Best Australian tech deals: cheap gadgets and online sales in August 2018


Maybe you're looking for a new convertible, 2-in-1 laptop? Or a phone that's as powerful as your average notebook? Maybe a neat solution to charge the two at once, instead of having too many powerpoints occupied?

Today's your lucky day! We've got an excellent pre-order offer on the 512GB model Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a saving on HP's Envy x360 15-ionch 2-in-1, and a too-cheap-to-be-ignored offer on a nifty little power solution from Kogan.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512GB | usually $1,799, now $1,499

Although it’s not yet available, if you’re planning on getting yourself what’s likely to be the best Android phablet available, then you should definitely make use of this limited offer. For the price of the smaller 128GB model, you can upgrade to the 512GB instead, so head over to Harvey Norman and get the 512GB Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, or Midnight Black for only $1,499.
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HP Envy x360 15-inch 2-in-1 Laptop | usually $2,399, now $1,999

JB Hi-Fi is currently having a sale on a lot of its computers, and you can grab the sleek 2018 model HP Envy x360 2-in-1 for $400 off right now. Powered by an Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, this is a potent little convertible laptop.
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Kogan 40W 3-port USB charger | usually $49, now $19

You can currently score this handy little device for over 60% off, so we thought it’d be worth a mention. This little power brick provides 40 watts of power and is able to quick-charge two devices over USB-A and charge a single device via USB-C, so you can get rid of those extra power-point hogs.
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Previous days' deals that are still available

Sales are hardly for a single day, unless it's a special occasion. So we see no point in deleting old deals. We hang on to them for two weeks, so if you missed out on them on the day of posting and they're still available, you can still score yourself a great bargain.

Deals added Friday, August 10

Apple HomePod | usually $499, now $398

If you’re deep in the Apple ecosystem and are keen to get some smart-home action, then the HomePod is definitely the best way to do this. You can grab the HomePod in either White or Space Grey for more than $100 off at the moment (a rarity on anything Apple), so jump in there and save some dosh.
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LG SK8500 65-inch LED 4K Smart TV | Usually $3,796, now $2,996

Getting into the 4K game isn’t cheap, but you can score this awesome 65-inch TV from LG for almost a grand off at the moment from JB Hi-Fi. The ThinQ-powered smart TV is capable of 4K Cinema HDR with Dolby Vision, Dobly Atmos and voice-control, all for only $2,996.
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Cygnett ChargeUp Ultra power bank | Usually $129.95, now $103.96

With a massive 20,000mAh of onboard power, the ChargeUp Ultra from Cygnett is capable of charging a smartphone 10 times from flat, or a tablet twice. Keeping this on-hand while on the move means you’ll never be without power.
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Deals added Wednesday, August 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | usually $1,399 now $799

While we eagerly await the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, we’re hoping for a price drop on the Note 8. But you don’t have to wait. If you’re comfortable with an imported dual-SIM model, you can get the Note 8 for just $799 in black, grey or gold.View Deal

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (3G+Wi-Fi) | usually $249 now $199

If you’re avid reader and want access to ebooks no matter where you are, you’ll need an e-reader that has a data connection even when you’re on the move. The Kindle Paperwhite had a 3G model which retails for $249 a pop, but for a very limited time you can save $50 on the device on Amazon. Get a wriggle on, though, as this deal ends at midnight tonight (August 8).

Dyson V6 Animal Extra | usually $549 now $349

There’s no doubt that Dyson has the best vacuum cleaners on the market, but they do cost a pretty penny. However, you can score a great deal on them, like this $200 saving at David Jones on the V6 Animal Extra, giving you the extra help you need to keep the home clean.

Corsair K68 Cherry MX Red spill-resistant gaming keyboard | usually $149 now $75.44

Getting excited while playing your favourite games is understandable, and accidents do happen. But with the Corsiar K68 Cherry MX Red dust- and spill-resistant mechanical gaming keyboard, your game doesn’t have to come to stop the next time there’s a food- or liquid-related accident, and it’s practically half price on Amazon’s global store section.View Deal

Deals added Monday, August 6

Sony 50-inch W660F FHD smart TV | usually $999 now $847

If you’re after a smart telly that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, then the Sony Bravia 50W660F is a great option, given its three-figure price tag. It’s Wi-Fi enabled, comes with built-in apps for streaming and supports HDR video, now for a lower price of just $847 at VideoPro.View Deal

Garmin Vivoactive 3 sports watch | usually $499 now $399

If you’re an active person and want to keep tabs on everything you do, then there’s $100 off on the Garmin Vivoactive 3 at JB Hi-Fi. You’ll have an easy way to make payments while on the go with Garmin Pay, add customisations via the Connect IQ store and plenty more.

Jabra Elite 65E in-ear wireless headphones | usually $349 now $249

When shopping for noise cancelling headphones, one usually veers towards the over-ear options, but the Jabra Elite 65E ‘buds offer active noise cancellation, even during voice calls. There’s also 8 hours of battery life when using the ANC feature and 13 hours of playback without, plus a $100 saving when shopping at JB Hi-Fi. The Jabra Elite 65E is available in Titanium and Copper Black colour options.

Sony LFS-50G Google Assistant wireless smart speaker | usually $249 now $179

This is the cheapest price we’ve seen on Sony’s Google Assistant smart speaker, and it’s on the manufacturer’s website on the black speaker. With better audio prowess than Google’s own smart speaker, and Bluetooth capabilities, the Sony LFS-50G is now the same price as the Google Home and comes with a bonus LIFX mini colour smart bulb valued at $69.99.View Deal

Deals added Friday, August 3

Google Pixel 2 XL | usually $1,459 now $1,199

This is one heck of a camera phone and it now comes with a saving of $350 at JB Hi-Fi on the 128GB model in both Just Black and Black And White colour options. That makes the higher storage model cheaper than the 64GB version.

Parrot Bebop 2 FPV bundle with Skycontroller 2 | usually $849 now $579

Get the bird’s eye view while you fly and film with the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV bundle. You can control the drone from up to 2km away and stay aloft for up to 25 minutes per charge. And, for the first time that we know of, you can save a cool $270 on this package at JB Hi-Fi.View Deal

Sony WH-H900N h.ear on 2 | usually $399 now $275

There are plenty of great wireless noise cancelling cans out there but they all usually cost a pretty penny. But there’s great savings to be had on Sony’s excellent h.ear on 2 range at VideoPro, with a discount of $124, making it more affordable.View Deal

Deals added Wednesday, August 1

Samsung Galaxy S8 | usually $999 now $640

While Samsung is getting ready to launch its newest handset and has been doing rather well with the S9 series of flagships, the Galaxy S8 has seen a price drop and is now a lot more affordable than before. So if you aren’t too keen on showing off the latest in tech, then you can save a cool $359 on the Maple Gold. The Orchid Gray and the  Midnight Black models will, however, set you back by $5 more. Keep in mind these are imported dual-SIM devices, so buy if you’re okay with that.View Deal

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker | usually $199 now $168

We think this is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can get today, with great sound and a 20-hour battery life. Plus it’s waterproof and comes with a $61 saving when shopping at VideoPro. And to suit your style, you can grab the speaker in black, blue, grey, red or teal.View Deal

Bose SoundLink Mini II | usually $249 now $193

If you’re after a more premium product than the JBL speaker mentioned above, you can give the SoundLink Mini II a consideration, especially since it also comes with Bose’s signature sound quality, good looks and a sale price of just $193. That’s a saving of $56.View Deal

LG 55-inch E8 OLED TV | usually $3,999 now $3,795

While it might not seem like much given the steep price most OLED tellies sell for, LG’s AI ThinQ technology adds something else to an already excellent television. So if you’re after the whole shabang and have some spare change lying around, the 55-inch E8 OLED is available for over $200 less at The Good Guys.

GoPro Hero action camera | usually $299 now $266

It’s the latest GoPro camera and the first entry-level model from the action camera company. So if you don’t need the bells and whistles that comes with the more premium models, this FHD voice-controlled cam now has a $33 saving when shopping at VideoPro.View Deal

House of Marley Liberate XL headphones | usually $249 now $70

Following in the footsteps of the on-ear Liberate Bluetooth headphones, the Liberate XL promises added comfort along with the great sound, thanks to its over-ear design and 50mm drivers. Plus they’re only $70 from Dick Smith or Kogan – that’s a steal!View Deal

Deals added Friday, July 27

iRobot Roomba 690 | usually $849 now $679.20

Put your feet up while something else takes care of your vacuuming for you, and does it at a lesser price than it normally would. iRobot is known for its Roomba range of robot vacuums that are fantastic but cost an arm and a leg usually, but head to Amazon and snag the iRobot Roomba for nearly $170 less than its regular RRP.View Deal

Sony Alpha a7S II ILC body | usually $3,999 now $3,489

While the Sony Alpha a7R II has been on sale on Sony’s site for a while, we’ve found a $510 saving on its S series counterpart at Digital Camera Warehouse. That’s over $100 cheaper than Sony’s own sale price. So if you’re after a great mirrorless snapper, this is a bargain you ought to consider.View Deal

Google Home smart speaker | usually $179 now $138

Home automation doesn’t have to be an expensive affair if you know where to find a great bargain, and right now you can save $41 on the Google Home smart speaker when shopping from MobileCiti.View Deal

Fitbit Charge 2 HR | usually $199 now $132

If you want to keep tabs on your fitness regime, save $67 on the Fitbit Charge 2 at Harvey Norman. You’ll be able to monitor all your activity and your heart rate without paying the hefty price that some of the newer trackers and smartwatches come with.View Deal