Upgrade Dad's beer game with the Fizzics DraftPour and save $50
This cool gadget turns any bottled or canned beer into a delicious draft. Plus: TCL's 5 Series 43-inch Roku TV hits an all-time low.
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The DraftPour promises to make both canned and bottled beer taste like it came from a tap -- and uses science to do it. Specifically, it uses sound waves to smooth out bubbles and bitter flavors.
And it's a snap to operate: You put a can or bottle inside the machine, hold a glass under the tap and pull the lever. Presto: Out comes beer, followed by a rich, creamy head when you push the lever the opposite direction.
This model improves on previous ones in several ways. For starters, it's powered by either two AA batteries or USB. The older
could only use batteries. This model also provides a faster "pour" and can accommodate all size cans and bottles.
So, wait, the 5 Series? In recent months I've mostly seen deals on the 4 Series and 6 Series. How do the 5s compare? Well, they improve on the 4 Series by adding Dolby Vision HDR, a wider color gamut, an enhanced remote and better design. Beyond that, I'll steer you to David Katzmaier's TCL 5 Series review.
I'll also note that the TV has a 4.6-star review average from over 500 Best Buy customers. Given that the same-size Series 4 model is currently selling at $220, I'd say this is the clear choice if you're looking for a Roku-equipped TV in the mid-40s.
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