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Got any plans for Sunday? Of course you do: It's the! And that's why there are some solid TV deals to be had, some of them even better than last Black Friday's.
For example, Best Buy has the Samsung UN60J6200 60-inch LED-backlit smart TV for $579.99 shipped (plus tax), a savings of $120. That's one big TV.
Unlike most of the TVs I share in this space, this one is anything but entry-level. For starters, it's "smart," meaning it has Wi-Fi and a host of built-in streaming apps: Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube and so on. (Unfortunately, I can't find a complete list of them anywhere, so it's not immediately clear if it has Amazon Video, HBO Now or a few other major ones.)
It also features automatic brightness settings, Dolby sound, support for screen mirroring (from select devices -- again, they're not specific, but one would assume Samsung phones and tablets), and a 120Hz refresh rate. That's good for watching things like football, but pretty rotten for everything else. (Fortunately, you can eliminate the dreadedif you wish.)
Here's the one potential dealbreaker: only two HDMI inputs. Come on, Samsung, really? One can argue that with all the built-in apps, you don't need a Roku or other streaming box. But if you have basics like a cable box and game console, that leaves you with no room to connect anything else.
That gripe aside, this is a pretty solid deal. Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: Game time! Kids these days don't mind old-fashioned graphics -- just look at the popularity of games such as Minecraft and Terraria -- so what's wrong with games that are just plain old? Not a thing when they're genuine classics -- and they're free. For a limited time, Humble Bundle is offering X-COM: UFO Defense (for Windows) for free. Regular price: $4.99. This turn-based sci-fi strategy game dates back to 1993 (!) and is widely regarded as one of the best in its category. There are no strings attached; just add the game to your cart and check out. You'll immediately receive a key to redeem on Steam.
Bonus deal No. 2: Last year's super-luxe smartwatch is this year's bargain. For a limited time, and while supplies last, A4C has the refurbished LG Watch Urbane for $95.96 shipped when you apply promo code JAN20 at checkout. Last time I shared a deal on this, it was $225! This is a gorgeous watch, definitely one of the snazziest Android Wear timepieces you can get. Read CNET's full LG Watch Urbane review if you want to learn more.