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Computers are an essential part of modern life, so much so that not owning one can put you at a significant disadvantage in work and school environments. The problem is that computers aren't exactly cheap, even with all the advances in low-cost, power-efficient technology over the years.
Boxing Day provides a welcome reprieve from this trend. Big discounts across PCs, laptops and computing accessories are commonplace, with brands like Dell, Lenovo and Microsoft often slashing hundreds or even thousands of dollars off their popular systems. If you've been eyeing off a Microsoft Surface tablet, a Lenovo 2-in-1 or a beefy Dell XPS gaming rig, Boxing Day is the time to take the plunge.
We've hunted down a selection of top Boxing Day computer deals and listed them in the table below:
|Product||Retailer||Original price||Discounted price||Discount||Buy it|
|Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)||Dell||$1899||$1139||40.02%||Go to site|
|Inspiron 13 7000 laptop (i7-8550U,16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)||Dell||$2298.99||$1378.99||40.02%||Go to site|
|HP X0H52PA 15" Laptop (AMD A6-9210, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)||Amazon||$777.03||$582.99||24.97%||Go to site|
|Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 PC||Microsoft Store||$1399||$1099||21.44%||Go to site|
|ASUS ZX553VD ROG Strix Gaming Laptop (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050, 8GB RAM)||Amazon||$1649||$1318.99||20.01%||Go to site|
|MSI Trident 3 Gaming PC (i5-7400, 6GB GTX 1060)||Amazon||$1899||$1518.99||20.01%||Go to site|
|Acer Nitro 5 15.6" Gaming Laptop (i5-8300H, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050)||Amazon||$1491.05||$1193.99||19.92%||Go to site|
|MSI Aegis 3 Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060)||Newegg||$1993.20||$1610.40||19.21%||Go to site|
|MSI Infinite Gaming PC (i5-8400, 8GB RAM, 4GB GTX 1050 Ti)||Amazon||$1649.23||$1367.99||17.05%||Go to site|
|Inspiron 5680 Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD)||Dell||$1998.99||$1698.99||15.01%||Go to site|
|Dell G7 15 laptop (i7-8750H, 16GB RAM, 6GB GTX 1060, 128GB SSD)||Dell||$2199||$1869||15.01%||Go to site|
|XPS 8930 Gaming PC (i7-8700, 16GB RAM, 8GB GTX 1070, 256GB SSD)||Dell||$2499.01||$2124.01||15.01%||Go to site|
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 i5 128GB 8GB||The Good Guys||$1497||$1,273||15.00%||Go to site|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB M 4GB||The Good Guys||$1127.80||$959||15.00%||Go to site|
|Canon Pixma TS5160 Home Printer||Target||$99||$84.15||15.00%||Go to site|
|iBUYPOWER Slate 055A Gaming PC (Ryzen 2700X, 16GB RAM, 8GB RTX 2070)||Newegg||$2301.20||$1995.40||13.29%||Go to site|
|Apple MacBook Air 13" Retina 1.6GHz Core i5 128GB||The Good Guys||$1847||$1664||10.00%||Go to site|
|Apple 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K Display 3.4GHz||The Good Guys||$2197||$1979||10.00%||Go to site|
|Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop||Amazon||$3299||$2999||9.09%||Go to site|
|Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-02393E31-R3B1 Laptop||Microsoft Store||$2399||$2199||8.34%||Go to site|
|ASUS VivoBook Flip 12 Laptop||Amazon||$370.20||$339.99||8.16%||Go to site|
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|18 Oct 2019||Up to $100 off fashion, tech, home items and more||PET****|
|18 Oct 2019||20% off must have tech, home living, kitchen and more||PAT****|
|16 Oct 2019||20% off Dell products||PDE****|
|8 Oct 2019||Up to 50% off: Mid-Season Sale||********|
|14 Oct 2019||Up to 20% off sale||********|
Judging by past years, a lot of Aussie tech retailers will be participating in the Boxing Day sales by discounting a variety of computers, laptops and accessories. Some of the big retailers to keep an eye on include:
If retailers follow the trends established by recent sales such as Black Friday, we're likely to see some pretty big discounts across a wide range of computers and laptops. Pre-built PCs from brands like Dell, Lenovo and HP as well as custom-built systems from retailers like Newegg, PC Byte and mwave are almost certain to receive big price cuts, as are name-brand laptops from companies like Razer, Asus and Acer.
Apple's MacBooks are also likely to go on sale, along with its extensive range of iPads (especially older models). Expect Microsoft to offer big discounts on its entire Surface line, including Surface laptops, Surface tablets and the new Surface Go.
Price isn't the only factor when deciding where to shop on Boxing Day. Shipping and returns policies are also worth considering, as is the quality of customer service should anything go wrong with your purchase.
We've outlined the shipping and returns policies for a few of the bigger tech retailers below:
Under Australian consumer law, you are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure.
If you receive a product and it's damaged or faulty, you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. If you have trouble obtaining a refund for a faulty product, refer to the guidelines from the ACCC.
These days, it makes more and more sense to shop online during sales events like Boxing Day. Not only do you avoid the crowds, you have the convenience of comparing prices from multiple retailers quickly and easily, plus you can seek out reviews to better inform your buying decision.
Shopping online is especially valuable when purchasing a new computer or laptop, as you have far more retailers and products to compare. Custom-built PCs, for instance, aren't sold in-store, so online is the only way to order them. The same goes for many high-end pre-built PCs and laptops.
There is something to be said for legging it around your local computer stores, though. Retailers occasionally offer in-store-only deals better than anything you can find online, plus there's always a chance of haggling a salesperson down or getting them to throw in a few extra goodies to close the sale.
The other big benefit of braving the Boxing Day crowds is the simple fact that you can take your new computer, laptop or tablet home then and there. Online orders can take days or even weeks to arrive, especially during the busy holiday season, so if you don't want to wait to take your new toy for a spin, shopping in-store might be the best option.
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