For the last 4 years, the Nintendo Switch has been out on its own as the best portable gaming experience outside of playing on your smartphone. Other attempts at a portable gaming PC have come and gone without much success, but for the first time, the Switch may have a real contender.
It's become a running joke that Nintendo's games hardly ever go on sale. And it's true: while big-ticket releases from the likes of Ubisoft or EA are liable to be in a BOGO sale three months after release, Nintendo toes the MSRP line for as long as possible.
The same is true of the company's hardware, but with this rare deal, you can grab a Switch Lite for $178 — $22 under what you'll normally pay. There's just one catch.
Taking a group shot on your phone is more challenging than it has to be. Sure, you can set up a timer to go off after a few seconds, but there's no guarantee you'll be smiling with the shutter finally clicks. Remote shutters can make things a lot easier, but who wants to pay extra cash just for the occasional opportunity to capture a family portrait? If you're the owner of a Nintendo Switch, you're in luck. Just grab a Joy-Con the next time you need to take a photo remotely.
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Ecobee thermostats come highly recommended here at Android Police, with the Ecobee4 earning the top thermostat ranking in our list of the best smart home devices. Things only got better with the introduction of the company's SmartThermostat, which improved on the Ecobee4 by updating the processor, improving sound quality, and the addition of 5GHz Wifi compatibility. In an exciting smart home-focused deal that is available from Best Buy for one day only, buyers will receive a free Ecobee Switch+ with the purchase of either the SmartThermostat or Ecobee3 Lite.
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