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Back-to-school desktop PC bargains

Grab a cheap new computer for school

  • [[Artnid:325655|Apple iMac|Review: Apple iMac 21.5in (Late 2009) desktop PC]]

    Save $50 or $120 Apple's online education store usually provides some savings, but [[xref:http://store.apple.com/au_edu_94009/browse/campaigns/back_to_school?mco=MTY1NTI0Nzg|jump in now|Apple online education store]] and you can save even more on the iMac range. Savings start from $50 if you buy the entry-level 21.5in model, but purchase the beefier version or either of the 27in iMacs and you can save $120.
  • [[Artnid:334854|HP Pavilion All-In-One MS212a|Review: HP Pavilion All-In-One MS212a desktop PC]]

    Price: $899 (Save $300) HP's Pavilion All-In-One MS212a desktop PC isn't the beefiest computer, but the all-in-one design makes it an attractive addition to a living room. Extra software like HP's MediaSmart suite is handy for watching and editing media, though we recommend removing some of the unnecessary HP-branded software that's installed. It's an even more tempting offer now that DickSmith [[xref:http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4b68ecea02898da82740c0a87e010712/Product/View/XC6417|has lowered the price|DickSmith: HP Pavilion All-In-One MS212a desktop PC]].
  • HP Touchsmart All-In-One 300-1040A

    Price: $1548 We've reviewed [[Artnid:314491|several models|Review: HP TouchSmart PC IQ545A all-in-one desktop PC]] in HP's Touchsmart range of all-in-one PCs with touch screens, and we have [[Artnid:225459|largely been impressed|Review: HP TouchSmart PC IQ500]]. The Touchsmart All-In-One 300-1040A is HP's cheapest model yet, offering a 2.7GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and access to Windows 7's multitouch capabilities. With kids becoming more and more accustomed to touch interfaces on smartphones and MP3 players, it only makes sense to bring them into the living room too. You can pick up this desktop PC from Officeworks [[xref:http://catalogues.officeworks.com.au/portal/offerdetails/hp_touchsmart_all_in_one_300_1040a/12640339117360?CatalogueID=12631843876088&CatalogueID=&source=catalogueoffer&jump=&pageview=two|for $1548|Officeworks: HP Touchsmart All-In-One 300-1040A desktop PC]].

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  • [[Artnid:316100|Dell Inspiron 545s|Review: Dell Inspiron 545s desktop PC]]

    Price: $799 (Save $400) Though the market is flooded with nettops, all-in-ones and notebooks, there is still a place in the family home for the conventional tower desktop computer. If you need to do more than just browse the Web or do basic word processing, Dell's Inspiron 545s should serve you well and won't break your budget. Since we reviewed the PC Dell has bumped the specs and [[xref:http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=s210602au&c=au&l=en&s=dhs&cs=audhs1|dropped the price|Dell online store: Inspiron 545s desktop PC]] to an starting point of $799.
  • Compaq Presario CQ2350AN

    Price: $582 If you are looking for a bottom-of-the-barrel option on which your kids can do their homework, HP's budget model may be worth checking out. Powered by an Atom processor and 1GB of RAM, the Compaq Presario CQ2350AN is essentially a netbook in a bigger body. However, with an 18.5in screen and a full-sized keyboard, your kids won't be hunched over to type or crowded around a 7in display to watch a movie. Harvey Norman is currently selling the PC [[xref:http://harveynorman.dynamiccatalogue.com.au/portal/offerdetails/compaq_presario_cq2350an_desktop/12645454603114?CatalogueID=12634462730722&CatalogueID=&source=catalogueoffer&jump=&pageview=two|for $582|Harvey Norman: Compaq Presario CQ2350AN desktop PC]].
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