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Shopping for technology is an even bigger nightmare than clothes. But unlike clothing, finding the correct stick of RAM isn’t a question of it being too big or small, but just too damn expensive.
In a weekly series, Gearburn trawls the South African online shopping space to find the best deals, from DDR4 for your rig to cans for your ears.
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back in throughout the week, as we update this article regularly with new deals as they’re made available.
New South African tech deals added today:
WD Blue 500GB SSD – R949 (Takealot)
The Blue SSD features read speeds of 560MB/s, write speed 530MB/s with a mean-time to failure of 1.75-million hours. It comes with a five-year guarantee.
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra – R3199 (Takealot)
This device features a 6-inch screen, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has dual SIM support, a 23MP main camera and a 16MP selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy A50 – R5999 (Takealot)
The A50 features a 6.4 inch display, 4000mAh battery, 25MP front camera, a triple rear camera, 128GB of internal storage and dual SIM support. This is the blue version.
JBL XTREME speaker – R2299 (Takealot)
This Bluetooth speaker features a 10 000mAh battery and a play time of 15 hours, support for up to three smartphones, two woofers and two tweeters. It features a frequency response of 70Hz to 20kHz and a weight of 2.1kg.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 – R1999 (Takealot)
This phone features a 5.45-inch display, powered by an eight-core Mediatek Helio P22 CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has a 12MP and 5MP rear camera array and a 5MP snapper up front. It also has a 3000mAh battery.
Canon 200D camera bundle – R6999 (Takealot)
This camera sports a 24.2MP sensor, and comes with a 24mm EF-S f/2.8 STM lens, a Rodeo video microphone and a 32GB Sandisk SD card.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite – R3999 (Takealot)
This phone has a 3350mAh battery, 6.26-inch display, 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 660, and features a 5MP and 12MP rear camera array, and a 24MP selfie camera. It supports two SIM cards.
GoFreeTech 1600DPI wireless mouse – R79 (Raru)
This wireless mouse has a 1600dpi sensor switchable between three modes. It uses IR tracking and includes AA batteries.
SparkFox 3 Pocket travel bag for Nintendo Switch – R167 (Raru)
This travel pack features 20 card holders, space for two controllers, and the Nintendo Switch console. It also has a carry strap.
Sandisk Ultra MicroSDXC memory card – R159 (Raru)
This card features a 64GB storage capacity, and read speeds of 80MB/s.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU – R5499 (Wootware)
This desktop CPU features eight cores and 16 threads. It’s clocked at 3.7GHz but boosts up to 4.3GHz. It features 20MP cache, support for DDR4-2933MHz memory, and comes with a three-year warranty.
Harman-Kardon Traveller Bluetooth speaker – R1699 (OneDayOnly)
This portable speaker features a 2500mAh battery which gives the speaker a quoted 10 hour battery life. It can also double as an emergency power bank. It also features two microphones for conferencing, a weight of 300 grams, and a frequency response of 180Hz to 20KHz.
Samsung 55Q6FNAK QLED TV – R12 999 (DionWired)
This display features Samsung’s QLED technology, a 3840×2160 resolution, a display size of 55-inches and support for HDR10+.
WD Elements portable hard drive – R1099 (HiFi Corporation)
This drive features a capacity of 2TB in a 2.5-inch form factor and uses the USB 3.1 Gen 1 connection standard.
New South African tech deals added this week:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU – R2899 (Wootware)
This six-core CPU is clocked at 3.4GHz and turbos to 3.9GHz. It fits AMD’s Socket AM4 motherboards. The chip is built on the 12nm Zen+ architecture, features 12 processing threads, and supports RAM up to DDR4 2933MHz. It comes with a CPU cooler and a three year warranty.
Transcend 300S 128GB microSD card – R257 (Raru)
This Class 10 UHS-I microSD card features a write speed of 45MB/s and a read speed of 95MB/s.
WD Green 120GB 2.5 inch SSD – R349 (Takealot)
This drive features read speeds of 545MB/s, reliability of up to one million hours, and a weight of 32 grams.
Huawei P30 smartphone – R12 999 (Loot)
The Huawei P30 features a 2340×1080 6.1 inch display, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, the Kirin 980 quad-core chipset, and an underscreen fingerprint reader. The phone also feasures a 3550mAh battery and a triple rear camera setup.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A – R1299 (Takealot)
The Redmi 6A features a 5.45 inch display with 1440×720 resolution, a Mediatek Helio A22 chipset with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It also supports two SIM cards with LTE available on both. It runs on Android with Xiaomi’s MiUI skin.
Tech deals still valid from last week:
Metro Exodus (for Xbox One) – R499 (Raru)
A first-person apocalyptic title in which you battle the elements, hostile humans and monsters in a pre-modern Russia.
Mushkin MKNSSDHL1TB-D8 Enhanced Helix-L SSD – R1899 (Wootware)
This M.2 2280 drive uses the PCIe NVMe interface, and boasts sequential read speeds of 2.1GB/s and sequential write speeds of 1.7GB/s. It comes with a three-year warranty.
Nintendo Classic Mini Console – R799 (Takealot)
This retro mini console features 30 games from Nintendo’s past consoles. It includes one controller.
Sony PlayStation Classic – R799 (Raru)
This mini console features 20 games from the bygone PlayStation era. It includes two controllers, an HDMI port and cable, and one USB cable for power.
Logitech G433 gaming headphones – R899 (Takealot)
These gaming headphones feature 7.1 surround sound support, a removable 3.5mm cable, a removable mic, and two audio cables for mobile phone and PC use. It also features a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz and a weight of 259 grams. It’s available in black, blue and red.
“Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers – chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America. Play solo or band together as you explore, quest, build and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats.”
Kwese Play Roku media player – R799 (Loot)
This media player is a customised Roku streaming box with streaming service support that includes Netflix, YouTube, Kwese, and Red Bull TV. The box supports 1080p output as well as 5GHz WiFi.
LG 75SK8100PVA.AFB Nano Smart TV – R32 999 (Dion Wired)
This 75 inch UHD display uses LG’s 2nd generation Nano cinema screen design, and features 4K upscaling using its a7 Intelligent processor. It also supports HDR formats, Dolby Atmos, and a refresh rate of 100Hz. It features four HDMI ports, one component input, RF in, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi support for 802.11 ac networks, Bluetooth 4.2 support, LAN, composite in, and SPDIF.
SanDisk SDSDQM-032G-B35A 32GB microSD card – R79 (FirstShop)
This memory card features a Class 4 rating, a capacity of 32GB, and a five-year warranty.
Romoss Sense 10 powerbank – R199 (FirstShop)
This powerbank features a capacity of 10 000mAh, a scratch-resistant finish, a self-charging time of 6.5 hours, and two outputs at 5V 1A and 5V 2.1A respectively.
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti StormX graphics card – R4649 (Wootware)
This card features 6GB of GDDR6 graphics memory, a base GPU clock of 1500MHz which boosts up to 1815MHz. It features one DisplayPort v1.4, one HDMI 2.0b, and one dual-link DVI ports. It also has a two year warranty.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X CPU – R6999 (Wootware)
This 12 core desktop processor has 24 processing threads, 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes, 32MB of L3 cache, 6MB of L2 cache, and an unlocked multiplier. It has a base clock speed of 3.5GHz, but will turbo to 4.0GHz. It comes with a three year warranty.
(Further reduced) Palit Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 NE62060T18J9-1062A GamingPro OC graphics card – R5799 (Wootware)
This card features support for the PCIe 3.0 x16 interface, with a base clock of 1365MHz that boosts to 1830MHz. It has 1920 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR6 RAM, and an effective memory clock of 14Gbps. It features a single DisplayPort 1.4 connector, one HDMI 2.0b connector, and one dual-link DVI-D connector. It requires a 500W power supply, with an eight-pin connector. It has a two year warranty.
Adata PT100 power bank – R193 (Raru)
This power bank features a 10 000mAh capacity, with one USB-A output at 1A, and another USB-A output at 2.1A. There’s also an LED power indicator, as well as an auto on-off system.
JBL T500BT wireless headphones – R599 (Takealot)
These wireless Bluetooth headphones feature a 16 hour battery life from a two hour charge, a foldable design, support for voice assistants like Siri or Google Assistant, and a one year limited warranty.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 graphics card – R2999 (Loot)
This card features 6GB of GDDR5 memory, a core clock of 1594MHz and a boost clock of 1809MHz. It requires a 400W power supply, features one DVI-D port, three DisplayPorts and one HDMI port.
SmartDisk by Verbatim 1TB 2.5 inch external hard drive – R699 (Loot)
This drive features 1TB of storage accessible through USB 3.0. It measures 17cm by 12cm by 5cm.
Intel Core i5-9600K desktop CPU – R4799 (Wootware)
This chip uses Intel’s LGA 1151 socket and is part of the Coffee Lake refresh. It’s based on the 14nm manufacturing process, features a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 4.6GHz. It has six cores with six processing threads, a TDP of 95W, and 9MB of cache. It does not come with a cooler, but does feature a three-year warranty.
WD Green 240GB M.2 2280 SSD – R589 (Wootware)
This M.2 form factor SSD features 240GB of storage, a mean time to failure of a million hours, sequential read speeds of 545MB/s and a three-year warranty.
WD WD10EZEX 1TB 3.5 inch internal hard drive – R659 (Wootware)
This 7200RPM drive has a storage capacity of 1TB with a cache size of 64MB. The drive uses the 6Gb/s SATA interface, and comes with a two-year warranty.
(Further reduced) Hisense LEDN43A6100UW 43-inch 4K Smart TV – R4777 (Loot)
This display features a resolution of 3840×2160 and measures 43-inches from corner to corner. It features three HDMI ports and two USB ports.
Microsoft Xbox One S console – R3999 (Loot)
This console features a 1TB drive, three USB ports, one HDMI port and the ability to play Blu-ray movies. This bundle comes with FIFA 18.
Cooler Master MPW-5502-ACABW power supply – R699 (Wootware)
This non-modular power supply features a max wattage of 550W with 80 Plus certified efficiency. It features three four-pin connectors, two PCIe 6+2 connectors for graphics cards, and six SATA connectors. It comes with a three-year warranty.
Apple iPad Mini 4 – R6999 (Incredible Connection)
This 2015 iPad features cellular and WiFi connectivity powered by the Apple A8 chipset, a 128GB storage bank, a Space Grey finish, and a 7.9 inch display wiith 2048×1536 resolution. It also features a quoted nine-hour battery life, an 8MP rear camera, TouchID fingerprint sensor up front, and a weight of 304 grams.
Razer Phone – R7999 (Incredible Connection)
The 2017 Razer Phone features a 5.7 inch display that refreshes at 120Hz with a resolution of 2560×1440. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835, features 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 4000mAh battery, and a 12MP rear camera.
Expired tech deals:
(Now R699) Crucial BX500 SSD – R569 (Loot)
This SSD features a capacity of 240GB, a write speed of 500MB/s and a read speed of 540MB/s. It has a mean lifespan of 1.5-million hours.
(Now R999) WD Elements WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN 1TB external hard drive – R699 (Game)
This drive features a capacity of 1TB and a two-year warranty.
(Now R38 999) Samsung QA65Q7FNAKXXA Smart TV – R29 999 (Takealot)
This QLED display features 3840×2160 resolution, a screen size of 65 inches, HDR 10+ support, a 40W RMS sound output, and a two-year limited warranty.
(Now R6999) LG G7 ThinQ smartphone – R5999 (Takealot)
This phone features a 6.1 inch display with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. It features a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 3000mAh battery, and two rear cameras.
(Now R4937) Huawei P20 Lite – R3999 (Loot)
The Huawei P20 Lite features a 5.84 inch display with 2280×1080 resolution, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also as a microSD card slot, dual rear cameras at 16MP and 2MP, a single front 16MP camera and a 3000mAh battery.
(Now R799) Toshiba Canvio Basic external hard drive – R699 (Takealot)
This external 2.5 inch hard drive features a storage capacity of 1TB. It uses a USB 3.0 connection and comes with a two-year warranty.
(Now R2989) Fitbit Versa smartwatch – R2889 (Takealot)
The Versa features a 1.34-inch display with four days of battery life, fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring through Fitbit’s PurePulse technology, sleep tracking and phone notifications. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC support, and the watch itself is water resistant. This is the rose gold version.
(Now R2999) LG 27MK400H monitor – R2799 (Takealot)
This 27-inch Full HD monitor features AMD FreeSync support, a response time of 2ms, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a colour gamut coverage of 72%. It also features one VGA, one HDMI, and one headphone out.
(Now R3399) Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite – R2699 (Takealot)
The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite runs Android One and features a 5.84 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also has a 12MP and 5MP rear camera, with a 5MP snapper up front. There’s also a 4000mAh battery.
(Now R1699) Everki EKP121 Atlas backpack – R1549 (Takealot)
This backpack is checkpoint friendly, and fits screens from 13 inches to 17.3 inches. It also includes a tablet pouch, a trolley-handle pass-through, a quick-access slot for newspapers, and a high-contrast design. It has a limited lifetime warranty from Everki.
Feature image: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, by Xiaomi