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.
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.