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EOFY 2021 sales: best deals on TVs, laptops, headphones and more

The end of financial year sales form one of the biggest shopping events in Australia, and tax-time deals are already filling our screens. This EOFY, we’re seeing solid smartphone discounts, If you’re after a brand-new laptop for home or work, the elite MacBook Air is now on sale.

Some very cheap headphones from the likes of Sony, Samsung and Jabra are also on sale for some of the lowest prices we’ve seen to date, proving that EOFY sales can offer some of the best discounts of the year.

Incredible discounts on TVs are also trickling in, with a whopping 75-inch TV from TCL dropping to half price, while stunning LG OLEDs can also be found on sale. We’ve dug up the best of the best, and you can find them below.

The amount of EOFY deals to trawl through can be dizzying, but that’s where the Australian TechRadar deals team comes in – we’ll be on hand during EOFY sales to help you hunt down the best bargains on electronics over the month of June, and we’ll list all our finds right here.

  • Amazon: big savings on Amazon devices, electronics and kitchen gadgets
  • Bing Lee: EOFY deals on kitchen appliances, TVs and more
  • Dell: save up to 45% on laptops and up to 35% on monitors
  • HP: get a bonus gift card up to AU$300 with selected laptops
  • Lenovo: save up to 45% on a range of laptops
  • Microsoft: get up to 15% off Surface products
  • Secretlab: nab up to AU$150 off gaming chairs
  • Telstra: save up to AU$200 on selected iPhones
  • The Good Guys: EOFY savings on laptops, TVs and more

EOFY 2021: best tech deals

Laptops & PCs

Surface Laptop Go for Business | from AU$1,189.15 at Microsoft (15% off)

The Surface Laptop Go is an affordable laptop that doesn’t cut corners, and it doesn’t make the same compromises as similarly-priced devices. It looks and feels premium, with a lovely display and very comfortable keyboard. As the Business version, it comes with Windows 10 Pro and Microsoft’s ‘Advanced Exchange’ program, so you’ll be immediately eligible for a replacement device if you run into trouble. All models are discounted by 15%, which you can configure with a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 chip and solid-state storage up to 256GB.View Deal

Surface Book 3 for Business | from AU$2,379.15 at Microsoft (15% off)

The Surface Book 3 is one part laptop, one part tablet. It has one of the best displays and keyboards we’ve tested to date, and the overall design is gorgeous. As the Business model, it’s equipped with Windows 10 Pro, which includes enhanced security and single sign-on. The range is outfitted with 10th-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and all configs are now 15% off. There are even Nvidia GPUs available for creatives looking to do design work.View Deal

Adata XPG Xenia Xe Ultrabook | i7 / 16GB / 1TB SSD | AU$2,763 AU$2,099 (save AU$664)

This powerful Ultrabook sports one of the very latest Intel 11th Gen i7 CPUs, has an ample 16GB of RAM and a generous capacity ultra-fast 1TB NVMe SSD. It includes plenty of connectivity, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports and supports Wi-Fi 6. It’s plenty powerful for any work or productivity tasks, looks beautiful and can even handle light gaming. Usually AU$2,763, until the end of June it’s going for a friendlier AU$2,099.View Deal

Gaming

Secretlab Titan | AU$599 AU$564 on Secretlab (save AU$35)

The Secretlab Titan is our number one pick for best gaming chair. It’s built well with premium materials, so it feels nice and sturdy. It’s incredibly comfortable too, and comes with a larger seat than the Omega below. Secretlab has taken AU$35 off its Titan chair in a range of colours, including the SoftWeave fabric model. If you go all out with Secretlab’s leather version, it’s discounted by AU$150.View Deal

Secretlab Omega | AU$549 AU$514 on Secretlab (save AU$35)

For a slightly cheaper Secretlab gaming chair, there’s the Omega model. It comes with plush neck and lumbar pillows made of memory foam for ultimate comfort. The seat is a little smaller than the Titan above, but it should suit most people just fine. You can now save AU$35 on the PU Leather and SoftFabric models, or move up to a luxe leather seat and save AU$150.View Deal

Smartphones & tablets

iPad Pro 11 (2021) | AU$1,199 from AU$1,019.15 on Wireless1 eBay (save AU$179.85)

If you’re looking for a new iPad, we think this is the best tablet your money can buy. Its phenomenal power comes from the M1 chipset, which is the same silicon behind Apple’s elite MacBooks. The 11-inch LED display is crisp and bright, without sacrificing too much battery life. Anyone can pick up this discounted iPad Pro by buying with Afterpay and the code AFTPY15. Note that the 12.9-inch version is also discounted using the same code.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB, Wi-Fi) | AU$1,049 AU$679.15 on The Good Guys eBay (save AU$119.85)

If you’re searching for a tablet, this Galaxy Tab S7 is heavily discounted. It has a premium build and a gorgeous 11-inch, 120Hz display, making it one of Samsung’s finest tablets yet. It’s compact size makes it easily portable, whether you want to use it for note taking, sketching or watching Netflix on the go. You’ll need to checkout with Afterpay to score this discount, and enter the code AFTPY15.View Deal

Google Pixel 4a 5G | AU$799 AU$549 at Telstra (save AU$250)

The Google Pixel 4a 5G is essentially the ‘lite’ version of the Pixel 5. While its camera capabilities didn’t wow us as much as Pixels from the past, we did think it took better video. We are fans of its clean Android interface, and it has good battery life for a Pixel phone. Telstra is offering the device for just AU$549 when you pair it with a plan, and you have the choice of buying the phone outright, or paying it off over 12- or 24-months.View Deal

iPhone 12 (64GB) | AU$1,349 AU$1,149 on Telstra (save AU$200)

Telstra is joining in the EOFY sales by offering AU$200 off the iPhone 12. You’ll have the choice of buying it outright or signing up for 12- or 24-month repayments, but to be eligible for the deal, you’ll need to pair the device with a Telstra mobile plan. Telstra’s plans come with no lock-in contract though, so in theory, you should be able to switch telcos anytime (provided you pay off the device). You can also save AU$200 on the iPhone 12 mini.View Deal

iPhone 12 Pro (128GB) | AU$1,699 AU$1,599 on Telstra (save AU$100)

If you want more premium features, you could consider moving up to the iPhone 12 Pro. Telstra has knocked AU$100 off the device, but again, you’ll need to pair it with a Telstra plan to be eligible. While AU$100 off isn’t much, it’s not a bad deal for this feature-rich phone. Available outright, or on a 12- or 24-month contract.View Deal

Audio

Sony WF-1000XM3 (refurbished) | AU$299 AU$134.30 at Sony eBay (save AU$164.70)

Sony has managed to squeeze best-in-class noise cancellation, a six-hour battery life and an expansive soundstage into these pocket-sized music makers. These earbuds have been refurbished by Sony, making these true wireless earbuds incredibly cheap. To make them yours, head to Sony’s official eBay store. You’ll need to checkout with Afterpay and use the code AFTPY15 to redeem. Available in black or silver.View Deal

Jabra Elite 65t | AU$119 from AU$78 on Amazon (save AU$41)

The Elite 65t are an older model of Jabra’s true wireless earbuds, and now they’re available from just AU$78 on Amazon. It’s the cheapest the earbuds have ever been, and they come with balanced sound quality, good battery life and a sleek design. The black set is now AU$78, while the gold are slightly more at AU$79. If you’d prefer the sweat-resistant version of the Elite 65t, the Jabra Elite Active 65t is down to just AU$98 in blue and AU$99 in red.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus | AU$299 AU$124 on Amazon (save AU$175)

The Buds Plus come with an 11-hour battery life, support for iOS users and a dual-driver design that results in better sound quality compared to the original Galaxy Buds. The earbuds don’t have noise cancellation tech, which could be a dealbreaker for some, but what the Buds Plus offer instead is a price point that’s easy on the wallet. Available for just AU$124 in the black colour option.View Deal

TVs

Half price TV

TCL 75-inch X915 8K QLED TV | AU$3,990 AU$1,995 on The Good Guys (save AU$1,995)

This monster TV from TCL is now half price at The Good Guys – that’s an incredible saving of AU$1,995. While we haven’t reviewed the unit, one of the headline features you should know about this 8K TV is its ability to support IMAX Enhanced content. That means it has HDR and multi-channel audio. If you’ve got the space for it, grab it for this incredible price from The Good Guys.View Deal

LG 55-inch BX OLED TV | AU$1,995 AU$1,695.75 at The Good Guys eBay (save AU$299.25)

The BX is one of the most affordable options in LG’s OLED range. It emits bright whites, deep blacks and vibrant colours, and overall the picture quality is impressive. It lacks HDR10+, and we did experience motion blur in our review, but if these aren’t important to you, it’s a great option. We’ve found it cheapest at The Good Guys’ eBay store – though you’ll need to checkout with Afterpay and use the code AFTPY15 to redeem.View Deal

Smart home

Chromecast with Google TV | AU$99 AU$84.15 on The Good Guys eBay (save AU$14.85)

Chromecast with Google TV is a streaming device that’s convenient and easy to use. While older Chromecasts required you to ‘cast’ content using your phone, this newer model lets you take control with a dedicated remote and on-screen interface. All told, it’s much more user-friendly. You’ll need to checkout with Afterpay to get this deal, and use the code AFTPY15.View Deal

Apple TV 4K (2017, 32GB) | AU$184 AU$156.40 on The Good Guys eBay (save AU$27.60)

Apple has just come out with a newer model Apple TV 4K (2021), so this 2017 version is now on clearance at many Australian retailers. If you’re keen to save some cash, we found it cheapest at The Good Guys’ eBay store, though it’s only available when you checkout with Afterpay and use the code AFTPY15. The improvements in the newer model are a faster processor and a better remote, but this is a good AU$100 less.View Deal

Google Nest Wifi (2 pack) | AU$399 AU$305.15 on The Good Guys eBay (save AU$93.85)

A number of Australian retailers have put the Google Nest Wifi on sale, but the cheapest we can find it is at The Good Guys’ official eBay store. Google’s Nest Wifi is a home mesh networking system that also doubles as a smart speaker. It’s simple to use and looks good enough to place in open areas, bettering your chances at faster, stronger Wi-Fi throughout the house. This deal is only available when you buy with Afterpay using the code AFTPY15.View Deal

Cameras

Sony A7R IV (body only) | AU$5,999 AU$4,045 at Ted’s Cameras (save AU$1,954)

It’s the king of high-res full-frame mirrorless cameras and all that performance and quality comes at a steep price. Sony’s own price tag is six grand, but head to Ted’s Cameras and you can score it for a whole lot less than that. To pocket the full saving, you’ll need to redeem AU$500 via Sony’s cashback offer.View Deal

Appliances

Dyson V7 Cord-free | AU$599 AU$320.45 on The Good Guys eBay (save AU$278.55)

This is an older model Dyson, but that also means it’s one of the brand’s most cheapest handsticks. You can expect up to 30 minutes of suction from the V7, while you’ll only get about 10 minutes of battery if you use its highest power setting. Dyson has discounted it, but it’s available cheaper on The Good Guys’ eBay store when you purchase with Afterpay using the code AFTPY15.View Deal

Dyson V8 Animal | AU$699 AU$599 on Dyson (save AU$100)

It’s not a huge discount, but if you’d really like to get your hands on a Dyson without having to spend top dollar and want something with a bit more oomph than the V7 listed above, then consider the V8. It’s powerful, great on carpets with pet hair and will carry on purring for a top of 40 minutes each charge. This particular model ships with one motorised cleaning head and four additional attachments.View Deal

Software

ESET Smart Security protection | EOFY 2-for-1 offer

ESET security software is a popular and trusted suite of services that can protect your PC, Mac, Linux PC and Android device from viruses and malware. It’s also effective against the rising scourge of ransomware, and also has secure online banking protection. Until July 1, the usual one user per subscription is doubled, giving two users full ESET protection. The standard cost for two users is AU$89.95, but for a limited time you can cover two users for $71.95 (saving $18).View Deal

EOFY 2021 sale: what and when is it?

Australia’s end of financial year is June 30. That means, from July 1 to the end of October 2021, individuals and businesses will need to file their tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Prior to that, retailers will be racing to shift old stock to make way for fresh items, and they’ll be slashing prices on plenty of products – which could be tax deductible if you use them for work-related purposes.

Australia’s EOFY sales traditionally begin June 1 and end on June 30, although many retailers tend to jump the gun, offering a few tempting discounts to lure shoppers in towards the end of May. The best EOFY offers will arrive in June though, and not all retailers will have month-long sales. 

We’ve found that offers often change through the month, so you’ll need to keep checking back in to see if what you’re after has seen a price drop.

EOFY 2021 sale: deal predictions

If you’re looking to save some money on electronics during Australia’s EOFY sale, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been following tax-time deals for a few years now and can safely predict what you can get for a cheaper price.

So, what kind of tech can you find during EOFY sales in Australia? Plenty. From computers to gaming gear, the best flagship smartphones to noise-cancelling headphones. Here are our predictions for EOFY 2021:

Laptops, PCs & peripherals

Computing gear are some of the most popular items that’s purchased during EOFY. Manufacturers such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell and HP will host sales on their sites, but you’ll also be able to grab laptops and desktop PCs from major retailers as well, with average discounts of about 15% to 20%. You’ll be able to snag bargains on accessories as well, with printers, keyboards, mice and SSDs – maybe even those elusive RTX 3000-series GPUs – all going on sale during this time.

Gaming

From Nintendo to Sony and Microsoft – there were plenty of deep discounts on gaming gear last year, but we’re not so certain about 2021. The current-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X are in short supply and often out of stock, so it’s highly unlikely we’ll see them for less. On the other hand, the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite could see some cracking deals (and keep an eye out for bundles too). There’ll also be some blockbuster gaming titles available for cheap if you’d like to expand your gaming library.

Smartphones & tablets

Good smartphone discounts are few and far between throughout the year, but there can be decent deals to consider during EOFY if you’re looking to upgrade your handset. Last year saw some great discounts on Samsung’s then-flagships, so if you’re an Android user, you may be able to score a new phone without having to pay full retail price. It’s also a great time to pick up a discounted tablet as well – particularly iPads – and they’re often tax deductible if you use them for work.

Home entertainment & personal audio

There were plenty of TVs, sound bars and speakers on sale during the last couple of EOFY sales, and we don’t expect that trend to change any time soon. And with some excellent 4K smart TVs already seeing price drops outside of big sales, we’re looking forward to seeing how much more affordable they’ll be during 2021 tax-time.

Portable Bluetooth speakers and headphones will be discounted as well. We’re expecting to see deals on the top-notch Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. We may also get surprised by a rarer discount on the Apple AirPods. While discounted prices may not match Black Friday offers, tax-time deals still see a decent chunk of change saved on premium products.

Cameras

The EOFY sales are also a great time for photographers – beginners, pros or hobbyists – to grab the latest gear. Last year saw plenty of cameras go on sale, particularly from Nikon. We also saw action cameras from GoPro and DJI drop in price last year, so keep your eyes peeled for excellent bargains. Sales on DSLRs, mirrorless snappers, compacts and more are highly likely to see a discount, or if you’re happy with the camera body you already own, we’re expecting lenses, tripods, bags and SD cards to see some decent price drops as well.

Smart home devices

Smart gadgets can now be found for every room in the home – from smart lights to smart security systems, and the speakers and displays to control them all. Amazon discounted its Echo range of smart speakers last year and we’re quite sure that will happen again, along with the other smart devices found on Amazon, such as Philips Hue smart lights. You’ll also find plenty of retailers offering discounts on Google’s range of smart speakers and displays.

Home appliances

If the appliances in your home are looking a little out of date, the EOFY sales will help you save plenty on the brand-new appliances you want. You can expect to see bargains on Dyson vacuum cleaners, robovacs, fridges, dishwashers, washing machines and plenty more. Retailers such as Myer, David Jones and Peter’s of Kensington will certainly have sales, where you could find great deals on smaller kitchen appliances too.

EOFY 2021 sale: best offers from last year

To get an idea of what to expect in 2021, let’s take a look at what was on offer last year:

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / RTX 2070 | AU$3,599 (save AU$1,000)

There was a huge packet to save on this dream gaming machine. The series is rated by our colleagues at PC Gamer as one of the best gaming laptops you can buy, making this steeply discounted Razer an absolute steal at the time.

Dell XPS 13 (9300) | i7 / 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$2,399 (save AU$600)

In addition to gaming laptops, we saw plenty of discounts on premium machines, such as this Dell XPS 13. This powerful configuration was a fairly new model at the time, but it was still available with a 20% price drop from Dell. Take that as evidence that it’s not just older tech discounted during EOFY sales.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB) | AU$999 (save AU$300)

Last financial year, this Samsung S10 Plus was knocked down just shy of the AU$1,000 mark by Amazon. Samsung has now released its S21 family of flagships, so there’s a decent chance we’ll see the S20 series on sale this June.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$469 (save AU$130)

These excellent noise-cancelling headphones were 20% off during last year’s EOFY sales. We’ve since seen the Bose 700 drop as low as AU$359 during Black Friday in 2020, which could be a promising sign of what’s to come this June.

Sonos Playbar | AU$759 (save AU$240)

This is one of our favourite soundbars, and it usually doesn’t come cheap. But last financial year, Amazon slashed AU$240 off the excellent soundbar, making it a little more tempting to update your home entertainment setup.

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