Best Tech Deals of December 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but as we race towards Christmas there are still plenty of deals to be had, whether you're after a gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself. But with so many deals to choose from, it can be a confusing time for those of us that like our tech. There are deals galore on TVs, Laptops, Smartphones and just about anything else that runs on electricity, choosing how to spend your cash wisely gets trickier every year.

Luckily we’re here to round up all the best deals, discounts and offers retailers have in store, meaning you can splurge with confidence. With our indispensable guide you can snap up enough tech to get you through the next twelve months easily. Grab these deals quickly though - they'll sell out fast!

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Lenovo Deals

Lenovo Ideapad 15.6in Laptop

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Was: £449.99

Now: £299.99 (£150 off)

This laptop comes with free Microsoft Office 365 Home for 1 Year

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Best Tech Deals: Christmas Deals 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but there are still hundreds of deals to be had as Christmas approaches. We've scoured the web for the very best tech deals, whether you're looking for a new TV, a new laptop, a new phone or perhaps just a fun gadget to buy as a stocking filler for a loved one.

As Christmas approaches, you'll see some brilliantly good deals on all things electrical ready for the gift-giving season. Those great deals will soon be followed by Boxing Day sales and January sales, so keep an eye out for a bargain price on that tablet you've always wanted or camera you've had your eye on.

Best Tech Deals: Best places to get cheap tech

Amazon has Lightning Deals running all year round, particularly during the busy Christmas shopping period and throughout January. Plus, if you're an Amazon Prime Member, you can get access to those deals 30 minutes early before all of the good stuff gets snapped up. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime here - now is a great time to do so.

eBay is another great place to look for deals. There are outlets from big-name stores such as Argos on eBay, and there you'll find heavily discounted tech from trusted sources.

There are hundreds of other stores offering deals all the time though, which is where we come in. Our team of experts curate the best tech deals from every category right here, so you don't have to do the hard work!

Tech Deals buying advice: What makes a good deal?

While there are lots of amazing tech deals to be had, it's worth pointing out that not everything will be the good deal that it sounds. Here are some tips for buying tech (and other stuff) that is discounted or part of a sale.

Check the market value

Always check the market value for a product. Just because a laptop or a tablet has a 'save 50%' label slapped on it, that doesn't mean you'll be getting it significantly cheaper than you would yesterday or next week. Sale prices are usually calculated from the RRP, and few products maintain their RRP for their lifetime on sale. It's not unheard of for some retailers to raise their prices immediately before a sale.

See if the product is the latest version

This is particularly true of older products, and many of the 'deals' you'll see are previous-gen- or poor-quality products the retailer wants to get rid of. That doesn't mean they are not a good buy, but it's worth checking the specification against more recent devices.

The best price might not be on the weekend

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge events in retail, but these days someone somewhere has a sale on every day of the year. If you see a great deal today, don't wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or Boxing Day and January sales in the hope that the price will come down further. It might not be reduced and, worse, it might be out of stock.

Big brands aren't always the best

You don't have to buy a product simply because it's from a well-known manufacturer such as, say, Samsung. Samsung makes many excellent high-end products; it also makes a lot of cheap devices that are cheap all year around. Don't forget to read up on the product you're buying: read reviews from both tech sites such as this and real-life end users.

Don't jump the gun

To grab a bargain you need to be quick, but in your rush to snap up a deal don't forget to read the small print. Carefully check the item description and delivery requirements before you add a product to your basket. 

Check those delivery times

If you're buying for Christmas, make sure that product will arrive in time (and bear in mind that at this time of year, and especially after a big sales event such as Black Friday, postal services will have a lot of parcels to ship and may take longer to do so). Shipping charges can also make your purchase go from a quick deal to an extravagance you didn't really need.

Stop, look and listen

Do you really need that item? It's easy to be tempted by bargains, but you're not saving any money at all if you're buying something you probably won't use. HotUKDeals suggests writing a list of what you hope to find, then looking for deals on only those products on the day. If you don't visit the sale pages you can't be tempted.

Be sensible online

Don't buy anything that you can't afford, and be careful how you pay. Purchasing on credit cards is convenient and offers extra protection than does buying with a debit card, but if you're not going to immediately pay back that money then you may end up out of pocket in the long run. PayPal is another option for making secure payments.

Consider extra savings

Always look for voucher codes before buying a product online. If one is available you may get an even better deal.

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