12 (Hi-Tech) Items That Will Be Cheaper This Year

Last Updated Jan 21, 2011 9:37 AM EST

From dealnews.com, an aggregator of coupons and discounts on products across the Internet-- it's slogan is "where every day is Black Friday" -- put out a chart listing the dozen electronics items that it predicts will drop in price (and by how much) this year. As its authors point out, when it comes to buying hi-tech gear, waiting is the best policy -- if you want a bargain. Oh that the same was true of essentials like gas, electricity, coffee and milk. The prices were taken verified deals previously listed on the dealnews.com website.

Wouldn't you know, I just bought a Blu-ray, Kindle and jumbo TV.

2009 Lowest

2010 Lowest

2011 Prediction

Why?

Blu-Ray Player

$76

Curtis Mathes Blu-ray Disc Player from Target ($11.83

shipping)

$50

Samsung BD-C5500 from HP Home & Office (free shipping)

$39

You'll probably see a lot of Blu-Ray players bundled as extras with TVs, but you'll also see them as doorbusters and priced like crackpots.

Kindle eBook

Reader

$259

Kindle 2 from Amazon.com (free

shipping)

$130

Kindle 3 WiFi from

Sobongo.com

(free shipping)

$99

Because $99 is a major inflection point for consumer adoption, it was always the inevitable price for the Kindle. You'll pay just slightly more for newer models.

42" HDTV

$490

Panasonic VIERA 42" 600Hz 720p Plasma HDTV from

Best Buy ($70

shipping)

$370

Insignia 42" 600Hz 720p Widescreen

Plasma HDTV from Best Buy (free shipping)

$299

Once they hit $299, 42" LCD HDTVs will destroy the waning market for 32" LCD HDTVs.

55" HDTV

$1,115

LG 55" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen

LCD HDTV from Fry's ($110 shipping)

$699

Element 55" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV from Walmart (free shipping)

$599

55" LCD HDTV prices are now where 46" LCD HDTVs were in 2008. So, for 2011, we're predicting what we saw for 46" in 2009.

Wii System Bundles

$170

Console Bundle from Conn's (free

shipping)

$150

Console Bundle from Best Buy

($10 shipping)

$99

Expect more price drops as new models come out and competition

drives down prices.

16GB SD Card

$20

Lexar 16GB Platinum II SDHC Class 4 Card from Adorama.com (free

shipping)

$17

Centon 16GB SDHC Secure Digital Class 4 Card from TigerDirect.com

($2 shipping)

$12

Yes, it'll be cheap to pick up a 16MB SD card, but that's because you'll

be needing a bigger card before too long for your new, cheap SLR camera.

Full-Size Digital

SLR Camera

$346

Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital SLR

Camera with 18-55mm lens from Meijer ($8

shipping)

$319

Canon EOS Rebel XS 10MP Digital SLR Camera w/ lens from Barnes & Noble ($5.49

shipping)

$299

In 2011, these high-powered cameras will start to cost what point-and-shoots cost a few years ago. Why go for ridiculously high megapixel counts in a digital camera,

when you can get a great SLR instead?

15" - 16" Dual-Core

Laptop

$299

Dell Inspiron 15n Celeron 2.16GHz 16" Widescreen Laptop from Dell ($29 shipping)

$218

HP G56-127NR AMD 2.3GHz 16" Widescreen Laptop from Fry's ($8 shipping)

$199

Last year's $300 laptop is today's cheap grab for those who still want

Computing power but want to pay what they would for a netbook or a cheap Android tablet.

17" Dual-Core

Laptop

$450

Acer Aspire Intel Dual Core 2.1GHz 4GB 17" Widescreen Laptop from Staples (free

shipping)

$450

HP G71 Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz 4GB 17" Widescreen Laptop from Office Depot (in

store)

$399

This basic desktop replacement, with a dual-core processor and at least 4GB of RAM, will drop even further in price.

Portable GPS

$42

Magellan Roadmate

1200 at Toys 'R' Us ($8 shipping)

$45

Motorola MOTONAV 3.5" Portable GPS Navigator w/ TTS from Woot ($5

shipping)

$40

$40 appears to be the floor in GPS prices. As people have turned to their smartphones and in-car models, portable GPS manufacturers are desperately adding features, driving up prices for new models.

External 2TB USB Drives

$140

Fantom G-Force 2TB eSATA/USB Drive from NewEgg.com (free shipping)

$90

Fantom Green Drive Pro 2TB eSATA/USB from Buy.com

($7 shipping)

$50

2TB is the new 1TB. Upgrade to one of these and you'll never have to delete a file just to clear up room.

iPhone 3GS

$199

iPhone 3GS from Apple (free

shipping)

$97

iPhone 3GS from Walmart (in store)

$49

This price drop is already here! For an 8GB 3GS phone in 2011, at least.

Prices will drop for other models, but you'll likely not see the 3GS on sale new for too much longer.