Items tagged with Best Buy

Call it an early Christmas gift. As of this weekend, Best Buy has eliminated most restocking fees for returns. That's right folks, now you'll be able to return things to Best Buy without having to pay a pesky fee. The exception to this new policy is special order items, which will have a 25 percent restocking fee. In addition to removing the restocking fee, Best Buy is offering a refund on restocking fees to anyone who returned an item between November 17 and this past Friday. Best Buy's previous policies charged customers a 15 percent restocking fee on most electronic items in the store. For iPhones, the restocking fee was 10 percent. Best Buy made the announcement via a statement, which read:... Read more...
Coming out just in time for the holidays, Google's Nexus S smartphone is now available for purchase at Best Buy. In case you're wondering what the big deal here is, the Nexus S is the first smartphone to ship with Android 2.3, otherwise known as Gingerbread. And as a Google-branded phone, there isn't any funky custom UI marring the Android experience. The phone is available for $200 so long as you pony up for a 2-year service agreement with T-Mobile, otherwise it runs $530 contract-free. It comes equipped with an 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 16GB of internal storage, both front and rear facing cameras, a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, haptic feedback vibration, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 port,... Read more...
Samsung and Google announced the Nexus S, the first smartphone to feature Android 2.3 also known as Gingerbread. With Android 2.3, you'll get a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, support for VoIP/SIP, and a new user interface. Touting a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, this smartphone also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which lets you read information from stickers and posters that have NFC chips. The Nexus S is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor and 16GB of internal memory. It also has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder as well as a VGA front facing camera. The Nexus S smartphone will be available as an unlocked smartphone from Best... Read more...
Best Buy's in the home theater business? They sure are. The company has been for some time, too, with their Insignia line offering low-cost HDTVs to buyers on a budget. But another in-house brand has been gaining steam as well, with Rocketfish providing numerous home theater solutions for people looking for ways to make their existing speakers wireless or connect their 1080p sources without wires. Today, Best Buy is introducing two new Rocketfish products, and you won't find these in any other store. The first is probably the most important. It's the 4-port WirelessHD Kit, which allows users to connect four HDMI sources (a Blu-ray player, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and media streamer, just as an... Read more...
This comes straight out of the I Can't Believe Anyone Pays For That department. According to reports that've been confirmed by Best Buy, one of the services the company's Geek Squad offers is firmware upgrades for the PS3 for the low, low price of $30. If you've ever flashed a PS3, you know that the process is dirt-simple and virtually impossible to screw up. Statistically speaking, this isn't a task idiots could do. It's a task idiots do do. Short of a mid-flash earthquake, llama stampede, or meteor strike, anyone can handle it. What originally flashed across radars was Best Buy's decision to sell "pre-configured" PS3's for $329 rather than the $299 standard retail. Asked to explain the value... Read more...
In a surprising turn of events, NVIDIA-built graphics cards have begun popping up at Best Buy stores across the nation. This is decidedly odd for a company that's made billions of dollars designing GPU products while leveraging board partners to bear the cost of manufacturing and marketing them, but NVIDIA confirmed that this new Best Buy partnership is a new direction for the company. "NVIDIA and Best Buy are working together to offer PC customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest in PC technologies right inside Best Buy stores," a company representative said. "As part of this broad initiative, NVIDIA is supplying to Best Buy specific GeForce models built and supported by NVIDIA.... Read more...
Free phones on Fridays? That's what Best Buy announced on Tuesday at its Holiday Preview event in New York. Free Phone Fridays will run every Friday in October, and starts Oct. 1st. It's not just about lame devices either: one of the devices in the first group: the Samsung Fascinate on the Verizon network. Each Free Phone Friday will include a device from each of the big 4 U.S. carrier (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon). This week's selections: Samsung Fascinate (Verizon) BlackBerry Curve (Sprint) HTC Aria (AT&T) Samsung Gravity 3 (T-Mobile) Except for this initial week, the weekly deals will be announced in stores and online, including Best Buy Mobile’s Facebook page and Twitter... Read more...
Toshiba announced the Satellite L635 Kids’ PC. Designed in collaboration with Best Buy and its You Spoke, We Listened program, the Satellite L635 features KidZui, an Internet browser made for children, and Net Nanny. The laptop also has a wipeable keyboard as well as a no-gloss Dura-cross textured finish that helps resist fingerprints. The Satellite L635 will be exclusive to Best Buy. It will be available beginning September 26. Toshiba and Best Buy Collaborate to Introduce Children’s Laptop New Satellite L635 Kids’ PC: Features Wipeable Keyboard and Software and Entertainment Suite Designed to Give Parents Peace of Mind IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba’s Digital... Read more...
Best Buy is expanding its in-store eReader selection by announcing the addition of the Amazon Kindle to the retailer's fall lineup. Not only will Best Buy carry the Kindle, but it will also make it easier for customers to compare today's most popular eReaders by placing them side-by-side in a new display in the store. Best Buy also carriers the Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook Reader as well as the Sony Reader Touch, Pocket and Daily Editions. The new Kindle features an electronic ink screen with 50 percent better contrast. It is capable of holding up to 3,500 books. The new Kindle with built-in Wi-Fi will sell for $139.99. The Kindle 3G with free 3G wireless will retail for $189.99. The Kindle... Read more...
Ever since the launch of the iPad, companies from all areas  of the market have been scrambling to create something competitive in order to catch the latest wave of ultra-portable computing. Tablet PCs have been around for years, but the newer breed of slim, useful tablets with multimedia capabilities are demanding attention. Up until now, all we have heard from almost all contenders is their intentions; Microsoft has said they are dead-set on bringing Windows 7 to a number of devices, but that's easy for them to say. They don't have to work out the hardware details. The biggest question on the minds of consumers is "when." When will this rush of non-iPad tablets hit the market?  Many... Read more...
WiMAX is still a fledgling service in America. Even though Sprint and Clearwire have invested tons of money in the 4G service, it's still spotty at best and only available in a few locations. But as with anything, it grows in time, and there's no better way to really grow than to get your service in the faces of consumers. And there's hardly a better way to get in the faces of consumers than to get into Best Buy. Best Buy and Clearwire just unveiled a new relationship that will enable the big box retailer to sell 4G services to consumers, which could lead to a sharp increase in mind share and market share. The service will actually be branded by Best Buy as "Best Buy Connect," with the services... Read more...
Best Buy is offering the aptly named invisibleSHIELD 4fix, free, to certain iPhone 4 customers. Based on the image above, this invisibleSHIELD, unlike others, only covers the sides of the device, which would make it perfect as a cover-up to "Antennagate." invisibleSHIELD has marketed its products for various devices in the past, and they are supposedly scratch-proof and cover the front and / or back of the device. The offer applies to those who purchased their iPhone 4 from Best Buy or for Best Buy Reward Zone members. Indeed, Best Buy Reward Zone is free, so it would seem to be free to anyone who takes the time to fill out an online application for the program. Those who don't will be charged... Read more...
Intel's in the SSD market. Did you know that? Unless you're a hardcore tech enthusiast, there's a chance that you may not. Most people associate Intel with microprocessors and little else, even though the company is busy at work in a number of alternate markets. Like the solid state market. Intel has been producing SSD drives for awhile now, with the drives receiving general approval across the web. But as we said, actually finding an Intel-branded SSD has been a chore. They aren't just laying around like the hard drives in Walmart, Best Buy and other retail outlets. For most, they're a well kept secret. But now, Intel's changing things, and they're opening themselves up to the world by setting... Read more...
Sure, you can spend several grand on a swank home theater setup that kicks out enough volume and bass to knock the dishes out of your neighbor's kitchen cabinet, but hey, times are tough and disposable income isn't as disposable as it once was. So for most of us, we're simply looking for a modest speaker set that (A) won't break the bank, and (B) doesn't suck. Hoping to meet both of those goals, Best Buy today announced the new Insignia 5.1 Home Theater System with Audyssey audio technology. Best Buy is the only place you can snag the speaker set, which the electronics chain promises will be "reasonably priced," whatever that amounts to. No, the Insignia 5.1 set won't knock your socks off like... Read more...
Sprint's launch of the HTC EVO 4G has led to a huge increase in attention for WiMAX as a whole. It's America's first 4G phone, and it also happens to be one of the most impressive Android devices to date. With its massive display, 3G/4G support, powerful CPU and Sense overlay, it's been an easy choice to pick up for those living in 4G areas and not bothered by the $10/month surcharge for accessing WiMAX. But if there could be one complaint, it would be that the EVO 4G was only available in a single color. That's right: just black. But now, Best Buy is giving the world another option with a white EVO 4G. The retailer began taking pre-orders for the exclusive handset over the weekend, offering... Read more...
This is easily one of the most interesting partnerships that we have seen this year in the consumer electronics world, and it's one that most general consumers will overlook. Insignia is the "house brand" at Best Buy, a label of electronics that are generally priced below that of Sony, Sharp, LG, etc. Over the years Insignia has expanded to cover televisions, portable media players, memory accessories, and lots more, but it has remained a brand that hardly anyone took seriously. But now, the most recognized name in the DVR industry is partnering with Insignia, and not only in branding, but in an effort to create an entirely new product. Best Buy and TiVo announced that development is underway... Read more...
Best Buy is launching a new digital video service called CinemaNow that will provide customers with same-day, instant access to new release movies and TV shows. Initially, the service will be accessible through select connected Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs. It will also be available on most PCs via www.cinemanow.com. The service will be available starting this month on all new connected Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems from LG Electronics. Later this year, CinemaNow is expected to make its debut on an array of other devices from various manufacturers. Best Buy Provides Customers Same-Day Instant Access to New Release Movies and TV Shows with Launch of CinemaNow™ Digital Entertainment... Read more...
We're not quite sure what to think of Best Buy's new Software Installer. On one hand, this connected desktop application helps eliminate the unwanted bloatware that generally comes on new PCs, something we've mentioned time and again that we don't appreciate. On the other hand, the electronics retailer's Software Installer is another program that will come pre-installed on your PC or notebook (if you're buying it from Best Buy). One of the somewhat useful features of the Software Installer is that it will manage electronic purchases. In other words, any purchase made through Software Installer will be saved in your account history. This will eliminate the need to save discs or remember key codes.... Read more...
Barnes & Noble plans to sell its Nook eBook reader at Best Buy starting April 18th. The specialty bookstore chain is expanding the distribution of the $259.99 Nook as it faces growing competition from Apple's iPad. The deal between Best Buy and Barnes & Noble will put the Nook in 1,070 Best Buy stores and will also place Barnes & Noble's BN eReader software on some of the personal computers and smartphones the electronics retailer sells. The deal with Best Buy will not only increase the Nook's availability (previously it was only available through Barnes & Noble's website and in 723 of its bookstores), but it will also improve the eBook reader's ability to compete with the recently... Read more...
Last week we reported that Dell's Adamo XPS was apparently dead after it vanished from the company's website, online store, and was listed as out-of-stock everywhere but a handful of Best Buys. It didn't make sense for Dell to have canceled the product just three months after shipping, but customer service reps at both Dell and BB were reporting that the Adamo XPS had been discontinued. Customers interested in still buying one were advised by Best Buy to order immediately. Dell contacted us after our original story and promised to get back in touch over what was going on with the ultra-thin laptop. A company rep posted a blog entry addressing the disappearing/reappearing notebook over at Direct2Dell.... Read more...
We never thought we'd say it, but notebooks are the new black. Notebook after notebook has launched since CES (we've lost count, to be honest), yet only a handful of new desktops have done likewise. We know the desktop still has a life to live with hardcore gamers demanding performance that only a desktop GPU and CPU can provide, but it's actually astonishing to see just how much focus is being placed on mobile machines compared to towers. Take Samsung, for example. The company isn't even in the desktop PC business, yet it's getting incredibly serious about their notebook range. Announced today, the company's multimedia R80 line will be shot out into Best Buy stores and on Best Buy's website... Read more...
The wireless revolution is in full swing, and there's no better proof than the introduction of this product. Rocketfish, a brand that's housed by Best Buy, has just revealed its Rocketfish Adapter with WirelessHD, which essentially enables you to send video and audio signals from sources to your HDTV without any cables in between. The two-piece set is designed to work with most existing HDMI equipment, and it can send a single HDMI source to a single HDTV. It can send that signal up to 32-7/8", and if you're looking to cut the cord between your Blu-ray player, Xbox 360 and/or PS3, you'll be paying nearly $600 in order to do so. Best Buy Unveils Rocketfish™ Adapter with WirelessHD®... Read more...
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