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Show of hands: Who's enjoying the long weekend? (Me, me, me!) I think we could all use a little bit of grillin' and chillin' right about now.
And maybe some shopping? If you're so inclined, Best Buy is having a pretty major Labor Day sale, with discounts on everything from appliances to laptops to video games. It's running until Monday, but take note that some of the more popular items may sell out before then.
I tend to be a little skeptical about this sort of thing, in part because Best Buy holds sales on a regular basis, even when there's not a holiday. That said, there are some legitimately good discounts available right now, like an Apple Watch tying its lowest price ever.
Below I've rounded up my top picks, but you can see the complete list of sale items here.
While there's a very good chance Apple will announce a new watch later this month, there's everything to like about the existing flagship model, the Series 6. Especially given that the red version is currently on sale for $249, which is $150 off the regular price and a tie for the lowest price ever.
As it happens, I own this very model — not an easy thing for a self-described cheapskate to admit. While there are some very good smartwatches that cost half as much (or less), I've yet to find anything that works as well with my iPhone.
To wit: I can not only receive text messages, but also reply to them. I can download music and podcasts for offline listening while out for a run. I can even talk into my wrist, Dick Tracy-style, instead of reaching for my phone.
This is likely to sell out quickly; here's hoping you're able to score one at this price.
Let me be frank: Big TVs are better TVs. Because when I want to escape into, say, a Marvel movie or the comfort-viewing that is Seinfeld, I want the largest possible window into that world.
That's a rather flowery way of telling you this Hisense TV is on sale for a very good price. The 60-inch A6G Series offers HDR-enhanced viewing goodness and built-in voice controls. In fact, anyone familiar with Google's ecosystem will feel right at home here, as Google Assistant handles the voice commands and a special version of Android runs the TV's operating system.
I haven't tested this model, but it earned a 4.5-star average rating from nearly 300 Best Buy customers. Chances are extremely good you'll enjoy a happy ending with this big TV — especially if you watch Happy Endings on Netflix or Hulu. That show is seriously underrated.
What's my favorite audio accessory for running? If you were expecting me to say AirPods, think again: It's earphones by Aftershokz. They're on the pricey side, and not often on sale, but here's a solid deal: Best Buy has the Aftershokz Air for $100. It previously sold for $120, but for a long time prior it was $150.
Aftershokz makes open-ear, bone-conduction earphones. That means the little speakers rest just in front of your ears, not on them or in them. As a result, you can hear oncoming traffic and other potential safety hazards. Audio signals actually reverberate through your cheekbones, which is equal parts weird and amazing.
But it works! And the sound quality is, well, not as good as you'd get from traditional earbuds, but definitely good enough for podcasts and playlists while running. I'm a huge fan, and I'm not the only one: Check out the 4.5-star average rating from over 1,200 buyers.
If you want a home-theater experience without spending a small fortune, this is a great place to start. The Leisure E30TB is a native-1080p projector, meaning your movies will look reasonably sharp, even at larger sizes. (Steer clear of models that say they merely "support" 1080p; that's code for "low resolution.")
How large? Vankyo actually supplies a 120-inch folding projection screen, one you can easily hang on a wall, garage door or wherever.
But here's the caveat: You'll need a pretty dark room. Vankyo doesn't mention the projector's brightness capabilities anywhere that I can find, but I know from evaluating similar models that it probably offers around 200 ANSI lumens. As long as the lights are low, though, you should enjoy a good viewing experience.
And because the E30TB supports Wi-Fi, you can stream content from your phone or tablet. For the best experience, however, I recommend plugging in a streaming stick. And, wouldn't you know, Best Buy has the Roku Streaming Stick+ for $40 right now, a $10 savings.
Have you found any other noteworthy deals in Best Buy's Labor Day sale? Tell me about them in the comments section below!
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