Boxing Day 2012 has been an excellent for deals - perhaps even better than last year, as manufacturers and retailers try to make the most of the last days of the holiday season to maximise sales. Of the hundreds of deals that we browsed, five caught our eye.
Asda has again cut the price of Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console, with the 4GB model down to £99 - its cheapest price ever in the UK, leading us to wonder whether the supermarket was making any profit off of it or using it as a loss-leader (i.e. making up the loss on sales of games and accessories). Despite concerns about the size of the onboard storage, the console works perfectly well with the overwhelming majority of Xbox 360 games on the market. It is also compatible with Kinect and with a slew of online services on the market like Netflix or Lovefilm (although you need Xbox Live Gold membership to access some of them).
HMV is selling Sony’s PlayStation 3 gaming console, the one with 12GB onboard storage, for a mere £120. Some might consider it to be an even better purchase than the Xbox 360, given that you can easily upgrade its onboard storage to 1TB; you don’t need an expensive subscription to benefit from most of the features; and it comes with a Blu-ray drive. An ideal complement for the PS3 could be this Hitachi 1TB Touro MX3 2.5in hard drive, available from Ebuyer for a mere £54, although you’d need to remove the drive from its enclosure. Amazon sells the PS3 for £125 which is still a great deal, so don't despair if HMV stocks run out.
£329 Nokia Lumia 920
EE has quietly dropped the price of all its PAYG smartphones by 20 per cent, but only when purchased in-store. Of all the handsets on offer, the Nokia Lumia 920, the top of the range model from the Finnish manufacturer, is the one that tops our list. It costs £319 plus a £10 top up, comes with a wireless charger and a pair of WeSC headphones which, according to EE, have a suggested retail price of £90. The phone, which we reviewed back in November, carries a rather hefty price tag of £495 at Unlocked-Mobiles.
Tablets other than the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy tab rarely set the world alight. But the Archos 80 Cobalt tablet did just that when British supermarket Tesco decided to drop its price, from a suggested retail price of £99.99 to a more palatable £69 - not bad for a tablet that was only launched a few months ago and which aimed to rival the £269 Apple iPad Mini. The tablet has a dual-core Rockchip RK3066 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM, an 8in 1,024 x 768 pixel display, 8GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a microHDMI port and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.