Hottest tech to buy in South Africa this week (22-27 July)

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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, narrowing them down to ten or less throughout the week.

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.

Note: check out Takealot’s Ultimate Checkout Sale deals here.

JBL Free wireless earbuds – R1599 at OneDayOnly

These completely wireless earbuds features a four hour battery life (with an additional five charges from the included case), IPX5 splashproof design, support for Bluetooth 4.2, and a frequency response of 10Hx to 22kHz. That’s pretty wide for buds this small. And at this listed price, these things are also cheaper than the Jabra, Apple and Samsung buds they compete against.

Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Dual NE62070015P2-1062A graphics card – R6999 at Wootware

Yay! Graphics cards are now (kinda) affordable again, and this RTX 2070 card proves it. Made by Palit, this card features a base clock of 1410MHz, a boost clock of 1620MHz, 2304 CUDA cores, and GDDR6 8GB memory. There’s also three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, one HDMI 2.0b port, and one dual-link DVI-D port. The card also comes with a three-year warranty.

Mecer K3G3R curved gaming monitor – R6799 at Wootware

This is the cheapest 2560x1440p 144Hz VA panel you can get in South Africa. Reviews look solid too. The screen itself measures 31.5 inches from corner to corner, and features support for AMD’s FreeSync technology. It has a single DisplayPort, one HDMI port, and one DVI port too, and included in the box is a DisplayPort cable and HDMI cable too. Nice. It comes with a two-year warranty.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 laptop – R3999 at Loot

About the cheapest you can expect to pay for a new, full-sized 15.6-inch Windows laptop in South Africa. This machine does have compromises though. You’re getting 4GB of DDR4 RAM paired with Intel’s Celeron N4000 dual core processor. There’s also a 500GB 5400RPM main drive, and a 30WH battery. And the laptop itself weighs in at 2.2kg, so not a viable travel option. Still, shove in more RAM, and perhaps an SSD for that hard drive, and you have yourself a capable desktop replacement laptop for students.

Kindle 6-inch 8th Gen e-reader – R1499 at Loot

This is about the cheapest you can get a Kindle new in South Africa right now. This particular model comes with 4GB of storage, and “special offers” on the home page. The latter is effectively Amazon ads. Still, you don’t see these when you’re reading, and for those frequenting planes, these little devices are much better than carrying four physical books around.

WD Blue WD10EZEX 3.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s internal drive – R632 at Raru

For a little more than a family meal out in Cape Town, this drive will store photos from your family meals for the next two years (warranty). Drives are dropping in price this year in South Africa, so this may not even be the best price to get this WD Blue, but it is at present. You’ll get a 7200RPM disk storing up to 1TB of data. It’s perfect for increasing storage in an older machine, or as a secondary program drive in a computer you’re about to build.

Feature image: Far Cry 3, by Ubisoft

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