It’s safe to say the run up to the holidays will be different this year. Covid test before Thanksgiving dinner? Check. Storming the mall for the best Black Friday deals? Not so much. So, it should be no surprise that to capitalize on our consumer confusion and, for many of us, the inability to travel to see our families, most retailers will be dropping all kinds of holiday deals even earlier than usual—hoping online shopping therapy will fill the lonely, pandemic-sized hole in our hearts.
One such sale alert is from consumer electronics giant Best Buy, which is not only rolling out an early schedule of holiday deals but also offering an even more timely pre-Black Friday flash sale. This sale-within-a-sale ends November 1, so if you’re ready to dive in, you can grab some darn good deals before the turkey goes in the oven.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is a durable, portable convertible tablet which reliably fills the gap between work and play. In our home, this handy device goes from remote work or school to streaming The Mandalorian in a matter of moments, and the included magnetic Type Cover with keyboard can be instantly removed to transform it into a 12.3 inch tablet. When using it as a PC, it’s good to know it does not skimp on power or processing speed and this particular product comes with 4GB memory. Other premium features we love include the utilitarian kickstand which lets you prop it up for easy streaming and the simple document scanning options offered by the rear-facing camera. And with the steep $360 discount, it’s a convenient option that can be effortlessly passed around your household.
Buy the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 from BestBuy.com
Looking to up your game with a big-big screen TV? This TCL Smart TV is a massive deal right now with a savings of a whopping $300. TCL may not be one of the more recognized names in televisions, but this budget brand has captured many reviewers’ hearts with its easy-to-navigate Roku TV platform. You’ll also get a plethora of ports, including three HDMI ports, a USB port, an Ethernet port and an antenna/cable connection. We especially appreciate the built-in Roku, which lets you instantly stream most of your favorite streaming services, though keep in mind there’s no Apple anything so you’ll have to add an Apple TV device if you’re keen for the subscription. Plus, this baby is a massive 75-inches for less than $500. Need we say more?
But the TCL 75-inch Class 4 Series LED 4K Smart TV from BestBuy.com
Definitive Technology is one of those audiophile brands which rarely goes on sale. So, we were thrilled to see such a steep $500 savings on this full-featured Studio Advance soundbar. The beauty of this system is its minimalism, consisting of just a soundbar and 8-inch subwoofer, which together offer Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1 decoding, and nine amplified drivers for full 5.1 virtual surround sound. In our home, that means we don’t have to find a way hide all those surround speakers and we can safely fit the subwoofer in the media cabinet. Out of sight, but not out of mind. It also includes a movie mode which emphasizes dialog and effects, and a music mode for more focused imagery. But our favorite feature is the Night mode, which lets us turn down the volume to watch The Haunting of Bly Manor when everyone is sleeping—without turning down the bass.
Buy the Definitive Technology 5.1 Channel Soundbar with Subwoofer at BestBuy.com
The Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s advanced streaming device and already in its second generation. This quicker model now offers YouTube and YouTube TV, unlike the original box, and we adore the ease of the voice control to call up movies, TV shows and videos with built-in Alexa (though a comprehensive remote is included as well). The Cube is compact enough to hide away, and its HDMI port insures you can take advantage of the 4K HDR content you’ll probably be streaming to your screen. Plus, the interface not only shows streaming channels, but also puts titles front and center–meaning you can instantly get to whatever you’ve been watching without having to first click into the service. One caveat: HBO Max is not available on the Fire TV Cube yet, or any Amazon streaming device, but if you’re dying to add it, you can easily sideload it without breaking warranties or doing anything illegal. You’re welcome.
Buy the Amazon Fire TV Cube at BestBuy.com
Reliable, fast WiFi has never been more important. And these days, with everyone consistently at home, working and watching, getting a strong wireless signal from your router to your connected device can be a frustrating problem. Mesh WiFi systems were created to extend your coverage using links, or nodes, which then create an invisible daisy chain around your home—eventually connecting you to the strongest signal. This Linksys system uses Tri-band technology to balance and deliver the signal to multiple devices, and it comes with three mesh units which cover larger homes, up to 6000 feet. Just place the tower-like nodes in areas that need the most coverage and use the included Amazon Alexa to simply control it.
Buy Linksys Velop Tri-Band Mesh WiFi System at BestBuy.com