Daily gear deals – $130 waterproof camera, $280 laptop and more

Here are the hottest gear deals for today, Thursday August 20th 2009. Remember, these deals are often only valid for just one day, so act fast before they are gone.

Today’s first deal is for the Olympus Stylus 550W. This good looking point-and-shoot camera has all the basics you’d expect – 10 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, face detection and in-camera editing. What sets the Stylus 550W apart from most other cameras is its ability to be taken underwater – not just a couple of splashes, but in up to 10 feet of water. This means it is also perfect for making photos in the rain. Normal price is about $190, but it is currently on sale at Amazon for just $139. Click here for this deal.

We have finally reached a new low in the pricing of portable DVD drives. Newegg is selling a Samsung drive for just $49.99, with free shipping. You’ll want one of these drives if you got yourself one of those neat little Netbook computers, as they all come without an optical drive. Click here for this deal.

Looking for a laptop, but don’t want to break the bank? BestBuy is selling an Acer 15.6″ machine for just $279.99. Of course, at this price it is a bit of a basic machine, but you still get 2GB of memory, a 160GB drive and a DVD drive. It is on sale through their site, and is in stock in most of their retail stores. Click here for this deal.

And finally in today’s lineup, Amazon is selling a good looking Kensington laptop bag for just $17.99. It isn’t the most well equipped bag, but at under $18 you do get a decent quality way to protect your laptop. Click here for this deal.