home : hot deals & information involving: Best Buy Wednesday, January 16, 2019
- TCL 65" 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $800
TCL surprised us with high quality screens when they started offering large screen 4K TVs with HDR.
They also have built-in Roku that supports 4K and HDR, and the single Roku remote (and the Roku app) can fully control the TV.
This model, 65R615, is selling for $800.
Normally, a 65-inch TV with HDR and Roku would sell for at least $850.
- 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $130
Best Buy is selling a Western Digital EasyStore 8TB External/Desktop Hard Drive with USB interface for $130 today.
Comes with a 2-year warranty.
Normal price for an 8TB USB drive is about $150.
Recently, parents have asked us for suggestions on safe-keeping their kids' photos and videos.
While cloud services like Apple Cloud and Google Cloud offer convenience and cheap prices for safe-keeping a couple gigabytes of photos & videos, they can get very expensive when storing years worth.
At $10/mo for 2TB of storage, that's $120 per year to keep your photos and videos safe and accessible.
If you stop paying the fee, your precious memories could be lost forever.
At a one-time cost of $130, an 8TB USB hard drive can keep your memories safe.
To prevent loss when a hard drive dies, buy a second hard drive as a backup.
It is extremely rare for two hard drives to die at the same time.
Do not rely on burnt DVDs, which will lose their integrity in 5-10 years.
Flash drives also could suffer from a similar fate.
Optical discs, flash drives, and solid state media can suffer total data loss when parts fail, versus hard drives which use magnetic mechanisms and can usually be recovered when they die.
Do not rely on social media for safe-keeping your photos, since Facebook, Twitter, and others degrade photo quality during upload to save on space.
Degraded photos could look blurry when printed, even though they look as good as original when viewed on a mobile device.
So if Cloud services are getting too expensive, we recommend USB hard drives as the cheapest way for safe-keeping your memories.
- Sharp 65" 4K TV with HDR & Roku $450
Sharp is one of our least favorite TV brands, with many customer reporting faulty screens.
Even though it's a well-known and affordable brand, we recommend others, even the lesser-known brands like TCL.
Although this is still a deal worth mentioning, a Sharp 65-inch 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $450, which is about half the price of most other 65-inch TVs.
Consider purchasing an extended warranty option though, just in case this screen dies like others have experienced.
- Deals Today
Best Buy posted a bunch of hot deals today.
They are calling it their "Early Black Friday Sale" although the deals around Thanksgiving will likely be better, these are amazing prices available today.
TCL 55-inch 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $350.
It's been about $380 for a year, and still one of the best values on the market today.
Ours has been working great for about a year so far, and the HDR alone was a big upgrade from a 1080p TV.
Same deal at Target.com and at Amazon.
- Insignia Speaker with Google Assistant $20, Other Deals
Best Buy has not been deal-friendly much over the last few weeks, but today there are a few deals to talk about:
Insignia Smart Alarm Clock & Speaker with Google Assistant for $20.
Normally about $40.
It works just like a Google Home but shaped like an alarm clock.
The reviews are mostly positive, especially the sound quality, but some reviewers complained about the wrong time being displayed on the unit.
With little or no tech support available, returning the unit may be the only option if you have that problem.
Insignia 6-Quart Pressure Cooker for $40.
Most pressure cookers, like an Instant Pot, sell for at least $75.
They cook meals much quicker than any other way, including potatoes, soup, or brown rice in 30 minutes (instead of 90 minutes on the stove or oven), and frozen salmon in 5 minutes (instead of having to thaw first).