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Sunday's Best Deals: TCL 65" Android TV, Instant Pot Duo Plus, Vava 8-in-1 USB-C Hub, All That FAB Skincare Set, Baby Yoda & Nin

The Boss 28 November 22, 2020
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A TCL 65" Android 4K TV and a sale on character pillows lead Sunday’s best deals.

TCL 65" Android 4K TV | $230 | Target
TCL 65" Android 4K TV | $230 | Target
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With most people opting to do their holiday shopping online this year, the Black Friday deals are coming way earlier than Nov. 27.

Target in particular has some fantastic deals right now, including this TCL 65" Android 4K TV for just $230. For a 4K television of this size, you really can’t beat this price.

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TCL 50" LED 4K Smart TV

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Vava 8-in-1 USB-C Hub | $19 | Promo code KJNNEV3H + Clip Coupon
Vava 8-in-1 USB-C Hub | $19 | Promo code KJNNEV3H + Clip Coupon

If you’re still working from home and need an all-inclusive hub for all of your computer attachments, checkout Vava’s 8-in-1 USB-C hub. It’s only $19 with promo code KJNNEV3H and a clipped coupon on the page. It has an HDMI adapter, an ethernet port, two USB-3.0 ports, as well as an SD/TF card reader. Grab it before it’s gone!

This deal was originally published by Ignacia in August 2020 and was updated with new information by Elizabeth Lanier on 11/22/2020.

Who else is busy getting their homes ready to practically hibernate this winter? As someone who is not a big fan of going out in the cold or of exposing myself to deadly viruses, I am on a personal mission to make my apartment as comfortable as possible, and nothing to me says “comfort” quite like a big screen tv and a new series to binge-watch.

Whatever you’re in the mood to watch, this Sharp AQUOS 70-inch 4K smart tv is a lovely choice to watch it on. You can get it for $150 off right now at Best Buy, bringing it down to $500. While Sharp is not as popular of a brand as Samsung, LG, and other television manufacturers, it’s going to be hard to find a lower-priced 4K smart tv of this size right now.

This story was originally published in October 2020 and was updated by Elizabeth Lanier on 11/22/20.

TCL 50" LED 4K Smart TV | $230 | Best Buy
TCL 50" LED 4K Smart TV | $230 | Best Buy
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Look, we should all be staying home and staying put for the next several weeks. You know it, I know it— and Best Buy knows it too. This 50-inch TCL LED 4K smart TV is down to only $230 so you can snuggle up on the couch with all your favorite shows, movies, or your console of choice for less right now.

Since it’s a smart TV, it has built-in access to Netflix and all the other popular streaming options. This price is a $120 discount and is lower than you can find it for on Target and even Amazon. Don’t let it pass you by!

Back when Quentyn Kennemer—a certified photography nut—worked here, approximately one week ago, the Sony Alpha a7 III topped off his list of the best digital cameras known to man. So instead of parroting the spec sheet of something I’ve never used, I’ll let him tell you why, posthumously (jk, he left us for Forbes):

The Sony A7-III fits a variety of needs. With a 10fps silent shutter, you’ll be able to shoot sports, children playing, and other fast-motion scenes in a powerful buffer-filling burst. Its impressive autofocus system has up to 693 focus points in its phase-detection system covering about 93% of your screen, and with features like Eye-AF, Sony makes it easy to produce sharp photos. It also has some of the best battery life you’ll find in a mirrorless camera thanks to Sony’s upgraded NP-FZ100 battery.

With that said, the Sony Alpha a7 III mirrorless camera is currently $300 off at Best Buy, dropping its previously collar-tugging $2,200 price tag down to a more digestible $1,900. Granted, the Alpha a7 III is not for casual users, as mirrorless cameras in this range are typically recommended for professionals and aspiring professionals seeking the perfect snapshot of family gatherings, senior photos, and even visual art projects.

For those of us who don’t need all the bells and whistles, e.g., a 22.4-megapixel sensor, up to 204,800 ISO, and a dedicated exposure dial, note the 20.1-megapixel ZV-1 is also on sale for $100 off the sticker price. For $700, influencers and wannabe influencers alike will appreciate its automatic shooting capabilities, dedicated Bokeh Switch (which can be personalized to do other things, if you prefer), and bespoke compatibility with Sony’s Vlogger Accessory Kit, which just so happens to also be on sale, for $150.

Whether shopping for the photographer or rising YouTube star in your life, this is one holiday sale you don’t want to miss. Skip the Black Friday rush and head on over to BestBuy.com for instant savings on two of Sony’s top picture takers.

You probably already have a streaming box of some sort, but maybe not, or maybe it’s feeling a bit long in the tooth. Roku devices still don’t support HBO Max, which is a huge bummer, but if that’s not a priority for you, they offer plenty of streaming options without costing too much. Plus, there’s some pretty great deals right now.

The Roku Ultra, typically $100, is down to $70 right now at Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples. For your money, you’ll get 4K streaming, voice control, Bluetooth streaming, and support for nearly every streaming service you could hope for (aside from HBO Max). If you want something more barebones and don’t want to spend too much, Roku’s Streaming Stick+ is down to $30 right now at Best Buy and Staples, but doesn’t support ethernet connections and lacks Dolby Vision.

You could also get the even more basic Premiere at Best Buy or Staples, but it’s only $5 cheaper than the Streaming Stick+ and lacks voice control and extended wifi range. If you do need HBO Max, there’s always the Chromecast.

If you’re on the hunt for a new tablet, you can save $80 on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A7. The lightweight tablet features a 10.4 inch, ultra-widescreen display and Dolby Atmos surround sound speakers. Samsung clearly wants you to take advantage of both of those features, so the tablet comes with two free months of YouTube Premium and six months of Spotify Premium. Just don’t get misled by the pricing on the pricing on the page, which displays how much you’d save if you traded in your current tablet on top of the $80 instant rebate.

Samsung T5 1TB Portable SSD | $130 | Newegg
Samsung T5 1TB Portable SSD | $130 | Newegg
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A computer without any storage space won’t do anybody much good, but that’s no reason to go out and buy a whole new rig. A portable SSD is a great way to expand your computer’s storage without having to pay a hefty upgrade fee when you’re configuring your new computer, and you can carry it with you wherever you go. Samsung’s SSD’s are fast, reliable, and small enough to fit in the tiniest pockets of your favorite bag. Right now at Newegg, you can save $10 on Samsung’s 1TB model, which should be plenty of storage for most people looking to offload a few things from their main drive.

If you’re in need of a microSD card, Samsung’s PRO Endurance is currently on sale. You can grab a 64 GB card for $13 or a 128GB card for $20. The cards are especially useful for video monitoring tools like dash cams and other security options, with 100 MB/s of read and 30 MB/s of write speeds. As an added bonus, the cards come with their own SD adapter, making it easy to plug it into a computer and offload footage. Just make sure not to drop it or you may have a hard time finding the precious, little card.

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio | $120 | Amazon
Apple Smart Keyboard Folio | $120 | Amazon
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Here’s my impression of a bad stand-up comedian trying to explain what a smart keyboard is: “Hey, you ever notice how everything’s smart these days? Smart phone, smart TV, smart fridge. All my appliances are smarter than me! Marone! (The comedian is Italian, I guess.) Just the other day, I heard about this new thing: smart keyboards? You guys hear about this? It’s a keyboard you attach to your iPad. You don’t need to charge it, or pair it with your device, or nothing! You just attach it and start typing. Now I can stop pecking at my iPad screen with my big fingers. What am I, a freakin’ bird? Fuhgeddaboudit!”


Anyway, you can grab an Apple Smart Keyboard Folio from Amazon for $120. The keyboard is compatible with the 12.9 inch iPad Pro and has all of the features mentioned in the above stand-up routine. Tip your waiter on the way out.

Are you used to playing games on a regular, flat monitor? A different world is possible. A curved monitor can offer a more immersive experience, putting your peripheral vision to better use. If you’re curious about how that differs from a regular monitor, the GIGABYTE G27QC is $260 at Newegg with the promo code 2BFSTNW257. The 27" monitor features a 2560 x 1440 display, 165Hz refresh rate, and 1500R native curvature. It’s a monitor that’s built with gaming in mind, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking to reshape your PC playing experience.

In his roundup of the best VPNs at Gizmodo, Andrew Couts called NordVPN “fast and easy to use,” citing accessibility and affordability as reasons to subscribe. Though it’s almost always marked down from its $287 list price, the 2-year plan is nonetheless the cheapest option to get started with the service and continue using it long-term. For a limited time only, though, it’s not only 68% off, bringing your total to just $89 for 730 days, but it also comes with an extra 3 months, a blessing from the Nordic gods, through November 29.

Couts says in his abbreviated review:

No matter what you pay, you’ll get access to more than 5,400 servers in more than 60 countries, a bunch of features you may or may not want, and, because the company is based in Panama, assurances that your data—or lack of data, as the case may be—is outside of U.S. and European jurisdictions. Like every other VPN on this list, NordVPN claims to have a “strict no-logs policy,” so most of your data isn’t collected, the company says. It does still collect your email address, payment information, and the timestamp of the last time you launched the VPN.

But NordVPN isn’t without its downsides. “...some researchers have found that it sends your email address and Google Ad ID to a marketing company when you register through the Android app and contains some trackers,” Couts explains. “Another downside is that some of NordVPN’s servers are rented, which means another company you need to trust is in the mix. And yes, one of those servers got hacked in 2018.”

Still, if you want one of the most reliable VPN clients, with the budget to support its robust infrastructure, you can’t go wrong with NordVPN. Plus, with availability on virtually every platform you can think of—from macOS to Android TV—it’s equal parts ubiquitous and acclaimed. Endorsed by PCMag, Wired, CNET, Business Insider, and more, it may be time to board the Nord hype train if you’re somehow unwedded to a VPN already.

If you’ve just picked up a new Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, you might be considering a 4K upgrade to your TV right about now. As fate would have it, Best Buy is currently running a sale on Hisense’s H65 models. The smart Android TVs support 4K Ultra HD, making it a perfect match for new consoles. Google Assistant is built into each model, just in case you want to have a nice chat with your TV (or ask it to turn off the lights for you). Deals start at 50" models and go all the way up to 85", if you’ve got an entertainment center that can fit it.

Target has a cozy deal on gaming and entertainment-themed pillows as an early Black Friday right now, and you can find a few select favorite characters as pillows for just $11 as a result.

First up, this soft Baby Yoda (more formally known as The Child) pillow buddy is sure to please any Star Wars fan in your life. Just look how cute and happy he is! You can get this Mario plush for $11 as well.

If you have any young Fortnite fans to buy for this holiday season, this Fortnite Llama throw pillow can add a pop of color to any room.

Several other pillows are also on sale, but these deals won’t last! Snag something soft and new for a great price while you can.

Microsoft is currently running a staggering sale on Xbox games, which features over 750 titles. It’s an impossible number of games to try and list out, so here’s a few highlights for you to check out instead. First off, you can buy Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as a bundle for $91 (though the savings are entirely due to Watch Dogs being discounted individually). Then, we’ve got Star Wars Squadrons down to $24 and Marvel’s Avengers at $30. That’s two big fall 2020 releases for less than the price of one Xbox game. For anyone looking to relive their Halo glory days, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is $26. That’s only the tip of the iceberg too. Think of a game that didn’t just come out in the past two weeks and there’s a good chance you can find it discounted. Go poke around for yourself if you dare, but don’t get lost.

Save 20% on LEGO Speed Champions Sets | Amazon
Save 20% on LEGO Speed Champions Sets | Amazon
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We’re all on the hunt for indoor, socially-distanced distractions that can help us survive the pandemic-boosted winter ahead. LEGO sets continue to be one of the best options: they’re engaging, potentially time consuming, and can work off a little bit of creative energy in the process. And then you get a cool toy to display and/or play with further at the end.

Luckily, Amazon has put a bunch of the LEGO Speed Champions kits on sale right now, letting you build amazing, licensed supercars for a fraction of the price of the real ride. On the simpler end, there’s the 180-piece Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 for just $12 right now or the 275-piece Ferrari F8 Tributo for $16. A Lamborghini Urus ST-X and Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO two-pack sells for $40, as does a larger, LEGO Technic 579-piece Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Browse Amazon’s full LEGO Speed Champions category for more options!