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Buy 200 of Selected Sony LTOs in June and Receive a 55" 3D Sony Bravia

James David - Friday, June 08, 2012

Here is a promotion from Sony well worth considering.

Buy 200 units of any combination of Sony LT03, LT04 or LT05 during June to be eligible to receive a free 55” 3D Sony Bravia TV worth $1849.

The media is Sony’s excellent range of LTO Ultrium data cartridges in 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.0TB sizes and they can be purchased in any combination of LT03, LT04 and LT05. As long as you reach 200 units of any combination of those tapes, you're good!

The TV is a 55” 3D Sony Bravia LCD. It’s limited to one per customer and is shipped directly from Sony.

The fine print:

Promotion period is 1st June 2012 to 29th June 2012. Offer is valid while stocks last or for the promotional period, whichever occurs first. Customers must purchase a minimum of 200 Sony LT03, LTO4 or LTO5 model tapes and cumulative orders are eligible, please check on availability of Televisions prior to placing your order.

Get in contact with us for a competitive quote, or check out the store here.

 

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An Upgrade Offer For Those Purchasing Windows 7 PCs

James David - Tuesday, June 05, 2012


Customers who purchase a Windows 7 PC now may be eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

With Windows 8 already in its ‘Release Preview’ stage and well on its way to a computer near you, you may think that now’s not the best time to be diving in to Windows 7. Thanks to some good planning from Microsoft and its partners, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

We are pleased to be able to offer customers who buy a Windows 7 PC from the 2nd of June, 2012, an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

All customers who buy a Windows 7 PC preinstalled with genuine Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 and who redeem and purchase the upgrade offer online before the 28th of February, 2013, are eligible.

Simply head to www.windowsupgradeoffer.com with your Certificate of Authenticity handy and register for the offer. You won’t have to pay until your copy of Windows 8 is ready to download.

Then you’ll just need to hang out and enjoy your Windows 7 machine until you receive an update email to let you know that Windows 8 is available. Follow the instructions in that email to purchase and download your upgrade copy of Windows 8 by the 28th of February, 2013, and you’re good to go whenever you’re ready!

Head to this page for more information on the offer, and this one for the FAQ.

And when you're looking for your new Windows 7 PC, make sure to check out our store for a great deal or get in contact for a quote.

 

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Boom! Shake shake shake the room: Sony HTDDW7500 review

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, August 17, 2010
sony htddw7500

‘Minimalism and ‘finesse’: two words that Sony weren’t particularly concerned with when designing the MU.TE.KI HTDDW7500. I get the impression that they were thinking more along the lines of ‘awesome’, ‘boisterous’ and ‘riotous’ when they put together this imposing beast of a home theatre system. That’s not to say that the HTDDW7500 is completely without grace, it’s just not what it’s about.

The HTDDW7500 rocks out with a boisterous sound to match its awesome 80s looks. It isn’t for everybody and won’t, for example, fit so comfortably in a small studio apartment, but it knows what it is and does an excellent job of being itself.

Sony’s Muteki HTDDW7500 is an 11 piece home theatre system that packs excellent performance and features into a fantastic price. It offers 1695 watts of 7.2-channel surround sound: two floor standing front speakers, a centre channel, four surrounds and two 200-Watt, 10-inch, subwoofers. The Subwoofers get their own dedicated power amplifier, while the speakers are driven by a receiver that is also responsible for decoding and processing the audio. Subtlety is another word that didn’t make it into HTDDW7500 design discussions.

Codec support is one limiting factor of this system, as the receiver is not capable of decoding the newest high-definition audio codecs: DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby Digital True HD.  It can, however, pass the signal through an HDMI connection to a source, like a Playstation 3, that is able to decode it. This way it is possible to get high-definition, lossless audio from the HTDDW7500.

Once you get the various components into your newly defined home theatre room and connected up, setup is fairly simple. Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration system uses a microphone to listen to the system in your room and calibrate accordingly.

Audio performance is everything you’d expect and then a little more. The HTDDW7500 laps up big summer blockbusters and does an excellent job replicating the exciting, rock and roll performance previously reserved for the cinema.  It doesn’t falter when it comes to softer, more refined material either and will do an admiral job with gentler flicks and TV. Pop and rock music are fantastic on this setup, though if all you are looking for is to immerse yourself in the world of Chopin or Stravinsky, there are better options available.

The HTDDW7500 is a convincing argument for investing a little bit more into your lounge room, inviting some mates around, renting Commando, Star Wars or anything else with a lot of explosions and cool lasers and keeping the (increasingly expensive) price of a movie ticket to spend on home theatre upgrades, popcorn and blu-rays. And maybe some La-Z-Boys in which to laze while you enjoy the awesome aural worlds of film, games and music.

Hit this link to get it on sale now for $1,3990.0 $1,119.60

 

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Kyocera FS-C5200DN: a low-maintenance, value for money workhorse

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, August 13, 2010

Kyocera Mita is known for durable, high quality machines that run on a pittance. The FS-C5200DN is no exception to this and at 44% off while stocks last, it is an easy choice for any workgroup or small business.

kyocera fs-c5200dn

The Kyocera FS-C5200DN is an A4 colour workgroup laser printer designed for workgroups who need high quality, speedy prints, long service life and incredibly low cost per page printing. It is rated to up to 21 A4 pages per minute for both colour and black printing, with a time to first print of 12 seconds or less and comes standard with a 500 sheet paper cassette and a 150 sheet multipurpose tray. If 500 sheets are not enough, you can load it up with 2150 sheets with optional paper feeders.

Kyocera strive to lower the lifetime running costs of their printers; they even have a Total Cost of Ownership calculator on their site, and the FS-C5200DN is a great example of this focus. It uses their ECOSYS system, which is designed to improve environmental efficiency by reducing the waste generated by reliance on expendables and maintenance. Drum life is rated to 200 000 pages, which should be enough to last the life of the printer and Kyocera say it’s good for 65 000 pages per month. The FS-C5200DN is a workhorse. Colour cartridges should last 6000 pages and blacks 7000.

Print quality is excellent, with sharp black text and colours that pop nicely, though some have noted minor clarity issues with black text over colour backgrounds. The FS-C5200DN does an admirable job of photographic prints as well and delivers a much more natural image than is expected from a colour laser printer.

If you are looking at a printer like the Kyocera FS-C5200DN, you are looking for a workhorse that will satisfy your workgroup or businesses printing needs reliably, elegantly and cost effectively and that’s exactly what it is going to do. It delivers sharp, crisp text with vibrant colours and does it with class-leading cost effectiveness while requiring almost no maintenance. The FS-C5200DN is fantastic value every day and at its promotional price of $1,692.90 $947.49 it is practically unbeatable.

Head to our online store to pick one up. On sale while stocks last.

 

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HP LP2275W: a 22" LCD that packs premium picture quality and a bargain price

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
HP LP2275W

The HP LP2275W packs some serious picture quality punch into an affordable, ergonomic, feature-rich and stylish package. And its current low promotional price makes it fantastic value for money!

Picture quality is the name of the game for the LP2275W, HP's premium 22", 1680 X 1050 widescreen display. TN panels are incredibly prominent in 22-inch monitors because they are affordable and offer reasonable performance. They do, however, come with some significant performance caveats. HP have bucked the TN trend with the LP2275W and gone with a Samsung S-PVA panel. This gives the LP2275W excellent picture quality at a fantastic price.

Colour reproduction is accurate, with minimal banding, and far outperforms comparable TN-based displays. Some publications have noted a slight red push that can be corrected within the On Screen Display (OSD), which itself is fully-featured without going over the top. If you take the time to calibrate this display, or get it professionally calibrated, its colour reproduction ranks at the very top of the category.

Black levels are amongst the very best in 22” displays and provide excellent detail in dark scenes, as well as more natural, deeper, colours. Contrast and gamma are similarly very good and gamma is simple to calibrate properly within the OSD. Viewing angles are extremely good and colours and contrast will be stable across any normal seating position, along with many unusual ones!

Good news for the gamers out there as well; input lag is reasonably low, while not quite as low as comparable displays that employ TN panels which are known for very low input lag. Pixel response is quick and should keep blur and ghosting to a minimum.

The LP2275W is a little short on connectivity, offering only DVI and DisplayPort and forgoing an HDMI option. The inclusion of DisplayPort is a nice touch, however and adds some futureproofing to the display as well as HDCP support.

Ergonomics on the LP2275W are solid. The display can be rotated left or right, tilted back and spun 90 degrees into landscape mode. Display height can be adjusted as well. The stand is extremely solid, with a large footprint that makes it very stable. Build quality in general is great.

The LP2275W is an accurate, natural display that is easy on the eyes and strong on ergonomics. Its ergonomics, size and resolution make it great for professional applications and its natural, accurate colours, especially when calibrated, make it suitable even for intensive creative applications like design, photography and video work.

Grab it on sale now, while stocks last, from our online store.

The LP2257W's 24", 1920 X 1200 brother, the HP LP2475W, can be found here

And if you are looking for a professional-grade 24" display, click here for the HP LP2480ZX Dreamcolor LCD

 

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Canon's compact SX1 IS does HD video and 10 megapixel stills and won’t break the bank

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An HD video sample: view in YouTube and lower the quality if you are bandwidth challenged, or push it up to 1080p!

If you are looking for a compact camera that can shoot stills as well as full 1080p HD video, the Canon SX1 IS is balanced, durable and capable and deserves a spot on your shortlist. And it’s on sale right now!

The SX1 IS’s three big drawcards are its 10 megapixel CMOS censor, 1080p, 30fps video capture abilities and 20X, 28-560mm equivalent, ‘Superzoom’ lens. CMOS censors are pretty standard on larger DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, but have not been common on compacts, which typically use smaller CCD sensors. The CMOS sensor on the SX1 IS is what gives the SX1 IS its fast continuous shooting speed - it can shoot 10 megapixel stills at 4ps, as well as the ability to shoot HD video.

Canon revolutionised the video world with the addition of HD video capabilities to its 5D Mark II and it’s great to see a compact getting full 30fps 1080p video as well. The SX1 IS has a convenient dedicated video recording button that will begin recording in any mode, as well as a video mode on the usual mode selection dial. Video is compressed with the h.264 codec and then stored as a Quicktime file which, thankfully, contains good detail and enough leeway for some editing in post-production.

The SX1 IS’s 20X Superzoom lens creates an equivalent of 28-560mm of zoom for you to play with, as well as macro and ‘Super Macro’ modes that can focus on a subject that is basically touching the lens. This is an enormous amount of flexibility packed into a compact body! The IS in the camera’s name stands for Image Stabilisation, a feature Canon does extremely well and which does a fantastic job of increasing the ‘keeper rate’ of shots taken with the SX1 IS. It is said to provide an advantage of about two stops and is particularly useful when photographing still subjects in low light, as well as at the longer ranges of the SX1 IS’s 20X zoom lens. And it works in video mode!

The large hand-grip, elegant battery placement and comfortable ergonomics and button placement make the SX1 IS a pleasure to hold and use and its 2.8” LCD screen with Live Preview is excellent. Build quality is solid, despite the largely plastic construction.

If you are looking for a compact camera for web work and small-scale printing and want to be able to shoot 30fps, 1080p video (make use of YouTube’s HD button!) from the same device, the Canon SX1 IS is definitely worth looking into.

Hit this link for Complete IT’s low promotional price, while stocks last!

View Canon’s sample images here, here and here

Read on for the SX1 IS’s full technical specifications, via Canon

Sensor / Image Processor

Effective Number of Pixels: Approx. 10.0 MP CMOS

Size / Filter Array: 1/2.3 inch / Primary colour filter (Bayer)

Processor: DIG!C 4

Aspect Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9

 

Lens

Focal Length (optical): 5.0 (W) - 100.0 (T) mm

35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 560 (T) mm

f/number: f/2.8 - 8.0 (W), f/5.7 - 8.0 (T)

Shutter Speed: 15 – 1/3200 sec.

Zoom: Optical approx 20x; Digital approx 4x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (Lens Shift Type)

 

Shooting Functions

AF System: TTL Autofocus (Single / Continuous), Manual

Focusing Frame

Face Detect with movie support, Center, Flexizone

Face Detection

Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Flash Exposure, Auto Red-Eye correction, Auto Focus Point Zoom, Face Self Timer

Other Shooting Functions: Servo AF, i-Correction, Auto Focus Assist Beam, Auto Focus Lock

Self-timer: Approx. 10 sec or 2 sec delay, custom, FaceSelf-Timer4, Wireless Controller

Remote Shooting

 

Control/Balance

Light Metering Method: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot

Exposure Control Method: Program AE, AE Lock available, Manual, iContrast available, Program Shift, Safety Shift

Exposure Compensation: ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed): Auto7, High ISO Auto8, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

White Balance Modes: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1

 

LCD Monitor

Viewfinder: Electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment

2.8 inch vari-angle LCD monitor with high resolution (approx 230,000 dots)

 

Flash

Flash Modes: Auto, on, off, Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Second Curtain Synchro, FE Lock, Safety FE

Flash Range: Normal: 50cm − 4.8 m (W), 1m − 2.6 m (T)

Flash Exposure Compensation: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

External Flash Support: Canon EX series Speedlites via Hot Shoe

 

Selectable Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes: Auto, P (Program), Tv (Shutter Priority), Av (Aperture Priority), M (Manual), C (Custom), Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Special Scene (Indoor, Night Scene, Sunset, Long Shutter, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie Standard, Movie HD

My Colours: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom

 

Image Recording Format

Still image: JPEG Compression (EXIF 2.2 Compliant), RAW

Colour Space and Compression: sRGB; Superfine, Fine, Normal

Movies: MOV (Image Data: H.264; Audio Data: Linear PCM monaural)

 

Recording Pixels and recording capacity on a 2GB card

Still Images and Capacity (at Super Fine Image Setting): Large: 3648 x 2736 (448), Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 (714), Medium 2: 2272 x 1704 (960), Medium 3/Date Stamp: 1600 x 1200 (1862), Small: 640 x 480 (6830), Widescreen: 3648 x 2048 (538), Widescreen (S): 1920 x 1080 (1707)

Movie Frame Rate: 1920x1080: 30fps (6min 7sec), 640x480: 30fps (22min 45 sec), 320x240: 30fps (1hr 4min 1 sec)

 

Other Operations

Playback Operations: Red-eye Correction, Slideshow, My Category, Index, Resize, Resizing of widescreen images, Magnified, Image Inspection Tool, Advancing and Reversing through magnified images, Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Sound Memos, Auto Play

File Operations: DPOF - Print Order/Image transfer; Movie - unnecessary scenes can be erased; Sound Annotations - max. record/play time is approx. 60 sec; Max Recording Length per Clip - until file size reaches 4GB Sound Annotations - max. record/play time is approx. 60 sec.

Direct Printing, PictBridge: Yes

 

Interface

Supported Operating Systems: PC: Windows XP SP2, Vista; Mac: OS X v10.4- v10.5

Computer I/F: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B compatible)

HDMI Output: HDMI Type C

Video Output: PAL or NTSC selectable

Audio Output: Stereo

Memory Storage: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card

 

General Features

Battery: Size AA Alkaline battery (x4) or Size AA rechargeable NiMH battery (x4) NB4-300/NB4-200

Optional Charger/AC Adaptor: CBK4-300 / Compact Power Adaptor CA-PS700

Shooting Capacity (full charge): With NB-2AH NiMH - LCD Monitor On: Approx 400 shots, Replay: 10 hrs

Dimensions: (W x D x H): 124 x 88.3 x 86.9 mm (ex. protruding parts)

Weight: Approx. 560g

 

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Hot deals from Complete IT

James David - Monday, June 21, 2010

Start your week with the following hot deals from Complete IT:

Linksys AG300 ADSL2 GW + 4 PORT SWITCH

This high-speed ADSL 2 modem includes a built-in four port 10/100 megabit switch that will allow you to share your internet connection and manage your home or office network in one package, with the functionality, reliability and security of the Linksys brand.

LG DVD-R 50PK/16X/120MIN/4.7GB

Stock up on optical media with this bargain 50-pack of 16X LG DVD-Rs.

Sony LTO 4 - 800GB-1.6TB ULTRIUM

Satisfy your archiving and backup needs with Sony’s LTO 400 800GB tapes. Call us on 02 9011 6555 to order in bulk.

Verbatim CD-R 700MB 52X 100PK SPINDLE

HP LP2275W 22" Wide LCD 3Yrs warranty

Cnet gave the 22” HP LP2275W an editor’s choice award, praising its colour reproduction, adjustability and viewing angle and at its current discounted price, it is better value than ever.

 

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Promotion: HP ML110G6 X3450 bundled with FREE Nintendo Wii

Seth Reinhardt - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Complete IT is pleased to pass its tax time savings on to you, with the HP ML110G6 X3450 now bundled with a bonus Nintendo Wii game console and Wii Sports pack while stocks last. At time of writing there are only 12 bundles left and stock is moving fast. Head to our online store here to secure one.

With over 70 million consoles sold, the Nintendo Wii’s mix of family fun and modern, motion controlled gaming is more than a success; it is a cultural phenomenon.

The HP ML110G6 X3450 packs a lot of power into the small form factor of its Micro ATX tower, running an Intel Xeon X3450 2.66GHz processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 500GB of hard drive space.

Head to our online store to take advantage of this promotion while stocks last!

Full Specifications of the HP ML110G6 X3450:

TAX TIME SAVINGS with BONUS *** NINTENDO WII SPORTS CONSOLE *** while stocks last

Bundle Inc : HP ML110G6 X3450(1/1) 4GB(2/4) (HOS0712) NINTENDO WII CONSOLE SPORTS PACK (HOO6321) HP ML110G6 X3450(1/1) 4GB(2/4) (HOS0712):-
FORM FACTOR : Micro ATX Tower (4U)
PROC : (1) Intel Xeon X3450 2.66GHz, 95W, 8MB, 1333, HT, (Turbo 1/1/4/4)
CHIPSET : Intel 3420 chipset
MEM : 4GB (2x 2GB) PC3-10600E DDR3 UB ECC
HDD : 2x 250GB Non-hot-plug LFF SATA
OPTICAL : HP Half-Height 16x SATA DVD-ROM
CONTROLLER : HP Embedded 6 Port SATA Controller (4 ports for HDD)
NTWK : Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
PORTS : 8 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear, 2 internal), 1 serial, 1 RJ-45, 1 keyboard / mouse
EXP SLOTS : Slot 1: PCI-e Gen 1, x1 (x4 conn) Full-height & Half-length Slot 2: PCI 32-bit/33 MHz at 3.3V Full-height & Full-length Slot 3: PCI-e Gen 1, x4 (x8 conn) Full-height & Full-length Slot 4: PCI-e Gen 2, x16 (x16 conn) Full-height & Full-length
OS SUPP : MS Win Svr Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) DIM(H/W/D) : 365.2 x 175 x 426 mm
WEIGHT : 11.4 kg (min)
 

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