Argos.co.uk sells a 46in Bush LCD monitor for a mere £350 with free delivery. That’s a rather affordable price for those whose budget can’t stretch to more than £500, roughly what you’d pay for a 50in model. The brand is owned, alongside the likes of Goodmans and Alba, by Home Retail Group, the business behind Homebase and Argos. The telly comes with all the major features you can expect to find on a mainstream model. That includes a 46in diagonal, full HD resolution, an array of connectors (three HDMI ports, SCART, USB, D-Sub, component video socket, composite), two 8W speakers, Freeview and VESA mount.
ASDA has put the Samsung Galaxy S4 on preorder for £587 which is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors (but at least you can go in store to buy it). In addition, one lucky Asda customer (who preordered the device) will get a year’s worth of shopping worth £5200 with 110 others getting either a £10 or a £100 Asda gift card. The Galaxy S4 was unveiled last month and it will be, at launch, the most powerful smartphone on in the UK. It has a 5in full HD display (the same resolution as the 46in display above), 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and so much more. Check out our ongoing coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the very beginning until the launch (and beyond), including the rumours, the rehashed reports, the disappointments and the expectations. You can also read our hands-on of the Galaxy S4 here.
Debenhams is offloading the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS41 camera for £60 with free delivery. That’s a 50 per cent off the original price and the camera is available in pink and black. It comes with a nice case and a 4GB Panasonic SDHC Class 10 card. That 14-megapixel camera has a 5-megapixel optical camera and is one of Panasonic’s cheapest cameras. Price though doesn’t mean that many corners have been cost. Proof of it is that this Lumix comes with a Leica DC Vario-Summarit aspherical lens. Unfortunately, we haven’t found any review of this nifty little camera but you can check some sample pictures from the DMC-FS42 on Flickr.
John Lewis is not a name you’d usually associate with computers. But the retailer is currently running a cracking deal; the Lenovo IdeaPad G580 is being sold with three years warranty for a mere £529.95 including delivery. That buys you a laptop with a dual-core processor (the Intel i7-3520M) that is clocked at 2.9GHz (turbo boosts to 3.6GHz), 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, a DVD writer, three USB ports, a 15.6in laptop with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, VeriFace face recognition technology, a HDMI port, Windows 8 Home and up to five hours battery life.
Sainsbury's is the last place you’d probably look for your television set but if you’re looking for a second set for your child’s bedroom, then it’s worth looking at the Celcus LCD32S913HD, a 32in television set that currently retails for £168 with free delivery and 336 Nectar points. As expected at this price, it only does 1,366 x 768 pixel with two 6W speakers, four HDMI ports, two SCART sockets, a USB port, component inputs, a Freeview tuner, a removable stand and it is VESA mountable. Reviews of the television set (on Sainsburys site) appear to be very positive with 453 of them averaging 4.8 out of 5.
Vodafone Ltd is one of the few vendors that sell refurbished smartphones under the “Nearly New” brand. We’ve noted the availability of the Nokia Lumia 610 (£80) and the HTC One V (£150 with two years’ worth of Dropbox cloud-based storage). Both of them are decent smartphones that come with a full warranty as well as brand new accessories. The first one is the cheapest Windows Phone smartphone on the market and is a good introduction to Microsoft’s platform. The One V is the spiritual heir to the HTC Legend, from which it inherits the “chin” design.
Zavvi is selling the cheapest 128GB 11in Apple MacBook Air laptop (review here) in the country at £780, a saving of £150 off the suggested retail price. That model was launched last year and comes with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, the i5-3317U with 3MB cache, a clock speed of 1.7GHz and up to 2.6GHz. Other features include 4GB of RAM, a 11.6in 1,366 x 768 LCD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, two USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt port, Facetime HD camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and a weight of only 1.08Kg. Expect the laptop to run for up to five hours on a 35Whr battery.
Pixmania sells the Arnova FamilyPad tablet for £247.40, the cheapest price for this very peculiar device in the UK. Arnova is actually the value brand of French technology company Archos. And the FamilyPad is, well, an intriguing device. It runs on an ARM Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 1GHz (similar to the first generation Apple iPad tablet) and comes with a 13.3in 1,280 x 800 10-point multi touch display. It has a number of connectors, two cameras and weighs a whopping 1.3Kg. Needless to say that if you don’t need a big display (to play games for example) there are much better and cheaper alternative elsewhere.
Dell is having a whoppa of an offer as it is offering a £60 discount on any Inspiron 15z Ultrabook over £549 when you enter the code 11V$S?HCV1XL1L at checkout. The best deal on offer is that with the Intel Core i5-3317U processor, one whose clock speed goes up to 2.7GHz with two cores and 3MB cache. Other notable features include 8GB of RAM and a dedicated Geforce GT630M graphics card with 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD and a 500GB hard disk drive. The £60 brings down the price of the Ultrabook to £519 which is a great price for a device that well-endowed.
PC world is giving a 10 per cent discount on desktops over £600 when you copy and enter the code DESK600 at checkout. The retailer is selling the Toshiba LX830-11D all-in-one touchscreen PC for £719.10 after the discount. This device comes with an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i3-3110M processor clocked at 2.4GHz with 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive, a 23in 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen display, a DVD writer, a GbE connector, a webcam, a Freeview TV tuner, keyboard mouse, six USB ports and a card reader plus Windows 8.