital camera]] When considering making the switch from a compact camera to a digital SLR, the two names that immediately come to mind are Canon and Nikon. You really can't go wrong with either of those brands, and Canon's EOS 500D is an especially good camera. The EOS 500D has a huge sensor, takes natural looking photos and is actually quite compact for a digital SLR. You can pick it up in a twin lens kit (with 18-55mm IS + 55-250mm IS lenses) for $1615 from [[xref: http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/canon500d.htm|Discount Digital Photographics]].