Boxing Day is now behind us, and we’ve said farewell to 2021. Even though it’s the start of a new year, we’ve found that many deals from Boxing Day have carried over into January sales, and on occasion, we’ve seen prices that are even a little cheaper. (Although having said that, there are a few where January deals are slightly pricier.)
So what’s changed? We’ve found the Fitbit Charge 4 going for just AU$128 on Amazon, which is cheaper than it was on Boxing Day – if you’ve set yourself some fitness goals for the New Year, it's definitely worth checking out. Deals on the Nintendo Switch OLED have also returned, though prices are AU$10 more than the lowest we saw on Boxing Day.
In any case, we’re seeing retailers stretch out their sales well beyond Boxing Day and into January. As always, TechRadar’s Australian team is on hand to help you hunt down the deepest discounts on the hottest tech to kickstart the year. Read on for the details!
Where to shop during January sales 2022
- Amazon Australia: deep discounts on hundreds of items
- Appliance Central: discounts on 4K TVs, OLEDs and QLEDs
- Appliances Online: savings on TVs and home appliances
- Bing Lee: deals on home appliances
- Catch: huge variety of discounted items
- Dell: save up to 40% on selected laptops
- Dyson: save on vacuum cleaners, fans and air purifiers
- eBay: massive variety of tech, toys and more on sale
- HP: save up to 35% on HP Spectre x360 laptops
- Lenovo: save up to 30% on a range of laptops
- The Good Guys: savings on TVs, home appliances and more
- Rebel Sport: save on Fitbit activity trackers
January sales 2022: best deals
Laptops, PCs & peripherals
Apple’s back to school offer can get students and teachers a pair of second-gen AirPods completely free when buying an eligible MacBook or iPad. The deal gets you AU$219 off AirPods when purchasing select devices, and since the second-gen AirPods now retail for AU$219, you can get them for free. For further details, read here.
This absolutely blazing 15.6-inch gaming laptop is overflowing with high-end components, with a 360Hz 1080p screen that'll deliver super-smooth visuals in just about any FPS thanks to the Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU that drives it. And with an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, this is super well-specced elsewhere too. This laptop was previously down to AU$3,599, but it's now even cheaper at AU$3,419. Exclusive to eBay Plus members with the code PLUSJAN5.
This is the 2021 update to HP’s flagship 2-in-1, and it’s more feature rich than ever. You’ll find Intel’s 11th-gen i7 CPU under the hood, 16GB of RAM to boost performance and a 512 SSD. We found the fans can get noisy, and it’s still quite a dear laptop – which makes this 20% discount all the more appealing. Other configs are also on sale.
With an Aussie RRP of AU$399, this deep discount from Amazon is a great way to jump on the Wi-Fi 6 bandwagon. While we've not tested this specific model here at TechRadar, Asus networking gear is generally solid, and other online reviews for the TUF-AX5400 are pretty positive. Note that this ships from Amazon UK, which is often where Amazon's best router discounts seem to originate.
Effectively a newer and faster version of Samsung's original T5 portable SSD, this upgraded model doubles read and write speeds to roughly 1,000MB/s each, meaning this is an external drive will let you transfer files very quickly or work off directly, even for demanding multimedia tasks like 4K video editing. It's only available at this price in black from Amazon.
Portable USB 3.0 storage doesn't come much better bang-for-buck than this 5TB model from industry stalwart Seagate; if you need a hard drive that you can take with you, this one fits the bill and costs just AU$3.38 per 100GB. That's close to the lowest you'll find in this 'portable' form factor. it's a great drive from a well-respected brand.
If you've been looking for a USB-C hub adapter to add more ports and card readers to a MacBook or newer Windows laptop, this compact-but-feature-rich option basically has it all. With support for 4K HDMI video output, two full-sized USB-A 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader and the capacity to pass-through up to 100W of power to your laptop (that's enough for most notebooks, barring high-end gaming models), the only thing really missing is wired Ethernet networking port. It was down to AU$48 over Boxing Day, but this AU$65 price isn't a bad deal.
Fans of Animal Crossing are probably aware that Nintendo released a special edition Switch console to celebrate the beloved game. We’ve just spotted the gorgeous pastel green and blue console on sale at Amazon, and it’s the cheapest we’ve ever seen it at AU$50 off. Please note, this deal does not include Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Nintendo Switch OLED |
AU$539 AU$499 on Amazon (save AU$40)
This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen on the Nintendo Switch OLED (that was AU$489) but this deal is incredibly close. As the name gives away, the main difference between this new console and the original Switch is a 7-inch OLED display, which should make games look more vibrant when played in handheld. Available in white. The console is also available for AU$499 on Catch in both neon and white.
Amazon often has discounts across big-name Switch games during sales periods such as Boxing Day, and this year was no exception, with varying price cuts on a number of the biggest Nintendo titles. That includes:
• Animal Crossing: New Horizons |
• Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze |
• Immortals: Fenyx Rising |
• Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening |
• Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD |
• Mario Golf: Super Rush |
• Mario Kart 8 Deluxe |
• Metroid Dread |
• Monster Hunter Rise |
• Paper Mario: The Origami King |
• Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury |
• Super Mario Odyssey |
• Super Smash Bros. Ultimate |
PS5 games can be quite steep if you pay full price. But if you wait for big discounts, you can get them for no more than you'd have spent during the PS4 era. For those lucky enough to own a PS5, check out these deals:
The Basilisk X was a huge seller over Black Friday, and while it's not the generous 55% discount we had over Christmas, there's still a good 40% off. There's little in the way of compromise here, with long battery life, great performance and good comfort (provided you're a right-hander). If you're after a wireless mouse for gaming, this is a no-brainer.
Razer BlackShark V2 X |
AU$104.95 AU$49.05 on Amazon (save AU$55.90)
The Razer BlackShark V2 X is an excellent gaming headset, and Amazon has slashed 53% off the asking price. This wired headset has 50mm drivers, 7.1 surround sound and a HyperClear Cardioid mic, though being the V2 X version the mic can’t be detached. This version also comes with a 3.5mm jack instead of USB connection.
Headphones & speakers
Apple AirPods Pro (2021) |
AU$399 AU$325 on Amazon (save AU$74)
They were discounted by AU$80 on Cyber Monday, so this AU$74 saving is pretty great for the brand-new Apple product. The 2021 version of Apple's noise-cancelling headphones includes a MagSafe Charging Case.
Sony WF-1000XM4 |
AU$449 AU$339 on Amazon (save AU$110)
It's not the cheapest price we've seen on Sony's latest noise-cancelling wonders – that was AU$299 – but this is the lowest you'll pay for the wireless earbuds at the moment. They offer warm audio and clear detail with some of the best ANC in the industry, all in a compact earbud. Available in black and silver for AU$339. Please note, these are sold by a third-party seller on Amazon.
Now that the Apple AirPods 3 are available, you can score yourself an 18% discount on the second-gen AirPods when you buy from Amazon. The lowest we’ve seen these AirPods drop was AU$165 during Black Friday, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger saving on these popular earbuds.
Sony WF-1000XM3 |
AU$249 AU$177.50 on Amazon (save AU$71.50)
These true wireless earbuds are the predecessors to the Sony WF-1000XM4, but they’re absolutely still worth buying. Amazon has cut the price down to just AU$177.50, making them significantly cheaper than the newer version. This version still has good noise cancellation, a six-hour battery life and an expansive soundstage. Please note, these are sold by a third-party seller on Amazon.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds |
AU$399.95 AU$296 on Amazon (save AU$103.95)
While AU$103 off the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds isn't a bad deal, it's not the lowest price we've seen – that was AU$198. But if you really want some of the best ANC 'buds on the market without the premium price tag, consider nabbing them now. Offer available on the black colour option.
So you don't want to bother with the added cost of noise cancellation and wireless connection. We get it. If all you want is a pair of quality over ear headphones that still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, then Sennheiser's HD 400S cans are a great, affordable option.
UE Megaboom 3 |
AU$299 AU$249 on Amazon (save AU$50)
In our Megaboom 3 review we praised this Bluetooth speaker's punchy sound, great battery life and capacity to get very loud, and even 2 years after its release it remains one of the best portable wireless speakers on the market. It was down to AU$219 for Prime members on Boxing Day, but it's since jumped up to AU$249.
TVs & soundbars
Samsung HW-Q900A |
AU$1,499 AU$930 on Appliance Central (save AU$569)
There’s a huge chunk of change to be saved on this Samsung soundbar setup. It comes bundled with a subwoofer and delivers 7.1.2-channel surround sound, with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X standards. It’s also able to optimise audio based on its surroundings – a pretty neat feature. It was down to AU$896 in early January, but the price has since gone up to AU$930.
Yamaha SR-B20A soundbar |
AU$299 AU$198 on Amazon (save AU$101)
Don't be fooled by the price of this soundbar – it might be wallet-friendly but it can pack a punch, just check out the user reviews! It's one of the bestsellers on Amazon, and it's cheaper still by 33%. For under AU$200, you get bassy surround sound, Bluetooth connectivity and HDMI ARC connection too.
The Yamaha YAS-209 is a well-designed soundbar and subwoofer combination that has surprisingly big sonic presence. It offers DTS Virtual:X surround sound, Bluetooth streaming and Alexa voice control. Amazon's knocked 25% off the setup, which is a little less than the 30% off that was available on Boxing Day.
Health & fitness
Fitbit Charge 4 |
AU$179 AU$128 on Amazon (save AU$51)
Looking to pay more attention to your general fitness? Fitbit's Charge 4 activity tracker will do just that, allowing you to track active zone minutes, oxygen saturation (SpO2), skin temperature and more. You also have 24/7 heart rate tracking and a built-in GPS to accurately display your pace and distance in outdoor runs. Available in burgundy, blue and black.
Garmin Fenix 6 |
AU$999 AU$499 on Amazon (save AU$500)
Amazon has knocked the standard Garmin Fenix 6 down to less than half-price, so it’s a great time to grab the stellar multi-sport watch. The Fenix 6 is the top dog in the Garmin range fitness watches, and it comes with accurate GPS-based mapping to track almost every outdoor activity you can think of.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music |
AU$579 AU$250 on Amazon (save AU$329)
This particular Garmin sports watch sees this discount regularly, but if you've dithered before, now is a good time to snap it up for 57% off on Amazon. What makes this model special is the ability to store music on it, but beyond that its GPS is great and all the necessary tracking prowess is onboard too.
Bose Sleepbuds II | AU
$379.95 AU$307 on Amazon (save AU$72.95)
Can't sleep? The Bose Sleepbuds II are one of the best sleep aids you can buy. While this isn't the lowest price we've seen (that was AU$269 during Black Friday), this AU$72 off is pretty good value. If you struggle with noise at night, they block out distractions and provide soothing ambient sounds to help you drift off.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal |
AU$999 AU$779 at Dyson (save AU$220)
The Animal version of Dyson’s V10 vacuum comes with one cleaning head and four additional tool attachments, but aside from that (and the cheaper price) it’s the same machine as the V10 Absolute. One tool is focused on tackling pet hair, but you’ll still get up to 60 minutes of fade-free power with this cordless vac.
Discounts on kitchen appliances don't get better than this! A whopping 44% has been shaved off the Instant Pot Vortex Mini, so you can air fry, bake, roast and reheat for a fraction of the price. Note that the Vortex Mini, true to its name, has capacity of 2L, so it may not suit large families. Available in red and white.
The Aussie summer's here... and so's the heat! If you need something to help cool down, this powerful four-speed fan is designed to keep air moving, which helps wick away sweat and cool you down. This is the largest model Vornado, and the TechRadar team can personally attest to how much air it moves (we have one running right now) – although it's worth noting the whoosh it creates is quite audible on anything but the lowest setting.
Boxing Day 2021 and January sales: when will they start?
The Boxing Day sales have traditionally started on December 26, but in recent years, some retailers have launched their deals a few days before the official date, and then kept them going through to the end of the year.
With this in mind, it’s well worth keeping an eye out for early deals. We know Dell will start its Boxing Day sale on Christmas Eve, and over Black Friday, retailers such as The Good Guys followed the trend of starting sales early.
While certain retailers will launch deals before Boxing Day, there’s a chance that products may drop further in price on the actual date. Keep this in mind as you shop, and be on the lookout for deals that come with a price guarantee.
We’re still expecting most Boxing Day sales to start on December 26, and as soon as they start, you’ll be able to find the best ones here on this page, along with any worthwhile early deals.
When will the Boxing Day sales end, and the January sales begin?
This will vary from retailer to retailer. While some switch their Boxing Day sales into early January sales from December 27, others extend their Boxing Day deals right to the end of the month. For the most part though, you’ll find it's the same offers packaged under a different name.
What to expect in Boxing Day and January sales
Boxing Day and the January sales are a great time to pick up a discount on a TV. Bing Lee, The Good Guys and JB Hi-Fi in particular will be the retailers to beat, although eBay, Appliance Central, and Appliances Online should also offer great deals in their own right too. One place where you’re unlikely to find a good TV deal is on Amazon.
While it's still early days, the Boxing Day sales have traditionally been a good time to pick up the latest releases from the prior year – think fancy OLEDs or QLED displays. The newest features tend to trickle down to the cheaper models too, so if you're looking for something a bit more affordable, then you should be well catered for.
This year's premium TV sets have focused on support for the next-gen gaming consoles – the PS5 and Xbox Series X – so if you’re one of the lucky few to have a console, then you should be able to find a deal on a capable TV too. Our favourite OLED panel is the LG C1 OLED TV (pictured above) and it’s likely to get a good discount on Boxing Day.
Computing and laptop deals
While Black Friday and EOFY are typically thought of as the best times of year to pick up a discounted laptop or PC, we definitely wouldn’t rule out Boxing Day and January sales as a close contender. Leading retailers will absolutely be looking to compete with excellent options on everything from basic Chromebooks to lavish gaming laptops – and not just to shift old stock either.
Better still, large-scale global chip shortages haven’t really affected the laptop market in Australia, which means retailer shelves should be relatively well-stocked by the time Boxing Day rolls around. We expect manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo to offer excellent options directly on their sites, while Amazon, eBay, The Good Guys and JB Hi-Fi make up the bulk of top retailer options.
We saw Amazon offer incredible deals on a range of MacBooks over the Black Friday weekend (which quickly sold out), so we’ve got our fingers crossed they’ll be restocked and ready with another price cut come Boxing Day sales.
Headphones, tablets and smartwatches
The Black Friday sales period delivered a huge amount of headphones deals, with discounts on Apple AirPods, Sony and Bose headphones and Jabra earbuds, just to name a few. We think it’s likely we’ll see similar options on Boxing Day, though it’s hard to say whether the savings will be as steep.
There’s also potential for Boxing Day to bring sales on smartwatches. We didn’t spot any deals on the Apple Watch over Black Friday, and Samsung Galaxy Watches were also curiously absent. But Black Friday brought an all-time-low price on the Fitbit Sense, and Boxing Day could see retailers looking to cash in on those New Year's fitness resolutions with the relevant tech.
Finally, this year’s events should also include sales on the latest tablets. This year’s iPads are likely to be the most popular choices – and the ones we recommend. Sales on the newest 10.2-inch and mini models aren't likely to be anything too crazy, but there’s potential for slightly bigger discounts on the older Air and Pro models. However, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range is the more likely candidate for price cuts.
Health and fitness
The Boxing Day and January sales are prime time for retailers looking to cash in on those popular fitness-focused New Year’s resolutions. If you think you’ll be one of many to kick start a new fitness routine in January, then you’ll likely find excellent discounts on fitness gadgets (should you want them).
Last year's Boxing Day and January sales included competitive prices on the Fitbit Charge 4 and the new (at the time) Fitbit Versa 3. We’re expecting more deals on Fitbits this Boxing Day, along with plenty of big discounts on Garmin watches, as was the case over Black Friday recently.
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