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Find the best high-tech gadgets cheap

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you can't live without your iPhone or Wii and just have to own the latest high-tech gadget right away, it pays to find out if you're spending too much. Consumer Specialist Ric Romero shows you how to find the best buys on high-tech.Tech fan Robert Walker-Bunda loves scanning the Internet, dreaming of his next big gadget to add to his growing list of gear.

Sometimes, Robert likes to go all out and buy top tier merchandise. Sometimes it's all about the bargain. CNET.com recently evaluated a slew of products looking for the best splurges and steals.

Looking for a laptop? The Dell i1545 was named CNET's steal. For about $450, you get good performance, battery life and widescreen display. But if you are looking to splurge then you may have to go with a Sony.

"You got the Sony's Vaio FW480J. It's about $1200, looks a lot nicer, really nice keyboard and touchpad," said Dan Ackerman from CNET.com. "It is just really slick looking and has the Blue Ray drive."

Need a printer with a low price tag? The Canon Pixma iP3600 inkjet came out on top at about $50. Ackerman says if you're looking to go all out there's the Lexmark X7675 Pro. It is an all-inclusive printer with multiple functions.

"That's got a lot more bells and whistles. It's got this little flip out control center with a little screen you can see what's going on, enter all kinds of commands and it's a Wi-Fi printer," said Ackerman. "Anybody in the house can use this printer."

If you're a gaming person, Ackerman says the PlayStation 3 at almost $400 is still the splurge these days, and the Nintendo DSI is a steal at under $200. Robert has another gaming system on his wish list.

"I really want a Nintendo Wii, which my wife has forbade," said Walker-Bunda.

Of course, who can forget talking and texting. For under $40 the Samsung Trance has bluetooth and a slide up keyboard. CNET's treat: the BlackBerry Tour.

"This is the new BlackBerry Tour which really has one of the best keyboards I have ever used," Ackerman.

Ackerman says the thing to remember is no matter how cool something is, never pay for technology you don't need! Robert decided to pony up for his iPhone because he uses so many of the applications, but that's not the norm.

"I always try to look for a bargain," said Walker-Bunda.

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