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EOFY 2020: the best tech deals from Australia’s end-of-financial year sales

The end-of-financial-year sale is one of the biggest shopping events in Australia, with a wide range of products steeply discounted, including cars, household appliances and, of course consumer electronics.

Shopping during Australia’s EOFY sales means you’ll be able to get your finances in order before filing your tax paperwork as a lot of the discounted items will be tax deductible. So not only will you save some cash on the purchase, you’ll also be able to pocket some extra savings in the form of your tax returns.

And while lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted, it’s still a very good idea to shop online. After all, you’ll be able to stay off your feet and shop from the comfort of your own home, and you’ll have more time and energy to trawl through various online storefronts for the best offers. Or, you could let us do the hard work.

TechRadar’s Australian team is on hand to sift the chaff and find the best bargains on electronics over the entire month of June. We’ll list them all right here and keep this page updated with new offers as and when they’re made available. There is a strong possibility that a lot of the EOFY sales will end before June 30, so you will need to be quick to snag a great deal.

Retailers offering EOFY deals

EOFY 2020 deals

Laptops & 2-in-1s

Dell XPS 13 (9300) | i7 / 8GB / 512GB | AU$2,549 (RRP AU$2,999; save AU$450)

Last year’s Dell XPS 13 was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Dell pushed the envelope and delivered this stunning XPS 13 2020 update. So while this isn’t a huge discount, 15% off a brand new machine isn’t bad at all. There’s grunt under the hood, with a 10th-generation Core 17 and 8GB of system memory. And if this is a work-related purchase, you’ll pocket a little more in the long run in the form of your tax returns.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (5593) | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD | AU$1,259 (RRP AU$2,099; save AU$840)

Dell has slashed the price of this high-spec machine, dropping the RRP by 40%. There’s a lot to like here too – inside you’ll find Intel’s latest 10th-gen i7 processor, teamed up with 16GB of system memory and 512GB of solid-state storage. Exactly the kind of specs that’ll make using this laptop a breeze. Grab it now while it’s discounted down to AU$1,259 directly from Dell.View Deal

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 | i5 / 8GB /  512GB SSD | AU$1,034.55 (RRP AU$2,299; save AU$1,264.45)

Lenovo’s ThinkPad range is known in the world of business laptops for its security and stability, and this E15 is no exception. You can set yourself up with a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 15.6-inch display, 512GB SSD and fingerprint reader for better than half price from Lenovo’s store.View Deal

Dell Vostro 15 3000 | i7 / 8GB / 512GB / MX230 | AU$1,279 (RRP AU$2,139; save AU$860)

This 15-inch laptop has been designed for work but there’s a discrete graphics card that will help when it comes time to switch off. While the MX230 isn’t a powerful GPU, it will run some basic gaming when you require a little distraction. A 40% discount sees a cool AU$860 slashed off the RRP, and you can use the checkout code EOFY5 to score an additional 5% off. That brings the final price down to just AU$1,215.View Deal

Lenovo Chromebook S340 (14) | Celeron N4000 / 4GB / 64GB | AU$439 (RRP AU$549; save AU$110)

There aren’t too many Chromebook models officially available in Australia but if you’re after a budget device for basic browsing and text input for documents (like doing homework), consider this Lenovo offer. There’s 20% off the 14-inch device, saving you AU$110 and making it a very affordable machine indeed. Just be sure to use the checkout code CLASSROOM6 by June 4 to avail the discount.View Deal

Dell Latitude 5300 | i7 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$2,297.80 (RRP AU$4,867.80; save AU$2,570)

It might have an older 8th-gen Core i7 processor under the hood but don’t underestimate this 13-inch Latitude 2-in-1. With ExpressCharge support that adds 80% juice in an hour and Wi-Fi constantly running in the background, it’s designed for the busy professional constantly on the move. And, to make this even better, there’s 50% off the device directly from Dell.View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y740 (15) | i7 / 16GB / 256GB + 1TB / GTX 1660 Ti | AU$2,474.25 (RRP AU$3,299; save AU$824.75)

With the Legion Y740 gaming laptop from Lenovo, you’re getting a whole lot of power packed into a sleek and portable machine with all the flash and trim you could desire to boost your gaming experience. RGB keys, a 15.6-inch display with 144Hz refresh rate, a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD, as well as a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should serve you well.View Deal

Smartphones & tablets

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (256GB) | AU$1,279 (RRP AU$1,699; save AU$420)

If you’re keen on laying your hands on the best Android smartphone there is, then this is your chance to save a couple of hundred dollars. Amazon has slashed the price of the Note 10 Plus by 25%. With 256GB of onboard storage, a 4,300mAh battery, brilliant camera array and features catering towards productivity, this is one heck of a buy at this price. Available in Aura Black or Aura Glow for AU$1,279.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (128GB; Wi-Fi) | AU$888 (RRP AU$1,099; save AU$211)

It’s a very premium Android tablet and rightly so – its 10.5-inch screen is perfect for watching videos on and for productivity. However, you don’t need to pay top dollar for this excellent device as Amazon has slashed the price by 19% and, if you happen to use this for work, you could pocket some extra cash in the form of your tax returns.View Deal

Personal audio

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$469 (RRP AU$599; save AU$130)

While not as cheap as the AU$449 offer we saw on Amazon earlier in May, Bose’s latest ANC cans are still 20% off on the shopping site. With up to 20 hours of battery life, excellent sound quality, a comfortable fit and let’s not forget the noise cancellation during phone calls as well, these headphones look sleek and stylish on anyone. You can get the black, the silver or the newer soapstone edition for the same price of AU$469.View Deal

Jabra Elite 85h Wireless| AU$255 (RRP AU$375; save AU$120)

This is Jabra’s first attempt at wireless noise-cancelling cans and the company has done a great job of it. They’re comfortable, have an incredible battery life of up to 36 hours and superb sound quality – all this for just AU$255 is an excellent offer from Amazon, saving you AU$120 in the bargain.View Deal

Jabra Elite 65t | from AU$148 (RRP AU$249; save up to AU$101)

These excellent true wireless ‘buds have been discounted on Amazon for a very long time, although it had dropped to AU$143 a while back. While this isn’t as great a deal at just a few dollars more than its lowest offer, these ‘buds are a great bargain for the comfortable fit and brilliant bassy sound quality.View Deal

Jabra Elite Active 65t | AU$178 (RRP AU$279; save AU$101)

This is the workout version of the Jabra Elite 65t. With that in mind, these true wireless ‘buds have a built-in motion sensor to track your steps and an IP56 rating which promises to resist sweat while you’re busy getting the blood pumping. These in-ears have great sound quality too, as we’ve come to expect from Jabra.View Deal

Bose QuietControl 30 | AU$295 (RRP AU$449; save AU$154)

Looking for active noise cancellation without feeling the weight of a set of cans on your head? Then Bose’s QC30 Bluetooth ‘buds might be what you’re after. You get the brand’s signature sound quality and a neckband design that offer more security than true wireless headphones. You’ll get up to 10 hours of battery life per charge and save a very decent AU$154 on these premium ‘buds when shopping on Amazon.View Deal

JBL Flip 4 | AU$79 (RRP AU$149; save AU$70)

For a tiny package the JBL Flip 4 has a big sound. It’s now been replaced by the next-gen Flip 5 and isn’t being stocked by most retailers but that means you can get it for a steal. And it doesn’t get better than this 47% discount on Amazon. For just AU$79 you’re getting a rugged, waterproof Bluetooth speaker with great sound and a very competitive 14-hour battery life.View Deal

Audiovisual

Samsung 55-inch Series 8 Crystal UHD 4K TV | AU$1,119 (RRP AU$1,369; save AU$250)

While it may not be part of Samsung’s top-tier QLED range, this Crystal UHD model boasts many premium features, including Amazon Alexa functionality, HDR10+ support and Ambient Mode. It also sports a stunning design and terrific picture quality. Usually priced at AU$1,369, Amazon Australia’s sale price is currently AU$1,119 – that’s a saving of AU$250!View Deal

Samsung 65-inch Series 6 Q60T QLED 4K TV | AU$1,739 (RRP AU$2,199; save AU$460)

Sporting brilliant, true-to-life colour thanks to the use of quantum dot technology, Samsung’s 2020 Series 6 QLED TV delivers incredibly vivid pictures and a number of great features, including Game Mode and Ambient Mode. Previously priced at AU$2,199, Amazon Australia’s sale price is currently AU$1,739 – that’s a saving of AU$460 big ones.View Deal

Samsung 75-inch Series 8 Crystal UHD 4K TV | AU$2,199 (RRP AU$2,589; save AU$390)

Identical to the 55-inch model listed earlier, only much bigger at 75 inches, this excellent Crystal UHD telly from Samsung also offers Amazon Alexa functionality, HDR10+ support and Ambient Mode. Usually priced at AU$2,589, Amazon Australia’s sale price is currently AU$2,199 – that’s a discount of AU$390, which is not too shabby.View Deal

Bose Soundbar 700 | AU$839 (RRP AU$1,199; save AU$360)

It’s got both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa awaiting your every command, and it’s as smart as they come but, admittedly, the Bose Soundbar 700 isn’t perfect. Yet a brilliant front soundstage and a pretty good AU$360 saving might make this a tempting option if you’re looking to update your home entertainment system. In fact, AU$839 is currently one of the lowest prices you’ll find on this premium soundbar. Currently out of stock in black, though it’s still available in white.View Deal

Smart home

Google Nest Mini | AU$49 (RRP AU$79; save AU$30)

Just getting started in the world of smart home tech? This is an entry-level smart speaker, and its miniature size means it can easily and discreetly fit into any part of the home. If you’re keen to try hands-free help around the house, pick up the Google Nest Mini from The Good Guys in either chalk or charcoal and save AU$30.View Deal

Google Nest Hub | AU$99 (RRP AU$129; save AU$30)

The Nest Hub is now much cheaper than the Echo Show 8, and if you prefer Google Assistant, it’s making a compelling argument to be the centre of your smart home. It has a 7-inch touchscreen display, so it’s slightly smaller than Amazon’s closest equivalent, but it’s got a few perks over its rival, not least because it has the smarter assistant of the two. With a price now under AU$100, head to The Good Guys’ eBay store and take your pick from chalk or charcoal. Opt for click and collect if you’d like to save on shipping too.View Deal

Amazon Echo Show 8 | AU$129 (RRP AU$229; save AU$100)

If you prefer Amazon Alexa, this brand new device now comes with a hefty 31% discount. It has a just-right 8-inch screen, so you can control your compatible smart home devices with your voice or the touchscreen display. Even if you don’t have a smart ecosystem at home, you can use the Echo Show 8 to stream movies and TV shows from Prime Video, chill out with tunes or manage your day, with the dual speakers providing a decent soundscape.View Deal

Lenovo Smart Clock | AU$69 (RRP AU$129; save AU$60)

It’s almost half price at Bing Lee! We’ve seen this little smart device drop to about AU$99 in the past, making this one of the best prices yet if you’re keen on getting Google Assistant on your bedside table. You can stream music, keep up with the weather, catch up on news and control your smart home without getting out of bed.View Deal

Cameras

DJI Mavic Mini | AU$479 (RRP AU$599; save AU$120)

This pocket rocket is an excellent drone for beginners, not least because it’s DJI’s smallest and lightest foldable drone to date. And because of its featherlight design, you won’t need to register it with Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). If you’re a first-timer ready to take to the skies, snag yourself DJI’s most affordable drone at an even better price – just AU$479 on Amazon.View Deal

DJI Mavic 2 Pro | AU$2,079 (RRP AU$2,499; save AU$420)

DJI’s most impressive consumer-level drone to date is the Mavic 2 Pro, and it’s got a lot to boast about. It has a one-inch 20MP sensor which can shoot brilliant Raw stills and 4K video, all while remaining very easy to use. It’s currently 17% off at Amazon, so if you want to see the world from a bird’s eye view, consider picking up this superb all-rounder.View Deal

DJI Osmo Action | AU$348 (RRP AU$499; save AU$151)

When it comes to action cameras, GoPro is likely what springs to mind. But don’t sleep on DJI – the Osmo Action has a front-facing colour screen, so it’s a particularly good choice for vloggers and avid selfie-takers. It’s also got pretty impressive image stabilisation, and a discounted price that’ll go easier on the wallet compared to GoPro’s premium prices. Score a hefty saving of AU$151 from Amazon.View Deal

Nikon Z6 + Nikkor Z 24-70mm lens kit | AU$3,489 (RRP AU$3,999.95; save AU$510.95)

The Nikon Z6 is our pick for the best mirrorless camera you can buy, and this newly discounted price only adds to the reasons why you should get your hands on it now. This kit comes with a lens so you can capture striking images right out of the box. There’s 4K video shooting onboard as well. It’s all housed in a shell with a beefy grip which makes for excellent handling. If you want to pick it up for AU$510 off RRP, head over to Amazon.View Deal

GoPro Hero 8 Black | AU$498 (RRP AU$599; save AU$101)

The GoPro Hero 8 Black is our favourite action camera, and while this isn’t a huge discount, it’s not a bad price for the manufacturer’s flagship model. The digital stabilisation is best-in-class, and with movement restrictions beginning to ease, you’ll have the perfect companion to capture your adventures. Pocket AU$100 worth of savings when you pick it up from Amazon.View Deal

Fujifilm X-E3 (body only; silver) | AU$799 (RRP AU$1,099; save AU$300)

This compact APS-C mirrorless camera was launched back in 2017 as a smaller version of the X-T20, and in no way does it par back on performance. Despite its age, the X-E3 is a very capable shooter. It features a 24MP sensor and can capture 4K video at up to 30fps. And at this price on Amazon, it’s a great bargain for budding photographers on a tight budget.View Deal

DJI Ronin-SC Pro Combo | AU$599 (RRP AU$709; save AU$150)

Need to lift the weight off your shoulders? Then consider this excellent gimbal stabiliser from DJI. It’s designed for those who want smooth and steady video from their mirrorless systems, without having to carry around a bulky setup. Weighing in at just under a kilo, it’s rather easy on the arms too. Available from Amazon, this bundle comes with everything you need in the carry case.View Deal

Wearables

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) | AU$309 (RRP AU$549; save AU$240)

Samsung’s first smartwatch looks great on the wrist, thanks to its classic timeless design and performs just as well, particularly if you own a Samsung smartphone. This feature-packed and rather premium smartwatch is now available at a much more affordable price of AU$309 at Amazon, saving you AU$240.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (40mm LTE) | AU$448 (RRP AU$749; save AU$301)

It’s not too often the cellular/LTE version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 sees a discount, especially not a whopping 40% off! So if you’re keen on one of the best, and very premium, fitness-oriented smartwatches, then Dick Smith has the 40mm listed for just AU$448 – much lower than other major retailers. Note, however, that the product is not directly being sold and shipped by Dick Smith but by a third party seller using the platform.View Deal

Fitbit Versa 2 | AU$242 (RRP AU$329; save AU$87)

It looks like an Apple Watch on your wrist but, admittedly, doesn’t possess the productivity prowess of the more expensive wearable. However, if you’re keen on a smartwatch that offers great fitness features and other more basic features, then the Fitbit Versa 2 is a fabulous option, especially since you can save AU$87 on the standard edition of the watch in Petal/Copper Rose, Black/Carbon and Stone/Mist Grey colour combinations.

If you’d like a touch of luxury, then the Fitbit Versa 2 Special Edition smartwatches in Smoke and Navy/Pink are also available for 20% off the RRP, featuring woven fabric bands.View Deal

Appliances

Dyson V8 Animal | AU$549 (RRP AU$799; save AU$250)

While there are more powerful Dyson handstick vacuums like the V10 Cyclone and the new V11 Absolute available today, they’re going to cost you a pretty penny. Don’t discount the older models, though, as they’re still pretty darn good at what they do. And now you can get them for cheaper too, with the V8 Animal available from Catch with AU$250 off.View Deal

Miele Blizzard CX1 Excellence | AU$485 (RRP AU$679; save AU$194)

If you need a new vacuum cleaner to whip your home back into shape, the superb Miele Blizzard CX1 is now available for less. It uses powerful suction to collect both coarse debris and fine dust, while the HEPA filter ensures it isn’t released back into your home. Save 28% on this excellent machine when you buy from Amazon.View Deal

Ecovacs Deebot 900 | AU$499 (RRP AU$749; save AU$250)

Looking for a helping hand with some of your chores? This little droid will do your vacuuming for you, even taken care of any rugs you may have on the floor. You can control it via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa as well. While it does a reasonable job on carpets, it’s best suited to hard floors. It carried a pretty hefty price tag when it launched a few years ago, but use the code DEEBOT900 at checkout to snag it for under AU$500 from Amazon.View Deal

Gaming & entertainment

Oculus Go (64GB) | AU$289 (RRP AU$319; save AU$30)

While this is only a AU$30 discount, the Oculus Go is a premium device now available for a slightly more affordable price. Now costing under AU$300, almost anyone can slip this VR headset over their head and dive into a virtual realm. It offers a comfortable fit, excellent visuals and a much more affordable price tag than the Oculus Rift.View Deal

The Witcher 3 on PS4 | AU$29 (RRP AU$49.95; save AU$20.95)

You don’t have to wait until season two of The Witcher to immerse yourself back in the world of this fantasy epic, as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now just AU$29 for PS4. It was released back in mid-2015, but if you’re yet to play it, why not pick up this Game of the Year edition while it’s 40% off on Amazon.View Deal

Super Mario Maker 2 | AU$58 (RRP AU$79.95; save AU$21.95)

A truly evergreen Mario game: play Nintendo’s campaign, then make your own, and then play tens of thousands of user creations. Via Amazon.View Deal

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – various titles on sale | Amazon Australia

With theatres across the country still under lockdown, there’s never been a better time to get onboard the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray train. Boasting Ultra High Definition video and three-dimensional sound that rivals your local multiplex, you owe it to yourself to add some 4K movies to your collection. Here are some fantastic deals on the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies on sale from Amazon Australia that offer amazing cinema-quality picture and sound.

EOFY 2020 sale: what and when is it?

Unlike the calendar year, Australia’s end of financial year is June 30. That means, from July 1 to the end of October, individuals and businesses will need to file their tax forms with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Prior to that retailers will be racing to shift old stock to make way for fresh ones, and they’ll be slashing prices on plenty of items, many of which will be tax deductible.

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 morsels to lure shoppers in. However, the best EOFY offers are during the month of June, although not all retailers have month-long sales. Moreover, the offers also change through the month, so you will need to keep checking back to see if whatever you need is being discounted or not.

Australia’s EOFY 2020 sale: what to expect

If you’re looking to save some money on electronics during Australia’s annual EOFY sale, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve had our finger on the pulse of 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 Down Under? Plenty. From computers to gaming gear, the best flagship smartphones to personal audio. To get an idea of what to expect in 2020, let’s take a look at what was on offer last year.

Laptops and PCs: Computing gear has always been some of the most popular items to purchase during EOFY. Manufacturers like Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell and HP will host their own 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 even be able to snag bargains on accessories as well, with printers, keyboards, SSDs and external hard drives 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 and we’re expecting to see more of the same again in 2020. The best price we saw on the Switch during EOFY 2019 was AU$379, which isn’t quite as low as it’s gone during other big sales like Black Friday, but it’s still a darn good price. There’ll also be some blockbuster gaming titles available for cheap, if you’d like to expand your gaming library, but keep an eye out for console bundles.

Smartphones and tablets
While there’s usually not a lot of variety when it comes to smartphone discounts, there are always some very intriguing offers to consider during EOFY if you’re looking to upgrade your handset. Last year saw some great discounts on Samsung’s flagships, as well as the Google Pixel 3, 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 see if you need a tablet as well, as more often than not they too are tax deductible if you use them for work.

Home entertainment and 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 UHD smart TVs already seeing price drops outside of big sales, we’re looking forward to seeing how much more affordable they’ll be during the 2020 tax-time sale.

It’s not just home entertainment setups that you’ll be able to save on but portable Bluetooth speakers and the best wireless headphones as well. The premium audio products retail for about AU$500 a pop, but there’s a good chance you’ll see them drop well below the AU$400 mark. 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 Fujifilm and Nikon. In 2018, we saw action cameras also drop in price, so keep your eyes peeled for some excellent bargains on DSLRs, compacts and more. If you’re happy with the camera body you already own but need some accessories, we’re also expecting lenses, tripods, filters, bags and SD cards to see some decent price drops as well.

Smart home devices
These nifty voice-activated products have been flooding the market – from internet-connected 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 the e-commerce giant stocks, such as Philips Hue smart lights. You’ll also find plenty of retailers offering discounts on Google’s range of smart speakers as well.

Home appliances
If you’re looking to renovate your home, the EOFY sales will help you save plenty on the new appliances you’ll need. You can expect to see bargains on not just Dyson vacuum cleaners, but also fridges, dishwashers, washing machines and plenty more.