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16
The best Best Buy Cyber Monday deals 2017
Posted by Mark Knapp on 16 October 2017 05:01 PM

Best Buy’s Cyber Monday deals may surpass its own Black Friday deals, especially as Cyber Monday has recently become the bigger shopping day. Apart from making it easier to shop than Black Friday, because Cyber Monday is all about online deals, Best Buy’s Cyber Monday deals will broaden the scope of the deals thanks to its extended online marketplace.

This year, Cyber Monday will be November 27, putting it just weeks away. That means it's about time to start planning for what purchases you want to make while the prices are at their lowest. If you want to find the best deals, you can save yourself a lot of work by keeping an eye on this page, as we’ll keep it updated leading up to and during Cyber Monday.

Shopping online at Best Buy might not help you clearly picture how a new laundry machine or big screen TV will fit into your house, but it will definitely make it easy to quickly browse everything Best Buy has to offer. Online shopping also makes it easy to compare prices and features of various products without having to run up and down aisles and repeatedly check product description tags.

Since Best Buy Cyber Monday deals are sure to include a lot of TVs, computers, and smartphones, being able to compare product specifications and features across multiple devices at once will help you find the best product at the best price. 

For those hoping upgrade their existing array of electronics and software, Best Buy’s Cyber Monday deals are sure to include something that will do just that.

Best Buy ads to leak ahead of time

Ads for Best Buy's greatest Cyber Monday deals will likely start showing up over the weekend after Thanksgiving. Currently, there are none available.

Spotting advertisements early offers a good opportunity to find the most interesting deals and compare them with the discounts other major retailers are offering. Planning what to buy where means knowing where the deals actually are. Best Buy will have plenty of deals showing up for electronics, but don’t forget to check for deals from retailers that aren’t exclusively focused on electronics to see if they have similar or better deals.

In November, some Cyber Monday ads might leak early. Check back here regularly to see if any have shown up so you can have the best opportunity to plan your shopping for Cyber Monday.

Before Cyber Monday: Current Best Buy deals

Best Buy has a massive 29-inch Ultra-Wide LG monitor for $310 as an open-box model, saving $30. The monitor uses a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution IPS panel for wide viewing angles, and includes FreeSync for a smoother gaming experience.

A whole load of video games are on sale for $30 off, effectively halving the price of a lot of them. The discunted titles include Overwatch, Ghost Recon Wildlands and even GTA V.

Best Buy has a deal going on a MacBook Pro. It's $100 off, bringing this 13-inch MacBook Pro to $1,699. It includes 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i5 processor.

You can save $500 off a 55-inch Sony 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR. It's normally $1,699, but is currently just $1,199.

Expected Best Buy deals

Whether it’s hardware or software, you can expect there to be a deal at Best Buy this coming Cyber Monday.

Computer and software deals - There are likely to be sales on Windows laptops, Chromebooks, and MacBooks. Software packages like Adobe’s creative suite and Microsoft Office are likely to have discounts as well.

Video game and console deals - Video games and gaming consoles are always popular items on Cyber Monday, so expect to see discounts on Sony’s, Nintendo’s and Microsoft’s consoles. Look out for deals on new games as well, such as Star Wars Battlefront 2, Destiny 2, Pokken Tournament DX, Middle Earth :Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins and plenty more. The new Xbox One X will also be hitting the market in early November, so bundle deals should be popular for Best Buy this coming Cyber Monday.

Smartphone deals - Best Buy already has occasional deals on smartphones like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, but expect even more offerings come Cyber Monday. The iPhone 8  and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have been on shelves for a little while by then, so look out for deals surrounding the two smartphones, though don't expect insane price cuts.

Setup and installation deals - Best Buy also offers a number of services, so if you’re looking for complicated electronics that might require installation or setup, keep an eye out for any discounts Best Buy offers to get your new purchases in working order.

Best Buy Cyber Monday advice

Thanks to its online nature, Cyber Monday doesn’t have the same nightmarish stampede at Best Buy’s doorways as Black Friday has been known for. Unfortunately, too many people trying to get to Bestbuy.com at the same time can result in you not being able to find the product you want and press the buy button. Try to find some backup retailers to buy from if you know what you want, so that internet congestion doesn’t ruin the day.

You can also try using a VPN to get around an endless loading screen in your browser. This will help you route your internet connection through a server in a different part of the country, where Bestbuy.com servers might not be as busy. This could let you make your purchases while everyone else in town spends Cyber Monday clicking their browser’s refresh button.

If you want to be sure you’re getting the best price online before you press the buy button, check out TechRadar’s Pricehawk Chrome extension. It allows you to compare the prices between multiple retailers so you can decide where to buy for the best Cyber Monday deals.

For those shoppers on the prowl for very specific products, make sure you know the exact model number of the product you want before hand. Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday come with a load of deals and special products that can trip you up. For example, if you’re looking for a 55-inch LG 4K TV, you might see a half-dozen different models that are 4K and measure 55 inches, but they could use different screen technologies or offer widely varying features. If you know exactly which model you want in advance, you can avoid being blinded by the lower price tag or greater discount on what may be an inferior product.

Lastly, when you find a product you know you want, don’t be slow about getting it. Inventory levels are your worst enemy on Cyber Monday. If you’ve had a webpage open for a while, the listed inventory may be lower than you see on your screen. And if you let items sit in your cart for too long, it’s possible you’ll find they’ve sold out when you go to make the purchase. Don’t be impulsive, but do plan early so you can act fast.


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Oct
16
No, Huawei, it's unacceptable to make pink phones 'for the ladies'
Posted by Gareth Beavis on 16 October 2017 04:58 PM

Right - I don't usually get that bothered by anything a brand says on stage when they're unveiling a new product. It's usually an exercise in hyperbole.

But what Huawei has just done (again) is unacceptable.

I'll just leave the exact quote from Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Mobile, out for all of you to see when he announced the Pink Gold variant of the new Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro:

"This color is very unique, pink gold, a very unique color in the world... You know, we select many colors for the girls, for the ladies selection, this is the most preferred color."

There's so much wrong with this statement in 2017 that it's hard to express it fully. It would have been inappropriate 20 years ago, but to think that it's still, in any way, acceptable to refer to pink as a 'girl's color' is inexplicable by one of the world's largest smartphone makers.

You can see the launch below, at the point the color variant was unveiled:

Look, I'm not saying that no women like the color pink. Nor am I saying that they can't go and choose the midnight blue or titanium gray if that's their preference.

What is terrible is that they have to be so overtly gendered. What that does is reinforce the notion that the other less garish, more 'professional' muted colors, are for men. Men who do 'proper business'.

In the magically gender-empowered world where there's no divide, this wouldn't matter. It would be the witterings of one brand out of touch with modern society and we could just laugh at their naivety.

But it's not that way at all. We still have proof of the gender divide all over the place, and this just reinforces it. It says to the girl who's been trained to enjoy pink gadgets that she can't break out of that mould. 

It says to the man who likes the color Pink Gold that he definitely can't have this, because he is not a lady or a girl.

Huawei has form here too: I vividly remember recoiling when it launched the Swarovski crystal version of the Huawei Watch 'for the ladies' - it's fine to bring these things out, but to label them so is just unedifying.

Huawei isn't the only brand with form here - I was terribly disappointed with HTC when it brought out the U Ultra in a 'Cosmetic Pink' variant.

HTC: boys can like pink too. Cosmetic Pink is one step worse than calling a phone a ladies' phone at launch, it lumps it in with the idea of makeup and might as well come with a handbag charm.

(Oh, wait... we did have the HTC Rhyme that offered just that...)

Or how about the smart speakers designed for women by Stelle, which include Swarovski crystal-infused model?

This is just the tip of the iceberg... there are far more examples of such marketing if you just scrape a little.

The thing is, of course these colors and decorations sell. That's why they're made. But to gender-define them is an archaic way of thinking. Yes, some women might enjoy a charm that helps them see in the chaos of their bag. In our review, we lauded its use as such.

But men might like the same thing dangling out their pocket. Or they might not. It doesn't matter - the thing about defining a gender when launching a variant of a product is unfair and difficult for those struggling to define themselves. 

Small is beautiful

Apple has good form here - it resolutely refused to gender-define its products. Everyone knows that the smaller Apple Watch will suit a slimmer wrist, and the larger product something chunkier.

But given that can apply to both genders, why feel the need to type it? And yes, perhaps some women would really like the rose gold (which was decidedly pink in real life) variant of the iPhone, but it can also be a stylish accessory to a man... as the marketing proved.

I'm not saying stop making these products. You can make whatever you want - it's literally your business, not mine.

But please, for the love of progression and less sidelining in a world that needs unity more than ever, just stop telling us which gender something belongs to. 


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Oct
16
Best SSDs 2017: the top solid-state drives for your PC
Posted by Seth Macy on 16 October 2017 04:47 PM

As you may already know, a hard drive, or HDD, can store a lot of files – like, 40TB if it’s a Western Digital. But, what if you need to store a fraction of those files quickly? In that case, look no further than the best SSDs, or solid-state drives, for your computer.

A storage medium that’s more focused on speed, reliability and whisper-quiet performance, the best SSDs can breathe new life into your ageing Mac or PC. They use flash memory, too, similar to a USB stick or SD card, making them harder to break due to a lack of moving parts.

What’s more, the best SSDs can be external as well – even waterproof and affordable in some cases – thereby sweetening the deal with some practicable bells and whistles. Internal or external, it’s our turn to show you the best SSDs on the market ahead of the holiday gift-giving season.

This is the top SSD on the market, and with good reason. It's astonishingly fast, with up to 3200 MBps read and 1900 MBps write speeds. That's due to the PCIe interface, which allows light-years faster speeds than the already extremely quick SATA interface. On top of that, it's available with up to 1TB capacity. And it only requires 5.7 watts of power when active and a mere 1.2 watts when idle. 

Kingston's HyperX line-up is aimed squarely at gamers. Its headsets are known for being much higher quality than their price might hint at, and HyperX customer support is excellent. Its line of SSDs for gaming computers come in an M.2 form factor, but are also available with a half-height adapter that plugs into your PCIe like any other expansion card.

The NVMe standard is designed to maximize the strengths of solid-state drives, and the Samsung 960 Pro takes full advantage. With an M.2 form factor and ridiculous read speeds of up to 3500 MBps, these SSDs are already enticing, but the fact it's available as large as 2TB is incredible. All that storage doesn't come cheap, but if you need lots (and LOTS) of fast storage, it's definitely worth it.

If you're looking for plenty of options, the Toshiba OCZ RD400 series of drives come in 4 sizes and three different form factors: M.2, M.2 2280, and add-in card (AIC). Not all sizes are in all form factors, so if you're looking for a fast 1TB drive, make sure you have room in your computer case. 

This M.2 SSD from WD comes with a 5-year warranty and boasts some pretty excellent read/write times, up to 2050 MBps read and 800 write on the 512GB model. Great for installation or OS purposes, but unfortunately the available sizes don't leave a lot of flexibility as far as storage is concerned.

If you want to save a few bucks, but don't want to sacrifice too much in the way of performance, the WD Blue SATA SSD is a great compromise. It nearly maxes out the bandwidth of the SATA 3 interface with its read/write speeds, and you can find the 1TB model in the wild for a pittance. 

The U.2 standard allows for bigger SSD capacities and uses your computer's PCIe x4 slot to send all that data back and forth. The Intel 750 series includes a cable so you can mount the drive in the bay on your case and still plug it into the PCIe slot on your motherboard.

The Crucial BX300 isn’t the fastest SSD you can buy, but it is affordable and chiefly reliable to boot. Sold in three different sizes, this SATA drive is aimed at users still hanging onto older desktops and laptops that might want their PCs to boot up at a rate more analogous to their phones. Plus, it’s a better performer than the pricier MX300, thanks to MLC NAND.

If you need an SSD that will last into your next computer, the HP S700 Pro has just what you need. Its life will far exceed its warranty, offering up 2 million hours of use and up to 650 terabytes written. This is one SSD that's in it for the long haul, but the SATA interface will slow things down somewhat in the read/write department, which technically helps it last even longer.

Booting from an SSD is a life changer. Seriously, if you're loading your OS from a hard drive, you're doing it wrong. The difference is night and day. This PCIe SSD from MyDigitalSSD is an excellent choice for booting up, with a good price and solid performance. It only goes up to 480GB, but if you're just using it to run your OS, that's way more than enough.

Unless you have a laptop or desktop computer that employs the USB Type-C Gen 2 interface, you might want to reconsider your interest in the Samsung Portable SSD T5. Otherwise, with read/write speeds of up to 540/515MBps, respectively, this external storage device does its best to keep up with some of the more modest PCIe players, and the result is superb.

Read the full review: Samsung Portable SSD T5

  • If you wait until Black Friday, you ought to find some stellar SSD deals

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article


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Oct
16
The best Best Buy Black Friday deals 2017
Posted by Mark Knapp on 16 October 2017 04:06 PM

Best Buy’s Black Friday deals are nearly upon us. Black Friday is only a few short weeks away, landing on November 24, the day after Thanksgiving. For techies, Best Buy’s Black Friday deals will be one of the best ways to get a great price on the latest gear and gadgets.

Anyone looking for a new 65-inch 4K TV or an Ultra HD Blu-ray player would already have an easy time shopping at Best Buy, since it’s a one-stop shop for everything tech-related. It even has home appliances, car sound systems, and plenty of music, movies and video games. For most tech needs, Best Buy is an easy place to go.

All of that shopping gets better on Black Friday, when these big-ticket items see their prices come out of the sky and down toward something more realistic for shoppers on a budget. Sure, some electronics are still going to be expensive, but Black Friday will be an opportunity to get the best price on them.

Anyone hoping to upgrade their kitchen, living room, gaming setup or even their car can expect Best Buy’s Black Friday deals in 2017 to make serious upgrades way more affordable.

Best Buy ads to leak ahead of time

Ads for Best Buy Black Friday deals haven’t leaked yet, but they will likely start popping in the lead up to Thanksgiving, giving shoppers an opportunity to see what’s going to be on sale.

Taking a look at early ads can help you figure out what you want to buy and where. Best Buy will have a lot of deals, but it’s important to compare the deals from these ads with other retailers ads to see where you can get the best price on the product you want.

Knowing which stores will have the products you want will also help you plan your Black Friday better, as you’ll want to target the best deals as early as possible to avoid finding an empty shelf.

Expect some advertisements for Best Buy Black Friday deals to leak early, and check back here. We will post the advertisements as soon as we find them, giving you an opportunity to check the deals out early and compare with other retailers.

Before Black Friday: Current Best Buy deals

Best Buy has a 17-inch Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 laptop for $899 after a $150 discount. It's packed with a 7th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and even a dedicated GeForce 940MX graphics processor.

A 27-inch Acer Full HD monitor is just $149 after a $100 discount. It has IPS display technology for wide viewing angles, and a low response time making it ready for gaming.

Best Buy has a combo sale going for the Xbox One. It is discounting controllers and headsets from Microsoft with the purchase of an Xbox One console.

Best Buy also has a nice price-cut on a 55-inch Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV for $699, down from $799.

Expected Best Buy deals

Since Best Buy is a major electronics and appliances store, expect some serious deals in these categories.

4K TV deals - Last year, there were deals on loads of 4K TVs. So for Best Buy Black Friday deals in 2017, expect even 4K TVs with HDR.

Smartphone deals - The new iPhone 8 is now on the market, so when Black Friday 2017 comes around, Best Buy will probably offer some incentive to customers, such as hefty gift cards. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has already been getting a lot of great deals recently, but expect even better ones to pop up for Black Friday.

Console and game bundle deals - Last year there were deals on the Xbox One S bundled with games like Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1 and the PS4 bundled with Uncharted 4. Expect this year to include deals on the new Xbox One X and Star Wars Battlefront 2, as well as the PS4 Pro and Destiny 2.

Other tech deals - Drones and cameras will also be sure to see loads of deals, and all types of computers and computer parts are likely to see lowered prices.

Best Buy Black Friday advice

A lot of people shop Black Friday, so there will be heavy competition for all of the best deals. Prioritize the items you want most and the ones with the largest amount of savings, so you can get to them before they sell out and maximize your savings on Black Friday.

Pay close attention to the dates listed on deals. Black Friday has grown into something of a weeklong affair in recent years, so see if any deals start earlier, and be sure to go for the ones you want as soon as you can

If you pay attention to product reviews, and you know exactly the product you want, make sure to check model numbers when you’re in the store. Black Friday can come with some special models made just for the shopping day, and a 55-inch Sony 4K TV you find on the shelf this Black Friday might not be the same as the one you read all the glowing reviews about.

If you find a Best Buy Black Friday deal you want, try to determine if it will also be online. Competition in stores can make it hard to get in the door and snag the product you want before it sells out, so having the internet as a backup (or even primary) method of getting the product may help you land the deals you’re most excited about.

Check out TechRadar’s Pricehawk Chrome extension to compare the prices you see online with those offers by other retailers. Always make sure you’re getting the best deal, or find back-up retailers in case Best Buy sells out of the product you wanted.

If you plan to shop mostly online, a VPN may help you avoid internet congestion. Too many people going to the same website to get the same deals can result in next to no one actually reaching the page. With a VPN, you can route your traffic to a different region that may not have servers so busy, allowing you to essentially beat the line.

Finally, if you’ve found a deal that you absolutely have to have, don’t sit around. Popular products sell out quickly on Black Friday, so buy what you want before it’s gone.


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Oct
16
First look: Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
Posted by Basil Kronfli on 16 October 2017 03:59 PM

Huawei has just announced a Porsche Design variant of its latest flagship, the Mate 10 Pro

Loaded up with an 18:9 screen and a 4,000mAh battery, the Mate 10 Pro is already an impressive smartphone, so what can the luxury Porsche Design branding add to the mix? 

As with the Mate 9 Porsche Design, Porsche’s Mate 10 Pro swaps out the default colour-scheme for a deep black version. 

In-hand, it feels identical to the standard Mate 10 Pro, looks sleeker and has a tendency to attract a few more fingerprints. 

A 6-inch 18:9 screen, curved glass back and fingerprint scanner all combine to produce a very handsome, rich-feeling smartphone. 

Loaded up with a vertical strip and the Porsche Design logo at the back, there’s no mistaking this thing for the vanilla version.

Same size, but more space

Unlike the vanilla version, this premium offering ships with 256GB storage, though sports identical remaining internals - a dual-camera, Kirin 970 processor and Android 8 under the hood.

What’s more, the Porsche Design branding also means that Huawei can command a very hefty €1,395 (around $1,650, £1,240, AU$2,090) asking price.

Anyone thinking - Huawei has lost the plot asking that kind of money, hold that thought. With this phone’s announcement came news that its predecessor - the Mate 9 Porsche Design - has officially sold out. 

Sporting the same price, there’s clearly a market for limited run, very expensive Porsche Design smartphones - and since Porsche Design jumped ship from BlackBerry to Huawei two years ago, both company’s public perceptions have been going from strength to strength.

It will be available in 20 countries from November, including the UK, UAE, Qatar, Singapore and a host of other European, Middle East and Asia locations.

For more on the phone at the heart of the Mate 10 Porsche Design - the Mate 10 Pro - check out our hands-on review.

Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design hands on gallery


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