The best Australian tech deals for October 2017

Gaming laptops don’t come cheap but, dear gamers, this is your chance to grab an HP Omen packing some serious grunt under the hood and save yourself some big bucks.

If it’s not a gaming laptop you’re after, then perhaps you’d like to indulge in virtual reality exploration with the HTC Vive.

For everyone else, there’s a plethora of tech deals at Myer’s eBay store.

These are Wednesday’s deal:

New deals added Wednesday, October 25

HP Omen gaming laptops (from $1,799.10; down from $3,199): A rare opportunity has come knocking, thanks to eBay. Gamers, this one is for you. Given how hard it is to find a gaming lap with an 8GB GTX1070 graphics card for under $3,000, you can now get the 17-inch HP Omen that packs an Intel i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, plus 1TB HDD with the 8GB GTX1070 chip for just $2,475. Need we mention how much you’re going to save? If you don’t have the spare change for this beast, you can get the 17-inch HP Omen packing a GTX1060 graphics card for $1,799. Just be sure to apply the code PERK10 at checkout to avail the discounts.

HTC Vive ($899; down from $999): The price for the HTC Vive was recently dropped from a four-figure number, but it hardly ever goes on sale. But eBay is giving you the chance to score 10% off on the Vive if you’d like to enter the world of virtual reality. Head to the Microsoft Australia’s eBay store and use the code PERK10 at checkout and get yourself the HTC Vive for $899, saving yourself $100.

Myer 20% off sale: This is a great time to snag a bargain from Myer. There’s plenty of tech on sale with 20% off on all items listed if you apply the code P20MYER at checkout, like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB storage that can be yours for $1759.20, down from $2,199. Or you can grab yourself the latest Bose QC35 II in silver for just over $399, saving yourself about $100 in the bargain. So get grab your credit card, get comfy and take a grand ol’ gander at the Myer sale that ends October 30.

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Previous days’ deals that are still available

Deals added Monday, October 23

Audio Technica AT-LP120 USB turntable ($499; down from $599): Audiophiles would be thrilled to know that one of the best turntables available in the market today is on sale at Addicted To Audio. The Audio Technica AT-LP120 tops our list of the best turntables, featuring a high-torque direct-drive motor and an USB output. You can now get the AT-LP120 turntable for $499 with a $100 saving to invest on some amazing vinyls. 

Sony ZX770BN noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones ($199; down from $299): Featuring 40mm drivers and digital noise cancelling, these over-ear cans from Sony promise great sound with up to 13 hours of battery life. So if you’re in the market for a pair of headphones that will effectively shut the world out when you want, the Sony ZX770BN noise-cancelling headphones are just $199 at Sony’s big sale, saving you $100 on the usual price. Keep in mind that this offer ends October 27.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop (from $799; down from $999): New laptops don’t have to cost the earth. Thanks to Dell, you can lay your hands on a 15-inch Inspiron for just $799, featuring a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. That’s a saving of $200 on this configuration. But if you’re after something with a tad more grunt under the hood, another Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series model is available for $999, powered by a 7th-gen Core i7 CPU and housing 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD is down to $999, saving you $300 on the regular RRP.

Nikon D3400 18-55mm single lens kit ($489; down from about $650): Nikon has refreshed its entry-level DSLR, giving it a compact body, a boosted AF system and plenty of battery life. And, until October 25, if you apply the code CA50TGG at checkout, you can grab yourself a Nikon D3400 with an 18-55mm kit lens for just $489. This camera retails for about $550 for just the body, so this offer is a pretty decent bargain.

Deals added Friday, October 20

Sony MDR-1000X noise-cancelling wireless over-ear headphones ($349; down from $499.95): Shut the world out when you want to enjoy your favourite tunes, podcasts or audiobooks with Sony’s top-of-the-line noise-cancelling over-ear Bluetooth headphones. In our review of the MDR-1000X, we thought it could give the Bose QC35 plenty of competition. Featuring swivel ear cups, digital noise cancelling and its own carry case, the Sony MDR-1000X is currently available in black at Addicted To Audio for just $349, saving you over $150 on the RRP of $499.95.

JBL Charge 3 portable Bluetooth speaker ($163.20; down from $229): Planning on throwing yourself a pool party? Then you’ll need a waterproof speaker with big sound, and the JBL Charge 3 is all that and more. It will not only keep the party rocking, it will even charge your handheld devices for you. Right now, this Bluetooth speaker is discounted down to $183.20 at Myer, but if you apply the code ANNIVERSARY20 at checkout the JBL Charge 2 can be yours for just $163.20, available in black, blue, grey and red.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V compact camera ($1,339; down from $1,699): With built-in electronic viewfinder, an impressive autofocus system that can match a mirrorless or DSLR camera, the RX100 V produces excellent images and records 4K video. If you’ve been looking for a little compact camera to take on your next travels, this premium Cyber-shot should be your next buy. The Sony RX100 V is available at CamBuy for $1,339, saving you $360 on the RRP of $1,699.

Deals added Wednesday, October 18

Sonos Play:5 Gen 2 home speaker ($625; down from $749): Fill your home with Sonos’ signature sound, plugging in any device you choose or streaming over Wi-Fi. And it’s not often that any of Sonos’ speakers go on sale, but you save yourself $124 when purchasing the second-generation Sonos Play:5 from Addicted to Audio for just $625.

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Space Grey ($975.20, down from $1,229):  If you’re after the latest from Apple and either not keen to wait for the iPhone X or simply don’t want to drop almost $2,000 for a handset, this is the deal for you. Get yourself the brand-new iPhone 8 Plus 64GB in Space Grey for only $975.20 when you plug in the PLUG20 code at the eBay checkout until October 23.

Bose QuietComfort QC35 II noise-cancelling headphones ($380, down from $499): The second iteration of the ever-popular noise-cancelling headphones from Bose is an improvement on near-perfection. With Google Assistant now integrated into the headphones, these will be the only cans you need, whether it be for long flights, train rides or just everyday listening. You can get them in black for only $380 with the code PLUG20, or if you’re after the silver pair, check them out here. This offer ends October 23.

Nikon D850 (body only; $4,940; down from $5,499): With a 45MP full-frame back-illuminated sensor for the best image quality possible, this is Nikon’s best pro DSLR yet. And given that it’s brand new, it’s a rare opportunity to land a 20% discount on the camera. This premium piece of pro photographic gear retails for $5,499 a pop, but use the code PLUG20 at the eBay checkout to snag the Nikon D850 body for $4,940, giving you some leftover change to invest in a cool new lens. Remember, this offer is valid only until October 23.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 ($949; down from $1,178): With a Surface Pen included to help you with your artwork or writing on a 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display that makes everything pop, work could well be a lot of fun. This configuration features the Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Plus there’s a 5MP front-facing camera and a kickstand to perhaps make this the device that truly does replace your laptop. Right now, this Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is $949 on Kogan, saving you $229 on the price listed on the Microsoft Store. Keep in mind this is an imported model, so make sure you’re comfortable with that before finalising the purchase.

Deals added Monday, October 16

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus ($879; usually $1,349): Despite announcing the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung hasn’t dropped the prices on its Galaxy S8 series handsets, with the S8 Plus still retailing for $1,349. But if you’ve been wanting a plus-sized smartphone that’s got the oomph factor and won’t cost you the earth, the Orchid Gray Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus can be yours for $879 when purchased on eBay.

Apple iPhone 7 256GB ($979; usually $1,349): Apple’s released its latest flagship handsets, but that doesn’t mean the older iPhone 7 model is any bad. In fact, now is a good time to save on the handset. You can save $370 on the 256GB version of the iPhone 7, available in Jet Black, Rose Gold, Silver and Gold, on Kogan, where they’re all now listed at $979.

Logitech G903 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse ($155.16; usually $249): Compete with the best when you’ve got your finger on a gaming mouse that promises speed and responsiveness, with a lightweight design. This premium peripheral costs $249 at most retailers, but save $91 when shopping at PB Tech, where the Logitech G903 Lightspeed mouse is available for just over $155.

Asus ZenBook UX510 laptop ($1,278; usually $1,533): There’s plenty of power under the hood of this Asus ZenBook, with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Plus there’s a 2GB Nvidia GTX950 graphics card and a Full HD display for all your gaming needs. This 15.6-inch laptop is currently on sale at Harvey Norman, with 20% off the regular RRP. So grab the Asus ZenBook UX510 for just $1,278.

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