- Fuji S9250 Digital Camera With 50x Optical Zoom for $130
Fuji FinePix S9250 16-megapixel digital camera with 50x image-stabilized optical zoom for $130 today.
Best Buy is also throwing in a free camera bag and 8GB SD Card.
The camera has pretty good reviews and usually sells for at least $160.
After reading the reviews, this seems like a good camera for traveling.
Its 50x optical zoom will work great when zooming in on sights near and far, and it sounds very easy to use.
The camera's weakness is its action (motion) shots, so it may not be the best camera to capture things in motion, such as capturing sports.
Its video capture capability is 720p, combined with its 50x image-stabilized optical zoom means this $130 camera can be a very impressive video camera, too.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
- Microsoft Mouse for $15
Microsoft Wireless Mouse for $15 with free shipping.
It is a small wireless mouse, good for use with a laptop computer.
Requires a USB port for the wireless receiver.
Uses an AA battery (one is included).
- Jawbone Up Wristband for $30
Jawbone Up Wristband tracks your motion, location, calories, and sleep.
It syncs to your smartphone through a wireless Bluetooth connection.
The Jawbone's battery lasts about 7-8 days, and charges from a USB port.
This is the iPad Mini 2, not the newer iPad Mini 3.
The only considerable difference between the Mini 2 and the Mini 3 is the Touch ID feature, which lets you unlock your iPad with your fingerprint rather than keying in a code.
Both iPad Mini generations have the same processor, and similar cameras, battery life, and size.
Here is a comparison chart between the iPad Mini 2 and 3.
In our opinion, save a hundred dollars by getting the iPad Mini 2 over the Mini 3.
Compared to the iPad Mini 1 however, the Mini 2 is a huge improvement.
The processor is twice as fast on the Mini 2, making it a powerful gaming and productivity platform.
If you really want the iPad Mini 1, it is available at MicroCenter stores for $200 (in-store only, not online).
However the iPad Mini 2 with twice the CPU power for $50 more is a better value.
- LG 27" Computer Monitor for $180
LG 27-inch LED-backlit IPS Computer Monitor for $180 today.
It usually sells for around $250, and most other 27-inch IPS computer monitors usually sell for at least $235.
Plasma TVs are being phased out, and these could be the last LG and Samsung TVs made with Plasma.
Manufacturers can build an LED backlit or LED edgelit TV with LCD displays much cheaper than ever, while building Plasma displays is quite expensive.
The superior features of Plasma over LED/LCD is the black levels, viewing angles, and smooth/natural motion (like when watching sports).
The disadvantages of Plasma over LED/LCD are their weight (they usually weigh more), their thickness (usually thicker than LCD), Plasmas sometimes have a slight buzzing noise when on, and they consume about 3 times more electricity then LED/LCD.
Here is a Crutchfield article that explains the differences between Plasma and LED/LCD televisions.
In our opinion, if you primarily use your TV to watch sports and have a dimly lit room, Plasma may be a better choice for you than LED/LCD.
Soon, OLED displays will become the new standard, but those TVs are still a few years away from becoming affordable.
OLED can emit light per-pixel like Plasma can.
This means OLED can have similar deep-black level and excellent viewing angle as Plasma, in an ultra-thin (and curvable) low energy display.
- Asus 11.6" Laptop Computer for $100 in-store
Asus 11.6-inch laptop computer with Intel Atom 1.33GHz processor, 11.6-inch screen, 2GB memory, 32GB drive, Wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and Windows 8.1 for $100 with in-store pickup.
Inventory is store specific, so it could be in-stock for some people while out of stock for others.
- 40" LCD 1080p HDTV for $180
Insignia 40-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $180 today.
It's a basic HDTV with decent viewing angle, 3-inches thick without stand, weighs 16 pounds, and has good reviews on BestBuy.com.
- Toshiba 1TB Portable USB Drive for $45 (expired: sold out)
Best Buy is offering a Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB Portable USB3.0 Hard Drive for $45 through their Ebay store.
It usually sells for around $60.
Friday, November 21, 2014
- Samsung 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $1500 Samsung 60-inch Plasma 1080p HDTV for $1500.
This is Samsung's latest and last Plasma TV.
This 8500-series Plasma was released in 2013, and will likely be the last Plasma sold by Samsung.
This is a discontinued model, and once BestBuy's inventory sells out, it could be difficult to find them again.
This Samsung PN60F8500 has very positive reviews, weighs 90 pounds, includes 4 pairs of 3D active glasses, and uses a Plasma display instead of an LCD.
Manufacturers are phasing out their plasma screens because they are expensive to build, while LED-LCD TVs are becomming much cheaper.
The future of TV is OLED, however it will be at least a few more years before they become affordable.
Advantages of Plasma over LED-LCD:
Unlike LED/LCD which must maintain a constant bulb of light passing through the screen, Plasma can actually turn off individual pixels, producing true blacks.
Some newer LED-LCD TVs can produce black levels similar to Plasma, but until OLED becomes mainstream, there is no way to get black levels as good as a Plasma today.
600Hz refresh rate, which is great for watching sports and anything in motion.
LED-LCD screens have 60 to 240 Hz.
Better viewing angle than LED-LCD.
Disadvantages of Plasma:
Plasma consumes more electricity than LED-LCD.
Our guess is about 3 times as much electricity as a similarly-sized LED-LCD, but your actual power consumption may vary.
Plasma can generate a lot of heat, and usually have a built-in fan to regulate the temperature.
Plasma has a glass screen, and can be more prone to glare than a LED-LCD.
Do not face your plasma toward a light source or window, because the plasma's glass screen can act as a mirror.
It will reflect light in the same way as a touch-screen device like an iPad, iPhone, or Motorola Droid.
If you place your iPad or phone where you want your TV to be, and if you can see a glare, then your Plasma would produce the same glare.
Many plasmas, especially 2012 and earlier models, produce a slight "buzzing" sound when on.
The reviews of the Samsung say there is a slight buzz in this 2013 model, but it will be drown out by TV's sound at normal levels.
If you are looking for a great TV today for your living room or home theater, we recommend this TV.
- $50 Steam Gift Card for $40
Best Buy is offering a $50 Steam Wallet Card through their Ebay store for $50.
It gives you a $50 credit on Steam for PC/Mac/Linux games, to use for yourself whenever you want, or give to someone else.
Note that Steam usually runs a site-wide semi-annual sale in mid-winter, often sometime between mid-December and early January.
Your $50 store credit could go a long way during the upcoming sale.
Monday, November 10, 2014
- $5 Back for Purchasing a $10 Credit at Starbucks
American Express card members (personal cards, not business cards) can get credits when shopping at some stores.
Now they are offing $5 back when buying at least $10 online at store.starbucks.com, or by loading your mobile phone with $10 in store credit.
Go to AmericanExpress.com and log in to your account.
If you have trouble logging in, call AmEx customer service phone number on the back of your card.
On the Account Home page, just below your Outstanding Balance are two rectangles that says "Latest Transactions" and "Offers For You." Click the "Offers For You."
Scroll down, and see the long list of offers.
Find the offer that says "$5 back" at "store.starbucks.com".
Click "Save Offer".
Make sure you see a green "Saved to card" next to the "store.starbucks.com" offer before proceeding.
If not, call AmEx customer service.
While on that page, you can also click "Save Offer" next to any other deals you want to enable on your AmEx card.
For example, you can enable $5 credit when spending at least $10 at a FedEx Office store, or $25 credit when spending at least $250 at Best Buy.
Enabling each offer allows you to get the deals, but you are under no obligation to do each deal.
On your mobile phone, run your Starbucks app.
If you do not have the Starbucks app, download it and set up an account.
Click "Pay". You will see your current balance, which will be $0 if you have no balance.
Click "Reload" to add more credit to your Starbucks account.
Choose "Other" as the dollar amount, and select "$10".
Enter your American Express card number, the same card that you enrolled into the promotion on the AmericanExpress.com website.
After purchasing your $10 credit, you should get an email from AmericanExpress of your $5 statement credit.
Beware that the Starbucks/AmEx deal will not work if you purchase a gift card from the Starbucks website.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
- $50 Gift Card Free with iPad Air or iPad Air 2
For today only, Best Buy stores are offering a special promotion on some electronics between 1pm and 4pm local time today.
The deals are only available in-store, and include:
Buy an iPad Air or iPad Air 2, get a free $50 gift card
Buy a MacBook Air, get a free $100 gift card
Four Playstation4 games on the list are available both online and in-store.