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Cyber Monday: PCWorld picks the best tech deals

Take a shortcut to great deals on laptops, tablets, and gadgets this Cyber Monday with help of PCWorld bargain hunters.

AMAZON: Panasonic 42-inch 3D HDTV, $600

Specs: 42-inch display, 1080p resolution, built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet, 4 x HDMI, USB, SD slot, DLNA, 178-degree viewing angle, Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Skype (app only, no camera), 4 x 3D glasses

Description: If you're looking for an Internet-connected 3D HDTV this holiday season, you should take a look at this deal. Best Buy is currently selling the same set for $800. A good buy and you get a good refresh rate, full HD, 3D functionality, and Internet connectivity.

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WALMART: Hewlett-Packard Deskjet 1056, $22

Specs: Printer, Copier, Scanner, Scan up to 1200-by-1200 dpi, print up to 16ppm black and up to 12ppm color

Description: You'll pay $3 more on Cyber Monday than Black Friday, but a no-nonsense printer for less than a night out at the movies is hard to argue with. Walmart calls this a $22 “value bundle,” but don't be fooled. The only thing you get for $22 is the printer, everything else costs extra.

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WALMART: Laptop Value Bundle, $323

Specs: 15.6-inch HP 2000-bf69WM, 1.3GHz AMD E-300 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Windows 8, laptop backpack, HP Deskjet 1056 PSC, 4GB USB 2.0 flash drive.

Description: You won't turn heads with this laptop and it's a little heavy for travel purposes weighing in around 7 pounds. But if you need a cheap, basic computer for someone this holiday season, you could do worse. Plus, you get a few extras such as a basic multifunction printer, thumb drive, and a laptop backpack that is about as fashionable as this laptop. Nevertheless, for under $350 it's hard to argue with this notebook.

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WALMART: LG Blu-ray Player, $48

Specs: 1 x HDMI port, Dolby Digital/True HD sound, Ematic 6-foot HDMI cable

Description: This is an extremely basic Blu-ray player with only one HDMI port, no Wi-Fi, and no Internet apps. But if all you want is something to playback discs this is your device. There is a USB port on the front, but it's not clear if this is a functional port or merely there for servicing.

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STAPLES: Brother MFC-J430w, $50

STAPLES: Brother MFC-J430w, $50

Specs: print, copy, scan, fax, prints up to 10ppm black and 8 ppm color, 1.9-inch LCD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 20 sheet feeder.

Description: If you want to spend a little more than was available at Walmart, you can get a 4-in-1 multifunction wireless printer. There were some better deals on wireless printers on Black Friday, but at $50 it's hard to go wrong.

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STAPLES: Asus 15.6-inch laptop with Windows 7 64-bit, $420

Specs: 15.6-inch display with 1366-by-768 resolution, 2.5GHz dual-core Intel “Ivy Bridge” Core i5-3210M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, media card reader, optical drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Description: This laptop comes with almost everything you'd need except for Bluetooth, and you'll have to spend another $15 on a Windows 8 upgrade if you want the latest Windows OS. But this is a great buy at less than $450. The weight isn't the greatest at around 5.6 pounds, but it's still workable for travel.

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RADIOSHACK: SanDisk 64GB Cruzer USB thumb drive, $30

Description: There's not much to say about this large-sized thumb drive other than it's a good buy. Frequent travelers concerned about data security and privacy could install a version of Windows or Linux on this drive and then leave their internal hard drive at home, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation recently recommended. Amazon is also selling this drive on Cyber Monday for an extra $0.50 over the RadioShack price.

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RADIOSHACK AND BEST BUY: Nikon Coolpix L810, $200

Specs: 3-inch LCD, 16.1 megapixel sensor, 50MB internal memory, mini HDMI, USB, 720p video capture at 30 frames per second, SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Description: The Coolpix L810 is selling for $280 at Amazon, so you can save about $80 by picking this up at RadioShack or Best Buy on Monday.

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AMAZON: Kindle Fire, $130 or $144

Specs: 7-inch display with 1024-by-600 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

Description: You can get the basic Kindle Fire with or without advertising (known as “Special Offers”) for $30 less than the list price. The only catch is you need to enter the promotional code 'FIREDEAL' at checkout. One discount per customer.

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AMAZON: Panasonic 42-inch 3D HDTV, $600

Specs: 42-inch display, 1080p resolution, built-in Wi-Fi, Ethernet, 4 x HDMI, USB, SD slot, DLNA, 178-degree viewing angle, Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Skype (app only, no camera), 4 x 3D glasses

Description: If you're looking for an Internet-connected 3D HDTV this holiday season, you should take a look at this deal. Best Buy is currently selling the same set for $800. A good buy and you get a good refresh rate, full HD, 3D functionality, and Internet connectivity.

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AMAZON: Blu-ray Discs for under $10

Description: If you missed your chance to get cheap Blu-ray movies at Walmart on Friday, Amazon is selling many of the same movies on Cyber Monday for the same price. You can pick-up Blu-ray editions of Captain America, Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows, Thor, Iron Man 2, and tons more for $10 or less.

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TARGET: Contour Roam Adventure Digital Camcorder $100

Specs: 5MP, shockproof, waterproof, HD - 1080p, MicroSD card

For your outdoors adventure, this HD camcorder can clip to your equipment records 1080p HD video on MicroSD cards, and it’s suitable for underwater use of up to one meter. You’ll find it half price only at Target this Cyber Monday.

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AMAZON: Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router $30

Specs: 802.11N up to 300Mbps, WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall

If you want to upgrade your standard Wi-Fi router with a sleek-looking one supporting the latest 802.11N frequencies, the Linksys E1200 is half price with Amazon, for the bargain price of $30.

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STAPLES: Nikon 1 J1 Camera One-Lens Kit $399

Specs: 10.1MP sensor, 10-30mm VR lens, interchangeable lenses, 3-inch LCD monitor, simultaneous 1080p HD video and photos

Nikon’s small and light J1 camera with interchangeable lenses comes with the 10-30mm VR lens standard, which takes good general pictures for $400 after $200 savings at Staples, though watch out for more expensive deals that include more than one lens.

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AMAZON: JBL CS6100BG 6-Piece Home Theater Speaker System with Brackets $400

Specs: 10-inch subwoofer rated at 300-watts, dual satellite drivers, dual midrange satellite drivers.

If you want to rock the New Year’s Eve party this year, these JBL speakers are $800 off the list price, for just $400 at Amazon. That includes four satellites, one central speaker and a 300-watt subwoofer, perfect for movie watching, but also partying.

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BEST BUY: iPod nano 16GB (7th gen) $140

Specs: 16GB storage, 2.5-inch touchscreen, 5.4mm thin, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio with Live Pause, built-in pedometer and Nike+ support.

Deals on the latest Apple gear are rare, but you can get a decent $10 off the latest iPod nano at Best Buy for $140 for the 16GB model.

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TARGET: Pentax Optio WG-2 16MP Waterproof Camera $180

Specs: 16MP sensor, 1080p HD video recording, flash, 5X optical zoom, 89MB built-in memory

If you want a handheld camera for your scuba diving trips, the Pentax WG-2 is waterproof up to 40 feet, as well as shoc, crush and dust proof for any safari outings. The image sensor takes 16MP photos and 1080p videos too.

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BEST BUY: Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD $180

Specs: On ear design, built-in microphone, 3 button remote, folding design, carrying case

Best Buy has the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD professional headphones for $180 after $20 savings. They fold in, so they reduce their storage size by half. Two speakers inside each can provide great sound quality, and they also have a built-in microphone and remote to take calls.

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TARGET: Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR $480

Specs: 14.2MP image sensor, interchangeable lenses, 18-55mm VR lens included, 1080 HD video mode, USB, HDMI

The Nikon D3100 is a great entry-level Sigital SLR camera with a capable set of included lenses, live view, so you don’t have to squint through the viewfinder, and 1080p HD video recording.

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BEST BUY: Roku HD Streaming Player $40

Specs: Built-in 802.11b/g/n, up to 720p HD resolution, 700 channels including access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and Crackle, 1HDMi, 1 RCA, 2 audio ports

At just $40 after a $20 discount, the Roku HD is great when you want to enable Netflix of Hulu on your spare room TV set, especially if it’s under 32-inch, as this only streams up to 720p HD.

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BEST BUY: TouchSmart Ultrabook $550

Specs: 14-inch touchscreen display, Windows 8, Intel Core i3 1.8GHz + Intel graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD 5400rpm, no optical drive, up to 7 hours battery life

It’s not one of the convertible tablet, but a full-featured ultrabook (minus the optical drive) with a touchscreen running Windows 8. The 4t-1100 is on Cyber Monday sale with Best Buy, where you can save $250 on this slim Windows 8 laptop, without missing out on any of the touch features of the OS.

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