2019’s sure been a year. For South Africa, that means extreme highs and depressing lows, but one things for sure, the country didn’t stop…
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 tech sales and 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 tech sales and deals as they’re made available.
Huawei P Smart 2019 64GB smartphone – R3499 at Takealot
This is about the cheapest we’ve seen 2019’s Huawei P Smart, but it is a parallel import. That said, it does still include a two-year warranty, dual SIM support, 64GB of internal storage, and a 3400mAh battery. If you can’t afford a P30 Lite, this is probably a better investment.
Huawei Y7 2019 smartphone – R2999 at Loot
But if a larger battery is priority, then this is a worthy option too. Featuring a less dense screen, but a much larger battery than the P Smart 2019, the Y7 2019 also features the more power efficient Snapdragon 450. But, the phone also strips down storage to 32GB and comes with a one-year warranty.
WD Blue WD20EZRZ 3.5 inch SATA 6Gb/s internal drive – R899 at Loot
This is a pretty good price for this drive. Usually seen going for about R300 more, the WD Blue 2TB spins at 5400RPM, features 64MB of cache, and a two-year warranty. It’s perfect for buffing a home computer, or as the secondary storage drive in your gaming build.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 photo printer – R1699 at Takealot
Although it’s not the prettiest compact printers, the Instax Share employs the same Zink tech used by HP and Canon in their photo printers. The printer can be connected to your smartphone too, and can print around 100 images per charge. With these cameras, the real cost is the long-term investment of the actual Zink photo paper, so think twice before investing in one. That said, they’re great for scrapbooking.
Nescafe Piccolo capsule coffee machine – R699 at Makro
This is the cheapest price we’ve seen these listed online in South Africa, and if you really love coffee, this is totally worth consideration. You’ll need to purchase capsules along with it, of course, which makes it a less attractive proposition. But it does come with a two-year guarantee, and is small enough to fit on even the tiniest flat countertop.
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.
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.
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: Huawei P Smart 2019, by Huawei