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Get a 49-inch Roku TV for $279.99

Don't care about 4K? This is a solid deal on the smartest of smart TVs. Plus: two great bonus deals!

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Best Buy

Who needs Black Friday to score a sweet TV deal? Not you.

Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has an Insignia 49-inch Roku TV for $279.99 shipped (plus tax) -- not the absolute lowest price ever, but pretty close. It normally runs $400.

How much do I love thee, Roku TV? Let me count the ways. Er, one: You have built-in Roku. I find that user interface vastly superior to the ones offered by Amazon Fire TV (blech) and Apple TV (meh).

Beyond that, the set has three HDMI inputs, one USB input and 8-watt stereo speakers. (As with any TV, I strongly recommend a sound bar . Coincidentally, Best Buy has this LG model on sale for $69.99, normally $130.)

If there's a downside, it's that this isn't a 4K TV. I don't consider that a big deal since there's so little 4K content available, but that could change at some point. This isn't the most future-proof model you can buy.

But the Insignia scored a 4.5-star average from over 100 Best Buy customers, and 92 percent of those customers say they'd recommend it.

So, bottom line: Solid 1080p TV that saves you the added expense of a Roku box -- because it's built right in.

Your thoughts?

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An ambient-light sensor means these four LEDs won't flood your bedroom at night.


I realize this is pretty obscure, but it demonstrates why I've long been a fan of Brother lasers: super-cheap third-party toner. And these cartridges have a 4.6-star average rating from nearly 500 buyers and an 'A' Fakespot grade. Two for 11 bucks -- crazy!

Bonus deal No. 2: If your phone supports wireless charging, you absolutely need a Qi charging pad for your nightstand. Just make sure its LEDs aren't so bright as to keep you up at night. (Believe me, I've seen some that would be visible from space.)

Here's one, and it's a steal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Choetech Qi wireless charging pad for $10.99 when you apply promo code YBXR58CH at checkout. Reg. price: $15.

Compatible with pretty much every Qi-compatible phone, this pad is noteworthy for its ambient-light sensor: It'll dim the LEDs at night. It also has an 18-month warranty. Put me down for one.