home : hot deals & information involving: Best Buy Tuesday, April 17, 2018
- 2 Chromecasts for $50
2-pack of Google Chromecasts for $50 ($25 each).
They normally sell for $30 each.
The tiny hockey puck-looking device with an HDMI connector easily streams video to your TV from various apps like YouTube, Comedy Central, Netflix, HBO, Playstation Vue, and many others.
For a similar deal, you can get one Chromecast for $20 from Target via Google Express by applying free $15 off of a $35 Chromecast, and free shipping.
Insignia (Best Buy's own brand) Microwave, 0.7 Cubic Foot size for $35 today.
Has a 10-inch glass turntable and 700-watt power, designed for a small kitchen or office.
Reviews are pretty good for the price.
- 2-Pack Power+USB Outlets for $15
Two-pack of Dynex Wall Outlets with 2 built-in USB charging ports for $15.
Note, this provides 2.4A of power output combined across both USB charging ports.
Since tablets, such as iPads, consume 2.4A of power when charging, you cannot charge a phone at the same time as a tablet.
There are other power+USB charging outlets that can charge a tablet and a phone at the same time, such as this one.
An electrician is required to install & replace electrical outlets like that.
A regular USB charger is a cheaper & easier alternative, like this one.
- Logitech K830 Living Room Keyboard for $50
Normally about $59.
Meant for a home theater PC in a living room, since it's small, lightweight, and has a built-in touchpad.
Here is a video review.
- Brother Inkjet Printer with Sheet-Fed Scanner for $40
Brother MFC-J485DW Inkjet Printer with built-in sheet-fed scanner for $40 with free shipping.
Has Ethernet and wifi connectivity, so any device in your home (including smartphones & tablets) can print to this printer.
Inkjet printers need ink replacement more often than laser printers, but fortunately, ink for this printer is fairly cheap.
Friday, February 16, 2018
- TCL 55" 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $370
This deal is still available.
Someone looking for a good value in a 55", without spending more than $400.
Someone who wants 4K with HDR.
HDR has better brightness and blacks than a regular TV.
Built-in Roku with 4K and HDR support.
Can stream movies, shows, and music directly on the TV.
Can fully control the TV with the Roku app on smartphones and tablets, including turning the TV on/off.
We owned this TV since December, and found it an excellent value.
While the HDR is sharp and a noticeable upgrade over 1080p, other TVs will have better HDR, yet they cost $600+.
Also, the TV feels like it was made with flimsy plastic.
Do not lift the TV with one person, or keep in a place where it can be bumped.
- 55" 1080p TV for $300, 50" 4K TV for $300
Toshiba 55-inch 1080p TV for $300 today.
Even though most stores are replacing 1080p TVs with 4K, this is still a great value since most TV broadcasts do 1080p or lesser quality.
Does not have Chromecast built-in, but you can add it for $35.
Toshiba 50-inch 4K TV with Chromecast for $300.
Chromecast lets you send video from most apps to your TV.
For example, click the "cast" button when playing videos from the YouTube, CBS, or NetFlix app on your mobile device.
In our opinion, the 55-inch 1080p screen is a better value for the extra 5 inches in size.
Most viewers seated 10-feet from the TV will not see a difference between 1080p and 4K, especially when watching TV shows and streaming movies which are 1080p & less.
We believe HDR, or high dynamic range, is the biggest reason to get a 4K TV.
An HDR TV will show brighter colors and deeper blacks, producing an image that looks stunning.
The above Toshiba 4K TV does not have true HDR, but a fake HDR according to AVS Forum.
So, we believe there is little reason to sacrifice screen size for better pixel resolution when the real benefits, the HDR, will not even be present with the Toshiba 4K TV.
- Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard for $18
Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard with Built-in Touchpad for $18.
The small wireless keyboard is designed for a living room PC.
Monday, February 5, 2018
- 2 Blu-Ray Movies for $10, Free Shipping
Select 2 Blu-Ray movies from the list, and get both for $10 with free shipping.
High-definition movies on the list include: Rocky (1976), Taken (2008), The Terminator (1984), Die Hard (1988), Alien (1979), I, Robot (2004), Fantastic Four (2015), and others.
- Insignia 50" 1080p TV for $250
Good value for a 50-inch TV since it has a decent screen with bright colors and 3 HDMI inputs.
Most of the hundreds of user-submitted reviews on BestBuy.com are positive.
Brights are brighter, and blacks are almost entirely black.
No gray tint when the TV is powered on, like most 1080p TVs have.
Even if you have no 4K (2160p) content, the HDR will produce a sharper image than a 1080p TV.
Here's an HDR explanation.
Built-in Roku with 4K support, lots of Roku apps available directly on the TV.
Also, the TV can be controlled entirely through the Roku app, including power on/off and TV settings.
Very thin design, with sleek edges.
Bad things about the TV:
The plastic edges feel flimsy.
Feels like the TV could break if bent during unboxing or moving.
So, keep the original box and packaging if you plan on moving sometime.
The HDR will not bad as good as $600+ TVs, but it's still quite impressive and is one of the only 55-inch TVs in the sub-$400 price range with HDR.
Roku built-in to the TV (full 4K and HDR support).
Run Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO, Vudu, and any Roku app directly on your TV.
With HDR, brights look brighter and darks look darker for a more realistic look.
This video demonstrates the upgrade from 1080p to 4K, with HDR being the real difference maker.
For more info on HDR, here's an article,and a video.
- Yamaha RX-V481 A/V Receiver for $265
Yamaha RX-V481 725-Watt Home Theater Receiver with 4K video passthrough and 2 year warranty for $265.
Similar receivers sell for about $400.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
- 4-Pack Arlo Wireless Security Cameras and Receiver for $300 (expired)
Netgear Arlo Smart Home Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Security Camera Pack for $300.
As someone who used the Arlo, it has pros & cons:
Easy to set up (little technical know-how required).
Put the cameras anywhere within range of the Wifi base station.
No need to run power cables.
This is a huge benefit for some people looking for cheap home security.
Motion-sensor records images & video when movement is detected, stores in the Netgear cloud.
Batteries are pricey and need to be replaced every 2-5 weeks, depending on the wifi signal quality and video quality settings.
Each camera takes 2 special batteries called CR123A batteries, which cost more than regular Alkaline batteries (or buy rechargeable batteries & charger).
The motion-sensor takes too much time to start recording, or never records at all.
This means recordings sometimes miss the action.