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When it comes to smart televisions, TCL has carved out a nice chunk of the U.S. market for itself over the past few years. The company's Roku TVs offer a blend of compelling performance, excellent value and of course, Roku integration. Best Buy is currently running a Labor Day promotion on the TCL 55-inch 5-Series 4K HDR TV (55S515). Like other TCL 5-Series TV's, the 55-inch model features Dolby Vision HDR along with HDR Dynamic Contrast technology thanks to its iPQ Engine. Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos audio technologies are supported, and you'll find three HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP 2.2 (one supports ARC) along with dual 8W speakers. On the connectivity front, there's a single Ethernet... Read more...
Samsung is ending the work week with a bang. Yesterday the company launched its much-anticipated Galaxy Note 9 handset, and today it is opening up preorders for the device. Pricing starts at $999.99 so it is not for the faint of wallet or purse, however there are buy one, get one (BOGO) offers available at Best Buy to significantly soften the blow. Before we get to more pricing details, let's quickly recap the specs. The Galaxy Note 9 wields a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960x1440 resolution (18.5:9 aspect ratio), 83.4 percent screen-to-body ratio, and HDR support, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Samsung's new phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which is still Qualcomm's... Read more...
ASUS is shaking things up in the smartphone market with a budget phone that is the antithesis of a $1,000 handset like Sony's Xperia XZ2 Premium. The company's new ZenFone Live (L1) costs a fraction of that at $109.99, planting itself firmly in affordable territory, and if you want one you will have to head over to Best Buy where it is exclusively available for the moment. As you might imagine, the ZenFone Live is not rocking the latest and greatest hardware at that price point. Whereas flagship handsets typically sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, the ZenFone Live (L1) is powered by a modest Snapdragon 425, an entry-level system-on-chip (SoC) for tablets and smartphones that was released... Read more...
Anyone who was intrigued by the slick little 10-inch Surface Go that Microsoft unveiled early this month, and has been on the fence about pre-ordering one, a new Best Buy pre-order deal might put you over the top. Best Buy is offering a pre-order special for the Surface Go, tossing in some gift cards and free stuff that should make Microsoft's new tablet an even sweeter deal. The big give here is a $50 Best Buy E-gift card that is delivered via email. Once you pre-order the Surface Go and pick it up in the store or have it delivered to your home, Best Buy will confirm fulfillment and the gift card will be emailed out to you. You could use it to pay for half of the slick Surface Pen that works... Read more...
Video may have killed the radio star, as The Buggles so famously put it nearly four decades ago, but what the band couldn't have predicted at the time is that digital streaming would murder physical media. Best Buy is now an accomplice—the retail electronics chain recently told music suppliers that it was pulling CDs from its stores this month. If you walk into a Best Buy location, there is a good chance you will no longer see rows of music CDs. When communicating its decision to music suppliers, the company said it was yanking them on July 1, this past Sunday. This led to reports that Best Buy was done with music CDs altogether, though that's not actually the case. While Best Buy is saying... Read more...
There's no question that Samsung's Galaxy series are among the most popular Android smartphones on the planet. The newest entries into the family -- the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ -- launched earlier the year and were most recently embiggened with larger storage capacities. Now, Samsung is adding a new color to the mix for those that haven't yet upgraded their smartphone: Sunrise Gold. Sunrise Gold joins the existing range of colors that include Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Midnight Black. The gold-tinged Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will still have an all-black front like the other colors offered.  It should be noted that if you have a hankering for gold, it will be an exclusive via Best... Read more...
A gang of thieves in Georgia must be big fans of Ethan Hunt and the Mission Impossible series. The thieves had their eyes on expensive Apple gear located in a Best Buy store, and decided that rather than go through the front door (or even more inconspicuously through the back entrance) it would be better to go in through the roof.  These thieves decided to cut a hole through the roof of the Best Buy and rappel down into the store. In fact, they were so meticulous in their heist that they lowered themselves down right into a storage room that had was filled with a highly-profitable stash of iPhones, iPads, and MacBook/MacBook Pro computers. In total, the burglars made off with over $100,000... Read more...
Android fans in the market for a new phone may want to check out the deal that Best Buy has going right now on the Pixel 2 XL. The electronics retail giant is offering the Pixel 2 XL 64GB smartphone in black or black/white for $18.74 per month via Verizon. That is a total savings of $400 and the deal breaks down in part with an instant credit on the purchase and bill credits on your monthly service plan. Best Buy is offering a $200 instant discount that combines with a discount of $8.33 per month on your carrier bill as a credit each month for 24 months, meaning users pay $18.74 monthly for the deal, which you can find right here. The bill credits end when the smartphone is paid off. If you want... Read more...
It's not too often that we see epic deals on gaming notebooks, but Best Buy is currently running a promotion on the Acer Nitro 5 that made us do a double take. The laptop comes with some pretty stout specs and will only set you to back $599 (plus tax, of course). That price will get you a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS display with Acer ComfyView technology to reduce screen glare. The display is backed up by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory onboard.  Powering the system is an Intel 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Core i5-7300HQ quad-core processor with a base clock of 2.5GHz and the ability to boost up to 3.5GHz. It isn't HyperThreading-enabled, but... Read more...
In a blow to gamers who like scoring brand-new game titles at better prices than the norm, Best Buy has decided to cancel its popular Gamers Club program. To many, Best Buy may not have seemed like the de facto place to pick up the hottest new console or PC game, but the company's Gamers Club made sticking with the company a no-brainer, or at least it used to. With the simple $30 annual membership, gamers could save 20% off of any new game, which means that the card would be quickly paid off after only a few purchases. Beyond that, the card enabled a 10% trade-in bonus, 10% off pre-owned games, double My Best Buy points, some special one-time use coupons, and "exclusive offers". It's not clear... Read more...
Best Buy and Amazon are fierce rivals in the electronics market, with the former having a big presence in the brick and mortar side of things, while the latter absolutely dominates the online sector. The two companies are now joining forces to sell new Fire TV Edition smart TVs in a rather interesting arrangement. The two companies inked a multi-year partnership that will see Best Buy as the exclusive retailer for Insignia- and Toshiba-branded Fire TV Edition smart TVs. These sets will be sold at both Best Buy's brick and mortar and online stores. In addition, the TVs will be sold via the Amazon Marketplace with Best Buy as the third-party seller. There will be nearly a dozen Fire TV Edition... Read more...
Huawei might be one of the largest smartphone OEMs in the world, but the company is having a very hard time breaking into the U.S. market. The reason for the difficulty is that Huawei has very close ties to the Chinese government, and the U.S. government is balking over fears of spying that could compromise national security. Huawei has now taken another significant blow in its plans to enter the U.S. market. The largest big box electronics retailer in the U.S., Best Buy, has ceased ordering new smartphones from Huawei and plans to stop selling Huawei products altogether over the next few weeks according to a source claiming to be close to the matter. As for an exact reason why Best Buy... Read more...
Huawei has found it difficult to make inroads in the U.S. smartphone market. Some of the company's troubles have to do with the U.S. government fearing that Huawei, a company with close ties to the Chinese government, might use those devices to spy on Americans. That fear has led to government pressure that has stopped both AT&T and Verizon from selling Huawei phones directly to consumers. Huawei opted to sell its devices directly to customers via retailers like Best Buy and others. Reports now indicate that Huawei is soliciting fake reviews via a private Facebook group to get fans to post reviews of a device yet to launch on Best Buy's website. The catch is the device is only up for... Read more...
In what can be considered a sign of the times, Best Buy has reportedly told music supplies that it is phasing out sales of physical CDs. Interestingly enough, the electronics chain will continue to carry vinyl records, a music medium that predates CDs but has seen a resurgence in recent years. Best Buy will merchandise vinyl with turntables, or record players if you prefer the old school term. Besides vinyl, streaming music is where it's at these days. Spotify is the top streaming music service globally and still boasts the most paid subscribers in the United States, though Apple Music is on pace to leapfrog Spotify in the US by this summer. Between just those two streaming services alone, there... Read more...
When it comes to AI smart speakers currently on the market, the two dominant players on the market are Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo family and the newly expanded Google Home family. During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales bonanza, the "original" Google Home was available for as low as $79, which is a $50 price break from its normal MSRP. However, Best Buy is far surpassing those deals with its current two-pack offer on the Google Home. The $129 price that you would normally pay for a single Google Home will instead get you two for the same price. So, you're essentially pay $65 for each Google Home, which represents another $15 savings off what was possible during Black Friday/Cyber Monday.... Read more...
If one of the big gift items for someone on your Christmas list is the SNES Classic Edition, here is another chance to get your hands on one. Best Buy will have the SNES Classic Edition in stores only today. The stores are opening at 9 a.m. local time on Saturday and limited quantities will be available for folks to fight over. Anyone trying to get hands on one of these consoles had better show up early, they are being sold on a first come, first served basis. Just as it did when the SNES Classic launched, Best Buy is using a ticketing system, if you get a ticket you get a console. Only a single console per customer is allowed. The console is not available on the Bestbuy.com website. Best Buy... Read more...
Many of the juiciest deals on Black Friday are often deeply discounted technology products, making Best Buy a seemingly obviously destination for anyone trying to score a deal. But will the electronics chain live up to expectations? It very well may—Best Buy's Black Friday advertisement lists some enticing deals, including $300 off any of Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones, those being the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8. The discount requires "qualified activation" with a wireless carrier. Best Buy specifically lists Verizon and Sprint on its advertisement, so it looks like AT&T and T-Mobile customers will have to look elsewhere for a deal, though that is not entirely clear... Read more...
Paying $699.99 for the Essential Phone? Ain't nobody got time for that. If you shelled out the full asking price of the smartphone on pre-order or early at launch, the bad news for you today is that the price of the smartphone has gone down again, with Best Buy chopping anther $50 off the asking price for the phone as it tries to move stock. With the additional $50 off, the smartphone is now selling for $449.99. The father of Android, Andy Rubin, and his company, Essential, certainly didn’t expect to be here with the fancy new device. The smartphone launched as a Sprint carrier exclusive, which was not a good idea. Pair a new device from a new company with the least popular major carrier out... Read more...
Best Buy did not earn itself any brownie points by overcharging customers for Apple's newly minted iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X handsets, each of which carried a $100 premium for the privilege of buying one from the electronics chain instead of direct from Apple, and its explanation as to why it has now pulled the unlocked SKUs from its store shelves is just lame. Summed up, the marked up phones did not sell in part because of "noise in the media" and "confusion" with its customers. Really, Best Buy? "Although there was clearly demand for the un-activated iPhone X, selling it that way cost more money, causing some confusion with our customers and noise in the media," Best Buy spokeswoman... Read more...
Earlier this morning at 12:01 AM PST, Apple opened up pre-orders for the highly anticipated iPhone X. But as is often the case with a new Apple flagship, actually securing one for delivery on launch day was difficult for some customers. The online Apple Store and the Apple Store app were inaccessible for some fans for extended periods of time, and by the time they did get to order, shipping times had slipped from launch day delivery (November 3rd) to "Ships: 2-3 weeks". Those looking into place an order now will have to end up waiting a month or longer for their fancy new iPhone X. Going to Apple's website, availability for both the 64GB and 256GB iPhone X on all major carriers (Verizon Wireless,... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday when Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was released, promising to take on the big names in the Android smartphone market like Samsung, LG, HTC and Google. With its slim bezels and odd cutout around its front-facing camera, the Essential Phone definitely turned a few heads when it was first announced. However, not many people were particularly enamored with its $699.99 price. Well, if you were sitting on the fence because of the price tag, Best Buy has a deal that just might get you to make the final leap. The electronics retailer has slashed $100 off the price of the smartphone, bringing it down to $599.99. This is for an unlocked device, and you can take your pick from... Read more...
Today marks Nintendo's launch of the highly anticipated SNES Classic Edition, which interestingly has the same hardware inside as the NES Classic Edition that came before it. This scaled down console brings 21 retro video games that many gamers grew up on and crams them into one package with no need to sling cartridges like back in the day. Nintendo has promised higher production levels of the SNES classic than the previous retro NES offering that was so hard to find. More production doesn't necessarily mean that the new console will be easy to find. We are going to run down all the places you can get one (or at least try to get one) today. Note that just about every electronics retailer out... Read more...
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