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Gizmo Guy Picks: Cyber Monday Specials

On-line merchants hope you'll be in the buying mood on this, the most glorious of Cyber Mondays. Here are some of the best techy deals we've found.

Gizmo Guy Picks: Cyber Monday Specials

Online merchants hope you'll be in the buying mood on this, the most glorious of Cyber Mondays. Here are some of the best techy deals we've found.

Employee Pricing: You hear about that in the automotive business, usually at the end of a model year. But Panasonic.com is offering current merch - everything from electric razors to home theater systems - at company store prices through 11:59 p.m. tonight. Site visitors first have to sign in, a minor aggravation, to get privvy to most of the deals.

In the camera world, the Lumix FP7 16.1 Megapixel digital camera is slashed by half  to $99.99, while the Lumix GF3C compact system camera (one of those small wonders with swappable lenses) is an even $500 with two Leica lenses  included in the bundle -  a super wide angle 14 mm plus a 14-42 mm zoom.

If you've been craving   a surround sound system and  Blu-ray video disc player for optimum movie enjoyment, the  Panasonic SC-BTT370 puts it all together (just add TV and serve) for a mere $249.99. That's another 50 percent off deal. There's on-board amplification, and the Blu-ray player can handle 3D and 2D Blu-ray discs, plus standard DVDs and CDs. Another all-in-one Panny home theater system with bigger, floor standing  front speakers, the SC-BTT-770, is being discounted to $379.99.

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In the TV realm, the good deals include two 3D-ready Panasonic Viera plasma models in the (bigger is always  better) 50-inch screen size. The TC-P50ST30 is $804.96 (list price is $1,499.95). If you relish  intense blacks in your picture,  go for the better  TC-P50GT30 slashed from $1,899.95 to $974.96. Panasonic is offering free shipping on both  models (and all its goods), though the back-order time for the GT30 telly is five weeks, not so good. But take cheer -  Amazon has this set for the exact same price  among its  Cyber Monday offerings today.

More From Amazon: Take, please, the FujiFilm  FinePix F505 digital camera. It boasts a mighty 15x optical zoom lens, captures images in file sizes up to 16 megapixels (for HUGE blowup potential) and  a 4GB memory card (enough to get started)  is tossed into the box, all for $199.95. That's a 50 per cent saving off list price.

If shopping for a larger laptop, consider Amazon's offering of a 15.6-inch screen HP Pavillion dv6-6115nr, specially priced today  at $549. 

In the growing world of tiny, battery-powered  Bluetooth speakers.   the Jawbone Jambox is one of the best, and today even more attractive at $149.99, a rare, 25 percent discount. The little wonder also functions as a wireless speakerphone.

For dedicated, "handsfree" speaking on a mobile phone, the Plantronics Voyager Pro+ Bluetooth Headset is an excellent performer. The mini-boom microphone  doesn't just cancel background noise, it also visually "clues" others  that you're not babbling to yourself! Amazon has that cutey at $49.99 today -  50 percent off.

Spotted some good content deals on the site, too, including the seasonal favorite "The Sound of Music" (from whence came "My Favorite Things") in a 45th anniversary combo pack (with Blu-ray and DVD versions) for $16.99, down from $34.99.

Logical Progression: The Swiss-based electronics company Logitech almost always impresses with its goodies - good deals even at full price. So at their company store (Logitech.com) today, I'm contemplating investments  in a couple of extra juicy  Cyber Monday specials. The Squeezebox Radio is available in white with a (usually optional) battery pack for $119.95 -  a saving of 48 percent. In a home environment which has Wi-Fi, the Squeezebox is  terrific at  pulling in free Internet stations (by the thousands) from around the world, plus pay services like Rhapsody and MOG and music off your computer. Has a very nice color screen display, easy operation and good quality,  room-filling sound. And with that battery pack, the Squeezebox Radio can be unplugged and toted around the house or into the backyard for non-interrupted entertainment.

For the guy who's got everything, the Harmony One advance universal remote is terrific at eliminating clutter and complication. You connect the thing (via USB cable) to a computer, go to the Logitech Harmony site and enter the models of your home audio/video gear. This  remote is  then automatically programmed to work with all 'yer gizmos. Logitech has "refurbished" Harmony One remotes today for $99.99 - a 50 percent saving.  

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