How to read a Best Buy circular (laptops edition)
3:30

How to read a Best Buy circular (laptops edition)

Culture
I'm Dan Ackerman here to pick up one of these guys, that's right, at the retail cell circular from your favorite electronics store. It's really one of the main reasons you might wanna go pick up a Sunday newspaper these days instead of just reading it online. I would like to get these and see what's new and what's on sale at different stores. Best Buy is one of the more common ones you're gonna find and like that they have a lot of desktops and laptops and not just that but TVs and digital cameras and all kinds of other technology. But I'm looking through the flier. I sometimes find it hard to figure out exactly what they're advertising or what the actual product is they're trying to sell because I would like to compare this and shop and see where I can get the best price on thing. So let's take a laptop as an example here and I'm gonna show you how to read a best buy ad. I'll take this one right here. It's a Dell laptop. You see a nice picture of it. That's okay. I see the price, but I can't really tell what the exact laptop is. It's simply not going out of their way to tell me about that. I'll give you a little hint here. Even thought they don't list the model number very prominently, if you look down here at the very bottom of the fine print, there's a string of letters and numbers in parenthesis. That's actually the model number. You see here, it says I15RN and some numbers. Now, you can either Google that little string there and maybe we'll get a hit and maybe you won't. Sometimes, stores like best buy get their own specific model numbers even though it's basically the same laptop you can get anywhere else or you can know that the I15R is actually the Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop that we reviewed and you can go look that up and see if you can get a similar specs with the same price or less either direct from Dell or from somewhere else. Now, it tells you what the processor used, Intel Core i5 but doesn't tell me the actual 4 digit extension on their process. I can't really do an exact comparison shop unless I guess I go into the store and try to find out in person. There's some other odd stuff here in the descriptions. It says 4 way processing. That sounds really fancy. That's really just a dual core hypothetical processor. That's nothing special there. They must have just needed to fill some space here in the description. Those bunch of little boxes down here that purport to tell you details about it. It says (??) just got a 15.6 inch screen. Okay. I can see that. It says up to 7 hours and 26 minutes of battery. That definitely sounds impressive. Of course, if you follow the little foot note on here, it tells you how they tested it. The test that we run here is actually different and on the less, Inspiron 15R that we tested, the battery life we got was much much shorter. So always take these numbers with a grain of thought. Now it also says right here that. the little blue box says WIDI in it. Not really. any explanation there but that means Intel WIDI or Wireless Display. That means this laptop can hypothetically send it's signal to your TV wirelessly which is very cool but they don't mentioned that you're gonna need a sold separately net gear box that's usually around $99 in order to do that. So that's just some of the stuff we found in one of these laptop ads. If you go through all of them, you'll find similar things like hidden model numbers, non specific CPUs. But if you read carefully and you understand what to look for, you can usually figure out enough or at least decide if you wanna go to the store and see this laptop in person. I'm Dan Ackerman and that's some tips on how to read a best buy ad

Up Next

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

Up Next

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use

Clean Your AirPods and EarPods Without Damaging Them
yt-howto-clean-airpods-v3

Clean Your AirPods and EarPods Without Damaging Them

How to Control Your Computer With Your Feet
yt-learn-guitar-foot-controls-v2

How to Control Your Computer With Your Feet

How to Download YouTube Videos
yt-howto-download-yt-videos-v3

How to Download YouTube Videos

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras
iphone14vsiphone13camcompare-00-00-36-21-still002

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras

We Put a GoPro Against the iPhone 14's Action Mode
iphone14-can-it-replace-gopro-clean

We Put a GoPro Against the iPhone 14's Action Mode

Predicting Microsoft's Next Surface Products
clip0001-00-03-47-11-still008

Predicting Microsoft's Next Surface Products

What We Expect To See in the Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch
pixel7-whattoexpect-2b-00000

What We Expect To See in the Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why
15851-id-buzzdrivingfootageeuropeanmodel-volkswagen-mp4-00-02-04-02-still002

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane
xwing-aircraft-7

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane

Most Popular All most popular

DART Explained: First Asteroid Crash Images
dart-crash

DART Explained: First Asteroid Crash Images

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane
xwing-aircraft-7

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why
15851-id-buzzdrivingfootageeuropeanmodel-volkswagen-mp4-00-02-04-02-still002

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla
optimus-for-cms-1

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini
220922-yt-apple-stuff-ep-13-iphone-mini-isnt-dead-3

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini

Watch Elon Musk Unveil Optimus Robot Prototype
teslarobot

Watch Elon Musk Unveil Optimus Robot Prototype

Latest Products All latest products

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference
fitbit-aroll-00-00-46-14-still001

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials
gopro1

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5
psvr2

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look
watch8-sepic

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance
bose-quietcomforst-ii

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade
flip4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use