Welcome to the latest episode of Ridiculously Cheap TV News. A couple weeks ago, Best Buy had a 70-inch Hisense model for just $400. (It’s up to $450 now, but still $200 off and a pretty amazing deal.) Shortly thereafter, that TV’s slightly smaller brother was on sale for an even more amazing price.
It sold out very quickly, but as of this morning, Best Buy shows it as “coming soon” — meaning the deal will be back. (We have confirmation from Hisense on this as well, but the timing is unclear.) Here’s the offer: The Hisense H65 65-inch 4K UHD smart Android TV for $250. Earlier this morning, it was briefly available for purchase, but now it’s back to “coming soon.” My advice: Check Best Buy’s page often.
How good can this TV possibly be? On paper: really good. It supports Dolby Vision HDR and DTS Virtual Audio. It has Google Assistant and Chromecast built in, the former accessible via the voice-capable remote.
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Regarding that, though, Hisense incorporates the recently updated Android TV platform (soon to be known as Google TV). It’s not as good as Bioreports’s longtime favorite platform, Roku, but it absolutely gets the job done.
Bioreports hasn’t reviewed this model, so I can’t speak to image quality. How might it compare to, say, a same-size TCL, our go-to budget TV brand? Hard to say. But the 60-plus user reviews average out to 4.5 stars, which is a solid endorsement.
Remember, too: As I discussed with Bioreports TV guru David Katzmaier in a recent episode of the Cheapskate Show podcast, not everyone cares about having perfect black levels or local-area dimming. Sometimes, size matters more.
And here’s a handy little tip: Best Buy is a retailer. If you don’t like the TV, you’ve got all the way until Jan. 16 to return it. (That’s a specially extended return period.)
Is it possible we’ll see an even better deal on a 65-inch TV this month? Maybe. But I wouldn’t wait. This is a killer deal, one of the best I’ve seen on a TV of this size.
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Mint Mobile: Buy 3 months, get 3 months free
Shopping for a new phone carrier? I’ve made no secret of liking Mint Mobile, which offers some pretty solid discounts when you prepay for three, six or 12 months of service. And right now, there’s a great bonus available: Buy three months on any service plan, get another three months free.
Mint operates on T-Mobile’s network, so you need a phone that’s compatible with it. All plans included unlimited calls and texts; data options range from 3GB per month to unlimited. And you get 5G service where available; 4G where not.
One standout option: $60 for three months on the 8GB plan. The bonus three months means you’re effectively paying just $10 per month. Crazy-good deal.
Just one catch: It’s for new activations only.
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