Facebook’s Portal is $50 off at Best Buy right now — long distance couples take note

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Use your Portal to chat with anyone who has Facebook Messenger.
Use your Portal to chat with anyone who has Facebook Messenger.
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Pro tip for people in long-distance relationships: Invest in the Portal by Facebook and make the pain of being apart so much easier.

With technological advancements, being far from loved ones doesn’t bear the same weight as it used to. Now, you’re able to see virtually anyone you want at any time via video chat. Smart home screens took that a step further to give you a video chat service that also responds to voice commands and controls other smart home devices.

Facebook has moved its way into the smart home sphere with Portal by Facebook. And while Portal normally goes for $199.99, you can get it for $50 cheaper at Best Buy — making this a great gift idea. (Hint hint.)

Let’s get one thing out of the way here — though the Facebook Portal has Amazon’s Alexa built in, the device is first and foremost created for video chatting. You’re able to use the voice command features, but where the smart screen really shines is its innovation in visual communication.

Portal is equipped with smart camera and smart sound to make it feel like you are in the same room as the person you’re chatting with. The smart camera follows your movement, so you’re able to go about your business freely while still remaining in frame. It also adjusts its frame if more people come into the picture. The microphone hones in on whoever is speaking and enhances their voice while minimizing background noise. 

Check it out in the video below:

Facebook is not typically revered for its safety and privacy features. However, the company wants you to feel sure that your Portal device is private and secure. You’re able to physically disable the camera and microphone with the tap of a button. This makes you appear inactive to any other users, but you’ll still receive notifications on your device. The video and audio cannot be turned back on until you press the button again.

With the Facebook Portal you’re able to video call anybody with a Facebook account even if they don’t have the device. Portal uses Messenger for its calls, so anyone with the app is accessible to chat.

You can get Portal by Facebook for $149.99 now at Best Buy and save $50.

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