It's Black Friday - that American tradition that has permeated Australian retail culture (yay for globalisation I guess). And that means lots of items for sale. Of course, it is important to make sure that what you think is a bargain, really is a bargain. The ACCC doesn't take kindly to companies that release a product that is marked with a reduced price that was never sold at the full price but if you're savvy, there are some good deals out there. Here a few that IT professionals should take a look at.
Lenovo is offering solid deals in its Black Friday sale. Using the discount code "BLACK" you can knock between 25% and 40% off the price of many of their systems. For example, the Yoga X1 is now just under $1700 from almost $2500 and the V520s Small Desktop has been dropped by $300 to $799. If you were thinking of an upgrade now could be a good time.
If you were after a big, Ultra HD display, Dell's UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 4K Monitor has had a $550 price drop for Black Friday. I've played with quite a few Dell displays over the years and they're very good and represent solid value for money. While there are less expensive displays out there, they typically offer a much lower resolution than Dell's high-end displays.
It's Rose Gold (which kind of sucks unless you're into that) but Catch is selling 9.7-ich iPad Pros with WiFi and Cellular for $699 which a significant bargain. While they are running Apple's ins-store demo program, they can be factory reset even though they are in a sealed box and brand new.
If you're looking for some new office furniture, Dick Smith (which is now part of the Kogan family) is offering office chairs, shredders and lots of other gear at solid discounts with free shipping on many items.
While they're not calling it a Black Friday sale, JB HiFi has a bunch of stuff at reduced prices over the weekend. Macs are down 10% (by the way, if you ask nicely Apple Stores will price match) with lots of other tech down by as much as 40%. For example, the Galaxy Note 8 is $999 - a saving of $380 over the RRP.
What other bargains have you spotted for IT professionals? Feel free to share in the comments.