- 1 The best smart doorbell
- 2 A good deal on a great Nespresso machine
- 3 The best iPad
- 4 An excellent price for our favorite gaming mouse
- 5 A highly customizable smart thermostat
- 6 An excellent ultrabook for less
- 7 An affordable pair of wireless earbuds
- 8 A versatile TV mount
- 9 A good deal on a decent speaker
- 10 The Best Early Black Friday 2020 Deals From Walmart, Best Buy, and Target
- 11 Wirecutter Deals, Explained
- 12 The Wirecutter Guide to Online Retailer Return Policies
- 13 How We Find Reliable Retailers and Shop Wisely Online
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With Black Friday just two weeks away, the Wirecutter Deals team is already seeing great deals percolating. This is especially true now that Best Buy has launched yet another round of early Black Friday deals exclusive to My Best Buy members. But if you don’t belong to the rewards club, fret not: It’s free to join, so you’ll be able to snag any of these deals easily.
Applying to everything from laptops to smart thermostats to Bluetooth audio gear, Best Buy’s discounted prices are already some of the best we’ve seen this year. Although the chain has a few more staggered holiday sales planned for the run-up to Black Friday, we still think these early deals (which will be around only through the end of the day today, November 17) are worth taking advantage of now, especially if you’re worried about delayed shipping throwing a wrench into your gift-giving plans. Here are our favorite deals from Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale.
The best smart doorbell
Though not many people are ringing your doorbell right around now, that doesn’t mean you should overlook home security—especially since you’re probably relying on online deliveries that you’d rather be left on your porch instead of handed to you directly. Keep an eye on everything going on outside your front door with the Arlo Video Doorbell. The Arlo has a 180-degree field of view and square aspect ratio, so you can see visitors from head to toe as well as packages left on the doorstep. Our top pick for smart doorbells also comes with a high video resolution, pre-recorded messages, a siren, and live video calls to your smartphone. Now down to $100 for folks who sign up for a free My Best Buy membership, this is the lowest we’ve ever seen the price of this doorbell drop.
Read our review of the best smart doorbells.
A good deal on a great Nespresso machine
Nespresso Essenza Mini by Breville with Aeroccino Milk Frother
Deal price: $100; street price: $150
You’re not a morning person—and that’s okay. Single cup coffee machines were made for this exact reason. And if you want a coffee maker you can use to recreate your favorite espresso drinks (but don’t want to spend the big bucks on a dedicated espresso machine), a Nespresso will do the trick. The Breville-branded version of the Nespresso Essenza Mini is essentially identical to our top pick, the Nespresso Essenza Mini, with a few stylistic differences. This small and powerful machine is just as capable of making the same ristrettos, espressos, and lungos as other bigger, more expensive Nespresso machines, but for a fraction of the cost. Down to $100, this deal available for My Best Buy members also comes with an Aeroccino milk frother, bringing you one step closer to crafting your own cappuccinos at home.
Read our review of the best Nespresso machines.
The best iPad
At Wirecutter, it’s been our long-standing opinion that the Apple iPad is the best tablet money can buy—and as Apple releases newer models, our opinion continues to hold steady. The Apple iPad (8th generation) is the newest top pick in our guide to the best iPads. With an extensive selection of apps, excellent hardware quality, and a long battery life, the 8th-gen iPad can do most of what the more expensive iPad Pro can do (such as pair with a Smart Keyboard or Apple Pencil) for less. Though we anticipate slightly better deals on Black Friday, this drop to $280 still makes now a great time to pick up a high-quality tablet that could even serve as a laptop replacement.
Read our review of the best iPads.
An excellent price for our favorite gaming mouse
Logitech G502 Hero Wired Gaming Mouse (Special Edition)
Deal price: $35; street price: $50
If you’re looking for a great gaming mouse that performs well but won’t take away from your RTX 3090 fund, the Logitech G502 Hero is the mouse for you. With a highly customizable feel thanks to optional weights, enough extra buttons to use without feeling like you’ve glued a keyboard to the side, and a solid thumb grip, the G502 Hero will ensure that you’re more than well-equipped when Cyberpunk 2077 finally releases. And when you’re done clicking heads, you can easily make the G502 work-ready by switching it to a less-gaming oriented keybinding layout and DPI. Though this isn’t the lowest we’ve seen this mouse drop, it’s still a great time to pick up the G502 Hero for less when you sign up for a free My Best Buy account.
Read our review of the best gaming mouse.
A highly customizable smart thermostat
Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control + Free Smart Lightswitch
Deal price: $200; street price: $250
A great perk of smart thermostats is that they easily learn your schedule and preferences, adjusting the settings for you automatically so you don’t have to worry about it. If you’ve been leaning toward installing one in your home, you can’t go wrong with the Ecobee Smart Thermostat. As one of the most versatile smart thermostats we tested, our writers found, the Ecobee can do nearly anything you might want your thermostat to do. It’s perfect for anyone who’s interested in monitoring their home’s energy use in close detail, and as Ecobee’s newest model, it comes with a new remote sensor, a better touchscreen, and an improved speaker. To nab the Ecobee for $200 (and a free smart light switch that Wirecutter hasn’t tested), you’ll need to sign up for a free My Best Buy membership.
Read our review of the best smart thermostats.
An excellent ultrabook for less
Whether you desperately need to update your computer for work or you just want a new personal laptop to replace an aging one, a solid laptop is a worthwhile investment. If you don’t have a ton to spend, we recommend an ultrabook like the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga C740. It’s one of the best laptops you can get for the price, and it performs just as well as our top pick (though it’s larger and heavier, and it has a shorter battery life). This particular Yoga C740, which has 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SDD, is typically available for $800, but the current discount brings it back down to the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Deals on the Yoga C740 are rare, so this is a great opportunity to save big; just don’t forget to sign up for the free My Best Buy account to qualify for the deal price.
Read our review of the best Windows ultrabooks.
An affordable pair of wireless earbuds
Wireless earbuds give you untethered freedom, something a wired pair could never do. If you’re looking for a good pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones but are apprehensive about spending AirPods Pro amounts of money on something so easy to lose, we suggest the Skullcandy Sesh Evo earbuds. As our budget pick, the Sesh Evo earbuds are typically very affordable even without this deal (which brings the earbuds down to $25, the lowest we’ve ever seen). Unlike cheaper wireless earbuds, the Evo pair reliably connects via Bluetooth and offers solid sound quality. Comfortable, water resistant, and lightweight, these earbuds even come with a two-year warranty and eligibility for Skullcandy’s lost-earbud exchange program.
Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
A versatile TV mount
If you’re ready to free up some space in your living room or den, mounting your TV to the wall is one way to declutter. The Sanus BLT2-B1 Advanced Tilt Premium Wall Mount is a variant of our upgrade pick, the Sanus VLT6, but it’s nearly identical to that model in every way. Because the BLT2-B1 is hinged to allow you to pull it forward, this mount is easy to set up and can accommodate large TVs, offering the full range of tilt without causing the TV to hit the wall under the mount. The BLT2-B1 is also extremely versatile, with the ability to angle to either side, as well as compatibility with metal studs. Now down to $70 with a free My Best Buy membership, this rare deal matches previous lows we’ve seen in the past.
Read our review of the best TV wall mounts.
A good deal on a decent speaker
It’s going to be a long winter filled with chilly, socially distanced backyard hangouts. Investing in a sturdy Bluetooth speaker that can withstand the elements might be a good idea, and the UE Megaboom 3 is up to the job. Though we didn’t select it as an official pick, our testers liked the Megaboom 3 for its features and rugged design. If you’re looking for a good portable speaker for less, this deal makes now a good time to pick up the UE Megaboom 3.
Read our review of the best Bluetooth speakers.
Source: The NY Times
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