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Black Friday Bargains — great tech deals for under $500!



It's almost here – the biggest shopping day of the year!

With finances being a little tight this year, manufacturers and retailers have cut prices to make sure the stores are full and inventory is on the move. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the tech and electronics sector. Bargains are everywhere. Whether you are buying from the store or online, great tech gear has never been cheaper!

Read on for some of The Online Mom's top Black Friday recommendations:

Toshiba Satellite T115-S1100
A dream laptop from Toshiba. An 11.6-inch widescreen with LED backlit display. 250GB hard drive with 2GB memory. Built-in webcam and microphone. Comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. Ultra-thin and weighs-in at 3.3lbs. The ideal machine for heavy-duty office work, running your multi-media library, or taking on the road. Over 8 hours of battery life. Best price: $449.99 ToshibaDirect.com; Amazon.com

Flip Mino HD
Mino HD offers stunningly crisp HD-quality video in a sleek camcorder that's customizable to your own design. Simple user interface features one-touch recording. Captures 60 minutes of video on 4GB of memory. Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into a PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare software. Best price: $159.00 from Wal-Mart

Xbox 360 Elite Winter 2009 Bundle
The best gaming console deal on the market. The sleek black 120GB Xbox 360 console, with matching wireless controller and headset. Watch thousands of movies at the press of a button, including titles streamed instantly from Netflix. Downloadable game add-ons like songs, maps, levels and characters. Comes with two free games – LEGO Batman: The Videogame and PURE.  Best price: $299.00 from Amazon.com

Samsung TL225 DualView + Accessory Kit
The innovative Samsung DualView camera features an additional front LCD screen to make it easier to create self-portraits. Boasts 12.2 megapixel resolution, a 4.6x Schneider-Kreuznack zoom lens, and a 3.3-inch touch display. The kit includes an 8GB microSD card, a memory card wallet, a camera case, a mini tripod, screen protectors and 25 free prints!  Best price: $349.00 from Sears

Sony Bravia L Series 32-inch LCD HDTV
Looking to swap out that old TV in the bedroom, kitchen or office? Get a 32-inch flat screen from Sony at a bargain price. The L-Series Bravia delivers a crisp, clear picture at 720p resolution and a contrast ratio of 13,000:1. Features six HD inputs, two component inputs and one PC input.  Best price: $499.99 Sony Style

Acer Aspire One D250
Still one of the cheapest and best netbooks on the market, the Acer Aspire One is no-frills computing at its finest. Features a 10.1-inch display, 160GB hard drive, 1GB memory, a near full-size keyboard and a battery life of over 7.5 hours. Browse the Internet, check e-mail, share photos, stream video, and chat via the Crystal Eye webcam. Weighs in at just 2.8lbs.  Best price: $399.83 at Amazon.com

BlackBerry Storm 2
There's never been a better time to buy a smartphone. The iPhone 3G S still leads the way but the Droid from Verizon is right on its heels. If it's a great deal you're looking for, then you can't do better than the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550, also from Verizon. Features a great 3.25-inch hi-res touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, digital audio and video playback, integrated GPS, access to the VCAST on-demand network. And all on Verizon's reliable 3G network.  Best price: $149.99 with a two-year service contract with Verizon

HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One
Print great photos on-the-go with HP's wireless Photosmart Premium All-in-One printer. The large TouchSmart screen allows you to print, scan, copy, directly access the Snapfish photo-sharing site and more. No need to connect to a PC! Bluetooth-enabled, so you can also print directly from a mobile phone or an iPod Touch. Lots of ink and paper saving devices and you can even recycle cartridges through HP's Planet Partner service! Best price: $149.99 from Staples



Comments:
Comment by Brandy, posted 11/23/2009, 6:18 AM:

Lots of great gift ideas, I love my HP and my Flip so love that you recommended those!
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