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Do you enjoy a voluminous, rythymic and harmoniously clear music experience? Are you looking for amazing quality with crisp sound and stunning clarity? Then you need to check out the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST portable speakers available at Best Buy right now! Play your favorite music with this Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST wireless speaker. It lets you make voice commands via Amazon Alexa within its 330-ft Wi-Fi range, and Bluetooth connectivity lets it pair with up to eight compatible devices. The MegaBlast is Ultimate Ears most powerful speaker with stunning clarity and deep, heart-pounding bass, brings music to life. This rugged, water-resistant wireless speaker withstands drops from up to 3 ft high. Enjoy up to 16 hours with a large built-in battery. Play and charge the speaker simultaneously using the optional cradle or included wall charger. You can also ask Alexa to blast tunes, discover new music, crank the volume, or discover new restaurants.

The Ultimate Ears BLAST portable speaker allows you to take hands-free mobile calls and play great music. This water-resistant Ultimate Ears BLAST wireless speaker delivers 360-degree immersive sound for up to 12 hours on a single charge. Its dual-band Wi-Fi lets you access Amazon Alexa’s voice command features, and it’s multiple microphones with beam-forming technology and noise cancellation provide accurate voice capture. The water-resistant and dust proof design make this the perfect device to use outside at pool parties, graduation parties, bbqs, picnics, or at the beach. My biggest concern in the past with taking quality speakers to the beach or to the pool, was that they might get wet, damp, sand in the cracks, or some sort of damage jeopardizing the integrity of the speaker. But the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST AND BLAST portable speakers were designed and tested against these very elements to ensure they could withstand the stresses of everyday life, inside or outside, while still maintaining the best possible sound quality.

 

Just in time for summer, Ultimate Ears announced new updates for MEGABLAST AND BLAST portable speakers to help them get smarter and better over time. Some of my personal favorite experiences for MEGABLAST AND BLAST include:

Enhanced Controls on the Ultimate Ears App– You can now control volume remotely from the app, which is especially useful if you have your music cranked up loud and want to use Alexa. You can also check the battery status in one of two ways- either through the app, or right from the speaker by pressing the “+/-” volume buttons simultaneously. Starting in May, you can personalize your sound for any artist or music genre with custom equalizer (EQ). For example, if you’re listening to some Hip Hop and want some earth shattering bass- customize it. If you’re listening to some R&B and want some clear, clean vocals- customize it.

New Grouping Experience for smart speakers (coming soon)- You can group up to eight MEGABLAST or BLAST speakers on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Stereo mode is supported when you connect two MEGABLAST or BLAST speakers. Optimized to take advantage of the speakers built-in Wi-Fi capability, you will experience greater range for grouped speakers and improved connection reliability. Grouping is expected to be available later this year.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

 

If you like to keep up with all the latest and greatest gadgets that help simplify all of your entertainment needs, then look no further. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote unifies control of your expanding universe of home entertainment and smart home devices into one powerful yet effortless experience. Before I had this remote here’s what I had to do in order to watch TV. First I had to turn on the TV with my LG remote, then I had to turn on the soundbar with the smaller Samsung remote, and finally I had to use another remote for the cable box to navigate channels. And that’s just for watching cable, if I wanted to watch a Blu Ray DVD then I would need to use yet another remote. The Logitech Harmony Elite remote can replace up to 15 remotes so say goodbye to that jumble of remotes once and for all. Harmony remote controls let you combine your old remotes into one advanced universal remote that works with more than 270,000 devices from more than 6,000 brands. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, Harmony Activities let you control multiple devices as one. Press Watch TV and the right devices power on and automatically switch to the right settings / input. Channel buttons control the cable box while volume buttons control your AV settings.

The Harmony Hub, included with Harmony Elite and Harmony Home Control remotes, gives you control over devices hidden inside closed cabinets or behind walls , whether you’re using the remote or Harmony app. You can also adjust devices when you’re away from home using your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The remote itself is sleekly designed featuring a color touchscreen with motion-sensing backlit keys and one touch automation. It has a comfortable design for easy handling. The remote also comes with a charging station and has a rechargeable battery pack which provides reliable operation. No more desperately trying to find two AA batteries hoping they haven’t already been used up.  It has a very simple online set up for PC and Mac and is compatible with Windows 7, 8, or 10 or Mac OS X 10.7 or later with an Intel processor. Included in the Logitech Harmony Elite Remote box is the Harmony Elite Universal Remote, Harmony Hub, charging station, two IR mini-blasters, USB cable, 2 AC adapters, and the owner’s manual.

But I saved for the best part for last. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote makes a great companion with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. With the Harmony Elite Remote and Amazon Alexa you can control your entire home entertainment experience with just your voice. Turn on your TV, change channels up or down, fire up a playlist or set the mood for movie night. Harmony Elite and Alexa let you start your favoirte activities no matter what they are. Start an activity like “Sports Night” to turn on ESPN, dim the smart lights and even crank up the subwoofer to make it feel like your practically at the game. When it’s time to switch gears and turn on “Date Night”, just say the word and it will automatically switch inputs to your Roku home menu where you can select Netflix or Amazon Prime. But my favorite activity would have to be “Game Time” which turns on my TV, PS4 and surround sound, brightens my Philips Hue smart lights that creates an aura behind the TV, and even sets my Nest Learning thermostat to a cool 70 degrees so I can comfortably play God of War or FIFA World Cup in peace while being fully submerged in the experience. Did I mention that the Harmony Elite works with over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices so you can enjoy single-touch  control with your favorite brands, right out of the box? From your TV, cable and gaming console, to your AV receiver and Roku media player- all the way your smart lights, locks, thermostats, even your Alexa- Harmony Elite proudly works with just about everything. Go check out your local Best Buy to find this amazing device along with all of your other home entertainment needs! Don’t delay, pick up the Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote and leave the chaos of multiple apps and remotes behind, and let peace reign supreme!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

If you’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest technology like I am, then look no further. The Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker sits comfortably on your shoulders while delivering deep, clear sound. The SoundWear Companion speaker is designed to keep you connected to to your music, calls, and the world around you. As much as I love listening to my favorite music with headphones, it’s very important that you remain self aware in certain situations such as walking across the street, exercising, or driving. This product allows you to experience music the way it was meant to be heard while still being able to mind your surroundings. These speakers are packed with technologies that give you immersive experience while limiting what others can hear. There are two 11-inch waveguides in the neckband that push air to opposite ports for deep lows while cancelling out bass for anyone nearby.Through a combination of acoustic technologies and unique design the quality of the music is simply breathtaking. The design makes conversations over the phone feel as natural as they do in person, plus calls stay clear when it’s windy or noisy. And since it form-fits your shoulders in whatever position you leave it, you’ll hardly know you’re wearing it. It’s extremely lightweight weighing only .57 lbs. The ergonomic neckband is coated with soft-touch silicone, and is so comfortable you can wear it all day. Sweat- and weather-resistant design (IPX4-rated) keeps you worry-free if you’re caught in the rain.

Amazing sound quality and comfort aside, another one of my favorite features is the voice prompts that make Bluetooth pairing simple. You can also download the Bose Connect App to personalize your experience, plus easily manage Bluetooth connections.  Answer calls, or access your phone’s Siri or Google Assistant through the speaker with the press of a button. You can tell Siri to play Pandora or a certain playlist from your iPhone. Another great feature is the battery life. Enjoy up to 12 hours of play time from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. You charge it up with a Micro-B USP port and plugging it in for only 15 minutes will give you another two hour play time. You can also customize your speaker with a four-way stretch cover that adds a layer of protection without affecting sound. It comes with a black cover but optional fabrics in additional colors, such as blue and purple, are sold separately. Stop by at Best Buy to check out all of the latest and greatest gadgets  including the brand new Bose SoundWear Companion. This product is sure to turn heads, deliver deep, clear sound, and allow you to be more present and aware in every day situations. Learn more about the new Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker, available at Best Buy here.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Are you tired of choosing between great weather or watching the game inside? The problem with watching indoor TVs outside is that you have to deal with the glare from the sun, the unpredictable elements such as dust, rain, and insects, as well as a less sharper image. To put it simply, indoor TVs don’t belong outside. SunBrite TVs are true, made-for-the-outdoors products. The SunBrite TV Veranda series is a family of weatherproof televisions designed for full-applications: Full Shade (Veranda), Partial Sun (Signature), and Full Sun (Pro). Outdoor living trends are strong, and all-weather TVs enhance the outdoor living style. Creating an outdoor home theater is the most affordable room addition you can make , and the best seat in the house is in your backyard! They’re engineered for permanent outdoor installation and are more durable, safer, and higher performance than using indoor TVs outdoors.

Are you ready to upgrade your patio yet? Allow me to explain what makes the SunBrite TV Veranda series perfect for outdoor conditions. First off, the outdoor TV is engineered for use in different climates which allows for operation in low temperatures from -24 degrees Fahrenheit and high temperatures up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has a large weatherproof media bay which allows for plenty of storage for many popular media players and cables. It has a powder-coated rust-proof aluminum exterior that protects internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air. The Veranda Series outdoor TV is for use in full shade (patios, porches, sunrooms). The weatherproof TV is built for full shade outdoor living areas such as covered, screened patio, garage, covered deck or porch. Now that we’ve established that it is safe to use outdoors, how is the picture quality? The Veranda Series outdoor TV is 30% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing for brighter outdoor environments. The premium 4K UHD screen with direct LED backlight performs well in all lighting conditions. It also delivers plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors. It also has 2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images. Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality. Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV. With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content. The sound quality is also breathtaking. The advanced TV sound has built-in 20W down-firing speakers for in all-in-one sound solution. The TV has 4 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection. High-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable (HDMI cable not included). It also has 2 USB inputs where you can easily connect your digital camera or other USB devices to view compatible JPEG files.

Another great feature about the SunBrite TV Veranda series is that you can enjoy the picture from multiple angles. 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen. So whether you are watching a movie with the family, a favorite TV show during a neighborhood BBQ, or the big game while hosting a huge party- everyone will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment! Right now, when you purchase the SunBrite TV Veranda series at Best Buy, you get an outdoor weatherproof tilting TV wall mount for FREE which fits most 32″-80″ TVs. The SunBrite TV tilting mount has a weather-resistant coating on its stainless steel frame to prevent scratches and increases durability. This mount can be angled forward or backward to present the best viewing option. If you enjoy watching TV while sitting outside in the beautiful weather but don’t want to sacrifice the picture quality of your television then the SunBrite Veranda TV is a must have item. This summer if you plan to upgrade the patio, the garage, the backyard, or any outdoor area- the center piece to these renovations should be the SunBrite TV Veranda series! Come in to your local Best Buy and experience the SunBrite TV Veranda series first hand and ask a blue shirt why this product is a must have for outdoor applications.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

With more premium finishes than anyone, GE Appliances can offer the perfect match to your personal taste. From modern to traditional, comfortable to contemporary, you’ll find stylish options designed to go beyond the kitchen and compliment your entire home. First up, is the Stainless Steel that has a gloss finish which is elegant and timeless. The neutral, glossy finish creates an elegant, modern look. It is available across all GE Appliance brands. Next up, is the Black Stainless Steel which has a high gloss finish which is sleek and shiny. The Black Stainless Steel has a bold and sophisticated appearance. It is fingerprint resistant and easy to maintain and clean. This finish makes a statement in any kitchen and is available on GE and GE Profile Series Appliances. Next up, we have Slate which is a matte finish. This rich, stone-inspired finish provides a warm matte appearance. It is smudge proof, durable and can hold magnets. It is available for GE and GE Profile Series Appliances. Last but certainly not least is my personal favorite. Black Slate has a distinctive charcoal, matte finish. This dark matte contrasts bold color choices. It also holds magnets and is available on GE and GE Cafe Series Appliances.

No matter what your personal preference, GE has the perfect match. Whether your looking for a refrigerator, wall oven, microwave, dishwasher, or ranges these finishes stand out and really bring the room together. The Slate finish blends perfectly with any of the following styles: coastal contemporary, modern eclectic, rustic chic, or classic contemporary. Aside from style and personal appearance, the functionality is also a huge plus. Smudge proof finishes resists fingerprints which means less time cleaning and wiping down appliances. Come check out your local Best Buy and see for yourself all the great deals on GE Appliances with customized finishes.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

The new Google Pixelbook is the first laptop with Google Assistant built in, so you’ll be able to get more done faster and smarter. Pixelbook is amazingly versatile and effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And because it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features. Pixelbook is Google’s thinnest laptop ever, with a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. It measures at 10.3 mm and weighs only 2.45 lbs. The 12.3″ 360 degree touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design will seamlessly adjust to whatever task your trying to achieve. It has an absolutely stunning display perfect for watching movies, sketching or editing photos, or playing games.  This laptop is built for speed and features a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with 8GB of memory. It also starts up in less than 10 seconds, stays fast throughout your day, and won’t slow down over time.

The Pixlebook Pen, which is sold separately, is a smart, responsive stylus designed to enhance the way you work and play. The Google Assistant is easily accessible via the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard, or by using the “Ok Google” wake word. You can even access it with the Pixelbook Pen: simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your assistant. Enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red. Do more of what you love with apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Photos and more. You can always download your favorites from YouTube Red or Google Play Movies to enjoy even without Wi-Fi.

 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

If you have ever visited a Best Buy location I’m sure you have checked out the Magnolia Room. This is where all of the top-of-the-line equipment for home entertainment can be found. This area has some of the worlds most sought-after speakers, receivers, headphones, hi-res audio products and so much more. Magnolia’s March AudioFest is one month of remarkable deals of the premium audio gear of your dreams! With weekly savings, great deals online and other amazing offers they can only offer in their stores, you’ll want to check back often. Some notably home audio deals include 30% Off Select Klipsch Speakers, Up to 50% Off Sony Core Series Speakers, Save up to $100 on Select Onkyo, Denon, and Sony Receivers, Save $200 on Combined Bose Purchase, and Featured Sound Bars Starting at $39.99.

 

Audio is at the heart of who Magnolia is. Because even though they offer plenty of video gear, it’s the audio that takes you from just watching, just listening, just playing, to experiencing your movies, music, and video games like never before. I was once skeptical and thought a sound bar is a sound bar, a receiver is a receiver, and a speaker is a speaker. Until one night I walked into a Best Buy right before they were about to close, I walked into the Magnolia Room and asked an employee to show me the best sounding system they had. I’ll never forget the smile on his face as he slowly shut the doors and turned up the volume. It’s not that the sound was earth shattering and the bass vibrated through your bones but rather the quality and ability to bring the music to life. We also watched an intense space battle that took place in Star Trek Beyond and I felt as if I was fully submerged in the movie. By the end of the night the kind employee was basically dragging me out of the store. Quality makes all the difference in the world, especially when it comes to audio. When you’re ready to experience premium audio at amazing prices, stop into your nearest Magnolia store and start hearing things in a whole new way.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

 

Norton Core is a secure high-performance WiFi router that helps protect your home network. This router has state-of-the-art security at network level -fending off cyber threats before they can infiltrate your home and compromise your personal information. You can connect an unlimited number of devices including computers, smart phones, gaming consoles, and smart home devices against malware, viruses, phishing tactics, hackers, and even botnets. This high performance router allows you to stream all your favorite movies in 4K, play online games or download content with Core’s powerful dual core processor with a maximum download speed of 2.5 gigabits per second. The 1.7 GHz dual core processor has more memory and flash storage than typical routers, to ensure optimal performance for WiFi and security features. If you really want to get some bang for your buck, check out the bandwidth optimization which allows you to give priority to any device or activity in the house with a touch of a button. For example, if you want to dial down your game console and supercharge your 4K movie that your streaming, its done with a press of a button. It also has smart parental controls to monitor and manage screen time by person, control time limits by device, and set content filters. Norton core discovers smart devices, identifies vulnerabilities, and helps secure them. If a device is breached, Norton Core quarantines the threat.

 

The first thing you may notice is its’ very unique shape and design. It looks like an abstract structure with its spherical design which makes it perfect for setting it on top of a coffee table or shelf. Unlike other routers which have rows of blinking lights, the Norton Core has a subtle lighted ring underneath which glows. Under the Core’s dome are a single WAN port for your broadband router and three LAN network connections. It also has a power port, reset button, and two USB connections. The Norton Core WiFi router comes with a complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus that provides security protection for your personal devices, plus smart parental controls. The mobile network control allows you to manage your home network, right from your phone. The app shows you exactly what devices are on your network at any given time. There is even a security score! Norton Core monitors data from your home, identifies security issues, and sums it all up in a single, powerful number. If there’s a problem, Norton Core jumps in with timely insights and tools to get you back on track.

In today’s day and age we can never be too careful on the internet. One little virus or phishing tactic obtained by simply opening up an email from an unfamiliar source can set off a chain of unfortunate events. This router not only gives you optimal power and speed, but provides peace of mind by protecting you and your loved ones from malicious cyber attacks. This router is a huge step up in security from standard routers provided by cable companies. I couldn’t be happier with this router, aside from all the amazing features – its’ futuristic design is always a great conversation starter!

 

 

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Ahhhh, Christmas. The most magical time of the year. When slay bells jing-a-ling and yule tides ring-a-ling and everyone has sweet dreams of sugar plums dancing. The highlight is always the chance of hearing from or seeing Santa! Santa.com is a fully immersible experience for ages 0-120. It’s the oldest Santa site on the internet, registered in 1994 and gives children the opportunity to hear from Santa! Nothing on the site hints to Santa not being real and by the time you finish your visit, you will be convinced that Santa.com was made by elves at the North Pole. Santa.com promotes positive lessons and the spirit of Christmas rather than presents. So whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa will send you a customized message which is perfect for family gatherings.

Little kids can visit Santa.com to print out coloring pages. Older kids can print out Santa ad-libs and read Santa’s personal blog with historical events and fun facts like how fast reindeer fly.  Children of all ages can e-mail Santa and get a personalized response from Santa@Santa.com for free. If you’re a parent you can send daily text messages from your child from December 1st until December 25th for just $9.99 per child. Teaching lessons and responsibility is factored into each response for a happy Santa and happy parents! If you wish to see your kids light up like Christmas trees, don’t pass up this amazing unique experience! It’s the gift that keeps on giving and helps spread cheer and joy to your loved ones.

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Are you trying to save money on your utility bill?  Are you trying to help the environment? Maybe you’re tired of your clothes getting ruined in the dryer from immense heat.? You can knock out 3 birds with one stone when you purchase a certified ENERGY STAR® washer and dryer from Best Buy. ENERGY STAR certified washers use sophisticated cleaning methods that are overall gentler on your clothes. ENERGY STAR certified Dryers use less heat and have advanced features such as senor drying technology, which reduces over-drying and helps your clothes look better longer. These washers and dryers are about 25 percent more efficient than your typical washer and dryer which help protect the climate and preserve the planet for your children and other generations for years to come. Clothes washers and dryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR deliver superior efficiency and use 45 percent less water than other models. Respectively, your energy bills will go down because you’re saving energy. You can save as much as $490 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified washer and dryer and save 33,000 gallons of water! That’s enough money to replace a washer or dryer and enough water to fill two pools! In fact, if all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually. This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles!

Best Buy has ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers that incorporate the following advanced features: Mutliple Configurations- available in either front-load or redesigned top-load configurations which include technology innovations that help save energy and water. Sophisticated Wash Systems- these machines use sophisticated wash systems to cycle through a mixture of water and detergent, allowing the clothes to be cleaned without using excess water or detergent. High Spin Speeds- efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time in the dryer and less energy spent drying clothes. ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers incorporate these advanced features: Low Heat Setting- Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. Steam Cycles- Many ENERGY STAR dryers also include convenient features, such as a steam cycle that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.

Make laundry better with ENERGY STAR. It’s better for you because these appliances save energy which in turn, help you save money on your energy bills. Many are also equipped with advanced features that make cleaning and drying easier and more effective. It’s better for your clothes because ENERGY STAR clothes washers use a variety of sophisticated cleaning methods that are gentler on your clothes, while the ENERGY STAR clothes dryers use less heat and sensor drying which reduces wear and tear on your clothes from over drying. But most importantly, it’s better for the environment. We all need to contribute in any way shape or form possible to reduce our carbon footprint. Best Buy is committed to sustainability. Saving energy means that ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers help protect the climate, which means your kids and the planet will benefit for years to come. You can learn more on the Best Buy blog here.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free