Can we talk high-end audio for a sec?
See, here’s the deal: The speakers in your HDTV totally suck. I don’t mean they’re weak and tinny and facing the wrong the way (which they are); I mean they’re just terrible. It’s like owning a Ferrari that tops out at 15 mph.
In other words, your eyes have it made, but your ears are getting robbed. That’s why I always advise HDTV owners to invest in a sound bar, which will vastly improve your TV audio. Of course, as a massive cheapskate, I usually recommend a low-end, sub-$100 model.
I tend to reserve hyperbole for things like food and movies. “Gravity”? Best film of 2013, if not the entire decade. The drunken noodles at Wazuzu in Las Vegas? Best Thai dish that’s ever passed through my pie hole.
So when I say the Kindle Fire HDX is the single best tablet you can buy, believe it. And I say this as someone who has owned or used just about every other tablet on the planet.
I love books, especially e-books, which I can read on my phone, tablet, e-reader, or even laptop.
But e-book prices? Those I don’t love so much. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for ways to save.
For example, the library is a great source for e-books that don’t cost a dime, but the selection tends to be limited, and often you have to wait a long time for popular titles.
That’s why I’m gobbling up Oyster, an e-book subscription service that works a lot like Netflix: pay a flat monthly rate for unlimited access to a large e-book library.
How large? Oyster boasts a catalog of over 100,000 titles across categories ranging from business and biography to science fiction and true crime. You’ll find authors like Pearl S.
Conventional wisdom holds that if you want an iPhone, you have no choice but to get it from a big carrier, lock into a two-year contract, and pay a minimum of $70 per month for service–usually closer to $80 by the time you get hit with all those taxes and fees.
Not today. In honor of Cyber Monday, Virgin Mobile has the iPhone 5 (16GB) for $359.99 shipped, with no activation charge and, more important, no contract.
If you’re looking to score some amazing Cyber Monday deals today, we’ve got plenty that you’ll be excited about:
1. 6pm.com: 20% off all orders today only
3. American Apparel: 20% off Everything + Extra 30% off Sale
Sometimes I’m tempted to buy things I don’t need, even when I know full well they’re not practical.
For example, TigerDirect is currently offering the Seiki SE39UY04 39-inch 4K Ultra HDTV for $499.99 shipped when you apply coupon code NFF106630 at checkout. That’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen on a 4K TV, and therefore I must have it.
Well, okay, quick reality check. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons here.
In case the terminology is unfamiliar, “4K” refers to ultra high-definition television, also known as Ultra HD. The number derives from the screen resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, which is four times greater than standard HDTV (which runs at 1,920 by 1,080).
Back in March, I called the Roku 3 the “best streaming box you can buy, period!” Here in October, nothing has changed: There’s no better way to bring Netflix, Pandora, and oodles of other online content to your TV.
Big monitors rock.
Everyone knows there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a dirt-cheap deal on a really expensive lunch? Yeah, that’s a thing.
I’m a huge fan of Sonos audio gear, which lets you stream all your favorite music (playlists, Pandora, Spotify, etc.) to wireless standalone speakers.
Cancel your weekend plans. Come to think of it, cancel next weekend’s plans, too. You’re about to score a boatload of top-rated (and genuinely great) games for an embarrassingly low price. Your free time is no more.
For a limited time, the Humble Origin Bundle offers six top-rated Electronic Arts games for whatever price you want to pay. (Well, there’s a $1 minimum.) And if you beat the average (currently a mere $4.74), you get two additional titles.
The vast majority of bundles I see are for indie games — many of which are great, yes, but there’s a reason games like Battlefield 3 sell a gazillion copies. And there are times when you want to know exactly what you’re getting, which can be difficult with the indie stuff.
Speaking of which, that’s one of the bonus items.
Last week I offered suggestions on how to pick the perfect back-to-school laptop. Today let’s look at a specific laptop that’s perfect for anyone heading back to school.
If you’re a Mac user, you already paid a fairly high price for your hardware, and you’ve probably discovered that Mac software tends to be pricey as well.