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


The Nintendo Switch has had a teensy-weensy price drop on Amazon, so if you've been salivating over the console, now might be a good time to grab it.

However, there's plenty of encouragement for budding photographers today. With the weekend upon us, you can grab a great camera – either a DSRL or a mirrorless – from Canon and head out to hone your skills. They're good and they're affordable.

We've also got a set true wireless noise cancelling 'buds for anyone looking for something to use on a regular basis without spending too much money.

Here are Friday's deals:

New deals added Friday, October 19

Nintendo Switch | usually $449 now $398

Amazon has been consistently selling Nintendo’s most popular console for $399, but you can save a dollar more on both the Neon and the Grey versions, with the price dropping to $398 a pop. That’s a $51 saving on its usual RRP.View Deal

Canon EOS 80D + EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens | usually $1,999 now $1,485.90

It might be a couple of years old, but the EOS 80D is one of the most capable enthusiast DSLRs Canon has produced. And in combination with a lens that offers both wide-angle and zoom, this package from Amazon is a winner with a saving of over $513.View Deal

Canon EOS M6 + EF-M 15-45mm IS STM | usually $899 now $725

If you’re looking for an affordable mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M6 is a sound choice, especially since you get a 24MP sensor and 1080p video capture for a three-figure price tag. While a kit including a 15-45mm lens retails for $899, you can save $174 when shopping on Amazon. However, this is a one-day deal only, so you’ll need to get a wriggle on.View Deal

Sony WF-SP700 true wireless noise cancelling headphones | usually $299 now $205

If you’re after a pair of diminutive noise cancelling headphones and ditch all cables, the Sony WF-SP700 is on sale. You can get the black set for $205, while the white pair will set you back $207. That’s up to $94 saved when shopping at Appliances Online.View Deal

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 Wednesday, October 17

Red Dead Redemption 2 | pre-order for $62 now $47

If you want to lay your hands on this great game that’s up for pre-order now, you could potentially save some dosh by shopping on Amazon and using the checkout code APP15. This will bring the price of the game down to just $47.View Deal

Xbox One S 1TB bundle | $359

While this isn’t the best value for this bundle, which comes with Assassin’s Creed Origins and Rainbow Six Siege, it’s a good option if you’ve never played these games before and want to give them a try. This bundle is currently available on Catch.

Bose QC 35 II | usually $499 now $397

Bose’s best noise cancelling headphones can usually be found for just over the $400 mark at various retailers, but you can snag a black pair or the silver set from Apollo Hi Fi and Video Centre for a saving of $102, with free shipping included in the deal.View Deal

UE Boom 2 (Afterhours) | usually $229 now $127

Get big sound any time anywhere from a portable Bluetooth speaker with 360-degree sound and a waterproof body. While you can get a variety of colours to suit your style, the Afterhours model has three different ones in case you can’t decide, and now comes with a saving of $102 from Catch.View Deal

Deals added Monday, October 15

Ultimate Ears Megaboom | usually $349 now $249

UE’s Megaboom wireless speaker gives you big sound radiating 360 degrees from a waterproof body. And you can save $100 on the purchase at The Good Guys, available in black and blue.View Deal

Canon EOS 6D Mark II (body only) | usually $2,499 now $1,698

This is the cheapest we’ve seen Canon’s excellent full-frame enthusiast DSLR sell for. With a saving of over $800, this is the best bargain you’ll get if you want a 26MP camera with great autofocus and great usability.

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

This is one of Amazon’s Lightning Deals, so you’ll need to be real quick if you want to get yourself a brand-new Kindle. This particular model has 3G connectivity alongside Wi-Fi, giving you the ability to download ebooks any time, anywhere. And just for the next few hours, you can save $50 (20%) on this excellent and wallet-friendly ereader.

Deals added Friday, October 12

Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones | usually $499 now $399

These are Sony’s brand-new noise-cancelling wireless cans and they’re just as impressive as the previous generation, if not better. With a 30-hour battery life, great sound and fantastic noise cancelling, along with a $100 saving, thanks to Harvey Norman, this is a great buy.View Deal

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) | usually $79 now 2 for $99

Amazon is already shipping the latest Echo devices across Australia, including the third-generation of Echo Dots. That means you can save on the second-generation model by buying a pair for just $99. That’s a saving of $59, the current sale price of a single Echo Dot (see deals from October 5 below).

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II | usually $799 now $594

If you’re after a pocketable travel camera that won’t let you down, Canon’s second-gen PowerShot G7X has a 1-inch 20MP sensor with a 4.2x zoom to get you closer to the action. You also can take time lapse videos with this little beauty and lets you convert RAW images to JPEGs in-camera. And you can save over $200 at JB Hi-Fi to spend on your next holiday away.

Deals added Wednesday, October 10

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Wi-Fi 32GB | usually $849 now $764

Even though Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S4, we have to say that the Tab S3 is still one of the best Android tablets around. And while the basic model of the 9.7-inch Tab S3 does cost a pretty penny, you can save $85 on the black model from David Jones. It’s a demo unit, but it’s still a good bargain.

Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB, Midnight Black)  | usually $1,199 now $839

If you’re after one of the best Android flagships, you can save a cool $360 on the black model of the 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9. Keep in mind, though, this is an imported model, so has dual SIM support. If you’re comfortable with a grey import, this is the cheapest you can get the Galaxy S9 for.View Deal

Sony Alpha a7R III (body only) | usually $4,999 now $3,899

If you’d like to swap out your heavy DSLR for a mirrorless camera, Sony is the market leader. And this is perhaps the cheapest we’ve seen the latest Alpha a7R III sell for since its launch earlier this year. VideoPro can save you a whopping $1,100, which is a brilliant bargain. That’s plenty to get a great lens for the camera too.

Deals added Monday, October 8

HP Spectre x360 i5 / 8GB / 360GB touchscreen laptop | usually $2,198 now $1,798

If you’re after a great convertible, then this 13-inch HP Spectre x360 is a great buy with $400 saved on the RRP at JB Hi-Fi. It’s powered by the latest quad-core Intel Core processor and comes with 8GB of RAM and a cool 360GB of storage. Not only is good-looking, it’s also a very capable and versatile laptop.

Sennheiser PXC550 | usually $499 now $399

While Sony and Bose both have excellent noise cancelling headphones, Sennheiser’s PXC550 wireless cans are another great option, and they’re currently cheaper than its competition at David Jones, with a saving of $100. These cans are travel friendly with great sound and a comfortable fit, with 20% off the RRP.View Deal

Jaybird X3 | usually $199, now $119

With up to 8 hours of playback, this sweatproof wireless in-ear sports ‘bud have excellent adaptive sound which make them a great option for everyday use or for workouts. And while they’re already affordable, they’re cheaper still at JB Hi-Fi with the Blackout colour option available for $80 less.

Dyson V8 Absolute handstick | usually $899 now $674

Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are great, but they are usually rather expensive. But thanks to David Jones’ mid-season sale, you can save a cool 25% on the price of the excellent V8 Absolute handstick vacuum. With up to 40 minutes of fade-free cleaning on any type of floor, this is a great bargain with $225 saved.View Deal