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ITProPortal's Top Five Christmas 2010 Tech Deals

Christmas is this time of the year when, at towers, we look back at some of the best deals we've encountered over the past 12 months and which you can still purchase at the time of writing.

Prepare to be dazzled as we reveal our top Christmas 2010 tech deals; bear in mind though that because of their nature, stocks and pricing will unfortunately fluctuate; so don't shoot the messenger.

At number five (opens in new tab) is a deal that pops up rather frequently on Ebay courtesy of Zavvi. If you are after a great portable gaming console, then why not grab that Sony PSP Go Console for only £120, a price that includes the device, free delivery and 10 free full games worth £175, this means a saving of around 67 per cent.

The games includes the likes of 2010 FIFA World Cup, LittleBigPlanet and Gran Turismo and the package is no different qualitywise from what you'd find in your local high street store. Bear in mind though that the free games offer ends on the 31st of January.

At number four (opens in new tab) is the cheapest mobile broadband package you will ever find anywhere courtesy of Amazon and Three Mobile. A 3GB data SIM card, the same that you can pop into your Galaxy Tab or your Apple iPad, costs a mere £8.59 including delivery, that's 60 per cent less than the normal price at 3 UK and at £34.36 for 12GB, a fraction of what rival network would charge.

The data allowance lasts three months and doesn't require any registration or activation; just pop it in any unlocked 3G dongle, phone or device and start surfing. Why not grab a few of those while stocks last and use them as and when you need them.

In third place is a stunning laptop (opens in new tab) made by Acer and currently available as a clearance item (although there are enough stock from what we're told). The Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T is a notch higher than your average laptop. Indeed it has features that you would find only on laptops costing twice the price.

It comes with a Core 2 Solo processor, a powerful SU3500 running at 1.4GHz with 3MB L2 cache. It sports 3GB RAM, a 250GB hard disk drive, a DVD writer and a card reader. Its LED LCD screen is a 14-inch one with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels and is powered by an Intel GMA X4500MHD graphics module.

Add in a chiclet keyboard, a total weight of 1.89Kg, Wi-Fi, GbE, a 1-megapixel webcam, three USB ports, a pair of speakers AND a HDMI connector and you've almost got the perfect laptop under £300. The deal includes Windows Vista Home Premium in lieu of Windows 7, free Bulldog Internet Security, 12 months Acer collect and return and up to eight hours battery life with power management.

At number two is one of the big surprises of 2010, a tablet that can rival the Apple iPad, coming from Advent, the brand owned by retailing giant, DSGi. The Advent Vega has been so in demand that stocks have been scarce since it was launched a few weeks ago and units have been sold on Ebay for as much as £350.

The device is a 10-inch capacitive tablet with a dual core Nvidia Tegra processor, Android OS 2.2, HDMI capability, USB port, Wi-Fi and much more. It have some quality issues and not everybody will like its user interface but it will undeniably be a success given the amount of buzz that has been generated lately.

It will become available in greater quantities towards the end of the month according to our sources and you will be able to pick it for a mere £234, down from £249 using the code 15POUND at checkout.

And our top tech deal of 2010 is none other than the Orange San Francisco, a gadget that's so good that we bought one just to test it. By itself, it is an uninspiring piece of hardware, an Android OS 2.2 handset with a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, 512MB memory, Wi-Fi, 3G, 2GB onboard storage and a 600MHz processor.

But then comes the shock, the fact that you can buy it for £89.95, half the price of any other similar smartphones on the market, something that hardcore deal hunters like us cannot ignore.

The screen, a gorgeous AMOLED models with a WVGA resolution, is easily the best one you can find under £100, so much so that we believe that the Orange San Francisco (nee ZTE Blade) has single handedly changed the landscape for sub-£100 PAYG phones in the UK. But the best bit is that you can unlock it for free.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.